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From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

1. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

Discover local village, natural landscapes, and Kasbah Ait Benhaddou fortress on this day trip from Marrakech. Travel in an airconditioned van or car and stay connected with wi-fi access as you drive. Uncover movie-magic with a stop at the Atlas Film Studios in Ouarzazate.  Start your day trip with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation from 7-8 AM. Hop inside a spacious and comfortable vehicle and soak up the scenery as you travel into the Atlas Mountains. Immerse yourself in local culture with a stop at the small village ofAit Ben Barka near the hilly countryside of Toufliht. Explore the area with your driver and learn about the schedule sights for your trip. Have some free time for a break before crossing the the Tizi n'Tichka pass. Stop to capture pictures of mountain peaks on the pass from 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters). Continue on to the Atlas Film Studios at Ouarzazate, the largest film studio in the world which famously featured in the TV series Game of Thrones. Spend some free time to visit the studios or to explore on your own. Take some pictures of the unique rugged local landscapes in the area. After the studio, you purchase lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, with excellent prices and stunning panoramic views.  Finally, head to the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which is recognized as a UNESCO site and one of the most extraordinary kasbahs (fortresses) in Morocco. End your day of scenic views and memories by relaxing in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on your drive back to your hotel in Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Ait Benhaddou and Atlas Mountains Day Trip

2. From Marrakech: Ait Benhaddou and Atlas Mountains Day Trip

Discover the great views of the Atlas Mountains on a guided day tour from Marrakech. Drive through the Tizi n'Tichka pass and explore the charming town of Ait Benhaddou, known for its famous Kasbah. Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Marrakech, and then journey to the ancient settlement of Ait Benhaddou via the winding roads of the Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival, discover the center of Morocco's movie industry and see where films such as "Gladiator" and "Lawrence of Arabia" were shot. Get a wonderful view of the entire valley from the top of a hill, and admire the typical clay architecture of the historic settlement. Take two hours to explore the village and enjoy a meal on a terrace with clear views of the Kasbah. Continue to Telouet and pass from the Ounila Valley. Return to Marrakech and get dropped off at your accommodation on arrival.

Ouarzazate Full-Day Tour from Marrakech with Lunch

3. Ouarzazate Full-Day Tour from Marrakech with Lunch

Take a journey through the breathtaking countryside of Morocco, traveling via the Tizi N'Tichka pass, which at 7,415 feet is the highest pass in northern Africa. On this full-day tour from Marrakech you’ll discover an area of magnificent landscapes. You’ll stop to visit the famous, fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou kasbah. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been the backdrop for many films. After eating lunch, we will enjoy a city tour of Ouarzazate, whose name is the Berber word for “no noise.”, then visit the Taourirt and Tiffoultoute Kasbahs which were the ancient residences of Glaoui (Old Pacha of Marrakech). Afterwards, we return to Marrakech. Menu: * Varied salad *  ChickenTajine with lemon *  Choice Dessert Vegetarien menu: * Varied salad * Vegetabls taine * Choice dessert

Morocco: Private Tour of Aït-Ben-Haddou & Ouarzazate

4. Morocco: Private Tour of Aït-Ben-Haddou & Ouarzazate

Begin your full-day tour of the incredible Moroccan landscape with a drive from Marrakech through the Tizi-N-Tichka Pass. Visit a cooperative run by women in the Atlas Mountains, where the famous argan oil is produced by hand and organic delicacies and beauty products are sold.  Just before Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert, enjoy the unique chance to visit the Aït-Ben-Haddou Kasbah. This ancient town is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but often a location used in Hollywood films and television series, such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince of Persia and Game of Thrones. Enjoy a 1-hour tour with a local guide and discover what makes this little town so unique. After lunch in a local restaurant with a panoramic terrace in the newer part of Aït-Ben-Haddou, continue to Ouarzazate and enjoy the choice of visiting either the venerable Kasbah Taourirt and the Old City or the Film Museum on the other side of the street. Stop for a coffee or tea over the High Atlas and return to Marrakech.

Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate: Private Day Trip from Marrakech

5. Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate: Private Day Trip from Marrakech

Cross the High Atlas Mountains by the Tizi n'Tichka Pass, 2,260 meters above sea level. See Berber villages perched on the side of the mountains, hardly distinguishable from the mountains themselves. On the far side of the mountains the landscape becomes desert-like. Admire the kasbah architecture featuring turrets, grilled windows, and peach-colored adobe walls. Continue to the ancient kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Ouarzazate, known as Morocco's Hollywood. Movies filmed there including Diamond of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, Kingdom of Heaven, The Mommy, Gladiator, Seven Days in Tibet, Alexander the Great, Babel, and others.

Ouarzazate: Private Full-Day Tour and Oasis Fint

6. Ouarzazate: Private Full-Day Tour and Oasis Fint

This private full-day tour in and around the desert capital Ouarzazate gives you an overview of the film studios and different movie sites along with the opportunity to visit two ancient Kasbahs and a secluded oasis without hassle. You will meet your guide in front of your riad or hotel in Ouarzazate at 9:00 am. Start the day at the old kasbah of Ouarzazate named Taourirt where you will have some time to explore the narrow pedestrian streets on your own and visit the countless labyrinthine rooms of the palace. Afterwards, you can have a look at the movie museum just on the other side of the road. Continue to the Atlas Corporation film studios, where you can discover the diverse sets and listen to the anecdotes of the multiple movies and actors. Several famous movies like Gladiator, Babel, Prince of Persia and most recently The Physician have been shot in those studios. You can have a look at a fortified city wall which has been used in the movie Gladiator starring Russel Crowe and enjoy a panoramic view over Ouarzazarte which goes on until the snow covered Atlas Mountains. The next highlight is the ancient Kasbah Tifoultout 8 km outside the city. This fortress belonged to the family of Thami El Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakech from 1912 to 1956. A part of this old Kashbah is used as a hotel/restaurant, the rest is slowly crumbling into the red desert sand. You'll continue the trip to Oasis Fint, where you will enjoy your traditional lunch at a local family's home. You have time to explore the quiet and peaceful oasis at the river together with a guide and learn about the local life of the friendly inhabitants. Return travel to Ouarzazate and get dropped off at your hotel/riad in the late afternoon. 

From Ouarzazate: Todra Gorges and 1000 Casbahs Road Day Tour

7. From Ouarzazate: Todra Gorges and 1000 Casbahs Road Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Ouarzazate in the morning. Set off on a day tour to the gorges on a road referred to as "1000 casbahs road", naturally, because of the huge number of casbahs one passes while driving on it.  Head towards Skoura palm grove and visit the Amerhidil Kasbah. Continue to Kelaa M’Gouna, the city of the Persian roses. The next stop is Tineghir, famous for its beautiful palm grove, called Todra, a word which originally referred to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. After 7 miles through the valley, arrive at the Todra gorges, known for rock climbing. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Take the chance to walk in the palm grove and visit the jewish quarter in Tineghir before returning to Ouarzazate.

Marrakech to Ouarzazate: 1-Day Red City Tour

8. Marrakech to Ouarzazate: 1-Day Red City Tour

Following a morning pick-up from your Marrakech accommodation, pass through the magical Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages on your way to Ouarzazate. Cross the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass and make a short stop for photos. Afterwards, visit the beautiful Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where several popular movies were filmed. Following lunch at a traditional restaurant, arrive in Ouarzazate to enjoy a city tour with visits to the Cinema Museum and the Taourirt Kasbah. End the tour with a transfer back to Marrakech.

Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

9. Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

Day 01: Marrakech - Art Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Todra Gorges Start your Marrakech adventure bright and early with a convenient pick-up from your Marrakech located hotel. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will be on your to your first location. Cross the High Atlas Mountains until you reach the Tizi N Tichka's pass (2250 meter altitude). Continue on until you reach the Kasbah of Alt Ben Haddou, here you will marvel at the unique looking desert villages. Visit the magnificent Ksar (selected as a heritage listed site by UNESCO) before continuing on to Ouarzazate. In Ouarzazate you will have the chance to stroll through Taourirt. After your sightseeing you will continue on your travel until you reach Todra Gorges, here you will settle in for a relaxing sleep overnight and enjoy dinner under the stars.  Day 02: Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes Depart in the morning for day two of your adventure. Start your day by taking a short drive to the Merzouga dunes and witness an outstanding and picturesque natural occurrence. Enjoy a drive to the Palmeraie area, dotted with thousands of Palm Trees. Visit Todra Gorges and witness the breathtaking, panoramic views of the steep gorges that sweep across the desert landscape. Once you have finished walking amongst the gorges you will pass through Tinejdad and Erfoud until you reach Rissani where you will enjoy a lunch. After lunch you will be taken to visit the tomb of King of Alaouit (belonging to the current royal family).  Next you will visit Merzouga, where an exciting camel ride over the dunes of Erg Chebbi awaits you. Whilst on the back of a camel you will be able to marvel at the Sunset as it falls behind the dunes. Pitch a tent in the evening and spend the night under the desert night sky.  Day 03: Merzouga - Rissani - Nqob - Tammougalte - Ouarzazate - Marrakech After you have enjoyed a delicious breakfast, you will depart back to Marrakech on an alternative route. On the way you will stop by new locations you have not yet seen.  Drive through the Draa valley in Nqob. Pass through a desert landscape that many of the locals consider to be mysterious. As you drive through it you will get to see the beautiful Oases that seem to survive in this harsh habitat. Before reaching your final destination in Marrakech you will stop in Ouarzazate and enjoy a delicious lunch with panoramic views. After your lunch you will be returned to your accomodation in Marrakech. 

Marrakech: Ait Benhadou Kasbah and Atlas Mountains Trip

10. Marrakech: Ait Benhadou Kasbah and Atlas Mountains Trip

The day begins with pickup from Marrakech and leaves the city behind as you head towards the Atlas Mountains. Stop at the famous Tichka Pass, the highest road pass in Morocco, and admire breathtaking views of the scenery. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch at a local eatery before arriving at the UNESCO listed Ait Benhaddou Kasbah (lunch and drink costs are not included). At Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, enjoy a guided tour (for a surcharge) and learn about its fascinating history and architecture. The kasbah dates back to the 17th century. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and soak up stunning views of the landscape on the way back to Marrakech.

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The experience was super cool! Our guide Rachid Mazik was prepared, funny and a really lovely person. Also our driver was very good and pleasant. Ait Benhaddou is a wonderful place, it is completely worth visiting it. We had lunch in a local restaurant where we could apprecciate the true essence of the region. Summarizing, I really suggest to try this experience!

Our driver Kareem was wonderful. He was very considerate and made the long long journey fun. Given we travelled with young children he was very helpful. Ait Ben Haddou was totally worth. It was so beautiful and takes you back in time. As for Atlas Studio it was fun to walk around different sets and our kids enjoyed alot.

Long journey perhaps tiring but wonderful landscapes not to be missed. The kasbah ait ben haddou will remain in the heart

Really good experience. Congratulations . Honestly a little too much for one day but it was nice experience

Very interesting excursion, caring drivers, places visited of breathtaking beauty