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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.

Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

2. Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

An example of the itinerary you will follow: Day 1: Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Dades Valley Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and you will set off on your 4 day adventure. Pass through the Tizi n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas mountains and from Marrakech to Ouarzazate you can enjoy the scenic route, the landscapes with changing colors and terrain and the Berber villages along the way. You will have free time to visit the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and have lunch on site. Then, on to the green valley of Dadès and the valley of roses by the palm grove of Skoura. You will have dinner and stay overnight at a charming guest house in the valley. Day 2: Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Dunes of Merzouga After breakfast, you will set off on the road to the 1000 Kasbahs, then check check out Tinghr with its magnificent palm groves. At Todra Gorge, the bravest explorers can trek along the canyon, 300 metres above the ground. Then continue towards Merzouga and the erg Chebbi dune in the Sahara desert. In the largest desert in the world, you can experience the sunset on the back of a camel as you ride towards the oasis where the camp is located. You may spend the night in the nomadic tents or under the stars and play music or sing along with the locals and become immersed in true nomadic culture. Day 3: Merzouga, Tazarine, Agdz, Ouarzazate Watch the sunrise over the dunes of erg Chebbi, followed by breakfast in the camp. Return to a hostel via camel trek for a quick shower then drive to Rissani, a small town in southern Saharan Morocco where you can stop to visit a fossil workshop, before continuing to the junction of the Drâa and Agdz valley. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and hotel stay in Ouarzazate. Day 4: Ouarzazate, Aït ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech Go on a tour of the movie sets and studios located in Ouarzazate: the "Hollywood of Africa". Visit the Ksar of Aït ben Haddou, a world heritage site. Aït ben Haddou has been used to date as a backdrop for more than twenty films, including "Gladiator", "Indiana Jones "and" Lawrence of Arabia ". Take advantage of this walk through the area to admire the traditional architecture of the kasbahs. Continue on home to Marrakech through the mountains.

From Marrakesh: Aït Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbah Day Trip

3. From Marrakesh: Aït Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbah Day Trip

If you are planning to reconcile with nature and explore the beautiful history of our country while having fun on your one-day vacation, then our site is just perfect for your needs. Before going to Ait ben haddou and Telouat Kasbah physically, let us pique your interest first by taking you on a virtual tour. First we will visit The Telouat Kasbah built by ELPACH GLAOUI (The most powerfull Pacha) then we will discover the Ait ben Haddou Kasbah where we can witness the beauty of ancient Moroccan architecture. The colorful history and design of the structure will expose you to the more traditional side of Morocco. It is a lot different from the Marrakech which is more modern. To add to the excitement, this Kasbah is also famous as a filming site for different TV shows and movies like Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia. We will be having our delicious lunch in a restaurant in Ouarzazate that is by the Taourirte kasbah. This location was also used during the production of the movie Star Wars. After enjoying the day in all those beautiful locations, we will go back on the road and travel back to Marrakech. We are expected to arrive in Marrakech at 7 o’clock in the evening. Upon arrival in Crimson City, you can relax and enjoy your stay while remembering the adventures during the day.

From Marrakesh: 2-Day Trek to Ait-Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

4. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Trek to Ait-Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet Kasbah – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah Depart from your Marrakech hotel at 8:30am by air-conditioned vehicle and head toward Ouarzazate. Admire the majestic Moroccan scenery and small, tiered villages as you soar toward the High Atlas by way of the winding Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Continue on the meandering roads to the Telouet kasbah, an ancestral residence of the Pasha Glaoui of Marrakech. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the historic kasbah, and then cross the Telouet trail, which used to be a trade route connecting sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech. Once you reach the stunning red landscapes and green olive trees of the Ounila Valley, discover the Aït Benhaddou kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take in a beautiful sunset from the top tower of the kasbah before sitting down to dinner and checking in for your overnight stay in the 3-star Ait Benhaddou hotel. Day 2: Aït Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Fint Oasis – Marrakech Enjoy breakfast and then get back in your air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to Ouarzazate, the site where movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and Gladiator have been filmed. Take in the panoramic views and visit the ancient Taourirt kasbah, another UNESCO World Heritage site and home to two film studios and the Museum of Cinema. Explore the studios and continue on to the Fint Oasis, a beautiful palm grove made up of four traditional Berber villages. Visit a Berber house and enjoy Moroccan mint tea. Sit down for lunch then return to Marrakech in the late afternoon.

Marrakech to Ouarzazate: 1-Day Red City Tour

5. 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.

From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

6. From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

Journey from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara dessert and to Zagora in the lush Draa Valley on this private 2-day tour. See ancient Berber villages and discover the rich history of the fortifications at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Explore the unmatched beauty of the Moroccan desert from the heights of the Atlas Mountains, to lush Draa Valley, and across the wind-swept sand of Saharan dunes. Day 1: Begin at 7:30 am as you make your way to the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy breathtaking views of some of the highest elevations in Morocco. Enjoy the rustic charm of old Berber villages. Stop in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains to take pictures, stretch your legs, or have a coffee. Next, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage site Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and after lunch, view the most famous kasbah fortress in Morocco. From here, travel through the Draa Valley, which is known for growing delectable dates. On arrival in Zagora, take a camel ride to a luxury desert camp and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Saharan dunes over dinner. Sleep in comfort under the stars. Day 2: Greet the sun, as your gracious hosts wake you to see the majestic sunrise. After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a second camel ride back to meet your driver. Pass back through the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains and take in the views once more on your way back to Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 2-Day Trip with Camel Ride

7. From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 2-Day Trip with Camel Ride

Explore Erg Lihoudi Mhamid Desert's beautiful sand dunes, experience the sunset on camelback, visit Ouarzazate, Draa Valley, and Zagora, and visit ancient fortified villages. Spend the evening under the stars in a comfortable tent and enjoy a traditional meal by the campfire. Day 1:Meet your guide outside your Marrakech accommodation. Cross over the High Atlas Mountains via the famous Tizi-N-Tichka, stopping to take in the breathtaking views. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Ouarzazate, and continue south to the Low Atlas Mountains. Marvel at the stunning canyons and snap photos of the looming mountains. Drive through the Draa Valley and see a Palm grove, an iconic oasis, and ancient Kasbahs. Arrive at Erg Lihoudi Dunes in time for a sunset camel ride, followed by a traditional dinner served by a campfire. Enjoy a blissful night's sleep under the stars in a tent. Day 2:Reach the top of the dunes just in time to see the beautiful desert sunrise. Enjoy a quick breakfast at the camp, and drive to the fortified village Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. After a wonderful lunch, head to Kasbah Telouet through the fascinating Ouinila Valley, with its contrasting rocky canyons and lush fields. Return to your Marrakech accommodation through the stunning High Atlas Mountains.

Private 2-Day Desert Trip with Camping & Camel Trekking

8. Private 2-Day Desert Trip with Camping & Camel Trekking

Day 1 Your Hotel-OUARZAZATE-ZAGORA (6 hours drive) This program begins at 7am from your Hotel. Firstly you take the road towards Zagora via Ouarzazate. We stop at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah taking in the magical places described on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Youcontinue, heading into the Draa Valley renowned for its Ksour and Kasbah. Finally you arrive at Zagora, where you wil enjoy riding a camel for 1.30 hours at sunset. You round off this wonderful day enjoying a delicious traditional dinner beneath the bright desert stars before retiring to sleep in a Berber tent under the endless sky. Day 2 Zagora-Your Hotel (7 hours drive) You take a typical Berber breakfast early in the morning in Zagora before mounting your camels into the dunes to watch the sunrise. Later you head back to through the Atlas Mountains by road to The Pearl of The South and end at your Hotel.

De Casablanca: 7-Days Imperial cities of Morocco

9. De Casablanca: 7-Days Imperial cities of Morocco

Day 1: Casablanca Upon your arrival in Casablanca, You will find your driver waiting for you in front of the airport. Day 2: Casablanca- Rabat - Volubilis - Fes 9:00 am, after your breakfast, you will drive to Rabat. Discover Rabat, one of the four Imperial Cities and the Capital City of Morocco. Visit the Kasbah of Oudayas, the Hassan Tower, the Royal Mausoleum, and Chellah Roman ruins before heading to Volubilis, sitting in the middle of a fertile plain, the ruined Roman city of Volubilis is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco and it was declared as Unesco World Heritage site. Reach Fes in the evening to end this day full of surprises, discoveries, and dinner. Day 3: Fes Visit the spiritual and cultural capital of the Kingdom. The city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its intricate winding architecture of alleys, souks, and courtyards. See the Bouanania Medersa, Quaraouiyine Mosque, and Foundouk Al Najjarrine. After Lunch, you will continue the tour with the famous tanneries. Day 4: Fes - Merzouga Drive through the 4 seasons road. During winter, you will truly experience the four seasons since you will drive across the snowy Middle Atlas mountains before reaching the hot and dry Sahara Desert in less than 4 hours. At your arrival in Merzouga, enjoy the sunset over the endless sand dunes during a camel ride before reaching your camp for a Berber dinner and drums around the fire camp. Day 5: Merzouga - Ouarzazate Explore the surroundings of the sand dunes and visit the Gnaoua (local brotherhood) Village before heading to Ouarzazate. See the amazing Dades Valley with its uniques round rocks that look like they were melted and the Roses Valley before reaching Ouarzazate at the end of the day. Day 6: Ouarzazate - Marrakech Drive to the famous Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou. A UNESCO World Heritage centuries-old fortress where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Drive to the Kasbah Telouet, a fortress built at 2000m altitude near the Tiz'n'Tichka pass. Reach Marrakech, the pearl of the South enjoy an afternoon at leisure to recover from this wonderful yet intense adventure. Day 7: Marrakech to Casabanca Visit the most famous of all imperial cities known for their beautiful climate, the charming position at the feet of the high Atlas Mountains. Marvel at the beautiful 12th C Koutoubia mosque, the Menara Garden, the Jamaa El Fna square, and the Majorelle Garden. Head back to Casablanca at the end of the afternoon to end this unforgettable journey.

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What people are saying about Ouarzazate

Overall rating

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based on 777 reviews

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.

Mahjoub and the driver yassin were at the top in this excursion always caring for everyone very available to manage to make a good cohesion of the group highly recommend this excursion

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