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From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

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

Start your day trip with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation from 7-8 AM. Hop inside your air-conditioned car and soak up the scenery as you travel into the Atlas Mountains. Your first stop will be at a small village called Ait Ben Barka near the amazing natural areas surrounding Toufliht. Explore the area with your driver and learn about the schedule for your trip, and the sights that you will see on your trip. You'll take a little break to enjoy the beauty of this natural landscape and get excited for the next part of your journey. The second stop on your tour will be the Tizi n'Tichka pass, 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters).  Your third stop will be at Atlas Film Studios at Ouarzazate. This is the largest film studio in the world, famously featured in the TV series Game of Thrones. You will have the opportunity to visit the studios to explore on your own. You'll be able to learn more bout the actors and films that have been filmed here, and take some pictures of the unique Moroccan scenery in the area. After the studio, you will go for lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, with excellent prices and stunning panoramic views. The next and last visit after lunch will be at the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, recognized as a UNESCO site and one of the most extraordinary kasbahs in Morocco. You'll end your day of scenic views and memories by relaxing in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on your drive back to Marrakech. You'll be dropped off at your accommodation in Marrakech between 8-8:30 PM.

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 Marrakech: Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou Day Trip

3. From Marrakech: Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou Day Trip

Marrakech - Tizi n' Tichka - Aït Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Marrakech 8.30 am pickup from your Marrakech accommodation in an A/C vehicle with a private driver. On the road, enjoy the scenery in the Atlas Mountains and stop for pictures and cool air. Start the tour with, the Tizi n’ Tichka pass, 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters). Next, visit Ait ben Haddou Kasbah known as a UNESCO site and the most extraordinary kasbahs in Morocco (break for lunch at your expense). Then, continue to Ouarzazate city identified as the gateway to morocco's fantastic Sahara desert to discover Atlas Film Studios the largest film studio in the world, famously featured in TV series and movies such as "Gladiator", "The Mummy", and "Game of Thrones". You'll have the opportunity to visit the studios to explore on your own to learn more about the actors and films that have been filmed at Ouarzazate and take some memorable pictures of the unique Moroccan scenery in the area. Finally, travel back to your hotel/riad in Marrakech.

From Marrakesh: Fint Oasis & Ouarzazate 2-Day Guided Trip

4. From Marrakesh: Fint Oasis & Ouarzazate 2-Day Guided Trip

Day 1 : We start our trip at 08am, acrossing the high atlas mountains "Tizi n´Tishka" Pass 2260 m traversing unique landscapes with magnificent colours. After arriving we will go in a guided visit of fint Oasis and enjoy our lunch at the restaurant. You have time to explore the quiet and peaceful oasis at the river together and learn about the local life of the friendly inhabitants. You will enjoy a moroccan mint tea at a local family's home. We go explore Ouarzazat, the former French military garrison town is now a growing city. Strategically positioned at the foot of both high and anti atlas with beautiful outskirts, it attracted movie makers from all over the world. Dinner and accommodation at Ouarzazate. Day 2: after Breakfast We visit cinema studios, then we head back to Kabah Ait benhaddou, this Kasbah is a fortress made of a group of Kasbahs, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage listing since 1987 and home of about 8 families who are still living in the old part of the Ksar. The new section is home to many cafes, restaurants & hotels. In the afternoon we return to Marrakech via the Tishka Pass.

Private 2-Day Desert Trip with Camping & Camel Trekking

5. 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.

From Fez: Marrakech via Merzouga 2 Day Desert Tour

6. From Fez: Marrakech via Merzouga 2 Day Desert Tour

Day 1 Fez -Ifrane - Midelt - Ziz valley- Merzouga Today, Pick up at 07.30 am from your hotel/riad. Travel from Fez to the Merzouga desert but this will not be any ordinary drive. Stop along the way at a number of enjoyable destinations. The first stop will be Ifrane, the alpine-style townhome to ski slopes and cedar forests situated in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains to observe/feed the Barbary Monkey. Moving to the popular pitstop of Midelt (break for lunch) before carrying on through the lush green Ziz Valley and making a stop in Erfoud before reaching Merzouga. Upon arrival at Merzouga, transfer to the hotel to store your luggage, the camels will be waiting for you for a camel trekking experience (around 45 min). Enjoy the sunset on camelback to nomad tents where you will have dinner under the starry sky with a Berber folklore show (overnight desert camp). Day 2: Transfer Merzouga - Marrakech Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise on the Sahara dunes. After that, ride the camelback again to the riad/hotel for breakfast and a shower. Then, be ready for an amazing drive to Marrakech passing by, Kelaat Mgouna, Dades valley, sakura, and Ouarzazate. lunch at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Continue the trip crossing High Atlas Mountains, Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260 min altitude) while enjoying superb views and Berber Villages on the way. Finally, on arrival in Marrakech, transfer to your hotel or riad to end the Desert trip.

From Marrakech: 4-Day Trip to the Sahara Desert

7. From Marrakech: 4-Day Trip to the Sahara Desert

Discover life in the Sahara Desert on an immersive 4-day (3 nights) tour from Marrakech. Enjoy a variety of desert activities such as a camel ride across the dunes from Erg Chebbi. Cross the High Atlas Mountains on a breathtaking road, experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs," pass through the impressive Draa Valley and more. Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Gorge Meet at 08:00 and escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech as you head over the High Atlas Mountains on the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get far-reaching views of the mountains and valleys and see Berber villages on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Stop for lunch in Ouarzazate and experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs." Continue through the Valley of the Roses, with a short rest stop at Et Kella M'Gouna. Then, go to the Boumalne Dades, where you will leave the main road and travel along the valley gorge. Pass hilltop kasbahs and the Tamnalt Hills before spending the night at the Auberge Chez Pierre (www.chezpierre.org) just below the Dades Gorge. Day 2: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga Depart at 09:00 and return along the gorge to Boumalne Dades. Visit the Todra Gorge and continue to Merzouga. Break for lunch at the Erg Chebbi dunes. Arrive at the edge of the Sahara Desert and meet your desert guides. Then, ride into the desert at a leisurely pace on a camel trek with an experienced guide. Watch the sunset at Erg Chebbi en route to a tented nomad camp inside the desert dunes (note: there are no facilities as water cannot be pumped here). Alternative accommodation can be arranged at a camp or hotel on the dune line where facilities can be provided (www.aubergedusud.com). Enjoy an evening meal under the desert sky. Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Tazarine - Draa Valley - Agdz - Ouarzazate Depart in the early morning and watch the sun rise over the Sahara Desert. Ride your camel back to the hotel where the vehicle is parked. Enjoy a reviving breakfast and then head to the Palm Plantation of Tafilalet, passing the old Alaouite Sahara capital of the Alaouite Sultans at Rissani. Take the road to Alnif and enjoy lunch before the drive to N'Kob via the Tazzarine Oasis. Next, head towards Ouarzazate, passing the impressive Draa Valley and the Berber town of Agdz. Admire the high pass of Ait Saoun at 1,660 meters altitude before your arrival in Ouarzazate at approximately 18:00 to check into your hotel (www.darchamaa.com). Day 4: Ouarzazate - Marrakech Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the drive to the film studios where movies such as Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven were shot. Stop for lunch in the High Atlas Mountains, and then continue to Marrakech via the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get a breathtaking view of Marrakech before the end of the tour services.

Kasbahs and Desert in a 4X4 - 8-Day Private Tour

8. Kasbahs and Desert in a 4X4 - 8-Day Private Tour

Experience the majestic scenery and wonderful culture of Morocco on this adventurous private 8-day trip from Marrakech, trekking through the Atlas Mountains and desert landscapes. Day 1: Marrakech Today we will pick you up at the airport, with a transfer to Riad Palais des Princesses. Day 2: Marrakech Today includes a full-day tour of Marrakech, the ancient imperial city founded in 1062. Marvel at the majestic profile of the Kutubia mosque towering up above the red houses. Visit the Saadian tombs and the Bahia Palace, seat of the Grand Vizier Ba Ahmed dating back to the late nineteenth century. After a break for lunch we continue to Jemaa el Fna market place, the heart of Marrakech. Visit the spice souk as well as the dyers' souk, where artisans dye leather and other fabric. Overnight at Riad Palais des Princesses. Day 3: Marrakech/Dades Gorge After breakfast we travel in the direction of the High Atlas Mountains through the pass of Tizi-n-Riad, using a road that climbs from the plains up to 7,400 feet (2,260 meters) above sea level. On the way we will pass small villages, waterfalls and watch the landscape change color as we head deeper into the mountains. We will stop along the pass for a refreshing glass of mint tea and admire the scenery before taking the road to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, arriving in time for lunch. Here you can visit the famous Kasbah, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which has been the set for the shooting of films such as Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia and The Legionary. From here we drive through Ouarzazate, the famous Valley of Roses and the Dades valley leading to the Dades Gorge in time for sunset where we will stop Xaluca hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 4: Dades Gorge / Merzouga Desert In the morning, after breakfast, you will have the opportunity to take a walk through the Dades gorge. We then take a drive to the valley of a 1000 kasbahs, through the village of Tineghier and the Jewish Kasbah, arriving at Todra Gorge in time for lunch. After lunch you can take a walk into the gorge before going back on the road, heading through the wilderness of Erfoud and Merzouga Rissani where we arrive at sunset. From here we continue our journey by camel to the dunes of Erg Chebbi to spend an incredible and unforgettable night in a Berber tent. Have dinner to the rhythm of drums and songs of the Touareg people under a star-filled sky. Day 5: Erg Chebbi - Tafilalet Region Today the camels will wake you up in time to reach a large dune to admire the sun rise towards the border with Algeria. After breakfast in the Berber tent, you will return by camel to the hotel Auberge du Sud in Erg Chebbi. After a refreshing dip in the hotel pool we will take a 4x4 tour to the caves where natural fossils such as ammonites and trilobites can easily be observed. We will then travel to the small and ancient village of Tissrdmin where many films were shot, taking the road which passes through the Paris-Dakar rally route. We continue through the desert with its black volcanic rocks and stop for tea with a Touareg family. From here we journey on to the village of Kamla, famous for its local population’s African influenced music. Then, return to Rissani for some local pizza with a Touareg family, followed by a visit to the Kasbah of this town. We then return to the Auberge du Sud hotel to relax. Day 6: Merzouga - Draa-Vallee - Ourazazate In the morning we visit the vast palm grove of Tafilalet passing through the city of Rissani, capital of the dynasty of the ancient Sultans of Alaouite. We continue towards Alnif where we have lunch. In the afternoon we take the Tazarine and Nkob route, on a track through the magnificent Draa Valley with its palm trees. Overnight at hotel Dar Chamaa in Ourazazate. Day 7: Ouarzazate / Marrakech After breakfast we depart for the day. We will visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, film studios and the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. After some free time on your own for lunch, we proceed to Marrakech where we will spend the night at the Riad Palais des Princesses. Day 8: Marrakech After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight home, or onward travels.

From Marrakech: Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Day Tour

9. From Marrakech: Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Day Tour

Start with pickup in the early morning from your hotel in Marrakech and embark on a scenic drive through the Tizi N'Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains. See the snowy peaks of the Atlas and many traditional Berber villages along the way. Upon arrival at Ait Benhaddou, have lunch at a local restaurant before walking for an hour to the top of the village. Here, gaze out over the fields, kasbahs, and the Anti Atlas Mountains on the horizon. Enjoy the sights of the fortified village which is one of the best-preserved of its kind in Morocco. Admire the architecture which has been used as a backdrop for sets of several movies in recent decades. After, continue the tour and visit the small village of Telouet, located just north of Ait Benhaddou. Enjoy a short stop here, where you can enter the Telouet Kasbah, a citadel dating back to the 18th-century. Finally, travel back to Marrakech with drop-off back at your hotel in the early evening.

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What people are saying about Ksar Aït Benhaddou

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 739 reviews

Very well received by Lahcen and who speaks French very well. Comfortable vehicle adapted to our family of 6. We had an excellent stay on this private 4-day tour, of which we will keep memories forever, of very good times spent together. Once again, thank you very much Lahcen for your kindness, you were in our care. Steve and his family.

Walid (our tour escort) and out driver were both very professional accommodating. Walid went out if his way to make sure each member of our tour group was comfortable. It was a long but very enjoyable day. It is a must do for anyone in Marrakech for a few days.

Khalid is very nice. He is very informative and we’ve learned a lot about the berber culture. The tour is fun with his games and questions. He is also very thoughtful to buy us some gift and gave us some cookies.

Great tour, driver was superb, we stopped off for snacks and breaks frequently. The camel trip and night in the desert was a great experience too.

Excellent trip! Driver and guides were wonderful, for the price one cannot ask for more!