Follow the ancient southern caravan route on this private tour to the world’s famous movie set surroundings. Travel through the majestic High Atlas Mountains, discover ancient villages of Morocco, UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Benhaddou and the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech.
Connect with Berber speaking local communities, shop at the authentic rural markets, meet local merchants and craftsmen, and their unique arts.
This trip will take you back in time to the amazing Berber architecture and let you feel like a true movie star in the world’s largest film studio – Atlas.
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∴ To make the most of your day, your journey will start early in the morning, 7AM from your Marrakech accommodation. Sit back and relax inside the air-conditioned car and soak up the scenery as you travel through the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy the view at the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, the highest point of The Atlas Mountains accessible by car (2260m).
∴ Early midday, our first stop will take us to the village of Telouet, an important point on a former route of the caravans. We will visit the famous kasbah originally built in the 19th century. It was owned by the El Glaoui clan, a family that had a powerful stronghold of one of Morocco’s most significant southern caravan routes to West Africa. The Kasbah has been beautifully decorated from walls to ceilings with tiles and cedar paintings.
∴ At midday, you’ll arrive at the famous fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou – the former famous caravan stop between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Travel back in time with our local official guide taking you around the kasbah. The Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou is a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has also been the backdrop for many Hollywood productions such as Game of Thrones, Star Wars, The Gladiator, Alexander, Prince of Persia, The Mummy, and many more.
After the guiding tour enjoy locally made lunch in one of Ait Benhaddou charming restaurants overlooking the ancient village.
∴ Heading towards the city of Ouarzazate, you will be taken to the world’s largest film studio Atlas. Home to many famous Hollywood productions, the studio, and the surrounding area are still in use by various film industries from all over the world. Inside the studio, you’ll have a chance to visit various movie sets such as Cleopatra, The Gladiator, Alexander and many more.
∴ Early afternoon we will head to the city of Ouarzazate for our accommodation. Relax in the beautiful surroundings, enjoy locally made dinner, and traditional Berber music under the starry skies.
∴ After locally made breakfast in the Riad, you’ll be taken to the city of Ouarzazate. Nicknamed ‘The gate of the desert ’, the town is inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed famous kasbahs that the area is known for. You’ll have a chance to visit the most impressive Kasbah Taourirt. Originally built in the 19th century, it was owned by the El Glaoui clan, a family that had a powerful stronghold of one of Morocco’s most significant southern caravan routes to West Africa.
∴ The next stop of our journey will take us to local stables for a little ride along the ancient fortified village of Ait Benhaddou and the surrounding area. Our local instructor will take you around the charming area overlooking the old kasbahs, palm oasis and rocky deserts. Immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery and feel like a true movie star in one of the world’s famous movie set surroundings.
∴ Afterward, we will enjoy home made lunch and traditional mint tea in one of Ait Benhaddou’s local restaurants.
∴ Your journey back to Marrakech starts in the early evening. Estimated arrival time 8pm.
Your Accommodation in Marrakech
• 2 x Lunch
• 1 x Dinner
• 1 x Breakfast
• Local Official Guide in Ait Ben Haddou
• Entries & Admissions
• Local Accommodation / Riad
• Horse Riding
• Staff Grattitude
• Personal Expenses
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