Travel through the ancient caravan routes to the most popular historical village in Morocco – Ait Benhaddou – the backdrop of the most famous Hollywood productions (Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Prince of Persia, and many more).
Journey through the majestic Atlas Mountains and rocky deserts dotted with palm trees, discover ancient cities of Morocco, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech.
This trip will take you back in time to the majestic Amazigh architecture and let you feel like a true movie star in the world’s most popular movie sets – Ouarzazate surroundings.
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∴ To make the most of your day, your journey will start early in the morning, 7am, from your Marrakech accommodation. Hop inside the 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).
∴ At midday, you’ll arrive at the famous fortified city of Ait Benhaddou – the former caravan route 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 (Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Alexander, Star Wars, Prince of Persia, Babel, Cleopatra, Prison Break, and many more) After the guided tour enjoy locally made lunch in one of Ait Benhaddou charming restaurants overlooking the ancient village.
∴ Early afternoon you’ll be taken to the city of Ouarzazate. Nicknamed ‘The gate of the desert ’, the town is inhabited by Imazighen (Tamazight 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.
∴ Your journey back to Marrakech starts in the early evening. Estimated arrival time 8pm.
Tour Tip: Travel with friends or team up with other international travellers on our private tours. Check our attractive offers of private tours for groups (a licensed tourist car with a capacity for 4 people/ minivan 8 people/ van 15 people).
Your Accommodation in Marrakech
• Local official Guide at Ait Benhaddou
• Entry to Ait Benhaddou
• Staff Gratitude
• Personal Expenses
Q1.Is one day enough to visit Ait Benhaddou and the surrounding area?
Travelling from Marrakech to Ouarzazate / Ait Benhaddou requires a full day out, mostly spent on the road. (3.5hrs drive one way) The views along the way are scenic, the landscape changes dramatically from the High Atlas Mountains to rocky deserts. We understand that the length and intensity of this tour might be too demanding for certain travellers. Our 1-day tour to Ait Benhaddou covers only a glimpse of south-east Morocco. We do recommend spending an additional day around the stunning area and discovering its charm. To fully immerse yourself in the scenic landscape of this region of Morocco, we have designed a 2-day tour with lots of activities and places to explore. Check our 2 DAY OUARZAZATE TOUR for more information or contact us for a tailor-made trip.
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