Travel through the ancient caravan route on our private 1-day tour to Ouarzazate and its world’s famous movie set surroundings.
Journey through the majestic High Atlas Mountains and rocky deserts dotted with palm trees on this former caravan route. Discover local villages of Morocco, roadside markets, and UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Benhaddou – the backdrop of the most famous Hollywood productions (Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Prince of Persia, and many more).
This trip takes you back in time to the astonishing Amazigh architecture and let you feel like a true Hollywood movie star in Atlas Studios – the world’s largest film studio.
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∴ To make the most of your day, your journey starts early in the morning, 7 am 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).
∴ At midday arrive at the famous fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou – 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 such as Game of Thrones, Star Wars, The Gladiator, Alexander, Prince of Persia, The Mummy, and many more.
After the tour, our guide invites you to enjoy a locally made lunch in one of Ait Benhaddou’s charming restaurants overlooking the ancient village.
∴ Heading towards the city of Ouarzazate, visit 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 you’ll be taken to the city of Ouarzazate. Nicknamed ‘The gate of the desert ’, the town is inhabited by Tamazight speaking population, 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 on 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 8 pm.
Your Accommodation in Marrakech
• Local Official Guide in Ait Ben Haddou
• Entries & Admissions
• 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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