Follow the ancient caravan route on our private 1 day tour to Ouarzazate and its 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.
This trip will take you back in time to the amazing Amazigh 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).
∴ At midday, you’ll 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 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 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.
∴ Your journey back to Marrakech starts in the early evening. Estimated arrival time 8pm.
Your Accommodation in Marrakech
• Local Official Guide in Ait Ben Haddou
• Entries & Admissions
• Staff Grattitude
• 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 spend on the road. The views along the way are scenic, the landscape changes dramatically as you travel through the High Atlas Mountains and rocky deserts. However, please note, the journey to Ouarzazate / Ait Benhaddou takes about 3.5 hours, with a few stops along the way to admire the scenic views and relax with a glass of tea. While there are people who love one day trips and time spend on the road, we understand that the length and intensity of this tour might sometimes be too demanding for certain travellers. Our 1 day tour to Ait Benhaddou covers the glimpse of south-east Morocco and its charm. We do recommend spending an additional day around the stunning area and discover the landscape and culture. To fully immerse yourself in the scenic landscape of this region of Morocco, we have designed 2 days tour with lots of activities and places to bring our travellers closer to Moroccan communities and natural beauty. Check our 2 DAYS OUARZAZATE TRIP for more information or contact us for a tailor-made trip.
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