Day Trip to Ouarzazate & Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech

Overview About Day Trip to Ouarzazate & Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech

Experience the wonders of Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou on an unforgettable day trip from Marrakech, traversing through breathtaking mountain and desert landscapes. Your journey will unveil the majestic beauty of the High Atlas Mountains, the scenic Tizi n’Tichka pass, ancient Kasbahs, and an immersion into Moroccan culture, among other captivating attractions.

With just one day to spare, this excursion offers the perfect opportunity to delve into the enchanting allure of the desert, and we have every detail meticulously arranged for you. This comprehensive single-day tour encompasses everything needed for an ideal exploration of Morocco’s desert landscapes. Spanning 400 kilometers, the desert route from Marrakech to Ouarzazate via Ait Benhaddou promises an unforgettable adventure.

Start a cinematic journey as you visit Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou, dubbed as the Hollywood of Morocco. These renowned filming locations have set the stage for numerous blockbuster movies. A highlight of the trip is the historic Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a pivotal stop along the ancient caravan route from Marrakech to the Sahara.

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history as this tour transports you back to ancient times, while also offering splendid mountain and desert escapes. Along the way, seize the opportunity to pause and capture the breathtaking vistas that unfold before you, ensuring lasting memories of this remarkable journey.

Highlights of Day Trip to Ouarzazate & Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech
  • Experience the breathtaking views of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains.
  • Travel across the scenic Tizi n’Tichka pass.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of the kasbahs at Ait Benhaddou.
  • Uncover the charm of the historical city of Ouarzazate.
  • Indulge in exhilarating desert drives and soak in the beauty of the landscape.
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Note: This itinerary is customizable to match your preferences and duration of stay. Contact us for personalized tour options and exact pricing based on group size and accommodation preferences.

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Itinerary of Day Trip to Ouarzazate & Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech

Your adventure begins with a morning pick-up from your Marrakech hotel as we embark on an enriching day trip to Ouarzazate. Our journey unveils the stunning scenery along the road to our first destination, Ait Benhaddou, offering captivating vistas of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. Along the way, we’ll pause to admire the breathtaking landscape as we traverse the Tizi n’Tichka pass, situated at an elevation of 2260 meters above sea level.

Upon arrival at Ait Benhaddou, we’ll delve into the mesmerizing ancient Kasbah, a fortified red-earthen settlement with a history spanning over 1200 years. Marvel at the well-preserved architectural marvels that offer a glimpse into Morocco’s ancient past, with many original features still intact. This historic site has served as a backdrop for numerous renowned films, including “The Mummy,” “Gladiator,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Babel,” and “Game of Thrones,” among others, showcasing its timeless allure and cinematic charm.

Indulge in a delectable lunch featuring local cuisine and centuries-old recipes, immersing yourself in the authentic flavors of the region. In the afternoon, our journey continues to Ouarzazate, where we’ll visit the renowned Atlas Studios, located just 5 km outside the city. Take in the panoramic views of the majestic Kasbahs of Taourirt and Tifoultoute, set against an exotic backdrop that has captivated filmmakers from around the world. Explore the cinematic history of the region, with Hollywood productions such as “Sahara” and “Alexander” having been filmed here.

As the day draws to a close, we’ll embark on our return journey to Marrakech, offering one last opportunity to savor the beauty of the landscape along the way. Upon reaching the city, we’ll drop you off at your accommodations, concluding an unforgettable single-day excursion filled with enriching experiences and lasting memories.

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FAQ's of Day Trip to Ouarzazate & Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech

The driving distance from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou is approximately 175km.
The duration of the day trip from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou is approximately 9 hours, starting at 08:30 AM and ending around 18:00.
The highlights include exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, discovering the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, and visiting the Ouarzazate film studio.
No, lunch is not included in the tour package. However, there will be opportunities to dine at local restaurants along the way.
It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking, along with long sleeves and long pants or skirts. Additionally, a warm jacket may be necessary, depending on the weather.
Yes, there are optional camel riding festivities available at an additional cost. Participants can experience the hospitality of the Moroccan desert during this activity.
Bookings can be made in advance through the tour operator or agency organizing the trip. The cancellation policy may vary depending on the terms and conditions of the booking, so it is advisable to inquire about this when making a reservation.
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