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  • Location:Marrakech, Morocco
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Day Trip Through the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

Experience the history and drama of old Morocco on this day trip across the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech. Cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to reach Aït Benhaddou, a well-preserved kasbah and UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to Ouarzazate, where movies including ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ ‘Star Wars’ and 'Gladiator' have been filmed. Admire a panoramic view of the ancient Taourirt Kasbah. Throughout your tour, your guide will share stories about this fascinating region with a timeless feel.

This small-group tour is limited to 6 people for a more intimate experience.


  • Ouarzazate and Aït Behhaddou full-day trip from Marrakech
  • Cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass in the Atlas Mountains and travel toward the Sahara Desert with an experienced guide
  • Visit the well-preserved Aït Benhaddou kasbah that is a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See Ouarzazate, where Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and The Mummy were filmed
  • Small-group tour limited to 6 people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a fantastic opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the medina in Marrakech and out into the Atlas Mountains! Seeing how little has changed since the 17th century is absolutely fascinating and well worth the early start!

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What You Can Expect

Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Day Trip Through the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

See the Toaurirt Kasbah on your trip to Ouarzazate

After morning pickup from your Marrakech hotel or riad (a traditional Moroccan house), travel in luxury in an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle or minibus into the Atlas Mountains and cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass at 7,415 feet (2,260 meters). As your small group makes its way toward the Sahara Desert along the old caravan route from Marrakech, your guide will share historical information and stories about this captivating area.

Arrive at Aït Benhaddou after a 3-hour drive and see its impressive and intricate kasbah, or castle, that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Aït Benhaddou's well-preserved architecture appears in numerous films including Jesus of Nazareth, Star Wars and Babel.

Continue another 20 miles (33 km) to Ouarzazate, situated on the cusp of the magnificent Sahara Desert. This popular tourist town is home to Atlas Film Studios, the world’s largest film studio. Many famous movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and The Mummy, as well as episodes of the television show Game of Thrones have been filmed here.

Pause for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and savor a fantastic view of the ancient Taourirt Kasbah, a 300-room palace. Then, spend the afternoon exploring Atlas Film Studios or the Cinema Museum (own expense). Head back to Marrakech as the sun begins to slip toward the horizon and arrive at your hotel or riad at 7pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My husband and I loved this trip. It was the highlight of our holiday. Yes the car journey was long, but through the most breath taking views, it didn't feel long to me. The tour guide Abdul was fantastic. He was so knowledgeable. He knew all the best places for pictures and gave advice on where to stop for food and how much we should be spending. He gave us so much information on everything in Morocco, not just what was related to the tour. We asked many questions and he had an answer for every single one. I feel Abdul made the tour what is was and was a fantastic guide. If you like stunning views, a bit of adventure and are pushed for time this day trip is perfect. If we were to go back I think we would have spent a couple of days in Ouarzazate which is a tour they offer and we would have got more out of the area. But for a day trip I don't think you could fit much more into it. To sum up we were rally happy with this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great Trip got to see a lot of the country side that we didn't know was there, the stops for breaks were clean and perfectly spaced. The Driver new the best places to stop for pictures. The Dessert portion was a trip and the Movie Studio Museum a must.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Very long day! Amazing views though, and so completely worth it. This is the second trip I had the guide for, he is fantastic, a real knowledgeable and friendly person. Brilliant day out, an absolute must do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a wonderful day. It was worth the long trip through the Atlas Mountains in order to see the terrain on the other side. The guide was very knowledgeable and considerate and stopped when we asked and suggested photo opportunities that we might have missed. I loved this tour and this company. I would travel with them again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Beautiful scenery and ever changing landscape

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone. Just bear in mind it is a very long day and the return trip is painful. The highlight of the trip was Ait Benhaddou, but also the landscape and the several photo stops we had in our way there. In February the photos look amazing with the mountains covered with snow. If you dont mind the long drive you wont regret it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Amazing. The driver Mustafa was very nice, knowledgeable and helpful. We had fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

What a great day. Was a long day but the scenery was just sensational. Well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

What a great tour! Weather was perfect for a trip through the mountains and out to Ouarzazate. The local guide was very knowledgeable and made sure we were comfortable for the long trip. Plenty of stops for photos and chance to 'customise' our tour spending more time in either location

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