Tour code: 6109OUARZAZATE
Cross the magnificent Atlas Mountains to discover two of Morocco’s beautiful desert towns on a day trip from Marrakech. Traveling by air-conditioned 4x4 or minivan, ogle canyons, palm groves and mountain villages and cross the awesome Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass to visit the UNESCO-listed ‘kasbah’ (walled town) of Aït Benhaddou. Continue to Ouarzazate bordering the Sahara Desert to see the Taourirt Kasbah and the outdoor studios where movies such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and 'Gladiator' were filmed. Numbers are limited to six people on this small-group tour for a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 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

Begin your small-group day trip with a pickup from your Marrakech accommodation. Hop inside your air-conditioned 4x4 or minivan and soak up the scenery as you travel into the Atlas Mountains. Learn about life in the mountain villages, and traverse the spectacular Tizi-n-Tichka pass, climbing to 7,415 feet (2,260 meters) on route.

Behold the vast Anti-Atlas region beyond the pass, and follow ancient caravan routes that linked Marrakech to the Sahara Desert. As you travel, hear about the merchants who traded slaves and gold along the route, and pass through desert hills, fruit groves and timeless villages.

After around three hours, arrive at Aït Benhaddou, known for its well-preserved, UNESCO-listed kasbah. Head inside (own expense) to explore the adobe-built houses and streets, and learn how the kasbah featured in movies such as Jesus of Nazareth and the first Star Wars.



Continue to Ouarzazate on the edges of the Sahara Desert. A bustling outpost with an impressive kasbah, the town is home to the Atlas Film Studios and starred in classics such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator, and the cult TV series, Game of Thrones.



After a restaurant lunch (own expense) overlooking the kasbah, visit the Atlas Film Studios or Cinema Museum (both at own expense) to see some of the fading sets that appeared in Gladiator and other hits.

Afterward, return to Marrakech and finish your trip with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Customer Reviews

spell.one

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our driver Mostapha was friendly, chatty and informative. The trip itself was interesting and effortless but he made it much more enjoyable.

Abhishek S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Mostafa was great and made the whole experience very comfortable. We visited the film city, kasbah in ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou kasbah with good enough time for each l.
I would recommend skipping kasbah in ouarzazate as nothing much to see there rather use that time to explore film studio

Kenneth V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Had a great time on this small group tour - 3 people and our driver. We saw villages, kasbahs, any place we wanted to stop our driver stopped - he explained the area, the way the country works, the importance of helping the small villages, the beauty of the country. Highly recommend.

Ruth T

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.

Julia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Howard J

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.

Henri K

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.

Penny C

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.

Ricardo Reynald N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Beautiful scenery and ever changing landscape

Andre R

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.

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