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The pick from our Riad was prompt as promised at 7 AM. There was only one other family in our van besides us. It can be a long day because of the 4 hour journey especially through the Atlas mountains. Breakfast was good at the restaurant we stopped in the morning that was part of this package. Our tour guide, Ismail kept it lively giving information about Morocco. Seeing the movie sets in Ouarzazate and the historical site of Ait Ben Haddou made the long drive worth it. The restaurant recommended by our guide for lunch was reasonable and clean. We were dropped off at our Riad by 8:45 PM. Overall, it was as great day trip from Marrakech and something that should be seen while visiting Morocco.
our guide Abdul had a great positive outlook on life and was super observant picking out things you could easily have missed like hidden palaces, cows riding on top of trucks and
the sand castles of Ait Ben Haddou
tour of Ouarzazate casbah
views of the beautiful Atlas Mountains as we rode up and over them
no random stops in random gift shops owned by friends
breakfast with second helpings and again nice views from the mountains
kept well hydrated by our guides and taking toilet breaks not an issue
door to door pick up drop off
language wasnt an issue, perfect English spoken
great communication to arrange pick up time
Friendly and light hearted Abdul and our expert driver made a 3 hour winding drive up and over the beautiful Atlas Mountains to the world heritage sand castles of Ait Ben Haddou and real casbah/ fake movie sets of Ouarzazate a relaxing and enjoyable experience! My pick up was well communicated well in advance and set for 06:20 and I was back by 9pm after a packed day
I chose this company as a result of the excellent reviews it already had. I was picked up just outside my Riad by Abdul very promptly in the morning for our early start. This company only takes a maximum of 8 people in its vehicle on a tour which made it a very intimate, enjoyable and personal experience I have been on a tour with another company where they had 2 van loads, near enough 40 people taken on a tour with 1 guide and would not recommend this. The views en route we had to pass through the high atlas mountains and many Berber villages were spectacular and breath taking and even though pictures do not do it any justice, Abdul had stopped at many points so we could take many photos. He's also very good at taking pics so dont worry if you are solo like me, you'll have many pics with you in them! We stopped for breakfast which was very much needed and had coffee, tea, omelette, bread, olive oil tasted really good in particular and olives and then were back on the road again.
We finally arrived at the film studio which was a fun experience and then also had a tour of Taourirt Kasbah which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Our next stop was Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and my personal favourite location out of the three, you really have a sense of being transported back in time here and although there are quite a few tourists, its amazing how time had just stood still there.
We had then stopped off for lunch at a restaurant to refuel for a hearty lunch. And then were back on the road again.
The scenery on the way back was again more beautiful as it was later in the afternoon and the lighting had changed. Again Abdul gave us many photo opportunities and made lots of stops so we could capture the best views.
Time for another refreshment stop for orange juice and once again sat taking in the wonderful views as the sunsets.
Abdul had made the trip and tour such a wonderful experience. His knowledge of the country, the sites, the scenes are incomparable. He has such passion and enthusiasm in what he does that he wants you to have the best experience. At no point were we ever rushed. just made to relax and enjoy and soak up everything that we see and do.
I would highly recommend this company, don't book with any other company and waste your money!
It was a long day by seeing the Castle and the movie museum in Ouarzazate. Both were very interest and our guide was wonderful, fun and very well spoken. I learned more about the area then I knew going in. The Air Ben Haddou was stunning. I loved walking around the grounds and taking in the views. The lunch stop was a delicious traditional meal and did not cost to much.
Big high 5 for our Guide/driver Abdul. Pick up at 6am, drop off 8pm. Always courteous, friendly. Super driving skills, snow storm and bad visibility over the pass. Then taking over in Ait Ben Haddou as tourguide and accompanying the ladies back to someone shops. Huge knowledge about Morocco and never a dull moment.
Shokran and all the best
We had a wonderful and adventurous day - we were fortunate enough to see rain, snow and sun all in one day. Ait Ben Haddou is an authentic experience, beautiful, mysterious and relaxed. Abdul is very knowledgeable about sites, geology as well as the culture in ancient and modern Marokko. Enjoy!
Outstanding day trip from Marrakech, our guide Ismail made all the difference here. He was fun, knowledgeable, and made our first day in Morocco very welcoming. If you have a week or just 2/3 days in Marrakech this trip will give you great insight into the history and culture of the area.
I highly recommend this tour! I went as a solo traveler and there was only five of us total in the group which kept logistics easy and made the tour very personal and intimate. Ouarzazate including the tour of the Cinema Museum and the Kasbah is lovely but the real gem is Ait Ben Haddou. The weather had been kind of cloudy all day and then it absolutely poured when we got to Ait Ben Haddou which is apparently very rare. However, our tour guide switched the itinerary another perk of having a small group and we went to have lunch first before trying for Ait Ben Haddou again. It was a perfect idea because the rain passed through and the skies and scenery were absolutely stunning afterwards with crystal blue skies and all the dust having been washed away. Speaking of our guide, what a treat! He was incredibly friendly and knowledgable and maintained a great rapport with all the guests for the entire day. The only thing that I would note for other travelers is that pickup time is early 6am but it makes sense given the long-drive ahead and leaving early helps to avoid the big trucks on the mountain roads. The mountain road itself is safe but long and twisty about 4 hours which can affect those prone to motion sickness. Other than that, it was a great tour and well-worth the time!