Marrakech, Morocco
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Overview

Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains on a full-day, small-group tour from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, breakfast, and entrance fees. Climb the winding Tizi n Tichka Pass, walk through Ait Ben Haddou with a guide, and visit Atlas Film Studios with a local guide. This small-group tour is limited to 15 participants for a personalized experience.
  • 11-hour, small-group tour to Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech
  • Visit a historic UNESCO Site
  • See the High Atlas Mountains
  • Tour a film studio in the desert
  • Breakfast included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Marrakech
Start the day with 8am pickup at your hotel in Marrakech, then begin the 118-mile (190-km) drive to Ait Ben Haddou in a comfortable vehicle with a driver/guide. The drive itself is a highlight of the trip, and as you wind up the steep Tizi n Tichka Pass, you’ll have dramatic views of the Atlas Mountains and Moroccan desert at every turn—and a breakfast stop along the way.
Pause to stretch your legs in the mountain community of Telouet, where you can explore a crumbling, historic kasbah, then continue to Ouarzazate. Follow narrow alleys and winding streets through the sand-colored city of Ait Ben Haddou, a ksar whose fortified walls protect earthen houses that date back to the 17th century. The entire complex is a UNESCO Site, and it’s an ideal place to explore the distinctive architecture of Southern Morocco.
Refuel with lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), then visit the Atlas Film Studios to see the remains of sets from iconic movies and television shows including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones. After touring the studio, begin the 3.5-hour drive back to Marrakech, where you’ll arrive at your hotel between 7pm and 8pm.

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, Mar 2018

Mustapha, who picked us up from our Riad, and our driver/guide, was amazing! He navigated the zigzag roads easily and expertly altho I must say, you need a strong stomach for those hairpin curves!. Once we got to the UNESCO world heritage site, the local guide, Mohammed, was knowledgeable and patiently explained the history of the Ksar Ait Ben Haddou. The breakfast and lunch were substantial breakfast came with the package, lunch we had to oay once there at the restaurant. Restrooms were generally clean. After Ben Haddou, we traveled about half an hour to get to Ouazarzate. Since we were not so keen to either go to the film museum or the Atlas film studio, we opted to just see the kasbah 20Dirhams entrance fee. I think we could have skipped the kasbah because Ben Haddou was spectacular enough for us. If you are going to Ouazarzate, I suggest better to tour the film studio. On the way, we also stopped at a lookout point to take photos of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. Beautiful. Overall, we were very satisfied with this tour.


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