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Full-Day Tour from Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou Kasbah and Ouarzazate

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Marrakech, Morocco
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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Overview

Enjoy a day trip to Aït Benhaddou and Ouarzazate from Marrakech to see two of Morocco’s historical jewels. Travel into the Atlas Mountains, passing by villages on the way to Aït Benhaddou, a fortress (Kasbah) and UNESCO World Heritage site. Then continue to Ouarzazate, aka the ‘gate of the desert.’ This tour includes a driver but no guide, so you will explore the attractions independently.
  • Day trip from Marrakech to historic sites outside the city
  • Enjoy a drive into the Atlas Mountains
  • See the Kasbah of UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou
  • Explore the town of Ouarzazate on foot
  • Learn a bit about Morocco’s history
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Hotel pickup
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Driver
Hotel drop-off
Guide

Departure Point

At your Marrakech hotel/Riad

Return Details

At the city center aprox.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This excursions is self guided
  • OPERATED BY Open Market Travel

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Tiring day but worth it, great drive to...
Pritul R
, Jun 2018
Tiring day but worth it, great drive to the location too.
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Even though the group I was...
jorge s
, Apr 2018
Even though the group I was traveling with didn't have a guide for this tour we were completely satisfied with the service rendered by Samir, our great driver. He made this long trip a breeze with his nice attitude and nice character.
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Great tour! Our driver was...
Carmelo E
, Dec 2017
Great tour! Our driver was professional and the guides were good. Wish we had more time to explore the Kasbah and Ouarzazate but overall, it was still a great trip.
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Amazing views(throughout the...
ioana.dorobantu12
, Dec 2017
Amazing views(throughout the drive),Ait Benhaddou was impressive,a good escape from the streets of Marrakesh.Ouarzazate was not worth the drive as we didn't have enough time to do anything(20 min).The whole drive is as expected: reeaally long.The bus was rundown and the driver's style was dangerous!
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Ait Benhaddou itself was worth the 4...
Waleed B
, Mar 2017
Ait Benhaddou itself was worth the 4 hour drive. But there was a lot of hassle with pick up. They ask you to message the day before to confirm pick up time but they didnt respond. And then the next morning, we rang them, and they said that they had come to our Riad but that apparently the Riad told them that we weren't there, which was untrue as we were all sitting waiting for them to come pick us up. I'm assuming the driver couldn't find the riad and then just didn't bother looking. Our riad rang them up with some stern words and eventually they came to get us. Everyone had to pay 20dh for the guide at Ait ben haddou which I didn't mind, but then after only 45 minutes of walking around the town, they took us inside a building to give us tea, which ended up being a carpet shop and we sat there for an hour. It was interesting hearing about the carpets, but there was the assumption that several of us would buy a carpet off them. You go to Ourzazate after Ait ben haddou, and barring a few who went to the cinema, we all just had some icecream instead. Apparently cinema not worth going inside.
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A good way to see Ait Benhaddou if...
Ellen W
, Mar 2017
A good way to see Ait Benhaddou if you only have a day to spare. Its a long drive to the site 4 hours, so time there feels a bit rushed. Our driver stopped for water/restroom/stretch legs breaks and hooked us up with a guide and place for lunch do know that these cost extra. Also at the end, drop off is in the city center, not your hotel, so you need to find your own way back to your hotel although this is stipulated in the fine print.
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The journey took us about 8 hours 4...
Philip
, Dec 2016
The journey took us about 8 hours 4 hour each way through the mountain road and we will only spent 1 hour at Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. The visit to Quarzazate was a total waste of time as there is no worthy tourist attraction.
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Ait Benhaddou Kasbah must be a...
Andreas Z
, Dec 2016
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah must be a wonderful place, sadly I will never know since I was never picked up at the agreed pick-up point. After a few phone calls, the local company finally decided to pick me up after 2 hours, but brought me to Essaouira instead of the booked destination. They basically just dropped me off outside the city and told me they would pick me up again in 5 hours. With no clue what to see or do in Essaouira I just roamed around and to be fair, it is a very beautiful city that should not be missed. So I can't really say much about the booked tour and have to rate it with 1 star given the poor organisation.
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Great trip into the desert country...
Grays
, Dec 2016
Great trip into the desert country - how I imagined Morrocco to be and the fortress AIt Benhaddou was fantastic. Long trip but well worth it. The only down side was the trip was meant to be hotel pick up and drop off. They finished the trip by dropping us at the main square and informing us we had to find our own way to our accomadation
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This is a great way to see the Ait...
alexhorton
, Nov 2016
This is a great way to see the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, we spent the ideal amount of time there seeing the Kasbah and having a tour. Only had 20 mins in Ouarzazate, which was a bit rushed, but saw what we wanted to see there. The journey was magnificent, taking in the Atlas Mountains and driver let us out to take photos and had regular service breaks to stretch legs as it is quite a long journey from Marrakech.
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