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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.
  • 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!

$103.61 USD

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.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jul 2018

Jamal is probably the best tour guide we have ever had! He is so knowledgeable about the area- he made a very long trip go by so fast! The Atlas Mountain ride was spectacular. Jamal made several stops so we could take pictures, rest and have food and drinks. The restaurant he brought is to was excellent with beautiful views and delicious food. Jamal is so professional and polite- the best guide you could ask for!

, Mar 2018

I had a wonderful time and, despite of the long ride, it was Worth doing. The snow just made things even better.

, Dec 2017

Great tour guide sharing his knowledge. Itinerary was perfect and lunch was spectacular with an awesome view of Atlas Mountains in background. This is a worthwhile tour if you have some free time in Marrakech.

, Sep 2017

Due to weather conditions tour must be changed to a tour throgh atlas mountains because the road to Ouarzazate was closed. But very good alternative programme: I can saw what I suggested then.

, Jul 2017

This is a great tour if your schedule is tight. During Summer the day is long so the tour can last longer. Ahmed, our guide and driver was amazing, he was very patient with us while we were touring the studios and visiting Kasbat Ait Benhaddou. We did not feel the road or the time while driving there and coming back to Marrakesh. We stopped when necessary for food and a break and he stopped for us to get beautiful pictures. He also took us to trusted places to shop when needed, and he recommended to take the shesh/shall to cover our heads which was a brilliant idea considering the hot weather in Ouarzazate.

, Dec 2016

Abdul was an amazing tour guide and great driver! He was very knowlegable about Moroccan history and culture. Driving through the Atlas Mountains was amazing and Abdul knew all the great spots to take for pictures. Walking up the kasbah was a great expirence. Be prepared for a very long day!

, Oct 2016

Nice way to spend a day outside of Marrakech away from the extreme heat and crowded streets. Our guide was helpful, inforamative and committed to our spending a good day. The Movie studios were marginally interesting, Ait Ben was a great example of Kasbahs of old. Interesting to see the topography.

, Apr 2016

Great tour, great guide, one downside was the seating arrangements. Although there were seats to customers they were far far from comfortable for such a long day, unfortunately this spoilt the tour for all in what would have otherwise been fantastic.

, Apr 2016

I would not recommend this tour. The transportation for the long journey was not adequate for four adults and I sat in the rear of the vehicle in the children's seating. It made an already long day and even longer one and was close to unbearable, especially on the four hour drive back to Marrakech. I recognized early in the trip that it was not comfortable, but nothing was done. Later the guide offered a discount on a camel ride the next day but this was not something that I was interested in doing. However, I am sure the camel would have been far more comfortable than the SUV.

, Mar 2016

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

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