Ouarzazate And Ait Ben Haddou: Road Of The Kasbahs Including Camel Ride From Marrakech - Marrakesh

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The ideal day trip from Marrakech for those of you who cannot spare more than one day but anxiously wish to get a glimpse over the Majestic desert of Morocco. A fantastic full day trip across the High Atlas mountain range following the ancient caravans routes and passing series of lush oases, spectacular kasbahs and imperial fortified villages. Marvel at one of the worlds cultural treasures classified as a UNESCO world heritage site and the backdrop to many Hollywood movies, the fortified Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Visit the grandiose Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, a former residence of the lord of the Atlas and the most powerful Pacha of the kingdom. You will be amazed by the outstanding pre-Saharian architecture and crenelated towers lavishly decorated with geometric patterns. Once there, your majestic camel will be waiting to carry you like an Arabian king testing your camel riding skills in a festival of laughter and showing you the real hospitality of the Moroccan desert.

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Embark on this exciting adventure at 7:15am in a small group shared tour from Marrakech across the magnificent High Atlas Mountains whose snowy peaks blend into the clouds offering an impressive landscape and an absolutely stunning scenery at every turn to reach the famous "Hollywood of Africa" with its Ancient Kasbahs, caravan routes, UNESCO World Heritage sites, traditional Berber villages, and a rich culture of southern Morocco. Discover what makes Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou a backdrop to hundreds of Hollywood films from Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Prince of Persia to Captain Philips and Hologram for a King.

A scenic drive from Marrakech over the highest mountain pass of North Africa (2,269 meters) Tizi-N-Tichka, where you will have fascinating views of the High Atlas walls. Shortly before the desert capital Ouarzazate, you'll have the opportunity to visit the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the fortified clay city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Studded with crenelated towers and decorated with geometrical patterns, it is truly one of the world’s cultural treasures. Feel like an Arabian king while enjoying your majestic 20-minute camel ride (optional) that will take you to a world where time seems to stand still. After this, you will have a lunch break in a typical Ait Ben Haddou restaurant (optional).

From here, continue to Ouarzazate, which marks the beginning of the Sahara desert. Visit the grandiose Taourirt Kasbah which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family. This spectacular former Pacha Glaoui residence, situated on the edge of the town on the road to the Moroccan Sahara desert, is considered to be one of the most beautiful kasbahs of Morocco. It consists of a maze of luxury clay houses and crenelated towers lavishly decorated. After some time at leisure for a cup of mint tea or coffee, drive back to Marrakech later in the afternoon while crossing the High Atlas Mountains.

Drop-off at your hotel in Marrakech in the evening, not just with photos you've captured, but with stories and memories of personal encounters with the indigenous people and a good sense of the beauty and hospitality of the Moroccan desert.

Inclusions for Ouarzazate And Ait Ben Haddou: Road Of The Kasbahs Including Camel Ride From Marrakech

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan 
  • Multilingual driver/guide
  • Guided visit and entrance fees to kasbah Ait Ben Haddoou 
  • Guided visit and entrance fees to kasbah Taourirt
  • Guided majestic camel ride for 20 minutes (if option selected)
  • Lunch  (if option selected)
  • Small group tour
  • Local taxes

Exclusions for Ouarzazate And Ait Ben Haddou: Road Of The Kasbahs Including Camel Ride From Marrakech

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Spectacular ! Really enjoyed the rugged beauty of the Altas mountains. We were able to stop and take photographs of the elevated scenery before we continued to the Anti Atlas for a camel ride and then onto the Kasbah at Ben Haddou. We continued onto Ouartzazate where we took a tour of the film studios. Very enjoyable day. Our guide and driver did an amazing job. Only criticism was long day and mini bus was a bit cramped

  • Good tour but very long day.

  • Very long day, but the drive was scenic and the sites were interesting, I am glad we decide to do this tour.

  • Our driver did not speak for the first couple of hours after picking us up. My traveling companion tried asking him a question about the town we were driving through and his answer was brief and he seemed annoyed by the question. The first time he spoke was to point out bee hives along the side of the road and to tell us that the honey in that area was superior to what you can buy in Marrakech. He then drove us straight to a store that sells argan oil and honey, where we were giving a sales spiel and offered overpriced wares.
    Our tour in Ourzazate consisted primarily of a guide listing off movies, actors, and years in a monotone voice or complaining about the people who ran the kasbah. A complete waste of time and very boring.
    Lunch was ok, and Ben Haddou had a much nicer guide but he did not tell us anything about the kasbah's history or what we were actually looking at.
    We chose the camel ride and the guide was very sweet. I guess it's one of those things you want to check off your been there, done that list.
    As we drove back the driver was a lot more personable, I'm guessing this would be because we're getting closer to tip time.
    He did not drop us off at our riad, but about 15-20 minutes walking distance away, after dark.
    I would not recommend this tour and am sad that it took up the majority of one of our precious few days in Marrakech.

  • Our driver did not speak for the first couple of hours after picking us up. My traveling companion tried asking him a question about the town we were driving through and his answer was brief and he seemed annoyed by the question. The first time he spoke was to point out bee hives along the side of the road and to tell us that the honey in that area was superior to what you can buy in Marrakech. He then drove us straight to a store that sells argan oil and honey, where we were giving a sales spiel and offered overpriced wares.
    Our tour in Ourzazate consisted primarily of a guide listing off movies, actors, and years in a monotone voice or complaining about the people who ran the kasbah. A complete waste of time and very boring.
    Lunch was ok, and Ben Haddou had a much nicer guide but he did not tell us anything about the kasbah's history or what we were actually looking at.
    We chose the camel ride and the guide was very sweet. I guess it's one of those things you want to check off your been there, done that list.
    As we drove back the driver was a lot more personable, I'm guessing this would be because we're getting closer to tip time.
    He did not drop us off at our riad, but about 15-20 minutes walking distance away, after dark.
    I would not recommend this tour and am sad that it took up the majority of one of our precious few days in Marrakech.

  • Delivered as promised. Very prompt and knowledgeable driver. Clean car.Would definitely recommend them

  • This tour was amazing! I don't have any complaints; the guide and the places we visited were fantastic. Despite the long distance trip the tour was totally worth it.

  • I thought Ait ben Haddou was awesome, but I thought Ourzazate was a little bland. I would have preferred to have gotten a few hours earlier and skipped that town. The Museum was a little boring in my opinion,. Also, I didn't particularly enjoy the free lunch meal we paid for outside of Ait Ben Haddou. However Ait Ben Haddou was great!

  • This tour was the highlight of our time in Morocco. Our tour guide, Noor, was informative, hilarious, and all around great. The sights, food, camel ride were amazing. It lasted longer than noted, but that's because Noor took his time with us and we certinately did not mind. This is not to be missed

  • Long trip but it worth it. It is private tour, so you have flexibility. Kids enjoyed the camels.

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