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 world’s 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 at 7pm, 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.
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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
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Exclusions for Ouarzazate And Ait Ben Haddou: Road Of The Kasbahs Including Camel Ride From Marrakech

  • Gratuities (optional)
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

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

  • Long day trip with good driver who could give the necessary information sometimes not completely correct. First guide in Ourzazate was not okay. He tried to put out too much of the learned text at a far too high speed. Second guide in Ait Ben Haddou was slower and provided us with the necessary information in a very correct way. The lunch we used in a restaurant in Ait Ben Haddou was the least we received during our entire Morocco trip. Tip: drink plenty of water. We used 15 bottles of one and a half liters for a family of 6.

  • This was a really great trip. Amazing sites and great local guides in each place. The driver was friendly too. It involves quite a lot of travelling with regular breaks in nice places, but makes it so much easier to get these amazing sites that are further away. There were 5 of us on the trip as a whole which was great. I would definitely recommend this trip if you want to see rural areas. Berber life and amazing historical places! The camel ride was in a very picturesque place much better than doing it in Marrakech and the lunch was great.

  • There was a lot of driving (4hrs each way) with stops to take pictures and enjoy views and sights along way. Absolutely breath taking. Our guides were great and very kind to us- especiallly when one of our party got car sick from the winding mountain road. fantastic trip would def recommend!

  • This was a great tour. My only complaint was that it was long. Be prepared, by the end of the tour everyone was just tired and really not listening to the last tour guide at the Casa. Our driver was great and very accommodating, stopping for bathroom breaks when asked. He also was great when one of the attendees asked him to slow down on the return trip, being that it was a winding road in the mountains and there was no railing, just a steep drop - he happily slowed down.

  • I did this excursion in May 10th with my wife and friends. The excursion was only a day and we had time to see everything suppose to see, with any pressure or running. The camel ride is very funny and we had a perfect meal in a local restaurant. The tour guide Ibrahim is very cool, I recommed it.

  • The tour was really nice! The driver was helpful and experienced, we felt really safe. The Ait Ben Haddou part was worth the long ride alone, how ever we only had 45 minutes in Ouarzazate and barely saw anything of the city. We came back really late at our hotel, its such a long drive!

  • It was unexpecting good experience! Everything was well organized and on time. The road trough the High Atlas Mountains and all breathtaking views. The camel ride and cheerful guides in Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate kazbah - it was all fantastic! I strongly recommend this one day excursion!

  • The trip was full of surprises, our driver was very knowledgeable and exceedingly friendly and our various guides were all welcoming and professional.
    A rich cultural experience , well worth the long journey

USD 62.06