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 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 worlds 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
  • Guided visit and entrance fees to kasbah Ait Ben Haddoou 
  • Guided visit and entrance fees to kasbah Taourirt
  • Guided visit and entrance fees to Ouarzazate famous Cinema Studios (if option selected)
  • Guided majestic camel ride for 20 minutes (if option selected)
  • Lunch  (if option selected)
  • Local taxes

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

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

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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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  • Sent message to confirm pick up time and nearest pick up point prior to tour start. This was great since our Riad had no road access and this applies to many riads in Marrakech! Our tour guide Mr Norl was friendly and accommodating to my elderly mother whom has difficulty walking for too long. He was fluent in English and very knowledgeable when being asked many questions. We enjoyed Ait Ben Haddou, such a mesmerizing place and worth the 3-4hrs drive through the Atlas mountains where there were a few photo stops. Ouarzazate, however, was not our cup of tea. We found that it was more like a film set and aimed at tourists whom wanted to know what movies were set there and how the movie industry runs etc. In future we would return to Ait Ben Haddou only as it is a long trip and driving in Morocco is a little scary!

  • Great experience in Ait Ben Haddou! The driver-guide was also very kind and supportive.

  • The driver and the guides were excellent. They showed up on time to pick us up even though our location was not the easiest to find. The camel ride was fantastic. I was glad that there were only 4 of us on the tour as it was a long day with lots of driving. The only negative was the food, the restaurant was very busy and our food was over cooked and not very flavorful, I would suggest eating at one of the smaller restaurants.

  • Great trip, long way but well worth it to see both the Kasbah's and have knowledgable local guides. Historically informative without being too heavy and we stopped for photos outside the film studios. I did not give 5 stars because there were not enough camels for all the riders. This is not a negative point but an observation as for the non-riders they had to wait until each party returned to enable the next to go. It did not change the trip and I would recommend,this. Note that the roads are winding through the Atlas Mountains and are around 4 hours each way from Marrakesh.

  • It gives you a general insight of the region which astonishing, but very limited time, everything is very rushed. It's overpriced. The lunch, the camel ride or even the guided tours don't cost such amount of money. If you eventually rent a car better to do it on your own to control the time you wanna spend and plus the cost will be lower. To be mistaken you won't spend more than than few minutes in Ouarzazate, most of the time is spent in Ait Ben Haddou. The camel ride is on the road and they don't treat very well the camels.
    The driver was good, very good mood trying to be positive about everything. Overall enjoyable but I don't recommend.

  • We had a very nice driver, who did a great job of telling us stories and taking breaks for us to see wonderful views from the Atlas Mountains. He was also very conscientious towards my grandmother and had come up with ways that she could still enjoy the tour without over-exerting herself. Overall, it was a wonderful day, and I truly feel this is a must-see when visiting Marrakesh. The drive is long, but well worth it!

  • 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.

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