Day trip to Ouarzazate & Ait benhaddou

Day trip to Ouarzazate & Ait benhaddou
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Description: Take the road to reach the Ouarzazate desert gate, cross the Atlas Mountains through the Tichka Pass (2260m), continue to Ouarzazate, the city where many famous movies have been filmed such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Star Wars” and “Gladiator”. Visit Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou andthe Kasbah of Taourirte and cinema studios.

Introduction: One of the most popular Marrakech day trips, this private full day trip to Ouarzazate & Ait benhaddou and experience the authenticity and hidden parts of Morocco, visit the fortifies village of Ait Ben haddou preserved and classified world heritage of UNESCO, as well as the visit of the Kasbah Taourirt built in the 17th century and the famous cinema studios of Atlas studios.

Day trip to Ouarzazate & Ait benhaddou Highlights :

  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes while driving through the high atlas.
  • Visit Taourirt’s Kasbah and the cinema museum.
  • Visit of the famous Unesco Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou.
  • Discover the most beautiful scenes of villages and mountain views
  • Visit the cinema studios of Ouarzazate and discover some international movies shot there.
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch by the river in a local restaurant


Departure early in the morning from your accommodation in Marrakech at 8 AM and drive towards Ouarzazate through the High Atlas and reach the Tizi N’Tichka pass, 2260 meters high, the highest road crossing in Morocco, it connects Marrakech Saharan regions whose Ouarzazate is the crossroads. We will stop for a visit to the famous fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kasbah has been the backdrop for many films: the Diamond of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, Sodom and Gomorre, the Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, the Mommy, Gladiator, 7 days in Tebet, Alexander the Great, Babel…. After the visit of the fortified village of ait ben haddou we will continue to the city of Ouarzazate to explore another Kasbah built in the 17th century and visit the cinema studios, then we will stop for lunch in a local restaurant before Free time to enjoy a mint tea and enjoy the green valley and beautiful views of the high atlas peaks.

The cinema is welcome by the inhabitants of this region as a source of additional income for the work they perform as extras in the films.

In this area, between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, one can find several kasbahs all of the color of the sand and forming small Berber villages that take advantage of the abundance of water from the atlas to its small crops and animals.

Return to Marrakech at the end of the day

Day trip to Ouarzazate & Ait benhaddou Include :

  • Professional driver/guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • AC minivan or 4WD Fuel included
  • Mineral water during the trip

Not included:

  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Tips