This full day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate & Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou is ideal for those of you who cannot spare more than one day to get a sneak of Morocco Sahara desert. Take this round trip of 400 km across the Atlas mountain range via the Tizin’nTichka pass at an altitude of 2269 meters above sea level. Marvel at the brilliant landscape views dotted with Berber villages.
Visit Ait Benhaddou village (where Star Wars were filmed). UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural treasures has classified the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou. It is studded with crenelated towers and its buildings decorated with geometrical motifs and are considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of this kind in Morocco. A program of restoration work is currently under way to encourage the population of the village, which is at present inhabited by just five families.
From here, continue to Ouarzazate, which marks the beginning of the Sahara desert. Visit Taourirt Kasbah. This former Glaoui residence, situated on the edge of the town, on the road to Morocco Sahara desert, is considered to be one of the most beautiful kasbahs of Morocco. It consists of a maze of luxury apartments, simple clay houses and crenelated towers, which are lavishly decorated with geometric motifs. Part of the fortified village is open to the public.
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.
Your Full day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou will end late in the afternoon by a drop off at your hotel or in the city center.
PS: Please note that this day trip involves 5 hours drive each way in windy roads.
Pick up time: 07h00
Return time: 19h00 the latest
07h00: Pick up from your hotel / Riad
10h00: Arrival at Kasbah At Ben Haddou – Free time to explore the Kasbah & Berber village
12h00: Depart to Ouarzazate
12h30: Arrival at Ouarzazate – Panoramic tour of the city
13h00: Time at leisure for lunch
14h00: Visit Kasbah Taourirt & its nearby village
15h30: Depart to Marrakech
19h00: End of your Full day excursion to Ourzazate & Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
Pick up from your hotel / Riad in Marrakech
A/C modern minibus (no more than 17 passengers) driven by an English speaking driver
Drop off at your hotel or Marrakech city center
Entrance fees to Kasbah Taourirt (2,00 € pp to be paid at the Kasbah)
Local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou ( Optional )