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From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

1. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

Start your day trip with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation from 7-8 AM. Hop inside your air-conditioned car and soak up the scenery as you travel into the Atlas Mountains. Your first stop will be at a small village called Ait Ben Barka near the amazing natural areas surrounding Toufliht. Explore the area with your driver and learn about the schedule for your trip, and the sights that you will see on your trip. You'll take a little break to enjoy the beauty of this natural landscape and get excited for the next part of your journey. The second stop on your tour will be the Tizi n'Tichka pass, 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters).  Your third stop will be at Atlas Film Studios at Ouarzazate. This is the largest film studio in the world, famously featured in the TV series Game of Thrones. You will have the opportunity to visit the studios to explore on your own. You'll be able to learn more bout the actors and films that have been filmed here, and take some pictures of the unique Moroccan scenery in the area. After the studio, you will go for lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, with excellent prices and stunning panoramic views. The next and last visit after lunch will be at the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, recognized as a UNESCO site and one of the most extraordinary kasbahs in Morocco. You'll end your day of scenic views and memories by relaxing in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on your drive back to Marrakech. You'll be dropped off at your accommodation in Marrakech between 8-8:30 PM.

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From Marrakesh: 2-Day Trek to Ait-Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

2. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Trek to Ait-Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet Kasbah – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah Depart from your Marrakech hotel at 8:30am by air-conditioned vehicle and head toward Ouarzazate. Admire the majestic Moroccan scenery and small, tiered villages as you soar toward the High Atlas by way of the winding Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Continue on the meandering roads to the Telouet kasbah, an ancestral residence of the Pasha Glaoui of Marrakech. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the historic kasbah, and then cross the Telouet trail, which used to be a trade route connecting sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech. Once you reach the stunning red landscapes and green olive trees of the Ounila Valley, discover the Aït Benhaddou kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take in a beautiful sunset from the top tower of the kasbah before sitting down to dinner and checking in for your overnight stay in the 3-star Ait Benhaddou hotel. Day 2: Aït Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Fint Oasis – Marrakech Enjoy breakfast and then get back in your air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to Ouarzazate, the site where movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and Gladiator have been filmed. Take in the panoramic views and visit the ancient Taourirt kasbah, another UNESCO World Heritage site and home to two film studios and the Museum of Cinema. Explore the studios and continue on to the Fint Oasis, a beautiful palm grove made up of four traditional Berber villages. Visit a Berber house and enjoy Moroccan mint tea. Sit down for lunch then return to Marrakech in the late afternoon.

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Marrakech: Ait Benhaddou Kasbah Guided Tour with Lunch

3. Marrakech: Ait Benhaddou Kasbah Guided Tour with Lunch

The day begins with pickup from Marrakech and leaves the city behind as you head towards the Atlas Mountains. Stop at the famous Tichka Pass, the highest road pass in Morocco, and admire breathtaking views of the scenery. Continue the tour to the ruins of Glaoui Kasbah, which dates back to the 18th century and was once a main power point of south-east Morocco. Drive through the impressive Ounila Valley next, stopping to marvel at the old Berber villages along the way followed by a visit to Telouet Kasbah. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch at a local eatery before arriving at the UNESCO listed Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. Enjoy a guided tour of the kasbah, which dates back to the 17th century, and learn about its fascinating history and architecture. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and soak up stunning views of the landscape on the way back to Marrakech.

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Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs: Day Trip from Marrakech

4. Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs: Day Trip from Marrakech

Experience Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs day trip from Marrakech. Criss-cross the Atlas Mountains and take the road to the Sahara Desert on the old caravan routes. See colorful villages with houses erected from mud. See trading outposts, local art, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites featured in Hollywood blockbusters. Ride over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka, see Berber villages, and watch as the landscape changes drastically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like as the chain of the Atlas mountains acts as barrier against the Mediterranean climate of the north. Take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Pacha of the Atlas, the Glaoui, and was left to ruin after the departure of the French armies. Marvel at the tiled walls, fluted pillars, painted wooden ceilings, and colored glass windows of the reception rooms. Enjoy lunch at Ait Ben Haddou along the newly asphalted road. Once in the village, get a closer look at the Kasbah's turrets, grilled windows, and soft peach coloured adobe walls. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, the most famous of all Moroccan kasbahs, due to its appearance in many Hollywood blockbusters. This was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory, and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Before leaving Ait Benhaddou, take one last glimpse of the village from a distant point offering a panoramic view.

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2 Days Tour To Zagora Desert, Camel Treks & Discovery Nomad

5. 2 Days Tour To Zagora Desert, Camel Treks & Discovery Nomad

Enjoy a drive through the high Atlas to explore the hidden village in the foothills of Tichka Pass. Camel trek in the dunes of Zagora Tinfou for an amazing sunset over the palm grove. Sleep in the desert camp in Tinfou, visit the old Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage in Ouarzazate, and explore the city of Ouarzazate on a 2-day tour. Discover the deep south and the Draa valley on a private adventure tour from Marrakech in the desert of Zagora by 4X4 or Luxury Minivan. Cross the Berber villages to the High Atlas by the Tizi n' Tichka pass, one of the great passes of Morocco (2260 m altitude). Enjoy the change of the sceneries and the dramatic landscapes. Arrive at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site. Visit the Kasbah with its fortified palaces with a local professional guide. Near the Kasbah, stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Continue your journey to Ouarzazate with a stop to take pictures of the old UNESCO Kasbah Taourirt. Head south towards Zagora, through the valley of Thousand Kasbahs and the biggest palm grove in Morocco (185 km.) Be welcomed by a mint tea, relax and arrange your luggage for another adventure by camel to witness the beautiful sunset over Tinfou dunes and the palm grove. Reach your final destination in a desert camp in the middle of nowhere to spend a beautiful night at the camp under a nomadic Berber tent with dinner and breakfast included. Enjoy a memorable sunrise behind the mountains and Tinfou dunes of the desert of Zagora with a traditional breakfast. Take the road from your camp after a shower and drive back to Marrakech via the same road of Daraa Valley and Oasis, once again cross the Draà Valley by the village of Agdez. Stop to visit the Kasbah Tamnouggalte. Cross the anti-Atlas to arrive in Ouarzazate city, where you will visit Cinema Studios. Continue towards Marrakech, a few kilometers after Ouarzazate, stop for lunch in a typical restaurant. after lunch, drive through Tichka Pass, then return to Marrakech for a drop-off at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Tizi n'Tichka

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 678 reviews

Very good experience, I 100% recommend this tour. Magnificent landscapes all along the road and especially arrival in Aït Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate! “Thank you to Zacharia who was super nice, and who also taught us a lot of things about Morocco which was very enriching! We also ate in a great restaurant! You should still expect to make a lot of road, we left at 8am and returned at 9pm but it is worth it. Thank you for everything, from Julien and Léa the couple from Marseille !!!

Very nice trip. Our driver Abdul made it very special. He showed us all the nice places, told a lot about the culture and history. We felt very welcome, also thanks to the guide at Ait Benhaddou. We would really recommend this trip with those guides.

Long trip but not to be missed! The landscapes during the road are sublime. The guide stopped several times to give us tours of the kasbahs and take pictures of stunning views. Studio Atlas is just a must see! Instagram fans to take beautiful photos

This was the best day of our stay in Marrakech. We loved our host, he was so nice and friendly. We visited beautiful places during the day. Absolutely recommend this trip.

Best tour in Morocco.Definitely a miss if you dont get this tour.