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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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Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

2. Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

Discover Fes and Marrakech, Morocco's imperial cities on a 3-day tour. Day 1: Marrakech — Ait Ben Haddou — Tinghir (1st night at Bougafer hotel) Your tour will start with an early pick-up. Meet your driver in the morning at your hotel or riad and start your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. After a guided walk in the village, continue to Ouarzazate for a leisurely lunch. In the early afternoon, travel northeast to Boumalne Dades. After a drive along the Dades River with the marvelous sunset as your backdrop, reach the gorges of Dades. Make a pit stop to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then continue to a hotel where you will dine and rest for the night. Day 2: Tinghir — Merzouga After breakfast, the day's journey along the road of 1001 Kasbas to Tinghir, a beautiful oasis where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long walk by the river bank all the way to Todgha Gorges. Here you will have some free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch.  Early in the afternoon, the walk will lead you to Merzouga where your camel caravan will be waiting for you. From here, ride your camel through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, while enjoying a mesmerizing sunset. Just before dark, reach your Sahara desert camp nestled between the sand dunes where you will enjoy a Moroccan dinner under the stars, while being entertained by local nomads playing their drums around the campfire. Day 3: Merzouga — Fes  If you wish, your desert camp hosts will wake you up to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, drive along the Ziz River with its amazing oasis lined with palm trees and fortified ksours (castles) all the way to Midelt, a small town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Fes. You will notice a dramatic change in the landscape: snow capped mountains, cedar forests, and rich vegetation, a complete 180 from the arid and rocky landscapes of the rest of the tour. Your Marrakech to Fes desert tour will end in the early evening and your driver will take you to your riad or hotel in Fes.

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2-Day Desert Safari to Zagora from Marrakech

3. 2-Day Desert Safari to Zagora from Marrakech

Live the life of a Berber for one night on a 2-day desert safari to Zagora and the Draa Valley from Marrakech. Experience the shifting sand dunes on the back of a camel, sleep under a canopy of stars, and follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty on a visit to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Day 1: Marrakech - Zagora (7 hours drive) Following an early morning pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, drive across the High Atlas Mountains en route to Ouarzazate, where you will stop for a lunch at leisure. Continue to the oasis of Agdez, before driving through the date and palm trees of the Draa Valley. Marvel at the fortified Kasbahs along the way. Upon arrival at Zagora, meet your camel caravan for a 1-hour camel ride over the sand dunes. Watch the sunset paint the desert sands as it sinks below the horizon. Then, transfer to your Sahara Desert camp just before dark. Settle into your private tent, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore the surrounding desert scenery. Dinner will be served under the stars, while your nomad hosts will provide the entertainment around a camp fire with the beat of their tam tam drums. Day 2: Zagora - Marrakech (7 hours drive) Wake early to experience the magic of a desert sunrise (optional). Then, enjoy breakfast before climbing back into the saddle of your camel for the ride back to the main road. Here, your minibus will be waiting to take you on a scenic drive to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Instantly recognizable as the setting of various Hollywood epics, it’s also a popular backdrop for photo shoots with international fashion magazines and agencies. Explore the Kasbah at leisure, with some free time for lunch, before the picturesque drive back to Marrakech for an estimated drop off at 18:00.

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From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 3-Day Group Tour

4. From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 3-Day Group Tour

Discover the real Morocco on this tour through the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. This 3-day tour from Marrakech takes you on an adventure through the beautiful scenery of southern Morocco. Enjoy the sunset behind the fascinating sand dunes, and see limestone cliffs, spectacular mountain valleys, and desert landscapes. This journey passes through many interesting towns and villages, where you will get an insight into authentic Moroccan life. Visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular location for many film settings. Enjoy a camel ride through the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi and admire the palm groves surrounding the Todra Gorge. You also have the option to spend a night under the stars in a nomadic tent in the desert. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Marrakech – Telouat – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Boumalen Dadès (Dadès Gorge) After an early departure, cross the High Atlas Mountains and reach the 2260m-high Tizi n'Tichka pass. Then continue on to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many films have been shot there including The Mummy, Gladiator, 7 Days in Tibet, Alexander the Great, and Babel. Then continue towards Ouarzazate through the implacable hamada followed by a visit to Kasbah of Taourirt and the film studios. The journey then continues along the Road of 1000 Kasbahs to the Dadès Valley. Along this road we will pass through the fascinating town of Skoura as well as Kalaat M'Gouna, which is known for its roses. After arriving in Boumalne Dadès, there will be dinner and an overnight stay. Distance: 300 km Day 2: Boumalen Dadès – Tinghir – Todra Gorge – Arfoud – Merzouga Dunes Morning departure to Merzouga dunes. After Tinghir, visit the groves and then foray into the Todra Gorge. The limestone cliffs seem like an opening carved through the Todra Assif, which has spectacular peaks diving to the bed of the river. The peaks rise up to 300m above the Todra which meanders from its source in the High Atlas mountains. Walk freely through the gorges and palm groves. After lunch, we will continue to the palm groves of Tinjedad, Touroug and Erfoud. The tour will then continue to Merzouga where you will enjoy a camel ride through the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi, from which you can observe the sunset. Sand dunes are moving sculptures in the form of draperies whose colors vary according to the intensity of the light. They stand as living walls next to the desert with the highest reaching up to 150m. The night is spent in nomadic tents or Marabou between the dunes of Merzouga or in an air-conditioned room. Distance: 250 km Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Nqob – Tamnougalte – Ouarzazate – Marrakech After breakfast, depart towards the Draa Valley through Rissani and Nqob. Cross the most mysterious desert landscapes, dotted with oases, before continuing to Ouarzazate along the Draa valley. The incredible scenery is bordered with palm groves and extends over a length of 200 km with fortified Ksour. The river continues in a thin stream of water and provides a strange green color in the middle pre-Sahara. After lunch, return to Marrakech. Distance: 550 km

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

5. 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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From Agadir: Marrakech Excursion Full-Day Trip

6. From Agadir: Marrakech Excursion Full-Day Trip

Depart Agadir early in the morning taking the highway Agadir to Marrakech. After a 3-hour drive with some rest stops on the way while crossing the High Atlas mountains, you'll arrive in Marrakech. Once you arrive in Marrakech, you will meet your local tour guide and begin a walking tour of the Medina (old city of Marrakech). You will start by visiting the historical monuments of Marrakech including the famous Bahia Palace, a walk through the gardens of the Koutoubia Mosque and finally the Jamaa El Fana famous Square. At the end of your local tour, you will have free time to walk through the streets of the souks (local market), haggle with the shop vendors and find a good place to enjoy some local street food. After lunch, you’ll meet up with your driver, and begin the drive back to your hotel in Agadir with an expected arrival time of roughly 9:00 PM. 

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Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate: Private Day Trip from Marrakech

7. Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate: Private Day Trip from Marrakech

Cross the High Atlas Mountains by the Tizi n'Tichka Pass, 2,260 meters above sea level. See Berber villages perched on the side of the mountains, hardly distinguishable from the mountains themselves. On the far side of the mountains the landscape becomes desert-like. Admire the kasbah architecture featuring turrets, grilled windows, and peach-colored adobe walls. Continue to the ancient kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Ouarzazate, known as Morocco's Hollywood. Movies filmed there including Diamond of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, Kingdom of Heaven, The Mommy, Gladiator, Seven Days in Tibet, Alexander the Great, Babel, and others.

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Private Day Trip to Telouet & Ait Ben Haddou

8. Private Day Trip to Telouet & Ait Ben Haddou

You’ll be picked up in Marrakech from where you'll head out in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle on a drive across the largest mountains in North Africa. En route you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains and fertile valleys. This 10-hour trip is priced for a group of up to 4 persons. See the salt mines in the Ounila Valley, the Pacha Glaoui Kasbah, and Telouet. Visit the Ksar (Castle) of Ait-Ben-Haddou, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The village of Ait-Ben-Haddou is situated on a hill in the Souss Massa Draa region, along the Ouarzazate River. It was an important stop for traders carrying gold, salt, and slaves along the main caravan route through the Sahara. Both Lawrence of Arabia and Jesus of Nazareth were filmed here. The entire lower part of the village was rebuilt, and in recent years, more controlled restoration was carried out under the watchful eye of UNESCO. Lunch will be in a local restaurant in Ait-Ben-Haddou, where you’ll enjoy your meal with panoramic views of the Kasbah. You'll then return to Marrakech via the Tizi n’Tichka pass.

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From Marrakech: Camel Ride & Hiking Tour in Atlas Mountains

9. From Marrakech: Camel Ride & Hiking Tour in Atlas Mountains

Depart Marrakech at 09:00 and travel by private vehicle to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Go to the village of Asni for the start of your adventure. After an approximately 40-minute drive, switch to a camel and ride through apple orchards, juniper forests and local villages. Spend about 2 hours on camel back before a 10-minute walk to lunch. Enjoy a welcome mint tea break at a local home. Get a nice view of the surrounding scenery from the roof terrace. Then, take another 10-minute stroll back to your waiting vehicle. Journey back to Marrakech via a different route for alternative views. Pass through the Kik Plateau, famed for its stunning landscape, beautiful views of the mountains and abundance of flowers in the spring. See the reservoir of Lalla Takerkoust before you arrive back in Marrakech at the end of the day.

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From Marrakech: 7-Day Morocco Highlights Tour

10. From Marrakech: 7-Day Morocco Highlights Tour

Day 1: Marrakesh, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, and the Dades Gorges You will be picked up from either the airport or your accommodation, from where you will go to the High Atlas region. You will cross the port of Tichka from where you will be able to see the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the famous site where several well-known movies were filmed. You will enjoy lunch there, before continuing on your way to the palm grove valley of Skoura and the Valley of Roses. After arriving at the valley of Daded, you will enjoy dinner before spending the evening in a hotel. Day 2: Dades - the Todra's Gorges - Erfoud - The Desert of Merzouga Your day will begin as you cross the Valley of the Dades, making panoramic stops to take pictures of the landscape before passing by the famous gorges of the Todra. You will take a short tea break before continuing your way to Erfoud, where you will turn off the track towards the dunes of Erg chebbi Merzouga. Once there you will enjoy an excursion on camels to contemplate the wonderful dunes of Erg Chebbi as the sun sets. You will arrive at the camp where you will enjoy dinner to the rhythm of drums and Berber music, as you spend an unforgettable night in the middle of the desert. Day 3: Merzouga, Midelt, and Fez Following breakfast, you will depart to Fez via Rissani, the former economic capital of Morocco. You will continue to the palm valley of Ziz, passing through Tafilalt and enjoying its panoramic views. You will later arrive to Azrou, contemplating the wonderful landscapes of the Middle Atlas and the forest of the pig, with an obligatory stop to see the monkeys that live there in the wild. Following this, you will pass through Ifrane (which is referred to as Moroccan Switzerland), before arriving in the afternoon to Fez. Day 4: Fez Following breakfast, you will leave to visit the old Medina of Fez, the cultural capital and the oldest of the imperial cities of the country. You will explore the impressive Medina, with its typical shops and artisan quarters, before sitting for lunch in a typical restaurant. That afternoon, you will drive to Meknes. Day 5: Volubiles and Rabat Your day will begin as you depart to the Roman ruins of Volubiles. Once there you will visit the walled Medina of the city, the Bab Mansour Gate, and the Hedim Square. You will later enjoy lunch, before departing to Rabat, the administrative capital of the country. You will visit its leading monuments, before continuing your journey to Casablanca where you will spend a night in a hotel. Day 6: Casablanca and Marrakesh Following breakfast, you will make a panoramic visit to the exterior of the Mosque of Hassan II. There you will enjoy a small tour to learn of the most emblematic points of the city, such as the Boulevard de la corniche, the Park of Notions, and Mohamed V. Square. You will then depart for Marrakesh, where you will receive a guided tour of the city before staying for the night. Your tour will then conclude the following day, as you depart back home.

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4.3 / 5

based on 765 reviews

This was an incredible experience. We got to see the most beautiful sand dunes and landscapes, ride camels, sleep under the stars, play songs around a campfire, I highly highly recommend you give it a go! Our driver Mohammed drove very safely and pointed out interesting things along the way. We stopped regularly and had guided tours of various towns. It was exactly as I imagined it so was very pleased with the overall experience.

Youssef has been a very kind and thoughtful driver, he made sure everyone of us feel comfortable during the trip. The journey is well-organised in general and the starry night of sahara is something one can not miss!

Both drivers were excellent— Mohamed from Marrakech to the Sahara and Taxi 456 from the Sahara to Fes. We enjoyed the scenery and the well planned stops with cultural experiences and local guides along the way.

This was an excellent trip, very well organized. You get so much for your money. PLEASE tip the local people that give you such an amazing experience!

Despite the long journeys, it is an incredible experience! The landscapes are beautiful, I really recommend