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Morocco: Private Tour of Aït-Ben-Haddou & Ouarzazate

1. Morocco: Private Tour of Aït-Ben-Haddou & Ouarzazate

Begin your full-day tour of the incredible Moroccan landscape with a drive from Marrakech through the Tizi-N-Tichka Pass. Visit a cooperative run by women in the Atlas Mountains, where the famous argan oil is produced by hand and organic delicacies and beauty products are sold.  Just before Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert, enjoy the unique chance to visit the Aït-Ben-Haddou Kasbah. This ancient town is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but often a location used in Hollywood films and television series, such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince of Persia and Game of Thrones. Enjoy a 1-hour tour with a local guide and discover what makes this little town so unique. After lunch in a local restaurant with a panoramic terrace in the newer part of Aït-Ben-Haddou, continue to Ouarzazate and enjoy the choice of visiting either the venerable Kasbah Taourirt and the Old City or the Film Museum on the other side of the street. Stop for a coffee or tea over the High Atlas and return to Marrakech.

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Private Full-Day Tour in and around Ouarzazate

2. Private Full-Day Tour in and around Ouarzazate

Tour the famous Aït Ben Haddou-Kasbah and Ouarzazate, the «Hollywood of Morocco» on an exciting day trip You will meet your guide in front of your Riad or Hotel in Ouarzazate at 09:00 am. Start the day at the old kasbah of Ouarzazate named Taourirt where you have some time to explore the narrow pedestrian streets on your own and visit the palace with its countless rooms which seem like a labyrinth. Afterwards, you can have a look at the movie museum just on the other side of the road. Continue to the Atlas Corporation film studios, where you can discover the diverse sets and listen to the anecdotes of the multiple movies and actors. Several famous movies like Gladiator, Babel, Prince of Persia, and recently The Physician have been shot in those studios. Now it is nearly lunch time: travel down a gravel road in the direction of Aït Ben Haddou and have a look at a fortified city wall which has been used in the movie Gladiator starring Russel Crowe. The famous Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, the fortified clay city with its numerous ksars and kasbahs, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has also been used for many Hollywood movie shoots. From the highest point up the hill, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view over Aït Ben Haddou and the valley up to the snow covered High Atlas mountains. Enjoy a guided tour (optional) and have your lunch in an authentic families home after the tour.  Return  to Ouarzazate and drop off at your Hotel/Riad in Ouarzazate in the late afternoon at 4:00 pm.

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What people are saying about Drâa-Tafilalet

Exciting trip with an excellent guide

The pick-up at the riad went very well. The guide with a good knowledge of German and a confident driving style. The return journey from Ouarzazate to Marrakech turned out to be somewhat difficult; the Tizi n'Tichka Pass was temporarily closed due to snowfall and landslides. Our Mohammed took a side street, fought his way through debris avalanches and rivers pouring over the road and over the snow-covered slide at the top of the pass. Since the road had been completely torn away further down, he stopped in a rest house to wait. We were well catered for and kept informed. Since there was no getting through in any direction, Mohammed organized an overnight stay with a Berber family with lots of pillows and blankets and even breakfast. About 20 tourists were able to spend a very comfortable night in the (unheated) house, protected from the snowstorms. Mohammed took great care of us and brought us back on time for the return flight!

The tour was great and Mohamed was super!

Experience was great as well as our guide Mohamed. The only issue we faced was realated to the hotel. As per email and agreements we were expecting one hotel while, just before the check in, they informed us that it was fully booked, so they booked a different one ... that was crapy (seriously!) I refuse myself to stay there and the agency was lovely to find a different (and much better!) solution.

It was fantastic and our driver guide Salmi was wonderful. It would assist if travellers understood that they can set their own itinerary before the trip starts.

Punctual pickup at the hotel Good and safe driver Friendly and open guide with good knowledge of German Very recommendable excursion

Great day trip with a very pleasant guide. Despite a very long drive, a varied experience with great impressions.