Day Trip to Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

1 day
year-round
17 pax



Day Trip to Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

Through this day trip to Ait Benhaddou you should know that this spot is more than just a film set, though; it is a ksar, a fortified village whose history goes back almost a thousand years, although the maze of narrow and crenulated towers you see these days are mainly from the 17th century. As a strategic stop for caravans of camels, often numbering hundreds, on the trans-Saharan trade route from the Sudan to Marrakech carrying gold, silver and slaves and returning with salt, it would have been a thriving town, home to thousands. And Ouarzazate is the “Door of the Desert,”


Itinerary day by day


Marrakech - Tizi N'tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Marrakech

At 8:00am you driver/tour guide will meet you at the closest point to you Riad or in you hotel to head south through Tizi N’Tichka pass (2260m) in the High Atlas Mountains. You will enjoy a windy road, beautiful landscapes with different colors and Berber villages lined along the way. The first pause will be in Ait Barka village. It will be around 10:00am to take beautiful pictures; sip a cup of hot drink (tea-coffee …) loosen up and continue your route via the Highest Atlas Mountains by its TIZI N’TICHKA. The second pause will take place in the peak of TICHKA. Arriving to Ait Benhaddou where you will be guided by local guide, for 1 hour, to shed light on the history of this amazing heritage. Then you will have free time for lunch and it will be around one14:00pm. After that you will head to explore Ouarzazate, the “Door of the Desert”, by its famous Taourirt Kasbah and the «Ouallywood» studio.

Ait Benhaddou is more than just a film set. It is a 17th century UNESCO-protected red mud-brick ksar, which has formed the backdrop for many Hollywood movies production such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, Gladiator, Game of Thrones and many others.

It is a ksar, a fortified village whose history goes back centuries ago, although the maze of narrow and crenulated towers you see these days are mainly from the 17th century. As a strategic stop for caravans of camels, often numbering hundreds, on the trans-Saharan trade route from Tumbuktu to Marrakech carrying gold, silver and slaves and returning with salt, it would have been a thriving town, home to thousands. In the Ksar the road winds endlessly through the hills of rich reds and pale white.

At the crest of another hill, seemingly like all the others, appears a vista unlike any other. The water that flows in the winter has created an ocean of green – trees and grass – life amongst the rock and where there is life you will find the humans. Cut into the hills is an ancient village, the squares edges the only thing distinguishing it from the hills into which it is built. Rising to the top of the hill, families still live and work amongst the tourists.


Not included

Morocco Social Impact Travel exists to authentically connect you, not only to Morocco’s incredible destinations. We want you to touch and feel the good quality of our local families home-cooked meals and to taste the ras el hanout and the saffron and more other commonly used spices in our Delicious local & seasonal cuisine, such as seven vegetable Couscous, flavorful Tagines & creative soups & vegetables, plus Tanjia and Rfisa, mint tea and pistachios. Plus, enjoy a hands-on cooking class so you can impress friends & family back home. Gluten free or vegan? We've got you covered!

While in Morocco we are pleased to support the wonderful work of Ennajah Association and Chabab Time, two nonprofit organizations. the first one based in Zagora and aims to create sustainable development in community through The Fight Against School Dropouts of girls by providing transportation and providing water for the population ...

The second one is based in Rabat but works all over Morocco and aims to motivate young people to actively participate in Public life. We may also pick a local Berber school to donate supplies & small toys, spreading joy in simple ways, and giving a bit back to the local people of the area.

Last but not least, we want you to have the opportunity to give back, to support vulnerable families in meaningful ways. To build authentic connections and know that your visit matters. That when you leave, you’ll take carpets and Argan oil and lanterns and photographs and memories, but you’ll also leave a mark that made a difference.

We, in Morocco Social Impact Travel « MSITravels », care about our customers and their comfort. Thus, we offer different kind of transportation depending on the number of travelers and the chosen tour. E.g. if the tour is off-road we will offer a 4 wheels drive car for each 4 customers maximum. Otherwise we have 7 seats Minivan, Minibus for 17 travelers and Coach for more than 17 travelers.

Included:

        Eng, Fr or Spanish-speaking professional driver/tour guide

        Guide: ksar Ait Benhaddou

        Private Transportation: minivan or minibus

        Air-conditioned vehicle

        Visit to women's cooperatives

        Toll road fees, fuel charges and all taxes

        Transport Insurance

⋎        Wifi on board

⋎        An opportunity to meet up with locals


Excluded:

×        Flights

×        Travel Insurance

×        Gratuities

×        Additional services

×        Drinks

×        Anything mentioned not in ‘included’


- Booking -


Starting from

180.00€

Price varies by group size




Adults

Child (-10)



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