Day trip to Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate

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Daily Tour

Group Size

45 people



About this tour

Visit Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, two highlights of any trip to Morocco. She crosses the High Atlas Mountains and observes life in the Berber villages and shepherds along the way. Take great photos at the top of the Tizi n’ Tichkas pass, the highest mountain pass in Morocco. Also check out the film location for countless films including Black Hawk Down and Game of Thrones.

Return along a new road to Marrakech and pass by the Telouet Kasbah to learn more about the Glaoui dynasty and to see the ruins of this remarkable and lesser-visited place.


  • Discover incredible desert landscapes as you leave Marrakech for a day in Ouarzazate. See the exterior of the famous Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou and the city of Ouarzazate, then see the sites where films such as Gladiator were filmed.


  • Airport transfers
  • Local guides as needed;
  • Daily breakfast
  • Some dinners
  • Entrance to all historical monuments (except Jardin Majorelle and Hassan II Mosque)
  • Comfortable vehicle with air conditioning
  • All accommodations
  • Camel trekking in the desert
  • Italian speaking driver or national guide (over 4 people)
  • Flight ticket
  • Lunch
  • Discretionary tips (driver/guide, city guides, waiters, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinner unless otherwise indicated
  • Drinks


day trip to ouarzazate from marrakech

On this day trip to Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech you will have the pleasure of seeing the countryside south of Marrakech. The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou is the best preserved Kasbah in Morocco. More like a city built with many smaller kasbahs, Ait Ben Haddo Kasbah is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 14th-century fortified hilltop village, Ait Ben Haddou was once on the old caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara. The Kasbah itself has been featured in a number of films. As the families that originally lived in the Kasbah have moved to find more modern amenities, an entire village has grown up around this beautiful structure, just across the river bed. You will start your Ait Ben Haddou day trip from Marrakech with a 9am departure from your accommodation. Leaving Marrakech you will cross the High Atlas Mountains over the Tizi n' Tichka pass, which is a winding mountain road that exposes extraordinary landscapes at every turn. Stop at the top of the pass at 2160m and have a look over the valley. A little further on you reach the fortified Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou with a stop to discover the charm and interest of this beautiful and very well preserved Kasbah. Crossing the riverbed, one can climb the winding narrow streets and paths of the ruins to the granary at the top. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. After this stop you will continue to neighboring Ouarzazate. This city is the gateway to the desert and the center of the film industry in Morocco. Visit the Taourirt Kasbah and its spectacular building with a long history of the Glaoui dynasty. Return to Marrakech past the Telout Kasbah, located on a different road. Pass by the salt marshes and see a more rural and undisturbed part of this mountainous area. Stop in the Telouet Kasbah for a tour and an opportunity to further understand the impact of the Glaoui dynasty on Morocco. In the afternoon, you will have the option to return to Marrakech to your accommodation, arriving in time to enjoy an evening in the bustling city.

Frequently asked questions

Is it worth visiting Ouarzazate? In short, Ouarzazate is worth a visit as it serves as the gateway to the Sahara desert. Most Sahara desert tours will pass through Ouarzazate both on the way to and from Merzouga, the famous desert city.

Conclusion: Ouarzazate is, as already mentioned above, a very popular stopover on round trips through Morocco. If you're traveling by car then you should definitely plan on 1 or 2 nights here. And don't miss Ait-Ben Haddou and the film studios!

Atlas Mountains & 3 Valleys & Waterfalls & Agafay Desert... Discover the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains on a full-day trip from Marrakech that explores sweeping valleys and lush orchards with views of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

Ouarzazate is very safe, but don't wander into strange corners at night. Crime throughout southern Morocco is minimal, but it's best not to take (too many) risks.

The fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou and the medieval city of Essaouira were used for the filming of Game of Thrones in Morocco. Parts of GOT were also filmed at Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate. Besides Morocco, GOT was also filmed in countries such as Scotland, Ireland, Malta, Spain and Croatia.

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