Shared Day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate & Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
You can experience the Moroccan desert in one full day by taking the full-day tour from Marrakech to Ouarzazate & Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Through the Tizi Ntichka pass, located at an altitude of 2269 meters above sea level, you can traverse the entire Atlas mountain range in a round trip of 400 kilometers. Views of the magnificent landscapes dotted with Berber villages will take your breath away. Explore the legendary Berber village of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and its sister city of Ouarzazate, known as the Hollywood of Africa.
What’s included & Excluded In the Shared Day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate
Watch the blue boats at the fishing port of Essaouira.
Visit Skala Kasbah, once a fortress in times of war.
The stunning Essaouira art galleries are scattered throughout Medina.
Essaouira’s Medina can be explored at your leisure.
Enjoy a seafood lunch at a local café terrace.
Sunbathe on the 6 km long sandy beach.
Modern minibus (no more than 17 passengers) with air conditioning and English-speaking driver.
You will then be taken to your hotel or Marrakech city center.
Tips and gratuity
Lunch and Beverages
THIS IS THE ITINERARY OF THE Shared Day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate:
One DAY Shared Day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate
You will be picked up from your hotel or riad early in the morning ( 07h00 AM ) to begin the tour of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and Ouarzazate.
Driving east from Marrakech across the windswept Atlas Mountains and the Tizi Ntichka pass. A number of stops will be made along the way so you can take photos, stretch your legs or drink a cup of coffee.
Visit the village of Ait Benhaddou (where Star Wars was filmed). The fortified village of Ait Benhaddou has been classified by UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural treasures. One of the most beautiful villages of this kind in Morocco, it is studded with crenelated towers and houses decorated with geometrical patterns.
The village, inhabited only by five families, is currently undergoing restoration work designed to encourage more residents.
Follow the route to Ouarzazate, the starting point of the Sahara desert. Taourirt Kasbah is a must-see. This kasbah is considered one of Morocco’s most beautiful, located directly on the road into the Sahara desert, on the edge of the town. You will find elaborately decorated geometric towers, luxury apartments, and simple clay houses in this maze of stretches. A portion of the fortified village is open to the public.
Then, you will proceed to cross the High Atlas Mountains in the afternoon to drive back to Marrakech.
You will be dropped off late in the afternoon at your hotel or downtown upon returning from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.