Day Trip to Ouarzazate & Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech

A day trip to Ouarzazate will take you through the scenic mountain and desert vistas. Not to mention, you will get a taste of the picturesque High Atlas Mountains, the Tizi n’Tichka pass, ancient Kasbah, and see Moroccan culture among other attractions.   

So, if you have just one day to spare, this trip is just perfect to explore the enchanting beauty of the desert.  Well, we’ve got you covered. In other words, this single-day tour includes everything to make an ideal dessert exploration in Morocco. The 400 km desert route takes you from Marrakech to Ouarzazate via Ait Benhaddou. 

In the first place, the day trip from Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou will take you to Hollywood in Morocco. Well, both Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou are famous filming spots where many famous movies were made. Not to mention, Kasbah Ait Benhaddou is one of the most visited sites in Morocco because its historical background.  In fact, this landmark and UNESCO Heritage site were once a major stop for caravan rote from Marrakech to Sahara.  

In general, this historical tour will bring you back to the ancient world along with magnificent mountain and desert escapes. As well as you will enjoy all the beautiful sites, you will have a chance to stop anywhere on road to capture magnificent views.  

Tour Highlights

  • Seeing the picturesque snowcapped High Atlas Mountains
  • Crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass
  • Exploring the well-preserved kasbahs at Ait Benhaddou
  • Discovering the historical city of Ouarzazate
  • Enjoying amazing desert drives and the beautiful landscape

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate

In the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel in Marrakech and set off on a day trip to Ouarzazate.  To point out, the road to our first stop Ait Benhaddou is very scenic.  In brief, it will offer the most breathtaking views of the picturesque High Atlas Mountains.  Moreover, we will be stopping along the way to take in the vistas of the mountains and, the spectacular landscape along the Tizi n’Tichkapass (2260m above sea level).   

Next, at Ait Benhaddou, we will visit the beautiful ancient Kasbah.  As a matter of fact, the fortified, red-earthen settlement is over 1200 years old and offers a glimpse of what ancient Morocco looked like.  Moreover, a lot of the original features of the village are still intact.  Not to mention, the historical aspect of this place is one of the reasons several films have been shot here. The Mummy, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel, and the Game of Thrones series is to name just a few.  For sure, Its tall forts and geometrical motifs are a sight to behold.

Afterward, we will have lunch here, enjoying the local cuisine and centuries-old recipes. In the afternoon, we will head on to Ouarzazate.  Our itinerary includes also Atlas Studios which, is located 5 km outside Ouarzazate.  Next, we will be proceeding into the city for a panoramic view of the Kasbahs of Taourirt and Tifoultoute. Indeed, the fortified city offers an exotic backdrop and it has seen many Hollywood productions filmed here. For example, films like Sahara and Alexander to name just a couple. If we have the time, we will also, venture into the cinema museum, among other activities. 

Late afternoon, we’ll start driving back to Marrakech.  For sure, you’ll get to enjoy the beautiful landscape on the way once more. Lastly, we will drop you off at your accommodations in the city, marking the end of a fantastic single-day. 

Additional information:

  • We offer both standard and luxury accommodations. Please let us know what your preferences are and we will send you the available options.
  • In addition to first-class services, we have free wifi, water, pillows, and a wide variety of music in our vehicles for your amazing journey.
  • Please contact us for the desired tour, pricing, and more information: [email protected]  


Contact us for Booking

  • Included

    Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
    English or Spanish speaking driver
    Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodations
  • Not Included

    Accommodations during the tour
    Entry fees
    Some complementary dinners
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