Day Trip to Ouarzazate

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Day Trip to Ouarzazate

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Day Trip Overview

Ouarzazate is known now more for its incredible track record of providing Hollywood with its most spectacular backdrops, from Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and more recently Sahara. Once an outpost for the French Legion, it has within its area some spectacular Kasbah’s. Fans of mountain walks will be delighted by the various hiking trails that meander the chains of the High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas.

Day Trip Highlights

This full-day trip from Marrakech to the Sahara desert of Ouarzazate will allow you to discover the area in the best possible way.  You will experience palmeries, sand dunes at sunset, unique starscapes, and endless views. Opportunity to take a short camel ride, seeing wildlife and a dry lake. Enjoy spending time in desolate campsites, making sand bread, and dancing and drumming with nomads.

Finally, you will visit the historic Ait Ben Hadou site. Even more, drive through the magnificent Atlas Mountains to enjoy Morocco’s most beautiful sceneries, and cross the awesome Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass above sea level. Then, drive through Ounila valley and enjoy the breathtaking views of the old kasbahs to reach Ait Ben Haddou. Situated about thirty km from Ouarzazate, on the road to Tizi N’Tichka towards Marrakech. The Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, an old kasbah of the seventeenth century with a rich past, is a must-visit. Continue to Ouarzazate, the gate to the Sahara desert to see the studios where famous movies were filmed. Most noteworthy, This small-group tour is limited to seven to get the most of your moment-to-moment experience.

  • Discover the high Atlas and Cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass
  • Drive through the road of 1000 Kasbahs
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Discover the way of life of the Berber people
  • Learn about the region’s history & caravan routes between Sahara and Marrakech

Even more, if you have any special requests for this day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, please contact us or let us know what you want and our knowledgeable staff will customize a Morocco desert tour to match for you!.

Day Trip Itinerary

1 Day : Marrakech – Ouarzazate

At 8:00 am you will meet your guide in front of your riad or hotel in the city of Ouarzazate. Start the day at the old kasbah of Ouarzazate, Taourirt, where you have some time to explore the narrow pedestrian streets on your own. Afterward, 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, and Prince of Persia.

At lunchtime, you'll travel a gravel road to Aït Ben Haddou and have a look at the fortified city wall 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site and has also been used for many shots for Hollywood movies. Enjoy a guided tour and have your lunch in an authentic restaurant before or after. 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 Grand Atlas Mountains. Travel back to Ouarzazate and be dropped off at your hotel or riad in the late afternoon.


  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional driver / guide
  • Local Guide at Kasbah Ait ben haddou kasbah
  • Local taxes


  • Lunch and drinks
  • Entrance fees

Things To Remember

  • If the itinerary Ouarzazate an ait Ben Haddou Excursion from Marrakech that we offer does not match what you're looking for, contact us and we will prepare the trip to your needs and requirements.
  • 50% off for children under 12 years with maximum 1 child per family

prices for private day trips

Private day trips are organized in luxury vehicles with your own private driver
NUMBER OF PEOPLE 1-2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
PRICE 140 € 145 € 145 € 150 € 155 €
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Price for shared day trips

Shared day trips are organized in a small group of 17 persons
29 €

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