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Marrakech to Ait ben Haddou day trip

Ait Benhaddou and Telouet day trip from Marrakech, discover the best of two Morocco’s most famous Kasbahs during this amazing private itinerary from Marrakech. Drive through the Atlas Mountains, via Berber villages that it’, difficult to recognize, to reach the ruins of the Kasbah Taluit that once belonged to the Pasha Atlas. Next, go to Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has served as the backdrop to many famous Hollywood movies, to learn about its rich history.

Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah

The site of the ksar has been fortified since the 11th century during the Almoravid period. None of the current buildings are believed to date from before the 17th century, but they were likely built with the same construction methods and designs as had been used for centuries before. The site’s strategic importance was due to its location in the Ounila Valley along with one of the main trans-Saharan trade routes. The Tizi n’Tichka pass, which was reached via this route, was one of the few routes across the Atlas Mountains, crossing between Marrakech and the Draa Valley on the edge of the Sahara. Other kasbahs and ksour were located all along this route, such as the nearby Tamdaght to the north.

Today, the ksar itself is only sparsely inhabited by several families. The depopulation over time is a result of the valley’s loss of strategic importance in the 20th century. Most local inhabitants now live in modern dwellings in the village on the other side of the river, and make a living off agriculture and especially off the tourist trade.

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Telouet Kasbah

The passage of the merchant caravans, which connected the desert with the large cities situated on the other side of the Atlas, and the proximity of the salt mines, made the wealth of the Pashas inhabiting Telouet. The current kasbah was built in the 1860s by the El Glaoui family, next to an ancient kasbah whose remains are still visible today. It was subsequently considerably enlarged during the first half of the twentieth century. Legend has it that 300 workers worked for three years to decorate the ceilings and walls. These are made of stucco, zelliges for the walls, and cedar painting for the ceiling. The roofs are covered with ceramic tiles painted green.

The support is given to the French by El Glaoui often called the Glaoui during the French occupation in Morocco, earned him the reciprocal support of the French colonial authorities. At the height of his power, the Glaoui family had considerable wealth, making him one of the country’s leading figures. But this commitment turned against him during the increasing rise towards the independence of Morocco. He died in oblivion in Marrakech in 1953. The funeral procession was presided over by Crown Prince Moulay Hassan ben Mohammed, the future ruler of Morocco as Hassan II. Since then, mainly because of such political connotation, the kasbah has been almost abandoned.

What’s the best time to travel to Morocco?
actually, Morocco is perfect for travel all year. the best time to visit the Sahara desert is The spring season that runs from March to May it is the best time to visit the desert of Morocco so that this period is characterized by moderate and beautiful weather, and Morocco knows calm rains and warm weather and is comfortable for tourism and enjoy its beauty, in this period you can visit all the cities of Morocco from the north To the south, especially in the month of May, which gives you the freedom to choose the region you want to spend the holiday. in the summer the weather is very hot in the Desert of Morocco, so you will want warm weather here on the Atlantic coast.

What Gifts and Memories can you return from morocco?
As soon as you start walking in Morocco, you will think about which souvenir to buy for yourself or for the people you love. The worry, believe it, you will be spoiled for choice. Here are some tips to help you.

Handcrafted terracotta pottery.
Wherever you go in the country, there will be shops selling handcrafted pottery items. Moroccans still use it today: they prepare their food in tagines, on terracotta braziers, and think that a real Moroccan couscous can only be served in a clay dish. You will find ashtrays, tagines-salad bowls-salt shakers, etc. There will be all sizes but the smallest are the most practical and often more affordable, The best pottery in the country comes from the city of Safi.

Clothes, hairstyles, and slippers.
Moroccan clothes are original and distinguished, Sellers usually wear them, You will be offered djellabas-Trousers-tunics of different cuts and fabrics, embroidered or without patterns. You’ll notice that the style differs from region to region. The gandouras would be a better option: there are for men and women, take the color that speaks to you, it is elegant, comfortable, and light. Don’t forget to take the slippers that go with it, you can always use them as slippers at home. Typical Moroccan slippers are made entirely of leather, so avoid those with plastic soles.

what is the currency of Morocco?
The official currency in circulation, which is used in the Kingdom of Morocco, is the currency of the Moroccan dirham, and it can be abbreviated as (MAD), and it is also the currency that is circulated in the Western Sahara region, and one dirham is made of one hundred divisions of the denomination of sub-denomination of sub The responsibility for the issuance and circulation of the currency in Morocco with its different classes and varieties (paper and metal) by the Moroccan Central Bank, and given the Moroccan currency price against the dollar, the US dollar is equivalent to the value of 9.6560 of the dirham for one dirham, according to the exchange rate for the dirham Two thousand and nineteen.

are the lunches included in Our private Tour?
the lunches don’t include in all our tours, There will be plenty of cafes on the way to the Sahara desert where to stop for lunch. Please feel free to choose on your own, or follow your driver’s recommendation if you wish.

Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
yes, Morocco is one of the safest countries in the world, you won’t afraid about anything Morocco will make you happy.

what kind of clothes are in Morocco?
Moroccan traditional dress is the group of traditional and popular garments that Moroccans have preserved and still preserved for centuries, as it is evident that they cling to various traditional garments, especially in weddings and religious occasions, whether old or young, male or female. There is no doubt that the traditional costume is an integral part of the heritage, and heritage is one of the essential elements for the construction of civilization, it is necessary for the development of civilization, as the traditional costume is a tool for defining nations and a symbol for their distinctiveness and uniqueness and is the best witness to the degree of their awareness and the diversity of successive civilizations.

Can I customize my trip?
yes, you can do it, Contact us and tell us where will you start and end, Our team will help you with your request.

What are popular dishes in Morocco?
The Kingdom of Morocco, like other countries in the region, is characterized by many of its popular dishes or those that were the product of pollination of some civilizations whose name has long been associated with the Kingdom’s name. In this report, we will know the most prominent of these dishes that Moroccans excelled in cooking.

Couscous … the food that is not missing from the table.
Morocco is famous for its barbarian couscous food, which dates back to the time of BC. Couscous is divided into two types in the kingdom: couscous with vegetables or “seven vegetables” as Moroccans like to call it, while the second type is couscous “with raisins” or “with enough” depending on the region, and is considered Couscous is the main dish on Friday, and you can only find it on the lunch table.

“Tangia” .. Marrakech food.
No one can visit the city of “Marrakech” unless it is eaten from the “Tangia” dish of the famous Jamaâ El Fna Square. This dish, which the city of “Red City” is famous for, consists of veal, ghee, olive oil, and free saffron filaments, in addition to spices. Moroccan and water.

Moroccan Tajin.
It is the most famous traditional Moroccan dish besides couscous, which comes from the Arab Maghreb and especially Morocco, and this dish is also very common in Algeria and Tunisia, but according to many studies it is of Berber origin.

How can I access the Internet in Morocco?
The main networks operating in Morocco are Maroc Telecom, Orange, Inwi. It is quite simple to purchase a prepaid SIM card at the airport or tobacco stands in the cities provided your smartphone is unlocked. Or you can get wifi at a restaurant or cafe.

Can I visit the Sahara Desert in the summer?
Many clients request a tour of the Sahara during the months of June, July, August, and early September. If Morocco is on your agenda for your summer vacation. Do so, our vehicles will be equipped with air conditioning during your visit, including your room in each hotel. Regarding the camel trek in the Sahara, we start this activity very late, where the weather is cooler.

Do I need medication for my trip to Morocco?
You can bring it (Imodium) in case of diarrhea, you never know how your body system will react to new foods from different waters.

Can I travel with my children to visit Morocco?
Insurance! Traveling is the perfect way to open up a child’s world to possibilities and wonders. Strong experiences lead to new interests, and exposure to different cultures, languages, and environments helps today’s children to become the responsible and balanced adults of tomorrow. If you are traveling in a spacious, air-conditioned luxury car, you will have a special tour with fewer hours of driving in the vehicle, including many stops throughout the Morocco tour.

How should I dress in Morocco?
Morocco is becoming more modern than before, most of the country is used to tourists. In general, a woman traveling to Morocco should wear long skirts and dresses, jeans or pants.

What is the average tip in Morocco?
Although tipping is not compulsory in Morocco, rounding off the bill and tipping in restaurants and cafes is common practice. If you are happy with the service provided by the waiters, drivers, and other service employees, leaving a small tip of “20 DH” is a good way to show your appreciation.

Group 2 person: 95€/person
Group 3 people: 80€/person
Group 4 – 7 people: 65€/person
Group 8 – 12 people : 45€/person

day trip Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet Kasbah Info:

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Departure time: 8 / 8:30 am
  • Starting point: Your hotel/riad in Marrakech
  • Ending point: Your hotel/riad in Marrakech

day trip Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet Kasbah Highlights:

  •  Family-friendly
  • Get off the asphalt track in a 4×4
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch
  • Meet local people and learn about their lives
  • Visit a real Berber house
  • Cross the high atlas mountains
  • Visit Unesco World heritage Kasbahs

Ait benhaddou and telouet day trip from marrakech Itinerary

ait Benhaddou and Telouet day trip from Marrakech takes you across the chain of the High Atlas mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka zigzags pass, one of the most dramatic passes and landscape in Morocco (The government started a project to renovate a big part of the road after a tragic bus accident in 2012 and the work is still ongoing due to the harsh winter climate and geography). Along the way, you can see Berber villages spread along the side of the mountains, sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish from the mountain. have the same color. As you reach the far side of the mountains the landscape changes drastically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like as the chain of the Atlas mountains acts as a barrier separating the Mediterranean climate of the north from the Arid desertic winds on the south-east.

After the Tichka pass 2162m, we leave the main road and take the left side road to reach up to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Pacha of this the Atlas, the Glaoui, and stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled the country after the departure of the French armies. In the first kasbah, you will visit only a few rooms that can be seen, as much of the kasbah has been closed off because of the falling ceilings and unsafe walls. However, the tiled walls, fluted pillars, beautifully painted wooden ceilings and colored glass windows of the reception rooms allow you to imagine what it was like in its prime.

From there you continue for lunch at Ait Ben Haddou along the newly asphalted road. Once in the village, you will get a closer look at the Kasbah’s architecture with turrets on all the buildings, adorned with grilled windows and soft peach colored walls. These traditional houses are made of adobe, highly suitable for the climate conditions of the south and the summits of the mountains because it is an efficient temperature isolator and the building materials are abundant and require no transportation or significant transformation process. The afternoon is spent exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, Which is the most famous of all Moroccan kasbahs, largely due to its appearance in many Hollywood blockbusters. It was the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt way caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory, and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to the city of Marrakech and beyond. Before leaving Ait Benhaddou, you will take on the last glimpse of the village from a distant point offering a wonderful panoramic view, especially under clear blue skies.

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ait benhaddou day trip and telouet from marrakech
ait benhaddou day trip and telouet from marrakech
day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou
ait benhaddou day trip and telouet from marrakech

What's included: in day trip from Marrakech to Ait ben Haddou

  • Private A/C Vehicle, 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser / Mini Bus
  • fuel
  • English/French/Spanish speaking driver during the day trip
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation
  • Lunch
  • local guide in Ait Benhaddou
  • Flexible stops
  • No hidden costs

What's not included: in day trip from Marrakech to Ait ben Haddou

  • All lunch meals and drinks.
  • Airline tickets to - from Morocco.
  • Entry fees, Personal expenses, and Tips.

NOTE: If this ait Benhaddou day trip and Telouet from Marrakech does not match what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to Contact us and we will prepare the trip to your needs and requirements.

ait benhaddou day trip from marrakech Reviews


Unforgettable day trip from Marrakech to Ait ben Haddou and Ouarzazate

If you are a Game of Thrones fan … this place is a must-see! The trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou was worth the long drive. Four hours on the road may seem like an eternity, but Hassan made the ride enjoyable and comfortable! He picked me up from my Riad by the time the trip starts at 7 am and we started the journey through the High Atlas Mountains, making short stops for photos and tea/coffee. Abdul is friendly and very professional, and his knowledge and passion for his country are impressive! We talk about culture, politics, history, and its beginnings in tourism. I got to know Hassan not only as a guide/driver but also as a friend. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou is beautiful beyond words, I wanted to travel back in time! The Kasbah of Taourirt is also a wonderful place to visit, as well as the Atlas Studios where movies like The Mummy, The Passion of the Christ, and The Prince of Persia have been shot, to name a few. On the way back we stopped for a drink with a view of the mountains and Abdul showed me how Moroccans drink mint tea from him and introduced me to eat cactus or tunas as they call it. I returned to my Riad around 8 p.m., tired but satisfied. Abdul is an excellent and safe driver and his truck is comfortable and well maintained. I recommend it to anyone who is thinking of traveling to Marrakech. Thank you Hassan for making my trip memorable!


Nipaphan K
Best Morocco Tours Company

Our guide / driver said, it was a real gem! His English was excellent, he drove very carefully, his photography skills were impressive and he engaged us in a fascinating conversation. We have learned a lot about the history, culture, government, economy and nature of Morocco. The SUV was new, spacious, comfortable, and air-conditioned.

We had a great time in the beautiful Morocco with its varied landscapes, nature and rich culture, we stopped at charming riads, hotels, desert tents, local restaurants and we customized the tour, with many activities, camel trekking in Merzouga, mountain biking in the sand dunes. , guided walking tours in the old medinas of Tangier, Assilah, Fès, Chefchaoune, Ait Ben Haddou, Essaouira, Marrakech, also discovery of the Ouzoud waterfalls and experienced zip lines, addicted park, paragliding …

It’s an unbeatable value with the potential for customization. I highly recommend experiencing this travel agency as it is a truly unique way to see so much in Morocco.


Kevin H
Full day Trip Marrakech to Ait ben Haddou

We had a great day with Hassan, it was a long day but it was worth it. We drove through the High Atlas Mountains, stopping at scenic spots for photos and a nice coffee at a small cafe, the largely treeless Red Mountains opening up to a reddish, stony desert, c It was like visiting another planet, the only greens that could be seen where the river plains were fed by the water coming out of the mountains. We visited Ouarzazate, where we visited a 17th century palace and film studio where they filmed scenes from “Gladiator”, “Romancing the Stone” and more. Then we visit the ancient Berber town of “Ait Ben Haddou”, which is located on a hill overlooking the valley, for me it was a real highlight. Hassan was a great host for the day and went out of his way to provide us with a truly inspiring day.


Anna D
Fantastic Day trip from Marrakech

So pick this one! This visit to the city of Ouarzazate, to the Kasbah of Taourirt, to the Atlas Studios, then to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou through the High Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages offered magnificent landscapes with many photo opportunities. This long journey starts at 7 am and we return around 12 hours later crossing winding roads, so be careful if you have seasickness issues. However, our guide Said was very considerate and frequently stopped the van to get some fresh air and rest without my asking. I feel like we spent too much time at Atlas Studios on a tour that didn’t provide much information and was conducted in two languages ​​as only half of the group spoke English. Ait Ben Haddou is beautiful but it was very hot and the climb to the top of the city was worth tiring a bit. One thing I did not like about our lunch break at Ait Ben Haddou, which was quite a touristy place and the waiter would not allow us to order a la carte even though a table next door could. As such it was our most expensive lunch in Morocco and our worst meal in Morocco. Fortunately, the scenery, sightseeing, and conversations with Said made up for this lackluster lunch experience. If you only have time for a day trip from Marrakech, definitely take this one as it is an incredibly informative and incredibly beautiful tour to Ait Ben Haddou.

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