Excursion from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou

Excursion from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou


The excursion from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is a popular excursion for travellers looking to explore the stunning landscapes and historical sites of Morocco. Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage site located about 175 kilometres (109 miles) from Marrakech and is famous for its well-preserved ksar (fortified village) and its appearance in numerous films and TV shows, including “Game of Thrones.”

Highlights of the Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou day trip

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the High Atlas Mountains, passing through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Explore the historic village with a guided tour. Walk through narrow alleys, visit traditional mud-brick houses, and learn about the history and cultural significance of Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with a view of Aït Ben Haddou or in the nearby town.
  • Optionally, visit the Atlas Film Studios, one of the largest film studios in the world. Discover sets used in famous movies and TV series.
  • Visit Kasbah Taourirt, a historical fortress and former residence of Glaoui chiefs. Explore its intricate architecture and learn about its history.

Suggested itinerary for the excursion from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou

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During this excursion from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou you will have the chance to discover many Berber villages on the way, their way of living and a variety of local women cooperatives making different local items.

Today the excursion from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou starts with an early pick-up and leave from Marrakech, we pick you up from your hotel at 8 am and we cross the high Atlas mountains towards Kasbah of Ait Ben-Haddou via Tizi N’Tichka pass. It is a famous UNESCO site, located in Atlas. Then, we continue to Ouarzazate where you visit a local movie studio,  where many movies were filmed such as; “Lawrence of Arabia”, “The Mummy” and “Gladiator”. After lunch and a guided excursion, we explore the famous Kasbah of Taourirt. Then we return to Marrakech and arrive late in the afternoon and our excursion from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou ends.

Included in the day trip from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou

  • Pick up/drop off at your accommodation.
  • Private trip from Marrakech in a comfortable A/C vehicle.
  • English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Guided excursion of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah.
  • Optional Buggy/Quad excursion.
  • Argan oil cooperative excursion in the Atlas mountains.

Booking Inquiries

Frequently asked questions:

Yes, you can do a day trip to Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech. Ait Ben Haddou is located approximately 180 kilometers (about 112 miles) southeast of Marrakech, and it’s a popular destination for a day excursion.

Certainly! Ait Benhaddou is considered worth visiting for its:

  1. Historical Significance: As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it preserves the rich Berber architectural and cultural heritage.

  2. Architectural Marvel: The red mud-brick buildings showcase intricate designs and traditional craftsmanship.

  3. Cinematic Location: Ait Benhaddou has been featured in famous films and TV series, making it a popular choice for filmmakers.

  4. Cultural Experience: Visitors can immerse themselves in Berber culture, interact with locals, and witness traditional customs.

  5. Scenic Setting: Nestled on a hill along the former caravan route, it offers panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains and the surrounding landscape.

  6. Photography Opportunities: The unique architecture and picturesque surroundings provide excellent photo opportunities.

  1. Guided Group Tours:

    • Shared group tours typically range from approximately $40 to $50 USD per person. The price may vary based on the quality of transportation, and any additional inclusions such as guided tours or meals.
  2. Private Tours:

    • Private tours with a dedicated driver and guide can range from $60 to $150 USD or more per person. The cost will depend on the level of service, the type of vehicle, and any customized elements of the tour.

Ait Ben Haddou, being an open-to-the-public village, does not have an entry fee for visitors. However, it’s worth noting that occasionally, someone might be at the gate asking for voluntary contributions.

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