Trip from Marrakech to High Atlas

Day trip to High Atlas and Ouarzazate

High Atlas and Ouarzazate

Departure to Ouarzazate Through the Tizi-N-Tichka pass (2260m).You will discover a remarkable region characterized by the magnificence, beauty of its landscapes dominated by Berber villages and their farms. Before arrive Ouarzazate you will,visit the kasbah of Ait Benhadou (the world heritage site) and continue to Ouarzazate ” The Hollywood of Africa ” where you will visit the Atlas Studios and the Taourirt Kasbah.

The ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is located where the Atlas mountains run down to the Sahara desert, on the old caravan route from Timbuktu to Marrakesh. The site is an old one, but the standing clay buildings date to between the 17th and 19th centuries. There are six kasbahs (forts) within the settlement, and more than fifty other large houses. Most of the people have moved to more modern villages, but a few families still live here and operate stores for tourists. Of course this makes a great movie set. Among the films that have been partially shot at Ait-Ben-Haddou are: Sodom And Gomorrah (1963), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Time Bandits (1981), Marco Polo (1982), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Sheltering Sky (1990), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Alexander (2004), Prince of Persia (2010), and the tv series Game of Thrones.

Ouarzazate has been unfailingly linked with cinema since 1984. Its climate, geographical situation and economic conditions have encouraged film studios to locate there. The sets of films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra or the Sheltering Sky and Gladiator can be visited.

In the evening drive back to Marrakech across the high Atlas mountain where also you can stop anytime you would like in order to take pictures and enjoy the way back to Marrakech.


Price per person in euros

  • 2 participants: Price per person 75€
  • 3 participants: Price per person 55€
  • 4 participants: Price per person 45€
  • 5 participants: Price per person 40€
  • 6 participants: Price per person 30€


The price includes:

  • Vehicle with driver / guide.
  • Fuel, tolls and any associated expenses.
  • Private tour, there will be no more people in the group.
  • Pick up from your hotel, Riad, airport or wherever you want.


Not included:

  • Lunch, drinks and the cost of visits.


Distance and duration:

  • 420 km (round trip).
  • 11 hours (approx).


The team of 'Marrakech Expedition' wishes you happy holidays in Morocco.



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