Kasbahs and Ksars (1 day)

Day Trip to Telouet, Ait Benhaddou & Ouarzazate

On this private guided day trip you’ll travel across the High Atlas Mountains to reach a vast desert plain that forms the outer reaches of the Sahara. This is a remarkable land of contrasts with river-fed oasis towns, contorted ancient volcanic wilderness, flourishing valleys, dramatic stone and mud-built Kasbahs and fortified villages known as Ksars. Travelling with a local guide and driver you’ll visit Telouet and Taourirt Kasbahs plus the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ksar at Ait Benhaddou. Despite the early start, this is a really great day out!

Factfile

Duration 1 day (12 hours) Tour Starts Marrakech
Group Size From 2 to 15 Tour Ends Marrakech
Trip Type Day Trip Explorer Prices From £55 pp
Operating Season February-October Private Departures Daily

Itinerary

Tizi n’Tichka & Telouet

After a dramatic drive through the High Atlas Mountains and over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260m) our first sightseeing of the day is at Telouet, a village on the ‘Route of the Caravans’ from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Telouet has one of the most spectacular Kasbahs in the Atlas, which was once the palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe.

Ksar of Ait Benhaddou

Next, taking a little used back road we arrive at Ait Benhaddou. Inscribed by UNESCO in 1987 as a ‘World Heritage Site’, the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. The Ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. After a guided tour of the ancient settlement be sure to walk up to the high point on the hill above the Ksar for particularly fine views.

Taourirt Kasbah

Your final stop is in Ouarzazate to visit Taourirt Kasbah, a former Glaoui palace and the main attraction of the desert oasis city. This 300-room fortress, in part restored, marks the junction of 3 rivers – Dadès, Draâ and Ziz – as well as numerous caravan routes. And while Glaoui chiefs – known as caïd – never resided in this opulent palace, the Glaoui kasbah of Taourirt once housed hundreds of people. You’ll have time to tour the palace and stroll the kasbah’s irregular streets.

Late in the afternoon you’ll make the return drive to Marrakech.

Schedule

The timings below are approximate and provided as a general guide:

0700 Depart Marrakech. Coffee/tea stop en route

1000 Arrival at Telouet Kasbah. Visit the Kasbah and continue to Ait Benhaddou

1200 Visit Ait Benhaddou. Lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Ksar (not included)

1400 Depart Ait Benhaddou to Ouarzazate

1430 Explore Taourirt Kasbah

1600 Depart on drive back to Marrakech

1900 Arrival back in Marrakech

Prices, Departures & Essential Booking Information

Prices £55 pp (based on 4+ travellers); £65 pp (based on 3 travellers); £85 pp (based on 2 travellers)
Included Pick-up/drop-off at nearest parking to your Marrakech accommodation; travel in style in air-conditioned private vehicle with professional driver; accompanied by an English-speaking guide from Marrakech.
Excluded Lunch, drinks, entrance fees, tips and items of a personal nature.
Booking Deposit 25%
Balance of Payment 56 days before start date
Price Validity 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2016
Departures This day trip departs daily throughout the year and is subject to availability.
International Flights If you would like a quotation for international or domestic flights to connect with this trip please get in touch. Typical fares from London to Marrakech booked approx. 3-6 months before travel range from £100-200 return on easyJet from Gatwick. Book early for cheapest seats!
Financial Protection Marrakech Tours is a trading name of Specialist Africa Ltd. As Specialist Africa is a fully bonded member of the Travel Trust Association (TTA).  Holiday prices include TTA supplier failure insurance cover and safe seat plan insurance to ensure your monies are 100% secure when booking through us.
Travel Insurance Travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for all clients. Specialist Africa’s travel insurance partner is Campbell Irvine, experts in providing insurance specifically tailored to travel in Africa. See our insurance page for rates and further details.
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