Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver
Cross the magnificent Atlas Mountains to discover two of Morocco’s most beautiful deserts. In an air-conditioned van, see ogle canyons, palm groves, and mountain villages. Cross the impressive Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, at a height of over 2000 meters.
Departing early in the morning from your accommodation in Marrakech, you will drive towards Ouarzazate through the High Atlas before reaching the Tizi N'Tichka pass. Sitting 2,260 meters high, this is the highest road crossing in Morocco. It connects the Marrakech Saharan regions, of which Ouarzazate is the crossroad.
You will then stop for a visit to the famous fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its Kasbah has been the backdrop for many films including the Diamond of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, the Mummy, Gladiator, and Babel. After this visit of the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, you will continue to the city of Ouarzazate, whose name is the Berber word for “no noise”, to explore the Taourirt and Tiffoultoute Kasbahs which were the ancient residences of Glaoui (Old Pacha of Marrakech). Here you will visit the cinema studios, before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant.
Following lunch, you can enjoy free time to enjoy a mint tea and enjoy the green valley and beautiful views of the High Atlas peaks. In this area, between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, one can find several Kasbahs, all the color of the sand and forming small Berber villages that take advantage of the abundance of water from the Atlas to its small crops and animals. At the end of the day, you will be returned to your accommodation in Marrakech.