Morocco Day Tour to Ait Benhaddou

Start :

Marrakech

Duration :

1 day

End :

Marrakech

Languages :

English, Francais

Overview

 

Morocco Day Tour

 

Morocco day tours depart from Marrakech towards Ait Benhaddou, passing through the High Atlas Mountains through a well-known and scenic route.

The panoramic views are fantastic as we pass through Tizi N’tichka (2260M), a natural setting with traditional villages and Kasbahs typical of the mountain’s upper slopes.

We will make a halt at Telouet Kasbah, which is located along the ancient route of caravans from the Sahara via the Atlas Mountains,  and it was erected in the 18th and 19th centuries and served as the seat of power for the El Glaoui dynasty, it is also known as the Palace of Glaoui.

After that, our excursion continues toward Ait Benhaddou and explores its architecturally significant sites. Aït Benhaddou is considered a great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 is a historic Ighrem or Ksar along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in Morocco. After lunch, we will travel back to Marrakech, reaching your hotel around 7 pm to end our day tour.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day tour from Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou.
  • Passing through the High Atlas Mountains through a scenic route.
  • Halt at Telouat Kasbah, which is located along the ancient route of caravans from the Sahara via the Atlas Mountains.
  • Ait Benhaddou, a Unesco World Heritage site, and explore its architecturally significant sites.
  • Back to Marrakech, reaching your hotel around 06:30 pm to end our Morocco day tour.

Marrakech-High Atlas-Telouat-Ait Benhaddou-Marrakech 4 Hours

We depart Marrakech towards Ait Benhaddou, passing through the High Atlas Mountains through a well-known and scenic route.
The panoramic views are fantastic as we pass through Tizi N’tichka (2260M), a natural setting with traditional villages and kasbahs typical of the mountains’ upper slopes.
We will halt at Telouat Kasbah,  located along the ancient route of caravans from the Sahara via the Atlas Mountains.
It was erected in the 18th and 19th centuries and served as the seat of power for the El Glaoui dynasty. It is also known as the Palace of Glaoui.
Then we proceed to Ait Benhaddou, a Unesco World Heritage site, and explore its architecturally significant sites.
After lunch, we will travel back to Marrakech, reaching your hotel around 06:30 pm to end our Morocco day tour.

El Glaoui Family

Thami El Glaoui or El Haj T’hami el Mezouari el Glaoui (1879 – 23 January 1956), better known in English-speaking countries as T’hami El Glaoui or Lord of the Atlas, was the Pasha of Marrakech from 1912 to 1956. His family name was El Mezouari, from a title given to an ancestor by Sultan Moulay Ismail in 1700, while El Glaoui refers to his chieftainship of the Berber Glaoua (Glawa) tribe of Southern Morocco, based at the Kasbah of Telouet in the High Atlas and Marrakech. He became head of the Glaoua upon the death of his elder brother, Si el Madani, and as an ally of the French in Morocco, he conspired with them to overthrow Sultan Mohammed V.

Ait Benhaddou Kasbah

Ait Benhaddou Kasbah is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens living in the area now live in more modern dwellings in a nearby village, although there are 4 families still living in the ancient city. This giant fortification, which is made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars which are individual Kasbahs, is a great example of earthen clay architecture. This is also used in Moroccan architecture.
Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including:
-Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
-Sodom and Gomorrah (1963)
-Oedipus Rex (1967)
-The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975)
-The Message (1976)
-Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
-Time Bandits (1981)
-Marco Polo (1982)
-The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
-The Living Daylights (1987)
-The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
-The Sheltering Sky (1990)
-Kundun (1997)
-The Mummy (1999)
-Gladiator (2000)
-Alexander (2004)
-Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
-Babel (2006)
-One Night with the King (2006)
-Prince of Persia (2010)
-Son of God (film) (2014)
-Also used in parts of the TV series Game of Thrones.

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Morocco day tours

Included

  • Private Transportation
  • Comfortable and air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle
  • Pick up from your riad/hotel in Marrakech
  • Drop off at your riad/hotel in Marrakech
  • English-speaking Berber driver
  • Fuel for an entire day trip
  • Free stops when you want

excluded

  • Lunch.
  • Drinks.
  • Tips.
  • Extra.