Day Excursion to Telouet and Aït Ben Haddou
For those with a tight schedule but wanting to experience the fantastic scenery of the High Atlas Mountains, discover the historic Kasbah Telouet and explore the UNESCO listed fortress of Aït Ben Haddou – this one-day private tour of magnificent Morocco will leave you wanting more!
|Group Size||2 - 6|
Our driver will meet you at your hotel or riad for an early departure for us to start our ascent of the High Atlas Mountains. This part of our journey, full of twists, turns and hairpins, offers amazing scenery as we approach the Tizi n’Tichka Pass.
Of interest – and perhaps irony – is that this very route was constructed to replace a former caravan route once controlled by the infamous Pacha Glaoui, whose once magnificent but now dilapidated residence is our next port of call.
We branch off the main N9 route from Marrakech to Ouarzazate to pass through some rugged countryside that formed part of the old Salt Route Route – salt being one of the many commodities along with gold, ivory and slaves that were brought from the Sahara to be traded at Marrakech and onward destinations.
Their journey would pass through Telouet, home of the legendary Glaoui family who ran the rule over passing traffic with taxes while keeping watch for any threatening behavior from elsewhere in the south of the country. Outwardly, little remains of the once magnificent Kasbah Telouet, home of the self-appointed “Lord of the Atlas” – Pasha Glaoui.
But once inside, as you make your way through a maze of crumbling passageways, you can truly appreciate the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by generations of this family from the 18th century to as recently as 1956. After Kasbah Telouet, we continue our journey on the winding back roads to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou.
Dating back to the 17th Century, this ksar is an outstanding example of early southern Morocco architecture. And, not only will you be stepping back in time here, you can also follow in the footsteps of film stars who have appeared in movie productions such as Gladiator, The Mummy, Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones which used this magnificent backdrop for some of their location shoots.
We enjoy lunch at a traditional Moroccan restaurant at Aït Ben Haddou – and energy levels permitting, you are welcome to climb to the summit of the Ksar to enjoy the spectacular views and appreciate the amazing vantage point that this historic fortress once enjoyed.
We head out of Aït Ben Haddou towards Ouarzazate – the “doorway to the desert” – and rejoin the N9 route for our drive back to Marrakech where we return you to your accommodation in the evening. As with all our private tours, there will be ample opportunities to stop for photography and comfort breaks throughout the journey.
|Meals included / not included|
|2 Persons||€90 pp|
|3 Persons||€70 pp|
|4 Persons||€60 pp|
|5 Persons||€50 pp|
|6 Persons||€50 pp|
Solo travellers are always welcome. Please ask for details and availability. For groups of more than 6 guests, please ask our Reservations Team for more information about availability and prices. Reductions apply for children accompanied by adults. No charge for children under 5 years. All local taxes, state taxes, parking fees, tolls and fuel charges are included within the price. Please see below for more information.
Not applicable on this excursion.
NB: Local tour guides at Aït Ben Haddou and Telouet are optional. Prices vary according to group size and season. Please ask for details prior to booking.
* Within 5kms of tour start and return points
We’re more than happy to alter this itinerary to suit your individual requirements prior to booking. Just let us know what changes you would like and we will advise. And if you would prefer to travel throughout in a luxury limousine or have any special requirements you would like arranged for your tour, please ask us for details.
As with many of our tours, this itinerary involves a certain amount of travelling and walking, often on uneven surfaces. Please think carefully about the personal mobility (especially young children) of those in your group and the suitability of this tour for them before booking. Our Reservations Team will be happy to advise you on this.
To book this tour, request more information about the tour or advise of any special requirements you may have, please send an email to us using the form below.
Phone (office): +212 524 433 513
Fax: +212 524 433 513
Mobile (Morocco): + 212 662 27 39 30
Mobile (Spain): + 34 659 320 701
Address: Angle Rue Tarik Ibn Ziad & Ibn Aicha Résidence Excel Sior
Imm. 18 No 6 Gueliz