Ouarzazate Tour Hollywood of Morocco
Discover Ouarzazate, The Hollywood of Morocco Tour
Duration: 8 Day Ouarzazate Morocco Region
English, French Speaking Driver, Guide
Starting & Finishing Point: Your Hotel In Ouarzazate
DAY 1: OUARZAZATE
►Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After breakfast and relaxing at your hotel, visit Kasbah Taorit.
►Kasbah Taorirt was built by the Glaoui. Its location was strategic for trading routes and in the 1930’s when the Glaoui ruled the South it was then one of
►After visiting Kasbah Tourirt, return to your hotel in Ouarzazate for a relaxing afternoon by the pool or ask your guide about an extending your tour to the souk. At the souk you will have the opportunity to take in the smells of local spices such as Cumin, Saffron and cinnamon as well as Berber amber and musk while visiting small caftan and Moroccan Baboosh (shoe) shops.
►Enjoy couscous or a tajine for lunch at a local restaurant in Ouarzazate.
DAY 2: OUARZAZATE – ATLAS FILM STUDIO – AIT BENHADDOU – OASIS OF FINT
►Fill up on a savory breakfast of baguette, fresh fruit, jams and a café cassis (Moroccan cappuccino) at a local pâtisserie and then begin your one-day excursion to Atlas Film Studios, Aït Benhaddou and the Oasis of Fint.
►Start your morning by touring the Atlas Film Studios. David Lean filmed
►After visiting the Atlas Film Studio, we will take the road by pise to the picturesque village of Aït Benhaddou located 32 km from Ouarzazate. Aït Benhaddou is situated in Souss-Massa-Draâ on a hill along the Ouarzazate River. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here and Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodome and Gomorrah; and for Jesus of Nazareth the whole lower part of the village was rebuilt. In recent years more controlled restoration has been carried out under UNESCO auspices. Aït Benhaddou is one of many locations in this region used for shooting
►Your guide will lead you on a private tour through this Berber village of towered and crenulated kasbahs that once guarded the lucrative caravan route through the
►Make sure to bring along your camera to photograph this spectacular site and the stunning views that surround this kasbah's crenellated towers and dark red pise walls. By the river, you will find observe a collection of kasbahs whose walls are decorated with blind arches and geometric designs. Make sure to take a walk behind the kasbah and visit the series of ksars, individual plain earth houses still inhabited by Berber families. Your guide will share the fascinating history of Aït Benhaddou which once served as the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most of the town's inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; ten families however still live within the ksar.
►Aït Benhaddou was once a significant stop for traders carrying gold, salt and slaves along the famous Southern Caravan route moving through the
►For lunch, relax on a terrace with clear views of Aït Benhaddouand enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal of mfouar (steamed wheat), Takila (a Berber tajine), couscous and fruit.
►After lunch, we will depart Aït Benhaddou and take the pise (windy road) towards the Oasis of Fint passing the "Plateau de pierres". On this road you will find a shining Oasis of palms.Visit this Oasis of Fint that hovers under the
►After visiting the Oasis of Fint we will take the road to Kasbah Tifoultoute which stands majestically on the banks of Oued Tifoultoute. From a distance this old Kasbah is impressive with its castle-like architecture. In the 1960’s the Kasbah was converted into a hotel for the cast of Lawrence of Arabia. Tour the Kasbah and have lunch at its restaurant which is known for delicious mint and herb teas. See panoramic views from the rooftop.
►Dinner at your hotel or a local restaurant in Ouarzazate.
DAY 3: OUARZAZATE– SKOURA – BOULMANE DADES
►After After breakfast at your hotel, we will depart Ouarzazate, taking the “Road of One Thousand Kasbahs” and passing by the large
►Skoura is a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves that provide great views of the
►The small, sleepy town of
►We will also visit the Kasbahs of Aït Abou, built in the 1800’s and the oldest Kasbah in the palm grove, is six stories and walls 25 m high. Its outside buildings have been turned into a garden filled with pomegranate, apple, pear, fig, quince and olive trees that provide the necessary shading for growing crops.
►Pass by Skoura, drive north heading towards the
►Your driver will stop for you to view the Capp et Florale distillation factories laid out in El Kelaa Des Mgouna, a small Kasbah town that manufactures the entire nation’s products of eau de rose. The rose water and other products such as hand and body soaps, oil, crème perfume and dried flowers are for sale and also popular among Moroccans. The factories produce 3000-4000 petals a year. With ten tons of petals required to produce a few liters of precious oil, the harvest is understandably a labor of love and the culminating Festivities of the annual Rose Festival are all the livelier for it.
►Once in the Valley of Roses, you will immediately notice that the fresh mountain air in this part of southern
► For lunch, we will relax on a petite terrace at Kasbah Itran, a local auberge that overlooks two large abandoned crenulated Jewish Kasbahs and a river.
►After lunch drive to the Boulmane Dades and spend the night in a local hotel amidst the gorge.
DAY 4: BOULMANE DADES – ERFOUD
►Have breakfast at your hotel in the Boumalne Dades and visit the area.
►When traveling the Boulmane Dades you notice limestone cliffs with uniquely shaped erosions and superb scenery throughout the valley’s pise (windy roads). Driving along you will pass flower filled fields, fertile fields, riverbanks and several fortified ksours. At the bottom of Gorge of Boumalne Dadès there are hilltop Kasbahs and valley floor gardens. Aït Youl is among the largest Glaoui Kasbah that is worth a pitstop. Ask your driver to take you to explore it and go for a sort hike to Tamnalt where an impressive natural formation of rocks known by locals as the “Hill of Human bodies exists”. A series of fascinating Kasbahs can found there.
►Lunch will be served at a nearby guesthouse that offers local Moroccan fare and a panoramic view. Relax and sip mint tea while gazing at the impressive valley view. After lunch your driver will take you past the Boumalne hills so you can see how the gorge narrows into a canyon passing directly through Aït Oufi to Msemrir. On Saturdays, there is a large village souk in Msemrir.
►Next, your driver will continue the road towards the breathtaking Todra Gorge. The Todra Gorge is a stunning natural spectacle of pink- grey gigantic rock walls that change colors with the different times of the day. Explore the gorge by foot and make sure to photograph the beautiful ribbon of palms between the cliffs, Berber villages and ancient kasbahs and ksours.
►Visit the Todra Gorge. The drive is scenic as with the new roads built, you will drive past the hotels at the mouth of the Gorge and up to the villages of Aït Hani, Tamtatouchte, and Imilchil. The Gorge extends from the
►After visiting the Todra Gorge drive to Erfoud where you will have dinner and spend the night at a hotel.
DAY 5: ERFOUND – MERZOUGA
►Rise early, and drive to Merzouga passing the unusual flora and fauna of the
►Arrive at the the Erg Chebbi Dunes and settle in at your Berber biouvac tent or auberge.
► Your camels await you for a trip across the Erg Chebbi Dunes. You will be taken on a 2 hour cruise on the back of a dromedary into the dunes to camp at an oasis. Your Tuareg guide will share some of the Sahara Deserts’ secrets. As you glide across humpback on these silent, mystical dunes there will be countless opportunities to photograph the endless rolling sand dunes that appear before you in heaps for thousands of miles. You will witness the sunrise across the east over the dunes. Upon return from your trek, enjoy a quiet breakfast and then continue your adventure within the
►Considered by many to be the largest dunes in the
►After exploring the dunes, enjoy breakfast and then pack for our continued journey to Rissani.
►Just before lunch, you will depart Merzouga and ride across the palm groves to visit the ksours along the kasah studded road to Rissani. The 19th century Abbar Ksar, once a residence to Alounite princes and the Oulad Abdelhamin Ksar, built for the brother of Sultan Moulay Hassan, is popular to visit. Also interesting to see is the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif where the father of the founder of the Alouite Dynasty is buried.
►After the famous structures, you will see Rissani, an ancient capital for the Alaouite Sultans and the most important market town for Sub-Sahara camel caravans was built on the ruins of Sijilmassa.
►Stop in Rissani for a lunch and visit its souks where stalls are piled high with pyramids of dates, vegetables, spices, rugs, carpets, pottery, jewelry and metalwork. The Rissani souk is one of the most famous in the area and surrounded by donkeys, mules, sheep and goats enclosed in corrals. After a tour of Rissani, we are off to Alnif. Alnif is known for its rocks, fossils and minerals found in shops along the roadside Trilobites are the areas main export.
►Pass by Alnif and head towards to N’kob for an overnight stay at Ksar Jenna, a beautiful Maison de Charme in a riad style, built with the materials of the Moroccan tradition such as taddelakt and zellig. Ksar Jenna has wide open spaces, 7 rooms with every comfort, with large bathrooms and large common spaces, plunged in an oasis of quiet, in the heart of a luxuriant garden, with lots of palm trees, bougainvilleas, rose bushes, jasmines.
DAY 6: N’KOB – ZAGORA
►After a large Moroccan breakfast at Ksar Jenna, discover the
►Just 5 kilometers after N’kob is Aït Ouzzine (the nice village). Aït Ouzzine is a Berber village inhabited by over 300 families who live in beautifully painted crenulated kasbahs, with their own henna fields, water wells, livestock and gardens. This peaceful village is tucked away along an impressive desert route connecting the Draa Valley (Tansikht) and Rissani.
►Lunch will be served to you in Aït Ouzzine by a traditional Berber family. The menu will include a traditional meal of fresh baked bread with spices and a chicken and vegetable tajine and fresh local fruits for desert. After lunch, you can go for a walk in green fields of Aït Ouzzine and visit the village elders to sip mint tea. Explore the village and then depart in late afternoon to Zagora. Once you arrive in Zagora, settle in at your hotel and have dinner at a local traditional restaurant.
DAY 7: ZAGORA – OUARZAZATE
►Rise early, enjoy breakfast and then begin your one-day excursion in Zagora.
►Zagora is a Saharan deserttown in the southern
►Walk the palmery and hamlet set amid lemon, almond and olive trees, and gardens of the
►Visit the Dunes of Tinfo and the old Kasbah Ait Lkaid in the
►Have lunch at a local kasbah hotel restaurant in the town of
►Upon return to Ouarzazate we will take the road to visit Zagora’s unique, beautifully glazed forest green pottery at the local cooperative in the desert town of
► Arrive in Ouarzazate and spend the night in a local riad.
DAY 8: OUARZAZATE
► Departure from Ouarzazate airport. This ends your Morocco Travel experience.