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Ait Benhaddou & Telouet Day Trip

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Activities

    Private Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    From: €80 EUR per person
  • Duration

    8 am - 6 pm

  • Avg Distance

    180 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    8 am

  • Starting Location

    Marrakech

  • Price Includes

    Pick-up and drop off at your hotel, riad, or accommodation in Marrakech. Transport: A/C 4x4 Toyota. English speaking driver. Lunch - vegetarian and vegan meals are available. Telouet kasbah entrance fees.

Highlights

  • Pick-up and drop off at your hotel, riad, or accommodation in Marrakech.
  • Enjoy the Tizi n'tichka
  • Visit kasbah Telouet
  • Enjoy the Berber villages
  • Visit kasbah Ait Benhaddou and surrounding area

Guide

Trip Info

Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs Day trip takes you across the chain of the High Atlas mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass, one of the most dramatic passes in Morocco (The government started a project to renovate a big part of the road after a tragic bus accident in 2012 and the work is still ongoing due to the harsh winter climate and geography).

All along the road you can see Berber villages scattered along the side of the mountains, sometimes hard to distinguish from the mountainous entourage. As you reach the far side of the mountains the landscape changes drastically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like as the chain of the Atlas mountains acts as barrier separating the Mediterranean climate of the north from the Arid desert winds on the south-east.

After the Tichka pass 2162 m, we leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Pacha of the Atlas, the Glaoui, and stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled the country after the departure of the French armies. In the first kasbah you will visit only a few rooms that can be seen, as much of the kasbah has been closed off because of the falling ceilings and unsafe walls. However, the tiled walls, fluted pillars, beautifully painted wooden ceilings and coloured glass windows of the reception rooms allow you to imagine what it was like in its prime.

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