Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...
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Welcome to Morocco! Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to your hotel close to the medina. Spend the remains of the day at leisure. A possibility to go out and see the famous Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening. Snake charmers orange juice sellers, food stalls and story tellers all inhabit the square, and provide entertainment for the whole evening.
Spend the morning with the Marrakech town guide to get an overview of this wonderful city and its bustling souks. Stretching over the medieval part of Marrakech, the souks are winding streets of stalls and small businesses. Interspersed are palaces, madrassa (Qur'anic schools) and many cafes and restaurants. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the Marrakech at your own speed.
This morning depart across the plain of haouz and into the rugged High Atlas mountains where you can admire the views en route to the famous UNESCO Listed kasbah of Ait benhaddou, which is situated in Souss-Massa-Draa on a hill along the Ouarzazate River. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth and more recently, Gladiator were all filmed at Ait Benhaddou, which was once a significant stop for traders carrying gold, salt and slaves along the famous Southern Caravan route moving through the Sahara.
Head into the heart of the Atlas mountains to the Palace of the Glaoui in Telouet - the once palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe. This remote and crumbling palace made out of mud brick, with ornate marble and cedar decoration, has a dramatic history. The village, where the descendants of the slaves of the Glaoui tribe live, lies at the base of the Kasbah. Enjoy lunch in the village and go for a walk in the village or enjoy mint tea in a Berber house. Returning to Marrakech in the evening.
PRICE OPTION 1 -- Return transfer to Marrakech Airport for your flight home. PRICE OPTION 2 -- Enjoy a day to explore from your hotel base in AIT BENHADDOU, later in the afternoon we return by car back to Marrakech.
PRICE OPTION 2 -- Return transfer to Marrakech Airport for your flight home.