This whirlwind 5-day itinerary highlights the best of Morocco, including Fes, the Desert, and Marrakech. Start in the imperial city of Fes and make your way south traversing the Middle Atlas mountain range into the Sahara Desert. Cross up and over the High Atlas mountains before ending your trip in bustling Marrakech.
The old ksour held an important position along the trans-Saharan trade route between Marrakech, Ouarzazate, and the southern desert. While you walk through the center, explore the old town's alleys and passageways. Stop into shops, grab a bite to eat, or sip a cup of traditional mint tea. Then, hike up to the old granary for incredible views of the kasbah, surrounding areas, and historic camel caravan routes.
The Aït Benhaddou Kasbah has been used as the backdrop in nearly two dozen Hollywood movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Mummy, Gladiator, and Alexander. Most recently, however, the old town hosted the Game of Thrones TV series. If you're a fan of any of these, you'll surely enjoy the views and walking through the old town.
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Itineraries with Discover the Aït Benhaddou Kasbah
This 8-day trip mixes culture and adventure in Marrakech, the desert, and High Atlas mountains. Start and end in Marrakech and explore the historic medina's souks, timeworn tombs, old madrasas, and secret gardens. Pass over the High Atlas mountains into Morocco's desert and discover medieval kasbahs, caravan routes, and the Saharan dunes. Finish with a two-day hike through small villages in the Atlas foothills, enjoying a meal and overnight with a local family.
Perfect for travelers who want to learn about the history, cuisine, and culture of Morocco in one quick trip, this 5-day itinerary is focused on the busy city of Marrakech with quick trips to the Altas Mountains and the seaside city of Essaouira. You'll sample the dynamic flavors of Moroccan tagine, browse aisles of spices and textiles in markets, tour historic Medinas, and pamper yourself with a traditional spa experience in a hammam.