Welcome to Telouet


Telouet also once had a thriving Jewish community, entrusted by the Glaoui with managing the all-important salt trade. Salt mines are still active in the area, and prized pink salt found along the nearby Oued Mellah (Salt River) was once accepted as currency. Near the Glaoui Kasbah is what remains of an ancient slave village. But Morocco’s government remains ambivalent about the Glaoui clan’s home town, and with little outside investment and a highway bypassing the town entirely, Telouet seems arrested in time half a century ago.


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$41.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Tour from Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou Kasbah and Ouarzazate

This full day excursion starts from your hotel in Marrakech where your driver will pick you up and head into the beautiful High Atlas Mountains crossing the Tizi N’Tichka mountain pass. From here you will have amazing panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains and the adobe houses of its indigenous villages. You take a detour to the Ksar of Aït Benhaddou, an Arab fortress from the XI century, and its Kasbah declared a world heritage site and historical treasure by UNESCO. The Kasbah at Aït Benhaddou is a good example of traditional berber architecture. Its strategic location allows us to observe a landscape riddled with colors and became a mandatory stop for the old routes from Timbuktu to Marrakech. Next, Ouarzazate, which is an old military enclave, is on the route of 1000 Kasbahs. Take a walk around this charming village and have a change to visit the cinema studios on your own. After, a visit to Telouet, a fascination Kasbah that belonged to the Pasha of Marrakech. After, you will head back to Marrakech.

$506.72 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Marrakech to Fez 2-Night Desert Experience with Select Meals

Day 1: Marrakech - Telouet - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades GorgesMorning departure from your hotel or Riad in Marrakech to Dades Gorges, passing throughout the mountain roads above Morocco (2260m), the Tizi N Tichka. Stops are planned during the whole journey to take photos of the amazing overviews. Continuing the road to Telouet, visit the Kasbah Glaoui (sometimes called Glaoui palace; this was built between the nineteenth and twentieth century. Then passing through the Ounila valley to Ait Ben Haddou. This valley was used as a crossing road by the caravans between Marrakech and Ouarzazate. Throughout the valley, there is a striking contrast between the ocher of the earth and rocks and the green planting, for those who take the time to observe. Visit Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, one of the most famous kasbah of southern Morocco, now classified as a world heritage by Unesco. This fortified city was built a few hundred years on a promontory, to escape the invasions of foreign tribes. If you climb up to the attic of the ruins you can admire the view of the palms and the desert surroundings. To this day, only few families still live there. After lunch, we resumpt the road towards to Dades Gorges, crossing Ouarzazate; the Hollywood of Morocco and the Roses Valley. Numerous kasbahs, cinematographic studios and breath taking landscapes are present. Dinner and overnight in a Hotel or riad. Day 2: Dades Gorges - Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi - MerzougaAfter breakfast, you will start your discovery by the dunes of Erg Chebbi, passing throughout the palm of Tinghir and the Todra Gorges. You will have a stop for a brief tour, then continue on to Erfoud. Visit a geological fossil site (Amonite) and lunch on the road. Continuing on by a track that extends through the dunes of Erg Chebbi to the village of Khamlia (possibility of a tea break in Gnaoua with a local family) around 5pm you will ride camels to take you to the bivouac in the dunes, to contemplate before sunset. Dinner and night in a Berber tent and typical gastronomy around the evening fire, Tam Tam music with the nomads.Day 3: Erg Chebbi Dunes - Rissani - Midelt - Fez:As Nomads, they are the only persons who are able to be adapted to the difficulties of the desert. Wake up around 7am to enjoy the sunrise between the waves of a sea of sand. It is the serenity that has inspired writers and photographers, one of the famous is Paul Bowles, where even memory disappears." Morocco ends here, surprisingly, the only place that you lose infinity beyond the horizon.

$148.08 Private & Custom Tours

Marrakech to Ouarzazate Private Day Trip with Berber Village

Depart Marrakech at 7am, The tour goes over the Atlas Mountains, so you will be able to enjoy beautiful landscapes with local villages and elevated scenery of the surrounding areas during your journey. Coffee break in a Berber village with a panoramic view. Afterwards you will take the off route track to Telouet for a visit to the beautiful kasbah located there, then you will continue to Ait Ben Haddou évillage has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site" with a stop to visit an ancient salt mine. You will continue our journey to Ouarzazate, which marks the meeting of the southern foothills of the High Atlas mountains and the desert. Countless kasbahs formed from red clay, mountains and valleys, arid plains and lush oases, palm groves and small villages all come together to create an unforgettable experience for the visitor. You will visit the famed Kasbah Taourit, built in the 18th century by the powerful Glaoui family, and the adjacent movie studios. Ouarzazete is a popular film making location, and often there is a chance to see international film crews shooting a movie. Many famous films were shot here. During the tour, you will have a lot of things to see and to do.You will depart from this amazing place in the late afternoon, arriving back in Marrakech around 7:30pm.

$63.63 Day Trips & Excursions

Ait Ben Haddou Guided Day Tour from Marrakech

The tour begins with an 8am pick-up at your Marrakech hotel. The drive is roughly 190km through the landscapes of the Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’ Tichka pass, with stops for photo taking and to have breakfast. There will also be a stop to visit the town of Telouet and its ancient 17th century kasbah.  Next, the tour heads toward Ouarzazate to visit the UNESCO-protected Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. You’ll walk the small streets of this historic site to get to the top where an incredible view of Draa Valley awaits. Here you’ll have lunch and then visit the Atlas Film Studios. A 3.5-hour drive back to your hotel follows, with an arrival in Marrakech at about 7pm or 8pm.

$430.37 Private & Custom Tours

3 DAYS PRIVATE DESERT TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO MERZOUGA

Day 1: Marrakech - Telouet - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Skoura -Mgouna - Dades gorges:  After Breakfast in your Hotel. Departure towards Ouarzazate, crossing the Atlas through Tizi’n’Tichka pass (2,260 meters). The mountains offer a big variety of landscapes and the view of several hamlets arranged as in an amphitheatre. Essential track and outstanding landscape that will take us to the village of Telouet to visit the Kasbah of el Glaoui and the village of Ait Benhaddou, visit of the Kasbah; classified by the UNISCO as world heritage. Then, our journey continues towards Ouarzazate, lunch and visit of Kasbah Taurirt and the cinema studios. The region is populated by Berbers who became sedentary despite the extremely harsh weather conditions. After lunch we will head dades Gorges, crossing the palm valley of Skoura and visit of its Kasbahs. Then head via Rose valley Kalaat Mgouna visit of dades gorges and continue to Toudgha Overnight and accommodation with dinner and breakfast in a guest house or Hotel. Overnight in a hotel in dades gorges Day2: Toudra Gprges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Rissani - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi After breakfast in your accommodation we will head to Merzouga via Toudra valley and Tinjdad. Arrive to Erfoud and stop for lunch before continuing to Merzouga crossing the village of rissani visit of the mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco, Moulay Ali Cherif, is located on the southern edge of town. Reaching Merzouga and camel trek of about 1 hour and half to reach Erg Chebbi and admir the most wonderful sunset over the dunes. Overnight with dinner and breakfast will be in a Beber tent situated in the feet of the dunes. Overnight in desert camp Day3: Merzouga - Rissani – Alnif – nkob – draa valley – Ouarzazate – Marrakech Early wake up, then your camel man will take for a beautiful sunrise you will ever see. After an hour and half of camel ride you will reach you hotel in Merzouga to take shower and breakfast. Then, we will drive towards Marrakech crossing the palm valley of ziz and draa valley. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Draa valley. Then, we will continue to Marrakech via the big palm grove where we will stp to visit a kasbah.then continue until we reach the tichka pass where we will stop for a mint tea, before reaching Marrakech by the afternoon. end of the tour at your Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.

$106.43 Day Trips & Excursions

GUIDED DAY TOUR TO OUARZAZATE AND UNESCO KASBAHS FROM MARRAKECH

Journey through breathtaking countryside via Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260m) our first sightseeing of the day is at Telouet, a village on the ‘Route of the Caravans’ from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Telouet has one of the most spectacular Kasbahs in the Atlas, which was once the palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe. taking a little used back road we arrive at Ait Benhaddou. Inscribed by UNESCO in 1987 as a ‘World Heritage Site’, the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. The Ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. After a guided tour of the ancient settlement be sure to walk up to the high point on the hill above the Ksar for particularly fine views. Your final stop is in Ouarzazate to visit Taourirt Kasbah, a former Glaoui palace and the main attraction of the desert oasis city. This 300-room fortress, in part restored, marks the junction of 3 rivers – Dadès, Draâ and Ziz – as well as numerous caravan routes. And while Glaoui chiefs – known as caïd – never resided in this opulent palace, the Glaoui kasbah of Taourirt once housed hundreds of people. You’ll have time to tour the palace and stroll the kasbah’s irregular streets. Late in the afternoon you’ll make the return drive to Marrakech.