About Morocco Self Drive 2 - Marrakech & Desert
An extended journey of southern Morocco - desert towns, stunning scenery of the High Atlas and valleys full of kasbahs such as the Draa & Dades, plus Todra Gorge & Sahara.
Activity code: MORFD02
Duration: 10 Days
START / FINISH - Marrakech
This particular itinerary is our recommended self drive holiday for a week in the south of Morocco with a few days also in Marrakech. It includes a circuit travelling between Marrakech, Ouarzazate and the Sahara and is a beautiful journey that can include all the "best bits" of the region of gorges, dunes and kasbahs.
With our many years of experience putting together practical and interesting itineraries for our customers we would like to recommend this journey for you to make the most of your time in this fascinating country. We are, of course, also able to tailor-make a holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - UK departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, duration, activities, etc.
With our excellent prices for car rental, Morocco has opened up to some quite unique holiday experiences. Roads around the country are improving and are actually pretty good in most places, even in the mountains and desert areas they are now mostly asphalted. We do not recommend driving at night though as headlights can be optional and safety barriers on some mountain roads are non-existent. We have all driven extensively around Morocco and will be happy to share our experiences with you if you are at all unsure about self-drive or your chosen routes.
NB: This itinerary can be taken with the services of one of our English-Speaking drivers (or a National Guide). They will drive any type of vehicle at a flat rate per day per vehicle which includes their food and lodging. Hotels are personal suggestions but there is usually a choice of styles and budget at each location.
Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country. In the table below we have included suggestions for upgrades to "boutique" properties and deluxe options (please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).
Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport transfer service; we can deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel (or riad) at no extra cost. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide driving directions and parking information for all accommodation (where relevant). The new highways linking Marrakech, Agadir and Essaouira will cut down journey times when you wish to get from A to B quickly but this also means that the other roads will be quieter and a pleasant alternative for sightseeing and travelling at a gentler pace. (NB. tolls apply on the highways).
Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing; we are able, through our local agency, to book activities and specialist sightseeing, particularly in Marrakech - such as cooking, quad bikes, caleche rides, day hikes, etc.
NB. extend this holiday easily by adding nights in any or all of the locations.
NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.
[Classic Hotel, Classic Riad, Boutique Hotel/Riad, Deluxe Hotel]
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Arrival into Marrakech and private transfer to your chosen riad or hotel.
Take delivery of hire car (e.g. Group B with a/c); head south across High Atlas Mountains via Tizi nTichka with possible detours to visit to the Kasbahs of Telouet and Ait Ben Haddou (UNESCO).
DESERT CIRCUIT (pt.1) - drive down stunning Draa Valley to Agdz (recommend an overnight stay at Kasbah Azul) then next day drive along the southern "highway" to N'Kob and the onwards via Al Nif and Rissani to Erfoud or continue to Merzouga. Your choice to stay at a small hotel facing the dunes or head off into the Sahara on a desert adventure to a Bedouin camp deep into the great sand sea.
Return from your night in the desert and freshen up at Auberge du Sud at the edge of the dunes; onward drive back to Marrakech via a combination of places - see below...
Onward drive back over Tichka Pass to Marrakech and drop off hire car towards the end of the day.
Two full days for sightseeing in Marrakech. A half or full day private guided city tour is available to pre-book as are many sightseeing excursions and activities (e.g. cookery class, quad bikes, etc.). If you choose to keep the car then you could visit the coast at Essaouira for a day trip.
Private transfer to Marrakech airport for flight home.
Prices are on request and depend on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Please note that discounts will apply if there are 4 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.
NB: Flights available to book with us through a range of airlines, from various UK airports.