Morocco Self Drive 8 - Grand Route of the South

A journey through Mountains, across Deserts & along empty Coasts

About Morocco Self Drive 8 - Grand Route of the South

Summary

A full tour of Morocco's south including its famous kasbahs, the Sahara and continuing off the beaten track to the stunning Atlantic coastline. This is designed as a linear route so you can reverse the itinerary if you wish.

Activity code: MORFD08

Duration: 15 Days

START - Marrakech / FINISH - Agadir (or Marrakech)

This itinerary is our recommended self drive holiday offering a fabulous two-week "Grand Tour" in southern Morocco; it includes travelling across the High Atlas at the Tichka Pass, Ouarzazate and the Draa Valley, Zagora and the Sahara region for the first half of the route. From here the second half takes you even further "Off the Beaten Track" to the west via Foum Zguid, Tata, the Anti Atlas Mountains and visiting the undiscovered coastline between Tiznit and Sidi Ifni. It is an incredible journey from Marrakech and takes in so much of the region.

With our many years of experience putting together practical and interesting itineraries for our clients 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.

Highlights of the Grand Route of the South Fly Drive Holiday:

  • MARRAKECH - Nestled on a large plain at the foot of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, it is the perfect city to begin your visit to Morocco. Surrounded by its original fortified city wall Marrakech entices you into its midst to explore the historic and labyrinthine Medina, its palaces, gardens and souks. Today, Marrakech has become a thriving metropolis with chic night spots, top restaurants and a very modern atmosphere in places. All of which emphasises the immense historical context of the Medina and its focal point, the Djemma el Fna.
  • OUARZAZATE: Ouarzazate is the first town most people see after crossing the High Atlas and is the unofficial capital of the south of Morocco. Formerly a Foreign Legion outpost it has been notably used as a location backdrop by many epic films such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and Jesus of Nazareth. Ouarzazate has an old town with its maze of narrow streets and a new town where most of the hotels are located. The Kasbah Taourirt is within walking distance of most hotels and is well worth a visit.
  • DRAA VALLEY: The Drâa Valley extends for almost 200km towards the South and irrigates a narrow oasis where dates and henna grow. After leaving the Drâa Valley, a series of oases rapidly succeed each other along the fine desert-like road leading to Zagora. Don't hesitate to stop to experience their unchanged way of life. The environment is exceptionally well preserved.
  • SAHARA ADVENTURE: The Sahara seems such a long way away but on this trip you will have the opportunity to ride through the dunes on the back of a dromedary leaving you with incredible and magical memories of the awesome canopy of the starlit heavens and the peacefulness and tranquility of the desert.
  • ANTI ATLAS MOUNTAINS: The Anti Atlas are the furthest south of Morocco's mountain ranges and much less developed for tourism. Although they are less dramatic in the size of their peaks than the nearby High Atlas they do offer unique scenery refelcting a totally different geology, including the famous painted rocks. This is an opportunity to explore a part of Morocco overlooked by so many.
  • TIZNIT: Just a short journey south of Agadir but a whole world apart, Tiznit is a traditional town with a small pink-walled Medina built by Moulay Hassan sandwiched between the Atlantic coast and the Anti-Atlas Mountains. It's also a good base to enjoy the national park and wildlife sanctuary to the north, excursions into the Anti Atlas and along the coast and further to the desert in the south.
  • MIRLEFT: Mirleft is a modest village along the unspoilt Atlantic coastline heading down towards Sidi ifni; it has a castle perhced on a hillside overlooking the town and a stunning beach. There is a good choice of accommodation here offering relaxation and outdoor activities.

Why book with Rediscover Morocco ?

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 your driver's 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, Essaouira and Casablanca 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 will send you our own guidebook with your confirmation and are able, through our local agency, to book activities and specialist sightseeing, particularly in Agadir - such as cooking, boat trips, camel rides, day hikes, etc.

NB. extend this holiday easily by adding nights in any or all of the locations.

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private airport transfer on arrival.
  • 14 nts accommodation at a choice of small hotels.
  • 14 days fully-inclusive car hire with a/c
  • Fully-inclusive two day desert adventure to Ch'Gagga from Foum Zguid.
  • Sightseeing suggestions and driving directions
  • All taxes, full 24hr representative services.

NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

Our recommended hotel choices for this fly drive:

[Classic Hotel, Classic Riad, Boutique Hotel/Riad, Deluxe Hotel]

  • Marrakech: - Hotel Tichka, Riad Hikaya, Riad Kniza, Les Jardins de la Koutoubia
  • Ouarzazate area: - Hotel Fint, Kasbah Ellouze, Les Tourmalines, Ksar Ighnda
  • Anti Atlas: - Hotel Salam, Dar Infiane
  • South Coast: - Riad Janoub, Les Trois Chameaux
  • Agadir: - Hotel Timoulay, Riad Villa Blanche, Sofitel Thalassa & Spa

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Contact us now to book this self drive holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Marrakech

    Arrival into Marrakech; private transfer to your hotel.

    • Stay 1nt at Ksar Anika, Riad Hikaya or Les Jardins de la Koutoubia.

  • Day 2 - Tichka Pass - Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate

    Take delivery of hire car (Group B with a/c) - head south across High Atlas Mtns via Tizi n Tichka and Kasbahs of Telouet and Ait Ben Haddou (UNESCO).

    • stay 1nt at Les Tourmalines, overlooking lake near Ouarzazate or Kasbah Ellouze near Ait Ben Haddou.

  • Day 3 & 4 - Ouarzazate - Draa Valley - Agdz

    Continue south down the Draa Valley via Agdz to Zagora and beyond; possible visit to desert camp or stay in the friendly Fibule du Draa Hotel in Zagora.

    • Return up Draa Valley as far as Agdz and stay at the Kasbah Azul - 1nt HB

  • Day 5 to 7 - Agdz - Foum Zguid - Ch'Gagga [Sahara] - Tata

    Drive off the beaten track to the west passing Foum Zguid and continuing along the great southern road to Tata for a stopover (e.g. Dar Infiane) or you could stop at the fabulous Bab Rimal Hotel or at a desert camp in Ch'Gagga.

    • continue your journey to the Atlantic coast....  (visit Goulemine and Sidi Ifni)

  • Day 8 to 10 - Atlantic Coast - Sidi Ifni - Mirleft

    Stay at a choice of hotels on the "undiscovered" coast of southern Morocco

    • we recommend Mirleft. (e.g. Kasbah Tabelkoukt, Les Trois Chameaux).

  • Day 11 - Mirleft - Tiznit

    Head northwards and to the foothills of the Anti Atlas Mountains, spend a night in Tiznit

    • stay at Riad Janoub in the town of Tiznit.

  • Day 12 to 14 - Agadir

    Arrival into Agadir and relax; you could elect to keep your hire car and travel around the region visiting Taroudant, Tafraoute, Imouzzer and many other places.

    • stay a few nights at the lovely Timoulay Hotel (alternative locations include Taroudant and Immouzer).

  • Day 15 - Departure Agadir

    Drop off hire car at airport for flight home from Agadir.

  • Prices & Departure Dates

    Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional '1-person' supplement will apply.

    Prices are indicative and will vary depending 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.

Reviews

"A great time was had by all thanks and rekindled my long term fondness for Morocco, hopefully I will be booking a High Atlas trek with you before too long as the mountains always tempt me but unfortunately the kids are never so keen. My favourite hotel was Dar Daif which oozed character, wife preferred Trois Chameaux and kids Dar Zitoune but all were great with no hitches, good food and very welcoming. Obviously not your responsibility but I was unaware that the arch at Legzira collapsed last September and the primary reason for going to Mirleft was to photograph the large arch so it was quite a surprise to find a huge pile of rubble at the end of the beach howerver nature is always full of surprises."

P Mason, April, 2017

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