Morocco Private Journey 2 - Marrakech & Sahara

Marrakech - Draa Valley - Sahara - Dades Valley - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou

About Morocco Private Journey 2 - Marrakech & Sahara

Summary

Classic sightseeing in Marrakech followed by a journey over the High Atlas to the Sahara, visiting kasbahs along the way. The main circuit of the south is a route which takes in the fabulous Draa Valley, the great southern highway, an off-road adventure into the Sahara (at Erg Chebbi) and the equally stunning Dades Valley and Todra Gorge.

Activity code: MORJ02

Duration: 9 Days

START / FINISH - Marrakech

This itinerary is our recommended holiday for travel to the south of Morocco; it includes travelling between Marrakech, Ouarzazate and the Sahara. It is a beautiful circuit that can include all the "best bits" of the region of gorges and kasbahs. 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. Hotels are personal suggestions but there is usually a choice of styles and budget at each location.

What makes this holiday special ?

We have great pleasure in offering you the opportunity to experience Morocco accompanied by one of our excellent team of English-speaking drivers as a private chauffeur and ad hoc guide.

Travelling with one of our friendly English-speaking drivers allows you to experience much more of the country and its people. Your driver will gladly discuss both your daily schedule and general matters about Morocco and the places you pass; he can arrange local guides or co-ordinate any itinerary of pre-booked sightseeing that we arrange with you beforehand. In addition to your driver's experience and knowledge during your holiday we have also driven extensively around Morocco and will be happy to share our experiences with you if you are at all unsure about your chosen route or any aspect of travelling with one of our drivers.

NB: This itinerary includes the services of one of our English-Speaking drivers. They will drive any type of vehicle within their daily rate which also includes your driver's food and lodging.

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 Marrakech & Sahara Private Journey

  • 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.
  • MOROCCO's FAMOUS GORGES: Boumalne de Dades and Tineghir are ideal places to stay if you are doing some walking and exploring the famous Dades and Todra Valleys and their stunning gorges. These are truly fascinating places and scenery in their own right and a superb bonus to be enjoyed en route to/from the Sahara.
  • RIADS: Many treasures, especially the now-famous riads are hidden away in Marrakech and other cities in Morocco, such as Fez and Essaouira. Riads are houses, built around a central courtyard patio, whose outside walls are entirely closed. They are often converted into guesthouses or restaurants and are a symbol of the Moroccan art of fine living. We recommend riads in our programme where the local staff are integral to the experience and all food and drink and many other materials involved with your stay and the building itself are all sourced from the local area.

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 have all driven extensively around Morocco and will be happy to share our experiences with you if you are at all unsure about your chosen routes.

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" riads and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).

Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we also offer a private airport transfer service.

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 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 three locations.

What's included in your Private Journey holiday?

  • Private round trip airport transfers.
  • 7 nts on HB at a choice of small hotels (8th is at desert camp); [NB. riad in Marrakech on BB]
  • 5 days fully-inclusive car hire (Group D with a/c)
  • Services of an English-speaking Chauffeur for 5 days (includes his food and hotels)
  • Fully-inclusive two day desert adventure to Erg Chebbi by 4WD and camel meharee.
  • Private guided half day city tour in Marrakech
  • 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
    • Erfoud: - Hotel Tizimi, Xaluca Maadid Hotel
    • Dades Valley region: - Kasbah Tizzarouine, Kasbah Itran, Xaluca Dades
    • Ouarzazate area: - Hotel Fint, Kasbah Ellouze, Les Tourmalines, Ksar Ighnda

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

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

Itinerary

  • Day 1 & 2 - Marrakech

    Arrival into Marrakech; private transfer to your hotel or riad.

    Day 2 includes a full day of sightseeing in Marrakech; morning with your included guided city tour and free time to explore in the afternoon.

    • stay 2nts at Riad el Zohar, Ksar Anika Riad Hikaya or Riad Les Trois Mages.

  • Day 3 - Atlas Mountains - Draa Valley - Agdz

    Meet up with your English-speaking driver at your riad; depart for the south across the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass. Pass through Ouarzazate and continue down the dramatic Draa Valley.

    • stay at the excellent Kasbah Azul near Agdz - 1nt on HB.

  • Day 4 - Agdz - Southern Highway - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi (Sahara)

    After a peaceful breakfast by the pool at the Kasbah Azul head off the Draa Valley slightly south of Agdz and take the great southern highway via N'Kob and Al Nif to the edge of the desert at Erfoud. At the friendly Kasbah Tizimi park up and meet your desert guide, swap into a 4WD vehicle for the rough crossing of the semi desert area between Erfoud and Merzouga.

    • Desert Adventure includes camel meharee into the dunes, overnight Bedouin camp in an oasis as well as both dinner and breakfast under the stars [deluxe version available as an upgrade].

  • Day 5 & 6 - Sahara - Todra Gorge - Dades Valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate

    Return from the desert and freshen up at Auberge du Sud on edge of the dunes before returning to join your car and driver in Erfoud. From here you have the opportunity to visit the incredible Todra Gorge and drive along the Dades Valley back towards Ouarzazate.

    We recommend staying at two locations (or two nights at the same place near Ouarzazate) prior to heading back over to Marrakech.

    • options include 2 nights at Les Tourmalines overlooking the lake between Skoura and Ouarzazate or perhaps one night each at Xaluca Dades in Boumalne and then Kasbah Ellouze (near Ait Ben Haddou).

  • Day 7 & 8 - Ouarzazate - High Atlas - Marrakech

    Continue back over High Atlas to Marrakech (optional detour via new road from Skoura to Demnate with a night at Kasbah Timdaf). Drop off car and driver at end of day you arrive in Marrakech.

    Final day in Marrakech is free for your own sightseeing and last minute shopping.

    • stay 2nts at Ksar Anika, Riad el Zohar, Riad Les Trois Mages.

  • Day 9 - Departure Marrakech

    Private transfer to Marrakech airport for flight home.

  • 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.

    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

"I’m back in the UAE and wanted to drop a note to thanks. The trip exceeded my expectations, all your accommodation choices were superb (in fact, I wish that we had gone for a riad in Marakesh as recommended). Agents on the ground were very responsive and helpful on the occasions when things didn’t go as planned, for example when there was a sandstorm in Merzouga. A special mention for our driver Youssef, who was very professional, knowledgable and helpful every step of the way. I could not have asked for more, and am very happy with how things were organised."

A Ahmad, April, 2017

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