Morocco Private Journey 6 - Wonders of the South

Marrakech - Ouarzazate - Zagora - Agdz - Foum Zguid - Tata - Sidi Ifni - Agadir

About Morocco Private Journey 6 - Wonders of the South

Summary

A full tour of Morocco's stunning south including famous kasbahs, a visit to two different parts of the Sahara, roads which are well off the beaten track and the unspoilt Atlantic coastline. Includes Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou, Draa Valley, Ch'Gagga dunes, Tata, Sidi Ifni, Mirleft and Tiznit.

Activity code: MORJ06

Duration: 15 Days

START - Marrakech / FINISH - Agadir [or Marrakech]

This particular itinerary is an extraordinary opportunity to travel the quiet roads of the south visiting many of the famous and forgotten kasbahs, off the beaten track villages as well as a night (or two) in the Sahara. The journey includes travelling between Marrakech and Agadir via the Tichka Pass in the High Atlas, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Zagora, Erg Ch'Gagga (Sahara), Foum Zguid, Sidi Ifni, Mirleft and Tiznit.

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.

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.

Your driver will drive any type of vehicle within their daily rate which also includes their food and lodging.

Hotels are personal suggestions but there is usually a choice of styles and budget at each location. 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 Wonders of the South 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. 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 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 are able, through our local agency, to book activities and specialist sightseeing, particularly in Marrakech - such as cooking, quad bikes, caleche rides, day hikes.

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.
  • 13 nights on HB at a choice of small hotels (14th night is in desert); [NB. Marrakech riad is on BB basis]
  • 11 days fully-inclusive one-way car hire (Group D with a/c)
  • Services of an English-speaking driver for 11 days (includes his food and hotels)
  • Fully-inclusive overnight desert adventure at Erg Ch'Gagga camp
  • All taxes, full 24 hour 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 Hot

  • 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 Les Amadiers, Dar Infiane
  • South Coast: - Les Trois Chameaux, Riad Janoub, Kasbah Tabelkoukt
  • Agadir: - Hotel Timoulay, Riad Villa Blanche, Sofitel Thalassa & Spa

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

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

Itinerary

  • Days 1 & 2 - Marrakech arrival.

    Arrival into Marrakech; private transfer to your hotel.

    Day 2 - private guided city tour in morning, free time in afternoon.

    • stay 2 nights at Ksar Anika, Riad Hikaya or similar.

  • Day 3 - Marrakech - High Atlas - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate

    Meet your English-speaking driver at your riad or hotel. Head south across High Atlas Mountains via Tizi n'Tichka and the Kasbahs of Telouet and Ait Ben Haddou (UNESCO).

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

  • Days 4 & 5 - Ouarzazate - Draa Valley - Zagora

    Continue south down the Draa Valley via Agdz to Zagora and beyond...

    • Options to stay at desert camp at Erg Lihoudi or M'Hamid or stay in the friendly Fibule du Draa Hotel in Zagora.
    • return up Draa Valley as far as Agdz and stay at the fabulous Kasbah Azul - 1 night HB.

  • Days 6 & 7 - Agdz - Foum Zguid - Tata

    Drive off the beaten track to the west passing Foum Zguid; stop at Bab Rimal Hotel or at a desert camp in Ch'Gagga dunes nearby.

    Continue along the great southern road to Tata for a stopover.

    • stay in Tata - e.g. Dar Infiane - 1 night HB

  • Day 8 to 10 - Tata - Sidi Ifni - Mirleft

    Continue your journey to the Atlantic coast. Stay a couple of nights at your choice of property on the "undiscovered" coast of southern Morocco - Mirleft.

    • stay in Mirleft - e.g. kasbah Tabelkoukt, Les Trois Chameaux - 3 nights HB

  • Day 11- Mirleft - Anti Atlas Mountains [Tafraoute]

    Head northwards and into the foothills of the Anti Atlas Mountains; stay a night in Tiznit or Tafraoute.

    • stay at Riad Janoub in Tiznit or Hotel Salama in Tafraoute - 1 night

  • Day 12 to 14 - Anti Atlas - Agadir

    Arrival into Agadir and relax, drop off car and driver at end of day.

    • stay a while at the lovely Timoulay Hotel - 3 nights HB

  • Day 15 - departure Agadir

    Private transfer to Agadir airport for flight home.

  • Prices & Departure Dates

    Prices are on request and depends on your chosen accommodation and 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

"We cannot praise enough our main driver and guide Mostapha El Ghazi who is an excellent choice for families as he loves old and young alike, is personable, warm, friendly and wise and became a good friend who we were sad to say goodbye to when we were dropped off at Essaouira. We shall keep in touch and feel he is a very special person, inspirational with his kind and gentle view of the world - we had an insight into trekking the Atlas Mountains and the peaceful Berber lifestyle. We learnt a lot from him and were humbled by his altruism. This made it more than the usual holiday - a real eye opener for our teenage daughters! We can not recommend him highly enough for English/French/Spanish/Arabic speaking families."

L Povey, UK, Aug 2018

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