About Morocco Self Drive 8 - Grand Route of the South
A full tour of Morocco's south including its famous kasbahs, the Sahara, Anti Atlas Mountains and continuing off the beaten track to the stunning Atlantic coastline.
Activity code: MORFD08
Duration: 15 Days
START - Marrakech / FINISH - Agadir (or Marrakech)
This particular 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, the town of Ouarzazate, the Draa Valley, Zagora and the Sahara region for the first half of the route. From the edge of the Sahara the second week's itinerary takes you even further "Off the Beaten Track" to the west via the small towns of Foum Zguid and Tata, skirting the southern edge of the Anti Atlas Mountains, to visit the undiscovered coastline between Sidi Ifni and Tiznit. It is an incredible journey from Marrakech and takes in so much of the region, much of which is rarely featured on such holidays.
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.
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 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.
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]
Click on the location to view our whole selection.
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 the Tichka Pass and the Kasbahs of Telouet and Ait Ben Haddou (UNESCO).
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.
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.
Stay at a choice of hotels on the "undiscovered" coast of southern Morocco
Head northwards and to the foothills of the Anti Atlas Mountains, spend a night in Tiznit.
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.
Drop off hire car at airport for flight home from Agadir.
Prices 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.
All prices are per person
"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, UK, April, 2017