9 days / 8 nights
Self-Drive Route of 1000 Kasbahs
Cross the majestic High Atlas and explore Morocco’s great south on this fascinating 9-day adventure. Spend a night in a tent camp at the foot of the Merzouga dunes and see the sun rise and set over the desert landscape. On this journey you will also visit some of Morocco’s most iconic cities, like Marrakech, Erfoud or Ouarzazate. Come discover the true essence of Morocco. Highlights Marrakech: Admire the famous Koutoubia Mosque, the beautiful Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs and Agdal the Garden, and wander through the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa market Ouarzazate: Visit the fortified village of Kelaat M'Gouna, famous for its yearly rose festival Zagora: This desert outpost is the point from which the ancient Saadian dynasty set out to conquer Timbuktu Erfoud: The gateway to the Erg Chebbi dunes Merzouga: Admire the desert and take in the sights of its golden dunes Boulmane Dades: This town is a stone’s throw away from the ‘Rose Valley’, where the cultivation of roses is the locals’ main economic activity, creating wondrous rose water, essential oils and beauty products Skoura: A fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves; its most well-known site is the Amerdil Kasbah Fint Valley: Located 15 km from Ouarzazate, this incredible oasis is surrounded by mountains and is home to several villages that still maintain an ancestral lifestyle that’s unique in the region
Assistance on Arrival Daily Full Breakfast Hotel Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis. All tours / activities / shows as per the itinerary Car Rental All Pick up drops / transfers mentioned in the itinerary Transport in A/C car / Bus as mentioned Meals as per the itinerary / included in the itinerary
Air Tickets (International / Domestic) Visa and Insurance Hotel Taxes Suggested optional activities/ tours if any. Any meals / snacks other than mentioned in the itinerary Camera Fee and any other entertainment charges Tips of any kind – Guides, Driver, Cruise Crew, etc. Portages at airport Personal Expenses such as Laundry, Telephone etc Beverages of any kind
After landing in Marrakech Airport and clearing customs, our agent/driver will be waiting to meet and greet you outside the airport, in front of the Arrivals exit, holding a sign with your name on it. Please do not leave the pick-up area without having met the agent/driver first. Our representative will provide you all the vouchers you’ll need for this trip and then take you to the air-conditioned transfer to your hotel in Marrakech. Check in and spend the rest of day at leisure, perhaps going out to admire the city’s top monuments, which include the magnificent Koutoubia mosque, the beautiful Bahia Palace with its exceptional decorated Saadian Tombs, and the walled Medina and its maze of alleys and side streets. Overnight in Marrakech
MARRAKECH – AIT BEN HADDOU – OUARZAZATE (210kms – 4 hrs)
After breakfast, pick up your rental car at 8:00 in the morning at your hotel reception. We recommend you begin your adventure by driving to Ait Ben Haddou, which is one of the famous ksars (‘castles’) of the south and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You might find this location familiar, as it is also the preferred filming site of many famous TV shows and films. Afterwards, continue your trip to Ourzazate, where you can visit the famous Glaoui Kasbah. Then check in at your selected hotel to spend the night. Overnight in Ouarzazate
OUARZAZATE – ZAGORA – TILOUGUI CAMP (175kms – 3 hrs)
Wake up to breakfast at the hotel and then hit the road again to drive towards Zagora, one of the prettiest towns in Southern Morocco. It still preserves many ancient Kasbahs and old fortresses on the foothills of the Anti-Atlas, or Lesser Atlas. After Zagora, keep driving along the Tamegroute road in order to reach Tilougui, a serene desert camp 9 kilometres from Zagora. This beautiful camp, accessible by car, is a calm oasis filled with palm trees and surrounded by golden dunes in the heart of the desert. Overnight in Zagora
TILOUGUI – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA (385ksm – 4 hrs)
After enjoying breakfast in the wilderness, depart for Merzouga to continue your desert odyssey. We suggest making a stop in Rissani to visit a spectacular 17th-century Kasbah before continuing to Erfoud, where you can stroll through its vibrant and colourful souk. Also in Erfoud is the Borj, a fortified tower overhanging the village that offers a magnificent view of the surrounding palm groves and desert. Lastly, continue driving to Merzouga, where you’ll check in and spend the night. Overnight in Merzouga
MERZOUGA – BOUMALNE DADES (245kms – 4 hrs)
Charge your batteries with breakfast before departing to Boumalne Dades, located at the edge of a desert plateau. Then you’ll eventually reach El Kelaa M’Gouna, a city located in the heart of the fragrant Rose Valley, thus known for its extensive cultivation of roses for cosmetic purposes. Here are grown other local delicacies such as saffron. The location is also famous for celebrating an annual rose festival. Check in to your hotel and spend the night. Overnight in Boulmane Dades
BOUMALNE DADES – SKOURA (75kms – 1hr 10m)
Today follow breakfast with a leisurely drive to Skoura, a quaint town hidden in a lush palm grove. Here you can visit the fascinating Amridil Kasbah, the Ait ben Moro Kasbah and other picture-worthy local attractions. Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day making the most of your time in this historically rich location. Overnight in Skoura
SKOURA – OUARZAZATE – OASIS FINT VALLEY (60kms – 1hr 10m)
After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing morning at your leisure in Skoura before getting back in the car to drive to Ouarzazate. After lunch (not included) in this city known for being the gate to the Sahara, park your car at the Al-baraka des Loisirs and at the established time hop onto a 4x4 transfer that will take you deep into the desert to find the Oued Noujoum ecolodge in the splendid Fint Valley, 15 kilometres from Ouarzazate. Make sure to call the ecolodge to confirm the transfer time, although it’s usually between 16:30 and 17:00. Once in the ecolodge, make yourself at home and enjoy the peace and quiet of your new abode for the night. Overnight in Oasis Fint Valley
OASIS FINT VALLEY – MARRAKECH (230kms – 4hrs 10m)
After breakfast, hop back onto the 4x4 transfer that will take you from the ecolodge back to Al-baraka de collect your rental car. Then take the wheel and drive all the way back to the red city of Marrakech, where your journey started. Once there, spend some time browsing the souks and admiring the rich craftsmanship of their wares. Then go explore the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, the beating heart of Marrakech. Marvel at this humming hive of activity as the sun sets over this vast space packed with stalls and heaving with snake charmers, Gnawa musicians and a myriad of colourful characters. Later, return your rental car at the hotel, where you’ll check in and enjoy the last night in Morocco. All details and exact time should be agreed with our agent in day 2 on car's delivery time. Overnight in Marrakech
Wake up to the trip’s last breakfast at the hotel before bidding farewell to Morocco and hopping onto your transfer to the airport, where you’ll catch your flight to your following destination. Breakfast included
Auberge Kasbah Leila or similar, Desert camp or similar, Ecolodge Oue Noujoum hotel or similar, Hotel Le Fint or similar, Kasbah Ait Ben Moro hotel or similar, Kasbah hotel or similar, Tichka Hotel or similar or similar
- Above rates are subject to availability.
- Cancellation charges as per company policy.
- The above rates are subject to change in case of travel during the festive season
- In case we are not able to provide the same hotels as mentioned, then we shall provide similar alternate properties, change in the cost if any will be advised.
- In case of Political Unrest, bad weather or sudden breakdown of the vessel we may shift guest to alternative govt ferry and no refund will be entertained during that situation.
- Our Executive may change your itinerary depending on the weather condition and ferry availability same will be update to you daily basis.
Languages English Guide options Guide type: Not included Requirements Participants must be at least 18 years old. Flight details needed in order to confirm transfers.