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Activities & Transport
- City Tour
- Rental Car
Main travel focus
Self-Drive through Southern Morocco
- Guided visit to Marrakech's medieval Medina
- Enjoy staying in mid-range riads and auberges
- Spend a night in the magnificent Sahara desert
- Enjoy the freedom to explore as you drive yourself in a private vehicle
Want to explore the exotic country of Morocco? There is no better way to do that than a self-drive trip through the country's stunning landscapes. Start in the enchanting desert city of Marrakech, where you can wander through the windy streets of the old Medina, or shop for anything you desire in the city's tantalizing markets. Explore the famous sights of the city such as Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Mosque on a walking tour through the city. Head out into the Moroccan dessert, and visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, as well as many other less-known kasbahs in the area. Take in the wondrous nature of Morocco, as you ride through the magnificent sand dunes of the Sahara on a camel and walk through the unforgettable Todra Gorges. End your stay in the village of Skoura, surrounded by palm groves. You will never regret a visit to charming Morocco!
- 5 nights accommodation in double room in riads and auberges
- 1 night accommodation in a traditional desert camp tent
- 6x breakfast and 3x dinner
- Self-drive car hire (compact)
- Standard car insurance
- Airport transfer on first and last day
- English-speaking guide for tour of Marrakech's Medina District (day 2)
- Camel ride to and from desert camp (days 4 & 5)
- Super CDW car insurance
- Petrol / diesel
- Parking or toll charges
- Super CDW car insurance
- Upgraded accommodation in Marrakech (USD $80 per night)
Example Trip to customize
Land in Marrakech!
Welcome, you’ve just landed in the inspiring country of Morocco! Arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport, where you will be greeted by one of our representatives and transferred to your Moroccan Riad, or hotel. You have the rest of the day to explore or relax as your heart desires. Marrakech is an important part of the country’s history, as it was one of the featured imperial cities and, at one time, the nation’s capital. Nicknamed the “Red City”, you can look out upon the numerous buildings that color the landscape. Use the evening for a visit to the hectic but enchanting Jemaa El Fna, which is best after dark. Dazzle yourself with the sensory experience and cacophony of Moroccan smells, sights, and sounds. If you get hungry, try one of the outdoor food stalls, which offer a large vareity of authentic food. For those adventerous souls, the snails or cooked sheep head come highly recommended!
Walk through Moroccan History
After a refreshing night of sleep and breakfast, depart for your half-day walking tour through Marrakech. First, head to some of the must-see sights, while your guide explains the historical significance of the most impressive parts of the city. Take a look at the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Ben Youssef Medresa, the famous square Djemaa El Fna, and the Koutoubia Mosque in its elegant hispano-moorish style. Continue your journey through the city, as you discover medieval Old Medina. Wind through the narrow passageways and discover local shops that are alive with Moroccan character. Your tour concludes at the Souks, or markets, of the city. Wander through the market and admire the various local crafts such as slippers, musical instruments, leather goods, lanterns, dyed wool, and brass or copper wares. Afterward, continue wandering through the city on your own.
Drive to Ait Benhaddou
Get ready to start your self-drive through the stunning Moroccan countryside. After a delicious breakfast, your rental car will be delivered to you at your hotel. Start your drive towards Ait Benhaddou. But don’t forget to take in the scenery, as you cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N’tichka pass that offers views you can’t forget. Arrive at the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a fortified, earthen clay village and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although most citizens live in modern houses across the river, a few of the buildings are still used today. Ait Benhadou was a popular stop along the caravan route that spans from Marrakech to the Sahara, and today is visited by tourists. It has also been featured in many movies, such as The Mummy, Babel, and the popular TV series Game of Thrones. Go back in time as you explore the city before retiring for the evening to rest in your hotel.
Explore the Sahara on Camelback
Take in your breakfast at your hotel. Then, it’s time to travel towards the Sahara of Erg Lihoudi. Drive through the Draa Valley, a luscious landscape that sustains life to almost a quarter of a million Moroccans. The area is filled with Old Kasbahs, and is decorated with palm trees and rocky mountainsides. Enjoy your lunch in the town of Zagora before heading to Ouled Driss. Here, step out of the car and hope astride a camel. Ride through the majestic sand dunes towards your camp at Erg Lihoudi, where you will spend the night in a tent surrounded by the vast expanse of the desert. Watch the colors of the desert turn to gold as the sun sets over the dunes and transforms this magical landscape.
Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp
Simply Spectacular Canyons
Rise and shine! Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise over the stunning desert landscape. After a refreshing breakfast at camp, get back on your camel, which will lead you through the desert back to your vehicle. Head to another Berber village in the Atlas mountains before continuing towards Tinghir and the awe-inspiring Todra Gorges. You sure will feel small as you walk through the huge rock walls that run through the Atlas Mountains and tilt your head to see the sky above. These canyons are considered some of the most impressive in the world, and the scenery of the Todra Gorges will leave you stunned.
View Beautiful Kasbahs
Wake up and savor your breakfast before departing towards the village of Skoura. The drive today is fairly short, but does not lack in magnificent scenery. Dappled with large palm groves, the small town is a serene stop in the wide desert. The area is often referred to as the Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs, and is home to some of the most beautiful sights in southern Morocco. In April or May, pay a visit to the Valley of the Rose, which is famous for growing the beautiful flowers that give the valley its name. Must-sees in the area include the renown Kasbah Amerhidil an Kasbah Ait Abou. Because of the short drive, you should have plenty of time to discover these famous places on your own before turning in to rest for the evening at your hotel.
Head Back to Marrakech
Wake up to enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Then, hop into your vehicle and depart from Skoura. Return to Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains. In case you would like to spend more time taking pictures or enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery, you have the chance as you travel back to the city. Upon arrival, you have the rest of the day to use as you please. Maybe there is something you didn’t get to see before, or you are looking for some last-minute souvenirs? Medina or Jmaa el Fnaa square are some excellent spots to spend your last evening in this fascinating country. If you haven’t tried it yet, the kebabs at a local food stands are to die for!
After a last breakfast at your hotel, it is time to say goodbye to Morocco. At the appropriate time, you will be picked up and transferred to the airport, where you will catch your return flight home. As you dream of camels, sand dunes, and stunning canyons, you might just start planning your next trip to beautiful Morocco. See you soon!