Morocco Route of 1000 Kasbahs Self Drive
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
Visit the fortified village of Kelaat M'Gouna, famous for its yearly rose festival
This desert outpost is the point from which the ancient Saadian dynasty set out to conquer Timbuktu
The gateway to the Erg Chebbi dunes
Admire the desert and take in the sights of its golden dunes
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
A fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves; its most well-known site is the Amerdil Kasbah
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
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL MARRAKECH
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 at the 4* Tichka Hotel, or similar.
DAY 2 | MARRAKECH – AIT BEN HADDOU – OUARZAZATE (210 kms – 4 hrs)
After breakfast, pick up your rental car at 8.00 in the morning from 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 at the 4* Hotel Le Fint, or similar.
DAY 3 | OUARZAZATE – ZAGORA – TILOUGUI CAMP (175 kms – 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 at bivouac lodging, Tilougui Camp, or similar.
DAY 4 | TILOUGUI – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA (385 kms – 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 at auberge Kasbah Leila, or similar lodging.
DAY 5 | 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 at Kasbah Tizzariouine, or similar lodging.
DAY 6 | BOUMALNE DADES – SKOURA (75 kms – 1hr10m)
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 at Kasbah Ait Ben Moro, or similar lodging.
DAY 7 | SKOURA – OUARZAZATE – OASIS FINT VALLEY (60 kms – 1hr10m)
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 at the ecolodge Oue Noujoum, or similar lodging.
DAY 8 | OASIS FINT VALLEY – MARRAKECH (230 kms – 4hrs10m)
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 at the 4* Tichka Hotel, or similar.
DAY 9 | DEPARTURE MARRAKECH
Wake up to the trip’s last breakfast at the hotel (included) before bidding farewell to Morocco and hopping onto your transfer to the airport, where you’ll catch your flight to your following destination.
- Half board
- 24-hour roadside assistance
- Arrival airport transfer
- Departure airport transfer
- Unlimited mileage
- Car rental
- Travel insurance
- Fuel cost
- Hotel taxes
- Any additional expenses which are not included or detailed in the programme.
Terms & Conditions
- CAR HIRE: Category A: 4/5-door Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i10 or similar vehicle. Category D: 5-door Renault Megane, Ford Focus, Hyundai i20 or similar vehicle. Category E: 4x4 Mitsubishi Pajero or similar vehicle
- Redeem information: Voucher type: Printed, Printed Voucher. Print and bring the voucher to enjoy the activity.
- Location: Start point: Marrakech Airport, Please confirm flight details in advance.
- End point: Same as the starting point
- Schedule: Duration: 9 Days
- Guide options: Guide type: Not included
- Requirements: Participants must be at least 18 years old. Please make sure you answer all the mandatory questions during the booking process. Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents without prior notice, including possible change of hotels and/or itinerary. Unmarried couples with Moroccan nationality, please inquire about local legislation concerning accommodation