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Off the Beaten Path: Atlas Adventure in Morocco

Overview

Embark on a self-driving adventure through the ancient landscapes of the Middle and High Atlas Mountains, home to the Amazigh tribes for millennia. Explore Ouzoud Falls, Skoura's Valley of Kasbahs, and the awe-inspiring Todra Gorges. Discover UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou and conclude your journey in vibrant Marrakech.

Highlights
Discover the majestic Ouzoud Falls, nestled amidst the verdant landscapes of the Middle Atlas.
Explore the tranquil oasis of Skoura, known as the "Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs."
Marvel at the towering rock walls of Todra Gorges, one of the world's most spectacular canyons.
Journey through the UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou, a cinematic marvel in the heart of Morocco.
Experience the rich cultural heritage of the Amazigh tribes who have inhabited the Atlas Mountains for millennia.
Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Morocco's mineral-rich landscapes, dense forests, and serene lakes.
Conclude your adventure in the vibrant red city of Marrakech, where ancient Medina streets and authentic riads await exploration.
Details & Program

Moroccan Welcome: Marrakech Airport to Ouzoud Overnight Journey

Hotel: RIAD CASCADES D'OUZOUD or equivalent (dinner only included)

Arrive at Marrakech Airport and begin your Moroccan adventure with an overnight stay in Ouzoud. Your journey begins with a warm welcome from our local agent just outside the airport, where you can conveniently exchange currency and pick up your rental car. Settle into your accommodation at RIAD CASCADES D'OUZOUD or equivalent, where dinner awaits. Explore the breathtaking sights of Ouzoud at your leisure, marveling at one of Morocco's most spectacular natural wonders. With the flexibility to customize your itinerary, you can choose to extend your stay in Marrakech before embarking on the rest of your journey. Don't miss the opportunity to uncover the hidden treasures of Morocco with us!

** Approximate driving is 3.5 hours (stops are NOT included).


Discovering Ouzoud Waterfalls with Your Local Guide

Hotel: RIAD CASCADES D'OUZOUD or equivalent (breakfast and dinner included)

Embark on an unforgettable adventure as you explore the majestic Ouzoud Waterfalls with your local guide. Begin your day with a refreshing breakfast before setting out on a morning walk through the picturesque fields and surroundings of the waterfalls. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes as you navigate the lush green landscapes of the Middle Atlas region.

Marvel at the breathtaking 100-meter cascade of Ouzoud Waterfalls as it plunges from wide to narrow, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of nature. On a sunny day, take a rejuvenating dip in the crystalline waters to refresh yourself after your scenic walk. Afterwards, indulge in a delicious lunch at a local café (not included) and savor a cup of traditional mint tea as you unwind.

Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of Ouzoud Falls, where the stunning Atlas landscape unfolds before your eyes. Your second night awaits in Ouzoud, promising a peaceful retreat amidst nature's splendor.

** Approximate driving time is 3.5 hours (stops not included).


Journey from Ouzoud to Skoura via Demnate

Hotel: AUBERGE CHEZ TALOUT or equivalent (breakfast and dinner only included)

Embark on an enchanting journey from Ouzoud to Skoura via Demnate, where you'll create unforgettable memories along the way. After indulging in a delicious breakfast, it's time to pick up your rental car and begin your scenic drive through this captivating region.

The road from Ouzoud to the lush oasis of Skoura is renowned for its beauty, offering stunning vistas and intriguing landscapes. As you traverse through Demnate, immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the area. Keep an eye out for the Valley of the Rose, especially if you're traveling in April or May when the roses are in full bloom.

After lunch (not included), take some time to explore Skoura and discover its hidden gems. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the iconic Kasbah Amerhidil and Kasbah Ait Abou, emblematic of the region's heritage. Many of the historic Kasbahs in Skoura are undergoing restoration, offering a glimpse into the area's storied past.

Indulge in the charm of AUBERGE CHEZ TALOUT or equivalent, your accommodation for the night, nestled within a beautiful Kasbah setting.

** Approximate driving time is 5.5 hours (stops not included).


Exploring from Skoura to Todra Gorges

Hotel: HOTEL AMAZIR or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Embark on a captivating journey from Skoura to Todra Gorges, where every twist and turn unveils the enchanting beauty of Morocco's landscape. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, set off on your adventure to discover the wonders of this region.

Although the distance from Skoura to Todra Gorges may be short, the abundance of attractions along the way ensures an unforgettable experience. Take in the splendor of the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, known as Dades Valley, and explore its captivating scenery.

Upon reaching Tinghir, immerse yourself in the charm of this historic Moroccan village, particularly the Ait El Hadj Ali district and the Jewish quarters. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Kasbah El Glaoui and Ksar Afanour, iconic landmarks steeped in history.

Continue your journey towards Todra Gorges, where the road unfolds before you, adorned with picturesque Berber villages and lush palmeries. As you approach the gorges, be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. Your night awaits at HOTEL AMAZIR or equivalent in Todra/Tinghir, promising a peaceful retreat amidst nature's splendor.

** Approximate driving time is 2.5 hours (stops not included).


From Todgha Gorges to Ait Ben Haddou: A Journey Through Time

Hotel: DAR MOUNA or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Embark on a captivating journey from Todgha Gorges to the historic marvel of Ait Ben Haddou, where every mile traversed is a step back in time. After indulging in a delightful breakfast, set out on the road towards Ait Benhaddou, passing through Nkob, a route adorned with breathtaking vistas of ancient Kasbahs and lush palm groves.

As you continue your journey, be enchanted by the allure of Ouarzazate, known for its majestic Kasbahs and Hollywood studios. Take a break for lunch (not included) at one of the local eateries, savoring the unique flavors of the region, before resuming your exploration of this picturesque town.

Your destination, Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, awaits, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in history and cinematic allure. Immerse yourself in the architectural authenticity and pre-Saharan construction techniques of this mud clay village, which has served as the backdrop for numerous renowned films.

Upon arrival at the picturesque Ait Benhaddou, take a moment to unwind on the terrace of DAR MOUNA or equivalent, soaking in the panoramic views of the Kasbah and its stunning surroundings, a testament to Morocco's rich cultural heritage.

** Approximate driving time is 5.5 hours (stops not included).


Journey from Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech: A Scenic Drive through the High Atlas

Hotel: RIAD SABAH or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Today marks your return journey to Marrakech, traversing the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Capture the beauty of this remarkable landscape with memorable photos, especially as it may be your first time navigating this challenging route.

If you find yourself arriving in Marrakech early, seize the opportunity to explore some of the city's iconic historical sites. Visit the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, and marvel at the exquisite architecture of the Koutoubia Mosque, a splendid example of Almohad craftsmanship (exterior only). Delve into the enchanting labyrinth of the old Medina, where narrow alleyways intertwine, revealing local shops brimming with character.

Don't miss the vibrant Souks, a paradise for shopping enthusiasts, offering an array of crafts including slippers, musical instruments, dried fruits, leather goods, lamps, and copperware.

** Approximate driving time is 4.5 hours (stops not included).


Explore Berber Life: Full Day Excursion from Marrakech to Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains

Hotel: RIAD SABAH or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Embark on a captivating journey this morning as you drive to Imlil, a charming Berber village nestled in the High Atlas Mountains at an altitude of 1700 meters. The picturesque surroundings of Imlil are dominated by towering peaks, some reaching heights of 4000 meters and adorned with snow during certain times of the year. Marvel at the sight of North Africa's highest peak, Mount Toubkal, standing majestically in the distance. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, perfect for leisurely walks and immersing yourself in the rich local culture.

Upon arrival in the village, your knowledgeable local guide will greet you at 10:00 AM and assist with parking your rental car. Together, you'll discuss the exciting itinerary for the day and embark on a journey tailored to your pace. Take your time to savor every moment, knowing you have the expertise of a private guide by your side.

Indulge in a delightful lunch served in a traditional Berber house, savoring the flavors of local cuisine. As the afternoon draws to a close, you'll bid farewell to Imlil and return to Marrakech.

Consider treating yourself to a rejuvenating Hammam experience this evening (not included). Simply inform the reception at your accommodation in Marrakech, and they'll be delighted to assist.

** Approximate driving time is 1.5 hours one way (stops not included).


Farewell to Morocco: Marrakech to Marrakech Airport

Hotel: RIAD SABAH or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Your unforgettable journey in Morocco draws to a close!

We trust that you've had a delightful stay and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. As you prepare to depart, simply drive your rental car to Marrakech Airport for your onward flight. Rest assured, our local agent will be there to assist you upon your arrival. To ensure a seamless drop-off experience, we kindly request that you contact the rental office the day before to confirm the meeting time and location at the airport.

Wishing you a safe and pleasant journey back home!

** Approximate driving time is 30 minutes (stops not included).


Included / Not Included
Comprehensive information package: Detailed day-to-day itinerary with insider tips about your trip and destination.
Rental car: Compact class for 8 days, including SUPER CDW insurance and pick-up/drop-off fees.
Standard accommodations: Stay in Riads or hotels with meals as specified in your program or equivalent options.
Local English-speaking guide in Ouzoud for 6 hours.
Full-day excursion from Marrakech to Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains, featuring a local English-speaking guide and lunch at a Berber gite.
24/7 on-site follow-up and support throughout your entire trip.
Personal expenses excluded: Indulge as you wish.
Additional guides not included: Customize your experience.
Extra meals excluded: Dine as you please.
Entrance fees not covered: Explore at your own pace.
Transportation and Insurance: Flight tickets and travel insurance.
Tips and gratuities not included: Your discretion, your choice.
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Trip Details
Tour type
Individual Tours
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Departure days
Everyday
Languages
French, English
Selected trip
Arrival City Marrakech
Departure city Marrakech
Price List
Price detail
Travelers
Price per person
Action
Travelers 2 persons
Price per person 730