Morocco off the beaten track: waterfalls, valleys, and canyons
With self-driving, you are going to explore the Middle and High Atlas which are home to the Amazigh tribes who have lived there for a thousand years. This region is rich with mineral deposits, thick forests, and lakes. A trip around Ouzoud, Skoura, and Todra Gorges will enable you to explore this fertile area of Morocco. First, Ouzoud falls which are majestic waterfalls located in the Middle-Atlas mountains. Set among the Berber village of Ouzoud in a green region, these waterfalls are one of the most beautiful in Morocco. Then, Skoura which is a very small and quiet town with huge palm groves. Referred to as the Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs, the most beautiful kasbahs in southern Morocco can be found here. Finally, Todra Gorges which are gigantic rock walls that run through the High Atlas Mountains. Recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular canyons, these gorges offer majestic scenery. Last but not least, your trip takes you to the UNESCO heritage Ait Ben Haddou via the Henna village Nkob and the Hollywood of Morocco Ouarzazate before ending your trip in the red city of Morocco "Marrakech" with its beautiful Medina and authentic riads.
|Visit Ouzoud falls which are majestic waterfalls located in the Middle-Atlas mountains.|
|Drive through the palm-groves of Morocco visiting beautiful towns.|
|Explore the marvelous canyons and valleys of Morocco.|
|Know more about the local berber culture of Morocco staying in warm welcoming accommodations.|
|Visit the UNESCO heritage Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou and the driver through the Hight Atlas Mountains.|
Marrakech Airport - Overnight in Ouzoud
Welcome to Morocco! Just outside the Airport in Marrakech; you will be warmly welcomed by our local agent who holds a sign with your name. You can already withdraw some Dirhams or exchange your foreign currency at the Airport. Pick up the rental car we have arranged for you and start driving. Your beautiful accommodation awaits you.
Upon arrival at Ouzoud, you will surely experience one of the most spectacular sights in Morocco. On your first day of arrival, you are free for the rest of the day to explore and walk around the Village of Ouzoud. The first night will be spent in a hotel in Ouzoud.
Just in case you prefer to book an evening flight, it's no harm. Our dedicated team can surely look into having your first night booked in Marrakech and then keep the rest of the program as it's originally planned. This way, you won't miss any beautiful surprises waiting for you :)
** Approximate driving is 3.5 hours (stops are NOT included).
Ouzoud waterfalls discovery with your local guide
Today begins the adventure; after breakfast, you are going for a morning walk through the beautiful fields & surroundings of Ouzoud waterfalls. Please make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes. Located in a lush green area in the middle Atlas, Ouzoud waterfalls are set in a relaxing atmosphere. They have a 100 m fall and plunges running from wide to narrow.
Don't miss, on a sunny day, to take a dip in the water to refresh yourself after this lovely walk. Then, you can choose a local cafe to have lunch (not included) and take some rest with a cup of mint tea.
An extremely pleasurable experience, Ouzoud falls will enable you to admire the amazing landscape of the Atlas. Your second night will be spent in Ouzoud.
Ouzoud - Demnate - Skoura
It's already the time to hit the next destination. It's possible you heard many stories about this road or region, and you want to discover them yourself. Let's pick your rental car and start driving after your tasty breakfast. The road from Ouzoud to the fertile oasis of Skoura through Demnate is a very beautiful one.
The whole area is famous for the cultivation of roses so if you are lucky to be around in April or May, you should definitely pay a visit to the nearby Valley of the Rose. After lunch (not included), you can walk around Skoura and why not plan a visit to the famous Kasbah Amerhidil and Kasbah Ait Abou. Most ruined Kasbahs in Skoura are being renovated and the hotel where you will be staying in is a beautiful Kasbah.
** Approximate driving is 5.5 hours (stops are NOT included).
Skoura - Dades valley - Todgha Gorges
From Skoura to Todra Gorges, the distance is fairly short. But there is so much to see in this region. This is why you may need to start driving just after breakfast to allow enough time for you in the valley of thousand kasbahs "Dades valley" and so many other beautiful sites.
Upon arrival to Tinghir, you should allow some time to visit this captivating old southern Moroccan village especially Ait El Hadj Ali district and the Jewish quarters. The nearby Kasbah El Glaoui and Ksar Afanour are also must-see attractions.
You can then proceed towards Todra Gorges. The road that takes you up to the Gorges is simply beautiful with its little Berber villages and thick passages of palmeries. The night will be spent at your hotel in Todra/Tinghir.
** Approximate driving is 2.5 hours (stops are NOT included).
Todgha Gorges - Nkob - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou
Right after breakfast, you will start your journey towards Ait Benhaddou. The road passing by Nkob is truly amazing. You will be able to enjoy views of numerous old Kasbahs and palm groves. Just keep driving because lots of views are awaiting you in the beautiful Ouarzazate with its Kasbahs and Hollywood studios. You can have lunch here (not included) in one of its unique local restaurants. Enjoy your sightseeing before you keep on to the next village when you spend the night.
Kasbah Ait Benhaddou is a UNESCO world heritage site where many famous movies have been shot. With its architectural authenticity and pre-Saharan construction techniques, the mud clay village of Ait Benhaddou will take you back centuries.
After arrival at the picturesque Ait Benhaddou, allow some time to relax on the terrace of your hotel while enjoying the views of the Kasbah and the beautiful surroundings.
** Approximate driving is 5.5 hours (stops are NOT included).
Ait Benhaddou - Tizi-n-Tichka Pass over the High Atlas - Marrakech
Today, you head back to Marrakech via the Tiz-n-Tichka pass. It's your chance to take some memorable photos of this amazing scenery especially that it might be the first time you drove through this challenging road.
If you arrive early to Marrakech, you should visit some of the important historical sites of Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque with its hispano-Moorish style which represents one fine Almohad masterpiece (outside only). Also, the old Medina is a must to explore; it's full of intertwining narrow passageways and local shops full of character without missing the Souks (Markets) which is a real paradise for shopping lovers, you will find different crafts being sold in different areas of the Souks: Slippers, musical instruments, dried fruit, leather goods, lamps, and lanterns, wool dyers, the brass and copperware.
** Approximate driving is 4.5 hours (stops are NOT included).
Full Day Excursion - Marrakech to Imlil (High Atlas Mountains) and Back - Berber life awaits you All!
This morning, you drive to Imlil, a little Berber village in the High Atlas (1700 m altitude). The surroundings of Imlil are dominated by 4000 m high mountains, part of the year covered by snow. The highest mountain of North Africa, Mount Toubkal (4167 m) can be seen from Imlil. The surroundings are excellent for walking and enjoying the nature and local environment. You will need comfortable sports shoes for this wonderful and local experience.
Your local guide will meet you in the village at 10h00 and help you park the rental car. Just after, you chat about your exciting program today and walk together at your level of strength. Please do not feel in a rush because you have a private local guide at your side.
You will have lunch in a Berber house enjoying the local tasty meal. At the end of the afternoon, you will return to Marrakech.
Maybe a good idea to get into a Hammam treatment this evening if you love to (not included); you just need to inform the reception at your accommodation in Marrakech, and they can easily help :)
** Approximate driving is 1.5 hours one way (stops are NOT included).
Marrakech - Marrakech Airport
Your trip to Morocco has come to an end already!
We hope that you have had a pleasant stay and looking forward to welcoming you again in the future. You take your rental car to Marrakech Airport for your departure flight. Our local agent is meeting you there. It's very important that you call the rental office the day before to fix the meeting time and point at the Airport for a swift drop off.
We wish you a safe flight back home!
** Approximate driving is 30mins (stops are NOT included).
|Information package : detailed day to day itinerary with more tips about your trip and your destination|
|Rental car – class compact for 8 days including SUPER CDW insurance and pick-up/drop off fees.|
|Standard accommodations (Riads/hotels) with meals as mentioned in your program or their equivalent choices.|
|Local English speaking guide in Ouzoud for 6 hours.|
|Full Day Excursion - Marrakech to Imlil (High Atlas Mountains) including local English speaking guide and lunch at a berber gite.|
|24h/7 on-site follow up and support your entire trip|
|Drinks, laundry, souvenirs and other items of a personal nature.|
|Any other Local guides for visits not mentioned in the program|
|Meals other than those listed in the including services|
|Entrance fees needed during the city tours|
|Tips and gratuities.|
|Flight tickets ; travel insurance or any services not mentioned in the including services list|