Route of 1000 Kasbahs Self drive
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
Day 2 :MARRAKECH – AIT BEN HADDOU – OUARZAZATE (210 Km – 4 hrs)
After breakfast, pick up your rental car and enjoy some time at leisure, before you will be picked up from your hotel to go to your Moroccan cooking experience. Enjoy a welcome tea and pastry upon arrival before meeting the cook and learning what menu you are going to prepare. Then it’s time to don your apron and start getting your hands dirty. Learn all about Morocco’s most popular spices and how to use them. During the cooking workshop, prepare three sorts of salads, a traditional couscous with chicken, and crepes for pudding. After the session, taste a variety of local specialties for lunch and relax before returning to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure. We suggest you visit the Marrakech Gardens, the Gueliz, the New City, the Hivernage neighbourhood or the Ourika Valley.
Overnight in Ouarzazate
Day 3 : OUARZAZATE – ZAGORA - TILOUGUI CAMP (175 Km – 3 hrs) (530 Km – 7 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.
Day 4 : : TILOUGUI – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA (385 Km – 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.
Day 5 : MERZOUGA – BOUMALNE DADES (245 Km – 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 Boumalne Dades .
Day 6 : BOUMALNE DADES - SKOURA (75 Km – 1.5 hrs)
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
Day 7 : : SKOURA – OUARZAZATE – OASIS FINT VALLEY (60 Km – 1.5 hr)
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 .
Day 8 : OASIS FINT VALLEY – MARRAKECH (230 Km – 4.5 hrs)
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 one 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 .
Day 9 : DEPARTURE 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.
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