Morocco Self Drive 4 - Fez to Marrakech via the Sahara

The Interesting Road between two Fabulous Cities


Starting in Fez take an incredible journey through the Atlas mountains to the Sahara then on to Marrakech through equally stunning scenery.

START - Fez / FINISH - Marrakech

Activity code: MORFD04

Duration: 10 Days

Drive along the open roads from Fez through the ever-changing Atlas Mountain scenery to the Sahara then on to Marrakech through gorges and valleys brimming with kasbahs and oases. On this route you will experience the Imperial Cities of Fez & Meknes, the peaceful Mid Atlas, the magnificent High Atlas and the wilderness of the Sahara - and that is just at the half-way point. Following a fabulous night under the stars in the desert your journey continues along the stunning gorges of southern Morocco, passing kasbah after kasbah, eventually crossing the High Atlas Mountains once more. Your final destination of Marrakech beckons with a few nights at a delightful riad in the medina.

This highly recommended holiday links Imperial Cities and famous kasbahs, such as Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet, with stunning natural sights of Morocco such as the high dunes of Erg Chebbi, the Barbary Apes in the Cedar Forest, the towering Todra Gorge and all the wonderful mountain landscapes in-between.

We have many years of experience putting together practical and interesting journeys for our customers and we recommend this route to make the most of your time in this fascinating country. We are happy to discuss any reasonable modifications to tailor-make a holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - number of persons travelling, preferred accommodation type, UK departure airport, overall duration, pre-booked activities and much more.

Important Information

We can easily arrange for this holiday to be reversed by starting in Marrakech and finishing in Fez without increasing the duration if this is more convenient.

City Tours include an English-speaking guide, all transport and entry fees to historic monuments; followed by an exploration of the souks and focal points of the medinas.

Flights available to book with us through a range of airlines, from various UK airports either out to Fez and home from Marrakech or vice versa. Travelling to/from the same airport in Morocco would usually mean adding an extra night at the departure location. If we book your flights this means that your holiday will also be fully ATOL protected.

Prices shown are a guideline "from" (in UK Pounds) and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. Single supplements may need to be applied to the twin/double price and discounts for children (under 12yrs) and/or a 3rd adult sharing a room are available upon request. Quoted prices for individual enquiries will depend upon your chosen accommodation, room availability and dates of travel. We always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Discounts will apply if there are 3 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.

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Based upon 2 persons travelling.

Prices from £1013 per person

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private round trip airport transfers.
  • 8 nights accommodation on B&B.
  • Half Board for 3 nights in South.
  • 6 days fully-inclusive car hire with a/c.
  • One-way fee for hire car.
  • Private guided city tour in Marrakech.
  • Private guided city tour in Fez.
  • Fully-inclusive two day luxury desert adventure to Erg Chebbi.
  • Fully detailed itinerary with sightseeing suggestions & driving directions.
  • FREE travel app with all your documents, maps, weather & much more.
  • All taxes.
  • Full 24 hour representative services.



Arrive into Fez and private transfer directly to your chosen riad or hotel.

Day 2 - full day for sightseeing in Fez (half day private guided city tour of souks and historic sights is included - upgrade to full day with lunch available on request).

Day 3 - we suggest taking delivery of your car to visit nearby Meknes, Moulay Idriss and the ancient Roman site of Volubilis (alternatively we can offer an inclusive day trip with private driver or you can visit Meknes using the local train service).

Day 4 - head south through the Atlas Mountains to Erfoud (don't miss seeing the Barbary Apes in the Cedar Forest near to Azrou). Midelt is a good lunch stop en route, followed by a drive through the stunning Ziz Gorge.

Day 5 - after a relaxing morning at the edge of the desert depart with our local driver/guide on a fabulous excursion into the Sahara near Merzouga, to stay overnight at the high dunes of Erg Chebbi; arriving by camel.

Day 6 - returning from the desert, rejoin your car in Erfoud and drive along the southern road, skirting the edge of the High Atlas, visiting the dramatic Todra Gorge, Dades Valley, Skoura Oasis and the Valley of Roses.

Day 7 - a free day for local sightseeing in the Ouarzazate area, including the famous kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (UNESCO), Skoura oasis and Ouarzazate itself (Kasbah of Taourit & Atlas Film Studios). You may also wish to take a detour up to the Tizi n'Tinififft for the incredible views down the Draa Valley.

Recommended places to stay

Day 8 - a day to drive across the High Atlas once more, this time to Marrakech via the Tichka Pass with a possible detour to the fabulous kasbah of Telouet. Drop off hire car at your hotel or riad at the end of the day.

Day 9 - a full day for sightseeing in Marrakech (a half day private guided tour is included; a full day version with lunch is available on request). Alternatively, keep the car for an extra day and visit  beautiful Essaouira on the Atlantic coast.

Private transfer to Marrakech airport for flight home.


Flexible Tailor-Made Holidays

  • We believe passionately that no two holidays should be the same.
  • With our flexible tailor-made holiday options you can travel at your own pace.
  • Rediscover a city, a resort or an island in a weekend or longer.
  • Take a small group tour or embark upon a more adventurous trip.

Travel Knowledge

  • We have all travelled extensively and will be happy to share our experiences.
  • Personally-chosen hotels, riads, guest houses & apartments in places we know and love.
  • Individual sightseeing recommendations and route planning.
  • Add excursions, activities and food & wine experiences (one of our passions).

Why book a Fly Drive ?

  • Accommodation choices are small, independent or family-run properties which add significantly to your travel experience.
  • Stress-free arrival & departure transfer service.
  • Detailed driving directions, parking info, suggested routes & sightseeing ideas.
  • Fully protected for your peace of mind & financial security.