Crossing the Atlas Mountains by car | 8 days
This superb self-drive journey starts in bustling Marrakech, where the choice of hotels ranges from grandiose art deco set in acres of fragrance-filled gardens to riads with leafy courtyards and trickling fountains tucked-away in the heart of the medina. Out of Marrakech, the traffic thins as the road twists up into the Atlas Mountains. Over the Tizi-n-Test Pass, the drive unveils dramatic, jagged peaks — dusted by snow in winter — before dropping down to the ochre-red city of Taroudant.
Day 1:Fly to Marrakech
Day 2:Explore Marrakech; wander the labyrinth of souks and see the Djemma El Fna – gathering place of acrobats and storytellers
Day 3:Drive to La Roseraie in the Atlas Mountains
Day 4:La Roseraie (optional trek/ride extension)
Day 5:Drive to the ochre red city of Taroudant
Days 6&7:Explore Taroudant
Day 8:Drive to Agadir and fly to London
guide price £1,295 per person
Fiona’s travel tips
DON’T MISS: Dahabiyas, small boats taking 4-6 people — the ‘boutique’ option for Nile cruising.
FOR THE ACTIVE: A dawn climb to St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai or trekking with mules in the High Atlas.
TOP TIP: Morocco used to have a reputation for being a place where visitors got hassled. This has changed hugely. Now you might even have a ‘Monty Python’ moment: “Come on, ask me to buy a carpet”!
BEST TIME TO GO:
Morocco: September to May
Libya: Spring and autumn
Egypt: September to March
Egypt: 5 hours (direct)
Morocco: 4¾ hours (direct)
“Morocco was great – just as diverse and interesting as expected. All the excursions, transfers etc. worked perfectly and everybody was friendly, efficient and helpful. The Riad Kniza is a beautiful oasis in Marrakech and the Kasbah du Toubkal is truly spectacular. Probably the most surprising thing about it was the amount of snow!”
The Margetts family, Morocco
“It went superbly well thank you. The riads in Fez and Marrakech were very good and I am glad that I had the experience but I found them a little confining and will go for hotels next time. The establishment at Skoura was wonderful as was the walking from Kasbah du Toubkal although I found the ambience in the Kasbah somewhat institutional. I shall be going back, take it that you have a very satisfied customer.”
Barry Northrop, Morocco
“The kindness of our driver, Mahjou, is what we remember about Morocco, he enabled us to integrate with the local people, and he was and is, without question, the finest of men. The knowledge that he has of his country and the customs and wares of all the different cities that make up that beautiful land, is phenomenal."
The Korner family, Morocco
“This was a very last minute break to find some real relaxation and perfect warm sunny weather, it worked totally.”
Lois Fonda, Morocco
“Holiday went well and we had an excellent drive guide. Places you chose for us to stay were excellent!”
“All in all we loved the timeless ambience of the medina, stumbling across picturesque alleyways and shops, wandering down to the port each day to watch the fishermen unload their silvery sardine catch from gaily decked trawlers and walking along the beach before the sun went down.”
Mr and Mrs Graham Bell, Morocco
“Generally we were really impressed by transfers and how smoothly all arrangements worked.”
Mr and Mrs Graham Bell, Egypt
“So spoilt being met on arrival, charming staff in the riads and guides – especially our driver.”
Mrs Sarah Rising, Morocco
“I have to say straight away that our trip really did exceed expectations. All the arrangements went exactly to plan and we very much enjoyed our experiences of the country, the people and the food. Our guide was excellent and all the organisation that went into our trip and trek was first class. Many thanks for your help in making it such a success.”
Pat and Cicely Roche, Morocco, Mt. Toubkal Climb, September 2011
“We were nervous about travelling to Morocco, it’s the furthest we have ever been away from home. However the arrangements and the accommodation were amazing, and we loved the experience. The overall experience through Far Frontiers Travel was absolutely fantastic.”
Helen Metcalfe and family, Morocco, April 2011
“I just wanted to thank you again for organising such a superb holiday. It's easy today to organise holidays by surfing the internet, but I am just so glad we booked with you. You stuck to our budget and created a fabulous, memorable itinerary for our family of four kids. We met other people en route, covering roughly the same ground, but felt confident we had the better deal – you had found us stylish, family-run hotels, and booked brilliant, appropriate activities with the best local organisations. You also paced the holiday perfectly for the age and stage of our kids. Thank you. I would not hesitate to book with you again.”
Lucy Thomson, Morocco, July 2011