Take in the sights, sounds and spices that keep travellers coming back to Morocco again and again.

Take your family to experience the best of Morocco's many highlights. With incredible food, bustling markets, Hollywood's favourite film sets, windswept dunes and even a camel ride, there'll be something to please everyone over this ten-day trip.


Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destination
Morocco
Style
Original
Theme
Family
Code
XMFB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 2, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Spend an evening camped in the Sahara, surrounded by windswept dunes under a thousand (more or less) stars.

  • Whether travelling by train, bus or camel, there's always something to see in this fascinating country.

  • Enjoy exploring the famous cities of Fes and Marrakech during both guided tours and plenty of free time as a family.

  • Morocco’s sights, sounds and flavours never fail to surprise, from ancient Roman ruins to the rocky Atlas Mountains to the bustling city medinas.

Is this trip right for you?

  • During this trip you will cover a great deal of Morocco so there are some long travel days. Please refer to the day to day itinerary for travel times.

  • The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the heat, so please consider what time of year you travel carefully. If you do travel in the warmer months, pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water.

  • On Day 4 of the trip, you'll embark on a tour around the Medina of Fes. While you'll be on your feet for at least four to five hours, this is one of the highlights of Morocco and well worth any weariness at the end of the long day.

  • On Day 6, the group will take a camel trek through the Sahara. You will set off from your camp on the edge of a desert and loop back. This is a great way to experience the desert, but if you'd prefer, it's possible to walk alongside the caravan on the sand for about an hour. The walk is not very demanding and you manage with a basic level of fitness.

  • Want to see the coast? Why not add on our Essaouira Short Break (trip code XMAE)

Itinerary

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Casablanca, Morocco – a city modelled after Marseille and famous for its art deco buildings and, of course, the Humphrey Bogart and Ingred Berman classic. Your family adventure officially begins with a welcome meeting at 5 pm, but because there's only a little free time included here, we recommend arriving a day earlier to fully explore the city. A trip to the Hassan II Mosque is a definite highlight, or why not wander around the old medina, watch the locals play football on the beach or sip a glass of sweet mint tea in one of the many cafes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Amouday or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details for each member of your family. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Taking the train in a foreign country is an exhilirating experience and after breakfast this morning you'll catch one from Casablanca to Meknes, one of Morocco's four historical capital cities. Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town into a spectacular Imperial city during the 17th century, and you can visit his immense Heri es Souani granary and crumbling palaces. Your leader will take you on an orientation walk around town with an opportunity to have lunch at a local cafe in the medina, then the rest of the day is free to explore as a family.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Swani or similiar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Meknes - Guided Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total travel time: 3 hour train ride
Travel through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis, en route to the great city of Fes. This World Heritage site was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains are really impressive. Take a tour around the ruins with a local guide, checking out the buildings and fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus. Continue for two hours to Fes, where you will spend the next two nights. This is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco. It's vibrant, noisy, fascinating and a feast for the senses with a hueg, well-preserved Old Town that's the mother of all medinas. The afternoon is free to explore and there'll be something to surprise and entertain the family at every corner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel L'escale or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Volubilis - Guided walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please remember to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun


Total travel time: 2.5 hours driving
After breakfast take a guided walking tour of the Old City, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middles Ages as you explore the labyrinth of the medina, which which buzzes with craftspeople, markets, tanneries and mosques. This isn't your average shopping centre, and donkeys pass through the car-free streets piled unbelievably high with goods. Explore the separate speciality sections of the souq then spend some time overlooking the dye pits at the Chauwara Tannery, then watch traditional potters at work in a ceramics victory. Tonight, why not get together with the other families enjoy a delicious dinner of favourites like harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous.
Accommodation
  • Hotel L'escale or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fes - Medina guided walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today it's time to leave the city behind and embrace the simplicity and beauty of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Take a private minibus through fertile valleys, pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes for approximately 4 hours. You may see wandering nomadic shepherds as they tend to their flocks, or even catch a glimpse of barbary apes – North Africa's only monkey – before arriving in Midelt. This is a market town, originally built as a base for mining in the area, which is surrounded by farms and orchards. Take a walk exploring the village of Bremmem for an insight into the local farming life, or perhaps check out an optional traditional music performance in Midelt.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Taddart or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Midelt - walking tour Berrem village
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total travel time: 4 hours driving
Travel by private minivan toward the mighty Sahara, with plenty of chances to stop and take in the views of kasbahs and palmeries – lush valleys with date palms, fields and orchards. As you pass through towns like Eerfoud and Rissani, you'll see the scenery change between barren mountainsides and fertile valleys until you reach the small Saharan village of Merzouga. On arrival, leave your large baggage, pack a daypack and saddle up for a one-hour camel ride into the desert at the Erg Chebbi dunes – huge windswept dunes located just 20 kilometres from the Algerian border. Leave your gear at your overnight camp set next to a simple hotel and then ride camels into the edge of the Sahara at sunset. The dunes are stunning, especially as the evening light plays across them and sets off the colours. Tonight you will camp out in traditional style, with the chance to try some fantastic local cuisine while you sit around an open fire, enjoying lively music and dancing under the stars.
Accommodation
  • Desert camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sahara Desert - Camel ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total travel time: 5 hours driving

Depending on the group size, we will have between three and five nomadic style tents, one dining tent and one toilet tent. Though the dining tent is there, most families dine outside under the stars and sitting around an open fire. Blankets and mattresses are provided, however during the cold winter months (November–March), you may consider bringing your own sleeping bag for extra warmth and comfort. Electricity is very temperamental and relies on rechargeable batteries, therefore it’s better to come prepared with phones, cameras and everything else you may need fully charged. The entire camp is set up by our crew while you relax and enjoy the desert.
A scenic drive past ancient kasbahs, former military outposts, mountains, valleys and fields will take you to Ait Benhaddou. For lunch, stop at Ouarzazate which looks like it's out of a film. Funny thing is, this is a location used for many Hollywood blockbusters – be sure to ask your local leader about what's been filmed here. After lunch, continue to Ait Benhaddou which was once a cruicial stop for carvans as they carried salt across the Sahara. Today, its grand kasbah has been listed as a World Heritage site and you'll enjoy a tour of it in the afternoon. For dinner, enjoy some classic Moroccan fare – tajine and couscous.
Accommodation
  • Ksar Ljanoub or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ait Benhaddou - Kasbah visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total travel time: 7 hours driving
Strap in – you're Marrakech bound today. Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Be enticed by the alluring scents and brilliant colours of the spice markets, the sounds of the musicians, the rich folds of carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. Perhaps join the thronging crowds for dinner at the famous Djemaa el-Fna – one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls on this square it transforms in to a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies, including snail soup! Perhaps enjoy a bite of famous Moroccan pastries with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and then maybe finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Meriem or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total travel time: 5 hours driving
Enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech after breakfast, including the beautiful Palais Badi. The afternoon will be free to explore, so perhaps head to the well-known Koutoubia Mosque and its 12th-century minaret, which was the prototype for the Giralda Tower in Seville. Wander through the tropical gardens of French painter Jacques Majorelle, which are now owned by Yves Saint Laurent, then you may like to check out the Palais Bahia. Whatever you decide, the experience of exploring Morocco's medinas is a fantastic experience in itself, but your leader will be on hand to help you give suggestions on how to spend the day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Meriem or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Guided Walking Tour
Optional Activities
  • Marrakech - A Taste Of Marrakech: Inside the Medina Urban Adventure - MAD605
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure - MAD640
  • Marrakech - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for today, your family's Moroccan adventure comes to an end today.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Minivan, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), Camping (1 night)

Included activities

  • Meknes - Guided Walking Tour
  • Volubilis - Guided walking tour
  • Fes - Medina guided walking tour
  • Midelt - walking tour Berrem village
  • Sahara Desert - Camel ride
  • Ait Benhaddou - Kasbah visit
  • Marrakech - Guided Walking Tour

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Important notes

FAMILY TRIPS: Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

AGE: Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

DISCOUNTS: A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Day 6 (desert camp)

RAMADAN:
Ramadan is an exciting time to travel through Morocco but there are also a few things to bear in mind. Meal times will be a lot later than you may be used to, in particular dinner. You will find restaurants will open at 7–7.30 pm in the evening for dinner. Which will mean your family may not be eating dinner until 8–8.30 pm. Likewise breakfast may not start until 7 am. As you travel through the countryside there will be limited small road side cafes to stop at. Your leader will pre-plan where to stop to ensure families have access to snacks and bathroom stops along the way. Morocco is a Muslim country therefore alcohol is not readily available, particularly during Ramadan.

WI-FI
While w-ifi is available in our hotels it is important to note that wi-fi works best in the hotel foyer and will be very slow in the rooms. An easier option may be to purchase a SIM card in Morocco to stay connected.

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