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.

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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

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco and Casablanca, 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.
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.

Travel time: 3 hour train ride
Accommodation
  • Hotel Swani or similiar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Meknes - Guided walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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 two hours to Fes, where the group 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.

Travel time: 2.5 hours driving time
Accommodation
  • Hotel L'escale or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Volubilis - Guided 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
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 souk then spend some time overlooking the iconic dye pits at the Chauwara Tannery, then watch traditional potters at work in a ceramics victory. Finally, perhaps enjoy a delicious group dinner of Moroccan specialities like harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous.


Accommodation
  • Hotel L'escale or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fes - 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. Journey on a private minibus through fertile valleys, pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes for approximately four 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.

Travel time: 4 hours driving time
Accommodation
  • Hotel Taddart or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by private minivan toward the mighty Sahara, during which there'll be 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 frontier towns like Eerfoud and Rissani, you'll see the scenery alternate between barren mountainsides and fertile valleys until you reach the small Saharan village of Merzouga. Upon arriving, the group will leave their baggage, pack a daypack and saddle up for a one-hour camel ride into the desert at sunset. The Erg Chebbi dunes are huge windswept dunes and quintessential Morocco, located just 20 kilometres from the Algerian border.

You will leave your gear at your overnight camp set next to a simple hotel and then ride camels into the edge of the Sahara Desert, enjoying a spectacular sunset along the way. 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.

Travel time: 5 hours driving time
Accommodation
  • Desert camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Depending on the group size, we will have between 3 and 5 nomadic style tents, 1 dining tent and 1 toilet tent. Though the dining tent is there, most travellers would dine outside, under the stars and sitting around an open fire. Blankets and mattresses are provided, however during the cold winter months from November to 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 mighty Sahara desert.
A scenic drive past ancient kasbahs, former military outposts, mountains, valleys and fields will take you to Ait Benhaddou. Film buffs will get a kick out of having lunch in Ouarzazate, where productions including Black Hawk Down, The Sheltering Sky and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed. 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. 

Travel time: 7 hours driving time
Accommodation
  • Ksar Ljanoub or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Marrakech bound for our final destination. 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.

Travel time: 5 hours driving time
Accommodation
  • Hotel Meriem or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a guided tour of the city after breakfast, including the beautiful Palais Badi. The afternoon will be free to explore, so perhaps visit 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 locate any sights and give suggestions on how to spend the day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Meriem or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD605
  • Urban Adventures - Tajine cooking class - MAD640
  • Marrakech - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your family's Moroccan adventure comes to an end today and there are no activities planned after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Minivan, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), Camping (1 night)

Included activities

  • Meknes - Guided walking tour
  • Volubilis - Guided tour
  • Fes - Guided walking tour
  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour

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Important notes

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

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

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

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 7-7:30pm in the evening for dinner. Which will mean your family may not be eating dinner until 8-8:30pm. Likewise breakfast may not start until 7am.
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.
Alcohol - Morocco is a Muslim country therefore alcohol is not readily available, particularly during Ramadan.

Wifi
While wifi is available in our hotels it is important to note that wifi 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 country to stay connected.

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