From colourful Marrakech, discover the the striking Ouazzarzate and Todra Gorges, camp in the Saharan desert and visit the epic ancient Ait Benhaddou on this 8 day tour for families with teens aged 12 years and over.
Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Marrakech International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Why not relax by the pool before the pre-departure meeting at 18.00 where you will meet your fellow travellers.
Overnight: Marrakech | Dinner
After breakfast we head south to the film capital of North Africa - Ouarzazate. After a local lunch we have the chance to take an optional tour of the film studios - famous for many blockbusters including Gladiators, The Last Temptation of Christ and James Bond's - The Living Daylights! We can also opt to go quad biking and further explore the town.
Overnight: Ouarzazate | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we take a stunning drive towards Erg Chebbi. Later we stop for a relaxing swim. Afterwards we head to Merzouga before transfering to our camels for a trek into the Sahara. We spend the night at our traditional Berber Camp. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars.
Overnight: Erg Chebbi | Breakfast, Dinner
After a tasty breakfast in the Sahara we climb back on board our trusty camels and head out of the Sahara. Once out of the sand we get back on the road, stopping to explore ancient irrigation wells run which have been created from an intricate network of underground canals, dating back to the 14th century they run for more than 300km all the way from the Atlas mountains to the Sahara. We arrive into Todra Gorge this afternoon, where we will enjoy lunch at our hotel. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon.
Later this afternoon we'll have the opportunity to explore the the gorge or even take part in some optional Rock Climbing. We'll then continue to Tizgui, this beautiful old village is home to a local carpet cooperative, where you'll be able to see how traditional Berber rugs are made.
Overnight: Todra Gorge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy a leisurely morning before we depart Todra for Ait Benhaddou. Making our way through the stunning landscape along the route that is often labeled 'the road of a thousand Kasbahs' we will first stop at Kasbah Amridil. This is one the best preserved Kasbahs in Morocco and at one time featured on the 50 Dirham note.
Arriving at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou this afternoon we enjoy lunch before taking a guided tour of the Ksar. This traditional pre saharan habitat is a a maze of tightly packed houses offering defence from the outside with adding reinforcement coming from the 4 large corner towers. This evening we will enjoy dinner together, soaking in the atmosphere and enchantment of this incredible place.
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we traverse the towering High Atlas Mountains en route to Marrakech. Arriving into Marrakech this afternoon you can enjoy an optional guided tour of Marrakech with a local payment of 100 Dirhams per person, alternatively you can explore the city yourself or relax by the pool. Marrakech has some amazing places to explore, the winding streets and bustling souks, visiting Bahia Palace, the Jewish Quarter and the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque - the landmark of Marrakech, which towers over the ancient Medina. This evening is free for you to explore the lively hustle and bustle of Djemaa El Fna square or simply relax at the hotel.
Overnight: Marrakech | Breakfast
Early this morning there is the option to start the day with an awe-inspiring hot air balloon ride. Alternatively you can have a relaxing morning before enjoying some free time to further explore Marrakech.
This evening we come together as a group for a sumptuous group meal in the exciting and exotic Djemaa El Fna square.
Overnight: Marrakech | Breakfast, Dinner
Our tour ends after breakfast with check out at the hotel.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
El Andalous Hotel & Spa, Marrakech
Just 10 minutes from the airport, the El Andalous Hotel and Spa offers a welcome respite from the hubub of the city. Evoking the golden age of Arab-Andalusian culture; exotic and romantically rich. Guest rooms are well furnished with excellent en suite facilites as well as private balconies. The hotel pool is great place to relax by and enjoy a tasty beverage or two. The medina is just a 20 minute walk from here or a cab can get you there in a few minutes!
Les Jardins , Ouarzazate
A fairly new hotel in Ouarzazate, the Hotel les Jardins is in the traditional style of a Moroccan kasbah, with spacious rooms. The hotel is set in exquisitely manicured gardens, which provide guests with a much needed breath of fresh air. The experience is complete with a pool and restaurant, where visitors can while away the hours in the warm, starry evenings. The hotel is on the outskirts of Ouzarzate and has numerous restaurants and shops nearby.