Over Land, Under Stars
FROM: USD $1,345

Morocco For Teens - 8 days

Experience the magic of Morocco on an exciting adventure for families with teens aged 12 years and over. Take in the atmosphere of Marrakech and its buzzing medina, wander through spectacular Todra Gorge, explore Ait Benhaddou – the backdrop of many famous films, camel trek into the Sahara and spend a couple of days in laid back Essaouira.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Marrakech - UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna, (explored independently from 2018).
High Atlas Mountains and views of Mt Toubkal - North Africa's highest peak
Erg Chebbi sand dunes - reaching some 250m high
Todra Gorge - towering red canyon
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city
Bahia Palace - 19th Century palatial residence of the grand vizier Sidi Moussa
Essaouira - ancient medina, wind swept beaches and current day fishing village
Merzouga - Berber village and start point for our camel trek into the great Sahara
Ouarzazate - opt to visit the film studio

Included

Full board – 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners including Berber camp dinner
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Guided tour of Marrakech
Specialist local guides at some sites
Entrance fees to all included sites
6 nights 3 star hotel and 1 night camping - Berber desert camp in the Sahara
Camel trek into the great Sahara
Escorted by an English speaking tour leader
All transportation and transfers in private 4x4 or mini van/touring vehicle
All road taxes and tolls

Not Included

Gratuity for your tour guide. Budget approx USD$2 - 3 per person per day. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Note: On some road journeys, the tour leader may not be in your particular vehicle
Tipping Kitty: USD$50, paid in USD or local currency
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: Included

Itinerary

Day 1

Marrakech

Saturday. 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

Day 2

Ouarzazate

Marrakech - Ouarzazate. 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

Day 3

Into the Sahara

Ouarzazate - Sahara. This morning we take a stunning drive towards Erg Chebbi, stopping by a 14th century irrigation well and intricate network of canals on the way where we learn how the wells are made. Later we stop for a fantastic Moroccan lunch and 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, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Todra Gorge & Ait Benhaddou

Erg Chebbi - Ait Benhaddou. 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 for a lunch stop at Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. In the afternoon we continue to famous Ait Benhaddou. One of Morocco's most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites boasts great examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited.
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Essaouira

Ait Benhaddou - Essaouira. Today we leave Ait Benhaddou as we pass over the beautiful and dramatic Atlas Mountains as we head to our next destination - Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast.
Overnight: Essaouira  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Essaouira

Today is a free day to explore Essaouira, this colourful fishing town dating back to the 15th century when the Portuguese forst fortified it has great beaches and fantastic surfing. You can relax on the beach or if you fancy getting out and about then explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. All of the city gates lead to the medina, so it's unlikely you will get lost. The beach sits in front of the Medina and there are a plethora of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artists’ shops – buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets. There is also the opportunity to do some optional activities, such as quad biking, surfing, horse trekking and wind surfing or you can just simply sit on the beach and relax!
Overnight: Essaouira  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Marrakech

After breakfast we return to our hotel in Marrakech for our final night. Once here, we will get some free time to relax at the hotel before we start our guided city tour late this afternoon. We end the day our last group meal in the famous Djemaa El Fna, the legendary main square full of acrobats, snake charmers, juice sellers and various al fresco restaurants.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Marrakech

Saturday. Our touring arrangements come to an end after breakfast and hotel check-out. Spend the morning relaxing or picking up some last minute souvenirs.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. On all of our family tours we guarantee that parents and teenagers rooms will be side by side or directly adjacent. Prices shown are per person travelling.br>

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Extra Prices

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Person
Single
Supp.
Pre accom Marrakech
USD $89
USD $30
Post accom Marrakech
USD $89
USD $30

Hotels

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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!

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 6
Visiting
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

Extra Tour Info

Visiting the Sahara
Our guide to visiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco

Great tour. Khalid was exceptional, full of information, enthusiasm and great with our teenage children.

Jonathan Glass