From colourful Marrakech, ride camels into the Sahara Desert, explore the fortified kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, visit towering Todra Gorge and opt to visit the famous film studios at Ouarzazate on this 8-day tour for families with teens aged 12 years and over.
Welcome to Marrakech
Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Marrakech International Airport you will be met and transferred to our 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
Optional tour to the film studios
After breakfast we head south to the film capital of North Africa - Ouarzazate. After an optional local lunch we have the chance to take an optional tour of the film studios - famous for many blockbusters including Gladiator, 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, Dinner
Sahara Desert camel trek
This morning we take a stunning drive towards Erg Chebbi, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Afterwards we head to Merzouga to enjoy some free time for swimming and a spot of lunch. It's then time to climb aboard our camels for a memorable trek into the Sahara, past towering sand dunes. We spend the night at our traditional Berber Camp and enjoy local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars.
Overnight: Erg Chebbi | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a tasty breakfast in the Sahara, we climb back on board our trusty camels and head out of the desert. Once out of the sand we get back on the road, stopping to explore ancient irrigation wells 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 at 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 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
UNESCO-listed Ait Benhaddou
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 fortified village. 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. Teens and adults alike may also recognize the kasbah from Game of Thrones - it starred as the slave city of Yunkai, which Daenarys Targaryen liberated with her dragons on her way back to Westeros! This evening we will enjoy dinner together, soaking in the atmosphere and enchantment of this incredible place.
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Crossing the High Atlas Mountains
This morning we traverse the towering High Atlas Mountains en route to Marrakech. Arriving this afternoon, you can enjoy an optional guided tour of the city with a local payment of 200 Dirhams per person. Alternatively, you can explore the city yourself or relax by the pool. Marrakech has some amazing places to see. Delve into the winding streets and bustling souks, visit Bahia Palace, the Jewish Quarter, and the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque. This landmark towers over the ancient medina. The 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
Optional awe-inspiring hot air balloon ride
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
Farewell, until your next adventure....
Our tour ends after breakfast with check out at the hotel.
Prices & Dates
'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. On all of our family tours parent and teenager rooms are side by side or interconnecting. We also offer a triple share option on this holiday, please contact us for details. Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons.Read More
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.
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.