Families Africa Morocco Suggested Itinerary Fez and the Sahara

Fez and the Sahara

9 days | From £1,380 per person including flights

Fancy spending the night under canvas in the Sahara, Morocco? This holiday will also see you explore the maze of souks and alleyways of Fez, take in a visit to the Atlas film studios and fortified cities along the way.


9 days | From £1,380 per person including flights

With only a short flight from the UK, ideal for half-term or other short trips, this family holiday will give you truly memorable experiences:

  • Ride camels and camp in the desert
  • Haggle for a bargain in Fez's souks
  • Explore the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou
  • Visit the Atlas Film Studios
Day 1. Fly to Morocco
Fly from London to Ouarzazate, a city beyond the Atlas Mountains on the approaches to the desert. You'll arrive late evening, be met at the airport and taken to your hotel where you spend the next two nights in a hotel with pool.
Day 2. Atlas Film Studios and Ait Benhaddou
You have the morning at leisure then visit Atlas Film Studios where films including Gladiator, Asterix & Obelix and Babel were filmed. Many sets remain in place and can be viewed on your guided tour. Next today is Ait Benhaddou - a fortified city, known as a ksar. It sits on a former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is fascinating to explore the maze of alleyways on foot. Return to Ouarzazate for the night.
Day 3. Into the Sahara by camel
Leaving Ouarzazate in the morning, you'll be driven along the Draa Valley for about four hours. Much of this journey passes through an oasis as you travel further towards the desert. The valley is full of date palms and fields of henna. You'll pass small villages - ksour - along the way.

Your desert adventure really begins now as you either walk or climb aboard your ship of the desert - a camel and head off for two and a half hours to your desert camp where you spend two nights in tents.

Day 4. Desert dunes
Today you have a four and a half hour camel ride or walk in the desert, to Tidri Dunes and back to your camp. The remainder of the day you have time to relax or explore close to camp.
Day 5. Explore an oasis
Return by camel or foot to the road (two and a half hours). Bid farewell to your dromedary companions and travel by vehicle to Zagora. Here you take a short walk through a palm oasis where you can see how the palms are irrigated and dates produced. Spend a night in Zagora in a hotel with pool.
Day 6. Fez
A morning flight takes you from Zagora to Casablanca from where you continue by car to the ancient city of Fez, about four hours away. Spend three nights here in a hotel with pool.
Day 7. Souks and Tanneries of the Medina
This morning, your guide will lead you through the rabbit warren of souks and alleyways in the heart of Fez's medina. Haggle for a bargain and visit the traditional leather tanneries. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 8. Forest and lake walks at Ifrane
Travel into the mountains and to the town of Ifrane, built by the French in an attempt to recreate an Alpine resort in Morocco - it feels very different to other places you will have visited on this trip. You'll walk through cedar forest and around lakes in beautiful mountain scenery. A picnic lunch is included before you return to Fez.
Day 9. Return to the UK
An early morning transfer takes you to Casablanca where you catch your flight home
  • Age guideline: 8 years or older
  • Price:

    This holiday is not set in stone, it can be adapted as you wish, using different standards of accommodation, adding extra places, extending the trip, etc. Price depends on when you wish to travel, and flight prices which fluctuate considerably. Please contact us for an exact quotation. For guidance, this trip costs from £1,380 per person for a family of five, £1,475 per person for a family of four, £1,645 per person for a family of three, and £1,970 per person for a family of two. These prices include flights from the UK.

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