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

  • Ride camels & camp in the desert
  • Haggle for a bargain in the souks of Fez
  • Explore the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou
  • Visit the Atlas Film Studios

Families will get to spend a night under canvas in the Sahara Desert, as well as exploring the maze of souks and alleyways in Fez, taking in a visit to the Atlas film studios and visiting fortified cities along the way.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Ouarzazate

    Fly to Ouarzazate, a city beyond the Atlas Mountains on the approaches to the desert. You’ll arrive late this evening, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you spend the next two nights.

  2. Day 2: Atlas Film Studios & Ait Benhaddou

    You have the morning at leisure then visit Atlas Film Studios where pictures such as Gladiator, Asterix and Obelix and Babel were filmed. Many sets remain in place and can be viewed on a guided tour.

    Your next stop today is Ait Benhaddou – a fortified city, known as a ksar. It sits on a former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, and it is fascinating to explore the maze of alleyways on foot. Return to Ouarzazate for the night.

  3. 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, and you’ll pass several small fortified 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 around two and a half hours to your desert camp where you spend two nights in tents.

  4. 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 can be spent relaxing or exploring close to camp.

  5. Day 5: Explore an oasis

    Return by camel or on foot to the road (around two and a half hours), where you bid farewell to your dromedary companions and travel by vehicle to Zagora, where you'll overnight. Here you take a short walk through a palm oasis where you can see how the palms are irrigated and dates produced.

  6. Day 6: Fez

    A morning flight takes you from Zagora to Casablanca from where you continue by road to the ancient city of Fez, about four hours away. Spend three nights here.

  7. Day 7: Souks & 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, before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

  8. Day 8: Forest & 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. Walk through cedar forest and around lakes in beautiful mountain scenery, before enjoying a picnic lunch and returning to Fez.

  9. Day 9: Transfer to Casablanca & fly back to the UK

    An early morning transfer takes you to Casablanca where you catch your flight home.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £1,495 per adult, £1,455 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £1,905 per adult, £1,785 per child

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Ideal for ages: 5+
  • Itinerary type: Trip idea
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