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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 two nights 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.

  2. Day 2: Atlas Film Studios & Ait Benhaddou

    You have the morning at leisure before visiting the 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.

    This afternoon, you will arrive at the town of Skoura, an oasis of palm groves and home to a Kasbah. Here you will go for a walk to see the town’s palmeraie.

  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

    This morning, we recommend an early climb to the top of one of the larger dunes at the camp, for an excellent view of the sunrise over the desert. 

    After breakfast, enjoy a camel trek (or walk) further into the desert, to meet with a nomad family. 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 continue your journey by vehicle. The scenic drive will take you through the Zig gorge and over the High Atlas mountains to the Berber town of Midelte.

  6. Day 6: Fez

    Continue your journey to Fez, where you'll see the mountain scenery changing from arid pastures to the green forests of some of the oldest Atlas cedar trees. Stop for a picnic and walk in the cedar forests to enjoy the lakes and beautiful mountain scenery. 

  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: Meknes & Volubilis

    Today you will be taken on a day trip to the nearby Imperial city of Meknes and the Roman site of Volubilis. You can also wander around the narrow streets of the holy town of Moulay Idriss, returning to Fez in the late afternoon.

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

    Transfer to Fez airport where you will catch your flight home.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £1,199 per adult, £999 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £1,545 per adult, £1,285 per child

Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods.

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

Other information

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Ideal for ages: 7+
  • Itinerary type: Trip idea

When To Go

  • Feb
  • Easter
  • May
  • Oct

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