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Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara

9 days, Marrakech to Marrakech

Discover the magic of Morocco on a journey that takes you from bustling markets to soaring desert dunes. Meet enchanting musicians and storytellers steeped in Amazigh (also known as Berber) heritage, and try your hand at cooking up colourful local dishes. Hike past stunning rock formations, climb windswept sands, and uncover ancient secrets in green oases and grand palaces.

9 days

Marrakech to Marrakech

From$12047HKD
was $15059
Valid on Jun 25 2022
Trip Code: DCKNF

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Discover the magic of Morocco on a journey that takes you from bustling markets to soaring desert dunes. Meet enchanting musicians and storytellers steeped in Amazigh (also known as Berber) heritage, and try your hand at cooking up colourful local dishes. Hike past stunning rock formations, climb windswept sands, and uncover ancient secrets in green oases and grand palaces.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Family Journeys

Trips for adventure-loving families in search of a meaningful way to discover the world together.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 20, Avg 18.

Age requirement: 7+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

9 days

Marrakech to Marrakech

From$12047HKD
was $15059
Valid on Jun 25 2022
Trip Code: DCKNF

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Map of the route for Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

Prices are based on double occupancy; all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

Family Journeys are designed for groups traveling with children between the ages of 7 and 17. Your group must include a child in order to book, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note that if you are travelling to Morocco between November and February, your tour will have a level of flexibility based off of winter weather conditions on roads in the mountains. Heavy snow is not uncommon, so plan on packing warmer clothing to suit conditions.

There are new Health & Safety Protocols for National Geographic Journeys tours. Please see here for full details and up-to-date requirements as they may change.

Itinerary

Day 1Marrakech

Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Marrakech/Ouarzazate

Wind past red slopes and green terraces as we make our way south through the stunning valleys of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch beside a sparkling river. Arrive in Ouarzazate, known as the “gateway to the Sahara,” and step behind the scenes at a film studio to see how the surrounding dunes have starred on the silver screen.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Family Journeys Moment Atlas Film Studios Tour

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3Ouarzazate/Merzouga

Today, travel between jagged peaks and palm oases toward the desert town of Merzouga. Settle into our hotel near the incredible Erg Chebbi, a sweeping sea of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. As the sun sets, savour a traditional Amazigh dinner, then spread a blanket on the sand for an evening of desert stargazing.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4Merzouga

This morning, hop aboard a 4x4 and ride across the dunes to discover fossils left behind by an ancient sea, and be entranced by Gnaoua musicians in a local village. Return to the hotel for free time to cool off in the pool. Enjoy a tasty Amazigh dinner, then gather around a glowing bonfire for a storytelling session.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Merzouga/Dades Gorge

Venture into the rugged landscape of the Dades Gorge, a dramatic and colourful valley carved by the waters of the Dades River. Visit a local village for lunch and enjoy a special dish—traditional Amazigh pizza! Wind through the valley on a guided walk as you learn about the amazing geology behind the weird and wonderful rock formations of the Gorge. This evening, enjoy free time to relax at the hotel.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6Dades Gorge/Aït Ben Haddou

Drive through the Ounila Valley to the ancient fortified village of Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site where clay houses crowd together in a traditional ksar behind defensive walls. Explore alleyways twisting between historic structures, and stand guard atop the clay brick ramparts, taking in views of the green oasis around this imposing fort. Entertain your taste buds at a hands-on tagine cooking class, followed by a delicious dinner.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Tagine Cooking Class

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Aït Ben Haddou/Marrakech

Journey through the mountains to Marrakech, known as the “red city” for its walls, houses, and many mosques built from red clay. After checking into your hotel and resting up, head to a local henna workshop to have your hands painted in this ancient temporary tattooing art. Then, explore the lively Djemaa el Fna, an ancient marketplace still used as the main square in Marrakech. After, enjoy free time to discover more of Marrakech.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Family Journeys Moment Marrakech Henna Art Café Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Marrakech

Wake up as the call to prayer echoes across the city. After breakfast, set out on a guided walk through the narrow, maze-like streets of the medina, lined with colorful shops brimming with rugs, spices, and much more. Spend the rest of the day exploring Marrakech on your own, or opt to explore the Marjorelle Garden. In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner in a traditional riad, a grand house with an elegant interior courtyard.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9Marrakech

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion, Merzouga
  • Your Family Journeys Moment: Atlas Film Studios Tour, Ouarzazate
  • Your Foodie Moment: Tagine Cooking Class, Aït Ben Haddou
  • Your Family Journeys Moment: Marrakech Henna Art Café Experience, Marrakech
  • Arrival transfer
  • Amazigh village visit and Amazigh pizza lunch
  • Dades Gorge guided walk
  • Visit Aït Ben Haddou
  • Tagine cooking demonstration
  • Walk in Djemaa el Fna square
  • Marrakech medina guided walk including Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, souks and Jemaa el-Fnaa square
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts)

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD200-260 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle, walking

Staff & experts

2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout, local guides

Price Options

  • From$12047HKD Per Adult
  • From$10927HKD Per Child

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Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara

| 9 days - Marrakech to Marrakech - from $12047 HKD