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Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara

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 Trip Length
9 Days
 Trip Starts
Marrakesh
 Trip Finishes
Marrakesh
9 Day Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara Itinerary (G Adventures)
Countries Explored: Morocco
Budget
Affordable
Max. Group Size
20
Pace
Leisurely
Trip Style
National Geographic Family Journeys
Trip Code
DCKNF

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures 9 Day Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara. 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.

Itinerary

Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included. Stay: Royal Mirage Deluxe Hotel

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 lunch along the way. 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. Stay: Berbere Palace (B/L)

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. Stay: Hotel Nomad Palace Merzouga (B/D)

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. Stay: Hotel Nomad Palace Merzouga (B/L/D)

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! Continue to the hotel and enjoy free time to relax. Stay: Hôtel Xaluca Dades (B/L/D)

Take a morning walk and learn about the amazing geology behind the weird and wonderful rock formations of the Gorge. 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. Stay: Riad Maktoub (B/D)

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. Stay: Royal Mirage Deluxe Hotel (B)

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. Stay: Royal Mirage Deluxe Hotel (B/D)

Depart at any time. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Explore a maze of narrow alleys in the walled village of Aït Ben Haddou.
  • Learn to cook traditional Moroccan tagine.
  • Discover a sea of sand on an expedition into the Sahara.
  • Enter a world of color in the medina of Marrakech.
  • Experience Morocco’s rich Amazigh (Berber) heritage.

  • 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

  • Hotels (8 Nights)
  • Rooming is based on double occupancy (2 passengers / 2 beds per room); all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will try to accommodate triples/quad requests whenever possible and it's important to note that rooming configuration can change from city to city and 2 single beds are the standard configuration in a room.
  • Please remember that hotel/lodge standards can be different from what you are used to in your home country, which is part of the appeal of adventure travel.
  • Morocco is a developing country and as such the infrastructure is not as reliable as you would expect at home. Expect quirky plumbing and the odd cold shower!

  • 2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout, local guides

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

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

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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