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"Family Adventure Tour Of Morocco"

Description & Itinerary:

Family Rock The Kasbah
8 Days

Visiting: Morocco

Family Adventure Tour Of Morocco
An active adventure in the Moroccan wilderness exploring North Africa's highest mountains and the world's largest desert. We ride mules in the High Atlas and cycle the southern mountain slopes. We explore the great Sahara Desert by camel and sleep among the dunes. We also discover the ancient city of Marrakech and experience the evening street entertainment on the Djemma El Fna square.

Tour Highlights

  •     Atlas Mountains - Take a crazy mule ride to a remote Berber village and an exhilarating bike ride.
  •     Ouarzazate - Visit the Atlas Film Studios, the film set of Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.
  •     Tidri Dunes - Travel like a nomad in a camel caravan in the desert
  •     Berber Villages - Visit the oases and villages of the Draa Valley and meet the local friendly Berber people.
  •     Sahara Desert - A night camping in the desert and sleeping under the stars.
  •     Marrakech - Explore the manically mad Medina and Djemma el Fna with its snake charmers and acrobats.


7 Breakfast     4 Lunch     2 Dinner

Minimum Age
From 7 years

Bus, Minibus, On Foot

2 nights Premium Hotel
1 night Simple Gite
2 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Standard Kasbah
1 night Simple Camping
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader

Group Size
Generally 10 - 16

Why Book this trip
This tour is designed for families who enjoy a range of activities from riding mules in the High Atlas mountains and camels in the desert to cycling to a film studio and walking amongst the mountains and visiting the Berber villages and their people. It's a journey as well as an active trip where the scenery changes daily and it gives you the chance to meet up with locals including a unique experience where camel handlers of the nomad tribes share a their lifestyle with the group.

This trip allows the option for triple rooms to be included within the booking on a selected number of night stops within the holiday. If you would like this option, a discount may be applicable on the cost of the trip - please ask our Sales team for further information.

Price Information

100% No Surcharge Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Unlike most other travel companies we will not ask you to pay any fuel, currency or other surcharges that may arise, as Explore will cover the cost of these. 

Tour Prices
Tour prices shown on this website are a guide only. For flight-inclusive group tours the selling price at the time you book your holiday could be different to that shown here, due to current flight availability. (NB This does not apply to self-guided holidays as these are displayed online without flights). One of the most common reasons that the flight inclusive selling price varies from that shown is that the flight that is available at the time of booking may cost more. All guide prices shown on the website are based on group flight fares. These are fares given to Explore as a tour operator when we hold a block of seats on any given flight. Due to the way that many airlines work, we are generally unable to hold enough seats at the group fare for all customers, so once the block of seats is used up (or once we have passed any unsold ones back – generally a month or two before travel) we have to find alternatives. This either means booking the same flight on an ad hoc basis or finding alternative flights – both of which may cost more than the group flight.Prices listed are on a per person basis, sharing accommodation (unless otherwise stated). Please refer to the trip notes for details of what is included in the cost.

Tour Durations
The tour duration shown above is based on the Land Only length of the tour. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the tour may be longer.

Child Prices
Child prices applicable for ages 11 and under at time of travel. (Not applicable to self-guided holidays).

Price Changes
Any changes to prices will be kept updated on this web page, in accordance with above.

Rooming on tour & Single Room Option (Not applicable to self-guided holidays)
Most group tours are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book as an individual, you will be roomed with someone of the same sex. However, on many tours we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room. On some of these tours a single room will be provided at some of the night-stops but for logistical reasons not all. Individual Trip Notes clarify this. If, for whatever reason, we are unable to provide a single room as outlined in the Trip Notes, we will refund a proportion of the supplement paid to us for the Single Room Option.

Where you are able to purchase a single room, the price does not necessarily guarantee you a single room for every night of the tour. For details please refer to the individual Tour Notes for your chosen holiday.

Day 1
Join tour Marrakech
Our tour starts today in Marrakech. Depending on the schedule of your flights, you may be able to explore the vibrant Red City independently before meeting your Tour Leader and group at the hotel.

Located just outside the city walls, the hotel is only a 20 minute walk from the main Djemma El Fna square. The new town is close by and it offers the options of small restaurants and fixed price souvenir shops. The hotel has a swimming pool and a restaurant and all of the rooms have air-conditioning.
Overnight: Premium Hotel Swimming Pool Available Swimming Pool Available
Included Meals:  None

Day 2
Drive to Anmiter and take mules up to Tighza
Departing Marrakech after breakfast we head south, crossing over the Tizi 'n Tichka Pass (2260m) and following a meandering course that takes us deep into the towering peaks of the Atlas Mountains. North Africa's greatest mountain range, the High Atlas presents us with some of the country's wildest landscapes, a region culturally removed from the rest of Morocco and one that has provided a barrier between the northern plains and the pre-Sahara for centuries. This is the land of the fiercely independent Berbers, the 'Lords of the Atlas', whose traditions and ways still hold sway up here in their mountain strongholds far away from the cities below. The Berbers present us with a unique view of a way of life lost to the rest of North Africa, where music and dance, even language and religion, are far removed from their Arab neighbours. Our morning's journey brings us past the ruined Glaoui kasbah of Telouet to the fortified village of Anmiter, lying at the end of the tarmac road. Here we join our mules and, at a more relaxed pace, follow a winding track with stunning views onto the small village of Tighza where we spend the night in a remote, local gite high above the valley.

This family owned village house has many rooms with shared facilities as well as a lovely terrace providing great views of the valley.
Overnight: Simple Gite
Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Morning valley hike; drive to Ait Ben Haddou
We spend some time this morning hiking through the valley in this remote corner of the Atlas before meeting our vehicles again and returning to the Tizi n' Tichka pass, the highest vehicular access route in the Atlas Mountains. Heading down the southern slopes of the High Atlas we reach the Berber village of Ait Ben Haddou. A UNESCO Heritage Site, dramatically located along a fertile hillside, Ait Ben Haddou presents us with one of Morocco's most famous locations, a once important stop along the old trading routes between Marrakech and Ouarzazate during the 16th century and a superb example of a typical fortified ksar.

The hotel is located opposite the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou. The swimming pool and the restaurant are on a separate building overlooking the Kasbah and the valley of Ounilla. The rooms are air conditioned.
Overnight: Standard Hotel Swimming Pool Available Swimming Pool Available
Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
Bike ride to Ouarzazate; visit film studios and drive to Tamnougalt
This morning we take to the saddle as we cycle from Ait Ben Haddou and down towards the fertile landscapes of the Draa Valley and the town of Ouarzazate - we may start eariler on the summer departures (helmets are supplied in two sizes although you can bring your own helmets for a better fit). Known as the 'Doorway to the Desert' this fascinating outpost, lying to the south of the High Atlas and sandwiched between the high mountains and the expansive sands of the Sahara is home to one of the largest movie studios in the world. The Atlas Film Studios can boast an impressive list of productions, including The Mummy, Gladiator, Babel, Kingdom of Heaven and Lawrence of Arabia and we we'll pay a visit to the studios today, taking a tour of some of the famous film sets before we depart and continue through the beautiful Draa Valley. Continuing by bus from Ouarzazate we cross a landscape lined with palm groves, Kasbahs and traditional ksours (villages), as we make our way to the village of Tamnougalt to explore what was once the capital of this remote desert region. The village's name translates as 'meeting point' and its history has been interwoven with the ruling qaids (masters) of the Mezguita region for centuries. Even today it hosts an annual festival in October when all the surrounding villages gather for a celebration of the religious and cultural traditions of these hardy people.

The name translates to the 'Kasbah of the Stars' as it offers great views of the starry sky. Located in the middle of the Draa valley with its green palm groves, the hotel is built in a Kasbah style. It has a swimming pool and easy access to the valley for nice walks in the fields. The rooms are air conditioned.
Overnight: Standard Kasbah Swimming Pool Available Swimming Pool Available
Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5
Drive via Zagora to Tiraf Dunes; afternoon camel ride
Turning south today we follow the course of the Draa River, spending the morning driving through the ever-changing scenery as we make our way towards the vast oasis of Zagora, referred to by many as 'The Gate of the Desert'. Once a major outpost along the caravan routes, it is apparently 52 days by camel to Timbuktu, or so a nearby sign indicates! From here we continue on to Tagounite, lying at the outer fringes of a line of undulating sand dunes that provide a taste of the immense grandeur of the Saharan Desert that lies beyond. Amidst this seemingly inhospitable landscape the desert heat causes the air to blur and quiver, creating mirages that shimmer in the soaring temperatures, the ideal setting to explore in the time honoured manner of the Tuareg nomads. We will take to camels, forming our own caravan, to reach the dunes at Tidri (The camel ride may take place in the late afternoon on any summer departures). The Arabian camel is ideally suited to these conditions and has long been highly prized by the nomadic peoples of the desert. Living for up to 40 years, they are not only valued for their endurance as beasts of burden, but also for their fur, skin and dung, all of which can be utilised for tents, leather and fuel for the fires. Stopping to enjoy the quiet desolation of the setting and to learn something of desert life, we then reach our overnight camp to enjoy a late afternoon of bread making, before settling down under a desert sky for the evening. After a hearty Berber style meal we enjoy a night under the twinkling blanket of the African sky. Rather than sleeping in tents, you may choose simply to sleep out in the open, enjoying the rare majesty of the setting and watching out for shooting stars racing across the horizon.
Overnight: Simple Camping
Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Visit Tamegroute; drive to Ouarzazate
Retracing our steps this morning we head north once more by camel for a couple of hours ride back to the road. We will make a stop at the settlement of Tamegroute to visit its famous 17th century zaouia, one of the most important in the Moroccan Sahara. This was once a centre of great learning and the base of the Naciri Brotherhood, who for centuries held sway over the tribes of the Draa Valley. The holy leaders of Tamegroute were traditionally (up until quite recent times) the arbitrators of desert disputes, settling differences amongst the residents of the surrounding kours and the traders that passed through these lands on the great camel caravans that journeyed through Zagora. We'll also pay a visit to the local potters' cooperative, before continuing back to Ouarzazate later this afternoon.

Located in the main avenue of Ouarzazate and close to the main market, the hotel has a swimming pool and the rooms are air conditioned.
Overnight: Standard Hotel Swimming Pool Available Swimming Pool Available
Included Meals:  Breakfast

Day 7
Drive to Marrakech; afternoon city tour
A morning drive takes us northwest back to Marrakech, where we'll have the rest of the day to explore a city that has for centuries been a meeting place for the mountain Berbers and the desert peoples of the south. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to explore something of its rich heritage with a sightseeing tour of Morocco's fascinating Red City, a city that can boast a staggering array of spectacular architecture and wonderful facades. Like many North African towns, Marrakech is divided into two distinct parts, the Gueliz (the modern French-built city) and the Medina (the Old City), a place where trade and barter amongst the colourful souks still has at its ancient heart a glittering cacophony of noise and colour. Journeying into this vibrant city with a local guide affords a chance to discover some of its most enthralling sites. The city's beating heart is the spectacular Djemma-el-Fna, a site not to be missed and a scene straight out of the pages of the Arabian Nights. Here you will find the streets and alleys alive with storytellers and musicians, jugglers and acrobats, snake charmers and clowns. You can wander past vendors selling doughnuts and fried grasshoppers, meander through native markets where Muslim women, their hands and feet dyed with henna, call out to sell their wares, and enjoy the sounds and the smells of the exotic. After our tour you may like to take some time to enjoy more of the remarkable Medina, haggling for a bargain or two, or simply sitting at one of the local cafés and watching the street tableaux unfold before you. Do remember that many of the mosques may be forbidden to non- Muslims and be careful of photographing women, as this may be unacceptable. It is always best to ask.
Overnight: Premium Hotel Swimming Pool Available Swimming Pool Available
Included Meals:  Breakfast

Day 8
Tour ends Marrakech
The tour ends today in Marrakech after breakfast. Depending on the schedule of your flights, you may be able to spend some additional time wandering the souks before returning home. Note; on the summer departures, the tour leader may adjust the timing of when the activities take place based upon daily temperatures on the day.
Included Meals:  Breakfast

Tour Provider: Explore

Destination: Africa/Middle East/Egypt

Duration: 8

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