Highlights
  • The main square of Marrakech is a real feast for the senses. Sip sweet mint tea, be dazzled by dancers and tap your foot to traditional Berber musicians
  • Embark on a two-day desert adventure and witness the rolling dunes of the Sahara from the back of a camel
  • Meet the famous 'Blue Men' of the desert, the Bedouin tribe. You might even have the chance to play drums with them, traditional style, as the desert sky lights up with stars
  • Crossing the Tizi-n-Tichka pass is a road trip you won't forget. Gaze in awe at spectacular views across the High Atlas Mountains
  • Ait Benhaddou is picture-perfect, literally. Learn all about this town's Hollywood stardom and enjoy a guided tour of the incredible kasbah

Cross the swirling sands of the Sahara, watch dawn break across the dunes and rock the Kasbahs of Morocco’s fascinating past on a family adventure to remember. Recreating the simple nomadic lifestyle, spend three nights camping out under the crystal clear desert skies, the dramatic desert backdrop covered by a dreamy blanket of stars. Come and see why Marrakech’s bustling medina and lively bazaars ensure the city is regularly featured in people’s ultimate bucket lists of must-see places to visit.

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Sahara Family Holiday with teenagers

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Excellent Option for First-Time Travellers to Morocco January 2017

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I visited Morocco with the Intrepid Travel group in November of 2012. I had never traveled to any continents besides the U.S. and Europe, and was hesitant to visit Africa as a single woman, alone. The Intrepid Best of Morocco trip was absolutely perfect. It was a wonderful mix of couples and single travelers, older and younger folks from several different countries. The group got along extremely well and had a great time. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in visiting Morocco, but hesitant to go alone. The small group dynamic allows for plenty of company without feeling lost in the shuffle by a larger group.
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The organisation of this adventure was truly October 2015

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The organisation of this adventure was truly amazing. Myself and my friend arrived a few days early into Casablanca before the tour started. Then moved to the hotel of meeting the group. The guide Yahya Bouziti should be commended, he integrated into the group, encouraged and participated in group activities. Even when off duty "we" took him under our wings. A true sport and Gentleman. Lot's of laughs and fond memories I will never forget. Intrepid should be proud of this remarkable individual. Without a doubt a peoples person with great skills.
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The combination of seeing Morocco with our October 2015

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The combination of seeing Morocco with our guide Khalid Lamlih. He was very knowledgeable, and able to provide a great overall interpretation of the history, religion and culture. He had an ideal personality, very helpful and good sense of humour and fun.
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I very much enjoyed the trip since October 2015

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I very much enjoyed the trip since we saw so many different parts of Morocco and learned a lot about ist history and about the culture of the people. Our tour guide Abdallah was nice and friendly, very knowledgeable, well organised, patient and reliable. So was the driver Mustafa. _x000D_
However, it is a round trip which covers quite a distance - so there's a lot of sitting on the bus. But we had many nice breaks during the driving and even two afternoons of walking, which I appreciated very much!
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Excellent trip. Amazing scenery and look into October 2015

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Excellent trip. Amazing scenery and look into the culture. The tour leader was extremely helpful and very approachable with a great understanding of the culture.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Ouarzazate

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your trip begins in Ouarzazate, which is situated at the confluence of three valleys and on the threshold of the Sahara Desert. Settle into your hotel and perhaps take a stroll to acquaint yourself with the town. This place was originally a staging point for trans-Saharan caravans and later became garrison for the French Foreign Legion. If you arrive early and have time, perhaps pay a visit to Atlas Studios, a major Hollywood outpost in Morocco, located just a few kilometres from town. There will be a group meeting at 6pm this evening.

Day 2 Tazzarine

This morning you will explore the town of Ouarzazate and visit the hundred-year-old Taourirt Kasbah. A potent symbol of the Glaoui clan's power, the kasbah gives a glimpse of how these feudal lords lived. You will then have the chance to buy an essential piece of desert kit – a shesh. This is a long piece of cloth, a bit like a scarf, that's wrapped around the head to keep the sun off. The loose end can be pulled across the face to keep the sand out.  Continue your drive across the Tizi-n-Tiniffift pass and through the Draa Valley, following the southern slopes of the Djebel Sahro to Nkob and on to the Oasis of Tazzarine (approximately 4 hours). The nomad tents are part of a permanent camp.

Day 3 Sahara Camel Trek

In the morning, travel to Iferd (approximately 30 minutes). Here you will meet your camel caravan and the camelteers who will journey with you into the desert. Then ride your camel all the way to camp (approximately 2 hours). Each person will be on their own camel, forming a typical desert caravan. There will be additional animals to carry your baggage, camping equipment and most importantly your water. The gait of the camels soon lulls you into a strange rhythm – one that's been the same for centuries. Time seems to dissolve as you are surrounded by the soft haze of the desert. Arrive at your Bedouin camp, set up, and no doubt enjoy a glass of sweet mint tea. Watch as the scenery around you changes colour with the setting sun. After dinner, if you are lucky, your camel drivers may decide to play drums and invite you to join them for an evening of traditional songs. Your camp for the night is fairly basic with bedding, mattresses and toilet facilities provided. During the winter months of November to March it can get very cold at night, so it’s a good idea to bring base layers and a warm sleeping bag.

Day 4 Sahara Camel Trek

Early risers will be treated to another amazing display of changing colour and light. Cross your fingers for clear weather! After breakfast you will have a short walk through the dunes to make the most of the views on offer. How far you walk will depend on the ability of the group as well as the conditions. Walking through sand can be tough, and makes you realise how hard life here would be without the camels! Remounting your camel, make your way slowly out of the desert, back towards the hills and valleys of the Atlas (approximately 2 hours). Bid farewell to your travel companions and camels and rejoin the vehicle for the return trip to Tazzarine (approximately 30mins). We arrive into Tazzarine by lunch time. The afternoon is free for you to relax and unwind after your camel safari!

Day 5 Ait Benhaddou

Head towards Agdz, through the Draa Valley, and eventually to Ait Benhaddou (approximately 5 hours). The Draa Valley area is very fertile and its terraced farmlands are fed by an intricate system of irrigation channels. Continuing via Ouarzazate, you will reach Ait Benhaddou, one of the best-preserved fortified kasbahs in the country. With its dramatic red-earth walls and slit windows, this is a magnificent example of a stronghold. The surrounding villages are well worth exploring too. Not far away there are the film studios of Ouarzazate which have been used for many epic films, from classics such as 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Jewel of the Nile' to the more recent 'Hidalgo' and 'Alexander'. Consider an optional visit to these studios. 

Day 6 Marrakech

In the morning, cross the riverbed to visit Ait Benhaddou to wander around the site with your leader. Take the opportunity to explore some of the ruined buildings. Climb to the top of the hill where the agadir (grain store) offers spectacular views down over the village and the surrounding countryside. You can also enter one of the houses and share a glass of mint tea with some of the residents to gain a better understanding of how they live their lives.  In the afternoon, drive north across the High Atlas mountains en route to Marrakech (approximately 4 hours). The road, completed by the Foreign Legion in 1936, winds up over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2,260 m) and offers stunning views of the mountains before descending past Berber villages to the plain surrounding Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech and settle in.

Day 7 Marrakech

Enjoy a walking tour of the city centre, taking in the main sights on your way to the sprawling souq and main square. The souq is a great place to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you are almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display – perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers or some exotic spices. The adjacent main square has the atmosphere of a medieval fair. Snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening, wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies. In the afternoon you will have time to wander and make your own discoveries. If you'd like to take a traditional bath, ask you leader where the nearest hamman is. Alternatively, the tanneries around Bab Debbagh are great to visit.

Day 8 Marrakech

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning.

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Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Accomodations
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt),Hotel (4 nts)
Start City
Ouarzazate
End City
Marrakech
Guides All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that will even get the kids trying new things, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Our leaders are not babysitters on this trip - we leave that to you (the experts), but they will make sure that group members of all ages are able to explore their destination safely and with as much fun as possible. Our group leaders are not responsible for looking after children at any time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times throughout this itinerary.
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Finish point

  • Hotel Gomassine
  • 71 Av. Mohamed Zerktouni Gueliz
  • Marrakech
  • MOROCCO
  • Phone: +212 524433086

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