National Geographic Family Journeys

Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara

  • Duration 9 Days | Marrakech to Marrakech
  • Group Size Small Group
  • From $2,399 AUD
Call 1300 725 608

Trip Overview

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 Berber heritage, and try your hand at cooking up colorful local dishes. Hike past stunning rock formations, climb windswept sands, and uncover ancient secrets in green oases and grand palaces.


Trip Highlights

  • Explore a maze of narrow alleys in the walled village of Aït Ben Haddou, and learn to cook traditional Moroccan tagine.
  • Discover a sea of sand on an expedition into the dunes of Erg Chebbi, pausing to hunt for fossils and listen to mesmerizing Gnaoua music.
  • Enter a world of color in the medina of Marrakech, where spices, silks, and bright silver fill the market stalls.
  • Experience Morocco’s rich Berber heritage during evenings of desert stargazing and storytelling around a bonfire.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Day 1 Marrakech, Morocco

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

Day 2 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 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, savor a traditional Berber dinner of fluffy couscous and spiced tagine, then spread a blanket on the sand for an evening of desert stargazing.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Merzouga

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, or opt to explore the desert in style, riding a camel across the sands as ancient travelers once did. Enjoy a tasty Berber dinner, then gather around a glowing bonfire for a storytelling session.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Dades Gorge

Venture into the rugged landscape of the Dades Gorge, a dramatic and colorful valley carved by the waters of the Dades River. Visit a Berber village for lunch and enjoy a special dish—traditional Berber 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 6 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Marrakech

Journey through the mountains to Marrakech, known as the “red city” for its walls, houses, and many mosques built from red clay. Gather for lunch in the lively Djemaa el -Fna, an ancient marketplace still used as the main square in Marrakech. Then 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 Marrakech

Wake up as the call to prayer echoes across the city. After breakfast, head to a local henna workshop to have your hands painted in this ancient temporary tattooing art. 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 9 Marrakech

Depart at any time
Meals Included: Breakfast


Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara

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