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Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara
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9 days

from $1,999 AUD

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • 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

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.

Day 1: Marrakech

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

Day 2: Marrakech/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.

Day 3: Ouarzazate/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.

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.

Day 5: Merzouga/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 local 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.

Day 6: Dades 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.

Day 7: Aït 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. Explore 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.

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.

Day 9: Marrakech

Depart at any time.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY JOURNEYS

National Geographic Family Journeys, offered in partnership with G Adventures, are small-group trips designed for adventurous, multigenerational families in search of a meaningful way to discover the world together. Families will enjoy enlightening experiences, the freedom to explore, and quality time together—and return home with a renewed sense of wonder.

Age Requirement: 7+
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.

National Geographic Themes

When you travel with Family Journeys, you’ll explore through interactive and hands-on activities inspired by National Geographic’s expertise in topics such as photography, wildlife, history, and more! The following themes are integrated into this trip:

Exploration
National Geographic has a legendary legacy of exploration. Through on-trip activities that encourage in-depth and hands-on discovery, Family Journeys seek to cultivate tomorrow’s explorers—people who are infinitely curious about our planet, committed to understanding it, and passionate about helping make it better.

Photography & Storytelling
Our Family Journeys illuminate the art of photography and storytelling in the great tradition of National Geographic. Customized National Geographic resources for kids and adults sent to you prior to your departure provide inspiration to see the world with new eyes, make real-world connections, and craft compelling travel tales during the trip.

History & Culture
National Geographic celebrates the history and diversity of human life on Earth. Family Journeys reveal the richness of local cultures in its many forms and encourage meaningful cultural exchange, whether through language and music, art and architecture, cuisine, clothing, and more.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 21 Mar 2020 - 29 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,908 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,119 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,908 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,119 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Aug 2020 - 09 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,908 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,119 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,208 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,419 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Mar 2021 - 28 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,908 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,119 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Apr 2021 - 11 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,908 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,119 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Jun 2021 - 04 Jul 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,908 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,119 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Jul 2021 - 25 Jul 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,908 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,119 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Aug 2021 - 15 Aug 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,908 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,119 AUD Per Person

  • date 23 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $3,208 AUD Per Person
  • child(7 - 12)
    (from)
    $2,419 AUD Per Person

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.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts)
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transport: Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Atlas Film Studios Tour, Ouarzazate
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion, Merzouga
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Marrakech Henna Art Café Experience, Marrakech
  • Your Foodie Moment: Tagine Cooking Class, Aït Ben Haddou
  • Arrival transfer
  • Berber village visit and Berber 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

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

Please Note

Options for family travel insurance are available. Please enquire with your Family Trip Specialist for more information.