- Explore the historic medina of “Africa's Athens”
- Ride a camel through the desert
- Surf the sands at Erg Chebbi
- See the sun rise over Marrakesh from a hot-air balloon
|Day 1||Arrive in Fes||Fes|
|Day 2||Explore Fes: Tour of the Medina & Jnan Sbil City Park||Fes|
|Day 3||Day Trip to Volubilis & Meknes, Mosaic Workshop||Fes|
|Day 4||Transfer to Midelt via the High Atlas Mountains, Fossil Hunt||Midelt|
|Day 5||Transfer to Merzouga via Erfoud, Saharan Camel Ride||Merzouga|
|Day 6||4WD Dunes Tour & Sandboarding||Merzouga|
|Day 7||Transfer to Skoura via Todra Gorge & Rose Valley||Skoura|
|Day 8||Guided Tour of Skoura & Horseback Riding||Skoura|
|Day 9||Transfer to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou||Marrakesh|
|Day 10||Explore Marrakesh: Family Treasure Hunt & Gardens||Marrakesh|
|Day 11||Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride & Family Cooking Class||Marrakesh|
|Day 12||Depart Marrakesh|
Day 1: Arrive in Fes
Welcome to Morocco! Your driver will meet your family at the airport and drive you to your accommodation in Fes. If it's not too late in the day, head out and get to know the city a little. One of Morocco's royal cities, it is bursting at the seams with culture, cuisine, and history. Stroll the streets and get the kids some of its famous orange juice. Take a look at the exterior of the Royal Palace and the historic Jewish quarter.
If you have a little more time, visit the Borj Nord museum—the kids will be fascinated by the ancient armor and weaponry—or head to Café Clock, a kid-friendly space where you can relax with a coffee while the kids are entertained with Moroccan dance, storytelling, and, for the older kids, even a cooking class. Afterward, head back to your accommodation and rest up for a busy day tomorrow.
Day 2: Explore Fes: Tour of the Medina & Jnan Sbil City Park
Day 3: Day Trip to Volubilis & Meknes, Mosaic WorkshopYour family's first stop today is the 2,000-year-old Roman complex, Volubilis, home to incredible UNESCO-listed ruins. Let the kids roam around the area, imagining life in the townhouses—several are surprisingly well-preserved, right down to the mosaics and bathrooms. Marvel at the temples and heating systems, all still visible, as your guide paints a picture of life here in Rome's furthest outpost. Afterward, you'll drive a short distance to Moulay Idriss, one of Morocco's holiest towns and the site of the introduction of Islam.
Day 4: Transfer to Midelt via the High Atlas Mountains, Fossil Hunt
This morning, your driver will take you to your next stop, Midelt. Along the way, you'll travel through the scenic High Atlas mountains, passing the picturesque alpine villages that have earned this area the nickname "Little Switzerland". The hamlet of Ifrane is even built in the style of French-Swiss mountain villages and makes a good stopping point for the kids to stretch their legs.
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After settling into your accommodation in Midelt, enjoy lunch and spend some time exploring the town. A great option for the kids is a guided fossil hunt. Midelt is famous for fossils and minerals, and a local guide can show the kids where best to search. They’ll love finding their own mementos of the trip—there's also plenty of opportunity to buy cut and polished ammonites and minerals for yourself.
Day 5:Transfer to Merzouga via Erfoud, Saharan Camel RideToday marks a change in scenery as your family leaves the alpine region and begins its journey through the desert communities of the Sahara on the way to Merzouga. Your driver will start by taking you over the Tizi-n-Talremt Pass and into the Ziz Valley, known for its hidden oases and clusters of palm trees. Keep an eye out for the ksars along the way, communal fortifications built by merchants in earlier times to protect their goods.
Day 6: 4WD Dunes Tour & Sandboarding
Begin the day by heading back to Erg Chebbi for a 4WD tour. You'll drive through the desert to Gnawa House in Khamleya village to explore Morocco's traditional spiritual music. Gnaoua or Gnawa music is spiritual at its roots, but popular maâlems (master musicians) are bringing it into the mainstream. With lively, repetitive beats, you and the kids will find yourselves getting into the groove in no time as you watch the musicians and dancers.
Day 7: Transfer to Skoura via Todra Gorge & Rose Valley
You'll continue to Tinghir, with its panoramic views and fascinating Jewish quarter, and then to the striking Todra Gorge with its 984-foot (300 m) high red-stained limestone cliffs. Take the kids for an easy walk or paddle in the cool water before you hit the road again and pass through the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs (historic defense fortresses). You'll pass through several small towns around here; be on the lookout for nomads tending to their animals, and traditional farms.
Day 8: Guided Tour of Skoura & Horseback RidingToday brings a fantastic opportunity for you and the kids to immerse yourselves in Moroccan culture, with a guided tour of this southern oasis. Beginning with an easy one-hour walk, you'll visit a number of villages where you can learn about the architecture and history of the region direct from local families as you and the kids enjoy a range of activities and live entertainment. You'll have the chance to visit a pottery factory and some kasbahs, and, best of all, have lunch and a tea ceremony with a local family in their home. Your kids will come away having truly encountered another culture firsthand.
Day 9: Transfer to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou
Your family will be heading to exciting Marrakesh today—but your drive there will be no less packed with points of interest. Start early for plenty of time to explore. Head back through the Dadès Valley—stop off at the rose collective if you missed it last time. Next, take a break in Ouarzazate. This picturesque town is the center of Morocco's film industry and has featured in many famous productions—think "Black Hawk Down," "Prometheus," or "Game of Thrones." The kids might enjoy touring the movie studio there or visiting the Musée du Cinema.
As you descend, you'll enter the tranquility of the plains. Enjoy the last leg of this scenic drive and prepare yourselves for the vibrant bustle of Marrakesh. When you arrive, settle into your accommodation and head out to Jemaa el-Fna, the city's main square. Alive with musicians, performers, games, and snake charmers, it's the perfect contrast to the alpine and desert villages of the last few days. The kids will love the excitement of it all. Visit one of the many food stalls and then head back to your accommodation for the night.
Day 10: Explore Marrakesh: Family Treasure Hunt & Gardens
Now that you've all got the feel of the city, you have a few choices for your afternoon entertainment. Take the family souvenir shopping at the souks, or visit one of the beautiful gardens just outside the city—try Jardin Majorelle (which you can visit as part of a bike tour of the city), or the Anima Garden. Come evening, head back to the main square and observe the hustle from the peace of a rooftop café or restaurant, while you sip on the traditional mint tea.
Day 11: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride & Family Cooking Class
Day 12: Depart Marrakesh
It's the last day of your family trip, but make the most of the time you have left. Explore Marrakesh a little more, or ask your driver to drop you off at Oasiria, a waterpark close to the medina. Laze around the pools or tackle the climbing walls and waterslides as your hearts desire. Your driver will meet you here and take you to the airport in good time to catch your departing flight. Safe travels!
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