Morocco family holiday, souks, sand dunes & surf

“A riveting 12-day journey through Morocco, ideal for families with younger children. Camel treks in the Sahara, roaming the Marrakech medina and beach time in Essaouira will create moments to treasure.”


Marrakech | High Atlas Mountains | Ouarzazate | Sahara desert | Camel trekking | Berber camp | Todgha Gorge | Gorge de Dades | Aït Benhaddou | Djemâa-el-Fna | Essaouira

Description of Morocco family holiday, souks, sand dunes & surf

Soak up Moroccan culture and traditions with a captivating tour that takes you from exotic Marrakech to a Berber camp in the sun-baked Sahara desert, from driving over the High Atlas Mountains to unwinding on a beautiful beach on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Fascinating and fun excursions are combined with plenty of down time, making this small group tour perfect for families that want to take an adventurous holiday with their younger children.

Just a few of the many highlights include spending camel trekking over sand dunes to a Berber encampment, where you’ll share a traditional meal beneath a canvas of stars; exploring the ancient Kasbahs of Aït Benhaddou, which have appeared in countless movies, and feeling dwarfed by the towering limestone walls of Todra Gorge.

Spectacular landscapes abound throughout a tour that has been carefully designed to suit families. Drive times are cut to a minimum, and there are regular opportunities to relax in air-conditioned rooms or by the swimming pool. From Marrakech it’s just a three-hour hop to Essaouira, a beautiful old fishing port where the famous coastal winds are just the thing to cool you down after the desert.

After a few days by the beach, during which you can wind surf, horse trek or watch the fishing boats head out to sea, you’ll return for a few days in Marrakech. Marrakech medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where camel trains unload baskets of spices, labyrinthine alleyways lead to cool courtyards and rooftop terraces, and bustling souks sell everything from musical instruments to silks and carpets.

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2021: 3 Apr, 10 Apr, 29 May, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 22 Dec

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

All our travellers are sent detailed pre-departure information upon booking their trip. This includes information on travelling responsibly and minimising their impact on the local environment. A section is devoted to minimising waste whilst travelling. Travellers are encouraged to remove unnecessary packaging from items before leaving home (recycling facilities are often more accessible in home countries) and to use either rechargeable batteries , wind-up or solar-powered electrical items-such as torches, cameras and mobile phones.
At the start of your trip your Tour Leader will also remind the group of the importance of disposing of waste appropriately.

Our local Moroccan operator is a key player in the Ait Ouhem Association for Development, a local, community-led organisation in the Atlas Mountains. For every Moroccan tour booked we donate £5 per passenger to help the Association achieve its goals which includes reforestation in the mountains around the village to try and limit further soil erosion.

The Impacts of this Trip

Volunteering and Charity
We are proud to be working with the Ait Ouhem Association for Development, a local, community-led organisation in the Atlas Mountains. For every Moroccan tour booked we donate £5 per passenger to help the Association achieve its goals of:

1. Building a dispensary in the village to provide people with at least emergency first aid medical supplies. (The nearest hospital is 70 km away).

2. To provide houses with tap water.

3. Encouraging students of the village to continue their studies through buying necessary materials such as bags, books, books, pens.

4. To plant different trees in the mountains all around the village to stop or at least limit erosion.

5. Creating a textile cooperative for women so that they can earn a living that is otherwise not available to them.

Friends and Neighbours
We are very keen generally, that the income from our trips is dispersed as widely as possible within the local community and goes to small local service providers and not multi-nationals. All the accommodation and restaurants we use on our trip are small locally-run establishments and all our guides are local Moroccans.


1 Reviews of Morocco family holiday, souks, sand dunes & surf

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The kids LOVED traveling by camel into the desert and also chilling on the beach at the end of the trip. I loved the incredible night skies - when there's no light pollution, the stars are jaw-droppingly beautiful! We saw some pretty amazing sunrises too.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The trip was really well paced for kids (our youngest is aged six). Most of the hotels had pools so they could chill out after the day's sightseeing. Having 2 relaxed days in both Marrakech and Essouaira at the end were really ideal. Another tip would be: don't pack too much!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I'm hoping that any money we spent there will help the local economies. I'm not sure about the "reduced environmental impact" - travel by it's very nature isn't environmentally friendly. We tried to do our best by bringing our reusable water bottles and using our own bags for any purchases.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was INCREDIBLE. Amazing sights, sounds and people. Our guide and driver were so lovely and very considerate of the varied needs of travelling with young children. I'm so happy my kids have had this tremendously positive experience in a country and culture so different from anything they've ever encountered before.

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