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Camels & Kasbahs Family Holiday

8 days
Suitable for:
Age 9+
Activity level:
Trip code: 
Way to Travel:
Family Group
Group size:
Designed for:
Ages 9-12
Also for:
Ages 13-16

Family adventure through the souks of Marrakech, Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert 

From our start point in exotic Marrakech, we travel across the High Atlas Mountains to the magnificent Kasbah Ait Benhaddou - the perfect backdrop for many Hollywood films including Gladiator. From here we venture towards the amazing Sahara Desert, through the beautiful palm groves of the Draa Valley, where we enjoy a camel safari ride, some wonderful nomad hospitality and camping out under the desert stars.

On our journey back to Marrakech we spend a night in the remote village of Tijhza nestled high in the Atlas Mountains. Here we enjoy a walk through the lush farmland and learn how people farm here, before experiencing a traditional Moroccan hammam. Our final treat is the colourful souks, palaces and mosques of Marrakech, which come alive at night with snake charmers, travelling musicians and acrobats. 


  • Camel trek in the Sahara Desert
  • Walk in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Traditional hammam in Tijhza
  • Visit the Kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou and Taourirt
  • All hotels have swimming pools 

Key information

  • 5 nights hotel, 1 nights camping (on the edge of the desert in traditional Bedouin-style tents), 1 night in mountain gite.
  • Group normally 8-20, plus leader. Designed for ages 9 to 12, also for ages 13 to 16
  • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and camel
  • Free transfers to meet any flight 
  • Countries visited: Morocco

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights


What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement


Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 


  • Day 1

    Start Marrakech

    Start Marrakech. Meet the group in the evening at your hotel for the trip briefing.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar


  • Day 2

    Drive to Tijhza through the High Atlas Mountains

    With time to explore Marrakech at the end of our journey, we leave the Red City behind and head into the Atlas Mountains. Our destination for the day is Tijhza, and our scenic route takes us over Tizi N Tichka pass, the highest in Morocco at 2260m. The journey time today will be approximately 3.5 hours, with comfort breaks along the way. This is a narrow range of mountains, and after the winding roads, we drop into the gorge on the other side. It is here that we turn off into a wide valley, and get to Anmiter where we will stop for a picnic lunch.  After lunch, we will enjoy a short walk gently uphill ( 1-2 hours) arriving mid-afternoon at our Riad, where we will meet again with our vehicle.  A "Riad" is the term for a traditional Moroccan house which is built around a central courtyard, which may have some plants and/ or a fountain.

    In the afternoon, we may then have time for an afternoon walk around the town, or a visit to our Responsible Tourism project in the village where Exodus has supported the community in building a traditional hammam. 

    Riad Kasbah Oliver or similar  

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    To the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, and Todra Gorge

    After breakfast this morning, we walk back down to Anmiter to join our vehicle and make our way 1,5 hours to the first destination for the day, the well-preserved Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most spectacular sights of the Atlas, made famous as the filming location for several Hollywood films including 'Gladiator' and 'Queen of the Desert'. We will explore the maze of paths through this ancient village, and reach the top for a spectacular view.

    We continue our adventure along the 'Road of a thousand Kasbahs' to Ouarzazate, a 30-minute drive from Ait Ben Haddou and nicknamed as the 'door to the desert' because it used to be a crossing point for African traders on their way to Europe. It is home to the Atlas Film Studios, the setting for many Hollywood films, as well as Game of Thrones and BBC's Atlantis. 

    Making our way 3 hours through the Dades Valley, we see a little of the agriculture in this area including a huge palmery containing over four million palm trees, edged by many fortified villages. We pass through Skoura and the town of the roses, El Kelaa Des Mgouna where there is an annual Rose Festival. In the late afternoon, we will reach our hotel for the evening, nestled in the rocks at the entrance to the Todra Gorge.

    Kasbah Taborihte or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Desert camel ride and Bedouin Camp

    This morning we will take a short walk into the Todra Gorge, following the crystal clear river as it meanders through the steep-walled gorge. After reaching the viewpoint, we turn back to meet our vehicle and carry on with our journey towards Merzouga, which will take us approximately 4 hours, with some short breaks along the way.  Merzouga is a tiny village in the Sahara Desert, on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a 20km long and 10km wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 160m high in places. This is the gateway to the Sahara and where our real Lawrence of Arabia experience begins. We trek into the desert on a caravan of camels for the sunset. After this unforgettable experience, we head back to the Bedouin camp on the edge of the desert, where will stay for the evening and enjoy the stars of the night sky.

    Full-service Camping - Yasmina Desert Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    To Ouarzazate

    We get up early today for an exciting camel trek to see the sunrise . Riding a camel is a fun and truly memorable experience although it can be a bit bumpy! After being reunited with our vehicle we make our way 6hours to Ouarzazate passing through several towns along the way. First we pass through Alnif, a small picturesque town that is one of the most renowned places in the world for collecting the prehistoric creatures known as trilobites, and attracts fossil hunters from all over. We then pass the quiet town of Tazzarine, before heading North to N'kob, Agdez and crossing the Anti atlas  get to our accommodation. With its swimming pool, we can enjoy a well-deserved break after our adventure on the 'ships of the desert'. 

    Rose Valley or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Scenic drive through the High Atlas Mountain passes to Marrakech

    In the morning we begin our scenic drive through the winding roads of the Atlas, bound for Marrakech, an ancient and exotic city wrapped in European modernity. There’s no rush as the scenery through the High Atlas Mountain passes is magnificent, and there will surely be calls for several photo stops along the way. It will be approximately a 5-hour journey.

    On arrival in Marrakech, you will check in to your hotel and this evening, you will be free to make your way to the old town ( inside the medina walls) and explore the great square of Jemaa el Fna, or enjoy dinner on one of the roof terraces with a great view overlooking this bustling square.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Morning walking tour of Marrakech; afternoon and evening free.

    This morning we take a guided tour (on foot) of the 'Red City' of Marrakech where we can soak up the atmosphere of this bustling and vibrant city, with its maze of bazaars, palaces and mosques. 

    The afternoon there is free time to simply potter around the souks or visit the more peaceful Jardin Majorelle. No visit to Marrakech is complete without a visit to the Djemma el Fna, the open-air central square around which Marrakech revolves. The name literally means 'place of death' as it was the place where the Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the food stalls, snake charmers, juice-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats, the square is a place of entertainment for both Moroccan and overseas visitors. The best places to get a view over the square are the La Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier or Cafe de France. You have to buy a drink, but at MAD 20 it's worth it for a great view.

     Majorelle Gardens, or Le Jardin Secret make a great escape from the bustling city, and offer a chance to discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture.

    A top tip for great food would be the Moroccan roast lamb, found at Chez Lamine just off the Djemaa el Fna square. Made famous by Jamie Oliver's visit, it remains the best place to try this speciality. Go between 12noon and 3pm or you'll miss it.

    If you're craving a cold beer or a glass of wine, make your way to La Salama, again just off the Djemaa el Fna square. You can enjoy the beautiful interior and lively atmosphere.

    Taxis can be found easily around the Djemaa el Fna square, to take you back to your hotel in the new city.

    Hotel Gomassine  or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Marrakech

    End Marrakech. Our tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info



No visa required by British passport holders.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included.

Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea.

When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine is from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally, dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) without drinks. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but expect to pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader will recommend restaurants each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of couscous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip.

Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. 

Plastic waste is an issue in Morrocco. Bottled water in large containers is stored in the bus for you to refill your own bottles. 


Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Marrakech.

During the February half term departure, temperatures average 20°C in the day and falling to 12°C at night, so this is a very comfortable time of year to travel.

From April to June (including the Easter and Summer holiday breaks), and from September through to November (including the October half terms dates), Marrakech and throughout Morocco is pleasantly hot. Temperatures averaging 26°C in the day and falling to 16°C at night. It is unusual for there to be much humidity so it is quite enjoyable except between midday and 2 pm, when the sun can be very strong.

Desert temperatures are similar to those in Marrakech, with the nights usually a little cooler and the days a little hotter. Mountain temperatures are cooler than in Marrakech. In the winter months, the daytime temperatures in Marrakech are around 18 to 22°C with night temperatures falling to 4 to 7°C.

The days should be clear and sunny, and a particularly attractive feature of the winter months is the clear views of the snow-covered Atlas. The temperatures in the south are generally a couple of degrees higher than those prevailing north of the mountains. There is a small chance of rain and it has been even been known to snow very infrequently from November through to February on the higher desert plateaux (in which case it is cold at night and early in the morning on the southern side of the Atlas).  Be prepared for all weather is the best way to travel!

Is this trip for you?

Morocco does not require any vaccines and, if coming from Europe, has very minimal time difference. This trip provides a wonderful opportunity to see southern Morocco, combining beautiful deserts with superb mountain scenery. Along with its incredible history, we also explore Morocco's blend of the natural, human and exotic.

We spend quality time in the places that matter, the pace is not rushed however there are some relatively long road journeys of 3-4 hours. Travel time is kept to a minimum wherever possible, although there are some long travel days on which we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination. There will be plenty of comfort breaks along the way, as well as photo stops to break up the travel time. We pack a lot into this trip, but there is still plenty of down time to rest and relax. This is the perfect taster trip into adventure travel with children, a fun and exciting trip that will leave you with lasting memories.

Please note that camels are not always the most comfortable ride but certainly an unforgettable experience! The tented campsite is quite basic and communal, yet there is no other base from which we can enjoy the beauty of the desert. There is running water and electricity, although the water pressure and intensity of the light is understandably low. There is no central heating, so be sure to pack warm clothes.

In the mountains, our accommodation is in simple dormitory-style rooms with all bedding provided. This is the only Moroccan family holiday to offer a true Berber experience in the remote Tijhza Village in the Atlas Mountains. Again, there is no central heating here in the mountains and it can get very cold at night from October to March (you will need to come prepared with adequate clothing and sleeping bags) as well as very hot during the daytime in April and May. In the mountains in Tijhza, additional blankets will be provided if it's very cold. 

This trip is designed for children from 9-12 years old, but is also suitable for those aged 13-16. Our guides are patient and friendly, and often have families of their own so they naturally know what families are looking for. Our guides are there to make your trip special, and relish the opportunity to engage with our Exodus kids showing them a little of what Morocco has to offer!

This trip is graded as Level 3, moderate. When grading our trips we consider multiple factors; the pace (how busy an itinerary is), the amount of time a family will spend travelling, the level of activity involved and the weather is also an important factor too.  Though there is no strenuous physical activity involved in this trip, you and your family will be doing a fair amount of walking in some places and the heat and humidity can be tiring. There are a number of short walks, and the much-anticipated camel trek interspersed with time to kick back and enjoy the scenery.

Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. We are confident it is also suitable for those in the ‘Also for’ age range, however note if your child is in this secondary category they may find it a little easier. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information, and review the weather charts on this trip for a better idea of what to expect throughout the year.

Please note Ramadan runs from 23 April to evening of 22 May 2020 (evening of 13 April to evening of 12 May 2021) - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and some restaurants may be closed during the day. Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air at sundown.  

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Hotels, Gite & Camping

You will spend 5 nights in hotels, riads (traditional houses converted into hotels) and 2 nights in simple accommodation, 1 being a Saharan camp and the other a mountain gite. In the Saharan camp on the edge of the desert, you will sleep in traditional Bedouin style tents which normally sleep 8 people, however normally on our family trips, this is 1 tent per family. There is also one night spent in a simple mountain gite, where rooms will contain several beds. Morocco is opening up to mainstream tourism, however, accommodation standards are comparable with those found in Sub-Saharan Africa, which are markedly different to European standards.  For example, you may find although there is running water, the pressure might be very slight, or the water not very hot. When travelling to Africa, you should be prepared for these eventualities.

You can request a single room on this trip subject to availability. We endeavour to provide twin or triple rooms for all family clients – for trip specific details please download the Trip Notes.


Please note that from the Spring 2019, local authorities have forbidden camps inside the sand dunes in Erg Chebbi. This is for environmental reasons. This means that all Bedouin camps will be set up on the edge of the desert, fairly close to built accommodation. 

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2019
    Jane De Vries

    Superb family adventure

    We booked a private tailor made slightly shortened 6 day Camels and Kasbahs itinerary to fit with the half term school holidays of our teenage children. It was a really excellent adventure and introduction to Morocco, starting in Marrakech, crossing the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert and back to Marrakech. We really felt like we got to know the essence of Morocco in a relatively short trip, and also felt safe at all times thanks to our superb guide Abdul and very safe driver Moustafa. We definitely intend to return to this beautiful country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Highlights were staying and stargazing in the remote Berber village of Tighza in the High Atlas Mountains, bargaining for a carpet in the remote desert town of Rissani and camel trekking and climbing the sand dunes to watch sunset over the Sahara in Mergouza.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide Abdul was insightful, humorous and spoke perfect English. We learned a huge amount from him about the culture and way of life in Morocco. Moustafa was our friendly and very safe driver, transporting us in a comfortable air conditioned minibus. We were very well looked after.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring head scarves for the desert, or you can buy them en route. Stock up on small value dirham notes and coins for tipping along the way.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • Reviewed November 2018
    Bernie Abromaitis

    Camels and sand dunes

    Exodus gives you tours that are interactive with the local culture - up close and personal. We had a wonderful time sampling the different areas of Morocco - from the city of Marrakesh to the dunes of the desert, from ancient towns to mosques, universities and modern movie sets. We sampled local cuisine (tajine), we haggled in the markets (souks), we wandered through the old towns and learned the history of how the cities evolved.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After riding camels in the desert we camped overnight. We took our beds outside and slept under the stars! I tried to stay up all night to see the incredible number of stars; the milky way and shooting stars. Then in the morning we climbed the sand dunes to watch the sunrise. What a memory! We also did a fashion photo shoot in the dunes!!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sheena was awesome! She made everyone feel welcome and led the pack with fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it! Morocco is such a diverse country with so much history: The Desert, the camel ride, Atlas mountains, a donkey ride, experiencing a traditional hamam (spa), having tea in a local home, visiting ancient fortresses and haggling in the souk (market). And the food is fantastic! You'll come back refreshed.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'm looking forward to my next Exodus trip already!
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Samantha Hall

    Whetted our appetite for adventure!

    In the past my husband and I have travelled quite a bit but this was our first adventure travel as a family outside of European culture. Our children, aged 9 and 7 thought it was amazing (their word) and we had a great time too. We started with a few days in Essaouria (independently) which was a perfect introduction to the country and a chance for the children to acclimatise, then we travelled back to Marrakech for the start of the Exodus trip. We were at little uncertain about group travel but it worked out very well indeed. The group mix of 5 adults and 5 youngsters (including ours, they aged 7,8,9, 14 and 15) was just right - a little like-aged company but not overwhelming so there was still plenty of family time too. The itinerary was very good. We packed a lot into the week long trip - much more than we would have managed independently - but there was still time for playing round the (chilly!) pools and hanging out. I would have enjoyed an extra day in the desert, perhaps getting as far as the ergs (sand dune seas) at the expense of time in Marrakech, but overall it was a good taster. There was a lot of time in the bus on travel days but we stopped regularly for views, loos and refreshments so the journey passed quickly. The camel riding was a big hit - and pitched at the right length for our kids to love it but not get too hot or tired with the experience. The accommodation and facilities were excellent throughout, with electricity, hot showers and (almost always) WiFi. Indeed, I would perhaps have rathered a day or two away from home comforts to enhance the adventure aspect of the trip - like a wild camp in the desert - maybe next time! Our guide, Mohammed, was excellent. He was non-intrusive but also present whenever you needed him. He was interesting and knowledgeable on everything from change in political policies over the last 20 years to architecture and sustainable agriculture. He was also an amazing fixer, arranging extras like a visit to the Ouarzazate Kasbah with an excellent guided tour and a trip to another hotel's pool when ours was out of action due to renovations. His manner with the children was also brilliant. He was totally trusted and loved - my 7 year old was especially sad to say goodbye. Overall, we loved the trip and although it could have been more adventurous for my and my husband's tastes, it was a pitched just right for the kids and was perfect introduction to adventure travel. It was fun and, at times, exciting trip - without the hassle and stress of organising it independently. It was good value and comes highly recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My daughter loved the camel riding best of all - the desert was such an alien environment for them and wrapped in their 'Sahara scarfs' felt to be real adventurers. My son's highlight was the walk to the mountain village. For me, it was seeing my children' s reactions to being in an exotic environment - marvelling at palm trees, delighting at the snow covered High Atlas Mountains and supping mint tea with gusto!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. As above: Our guide, Mohammed, was excellent. He was non-intrusive but also present whenever you needed him. He was interesting and knowledgeable on everything from change in political policies over the last 20 years to architecture and sustainable agriculture. He was also an amazing fixer, arranging extras like a visit to the Ouarzazate Kasbah with an excellent guided tour and a trip to another hotel's pool when ours was out of action due to renovations. His manner with the children was also brilliant. He was totally trusted and loved - my 7 year old was especially sad to say goodbye.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do try to extend your visit with extra time in Marrakech or beyond. We had a few days in Essaouria before the trip started which gave the children time to acclimatise and us time to relax. Essaouria is much smaller and more laid back than Marrakech and the children were able to get used to the environment, food and people. They learned to haggle in the souk and came away with scarfs and tops that they enjoyed using throughout the rest of the trip. It was very easy to organise accommodation and bus tickets ourselves (we used Booking.com and Marrakech Tickets).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Travelling as a family in Morocco was such fun. The Moroccan people went out of their way to welcome with children and made them feel so special with treats, smiles and jokes. Go!
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Alan Murphy

    Brilliant brilliant brilliant!

    Weather fantastic; guide fantastic; place fantastic; experience unique!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing how a self sufficient ancient way of life could be so fulfilling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Top rate!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go, go go in case this way of life disappears before you go.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A wonderful unique experience.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    William Simmonds

    Rock the Kasbah

    We travelled with our two sons age 12 and 9 years. The pre-trip information and support was great and the trip proved to exceed our expectations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ait Ben Haddou.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Just the right blend of informative and friendly whilst remaining calm and laid back. Great with the kids and a reassuring presence. He was also excellent company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare for a few long journey's. The Moroccan people we met were all very friendly and polite. If you can, spend some time before or after the trip to relax and explore Morocco at your own pace. We spent some time post tour on the coast in Essouria (a few hours from Marrakech) which we absolutely loved.
  • Reviewed January 2015
    Kerry Meek

    Meek's Camels Kasbahs trip

    The "Camels and Kasbahs" trip was our first adventure travel holiday as a family and our first trip with Exodus. We loved it and were very impressed by the whole experience. We travelled to Morocco in late December, a perfect time to visit. As one of four like-minded families, we spent seven days travelling and exploring rural and urban parts of Morocco. The first five days were spent in the villages, towns and picturesque remote parts of the High Atlas mountains. This contrasted greatly with the hubbub of busy city life in Marrakech for the last two days. The trip is extremely well organised to allow you to take in a mixture of places and experiences from camping out in bedouin tents, bumpy camel rides, iconic tourist sites, busy souks and a really humbling taste of simple village life. Morocco is a beautiful country and the people there are extremely friendly and welcoming.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is very difficult to pick out the best or most inspirational moments from the trip because every day was so different, each with unique experiences. Our girls were particularly moved by the trip to Tijhza, the project village in the High Atlas mountains, which Exodus has supported for over ten years. They enjoyed the contact with the local children, playing a game of football on a dusty, rocky pitch with players in sandals and thin souled shoes. It's amazing how a simple game of football can bring people together. Many buildings in the village had been damaged in recent storms but even a month after the flash floods, people were rebuilding and mending their homes. Whilst the storms had caused a vast degree of damage in the rural parts of the country that we visited, it had also led to a dramatic change in the landscape. Dry, barren land was covered in green shoots. Locals were out collecting herbs, families were picnicking in the luscious plantations and Behouin groups, normally settled higher up in the mountains had ventured lower down into the valleys to feed themselves and their livestock on the abnormal abundance of greenery. The trip name refers to camels and this was a highlight for many of the children. Our girls enjoyed sitting on their own camel (which of course they had named), wrapped in Moroccan scarves, before playing in the sand dunes. They also enjoyed plodding up the hill on mules to Tijhza.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our tour guide was called Abdellah. He has worked for Exodus for over ten years and is very proud of both his job and his country. Abdellah greeted us on day one with a huge smile and continued to smile throughout the trip. His happy nature was infectious. Abdellah's kind, considerate character made him a perfect guide for the family trip. He always provided helpful advice and had a soft spot for the children. He was a very knowledgeable guide, providing snippets of information at key moments throughout the trip. If asked questions or for more information, Abdellah was more than happy to oblige. As we walked through plantations he informed us of the names of plants, walking through kasbahs he spoke confidently of the history linked to them and as we drove through the winding roads past villages he described the cultures and traditions of the country. On the day that we went to visit the iconic Ait Ben Haddou, we arrived a couple of hours before sunset. As other cars were leaving the site, we arrived and walked up the narrow deserted lanes to the top to appreciate the view and see the sun disappear behind the far off mountains. Avoiding the crowds of the day, made it a much more memorable experience. I don't think you could get a better insight into a country without a guide. Whilst you can read information about the place that you are travelling to, a guide from the country has a true understanding and is able to speak the languages and communicate with locals.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you travel to Morocco in late winter be prepared for a mixture of temperatures; the sun is pleasantly warming during the day but at night it can get quite chilly, particularly up in the High Atlas mountains and when camping out in the bedouin tents. So be prepared with your layers. You don't need to bring American dollars. Bring a small amount of Moroccan Dirham as well as some English pounds. There are plenty of cash machines in the towns and cities to top up from. At the start of the trip the leader creates a kitty, which everyone contributes to. It is a great idea since any tips to local guides come from the kitty rather than each family having to sort out tips. The trip notes might suggest bringing swimming costumes. Although there may be swimming pools at some of the gites they are very cold at this time of year. Pack them if you think you're brave enough!
  • Reviewed January 2014


    My son and I had a fabulous trip to Morocco during October half term 2013; it was my son's first real adventure holiday and we plan to take lots more!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The camel trek was certainly a highlight for us - and hunting for fossils in the desert.  My son says that his mule ride up into the mountains was much more comfortable though!The colours of Morocco were amazing, the clear blue skies and beautiful mountains - we have many fantastic photographs to remind us of our trip.  The people were warm and welcoming and my son really enjoyed his taste of a culture far removed from his own

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohamed Maachou was a great leader and really helped us make the most of our Moroccan experience.  He is a family man and made sure that the children were safe and happy and didn't miss a thing.  My son was thrilled at his knowledge of the bird life and his expertise with the camera.  His patience is admirable!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for some longish drives - this may be a bit difficult for younger children.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We look forward to booking our next holiday with Exodus - the customer service was outstanding from start to end. We had a great adventure but had the comfort of feeling safe the whole time.
  • Reviewed December 2013


    A fantastic holiday for adults and children alike, with a great mixture of desert, mountains and city.  All the hotel accommodation was excellent, the camping was an adventure in itself,  the restaurants our guide took us to were great (and well priced) and the other trip members were all like minded individuals which made the trip easy going.  The guide was very knowledgeable, well organised and most importantly very friendly and always available to help.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our family especially loved the camel ride (and climbing the sand dunes) and the walks in the mountains.  Viewing the stars from the roof of the mountain gite was a moment to treasure forever!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yahyah was fantastic - very friendly, great with the children and had lots of good tips.  He definitely made the trip special!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The pools are freezing at this time of year - even with wetsuits for the children.  Brace yourselves!  We took a mixture of Euros, Dollars and Sterling, but to be honest just having Sterling would have been fine (and cheaper because of Foreign Exchange fees).  Dont forget you are going to rural parts of a Muslim country so take conservative clothing - long sleeves and long legs.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highly recommended by our family!
  • Reviewed November 2013


    Really varied and kids loved it! Especially the mountain trek...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most amazing, massive sand dune! Running down that and being able to see across the Sahara for miles and miles....

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Really experienced and most helpful

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Taking useful stuff for the local kids and school. Coats if you are travelling in October

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great group of folk and that made all he difference!
  • Reviewed February 2013


    Excellent family trip which we all enjoyed for different reasons. The highlight for the kids was the the camel trek in to the desert and the 'sand surfing' down the dunes. For me it was very special to visit Tijhza village and volunteer for an afternoon and help build the hammam. Overall it's a busy trip but very satisfying and weather is excellent at October half-term - not too hot in the desert.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Volunteering at Tighza was unique and cery enjoyable. Personally I enjoyed the football match with local children at the the village school as a personal highlight!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdullah has been leading this trip for many years and he was exceptional. He has children of his own and naturally knows what families are looking for. He also spoke fluent Berber, Arabic, French and English - all of which he used constantly to help us communicate with everyone we met.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring good walking shoes / boots as there are laods of opportunities for walking, many of which are extra to what is in the trip Notes. Abdullah's speciality is taking groups on impromptu walks arounds villages, date groves, and towns to give the groups a real feel for how the local people live and work in Morocco.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you are looking for a trip that has winter-sun, loads of variety, camel trekking and sand dunes - this is ideal. If you like to lie by the beach forget it! This is a busy holiday. My son is hyper-active and even he was exhausted! Remember there are a few nights camping in bedouin tents, so it is basic for a few nights but comfort levels increase as the trip progresses, with hotels with pools towards the end. Don't forget almost all accommodation has pools - maybe bring wet-suits for the kids as the pools aren't heated!

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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