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Morocco Family Holiday

8 days Africa, Morocco
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
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3
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
Trip code: 
XMFE
Trip Highlights: 
Haggle in the bazaars of vibrant Marrakech
Visit Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains
Ride camels on the beach and play 'pirates' in historical Essaouira
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £602 Adult £669
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
Prices without flights from
Child £387 Adult £430
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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Itinerary

Trip Highlights: 
Haggle in the bazaars of vibrant Marrakech
Visit Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains
Ride camels on the beach and play 'pirates' in historical Essaouira
Trip Overview: 

This trip offers a great introduction to Morocco, you will experience vibrant Marrakech, visit small Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains and have time to relax and ride camels on the beach. 

Imagine the twisting alleyways of an ancient medina, a crowded souk full of colourful pottery and carpets or the sound of a muezzin calling to prayer drifting across an orange plantation. Morocco offers all this and more - complete with a stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. This short adventure provides a fabulous introduction to these exciting highlights. You visit the old walled city of Marrakech and more out-of-the way places that few tourists get to see - such as the remote villages of the Berbers, hidden away in the folds of the Atlas Mountains. Move on to the Atlantic coast to ride camels along the beach and explore the old pirate hideout of Essaouira - packed with colour and atmosphere. This trip offers a real insight into an enthralling and beautiful country.

Day
1
Fly to Marrakech

Fly to Marrakech

After your flight, you transfer to your accommodation in Marrakech and check in. Even today, the name Marrakech conjures up images of scenes from the Arabian Nights: alleyways, souks, stalls and markets. This remarkable city, dating from the 11th century, never fails to satisfy the curiosity of adventurous travellers. The graceful architecture of the renowned Koutoubia Minaret, dominates the skyline.

Hotel Meriem (AAA) - 1 night

Hôtel Meriem is located in Marrakech City Centre, and 2 outdoor pools

Day
2
Drive to Ifergane; cross Atlas Mountains

Drive to Ifergane; cross Atlas Mountains

You start your adventure with a bus journey (approx 6-7 hours) across the Atlas Mountains - rising to a height of 2092m at the Tizi-n-Test Pass. On the way you can visit the 12th century mosque Tinmal. Your destination is Ifergane, a pleasant village in the foothills of the mountains, and home to the Berber people who inhabited the land centuries before the Arabs arrived 1,200 or so years ago. These proud people still speak a separate language, which consists of three main dialects. Although Arabic is gaining an ever-increasing foothold, most people - especially the young - know a few words of French too. The overall journey time today is approximately six to seven hours - it is the longest travelling day of the trip. With the fading sun dipping below the mountains, you will undoubtedly find yourselves sipping a traditionally prepared glass of sweet mint tea while you wait for your evening meal to be served. The sound of the muezzin can often be heard giving the call to prayer.  

 Riad Arganier D'or (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)

Day
3
Ifergane; Atlas village & oasis walks

Ifergane; Atlas village & oasis walks

This day will start with a relaxing morning, giving you the opportunity to walk and to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. You can stroll through the oasis and there are local villages to explore. The oasis is full of palm trees and streams of water giving an exotic feel to the area. You can have a go at riding a donkey around the fields. Afterwards, a short drive takes to Taroudante city (approx. 30 minutes) where you visit the tanneries. The distinctive smell of the tanneries is noticeable from a distance. Moroccan leather goods are very popular and here you can learn how the animal skins are cured to produce the leather. (B)

 Riad Arganier D'or (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)

Day
4
Agadir & beach time

Agadir & beach time

Today you continue driving through the fertile Souss plain along many vegetable and fruit farms, crossing the Argan tree forest where you might see goats climbing the trees. You continue on towards Taghazoute beach on the Atlantic coast, where you have a picnic lunch (approx. 1 1/2 hours). This is a popular spot for beach lovers, and it is not hard to see why. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the wide sandy beach and Atlantic waves at Agadir where you spend the night.

 Tagadirt Appart  Hotel (AA) - 1 night (B) 

Day
5
Essaouira; camel ride & picnic on the beach

Essaouira; camel ride & picnic on the beach

You travel up the coast to Sidi Kaouki (approx. 2 1/2 hours), where a real highlight awaits you: You mount camels to ride across the expansive sand dunes - enjoying the view from this moving vantage point is a great feeling! Having worked up an appetite, you enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach before you get back in the bus to continue to Essaouira (approx. 30 mins). Arriving in Essaouira you find yourselves in one of Morocco’s most attractive coastal cities. The wild waves of the Atlantic crash remorselessly onto the rocky coastline of this old pirates’ hideout. Portuguese, Berber and French battlements encircle the maze of narrow lanes with tiny cafes looking out onto small squares. Two fortresses look out over the ocean, and on an offshore island stands another, even larger castle. As befits a seaport, the pace of life is more relaxed here, and the whitewashed streets lend a seemingly Mediterranean air to the city.  

Caverne d'Ali Baba Hotel (AA) - 2 nights (B)

Day
6
Essaouira; explore port

Essaouira; explore port

This morning you can stroll around the lively old port, which is full of colour and interest. The early morning is the best time - when fishermen can be seen bringing in their catch or mending their nets. The harbour was once the lair of pirates who sailed out to plunder richly laden ships that passed along the coast - after all, this was the main trade route round the Cape of Good Hope to Western Europe. It later became a free port, when it had a small international community of merchants. The cosmopolitan mixture of different influences makes it a wonderful place to explore - and it is full of visual surprises. The whole day is free to relax and wander as you please. Take a leisurely stroll along the ramparts, visit the little workshops which specialise in ornate inlaid work using thuya wood (a local conifer), spend time on the glorious beach or enjoy a meal of freshly-cooked sardines down on the quayside. (B)

Day
7
Drive to Marrakech; city tour

Drive to Marrakech; city tour

Leaving Essaouira behind, you journey inland by private charter bus to Marrakech; this will take approximately three hours. This afternoon head off on a walking tour of the centre - which takes in the main sights - and make your way into the sprawling souk. As is usual in a souk, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, the potters, weavers etc, making it easy to find what you are after. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you’re almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display - perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers, or some exotic spices.

The Djemaa el-Fna provides the throbbing atmosphere of a medieval fair; it always seems full of life and continues late into the night. In this great open square at the heart of the medina, snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies. Each time of day seems to carry a distinct character, so do keep popping back for more!

Hotel Meriem (AAA) - 1 night (B)

Day
8

Fly Home

Transfer to the airport; trip ends for Land Only clients. Those travelling on our group flights proceed home. (B)

Berber villages

Crossing the stunning Atlas Mountains you rest in the peaceful Berber village of Ifergane. From here, explore the area on foot or relax in a tranquil guesthouse in the middle of an orange oasis.

Beaches & Camels

Moving on to the coast, spend time on the beaches of Agadir, swim in the sea or try your hand at surfing! (Additional charge). Travelling North towards Essaouira you stop off en route to ride camels along the sand.

Essaouira & Marrakech

The old pirates' nest of Essaouira is a fantastic place to haggle for souvenirs. You can spend your day watching the fishermen, going for walks around the old fort and enjoying delicious seafood. Returning to Marrakech you enter an entirely different world of lively bazaars filled with exotic spices and treasures. At sunset the main square comes to life with snake charmers, acrobats and jugglers in a carnival of entertainment.

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What's included: 

Transport - Minibus, on foot, camel.

Accommodation - Hotels and guesthouses (7nts).

Meals - 7 breakfasts

Where you stay:
Hôtel Meriem - Marrakech (Day 1)

Key Features

  • 2 outdoor swimming pools
  • Free high speed internet (WI-FI)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Gym / Workout room and Spa

Why we picked Hotel Meriem:

Hôtel Meriem is located in Marrakech City Centre and has 2 outdoor pools

Riad Arganier D'or - Taroudant (Day 2 - 3)

Key Features

  • Swimming pool
  • Beach
  • Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
  • Free high speed internet (WI-FI)
  • Restaurant

Why we picked Riad Arganier D'or:

Set amongst an Orange Grove and green surroundings, Hotel L' Arganier D' Or is 19 km from Taroudant. It offers peaceful surroundings and a large outdoor pool.

Tagadirt Hotel - Agadir (Day 4)

Key Features

  • Swimming Pool
  • Free high speed internet (WI-FI)
  • Restaurant
  • Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )

Why we picked Tagadirt Hotel:

The Moorish-style accommodations at Appart-Hôtel Tagadirt all have a private bathroom. Other facilities include swimming pool and child activities.

Caverne d'Ali Baba Hotel - Essaouira (Day 7)

Key Features

  • Free high speed internet (WI-FI)
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Located in central Essaouira

Why we picked Caverne d'Ali Baba Hotel:

A beautiful hotel, with friendly staff and in a great location to explore Essaouira

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