Take part in a thrilling family adventure in the mystical lands of Morocco.

This heart-thumping adventure will have the family mountain biking down the slopes of the Atlas Mountains and horse riding on the white sandy beaches of Essaouira. Together experience the hospitality of the local Berber people with a friendly homestay in Aroumd, get lost in the colourful souqs of Marrakech and rest your weary bones in a traditional hammam. If you like your air to be fresh, your days to be active and your adventures, well, full of adventure, then this is the trip for you.


Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Country
Morocco
Style
Original
Theme
Family
Code
XMFA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 11
Group size
Min 2, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Discover the vibrant city of Marrakech from a different perspective, bike through the main sites and enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice at the end of your trip

  • Gallop on horseback through the sandy beaches and mimosa forests of Morocco's coastline

  • Ride a mountain bike down the slopes of the Atlas mountains on a fully supported trip

  • Relax in a traditional Moroccan Hammam; enjoy a well-deserved massage at the end of your activity-packed week

  • Scale the High Atlas Mountains and trek through scenic Berber villages, spending a night in a traditional Berber homestay. Discover the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time

  • Join the nightly carnival of fortune-tellers, snake-charmers, dancers and medicine men in Jemaa el-Fna square

Is this trip right for you?

  • As Morocco has a tipping culture, travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your leader will suggest methods and amounts to tip during the trip, but it is left to the group to decide the details.

  • The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the heat, so please consider what time of year you travel carefully. If you do travel in the warmer months then pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water. The desert can also get cold at night, so remember to bring base layers and warm clothing.

Itinerary

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Today is arrival day. Explore the wonders of Marrakech with the family before a group meeting and welcome dinner in the evening. You will be able to check in to your hotel early this afternoon.

Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Explore the Medina and the city's seemingly endless mosaic of souqs. Each is devoted to a separate trade: pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets and spices. Perhaps visit the well-known Koutoubia Mosque and its 12th-century minaret, which was the famous prototype for the Giralda tower in Seville. Take a wander through the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (now owned by Yves Saint Laurent). You might like to check out the Palais Bahia, a superb example of Muslim architecture, or the ruins of the Palais Badi, reputedly one of the most beautiful palaces in the world in its time. The Saadian tombs are a recently uncovered gem of the Medina.
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After breakfast head out on a two and a half hour bike ride across the mystical city of Marrakech. Travel through the King's Palace, the Medina and then stop at Djeema-El-Fna for a rest and a drink of arguably the best freshly squeezed orange juice anywhere in the world. The bike tour is a great way to see the delights and historical landmarks of the city.
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - City bike tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by public bus to the Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira, a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes, we visit the intriguing Jewish quarter. Head to the fish market for a seafood lunch. Saddle up in the afternoon and enjoy a two hour ride along the beach before returning to Marrakech.

Included Activities
  • Essaouira - Horse riding
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Take a scenic drive up to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, which form part of the Berber territories of the Ourika Valley. The mountains are the colors of the Berbers, with red and orange earth tones that also adorn the local adobe buildings, giving the impression that the entire city rises up from the Earth. Prepare for a thrilling downhill mountain bike ride. Depending on the groups experience there will be a choice between faster downhill roads or easier beginners trails. Rest up with a classic Moroccan lunch of salads, tangines and freshly baked bread. In the evening, enjoy the hospitality of a local Berber family with an overnight stay in Aroumd.
Included Activities
  • Aroumd - Mountain bike ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Pack some good walking shoes because today involves trekking anywhere up to 2684 metres above sea level. There will be three trail options available, each revealing sweeping views of the Imlil and Atlas Mountains. The group will decide on a trail to hike together. In the afternoon the group descends into the valley behind the Imlil Mountains and returns to Marrakech for a well-earned rest.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After a few big days it's nice to take it slow and relax. Today is free to enjoy a range of optional activities, such as indulging in a massage and spa at a traditional Moroccan hamman or a wander through the Medina. If you still have energy left, perhaps head out of town on a quad bike tour.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Sadly all good things come to an end. This Moroccan adventure finishes after breakfast today. We suggest taking the time to savour the fascinating sights of Marrakech before you leave.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private bus, bicycle, public bus

Accommodation

5 nights hotel, 1 night Gite

Included activities

  • Marrakech - City bike tour
  • Essaouira - Horse riding
  • Aroumd - Mountain bike ride

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Important notes

A DISCOUNT OF 10% APPLIES ON THIS TRIP TO CHILDREN UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF TRAVEL.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 7 years old.
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

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