Take the whole family on an action-packed tour of Morocco

Imagine a country with the charisma of Europe, the passion of Africa and the charm of the Middle East. A place where ancient cultures are intertwined with dramatic landscapes and time-worn medinas give a glimpse into imperial cities of the past. Now, the whole family can fall under Morocco’s spell on an action-packed adventure from magical Marrakech to the old pirate port of Essaouira, covering everything from camel-clad deserts to pristine beaches along the way. So whether it’s in spice-infused back alleys, among crumbling Roman ruins or below the snow-capped Atlas Mountains – the allure of Morocco will prove impossible to ignore.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destination
Morocco
Style
Original
Theme
Family
Code
XMFE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 2, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Morocco is a real feast for the senses. Sip sweet mint tea in rural villages, see goats climbing trees in the desert, and tap your foot to traditional Berber musicians in Marrakech

  • Adventure into the Atlas Mountains and visit the Taroudant Tannery for an insight into traditional Moroccan leather production

  • With French, Portugese and Jewish influences, Essaouira is about as exotic as it gets. Feast on fresh-caught seafood, explore unique art galleries and be dazzled by a blue-specked townscape

  • Witness the magnificent rolling waves of the Atlantic ocean from the back of a camel

  • From Sidi Kaouki to Agadir, the Northern Atlantic coast offers many chances for quality beachside time with the family

Is this trip right for you?

  • A camel trek along the Atlantic Ocean (Day 5) is a highlight of the trip for many travellers. But if you'd rather not ride a camel, you can always walk alongside the camels instead. It's a gentle, relaxing walk of about an hour each way.

  • Summer temperatures in Morocco can get very hot. If you're travelling in the warmer months, be sure to wear layers, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. Nights can get quite cold, so warm clothes are essential.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Marrakech is a feast for the senses, a world of spice markets, Berber music, carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until your group meeting at 6pm. If you have an arrival transfer booked, please look for a representative with an Intrepid Travel sign when you arrive at the airport.

Your hotel is located just outside the city walls around the old Medina. It is about a 30-minute walk to the main square, Djemaa el Fna (or a short calesh/taxi ride). It's also near a lot of local shops and restaurants. Settle in and relax.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Gomassine or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You begin your adventure driving to the village of Imlil (approx 1hour drive), the largest village in the Mizane Valley. Steep-tiered fields of produce , both common and uncommon to us and various kinds of fruit line the valley sides, their terraces edged with purple iris. From Imlil we walk to the small village of Aroumd. The walk is 1 hour until we reach the village where we stay the night.

Once settled we enjoy an easy walk around the village before settling in for dinner in the evening. The walk tour around the village takes 1.5hours at a leisurely pace.
Accommodation
  • Dar Tajine or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning we will have a bread cooking demonstration for breakfast and perhaps an early morning walk around the village of Imlil. We will then transfer to Zaouite Ifergan passing through some Berber villages and a stop in one of the oldest mosque in the high altas where we learn about the Saadian dynasty in which era this monument was built.

We continue our drive across the high Altas mountains via the Tizi n Tast which will give you a great view of the largest plain of Sous.

We arrive at our accommodation for the evening in the late afternoon in time for a swim in the pool and relax.
Accommodation
  • Riad Arganier D'or or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Armed - Bread cooking demonstration
Optional Activities
  • Donkey ride - MAD100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a day of free time. You might like to take a walk with your family through the oasis and explore the local villages. The oasis is full of palm trees and streams of water, giving it an exotic atmosphere. Perhaps have a go at riding a donkey around the fields.
Accommodation
  • Riad Arganier D'or or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast  it's time for a short trip to Taroudant city (approximately 30 minutes). This pretty, conservative town (often called 'Little Marrakech') has a tannery which you will visit and spend some time at. Moroccan leather goods are very popular, and here you can learn how the animal skins are cured to produce the leather. It's an interesting snapshot of old-fashioned local craft, and a chance to souvenir a slice of hand-made Morocco.

Then we travel up the coast to Sidi Kaouki (approximately 4 hours). Mount a camel and ride across the expansive sand dunes, taking in the awesome scenery as you plod along. This may well be one of the highlights of your trip. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach, then board the bus again and head to Essaouira (approximately 30 minutes).

This delightful artists' town is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. The town faces a group of rocky islands called the Mogador and is surrounded by an expanse of sandy beaches and dunes. It's still a busy fishing port, and its pretty harbour is filled with tiny colourful fishing boats which go out early every morning.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Souiri or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Camel Ride
  • Taroudant Tannery
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is free for you to explore Essaouira as you please. Everything in the small centre is within walking distance, and the beach is nice and clean, great for strolling along. Why not wander the harbour and its adjacent fish markets where you can witness the daily auction. A fresh-cooked plate of the day's catch is highly recommended. Perhaps browse some of the many shops and art galleries where unique local pieces are on display. The town is becoming renowned for its burled Thuya wood, delicately formed and inlaid in tiny shops. The scent from the oils used to polish the richly coloured wood permeates the air and makes walking through the streets incredibly pleasant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Souiri or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leaving Essaouira behind, journey inland to Marrakech (approxmately 3 hours). Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of the city centre, taking in the main sights on your way to the sprawling Djemaa el-Fna main square and souq. As is usual in a souq, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, potters and weavers. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you are almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display – perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers or some spices. The market almost has the atmosphere of a medieval fair. 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Gomassine or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to depart the accommodation at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD509
  • Urban Adventures - Tajine cooking class - MAD546
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Minivan

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Gite (1 night), Riad (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Armed - Bread cooking demonstration
  • Camel Ride
  • Taroudant Tannery
  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour

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Important notes

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.

A single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Day 2 (Aroumd)

Ramadan
Ramadan is an exciting time to travel through Morocco but there are also a few things to bear in mind.
Meal times will be a lot later than you may be used to, in particular dinner. You will find restaurants will open at 7-7:30pm in the evening for dinner. Which will mean your family may not be eating dinner until 8-8:30pm. Likewise breakfast may not start until 7am.
As you travel through the countryside there will be limited small road side cafes to stop at. Your leader will pre-plan where to stop to ensure families have access to snacks and bathroom stops along the way.
Alcohol - Morocco is a Muslim country therefore alcohol is not readily available, particularly during Ramadan.

Wifi
While wifi is available in our hotels it is important to note that wifi works best in the hotel foyer and will be very slow in the rooms. An easier option may be to purchase a sim card in country to stay connected.

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Reviews

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Morocco Family Holiday, July 2018

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