Atlas Mule Train by Gold family

Atlas Mule Train

8 or 10 days

One of our most popular trips, this is an excellent family adventure holiday - especially for younger families. Discover Morocco, take in the bustling markets of Marrakech, the Atlas mountains and Essaouira coast. Scroll down to find out more about this great family activity holiday in Morocco.


8 or 10 days

Atlas Mule Train

"My 5 year old turned to me and said, 'Mummy, I'm having a fabulous holiday.' I had been trekking in Morocco years ago and being able to walk in those jagged mountains again while my little girl was having a brilliant time on the mule was perfect."
The Bruce family, May 2016

A Moroccan adventure designed with young explorers in mind.

Explore Marrakech's maze of markets, admire handmade crafts and inhale the aroma of spices, before transferring to the tranquil Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains on this family adventure holiday in Morocco.

Easy walks with relaxed picnic lunches provide a great way to explore the mountains on this trip. Your children will ride mules as you walk, giving you the opportunity to take in the clear mountain air and enjoy the views. Finally, you'll have a few days in Essaouira to explore the historic port. Take a stroll around the ramparts, see the old cannons facing out to sea, wander through alleyways packed with traditional crafts, or simply relax on the beach.

  • Ride a mule in the mountains
  • Meet the friendly Berber community
  • Enjoy local delicacies such as tagine
  • Relax and enjoy the beach
  • Ride a horse-drawn carriage
  • Haggle for souvenirs in the bazaar

Here's a taster of your itinerary. For more details please see the itinerary tab or trip notes.

We also run a shorter half term itinerary. Please see details of this on the itinerary tab.

Day 1 - Fly to Marrakech. Free time.

Day 2 - Explore the bazaars & souks.

Day 3 - Head to the mountains, where you will walk and your children will ride to Aremd.

Day 4 - Walk to Tacheddirt with mules.

Day 5 - Easy walks around Tacheddirt.

Day 6 - Walk to Aremd with mules.

Day 7 - Transfer to Essaouira. Free time.

Day 8 - Free time to explore & relax.

Day 9 - Free morning. Travel to Marrakech.

Day 10 - Return flight home.

Day 1. Fly to Marrakech
Arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport and meet at the group hotel. Relax or explore the surrounding area of Old Marrakech.
Day 2. Marrakech, explore bazaars
Take a tour by horse-drawn carriage and explore this vibrant old city - see palaces, souks and the beautifully preserved Ben Youssef Koranic school. The afternoon is at your leisure - carry on shopping and souvenir hunting, experience a traditional hammam, visit the Saadien Tombs or head back to the hotel to relax.
Day 3. Atlas Mountains, ride/walk to Aremd
Head into the tranquil villages of the Atlas Mountains, stopping for lunch at Imlil before joining mules and walking (or riding) to your base in the village of Aremd, set below Mount Toubkal. In the afternoon there will be time to explore the village and see how the locals live.
Day 4. Walk to Tacheddirt with mule support
Descend back towards Imlil and pass below the village of Tagadirt, joining a track which takes you into the Imenane Valley. After arriving at the col of Tizi-n-Tamtert enjoy magnificent views of the upper Imanane valley and the mountains of Oukaimeden, Angour and Iguenouane. The final destination is the village of Tacheddirt, the highest in the valley, with spectacular views of the surrounding hills.
Day 5. Tacheddirt, easy walks with mule support
Explore the authentic Berber village of Tacheddirt, with its terraced irrigated fields, chickens and goats running around, and see how the locals live. It may also be possible to visit a local school.
Day 6. Walk to Aremd with mule support
Follow the winding Imenane Valley along mule tracks, passing small traditional villages. Take lunch by a welcome spring, where you can paddle, and arrive at Aremd in the afternoon with some free time to explore.
Day 7. Walk then drive to Essaouira
Walk to the end of the road near Imsker where you'll be driven towards the coast to Essaouira, a former pirates' lair which is now an active fishing port and attractive resort. After arriving at your hotel/riad you'll have time to relax or explore the town.
Day 8. Essaouira bazaar shopping or beach
Enjoy a free day - Essaouira has wide sandy beaches where you can hire camels, go for long walks or even try kite-surfing. Explore the town with its great fish restaurants and bazaars or eat at a stall on the quayside.
Day 9. In Essaouira, return to Marrakech
Enjoy the morning on the beach before transferring to your hotel in Marrakech, allowing time for final souvenir shopping and a look at the activities in the Djemaa El Fna.
Day 10. Fly to UK
Depart your hotel for the airport and fly back to the UK.
Half term itinerary
Day 1. Fly to Marrakech. Day 2. Marrakech city tour. Days 3-6. Walks in the Atlas Mountains. Day 7. Drive to Marrakech Day 8. Fly to UK.
Extend your stay
Extend your stay for 3 nights in Marrakech in a luxury riad. Spend time roaming the markets, tasting street food and experiencing the unique culture.
  • Where will we stay?: 5 nights in hotels, 4 nights in mountain guesthouses
  • What meals are included?: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • How do we travel?: Minibus, horse & carriage, on foot and mule
  • Flights: With BA, Royal Air Maroc or Easyjet
  • Trip Code: FMAM
  • Age guide: 2 - 10

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