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Kasbahs & Coast

8 Days

This family adventure holiday will take you from vibrant Marrakech, across to the spectacular Atlas mountains - to the old red-walled city of Taroudant and then on to Essaouira.


8 Days

Kasbahs and Coast

"Spending time with an actual family and cooking tagine with them was pretty awesome!"
The Shenoy family, December 2015

This trip is specifically designed to give a taste of the variety and colour of Morocco. Travelling by minibus, you'll head across the Atlas Mountains, stopping to visit the spectacular Ait-Ben-Haddou kasbah made famous in the film Gladiator. Learn about the life of the friendly and hospitable Berber people as you stay in their simple mountain villages. Relax at the fishing port of Essaouira and ride camels along the beach. Finally, explore the lively and colourful souks of Marrakech, watching the Djemaa el-Fna come to life with acrobats, jugglers and snake charmers.

  • Visit Ait-Ben-Haddou
  • Haggle in the souks of Marrakech
  • Easy walks around mountain villages
  • Meet the friendly Berber community
  • Learn to cook a tagine stew
  • Play and surf at the beach

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

Day 1 - Fly to Marrakech. Free time.

Day 2 - Marrakech tour & Ait-Ben-Haddou.

Day 3 - To Souss Valley via the Anti Atlas.

Day 4 - Walks in mountains to villages.

Day 5 - Markets in Taroudant. To Essaouira.

Day 6 - Visit old port. Optional camel ride.

Day 7 - To Marrakech. Free time to explore.

Day 8 - Return flight home.

Day 1. Fly to Marrakech
Arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport and meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Relax or explore the surrounding area of Old Marrakech.
Day 2. Marrakech tour, drive to Ait Benhaddou.
Enjoy a tour of Marrakech, visiting Palais Bahia, a magnificent nineteenth century palace, and Marrakech's remowned souks and markets. Then drive to Ait Benhaddou, stopping for a picnic lunch en route. Ait Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the set of films including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and The Mummy.
Day 3. Drive along edge of Anti Atlas
Explore Ait Benhaddou before driving to Tazenakht and the high plateau of Taliouine at the foot of the Djebel Siroua Mountains. Reach the Souss Valley amidst a landscape of argan trees and stay in Riad Arganier d'Or, a traditional riad on a real working farm to understand how people live in this very traditional area.
Day 4. Easy walks in mountains to villages
Enjoy a guided day walk around the surrounding area, passing through several small villages and fields in the shade of the walnut and argan trees. Visit a local villager's house and learn how to cook a traditional Moroccan tagine. Spend time relaxing and enjoying the peace of the mountains, with views of Jebel Awlim and Tinerqwet, before continuing back to Ifergane.
Day 5. Drive via Taroudant to Essaouira.
Drive to Taroudant and stop to visit this impressive Berber market town. Continue along the coastal road to Essaouira, a former pirates' lair which is now an active fishing port and attractive resort. After arriving you'll have time to relax or explore the town.
Day 6. Visit old port. Optional camel ride.
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 7. To Marrakech, explore Djemaa el Fna
Enjoy the morning at your leisure 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 8. Fly to UK
Depart your hotel for the airport and fly back to the UK.
Extend your trip
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. Airport transfers included. From £175pp.
Is it right for your family?
Accommodation is in local-style but comfortable hotels or riads (a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden).
  • Where will we stay?: 5 nights in hotels, 2 nights in riads
  • What meals are included?: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • How do we travel?: Minibus, on foot and caleche
  • Flights: With British Airways, Royal Air Maroc or Easyjet
  • Trip Code: FMKC
  • Age guide: 5 - 18

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