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This family adventure holiday is designed to give a taste of the variety and colour of Morocco. Travelling from vibrant Marrakech, across the spectacular Atlas mountains, to the old red-walled city of Taroudant and the delightful fishing port of Essaouira, you’ll experience the very best of this beautiful and friendly country.

  • Visit the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
  • 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

Travelling by minibus, you'll head across the Atlas Mountains, stopping to visit the spectacular Ait Benhaddou 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, before exploring the lively and colourful souks of Marrakech, watching the Djemaa el-Fna come to life with acrobats and jugglers.

Accommodation is in local-style, comfortable hotels or riads; a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden.

Typical Itinerary

  1. 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.

  2. Day 2: Marrakech tour, drive to Ait Benhaddou

    Enjoy a tour of Marrakech, visiting Palais Bahia, a magnificent 19th century palace, and the city's renowned 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 several films including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and The Mummy.

  3. Day 3: Drive along edge of Anti Atlas Mountains

    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, where you can learn how people live in this very traditional area.

  4. Day 4: Easy mountain walks 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Day 8: Fly back to the UK

    Depart your hotel for Marrakech Airport and fly back to the UK.

You should note: You can extend your stay for 3 nights in Marrakech in a riad. Spend time roaming the markets, tasting street food and experiencing the unique culture. Airport transfers included. From £175 per person.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £599 per adult, £529 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £1,124 per adult, £1,039 per child

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Ideal for ages: 5+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

Departure Guide

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What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Accommodation

    5 nights hotels, 2 nights riads The hotels used throughout this trip are a combination of 3* standard hotels and a traditional riad in the mountains with a pool. Rooms are generally booked on twin share basis, however there are exceptions where the whole family may share together. .
  • Meals

    7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Activities

    • Hiking

Flights

You can typically expect to pay from £525 for an adult, and from £510 for a child aged 11 and under.

Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.

For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.

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Departures

Choose your preferred departure date from the 8 options below, then make a no obligation booking request, or enquire if you would like to ask us a question.

Our small group holidays require a minimum of just four participants to operate. Most of our holidays are also available on a private basis or can be tailored to meet your requirements.

Itinerary dates Prices per person from (exc. flights)
Year Starts Ends Adult price, excluding flights, from Child price, excluding flights, from Holiday Status Options
* Available: this holiday is available to book. ** Guaranteed: this holiday is available to book and has reached a minimum of four participants, so is guaranteed to run.
2018 21 Jul 28 Jul £599 £529 Available* Book or Enquire
2018 4 Aug 11 Aug £599 £529 Available* Book or Enquire
2018 20 Oct 27 Oct £599 £529 Guaranteed** Book or Enquire
2018 22 Dec 29 Dec £599 £529 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 16 Feb 23 Feb £599 £529 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 13 Apr 20 Apr £599 £529 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 10 Aug 17 Aug £599 £529 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 26 Oct 2 Nov £599 £529 Available* Book or Enquire