Explore Morocco’s fabulous Atlas Mountains by bike, camel and on foot, meeting local Berber people along the way. A great trip for teenagers that will challenge, educate and delight in equal measure.
Mountain biking in the Atlas Mountains
Walk in the foothills of Mount Toubkal
Meet a Berber family
Explore Ait Benhaddou (seasonal)
Spend time on the beach (seasonal)
This active family holiday operates from spring to autumn. During the autumn and Easter holidays, you will spend a few days in the desert, camel trekking and sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin tent. In the summer months the desert visit is replaced with a stay in the coastal port of Essaouira. Please enquire for further details.
Both tours start and end in Marrakech, allowing plenty of time to explore the souks, and include trekking and cycling through the Atlas Mountains where families can pass by delightful Berber villages and even stop for a cup of mint tea.
Day1: Fly to Marrakech; city tour
Depart the UK and arrive in Marrakech later the same day. Enjoy a tour of the city on a calesh ride.
Day2: Biking in the Atlas Mountains
Head out of Marrakech for the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, then mountain bike from the village of Azizmiz, following backroads past olive groves and typical Berber villages. Ascend steadily and stop for a picnic lunch with great views of the mountains and the Lala Takerkoust Lake below. Continue by bike through juniper forest to the village of Ouirgane, where your hotel is located. Relax or explore your surroundings.
Day3: Hiking in the Atlas; meet Berber family
Hike a circular walk around Ouirgane, the olive groves and surrounding villages. Join a Berber family for a traditional lunch and learn about their way of life in the mountains and, if time allows, visit the Almohad Tinmal Mosque.
Day4: Hiking in the foothills of Mount Toubkal
Transfer to the village of Imlil for the start of your trekking route to Toubkal. Walk along the main trail to the village of Aremd and the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, where you have magnificent views of the surrounding rocky peaks. Then descend back to Imlil, stopping off in Aremd to take a glass of mint tea in a Berber home.
Day5: Visit Ait Benhaddou; transfer to Draa Valley
Set off to Zagora, stopping at the impressive kasbah of Ait Benhaddou - where scenes for films such as Star Wars and The Mummy were filmed - before continuing through the Draa Valley to Zagora, gateway to the desert.
Day6: Camel trekking in the desert
Walk through the palmeraie to the village of Amezrou to see a Jewish quarter and learn about some of the traditional silverwork. Then drive south to Tamgroute and visit a 15th century library and pottery cooperative. Continue your journey by camel to your desert camp where families can enjoy a traditional Berber night under the stars with the friendly Berber people.
Day7: Camel trekking to Ouled Driss oasis
For a truly memorable experience, climb to the top of one of the larger sand dunes and see the sunrise. After breakfast make your way with the camels along the dunes before reaching the oasis of Ouled Driss. Then take a short vehicle transfer back to the delightful tented auberge of ‘Chez le Pacha’, situated in the palmerie not far from the Draa River.
Day8: Cross the Draa Valley to Marrakech
Leave the desert region and head out across the Draa Valley and back to Marrakech, crossing over the High Atlas Mountains. On arrival in Marrakech you can spend time in the city’s renowned souks and markets and visit the great open square of the Djemaa el Fna.
Day9: Fly back to the UK
Depart your hotel for Marrakech Airport and fly back to the UK.
Prices from (exc. international flights):£799per adult,£749per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£1,359per adult,£1,299per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
In Marrakech and Essaouira we use 3* hotels where accommodation is on a twin share basis, and children will be expected to share with their parents. During the camel trek, you will sleep in 2-person tents, but many families choose to sleep out under the stars. While camping, the facilities are basic; you’ll sleep in two person tents with foam mattresses and as it can get a little bit chilly at night. The camp staff will erect a toilet tent. One night is spent at 'Chez le Pacha', an auberge where the bedrooms are private 'bedouin style' tents. There is a separate toilet and shower unit equipped with modern western style fittings.
8 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 2 dinners
You can typically expect to pay from
£560 for an adult,
and from £550 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.