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.
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.
Depart the UK and arrive in Marrakech later the same day. Enjoy a tour of the city on a calesh ride.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depart your hotel for Marrakech Airport and fly back to the UK.
- Prices from (exc. international flights): £799 per adult, £749 per child
- Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £1,159 per adult, £1,095 per child
Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods.
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
- Duration: 9 days
- Ideal for ages: 11+
- Itinerary type: Small group
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|2019||13 Apr||21 Apr||£799||£749||Guaranteed**||Book or Enquire|
|2019||25 May||2 Jun||£849||£799||Available*||Book or Enquire|
|2019||10 Aug||18 Aug||£849||£799||Available*||Book or Enquire|
|2019||26 Oct||3 Nov||£799||£749||Available*||Book or Enquire|
|2020||4 Apr||12 Apr||£899||£749||Available*||Book or Enquire|