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Morocco Family Adventure: Marrakech, Trek & Surf

The ultimate family activity holiday, combining mountains and surf and all just 4 hours away from the UK. Trek in the High Atlas Mountains, soak up some culture in Marrakech and then hit the surf on this unique week long adventure.

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Itinerary

Overview

Morocco is a superb family holiday destination. Just 3.5 hours by plane from the UK and serviced by budget airlines, the country boasts stunning mountain ranges, imperial cities with bustling souks and a coastline that is just perfect for water sports lovers. The Atlas mountains, home to North Africa's highest summit, are home to winding trails, sleepy Berber villages and breath-taking views. Trekking in these unspoilt parts is rewarding and peaceful and whilst it is challenging, there is no reason why children can't enjoy walking in these parts as much as adults. Meanwhile, on the coast, between the towns of Agadir and Essaouira, there are miles upon miles of beautiful coastline and bays, interspersed with small fishing villages, such as Immessouane. Here, the bays seem to have been designed with surfing in mind, offering both gentle waves and more challenging swell, depending on the tide and wind direction. As for Marrakech, this imperial city remains a jewel in Morocco's crown. Winding souks, crumbling palaces, peaceful gardens and the buzzing central square make it an intriguing place to explore. The different smells, sounds and sights will capture your imagination, whatever your age.

This Morocco family holiday has been designed with active parents and children in mind. The first two days are spent trekking in the High Atlas Mountains in the stunning Imlil and Imnane Valleys. With an extra mule in case the children get tired, the hiking is hard work, but affords some amazing views. After over-nighting in a rural village and a further days trekking, you will return to Marrakech the following evening. The main square in the Medina, the Djemma El Fna, is the perfect first evening for the whole family, with snake charmers, acrobats and musicians to amuse you all and get you in the holiday spirit. After a day of leisure in Marrakech, spent visiting the souks and local sights, you will transfer to the coast and the pretty coastal resort of Sidi Kaouki for 3 days of surfing. During your stay, you will have daily lessons and also plenty of time to practice your technique and to enjoy the laid-back surfing culture.

Please note: Sleeping bags are required for this trek.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL & TRANSFER TO ATLAS MOUNTAINS
You will be picked up from Marrakech airport and transferred to the small town of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains. Your first night is spent in a friendly family run guest house where you will enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner on the roof terrace (weather permitting)
Meals Included: Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Adrar
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer

DAY 2: TREK DAY 1
Imlil – Tizi h’Mzik (2,489m)- Tizi Oussem After breakfast, you will meet your guide and muleteer. Once you have loaded up your bags, the mule and cook set off together, taking a head-start to pick a perfect picnic spot and start cooking your lunch. You will also start on your trek, heading in a westerly direction towards the Tizi h’Mzik mountain pass (2,489m). After a steady climb you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Imlil valley (behind you) and the Azzadene Valley (to the front). From the pass you will traverse towards the head of the Azzadene Valley and the lovely D’Irhoulidene waterfalls which flow year round. You’ll then head down to the Berber village of Tizi Oussem, where you will spend the night in a rustic Gite. On your descent keep an eye out for the mountain goats who daringly climb up the Juniper trees to reach the berries! Approx. 5-6 hours walking (649m ascent & 749m descent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Village gite / camping
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 3: TREK DAY 2 & TRANSFER TO MARRAKECH
Tizi Oussem – Tizi Oudite (2,219m) – Imlil - Marrakech After an early breakfast you’ll trek up to the Tizi Oudite mountain pass at (2,219m). On the ascent you can take in views of the valley and the red clay Berber villages clinging to the mountain sides. As you reach the top of the pass you will find yourself in Mediterranean-esque scenery; surrounded by Juniper trees, low shrubs and wild rosemary and thyme. You’ll start on your descent back into the Imlil valley, passing through the villages of Matate and Agersioual where you will stop for a picnic lunch by the riverside. Afterwards you’ll start on the last leg of your journey back up to Imlil. When you arrive in Imlil, you will be met by a driver and transferred to Marrakech. Approx. 4-5 hours walking (379m ascent & 479m descent)
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Bel Haj / Dar Thania / Dar Vedra / Riad Boussa / Riad W
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer

DAY 4: DAY AT LEISURE IN MARRAKECH
Today is a day of leisure and we suggest you set off and explore Marrakech's medina. You can spend all afternoon exploring the souks and taking in the atmosphere or you could relax on the roof terrace on one of the sun loungers. In the evening, be sure to head down to the main square where food stalls, acrobats, snake charmers and story tellers congregate creating an unforgettable atmosphere which is compelling for adults and children alike.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bel Haj / Dar Thania / Dar Vedra / Riad Boussa / Riad W
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO SURF CAMP
You will be picked up after breakfast and transferred to Sidi Kaouki, a small village south of Essaouira. The afternoon is yours at leisure, to go rock-pooling on the beach, or relax around the pool. The drive takes around 3 hours, with a comfort break along the way.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Windy Kaouki
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer

DAY 6: SURFING
This morning you will have your first surf lesson. After a safety briefing and warm up, your teacher will assess your skills and will plan your week's sessions accordingly. After a break for lunch, you will have a further surfing session in the afternoon.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Windy Kaouki
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 7: SURFING
Full day of surfing
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Windy Kaouki
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: n/a
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Dar Adrar

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Homely Berber guesthouse
- Fantastic views from terrace
- Great food
- Comfortable and clean

Our rating

4/10

Price guide

Price rating 1

- Traditional villages
- Private rooms
- Very basic
- Shared bathroom
- Camping in summer

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Medina Location
- Small swimming pool
- Lovely roof terrace
- Fantastic family suite

Windy Kaouki

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Comfortable apartments
- Nice sheltered pool
- Walk to beach
- Good value

Rebali Riads

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Boutique Villas
- Swimming pool & tennis
- Walk to beach
- Great for families

Le Kaouki

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Very atmospheric
- Budget beach option
- Candle-lit / no electricity
- Shared bathrooms

Details

Getting there

Flying from the UK... Marrakech has an international airport (RAK) which is serviced by several airlines flying direct from the UK. The flight time is around 3.5hours. On average it takes around an hour to clear airport security and then around 15 – 20 minutes to drive to the Medina or 1 – 1.5 hours to reach the Atlas Mountains.

From the South East:
Gatwick: Easy Jet, British Airways, Royal Air Maroc &Thomson
Luton: Ryanair
Stansted: Ryanair & Easy Jet

From the South West:
Bristol: Easy Jet

From the Midlands:
Birmingham: Thomson

From the North:
Manchester: Easy Jet and Thomson

From Ireland:
Dublin: Ryanair

Price includes

All transfers are included.

Whilst trekking: tour guide, cook, all meals, mules to carry your bags, spare mule for the children and accommodation in a Berber village or camping.

Whilst surfing: 4 Surfing lessons, surfing equipment provided, accommodation, accommodation in rooms with shared bathrooms, breakfast, lunch and dinner

In Marrakech: Accommodation with breakfast

Is it for me?

This family activity holiday is a balance between trekking, surfing and a smattering of culture. It is not a children's holiday, rather it has been designed for parents and children who want to have an active holiday to suit a mixture of tastes and interests.

For the trekking, you all need to be relatively fit. You will walk for about 4-5 hours a day, but as well as being accompanied by a guide and a mule to carry your bags, an additional mule will be provided in case one of the children needs to rest their weary legs. There are two options available for the trek - please choose the one that is most appropriate for your family's fitness and stamina.

Tourdust trek grading: Moderate

As far as the surfing is concerned, this is available for surfers of all levels, from beginner to the advanced. The lessons will be in groups, according to ability. It is a relaxed atmosphere, so whether you or your child is a beginner or a pro, there should be plenty of opportunity to enjoy yourselves together. There is no minimum age for the surfing, as long as your child can swim they are welcome to give it a go.

In Marrakech, we recommend splashing out a little on a nice well located riad, as a calm space where you and your children can relax is an invaluable retreat from the buzz and heat of Marrakech. We can of course also recommend cheaper options if you are on a tight budget.

The time in Marrakech is self-guided and the trekking will be just you. However, for the surfing lessons, you may well be with other people.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 595 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • Service rating : Emails and telephone calls returned very promptly. Holiday options very varied and then additional options could be added very easily.
    Product : Our expectations were more than achieved. We could not have put our holiday to Morrocco together by ourself. Tourdust is a gem of a find and we will definitely book with them again. A huge thank you to Lisa who was fantastic throughout!

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Morocco Family Adventure: Marrakech, Trek & Surf on 12 August 2015

  • Service rating : Accommodation, transfers and trekking & surfing were expertly organised
    Product : Mountain trekking and ocean surfing were outstanding and beat our best expectations. The temperate weather in early June suited us perfectly. Our certified Berbere mountain guide was a qualified physicist and like all the Berberes we met, reserved, considerate and incredibly hospitable.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Morocco Family Adventure: Marrakech, Trek & Surf on 25 June 2015

  • Helpful staff that listened to what we wanted and were able to deliver with the budget we set

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Morocco Family Adventure: Marrakech, Trek & Surf on 30 November 2014

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