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Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks

An adventurous holiday for active families, perfect for half term. Trek in the Atlas mountains, discover ancient kasbahs, camel trek to Troglodyte caves and soak up the atmosphere in Marrakech. Suitable for children aged 8+.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • 2 Day mule-supported trek in the Atlas Mountains
  • Visit the Unesco World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Camel trek to Troglodyte caves
  • 2 nights in a traditional riad in Marrakech
This holiday has been designed for families with a sense of adventure, wanting to do something very different on their holiday. It is for active types and has a mixture of trekking, culture, sight seeing and camel trekking. Accommodation is a mixture of boutique riads, comfortable guest houses and basic village gites. Please note that this itinerary is fully customisable. Your holiday begins with a two day trek in the Atlas Mountains, passing through beautiful valleys and following winding mule tracks to Berber villages. Your baggage will be carried by mules and there will be an additional mule in case one of the children needs a break. The trek is fully catered and you will enjoy generous picnics with stunning views. After the peaks and valleys of the Atlas Mountains, you will then head out over the impressive Tizi n Tichka mountain pass to the rocky desert to the east of Marrakech. Passing through villages that seem to have stopped in time, you will stop en-route to visit the crumbling Glaoui Kasbah Telouet, complete with intricate carvings and mosaics. Your base for the next two nights is a beautiful guest house with a pool, set in a lovely valley. From here, you will be able to explore world famous Ait Ben Haddou- a fortified kasbah made from traditional adobe materials. You will also have the chance to go camel trekking to some pre-historic caves.

Your holiday ends with two nights in a boutique riad in the imperial city of Marrakech. Your time here will almost certainly be spent navigating the souks, visiting some of the cultural highlights and taking in the atmosphere over an ice cream in the main square, which comes alive at night with entertainers, musicians, snake charmers and story tellers.

Please note: Sleeping bags are required for this trek.

Day-by-day

Itinerary in Brief


DAY 1: Arrive & transfer to the Atlas Mountains
DAY 2: Trek
DAY 3: Trek
DAY 4: Atlas Mountains - Kasbah Telouet - Ait Ben Haddou
DAY 5: Ait Ben Haddou
DAY 6: Transfer to Marrakech
DAY 7: Marrakech
DAY 8: Depart

Extended Itinerary


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 (1 1/2 hour)

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: Gite
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 3: TREK DAY 2
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. Approx. 4-5 hours walking (379m ascent & 479m descent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Dar Adrar
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO AIT BEN HADDOU VIA KASBAH TELOUET
After breakfast you will meet with your driver and then begin your journey to the desert plains.Leaving the pink city behind, you will head out over the spectacular Tizi n' Tichka mountain pass snaking its way over the High Atlas mountains. Watching the terrain changing shape in the space of a few hours is incredible. Donkeys carrying huge loads, women working in the fields and shops with large meat carcasses being hung out to dry - not to mention the cacti, almond trees and deep mountain valleys.
You will stop for lunch in the small town of Telouet, before visiting the town's main attraction; the Kasbah. Built in the 1800's by the Glaoui family, the Kasbah enjoyed a prosperous strategic position on the trans-Saharan trading route and close proximity to the area's salt mining industry. After Morocco's independence in 1953, the Glaoui family was evicted and the Kasbah was left to ruin. Visitors catch their first glimpse of the Kasbah as they drive into Telouet; an imposing building standing proud on top of a small hill. On closer inspection, the walls are crumbling and close to collapsing. The entrance to the building is no less dilapidated, with incomplete walls and rubble. As you walk through the corridor, it is unclear what makes the building so remarkable, with its bare, neglected walls. It is only when you reach the heart of the building that you can understand the significance and fallen wealth of the Kasbah. Stunning mosaics and intricate wood carvings adorn the walls, reminiscent of the Bahia Palace in Marrakech. The attention to detail is most incredible and the work and money spent on building it is unfathomable. After being astounded by the mosaics on the first floor, more treats await you, with far-reaching views of the valley and mountains beyond from the roof terrace.
After your visit, you will continue on to your accommodation close to Ait Ben Haddou.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Kasbah Ellouze
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer (5-6 hours)

DAY 5: CAMEL TREK & AIT BEN HADDOU
After a delicious breakfast on the roof terrace, you will mount your camels and trek to Kasbah de Tazleft, a fascinating granary. You will then continue to visit troglodyte cave dwellings inhabited by semi-nomadic people in pre-historic times. The impressive cave system has around 60 cells. Later that afternoon there is time to sit back, relax and enjoy the pool. In the afternoon visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. The ruins are best enjoyed in the afternoon, when the light is good and the day trippers have left. Ait Ben Haddou itself is essentially a small, fortified town. Designated by Unesco as a World Heritage site, it has been well preserved and restored, thanks to the film industry who have used it as the set for several Hollywood films, including Gladiator. You can climb on the crumbling buildings and see up close how they have been constructed out of mud and straw and get a real insight into local architecture. Then, you can climb to the top, for far-reaching views of the wild desert and mountains. There is a small tea house along the way where you can stop for a refreshing mint tea.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Kasbah Ellouze
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 6: TRANSFER TO MARRAKECH
Early risers have the opportunity this morning to visit a local family and help to bake bread. (The cost of this is not included as payment is by means of a local donation, must be arranged with Kasbah Ellouze). After enjoying your own breakfast, it is time to leave the desert and head back over the mountains to Marrakech.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Riad Tzarra
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer (4 -5 hours)

DAY 7: MARRAKECH
Today is a day of leisure in Marrakech and we suggest you set off and explore the medina, or old town. 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: Riad Tzarra
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 8: DEPART
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

Kasbah Ellouze

Sahara Desert

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Terraces & Pool
- Beautiful location
- Lovely ambience
- Warm hosts

Riad Tzarra

Marrakech

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate riad
- Traditional, yet sophisticated
- Lovingly furnished

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, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, meals as indicated, 2 1/2 hour camel trek, private vehicle to the desert with English speaking driver, fully supported trek.

When is best?

The peak temperature in Marrakech and around Ait Ben Haddou can hit 40C in the summer. For this reason, we use accommodation with air con and a pool.

This holiday is unavailable during Ramadan. Please contact us for alternatives ideas.

Is it for me?

This family activity holiday is a balance between trekking and 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.

Tourdust trek grading: Moderate

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, there may be other people on the camel trek with you.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • Friendly, efficient and accommodating,

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 11 November 2016

  • Service rating : Tourdust were very helpful in managing our requirements to deliver a memorable trip. Our schedule needed to be moved around but this was done without any fuss. Also, the local operator's staff were very organised and helpful and delivered everything as planned.
    Product : Fantastic mix of trekking, dessert and city made it seem like 3 holidays in one. Atlas mountains trekking was a great experience and is something we will look to do again while Marrakesh was an exciting and vibrant contrast.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 06 April 2016

  • Service rating : Tourdust listened exactly to our specific needs and tailored out itinerary to suit. Guides were polite and punctual and transfers were comfortable. Accommodation was well appointed and to be recommended. Only one small point - we weren't advised the time at which out trek or cycle ride would commence.
    Product : A excellent bespoke tour.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 09 November 2015

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Alternative Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

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Flights are typically an additional $247 per person economy class from London

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