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Two Week Family Trek & Surf Holiday

Based on our popular 1 week trek and surf holiday, this two week version sends you further off the beaten track in the mountains and gives you a full week of surfing.

Tailor-made 2 weeks

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Itinerary

Overview

This holidays begins in our favourite part of Morocco: The magnificent Atlas Mountains. We have selected one of our favourite multi-day treks and modified it slightly to make it appropriate for children. Walking for 5 - 6 hours each day, you will pass shepherds tending to their goats in the pastures, walk through walnut groves, cross mountain streams, pass through remote Berber villages and catch glimpses of some amazing views. Staying in local village gites, this trek will be an experience that the whole family will remember for years to come.

After the peace of the mountains, we will then transfer you to Marrakech, one of Morocco's most well-known imperial cities. Staying in a traditional, boutique riad for three nights, you will see some of the highlights of this magical city, including the Djemaa el Fna; the heart and soul of the city that comes alive at night with acrobats, musicians and snake charmers.

You will then head out to Morocco's Atlantic coast for a week of surfing. Lessons with experienced teachers are on the beach near to your accommodation. Your teacher will assess your skills level and will then teach you accordingly. If not everyone in your family wants to surf, the others can relax around the pool at your accommodation, or play on the beach.

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 n Mzik –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. Your walk starts with a fairly stiff climb up towards the pass at Tizi n Mzik (2489m), which offers dramatic mountain views. From here, the trail descends down into the spectacular Azzadene valley, known locally as the valley of colour. Your day of walking ends in the small Berber village of Tizi Oussem where you will spend the night in a gite. If you’re feeling energetic, you can take a slight route detour to include the D’Irhoulidene waterfalls, this adds a couple of extra hours walking but is worth the effort. Approx. 4-5 hours walking, 6-7 hours walking including the waterfalls. (749m ascent & 649m descent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Village gite / camping
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 3: TREK DAY 2
Tizi Oussem – Tinzert After breakfast you will set off walking through the Azzadene valley, passing traditional Berber mountain villages. The view behind you is of the peaks of the High Atlas, whilst the valley ahead offers beautiful scenery with a rushing mountain stream surrounded by lush walnut groves. As you descend you will eventually enter the Ouirgane National Park, a protected area of natural beauty. Tonight you stay in Tinzert, a rustic Berber village. Approx. 5-6 hours walking (640m descent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Village gite / camping
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 4: TREK DAY 3
Tinzert – Imi Oughlad – Imlil Today is the gentlest day of walking; there are fewer steep inclines and descents so you can really enjoy the Mediterranean-esque scenery. Shepherds tend to their goats amongst the pretty valleys dotted with juniper trees, rosemary and thyme. You will be walking towards Imi Oughlad where you will have lunch before saying goodbye to your cook, guide (and mule). After lunch, you will be picked up and driven to your accommodation in Imlil where you can enjoy a hot shower followed by an afternoon of relaxation. Approx. 4 hours walking (200m ascent)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Village gite / camping
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 5: TRANSFER FROM IMLIL - MARRAKECH
You will be picked up after breakfast and transferred to Marrakech (about 1 ½ hours). Once you have settled into your riad, 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 / Boussa / Riad W
Transport (where relevant): Private Transfer

DAY 6: DAY AT LEISURE IN MARRAKECH
Today you might want to see some of the main cultural sights of Marrakech, including the Medersa Ben Youssef, Palais el Badi and the Bahia Palace, interspersed with a leisurely lunch watching the storks nesting on the ramparts of the ancient city or perhaps some people watching at a cafe in the Spice market. In the evening, you might want to enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants over-looking the main square, or perhaps ask your host to book you a table at the atmospheric Foundouk restaurant, serving up delicious French & Moroccan fusion food.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bel Haj / Dar Thania / Dar Vedra / Boussa / Riad W
Transport (where relevant):

DAY 7: DAY AT LEISURE IN MARRAKECH
Today you might want to catch a petit taxi out to the Majorelle Gardens, designed by Yves Saint Laurent. The gardens are beautifully laid out and offer a welcome respite to the chaos of the medina. (There is also a lovely cafe there) In the afternoon, you might want to take it easy and see the ramparts from the comfort of a caleche (horse and cart.) In the evening, you might want to go back to the Djemaa el Fna, or perhaps head to the new town for some more Western cuisine.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bel Haj / Dar Thania / Dar Vedra / Boussa / Riad W
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 8: 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 9: 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 10: SURFING
Full day of surfing
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Windy Kaouki
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 11: SURFING
Full day of surfing
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Windy Kaouki
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 12: REST DAY
Today is a day off from surfing. You might want to go to nearby Essaouira, a laid-back city offering a relaxing medina with none of the stresses of the chaotic imperial cities. A bustling fishing port, this windy city is something of an artist's hub, with a thriving music and art scene. The large bay attracts wind and kite surfers and the vast sandy beach is a popular promenading spot. Because of the wind, this is not somewhere that you come to sunbathe and soak up the rays, but somewhere to breathe in the ocean air, eat freshly caught fish and enjoy the relaxed vibe.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Windy Kaouki
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 13: SURFING
Full day of surfing
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Windy Kaouki
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 14: SURFING
Full day of surfing
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Windy Kaouki
Transport (where relevant): n/a

DAY 15: 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

This price INCLUDES transfers, accommodation, meals (typically B&B in hotels and full board on treks), activities and tours as specified on the itinerary.
This price EXCLUDES international flights, travel insurance, tips and any incidental expenses in destination.
We will check and confirm accommodation availability once you have confirmed your intention to book

When is best?

This holiday is available from April until October. The trekking and Marrakech parts are possible during the winter, but the surfing is best enjoyed in the warmer months.

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.

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.

Safety

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office check www.gov.uk/travelaware

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 613 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • Service rating : Very knowledgeable and always helpful. A pleasure to deal with. Their suggestions regarding locations and activities were perfect for what we needed.
    Product : Great mix of locations and activities, which meant parents and teenage boys alike had a great time. The walking guide and the surfing instructors were lovely, and were very experienced and ensured we all got the most out of everything we did. Experiencing the Berber culture and the scenery of the Atlas mountains was wonderful. A superb holiday.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Two Week Family Trek & Surf Holiday on 04 September 2015

  • Service rating : Always received prompt and helpful replies to my emails. Pre-trip dossier was really useful and covered just about everything.
    Product : Everything was just a bit better than we had imagined. All transfers arranged, accommodation good, companies used were reliable and obviously tried and tested. We had the right mix of culture / tourism / adventure.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Two Week Family Trek & Surf Holiday on 19 August 2015

  • We would very much like to give our feedback regarding our trip to Morocco because it was absolutely fantastic. From start to finish there was nothing to fault, Mustafa our guide in the mountains was great - discrete when necessary but delightfully eloquent and informed about a wide variety of subjects. The food in the mountains was superb ( though the toilet facilities in the gites d'etape left a lot to be desired!!) The guest house Dar Adrar was beautiful with amazing views. The riad in Marrakesh was lovely and such a welcome respite after the hectic souks.....and as for the surfing.....it was fab!!!! Mohammed our instructor was patient and so super cool....a real gem and great with our children.
    All in all it was wonderful and we were all sad to leave. We will definitely consider using Tourdust again and wont hesitate to recommend you to our friends.

    Missingtrevor lane reviewing Two Week Family Trek & Surf Holiday on 20 November 2014

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