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Marrakech, Mountains & Coast Family Holiday

A two week summer holiday featuring the best of Morocco. Explore Marrakech from the comfort of a cool, shady traditional riad. Retreat to the Atlas Mountains for mountain vistas, traditional Berber Villages, trekking and mountain biking then kick back and relax on the Coast.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • 3 nights in a traditional riad with pool in Marrakech
  • 3 nights in atmospheric accommodation in the beautiful High Atlas Mountains
  • Guided walking with local Berber guides, mules & mountain picnics
  • Option to enjoy a comfortable private camp in the Atlas Mountains or to switch mountain biking for walking for families with older children
  • 7 nights relaxing on Morocco's Atlantic Coast
  • Perfect for Easter & summer holidays

Your holiday begins in Marrakech, the enchanting imperial city. Staying in a boutique riad in the heart of the medina, you will be free to explore at your own pace. Get lost in the souks (everyone does) admire the contrasting Bahia and el Badi palaces and then take in the atmosphere at the world famous Djemaa el Fna where entertainers, story tellers and drummers perform every night after sunset.

After Marrakech, you will transfer to the Atlas Mountains. Staying amidst beautiful valleys and rural Berber villages, the cooler temperatures and beautiful views are a stunning contrast to Marrakech in summer. Head out on guided day walks in the Mountains, with an extra mule for the children to ride when they need a rest. There is the option to swap the mules for mountain bikes for those with older children. Each day your cook will rustle up a mouth-watering Moroccan picnic lunch on the trail, enjoyed best with a view of the mountains. For those looking for something a bit more adventurous we can offer the option to head out for one night's private camp under the stars deep in the Mountains.

After the bustle of Marrakech and the excitement of the Mountains, kick back and relax on Morocco's Atlantic Coast with mile upon mile of sandy beaches and year round sunshine. We have options from large beach resort hotels to stunning private villas. Around the ancient fortified City of Essaouira there are several gorgeous boutique small independent family friendly beach hotels. Here families get the best of both worlds, where those seeking relaxation can indulge around the pool, walled gardens and spas whilst their more active family members can head out surfing, body boarding, camel trekking or exploring the ramparts, fish restaurants and souks of Essaouira. Further North, the sheltered lagoon of Oualidia offers one of Morocco's finest coastal hotels in La Sultana Oualidia and a superb family villa at La Diouna. For those looking for a resort style experience, we recommend Paradise Plage (1 hour North of Agadir) and the Sofitel just outside Essaouira. Please get in touch and we would be delighted to discuss your options.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE & TRANSFER TO MARRAKECH
Accommodation: Riad Wo or option to upgrade to whole riad rental at Riad Tzarra
Meals Included: N/A
Transport: Private Transfer - 15 mins
Day Notes: You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to Marrakech. If you arrive in time, be sure 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.

DAY 2: MARRAKECH
Accommodation: Riad Wo or option to upgrade to whole riad rental at Riad Tzarra
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: N/A
Day Notes: 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.

DAY 3: MARRAKECH
Accommodation: Riad Wo or option to upgrade to whole riad rental at Riad Tzarra
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: N/A
Day Notes: 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.) Alternatively there is an excellent water park in the Marrakech Palmeraie. 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.

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO ATLAS MOUNTAINS.
Accommodation: Riad Dar Imlil
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Private Transfer- 90 mins
Day Notes: You will be picked up from Marrakech and transferred to the small town of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains. Relax this afternoon with stunning views and perhaps explore the narrow lanes of Imlil village.

DAY 5: ATLAS MOUNTAINS - GUIDED WALK
Accommodation: Riad Dar Imlil
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
Transport: N/A
Day Notes: Imlil is the trail-head for a number of superb long distance routes up to Toubkal (the highest peak in North Africa) and the surrounding valleys and there are several fantastic day walk options. You will meet with your English speaking guide this morning who will suggest a walking route, based on your requirements and fitness levels. This could vary from a gentle stroll through the villages to a more challenging hike up to a pass. Our team will prepare a Berber picnic on the trail and a mule will be provided for the children to ride. As an option we can arrange a private camp out in the Mountains

DAY 6: ATLAS MOUNTAINS - GUIDED WALK OR CYCLING
Accommodation: Riad Dar Imlil
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
Flights:
Transport: N/A
Day Notes: Today you have the choice of enjoying another day walk amidst the beautiful trails surrounding Imlil or heading out on the trails with mountain bikes (must be arranged in at the time of booking).

DAY 7: TRANSFER TO ATLANTIC COAST
Accommodation: Rebali Riads or alternatives
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Private Transfer - 4 hrs. (Alternatively we can arrange for you to pick up a hire car and self drive to the Coast.)
Day Notes: It is a 3-4 hour transfer to the Atlantic Coast. For this sample itinerary we have chosen Rebali Riads in Sidi Kaouki, just South of Essaouira. Rebali is rare on the Coast in terms of enjoying walking proximity to a good beach, good facilities (pool & tennis) and proximity to Essaouira (which is a lovely City to visit). Unfortunately Rebali is only a small property and availability is limited. Other options are centred in the rural areas around Essaouira or on remote stretches of Coast North and South of Agadir. For a beach side property with resort facilities, we recommend Paradis Plage (North of Agadir). Please get in touch with your preferred requirements and budget and we will be delighted to discuss options..

DAY 8: ATLANTIC COAST
Accommodation: Rebali Riads or alternatives
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 9: ATLANTIC COAST
Accommodation: Rebali Riads or alternatives
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10: ATLANTIC COAST
Accommodation: Rebali Riads or alternatives
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 11: ATLANTIC COAST
Accommodation: Rebali Riads or alternatives
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 12: ATLANTIC COAST
Accommodation: Rebali Riads or alternatives
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 13: ATLANTIC COAST
Accommodation: Rebali Riads or alternatives
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14: DEPARTURE
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Private Transfer - 4 hrs

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.

Riad Up

Marrakech

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Modern and airy
- Large plunge pool
- Simple stylish rooms
- Lovely roof terrace

Riad Tzarra

Marrakech

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate riad
- Traditional, yet sophisticated
- Lovingly furnished

Riad Adore

Marrakech

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stylish contemporary riad
- Heart of Marrakech
- "Luxurious oasis of calm"

Douar Samra

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stylish Berber guesthouse
- Lovely gardens
- Fantastic views
- Warm service

Riad Dar Imlil

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Sophisticated decor
- 5 mins from village
- Breath taking views
- Small swimming pool

Kasbah Du Toubkal

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning traditional building
- Mountain views
- Divine roof terrace

Kasbah Tamadot

Atlas Mountains

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Exclusive mountain retreat
- Sumptuous Rooms
- Two Swimming pools

Rebali Riads

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

La Diouna

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Beautiful private villa
- Infinity pool
- Ocean Views
- Sheltered Lagoon Beaches
- Wild Atlantic Beaches

Paradis Plage

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Surprisingly intimate beach resort
- Fresh, airy rooms rooms
- Relaxed, surfer chic styling
- Heated pool

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- 5 Star Resort
- Golf Course, spa & 2 pools
- Stylish & Comtemporary

La Sultana Oualidia

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Upmarket accomodation
- Infinity pool, spa & private beach
- Romance and luxury

Dar Najmat

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Close to beach
- Infinity pool
- Simple, elegant rooms

Atlas Kasbah

Atlantic Coast

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Ideal for families
- Peaceful setting
- Gorgeous Mountain views
- Excellent local activities

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

The quoted price is based on the following inclusions:
- 3 nights boutique riad in Marrakech (B&B)
- 3 nights boutique guesthouse in the Atlas Mountains (Half Board)
- 2 guided activities in the Atlas Mountains (include lunch)
- 7 nights at the 2 bedroom villa, Dar Etoile Rebali Riads (B&B)
- All transfers

Although the itinerary shown is for 14 days, we would recommend that you could combine Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and the Coast in anything from 8 - 15 days depending on your priorities.

A hire car can be arranged locally at the Coast, or we can book one in advance for you to self drive to the Coast from Marrakech. We usually recommend a hire car if you are staying at one of the inland properties (e.g.Le JArdins De Douars or Atlas Kasbah). It is less of a necessity when staying in walking distance of the beach.

We advise that flights will usually cost from around £200 per person during summer holidays. Prices tend to rise above £300pp if booking for a school holiday period and leaving it late.

When is best?

This trip can be enjoyed throughout the year. The winter months in the mountains are usually fine as you will be trekking below the snow-line, it tends to be mild during the day, but the evenings are cold. The same applies for Marrakech, where you can expect warm days, but chilly evenings. The Coast is best from Easter to September, but can be enjoyed year round.

This itinerary is particularly well suited to the summer months and with that in mind we have chosen accommodation with swimming pools and reduced the length of time in Marrakech. Summer time temperatures in Marrakech can reach the mid 40's.

Is it for me?

This holiday has been designed for families and is suitable for travel year-round. It is particularly well suited to the summer months and with that in mind we have chosen accommodation with swimming pools and reduced the length of time in Marrakech (where it tends to be hottest).

Children will need to be good riders to take part in the mountain biking, but we can happily provide another day walking with the mules in place for younger families.

The accommodation we use throughout is small with unguarded pools and a grown up atmosphere. Children are welcome at the prorperties on the assumption that they are your responsibility and will be supervised for their safety and the comfort of others.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • Service rating : Staff always respond promptly to questions and can easily build individualised trips to personal wishes.
    Product : Tour was well-organised and very good value-for-money.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Marrakech, Mountains & Coast Family Holiday on 12 September 2016

  • Service rating : A very friendly and responsive service. They were able to plan accommodation and transfers for us very last minute just before Christmas for our trip to Morocco.
    The accommodation was amazing and all the drivers very warm. Nothing was too much trouble in the organisation or whilst on our tour of Morocco which was important to us as we were travelling with 3 small children. Highly recommend.
    Product : A well put together itinerary providing a fun and interesting family tour

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Marrakech, Mountains & Coast Family Holiday on 19 January 2016

  • Service rating : Great ideas, no hassle or pressure, slick arrangements which all came through.
    Product : culturally rich and diverse locations from berber villages in the mountains to 5* hotel in Essaouria city. Wonderful souks, fabulous people, every minute was amazing.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Marrakech, Mountains & Coast Family Holiday on 03 November 2015

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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 $250 per person economy class from London

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'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $250 per person economy class from London

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Families from $719 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $250 per person economy class from London

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