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Marrakech Family Holiday

A perfect blend of culture & relaxation, this holiday combines the best of both worlds with three nights spent in a traditional riad in the heart of the Marrakech followed by four nights at a relaxing boutique resort in the Palmeraie.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Explore the medina & hone your bartering skills in Marrakech's souks
  • See snake charmers, acrobats & story tellers in the famous Djemma el Fna
  • Stay in a traditional riad & then lie back & relax in a boutique resort
  • Enjoy a walk & a Berber picnic in the spectacular Atlas Mountains
Just 4 hours by plane form the UK, Morocco is a fantastic destination all year round, with an enchanting culture, spectacular scenery and a wonderful climate. Marrakech is an exotic walled city, with a labyrinthine network of markets and streets wending their way towards the main, central square and the most famous of Marrakech's attractions; the Djemma el Fna. By day, this is a busy town square, but at night it comes alive with musicians, story tellers, snake charmers, hawkers and henna artists all vying for your attention. Add to that the lively food markets and you have an unforgettable, and at times over-whelming, atmosphere. Away from the square, there is plenty to explore, with cultural highlights as well as the shopping in the souks. For some peace and quiet, we highly recommend an excursion to the colourful Majorelle Gardens, designed by Yves Saint Laurent.

Most people find that after a few nights in Marrakech, they are ready to escape the hustle and bustle for something calmer. The Palmery, located just outside of Marrakech, is the perfect solution. With spacious boutique hotels and a large water park for those wanting to cool off, it is the perfect place to sit back, swim and enjoy the sunshine. Our favourite hotel is the Beldi Country Club which offers sophistication, but is also child friendly. Set in extensive gardens, there are three pools (one heated for winter visitors) a tennis court and pottery classes for children, as well as that all important spa.

No trip to Marrakech is complete without a visit to the stunning Atlas Mountains. You will be left to your own devices in the palmery for the entirety of your stay with the exception of one day when we will whisk you up to the pretty mountain village of Imlil. From here and depending on your fitness levels, we will take you for a guided walk, providing an extra mule and riding hat for the children. Along the way, we will serve you a delicious Berber picnic.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL MARRAKECH MEDINA
You will be met at Marrakech Airport and transferred to your riad in the medina of Marrakech. Once you have settled into your riad, we suggest you set off and explore Marrakech's medina. In the evening, be sure to head down to the main square here food stalls, acrobats, snake charmers and story tellers congregate creating an unforgettable atmosphere.
Meals Included: No Meals Included
Accommodation: Riad Wo or Dar Hanane
Transport: Private Transfer 15 mins

DAY 2: MARRAKECH MEDINA
Today we recommend seeing 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 only included
Accommodation: Riad Wo or Dar Hanane

DAY 3: MARRAKECH MEDINA
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 only included
Accommodation: Riad Wo or Dar Hanane

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO MARRAKECH PALMERAIE
It is a short transfer out of the City to the calm of the Marrakech Palmeraie where you will be staying at a luxury garden hotel with fantastic facilities - the perfect location to sit back and relax. Beldi has multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, pottery classes and of course a superb spa for grown-ups.
Meals Included: Breakfast only included
Accommodation: Beldi Country Club
Transport: Private Transfer 15 mins

DAY 5: DAY TOUR OUT TO THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
You will be met at you hotel and transferred out to the High Atlas Mountains for a private guided tour. After speaking with you he will suggest a walking route, based on your requirements and fitness levels. This can vary from a nice and gentle through the traditional villages, to a more challenging walk up to a pass for stunning views. We lay on a cook so you can have a lovely traditional cooked Berber picnic lunch on the trail and of course an extra mule which children can ride if they don't fancy walking. Return to the Marrakech Palmeraie in the early evening.
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included
Accommodation: Beldi Country Club
Transport: Private tour to the Atlas Mountains (2.5hrs driving total journey)

DAY 6: MARRAKECH PALMERAIE
Meals Included: Breakfast only included
Accommodation: Beldi Country Club

DAY 7: MARRAKECH PALMERAIE
Meals Included: Breakfast only included
Accommodation: Beldi Country Club

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Meals Included: Breakfast only included
Accommodation:
Transport: Airport 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.

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Marrakech

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

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

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Traditional chic riad
- Beautiful rooftop terrace
- Individually and tastefully designed
- Gorgeous communal areas

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Family Friendly
- 3 Swimming Pools
- Gorgeous gardens

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

Quoted price is based on a family of four, please get in touch for a quote for your family. Includes:
- 3 nights B&B at a boutique riad (family suite or two rooms)
- 4 nights B&B at Beldi Country Club (family suite)
- Day tour to the Atlas Mountains with lunch
- All transfers

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 is best in spring, autumn and winter. In the winter months in Marrakech, you can expect warm sunny days, but cooler evenings (you'll need a jumper). Spring and autumn are perfect with temperatures around 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and (usually) lots of sunshine.

Summer time temperatures in Marrakech can reach the mid 40's. The riad style accommodation is well set up to deal with the heat (with cool central courtyards and plenty of shade) but is probably only advisable to those who don't mind the heat. At this time of year, we only usually recommend riads that are equipped with a plunge pool or swimming pool of some sort (few riads have decent sized pools because of their architecture).

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

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  • Service rating : great advice, very helpful and organised
    Product : really varied, fun and perfect for what we needed and our budget

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Marrakech Family Holiday on 01 April 2016

  • We had a brilliant holiday in Morocco courtesy of Tourdust this Summer (2015). Despite any anticipated difficulties of travelling to a country with a different culture and language we found everyone involved with our trip really friendly and helpful. The accommodation in all three areas was delightful, all in different ways, the food delicious and all the transfers involved worked very smoothly which really took the stress out of things. Trekking in the extreme heat of August requires a level of fitness which I personally found a struggle, but the guide made it possible to go at a speed that was comfortable. My two teenage sons really enjoyed the trip as well. Tourdust were really helpful before travelling in helping with any last minute issues. I would really recommend this trip.

    MissingHazel Bayley reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 02 September 2015

  • The whole experience was truly fascinating and was really well organised from start to finish. We came away feeling that we had experienced the real Morocco. The accommodation and food was excellent throughout and we particularly liked Kasbah de Cigogne and the incredibly friendly staff, especially Ali! The mountain trek was invigorating and proved a highlight of the holiday - even the cold overnight stay in a mountain gite!. Credit to the guides and excellent cook plus of course the ever patient mules! We couldn't believe the quality(and quantity) of delicious hot food prepared half way up a mountain for us!
    Oh and Marrakesh - well it needs no introduction but if you need to get away from the Souks for a while, a day at the Beldi Club comes highly recommended!
    We'll be back to conquer Toubkal one day!

    MissingChristopher Scott reviewing Marrakech & Mountains Family Trek on 23 April 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.

Our most popular family adventure, combine a 3 day mule supported trek in the Atlas Mountains with a boutique riad in Marrakech.

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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 $260 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 $260 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 $260 per person economy class from London

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