Morocco is the perfect adventure for a family and is very accessible for half-term school holidays. Stunning landscapes from the mountains to the beaches beg adventure; ride a camel, swim in waterfalls, surf in the ocean. Let your imagination fly and think to your next holiday souks, sand dunes & surf. Exciting times!
Morocco has many faces, it is situated on the African continent and has been described to be like a tree, with its roots in Africa whilst the leaves breath European air. The country is profoundly traditional whilst drawn to the modern world and it is this paradox that gives Morocco its cultural richness.
The country overflows with colour and mystique. The beauty of its landscape, the drama of its souks and kasbahs, the smell of spices, the wail of the muezzin, the warmth of its people make for an assault on your senses soon after you arrive. But then you feel the warmth of the sun, the coolness of the tadlakt floors, the refreshing cup of sweet mint tea and you know that you are in a country that you will enjoy immensely.
Immerse yourself for a fantastic cultural experience.
‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
DAY 1: On arrival in Marrakech Airport you will be meet and taken on the short journey to your chosen Riad. Morocco is famous for its riads which is a townhouse with rooms around a courtyard, a garden and ideally divided into quarters with a central fountain.
Usually the last few minutes of a journey to a Riad is on foot as most are located along a pedestrian street.
DAY 2: Today your tour guide will meet you to take you on a guided sightseeing tour through this magical city. The famous souks of Marrakech offer an intoxicating passage to Africa’s most famous meeting place - the huge medieval square of Djemaa el Fna. Here at the heart of the old city acrobats and jugglers, snake charmers, beggars, boxers, musicians, fresh juice and food sellers all compete for your attention - and a few dirham’s in the process.
The afternoon you can enjoy a quad bike experience.
DAY 3: At 0900 your driver for the next 5 days will meet you. In the morning you’ll enjoy a scenic journey into the High Atlas Mountains to the Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2,260m). Here Berber villages cling to the steep red earth slopes and fossil traders vie for passing tourist trade. Your first stop is at Telouet, a village on the ‘Route of the Caravans’ from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Telouet has one of the most spectacular Kasbahs in the Atlas, the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. Be sure to walk up to the high point on the hill above the Ksar for particularly fine views.
DAY 4: Today your journey towards the Sahara continues. Leaving Ait Benhaddou your next stop will be Ouarzazate, home to one of the largest movie studios in the world where several historical movies have been set, including “Gladiator”. At Agdz the stunning Draa Valley begins, a drive regarded by many as one of the most scenic journeys in Morocco.
A stop in Zagora, splits the journey. Once the final stop-off for caravans before they entered the endless solitude of the Hamada’s, but take some time to enjoy a bike ride through the palm groves on the edge of the Sahara.
DAY 5: Today you will head off-road, ever deeper into the Sahara, and finally hit the dunes! Here in the deep south of Morocco the Sahara Desert is a beguiling wilderness of palm-filled oases, vast sand dunes, ancient lake-beds, camel caravans, adobe mud-brick villages and men in blue. Your bed this evening will be in a desert camp.
DAY 6: Leaving early today, the drive is another journey of scenic contrasts, through the Anti-Atlas Mountains to the colourful Berber town of Tazenakht, known for its carpets. You will continue through ever-changing scenery with the Jebel Siroua range to the north and the Anti-Atlas to the south, until reaching the verdant Souss Valley and your destination for the evening, Taroudant.
DAY 7: Spend a couple of hours in the morning exploring the medina of Taroudant before continuing your journey to the coastal resort of Essaouira.
Originally built on a rocky peninsula and overlooking the Atlantic, Essaouira is one of Morocco’s must-see destinations. With a whitewashed medina enclosed by huge pink sandstone ramparts with a rich Portuguese and Andalusian heritage. From a long white sandy beach and dunes to a bustling fishing port with excellent seafood and colourful wooden fishing boats, Essaouira has always been a favourite retreat of hippies, sailors, artists and musicians.
DAY 8:Your day to day is free to explore at your leisure. Local attractions include the Sidi Med Ben Abdallah Museum, the souks, the old city gates, and the impressive sqalas – fortified sea bastions. Perhaps enjoy a meal in one of the fabulous seafood restaurants and a stroll along Essaouira’s impressive sandy beach.
DAY 9: Your holiday ends today with a short transfer to Essaouira airport for your flights home.