Morocco Family Tour

Duration 13 nights/14 days

Morocco is the perfect destination for the entire family. Moroccans love children and culturally children are embraced and given extra special treatment.

The country’s amazing mix of beautiful beaches, Sahara desert, mountains, historic cities and exotic markets make it a suitable destination for families with children of all ages. It’s cultural vibrancy and friendly inhabitants make it a destination offering adventure and warm hospitality.

Morocco offers a wide variety of things to do and like all our tour itineraries our Morocco Family Tour can be personalised to enable children of all ages to participate in different activites.

Highlights


Marrakech City, Essaouira, Atlas Mountains, Tizi n’Tichka Pass, Ouarzazate, Dades Valley, Sahara Desert camping, Fes city, Chefchaouen, Asilah

ItineraryThis journey is fully customisable and can be tailored to your individual preferences and travel style .

Day 1- Marrakech

Arrival and transfer to accommodation in Marrakech.

Sip some Moroccan tea while your hosts introduce you to Marrakech and orientate you with city maps. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool.

Dinner reservations can be made in a beautiful rooftop restaurant.

3 night stay, bed and breakfast in a traditional Moroccan riad with pool


Day 2- Marrakech

Option 1: Guided walk of ancient medina

Explore this charming area on foot. Visit El Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, The Secret Garden and the recently opened Museum Des Confluences. Your guide will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and alleys of the medina. Enjoy aromatic smells, vibrant colours and the ancient side of Marrakech as you venture into the bustling souks.

Option 2: Bicycle Tour

An exciting fresh way to see the city of Marrakech. Choose from either a private ‘City Discovery Tour’ or ‘Photography Tour’ both accompanied by guides who will introduce you to different parts of the city and it’s history.

Enjoy a three course traditional Moroccan lunch in a hidden luxury riad, starter, tajine and desert.

Afternoon – Transfer to spend the afternoon as Oasiria, Marrakech’s best aqua park or Terres des Amanar, outdoor adventure park in the Atlas Mountains

Recommendations and reservations can be made for dinner in advance

Overnight in Marrakech

Day 3: Marrakech

Option 1: Cooking Class

A fun way to learn about Moroccan food.

You’ll start with a visit to the local market where you’ll learn to select and purchase the best seasonal produce before getting back into the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson. At the end of the lesson you can all sit together and enjoy the results.

During the cooking class, you will make traditional Moroccan dishes such as tajines or couscous


Option 2: Day Trip to Ourika Valley

Nestled in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley is 1.5 hours away from Marrakech. The area’s star attractions are the Setti Fatma waterfalls, a series of 7 cascading waterfalls flowing into the Ourika River and the valley’s traditional Berber villages. The main village of Setti Fatma maintains a traditional way of life, with organic farming and producing pottery and handicrafts to sell. Visit an authentic Berber house to share tea with the family. The village offers a multitude of traditional restaurants set along the banks of the river.

Restaurant recommendations and reservations for dinner can be made

Overnight in Marrakech

Day 4: Marrakech to Essaouira

A beautiful seaside fishing city, a ‘must-see’ place from Marrakech, Essaouira is great for relaxing, seafood, art and music, it’s contrasting culture, architecture and ambience will be a welcome change from the bustle of Marrakech. Rich in history, which can be seen predominantly in its beautiful coastal ramparts, and full of culture and music, Essaouira boasts a range of relaxing and enjoyable things to do and see.

En-route visit a women’s Argan Co-operative and see how the world famous Moroccan Argan Oil, made from the Argan nut, growing exclusively in this region of Morocco is harvested and produced.

Check in to your accommodation and spend the afternoon with a guided walk around the town, getting to know all about its history, strong musical connections and famous TV appearances.

Enjoy dinner at an ambient restaurant with live music and a view over the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight in Essaouira

Day 5: Essaouira

Morning at leisure, take your time to relax, re-visit the town and experience it at your own pace.

Optional activities can include, windsurfing, kitesurfing, horse riding, paddleboarding or mountain biking.

Return to Marrakech late afternoon.

Overnight in Marrakech

Day 6: Marrakech to Dades Valley (Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura - Kelaat M'Gouna (Roses Valley) - Dades Valley)

The journey begins through the High Atlas Mountains over the thrilling Tizi n’Tichka Pass, Morocco’s highest pass at 2,260 metres and on to the iconic Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate, timeless places with well preserved kasbahs that may feel familiar as they have provided the backdrop for many famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia, The Last Temptation of Christ and Gladiator.

Visit the Atlas Film Studios. The studios are flanked by Hollywood style Egyptian figures and cover 30,000 square meters of desert.

The drive continues through the Valley of Skoura, a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves that provide great views of the Atlas Mountains alongside deserted landscapes and Kelaat M'Gouna (Rose Valley) towards Dades Valley, an impressive valley made lush and green by the Dades River and home to the Dades Gorge.

You will stay the night here in an authentic guesthouse, enjoy a traditional dinner while the local Berber hosts introduce you to their music.

Overnight in Dades Valley, dinner and breakfast

Day 7&8: Dades Valley to Merzouga, Sahara Desert (Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Erfoud- Merzouga)

After breakfast continue on to Todra Gorge, a huge canyon forged from the river carving its way out of the mountains, with walls that rise over 300 metres to form one of the most dramatic natural sights in Morocco, you can explore and walk along the riverside.

Continuing through Erfoud and stopping at Tinejdad for lunch at a local Berber family’s restaurant.

Arrive at the traditional Auberge set in sand at the edge of the Sahara for a welcome Moroccan tea, enjoy relaxing by the pool and walk in the Sahara desert before an unforgettable sunset

Night in traditional Auberge, dinner and breakfast.

Day 8- Merzouga, Sahara Desert

A full day in the midst of the Sahara with ample time to relax, activities can include a thrilling 1 hour quad biking ride across the dunes, sand boarding and 4 x 4 excursion with plenty of time to lounge by the pool and soak up the atmosphere of the desert.

Lunch will be a local speciality called Medfouna, known locally as ‘Berber Pizza’.

Visit Khemlia, a Sudanese- Berber, Moroccan village. The Musicians of Khemlia have been living in this remote village for a century and perform 100 year-old Gnaoua Trance music songs. Spend an hour listening to Gnaoua Trance music using old world instruments by these Sudanese Berber Musicians.

Optional visit to a fossil museum in Erfoud (the capital of fossils).

Early evening your camp adventure will begin with a camel trek through the sandy solitude of the Sahara carrying you to the dunes in time for an uninterrupted view of the sunset, a sublime moment! Return to camp for an evening of traditional food and music next to an open fire and a night under the boundless starry sky making this an unforgettable experience.

Night in desert camp in luxury bivouac tent, camel ride, dinner and breakfast included

Day 9: Merzouga to Fes (Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Midelt – Monkeys Road - Ifrane – Fes)

Waking up to watch the sunrise over the dunes be sure to eat a hearty breakfast for the full days journey ahead through the spectacular scenery of the Atlas Mountains to Fes, the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco. The journey will surprise and delight with wild monkeys, a visit with nomads, the cedar forests of Ifrane (known as the Little Switzerland), palm oases and sweeping vistas.

Overnight in Fes

Day 10: Fes

Option 1- Venture on a Fes Food Tour.

This Souks Tasting Trail in the historic Fes medina is a special opportunity to go deep in the heart of Fes and discover local delicacies of the Fassis people. On this Fes Food Tour you will visit three different food souks that ofer the opportunity to try traditional Moroccan street food

Option 2:

Half or full day guided cultural tour of Fes’s huge ancient medina full of history, amazing architecture and medieval charm, be sure to wear comfy shoes!

Afternoon at leisure

Evening guided walk to Baghdadi Square, a place that on a hot evening is full of local families, performers and entertainers.

Recommendations and dinner reservations can be made in advance

Overnight in Fes

Day 11: Fes to Chefchaouen (Fes-Meknes-Volubilis-Chefchaouen)

Leave magical Fes behind after breakfast for Chefchaouen, ‘The Blue Pearl’ a town painted blue and nestled between two peaks in the Rif Mountains stopping en-route at the Imperial city of Meknes and the archeological site of Volubilis.

Pass the afternoon discovering Morocco’s ‘prettiest town’ with a guided walk through the striking blue and whitewashed buildings, camera’s at the ready, known as Morocco most ‘instagramable’ town!

Sunset at Bouzaafar, the Spanish Mosque- For the best views over the Chefchaouen’s sea of blue and white houses and watch the sunset walk up a hill to the white-washed Spanish Mosque.

Evening at leisure, restaurant recommendations and reservations can be made in advance

Overnight in Chefchaouen

Day 12: Chefchaouen to Asilah

You will have a few hours in the morning to further explore Chefchaouen before saying goodbye to the blue and journey to the coast for yet another dramatic change in landscape, the stunning coastline and beautiful beaches of the magical little artistic town of Asilah.

Typically quiet during winter, the village comes to life and blooms in July and August when the Asilah Arts Festival takes place. Thousands of spectators come to see international artists re-paint the murals every year on the whitewashed houses in the medina. Walls are used as a canvas for the imagination of the artists, which produces a mix of fantasy and geometric designs blending perfectly in a Moroccan urban architecture.

Evening at leisure, it can be passed soaking up the friendly atmosphere of the festival and there’s lots of fresh seafood and Spanish influenced restaurants to choose from for your evening dinner.

Overnight in Asilah

Day 13: Asilah to Marrakech

Spend the morning discovering this fortified, bright whitewashed town offering a mix of Spanish and Moroccan influenced architecture, an inspiring art adorned medina and peaceful beaches or take a trip to its surrounding pristine beaches and wild coastline before heading back to Marrakech.

Overnight in Marrakech

Day 14: Departure Day

Transfer to airport