Family trip – discover culture, mountains and beach

Take your whole family on an unforgettable trip to experience a different culture, combined with outdoor time in the mountains and at the beach in beautiful and hospitable Morocco

Family trip

What could be more fun than discovering a new country together, with exciting adventures for both children and their parents? Our family trip will take you on a tour in beautiful Morocco. Combining the Moroccan culture and outdoor time in the mountains and relax time at the beach. We will hike with mules through the Atlas Mountains, we will discover the old, mysterious souks and see some real snake-charmers at the famous Djemma El-Fnaa square in Marrakech. Maybe your parent will even allow you to do the bargaining for your own souvenir. And don’t forget a camel ride and some relaxing on the beach. Our family trip is the perfect way to discover culture, the mountains and relax at the beach together with your family. It will offer you all that and more!

Highlights:

  • Relaxing level to discover culture, mountains and beach
  • Fun way for kids to experience a different culture, with a very child-friendly guide
  • Including camel-ride at the beach
  • Including city tours in Essaouira and Marrakech
  • Discover some of Morocco’s most stunning landscapes
  • Moroccan picnic lunch, prepared by our own cook

Private groups:

  • Please contact us directly to discuss you wishes and preferred departure dates

Details

  • 8 days
  • We advise children to be over 6 years of age.
  • Group will be accompanied by a certified local guide (Hassan). English speaking and very child-friendly
  • Breakfast and 1 picnic-lunch are included
  • stays in hotels and riads (Moroccan guest house)
  • Option to book extra stays before or after this trip

Marrakech

Start and end point of the trip

Essaouira

Agadir

Ifergane

Day 1 – Marrakech

Welcome in Morocco! You will probably arrive at Marrakech Menara airport. We will pick you up and bring you to your hotel. The rest of the day you will have time to acclimatize and free-time to discover the impressive ‘red city’ Marrakech. You could visit Djemaa El Fnaa, drink some delicious fresh fruit-juice, enjoy the snake-charmers and wander around in the souks. Don’t forget to bargain if you want to buy something!

Day 2 – Ifergane (at the foothill of the Anti-Atlas) the mountains

The second day we will start with a 7 hour drive to Ifergane. This is the longest drive we will have during this holiday. During this ride we will stop at the Tizi-n-Test pass to enjoy the view over the High Atlas Mountains. During some months of the year the Tizi-n-Test pass is covered in snow. Always a strange idea: snow in Morocco. But it’s there.
Ifergane is an Amazigh village and it is located at the foothill of the Anti-Atlas. The Amazigh-people are the indigenous people of Morocco (also known as ‘berbers’). The children can play with the local kids and maybe enjoy a game of football. A very popular sport.
We will spend the night in a riad (Moroccan guest house).

Day 3 – Ifergane (Taroudannt)

In the morning we will walk around in the green oasis and the villages around it. The children can -optionally- take a ride on a mule.
In the afternoon we will drive to Taroudannt, also known as ‘little Marrakech’. Taroudannt is a very authentic village with a big square and souks to explore. It’s like taking a few steps back in time and entering the fairytale of 1001-nights. You get eyes and ears when we enter the souks with craftsmen, fresh herbs, flour that is being ground and the butcher. We will visit the tanneries to show you how leather is produced from animal skins.
We will spend the night in a riad (Moroccan guest house).

Day 4 – Agadir the beach

Today we’ll mount our mini-bus again to ride for 3.5 hours through the Souss plain to the Taghazoute beach. This gives you an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views and the impressive landscape. The rest of the day is off so you can relax at the sandy beach and have some free time with your family. We will stay at a hotel.

Day 5 – Essaouira

We will take an 1.5 hours drive to Sidi Kaouki. We will have a picnic-lunch at the beach. Afterwards we will take a camel ride through the sand dunes. Of course this is a ‘must’ if you visit Morocco and an adventourous way to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Next we will take a 30 minute ride to Essaouira. Essaouira is a very laidback artists’ town with a rich past. It was occupied by the French and the Portuguese. It was once home to British and Jewish populations, and also known for its famous visitors like Jimmy Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Orson Welles and Sir Winston Churchill. It is an idyllic place to explore, surrounded by sandy beaches and dunes.

Scenes of the famous series ‘Games of Thrones’ were shot here.

We will stay at a riad.

Day 6 – Essaouira

This morning we will have a 3 hour city tour with a local city guide to discover all the ins and outs of beautiful Essaouira. In the afternoon you will have free time to roam around in Essaouira or relax at the beach by yourself. You can enjoy the nice climate and laid-back atmophere at your own pace.

Day 7 – Marrakech

Today we will take bus ride of 3 hours that will bring us back to bustling Marrakech. In the afternoon we will have a citywalk through the old centre of Marrakech to visit the highlights of Moroccan culture in Marrakech.

Day 8 – Marrakech

This is the last day of your trip (unless you booked some extra nights). You will have free-time in Marrakech and when it’s time to leave we will bring you to the airport.

What’s included:

  • Full Escort: Fully escorted by Hassan (your local guide)
  • Meals: Breakfast and 1 picknick-lunch
  • Transport: Minibus or 4×4 and transfers

What is not included:

  • Other lunches and dinners
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Additional hotel nights before or after the tour, although these can be purchased

€ 700,- per person / € 620,- per child up to 12 y/o (excl. flight)

Practical information

How to get there

Direct flights are available from cities in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and North America to Marrakech Menara Airport and other airports throughout Morocco. We can arrange the flight for you on request.

Passports and visas

Travelers are responsible for their own valid travel documents.

All people traveling to Morocco need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after leaving Morocco.

EU and UK citizens, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans do not require a visa to visit Morocco for a stay of up to 90 days. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy or consulate in their country for current visa information.

Money

Morocco’s currency is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Changing money is easy and you will find banks, ATMs and exchange offices in all major cities such as Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech. ATMs and banks are harder to find in rural areas. In Morocco, the most commonly used payment method is cash

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by the Moroccan government. Consult your local doctor and take the itinerary with you to see if any vaccinations are required for you.

Luggage

Most travelers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you are traveling light. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are useful, although we recommend that your bag has carry straps. You also need a daypack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Sleeping bags

In the winter months (November to March) there may not be enough heating (sometimes any) or enough blankets to keep everyone warm, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag if you are traveling during that time.

Clothes

Because the climate in Morocco can vary, especially in the mountains; where the nights can be cold and it will be warm during the day, we recommend wearing several layers of clothing. And for the hikes; Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes!

Morocco is an Islamic country and while Moroccans can be very liberal in the big cities, it is highly appreciated – especially in the countryside – if you cover your shoulders and knees. This applies to both men and women.

Summers can be very hot. Don’t forget to bring a hat or something similar to cover your head. Or buy a scarf in the souks of Marrakech.

Tips

Normal tips are approximately 200 dh per day for the driver. And about 300 dh per day for the guide. Keep in mind that tips are NOT mandatory, but are only given when you are satisfied.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are insured at least for medical costs, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of baggage and personal belongings.