Highlights
  • Morocco is a real feast for the senses. Sip sweet mint tea in rural villages, see goats climbing trees in the desert, and tap your foot to traditional Berber musicians in Marrakech
  • Adventure into the Atlas Mountains and stay with a berber family for an insight into traditional Moroccan life.
  • With French, Portugese and Jewish influences, Essaouira is about as exotic as it gets. Feast on fresh-caught seafood, explore unique art galleries and be dazzled by a blue-specked townscape
  • Witness the magnificent rolling waves of the Atlantic ocean from the back of a camel
  • From Sidi Kaouki to Agadir, the Northern Atlantic coast offers many chances for quality beachside time with the family

Imagine a country with the charisma of Europe, the passion of Africa and the charm of the Middle East. A place where ancient cultures are intertwined with dramatic landscapes and time-worn medinas give a glimpse into imperial cities of the past. Now, the whole family can fall under Morocco’s spell on an action-packed adventure from magical Marrakech to the old pirate port of Essaouira, covering everything from camel-clad deserts to pristine beaches along the way. So whether it’s in spice-infused back alleys, among crumbling Roman ruins or below the snow-capped Atlas Mountains – the allure of Morocco will prove impossible to ignore.

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Morocco Family Holiday

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Excellent Option for First-Time Travellers to Morocco January 2017

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  • Value 5.0
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I visited Morocco with the Intrepid Travel group in November of 2012. I had never traveled to any continents besides the U.S. and Europe, and was hesitant to visit Africa as a single woman, alone. The Intrepid Best of Morocco trip was absolutely perfect. It was a wonderful mix of couples and single travelers, older and younger folks from several different countries. The group got along extremely well and had a great time. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in visiting Morocco, but hesitant to go alone. The small group dynamic allows for plenty of company without feeling lost in the shuffle by a larger group.
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The organisation of this adventure was truly October 2015

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The organisation of this adventure was truly amazing. Myself and my friend arrived a few days early into Casablanca before the tour started. Then moved to the hotel of meeting the group. The guide Yahya Bouziti should be commended, he integrated into the group, encouraged and participated in group activities. Even when off duty "we" took him under our wings. A true sport and Gentleman. Lot's of laughs and fond memories I will never forget. Intrepid should be proud of this remarkable individual. Without a doubt a peoples person with great skills.
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The combination of seeing Morocco with our October 2015

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The combination of seeing Morocco with our guide Khalid Lamlih. He was very knowledgeable, and able to provide a great overall interpretation of the history, religion and culture. He had an ideal personality, very helpful and good sense of humour and fun.
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I very much enjoyed the trip since October 2015

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  • Lodging 5.0
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I very much enjoyed the trip since we saw so many different parts of Morocco and learned a lot about ist history and about the culture of the people. Our tour guide Abdallah was nice and friendly, very knowledgeable, well organised, patient and reliable. So was the driver Mustafa. _x000D_
However, it is a round trip which covers quite a distance - so there's a lot of sitting on the bus. But we had many nice breaks during the driving and even two afternoons of walking, which I appreciated very much!
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Excellent trip. Amazing scenery and look into October 2015

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Excellent trip. Amazing scenery and look into the culture. The tour leader was extremely helpful and very approachable with a great understanding of the culture.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Marrakech is a feast for the senses, a world of spice markets, Berber music, carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until your group meeting at 6pm. If you have an arrival transfer booked, please look for a representative with an Intrepid Travel sign when you arrive at the airport. Your hotel is located just outside the city walls around the old Medina. It is about a 30-minute walk to the main square, Djemaa el Fna (or a short calesh/taxi ride). It's also near a lot of local shops and restaurants. Settle in and relax.

Day 2 Aroumd

You begin your adventure driving to the village of Imlil (approx 2hour drive), the largest village in the Mizane Valley.  Our drive will take us over the spectacular Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2,260 metres above sea level) to Toubkal National Park.  At the end of the road is a town called Imlil. We store our main luggage in Imlil and load a daypack to take to our final destination in Aroumd. The walk into the traditional mountain village will take an hour, far from the reach of the modern world. If you don't feel comfortable with the walk, you can ride a mule instead. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the remote village of Aroumd offers stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture.  We spent 1 night in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Aroumd. Surrounded by the smell of woodstoves and bread, meet the host family and enjoy Berber hospitality and food. NOTE: The walk from Imlil to Aroumd and further to the Sidi Chamharouch shrine requires appropriate footwear. You may choose to bring sturdy boots if you prefer so, but pair of good walking shoes with rigid and grippy sole will be sufficient.

Day 3 Zaouit Ifergane

This morning we will have a bread cooking demonstration for breakfast and perhaps an early morning walk around the village of Imlil. We will then transfer to Zaouite Ifergan passing through some Berber villages and a stop in one of the oldest mosque in the high altas where we learn about the Saadian dynasty in which era this monument was built. We continue our drive across the high Altas mountains via the Tizi n Tast which will give you a great view of the largest plain of Sous. We arrive at our accommodation for the evening in the late afternoon in time for a swim in the pool and relax.

Day 4 Zaouit Ifergane

Enjoy a day of free time. You might like to take a walk with your family through the oasis and explore the local villages. The oasis is full of palm trees and streams of water, giving it an exotic atmosphere. Perhaps have a go at riding a donkey around the fields.

Day 5 Essaouira

After breakfast  it's time for a short trip to Taroudant city (approximately 30 minutes). This pretty, conservative town (often called 'Little Marrakech') has a tannery which you will visit and spend some time at. Moroccan leather goods are very popular, and here you can learn how the animal skins are cured to produce the leather. It's an interesting snapshot of old-fashioned local craft, and a chance to souvenir a slice of hand-made Morocco. Then we travel up the coast to Sidi Kaouki (approximately 4 hours). Mount a camel and ride across the expansive sand dunes, taking in the awesome scenery as you plod along. This may well be one of the highlights of your trip. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach, then board the bus again and head to Essaouira (approximately 30 minutes). This delightful artists' town is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. The town faces a group of rocky islands called the Mogador and is surrounded by an expanse of sandy beaches and dunes. It's still a busy fishing port, and its pretty harbour is filled with tiny colourful fishing boats which go out early every morning.

Day 6 Essaouira

Today is free for you to explore Essaouira as you please. Everything in the small centre is within walking distance, and the beach is nice and clean, great for strolling along. Why not wander the harbour and its adjacent fish markets where you can witness the daily auction. A fresh-cooked plate of the day's catch is highly recommended. Perhaps browse some of the many shops and art galleries where unique local pieces are on display. The town is becoming renowned for its burled Thuya wood, delicately formed and inlaid in tiny shops. The scent from the oils used to polish the richly coloured wood permeates the air and makes walking through the streets incredibly pleasant.

Day 7 Marrakech

Leaving Essaouira behind, journey inland to Marrakech (approxmately 3 hours). Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of the city centre, taking in the main sights on your way to the sprawling Djemaa el-Fna main square and souq. As is usual in a souq, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, potters and weavers. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you are almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display – perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers or some spices. The market almost has the atmosphere of a medieval fair. Snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening, wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies.

Day 8 Marrakech

Your trip comes to an end this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to depart the accommodation at any time.

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Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Accomodations
Hotel (4 nights),Gite (1 night),Riad (2 nights)
Start City
Marrakech
End City
Marrakech
Guides All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Hotel Gomassine
  • 71 Av. Mohamed Zerktouni Gueliz
  • Marrakech
  • MOROCCO
  • Phone: +212 524433086

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