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Morocco Family Tour

Teen Spirit Morocco Active Adventure

9 days / 8 nights

Tour Ref:   SV059
Tour start:   Marrakech
Tour end:   Marrakech
Tour type:   Cultural, Family
Regions:   Imperial Cities (Marrakech), Atlas Mountains, Atlantic Coast
Available:   March to November upon request

Tour summary

An action-packed family holiday to Morocco designed with active teenagers in mind. Time to explore the maze of the exotic Marrakech medina and its bustling markets and palaces before venturing out of the city for organised activities such as camel riding in an oasis, quad biking through outlying desert and Berber villages, mountain biking and trekking in the High Atlas Mountains and, finally, surfing and water sports instruction on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast, while Mum and Dad chill-out in the picturesque fishing town of Essaouira. With the option to add extra activities and extra days, this Morocco family adventure holiday is perfect for teenagers and parents of all fitness levels.

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Please note: All our Morocco tours can be customised to allow extra days for shorter daily car journeys, extra activities, relaxation days, exploration days etc. We can also adapt tours to connect with different start/end locations in Morocco. Let us know your wishes and we will build your perfect Morocco tour itinerary.

Price: Contact us for a personalised quotation.
Prices will vary according to number of people travelling in vehicle, number of days, time of year, category of accommodation chosen and activities requested.

NB Our Morocco tours are private tours organised upon request.

Day-to-day tour itinerary

Day 1


Meet & greet at MARRAKECH airport and transfer to your riad - a guesthouse converted from a traditional Moorish-designed family-home centred around a small courtyard patio or inner garden. In order to capture the essence of medieval Marrakech, you will stay inside the old walled city medina. Depending on your arrival time you will then have the rest of the day to explore the vibrant city of Marrakech unguided or just enjoy the facilities at the riad such as a splash pool, roof terrace, board games and books. The old medina of Marrakech is a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys, with different neighbourhoods and streets specialising in various arts, crafts and produce. Take time to relax in your traditional guest-house, enjoy the roof terrace and soak up the sounds and smells of Morocco’s favourite city. Dinner will be served at your riad/hotel this evening.

Stay: Traditional riad or hotel in Marrakech

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2


Half-day morning walking tour with city guide of Marrakech - also known as ‘the red city’ for it’s famous pink-hued ramparts. Our English-speaking city guide will meet you at your riad in the morning and take you through the souks of the medieval medina, introducing you to artisans, bakers, carpenters, spice merchants, apothecaries and also including visiting the landmark monuments of Ben Youssef Medersa, the Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Mosque. You can test out your haggling skills if you choose to purchase from the many vendors in the souk. Your tour ends at the famous Place Jemaa el Fna square where you can enjoy lunch from a roof terrace overlooking the bizarre activities of the acrobats, storytellers, musicians and snake charmers. Rest of the day is at leisure or we suggest you take a horse-drawn carriage around the ramparts or to the new town are of Gueliz to visit the exquisite Majorelle Gardens, owned by Yves St. Laurent and originally private home of the painter Jacques Majorelle. We suggest you return to the square for an evening dinner at one of the outdoor food grills to sample anything from grilled meats, fried fish, fried aubergines, boiled snails, harira soup, spiced ginger tea, boiled sheep’s head and other local delicacies. Even if you decide to eat elsewhere, the experience of the Place Jemaa el Fna at night is an intoxicating one - with smoke swirling up from the grills, the pounding rhythms of the street musicians, the call to prayer ringing out from the mosques as the excited crowds gather for this nightly ‘circus’.

Stay: Traditional riad in Marrakech

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 3

Marrakech - Activities day

Today is dedicated to outdoor activities that capitalise on the varied landscapes in the immediate viscinity of Marrakech city. Choose EITHER a full day combining camel riding through the exclusive palm groves just outside the city with an exhilarating afternoon expedition on quad bikes through Berber villages, rocky desert and died river beds (solo quads for ages over 16 yrs only). OR Alternatively you can your family can head off in 4x4 into the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains for a half day out mountain biking in the Ourika Valley. A guide will accompany you, with modern bikes and helmets supplied, for a thrilling ride on small tracks through spectacular scenery. At the end of your activities you will return to your riad and have the rest of the day free for your own exploration.

Stay: Traditional riad in Marrakech

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 4

Marrakech - High Atlas Mountains - Toubkal National Park

Morning departure from Marrakech and you head into the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. The route passes through low-lying agricultural areas before twisting into the Moulay Brahim Gorge leading to the village of Asni. On Saturdays there is a lively local market here and well worth stopping to see local Berbers buying and selling everything from livestock to teapots. You pass through orchards of cherries, apples and apricots and the road leads along the river’s edge to the trekking centre of Imlil village. This picturesque village is the start point for the ascent to North Africa’s highest peak - Jbel Toubkal. NB If you wish to include an ascent of Jbel Toubkal in your family adventure we can arrange this from Imlil and by adding at least 3 extra days for the return trip to the summit - but you must be physically very fit! You can will stay in a quirky stone-built guesthouse with pretty rooms and terraces and a great view over the Imlil Valley. You arrive in time for lunch (not in price) at your chosen accommodation and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the magnificent surroundings.

Stay: Charming guesthouse in Imlil

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

Day 5

Toubkal National Park - day hike in mountains

Our local English-speaking Berber guide will meet you in the morning with the mules and muleteers to set off for a mountain adventure which includes passing through small villages built of mud and stone, groves of walnut trees and apple orchards, crossing rivers and eventually reaching a traditional mountain family home to have a typical Berber lunch. The trek from Imlil valley to the village of Aremd takes around 2 hours each way with astounding panoramic views, unspoiled countryside and along the way you will meet local children riding on mules to get to school or to go for shopping basic supplies. There are no roads up here and life is lived at a gentle, natural pace with children playing their part in the daily tasks. You will also see women working in the small fields, cutting grass by hand and carrying huge loads on their back to feed the domestic animals they keep - chickens, goats, cows and mules. After a hearty lunch in the tranquility of the mountains, you trek via an alternative route to return to your guesthouse by around 5 p.m. The rest of the afternoon you can relax before dinner.

Stay: Charming guesthouse in Imlil

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 6

High Atlas Mountains - Essaouira

After breakfast at your hotel, our driver will come to take your family to the next stage of your adventure holiday. Travelling back through the Imlil Valley towards Marrakech, you then cut across to join the main highway that leads to the Atlantic Coast. You notice the scenery change, the road is edged by groves of olive trees and chalky earth. As you get nearer to the picturesque fishing town of Essaouira you will see Morocco’s famous argan trees along this final stretch of road. The region of the Souss Valley from Essaouira to Agadir is the only natural habitat for the prized argan tree. In its thorny branches are the fruits which fall as nuts in autumn, Inside each argan nut, the kernel possess a magical oil which is extracted through a laborious manual process. The argan oil is famous for its health-giving and cosmetic properties and is known as ‘liquid gold’. You can stop along the way to sample it in both its culinary and cosmetic forms. Kids will love the peanut butter, made with argan oil and almonds. If you wish, you can request also to visit an organic local cheese maker to sample fine goats cheeses and local wine, Val d’Argan. The ‘fromagerie’ visit needs to be booked 24 hrs in advance and will add an extra 2 hrs to your transfer time to the medina of Essaouira. Essaouira is a small and laid-back fishing town, with a walled medina, ramparts, sandy beach, water sports, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and intriguing small shops. It’s a great place to relax for 2-3 days and inside the medina itself it is free from cars. You will arrive in Essaouira in time for a lunch in one of the cafes around the Place Moulay Hassan and the evening is free for you to sample the day’s catch of the day from near the fishing port.

Stay: Riad in the old medina or 3-star guesthouse/hotel wth pool close to beach

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 7


An active day in Essaouira for water sports at the beach with qualified instructors. You can choose to have a half day or full day of surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Alternatively you may just like to relax and explore on your own today. Other options for activities while in Essaouira are horse-riding on the beach or a cookery class in the medina. We will be happy to make reservations for you at 48 hrs’ notice (all activities subject to availability).

Stay: Riad in the old medina or 3-star guesthouse/hotel wth pool close to beach

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 8


Free day to explore at your own leisure. Chill out at one of the cafes along the beach promenade, or explore the galleries, shops and ramparts with their cool, laid-back hippie vibe still left over from the 1960s!

Stay: Riad in the old medina or 3-star guesthouse/hotel wth pool close to beach

Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 9

Essaouira - Marrakech

We transfer you directly to Marrakech airport as required for your homeward journey. The drive takes approx 3 hrs and so if your flight departure is any earlier than 2 p.m. it would be advisable to add an extra night in Marrakech, and make the home bound journey on Day 10. You can also choose to continue your holiday in Morocco with us by adding-on one of our Suggested Morocco Adventure Tour Itineraries.

Stay: N/A

Meal plan: Breakfast

Add-on experiences for this tour

Allow at least 1 day extra for each experience.

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