Morocco

Morocco: Marrakesh, Essaouira and the High Atlas Mountains

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $3890

    Duration

    9 days

    Activity Level

    Moderate

    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
    Minimum Age

    6

    Ideal Age

    10+

    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

    Morocco – our 2019 highlight destination is perfect for your next family vacation! It’s welcoming and exotic, colorful and stark, and where you’ll find both fragrant, traditional dishes and excellent French cuisine. Bring your family to explore from the mountains to the coast; be inspired by teeming city centers and quiet mule trails, uncovering Morocco’s rich history and dynamic culture.

    Stroll the Medina and Souks of Marrakesh

    Learn the true meanings of ‘color’ and ’bustling’ as you navigate the maze of narrow alleys, unchanged for centuries, lined with craftsmen selling their wares.

    Hike to Sidi Chamharouch

    Join pilgrims from far and wide for a trek up the foothills of Mt. Toubkal to picnic near the shrine to the sultan of the jinns.

    Make Some Pottery

    Visit a small local pottery and smoosh your hands into some clay while learning about the ancient Berber art.

    Bike along the Kik Plateau

    Hop on bikes for a ride along this rocky, limestone outcropping, enveloped in a panorama of Berber countryside.

    Go on a Camel Ride

    At the beach of Sidi Kaoki, enjoy an hour long camel ride along the breezy coast.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Marrakesh, Morocco


    Days 2-3

    Marrakesh

    Welcome Dinner

    Tonight, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner in a favorite Moroccan restaurant, sampling many traditional dishes.

    Djemma el-Fna

    You’ll discover the world renowned, magical business of story tellers, snake charmers, dancers, water sellers and food stalls.

    Visit the Ancient Walled City

    Walk through the centuries-old maze of narrow, twisting alleys, lined with craftsmen busy at work on their wares.

    Visit the Tanneries

    Local families still use pre-industrial techniques to cure and dye the leather as it has been done for over a thousand years; the sights, sounds and smells are an unforgettable experience for all of our senses.

    Pottery Class

    Participate in a pottery lesson to learn about the historic art of ceramics in Morocco! This is a truly immersive experience in a trade practiced for generations in Northern Africa.


    Days 4-5

    Imlil

    Visit an Amazigh Home

    Visiting a local or Amazigh home you’ll learn how to prepare traditional Moroccan mint tea. You’ll also learn how to prepare tagine, a tasty stew — then you’ll enjoy both!

    Kik Plateau Biking

    The limestone plateau of Kik is a rocky outcropping overlooking a vast valley. Here we hop on our bicycles and cycle along the plateau for about an hour.

    Climb Sidi Chamharouch

    Today you’ll hike up the valley to the holy site of Sidi Chamharouch, joining pilgrims from far and wide. Mules are available for children to ride, as needed. Total trekking time is 5 hours.

    Picnic Lunch

    Since only Muslims can enter the shrine, you’ll enjoy it from a small distance while you eat your picnic lunch. After a rest, you’ll wind your way back down Mt. Toubkal and return to Imlil.


    Days 6-7

    Essaouria

    Toubkal National Park Eco Museum

    With a stop at the museum to see the interactive exhibits, you’ll learn about the geography of the region as well as Berber and Amazigh culture.

    Walk the City

    Your guide will walk with us over cobblestone streets and through the town and medina in this seaside town.

    Meet a Local Artist

    You’ll meet a local artist whose work is displayed in the Portuguese Scala; your kids will have a private lesson, creating their own piece of art to take home.

    Afternoon on your own

    The afternoon is free for exploring, an optional surfing lesson or shopping in the tiny shops and souks located close to your hotel.

    Camel Ride

    At the beach of Sidi Kaoki, camels wait to take us on an hour-long ride along the breezy coast.


    Day 8

    Marrakesh

    Farewell Dinner

    Enjoy one last dinner with your new friends and guide, sharing your favorite moments from the incredible time you just had!


    Day 9

    Depart Marrakesh


  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    12/26-01/03

    Sold Out
    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690


    2020 Dates


    04/11-04/19

    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690

    06/27-07/05

    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690

    07/18-07/26

    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690

    08/22-08/30

    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690

    12/26-01/03

    Adult $3990
    Teen $3990
    Child $3790

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection!

    Triple Discount

    $200 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    Additional $590 for single accommodations

    Large Group Discount

    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, area specialists, most meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

  • Hotels

    Es Saadi Gardens and Resort

    The Es Saadi Gardens is a resort located in a residential area and within walking distance of the old city. Amenities include two tennis courts, a health and fitness center with exercise facilities, sauna, hammam (Turkish bath) and a variety of beauty treatments. Each room is air-conditioned and includes free Wi-Fi, a balcony, phone and TV.

    Riad Dar Imlil

    Riad Dar Imlil is a guest house located in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, only a 5-minute walk to the center of the village of Imlil. Amenities include a restaurant featuring both international and indigeneous cuisine, a swimming pool, hammam (Turkish bath), and a panoramic roof terrace. Each room includes an air conditiioner, hair dryer, safety deposit box and free Wi-Fi.

    Le Medina Essaouira Hotel - Thalassa Sea & Spa

    Reminiscent of a sumptuous Moroccan riad, the facade of the Le Medina Essaouira Hotel is decorated in the traditional red of Mogador. Set by the sea, close to the medina, this luxury hotel contains 117 rooms, each with a balcony. Hotel amenities include a private beach, 2 swimming pools, a full service spa featuring massage and beauty services, multiple restaurants, and internet access.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Extend Your Trip
    • Extension
    Starts at

    $1950

    Duration

    4 days

    Activity Level

    Easy

    Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.

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Starts at

$6990

Duration

12 days

Activity Level

Easy

Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
Starts at

$6390

Duration

11 days

Activity Level

Easy

Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
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