Morocco: Marrakesh, Essaouira and the High Atlas Mountains

  • Overview
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    9 days

    Activity Level


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


    Ideal Age



    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 Morocco

    Days 2-3


    Djemma el-Fna

    We’ll visit the world renowned, magical world 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 a truly immersive experience in a trade practiced for generations in Northern Africa.

    Days 4-5


    Visit an Amazigh Home

    Visiting a local or Amazigh home we’ll learn how to prepare traditional Moroccan mint tea as well as a tagine, a tasty stew — then we’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 we’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, 5 hours.

    Days 6-7


    Toubkal National Park Eco Museum

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

    Walk the City

    Our guide will walk with us over cobblestone streets and through the town and medina as we get our bearings in this seaside town.

    Meet a Local Artist

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

    Camel Ride

    At the beach of Sidi Kaoki camels wait to take us on an hour’s ride along the breezy coast.

    Day 8


    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 / ARRIVE HOME

  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    Adult $3790
    Teen $3790
    Child $3590


    Sold Out
    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690

    2020 Dates


    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690


    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690


    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690


    Adult $3890
    Teen $3890
    Child $3690


    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 comprised of a hotel, “palace” and a variety of villas. It is situated in an unruffled residential area within walking distance of the old city, with spectacular views of the High Atlas peaks. The gardens are colorful, the restaurant is renowned for its excellent cuisine and extensive wine list, and there is also a very pleasant bar. A large terrace surrounds the pool, where drinks and snacks can be ordered. There are two tennis courts, a health and fitness center with exercise facilities, sauna, hammam (Turkish bath), massage and a variety of beauty treatments. The hotel offers 150 air-conditioned rooms and suites, each with a balcony, phone and TV.

    Riad Dar Imlil

    Riad Dar Imlil is a comfortable guest house located in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Only a 5-minute walk to the center of the village of Imlil, this peaceful haven is far removed from the bustle of Marrakesh. The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant featuring both international and indigeneous cuisine, hammam (Turkish bath), and a panoramic roof terrace offering spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains and the surrounding Berber villages.

    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.

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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.