Moroccan Magic - Family Adventure
Morocco, Family, 8 days - from £595 (land only) - from €805 (land only) - from $1,040 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech where we are met by a KE representative and taken to the group hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: After breakfast we transfer to Ait Souka, a small traditional Berber village in the Atlas Mountains. On arrival, we have a short walk up to the gite and have lunch there. After lunch, we have a bread making lesson in 2 short sessions, firstly preparing the dough and then baking it. In between, we go for a walk above the gite on village paths, with great views. Overnight at the gite.
Day 3: This morning we meet our friendly mules and set off on our easy walk for the day. Children can sit on the mules (where the trail is level) or walk. We have a leisurely picnic lunch near the village of Aremd and have the option to visit the splendid Kasbah de Toubkal for a coffee or coca cola. On our return to the gite, we can have an authentic 'hammam' experience, before dinner and overnight.
Day 4: We leave the mountains today, driving out to the Atlantic coast and the white-painted port of Essaouira. This is an approximately 4 hour drive and we will stop en route for lunch and possibly to visit an argan oil cooperative. We check in at our hotel in Essaouira for a 3-night stay in this pretty seaside town.
Day 5: This morning we have a 2 hour surf lesson close to the hotel. Children 8 years and older can take part and must be competent swimmers. After this exhilarating activity, we have lunch and then have time to stroll amongst the souks and ramparts of Essaouira. Alternatively, we can choose to chill out at the hotel and spend time in the welcoming pool. We spend a second night at our Essaouira hotel.
Day 6: This morning we drive out to Sidi Kaouki, where we meet our camels and walk southwards along the beach for several kilometres to a rocky promontory. We have lunch at a gite nearby, before returning to the collection of cafes at Sidi Kaouki (ice-cream opportunity). We return to spend a final night at our hotel in Essaouira.
Day 7: After breakfast, we drive back to Marrakech, where we have lunch at the hotel and some free time to enjoy the gardens and pool. In the afternoon, we have a calligraphy lesson at a handicraft cafe in the medina. This will include having our names written in the beautiful Arabic script. We will then have dinner at a traditional restaurant, before returning to overnight at our Marrakech hotel.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfasts. Transfers back to Marrakech Airport are provided.
The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel' the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.