Morocco Family Short-Break

This example short break is ideal if you only have a week, but want a taste of the exotic. It combines an enticing mix of Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains and the striking desert kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.


  Walk in High Atlas Mountains
  Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
  Desert camel ride
  Night market in Djemaa al Fna
  Marrakech by horse & buggy

7 days from £525 pp

Plus international flights from £150

A 7-day holiday in Morocco usually costs a minimum of £2,100 based on comfortable mid-range boutique hotels or riads (usually with pools) excluding international flights.

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Morocco family short-break day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech – Imlil (High Atlas)
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a Stubborn Mule Representative and transferred to your hotel in the High Atlas. The drive takes around an hour. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the view.

Day 2 Imlil (High Atlas)
A beautiful day out in the countryside on either a walk or a mule ride into the hills around Imlil. Follow quiet trails through the village, passing small terraced fields of fruit trees (a riot of colour in spring), old stone houses and gushing rivers. You will stop for lunch with a local family, sitting out on the terrace cracking walnuts and feasting on freshly cooked flatbreads and hot sweet mint tea.

The length of the excursion can be varied depending on the ages of your children; older kids will be happy to spend 5-6 hours exploring, stopping to climb up the side of a waterfall and getting higher into the mountains for particularly good views. Younger children might appreciate a shorter excursion, stopping more frequently to play in the river… game of pooh sticks anyone?

Many families find that it works well for the parents and older children to walk and then just get a mule for younger children. They don’t need to ride all the time and you can ‘mix and match’ so that all the family can have a turn on the mule if of interest.

Day 3 Ait Ben Haddou
After breakfast you will head to Ait Ben Haddou that takes around 3½ – 4 hours. The route is stunning passing through a fertile farming landscape before the road starts to climb and the scenery becomes increasingly barren. After a series of tight switchbacks, you will stop at the top of the Tizi ‘n Tichka pass for superb 360˚ views. From here the road descends into the desert until you arrive at the small town of Ait Ben Haddou.

The afternoon is free. We can arrange a hotel with a pool or perhaps stay in a small oasis just outside the town where you can walk into the palm groves and follow irrigation canals through the fields.

Day 4 Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
This morning climb to the magnificent kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Perched in a dramatic location high on a rocky outcrop, the twisting mud brick alleyways, crumbling towers and ochre walls make this one of Morocco’s most scenic kasbahs. Numerous films have been shot here and you will turn a corner to find yourselves in the middle of a scene from Gladiator or The Mummy. Children will enjoy navigating the narrow streets, following their noses to the fort on the top of the hill from where the views stretch for miles over the surrounding desert.

In the late afternoon you take a camel ride out into the desert to enjoy the sunset.

Day 5 Marrakech
After breakfast retrace your steps over the Tizi ‘n Tichka pass to Marrakech. Once you arrive you will be dropped near the entrance to the medina, where a porter from your riad will meet you to guide you along the narrow pedestrianized streets to your riad. (Don’t worry, your luggage will be carried in a wooden cart).

Marrakech is wonderfully exotic city, the bustling twisting streets enticing you in and surrounding you with scenes straight from the storybooks. The cobbled streets are lined with stalls piled high with ornate silverware, mounds of spices, intricately etched leather goods, embroidered slippers and much more. You can spend hours wandering through the markets (don’t worry if you get lost, the stall-holders will always point you in the right direction when needed), stopping for a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or a mint tea, and perhaps a plate of tagine or a snack of lemony olives. Catch a glimpse of gorgeous mansions hidden behind carved wooden doors, tiny mosques squeezed into narrow alleyways, boutique galleries and steaming hammans.

Wherever you are, all roads lead back to Djemaa al Fna, Marrakech’s great square. This comes to life in the evening, with a huge food market where you can sit down at a long table and tuck into a plate of calamari, piping hot flatbread, spicy kebabs and delicious salads. There are old Berber ladies keen to draw a henna tattoo on your arm, snake charmers who will drape a snake around your neck before you know it and colourful water-carriers asking to have their pictures taken.

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Day 6 Marrakech
A full free day to explore Marrakech. Children will enjoy a caleche (horse and buggy) ride around the old city or you could visit the beautiful Jardin Majorelle or perhaps the huge El Badi Palace. Alternatively just head to the souk and spend a wonderful day nosing around, trying to find that perfect souvenir.

Day 7 Marrakech
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


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