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 remote striking landscapes of the Agafy Desert.


  Night market in Djemaa al Fna
  Marrakech by horse & buggy
  Desert camel ride
Overnight in a Berber camp
Walk in High Atlas Mountains

7 days from £750 pp

Plus international flights from £150

A 7-day holiday in Morocco usually costs a minimum of £3,000 based on comfortable mid-range boutique hotels or riads (some with pools) excluding international flights.

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Morocco family short-break day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a Stubborn Mule Representative and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Marrakech’s old city.  The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start to explore.

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.

Days 2-3 Marrakech
Two full days 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 4 Marrakech – Agafy Desert
After breakfast your driver will pick you up and take you into the Agafy Desert (around 45mins). Although not far from Marrakech this feels a world away and you get a real sense of the empty vastness of this country. A hilly barren landscape in the foothills of the Atlas, the Agafy is a playground for camel riders, quad bikers and buggy enthusiasts with a backdrop of often snow-capped peaks.

This afternoon you will take a camel ride into the desert and will spend the night in a traditional Berber camp.

Day 5 Agafy Desert – Ouirgane
Perhaps rise early to enjoy the sunrise over the desert. You can then have a leisurely breakfast before being transferred to your hotel in the picturesque village of Ouirgane. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the beautiful views.

If you are interested, we can alternatively arrange an overnight trek into the Atlas mountains. This begins with a transfer to the main mountain hub of Imlil where you will meet your guide, your cook and your mule. The trek takes you through the Imlil Valley in the shadow of Mount Toubkal over the scenic Tizi M’zzik Pass at 2540m. Here you enjoy amazing views of the Tazaghart Plateau and a huge swathe of the Atlas Mountains before descending through the spectacular Azzaden Valley with its colourful villages and hills. Spend the night in the village of Tizi Oussem and perhaps enjoy a side trip to the Ighouliden waterfalls after lunch.

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Day 6 Ouirgane
A beautiful day out in the countryside on either a walk or a mule ride into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Follow quiet trails through villages, 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 7 Marrakech
Transfer back to Marrakech (around 1-1.5 hours) in time for your flight home.


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

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