Our Operations Manager Liddy, mother of two, describes Morocco as the “perfect place to travel with your family; the sights, smells and sounds are wonderfully exotic and you feel on the other side of the world, but it is only a short flight away and there is no jet-lag to content with. Throw in some camels, easy day walks in the Atlas Mountains plus Marrakech and you could have your perfect family trip!”
Alison Osborne, from our Sales team, travelled to Morocco on a familiarisation tour of our family trips.
Did you need any visas and how long did it take to clear immigration at the airport?
No visas were required and there were no problems at all at immigration – we just had to fill in a form. Always useful if you have tired children after a long travelling day!
What did you think of your tour leader?
Our leader was brilliant. So friendly and knowledgeable – I can see why he was chosen to lead family trips as children will love him He used to be a mountain guide and his knowledge of the Mount Toubkal area was excellent. Our Marvels of Morocco trip spends two days rambling in the Atlas Mountains so his guiding skills will come into their own here.
What were the highlights of the itinerary?
The charming fishing village of Essaouira and Ait Benhaddou. Essaouira is much calmer than Marrakech and thus a better place to practise your bartering skills in the markets. The beach is stunning to walk on – an endless scene of sand and roaming camels and just perfect for kids to get rid of some excess energy on. Ait Benhaddou is a rambling collection of old Kasbahs. The scenery is beautiful and the children can play at gladiators – where the actual film was set. Oh and riding camels, the traditional ships of the desert, to our overnight camp.
What was the accommodation like?
Amazing! There was a really good variety from friendly and centrally located hotels in the cities to the Bedouin tented camp in the desert with excellent facilities.
What was the food like?
Moroccan food is lush! The famous tagines were delicious and not too spicy so perfect for younger palates. Also the soups were really flavoursome – great food for the mountains.
Are the tours relaxing or tough?
We have two trips to Morocco – Marvels of Morocco travels from the historical cities of Meknes and Fez, through the Todra Gorge, up into the Atlas Mountains then out onto the coast before finishing at Marrakech. Lots of variety – a fair bit of travelling but the scenery is so stunning and there is always something of interest to look at for the children. Our Moroccan Family Adventure uses a specialised overland truck and travels through gorges, desert, oasis towns, mountains and out to Essaouira. Families will love the variety of accommodation used –a gorgeous French auberge, a desert nomad camp, a traditional riad and the stunning Kasbah Du Toubkal, an award-winning mountain retreat where the rigours of travelling will fade away.
Any issues with money?
You can only get Moroccan Dirhams in the country but there are plenty of exchange bureaux in the cities. You can change GBP or USD easily. It is a very economical country to visit - £20 per person per day would cover any extra meals.
What sets our tours apart from others?
Both our family tours really get under the skin of the country. They both visit the highlights and there is a good balance between travelling around and staying based in one place for a few nights – saving all that constant unpacking and packing! The guides and drivers were all very well trained and extremely friendly.
Sum your trip up in one sentence.
An awesome insight into Morocco experiencing all aspects of the country from mountains to cities to desert to beach. Sums up Morocco actually!
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