Kids in the Kasbahs!

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Date No of nights Price per adult Price per child 12yrs + Child up to 11yrs
21-28 October 2011
(Fri-Fri)
7 £779 £769 £749

Flights and Transfers: Your Mango holiday cost is based on London flights. Regional airports may also be available but flight supplements may apply, please request at the time of booking.

Prices Includes: All flights, entrance fees, activities, accommodation and meals listed in the itinerary, along with the services of a Group Leader

Local Costs - Morocco

Average costs are given for guidance only, and may vary widely according to location and type of establishment.

  • Coffee/tea 8-15 MAD
  • Soft drink 10-20 MAD
  • Medium beer 20-40 MAD
  • Bottle of wine 80-220 MAD
  • Bottle of water 8-20 MAD
  • Local snack lunch 60-100 MAD
  • 3-course dinner* 80-220 MAD *reasonable mid-range tourist class restaurant.

Early booking incentives for UK Holidays
(6 nights or more)

Book your UK summer holiday before the 28 February 2012 to qualify for Mango early booking incentives :: Deposit payable: £25 per person, balance of deposit (up to 50% of total) due 30 April 2012

Early booking discount for UK Holidays
(6 nights or more)

In addition you will receive an early booking discount of £20 per adult and £10 per child

Morocco

Red mud-baked Kasbahs beneath the stunning Atlas mountains; seething souks; lively bazaars; pulsating sounds of music and the frequent calls to prayer; the vibrant colours; wonderful smells and exotic experiences; nowhere is as fascinating and bewildering as Morocco, a country full of contrasting images and colourful sights. Morocco offers an exciting and enchanting uniquely African experience less than four hours flying time from the UK.

This trip is especially for those of you with a sense of adventure. We have put together a magical Moroccan adventure with a taste of everything; the bustling city of Marrakech, the simple Berber lifestyle in the mountains and the lovely seaside fishing village, old port and beach resort of Essaouira.

Morocco

Adventure Level

There are no challenging physical activities on this trip. The walks and camel riding are quite easy and you can opt out if you don't want to take part. Any healthy child or adult should be able to take part. It's more a case of

preparing mentally for Moroccan life. Seasoned travellers are unlikely to have any problem with this. There are some longer drives through marvellous scenery. Minimum age: 5 years.

Exploring Essaouira

The adventure continues when we visit the old port and fishing village of Essaouira, once the base for pirates, and in the 60s a hippy hangout and favourite of Jimi Hendrix. Essaouira is now a great place to explore the narrow streets or enjoy the wide sandy beach. The resort welcomes visitors, many Moroccans holiday there, but this is a far cry from the more touristy resorts of Agadir. From here we take an excursion out to Sidi Kaouaki for a camel ride.

The Mystery and Magic of Marrakech

For our last night we return to the mystery and magic of Marrakech and a last opportunity for you to haggle for treasures from the souks. The rooms in the Riad are arranged around a courtyard. All the rooms are en suite and the Riad has its own Hamman, where you can have a steam bath and scrub followed by a relaxing massage. The food in the Riad is superb and the buffet breakfast offers a wide choice of hot and cold options. Sadly this will be our last night before our departure the following day (1 night Half Board).

Sample Itinerary

Day Activity
Day 1 Fly to Marrakech
After your flight, you transfer to your accommodation in Marrakech and check in. Even today, the name Marrakech conjures up images of scenes from the Arabian Nights: alleyways, souks, stalls and markets. This remarkable city, dating from the 11th century, never fails to satisfy the curiosity of adventurous travellers. The graceful architecture of the renowned Koutoubia Minaret, dominates the skyline. Hotel - 1 night. The hotel is located just outside the city walls around the old Medina. It is about a 30 minute walk to the main square Djemaa el Fna (or short calesh/taxi ride) but close to local shops and restaurants
Day 2 Drive to Ifergane; cross Atlas Mountains
You start your adventure with a bus journey (approx 6-7 hours) across the Atlas Mountains - rising to a height of 2092m at the Tizi-n-Test Pass. On the way you can visit the 12th century mosque Tinmal. Your destination is Ifergane, a pleasant village in the foothills of the mountains, and home to the Berber people who inhabited the land centuries before the Arabs arrived a mere 1,200 or so years ago. These proud people still speak a separate language, which consists of three main dialects. Although Arabic is gaining an ever-increasing foothold, most people - especially the young - know a few words of French too. The overall journey time today is approximately six to seven hours - it is the longest travelling day of the trip. With the fading sun dipping below the mountains, you will undoubtedly find yourselves sipping a traditionally prepared glass of sweet mint tea while you wait for your evening meal to be served. The sound of the muezzin can often be heard giving the call to prayer. Auberge with swimming pool - 2 nights (B)
Day 3 Ifergane; Atlas village & oasis walks
Today is a free day giving you the opportunity to walk and to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. You can stroll through the oasis and there are local villages to explore. The oasis is full of palm trees and streams of water giving an exotic feel to the area. You can have a go at riding a donkey around the fields. Afterwards, a short drive takes to Taroudante city (approx. 30 minutes) where you visit the tanneries. Moroccan leather goods are very popular and here you can learn how the animal skins are cured to produce the leather. (B)
Day 4 Agadir & beach time
Today you continue driving through the fertile Souss plain along many vegetable and fruit farms, crossing the Argan tree forest where you might see goats climbing the trees. You continue on towards Taghazoute beach on the Atlantic coast, where you have a picnic lunch (approx. 1 1/2 hours). This is a popular spot for beach lovers, and it is not hard to see why. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the wide sandy beach and Atlantic waves at Agadir where you spend the night. (B) Hotel - 1 night
Day 5 Essaouira; camel ride & picnic on the beach
You travel up the coast to Sidi Kaouki (approx. 2 1/2 hours), where a real highlight awaits you: You mount camels to ride across the expansive sand dunes - enjoying the view from this moving vantage point is a great feeling! Having worked up an appetite, you enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach before you get back in the bus to continue to Essaouira (approx. 30 mins). Arriving in Essaouira you find yourselves in one of Morocco's most attractive coastal cities. The wild waves of the Atlantic crash remorselessly onto the rocky coastline of this old pirates' hideout. Portuguese, Berber and French battlements encircle the maze of narrow lanes with tiny cafes looking out onto small squares. Two fortresses look out over the ocean, and on an offshore island stands another, even larger castle. As befits a seaport, the pace of life is more relaxed here, and the whitewashed streets lend a seemingly Mediterranean air to the city. Hotel - 2 nights (B)
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Day 6 Essaouira; explore port
This morning you can stroll around the lively old port, which is full of colour and interest. The early morning is the best time - when fishermen can be seen bringing in their catch or mending their nets. The harbour was once the lair of pirates who sailed out to plunder richly laden ships that passed along the coast - after all, this was the main trade route round the Cape of Good Hope to Western Europe. It later became a free port, when it had a small international community of merchants. The cosmopolitan mixture of different influences makes it a wonderful place to explore - and it is full of visual surprises. The whole day is free to relax and wander as you please. Take a leisurely stroll along the ramparts, visit the little workshops which specialise in ornate inlaid work using thuya wood (a local conifer), spend time on the glorious beach or enjoy a meal of freshly-cooked sardines down on the quayside. (B).
Day 7 Drive to Marrakech; city tour
Leaving Essaouira behind, you journey inland by private charter bus to Marrakech; this will take approximately three hours. This afternoon you head off on a walking tour of the centre - which takes in the main sights - and make your way into the sprawling souk. As is usual in a souk, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, the potters, weavers etc. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you're almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display - perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers, or some exotic spices. The Djemaa el-Fna provides the throbbing atmosphere of a medieval fair; it always seems full of life and continues late into the night. In this great open square at the heart of the medina, snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies. Each time of day seems to carry a distinct character, so do keep popping back for more! Hotel - 1 night (B)
Day 8 Fly Home