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Kids in the Kasbah

Minimum Age 5 years

Morocco Kids in the Kasbah single parent family holiday

This trip is a great introduction to Morocco – you will experience Marrakech, visit a small Berber village in the foothills of the Atlas mountains and then visit the fabulous beaches of Agadir and Essouira.

A fantastic adventure for families with children aged 5 years upwards. Leave everyday life behind as you wander the twisting alleyways of an ancient Medina, a crowded souk full of colourful pottery, carpets, fabrics, shoes, spices, metalware and all sorts of surprises. In the square you will see the famous colourful water-sellers, you can buy fresh orange juice and you can see snake charmers and story tellers, henna painters and performers. Then as the evening descends the square is transformed into a night time fast food exotic style market.

This short adventure provides a fabulous introduction to the exciting highlights of Marrakech, the experience of life in a Berber village hidden away in the folds of the Atlas mountains, before you head off to the Atlantic coast for beach time in Agadir, camel rides and beach picnic at the old pirate hide out of Essouira.

The trip starts and ends in Marrakech.

This is not a solely single parent family adventure but the 28 July 2018 departure is exclusively for single parent families.  This holiday is popular with our single parent families and we already have a single parent family booked on the 4 August 2018 departure.  The holiday provides a fabulous introduction to Morocco, a beautiful and exciting country.

The single parent family holiday to Morocco Kids in the Kasbah departs 28 July 2018. We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families. You can enquire for group composition before booking.

Included activities

  • Armed – Bread cooking demonstration
  • Camel Ride
  • Taroudant Tannery
  • Marrakech – Guided walking tour

Kids in the Kasbah

Day 1 Marrakech – Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Marrakech is a feast for the senses, a world of spice markets, Berber music, carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. You can arrive at any time today, as there are no activities planned until your group meeting at 6pm.  Your 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 a short calesh/taxi ride). It’s also near a lot of local shops and restaurants. Settle in and relax. Accommodation: Hotel Gomassine or similar (1 night)

Day 2 Aroumd – You begin your adventure driving to the village of Imlil (approx 1hour drive), the largest village in the Mizane Valley. Steep-tiered fields of produce, both common and uncommon to us; various kinds of fruit line the valley sides, their terraces edged with purple iris. From Imlil we walk to the small village of Aroumd. The walk is 1 hour until we reach the village where we stay the night. Once settled, we enjoy an easy walk around the village before settling in for dinner in the evening. The walk tour around the village takes 1.5hours at a leisurely pace. Accommodation: Dar Tajine or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Zaouit Ifergane – This morning we will have a bread cooking demonstration for breakfast and perhaps an early morning walk around the village of Imlil. We will then transfer to Zaouite Ifergan passing through some Berber villages and a stop in one of the oldest mosque in the high alias where we learn about the Saadian dynasty in which era this monument was built. We continue our drive across the high Altas Mountains via the Tizi n Tast which will give you a great view of the largest plain of Sous. We arrive at our accommodation for the evening in the late afternoon in time for a swim in the pool and relax. Accommodation: Riad Arganier D’or or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Zaouit Ifergane – Enjoy a day of free time. You might like to take a walk with your family through the oasis and explore the local villages. The oasis is full of palm trees and streams of water, giving it an exotic atmosphere. Perhaps have a go at riding a donkey around the fields. Accommodation: Riad Arganier D’or or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Essaouira – After breakfast, it’s time for a short trip to Taroudant city (approximately 30 minutes). This pretty, conservative town (often called ‘Little Marrakech’) has a tannery, which you will visit and spend some time at. Moroccan leather goods are very popular, and here you can learn how the animal skins are cured to produce the leather. It’s an interesting snapshot of old-fashioned local craft, and a chance to souvenir a slice of hand-made Morocco. Then we travel up the coast to Sidi Kabuki (approximately 4 hours). Mount a camel and ride across the expansive sand dunes, taking in the awesome scenery as you plod along. This may well be one of the highlights of your trip. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach, then board the bus again and head to Essaouira (approximately 30 minutes). This delightful artists’ town is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. The town faces a group of rocky islands called the Mogador and is surrounded by an expanse of sandy beaches and dunes. It’s still a busy fishing port, and its pretty harbour is filled with tiny colourful fishing boats which go out early every morning. Accommodation: Hotel Souiri or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 Essaouira – Today is free for you to explore Essaouira as you please. Everything in the small centre is within walking distance, and the beach is nice and clean, great for strolling along. Why not wander the harbour and its adjacent fish markets where you can witness the daily auction. A fresh-cooked plate of the day’s catch is highly recommended. Perhaps browse some of the many shops and art galleries where unique local pieces are on display. The town is becoming renowned for its burled Thuya wood, delicately formed and inlaid in tiny shops. The scent from the oils used to polish the richly coloured wood permeates the air and makes walking through the streets incredibly pleasant. Accommodation: Hotel Souiri or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 Marrakech – Leaving Essaouira behind, journey inland to Marrakech (approxmately 3 hours). Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of the city centre, taking in the main sights on your way to the sprawling Djemaa el-Fna Main Square and souq. As is usual in a souq, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, potters and weavers. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you are almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display – perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers or some spices. The market almost has the atmosphere of a medieval fair. 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. Accommodation: Hotel Gomassine or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 Marrakech – Your trip comes to an end this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to depart the accommodation at any time. Meals Included: Breakfast

Top Tips

  • Don’t change money in the street in Morocco – it is both illegal and dangerous
  • Mineral water in Morocco is often referred to by brand name: Sidi Harazem, Sidi Ali or the naturally sparkling Oulmes. They’re cheap and you can get them anywhere.
  • Moroccan food is very good, not expensive and vegetarians will have no problem finding delicious food to eat.

Useful phrases: French is widely spoken throughout Morocco, but if you’d like to try some Arabic, her are a few phrases to get you started:

  • God willing – Insh Allah
  • Thank you – Shukran
  • Alwa – yes
  • La – no

Accommodation Ratings: We use a variety of accommodation and wherever possible we try to ensure that this is in keeping with the itinerary, and in line with our Responsible Tourism policy. To give you a feel for the standard, we have provided an accommodation grading for each night. These are intended as a guide and are not based on star ratings so there will be variations within each grade: AA – Hotels, Lodges or guesthouses usually with en suite facilities. These are generally simple hotels with adequate amenities. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable, there are generally no added facilities.

Currency Morocco: Moroccan dirham (MAD). Sterling (other than Scottish & Northern Ireland notes) or US dollars (clean and untorn notes) can be exchanges with ease. It is prohibited to export or import dirhams so you will need to get money in Morocco – we recommend taking plenty of GBP or US dollars with you to change. But cards can also be used to get cash especially in Marrakech.

Vaccinations

You will need vaccinations to travel; you should ask your doctor or Health clinic, but you can check them out on The Fit For Travel Website.

Visas

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the passenger. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it is important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant Consular or Embassy website of the country or countries you are visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

British Citizens travelling to Morocco as a tourist for less than 90 days do not need a visa to travel to Morocco but you will need to ensure your passport is stamped on arrival.

You can check visa requirements for British Citizens on the Foreign Office website. Other nationals should check with their relevant Consulate or Embassy.

What’s included in this holiday:

Meals:
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Transport:
Minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi
Accommodation:
Hotel (4 nights), Gite (1 night), Riad (2 nights)

Day 3 Included Activities

  • Armed – Bread cooking demonstration

Optional Activities

  • Donkey ride – MAD100
  • Tinmel Mosque – MAD50

Day 5 Included Activities

  • Camel Ride
  • Taroudant Tannery

Day 7 Included Activities

  • Marrakech – Guided walking tour

Day 8 Optional Activities

  • Urban Adventures – A Taste Of Marrakech – MAD620
  • Urban Adventures – Tajine cooking class – MAD655
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa – MAD750

Tipping: For better or worse, tipping is an accepted part of everyday life in Morocco, although it is always at your discretion, you will be expected to tip to reward service. And you should remember that tourism is of vital importance to many people and a few dirhams can make a lot of difference to them. Your Group Leader will be able to give you an idea of when and how much is appropriate, or you can use the following as a guide:

  • Local guide 10-15 MAD per person
  • Driver – 8-10 MAD per day per person
  • Porters / hotel staff 5-10 MAD per piece of luggage
  • As a general guide allow around £20 per person, including children for this trip.

Clothing and footwear: Morocco is a Muslim country, tight, skimpy clothing should be avoided out of respect for local customs, especially in the smaller, more remote villages. Loose, knee-length shorts are usually acceptable but women should avoid tight, low-cut T-shirts and shoulders should be covered. Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. It is not an exhaustive packing list. If you need further advice, please call us or consult your nearest specialist outdoor clothing and equipment store. Windproof & waterproof outer shell (i.e. lightweight jacket/kagoul) warm mid-layer (fleece or wool) for cool mornings and evenings. Lightweight walking trail boots, trainers, sandals for relaxing. Swimming gear. Sun-hat. Sleeping bag (3/4 season). Torch. Towel. Sunglasses. Sunscreen and lipsalve. Water bottle. Personal first aid kit. Insect repellent. Toilet paper. A laundry service may be available in some hotels, but we recommend you take travel detergent so you can wash clothes as you choose.Your Guide – if you wish to reward your local group leader in recognition for their contribution, towards your overall enjoyment of the holiday, a guideline would be £1-£2 per person per day.

Morocco Kids in the Kasbah Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-17 Notes
Sat 21 July – Sat 28 July 2018 7     FULLY BOOKED
Sat 28 July – Sat 4 Aug 2018 7 £460 £415 This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

4 single mum families with boys aged 11, 12(2) and girls aged 5 and 8

The solo parent departure group is fully booked, but there is a second departure which may consist of one and two parent families

Sat 4 Aug – Sat 11 Aug 2018 7     FULLY BOOKED

We have a 2 couples and 2 single parents booked on this trip.

Girls aged 13, 15 and 17 and Boys aged 7, 9, 11(2) and 13(2)

Sat 11 Aug – Sat 18 Aug 2018 7 £460 £415 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 15 Sept – Sat 22 Sept 2018 7 £460 £415 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 18 Sept – Tues 25 Sept 2018 7 £460 £415 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 20 Oct – Sat 27 Oct 2018 7 £460 £415 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 22 Dec – Sat 29 Dec 2018 7 £460 £415 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 5 Jan – Sat 12 Jan 2019 7 £460 £415 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

Trip was great

The trip was great. I liked that we had several days away from the big cities and stayed in smaller hotels so the kids could hang out together while the adults sat and talked. Everything we saw and did was beautiful and interesting for all ages.

I would rate the holiday as 4 stars – only the drive on the Monday through the Atlas Mountains was long for the kids.

The most inspirational moment was visiting the Berber home. They were friendly and lunch was amazing. The entire day was wonderful. Beautiful donkey ride and the hotel we stayed at for 2 nights was the best by far.

The group leader was great. Very patient and friendly.

Highly recommend the trip and will definitely join similar excursions in the near future.

Stephanie

June 2015

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