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If exotic lands intrigue you... if spectacular mountain trails make your hiking boots dance for joy... if you hope to introduce your kids to the timeless traditions of cultures vastly different from their own...then Morocco is just the ticket to a memorable family vacation.
Marrakesh, our starting point, is the perfect introduction—or should we say immersion!—into Moroccan culture. Wander down labyrinthine alleyways and discover an ancient souk, the centerpiece of Moroccan daily life. Explore the gorgeous architecture of a former Koranic school. And listen for the alluring melodies of a wooden flute...is that a cobra being charmed out of its basket? As we dive into this energetic, colorful, full-of-surprises world, you’re sure to catch that sparkle of wonder in the eyes of your children.
In the High Atlas Mountains everyone’s inner child thrills to a ride by mule-back along thread-like trails that reach for the sky. Work up an appetite as you trek through authentic Berber villages and through groves of lemons and oranges. And savor a delicious snack of bread and honey in the traditional Berber home of new friends. At the end of the day, the whole family enjoys the fine amenities at our beautiful hotels—gorgeous swimming pools, indulgent spas, and blooming rose gardens.
|Dates||7 or more travelers||2 to 6 travelers|
|03/14 - 03/23||$3,790||$4,090|
|06/21 - 07/01||$4,190||$4,490|
|06/29 - 07/08||$4,190||$4,490|
Welcome to Morocco! Your journey through this fascinating land is a feast of sensory and cultural delights—the memories are sure to make this a family adventure of a lifetime.
Back-dropped by the stunning Atlas Mountains and once a key city of trade on the ancient caravan routes, Marrakesh retains its fascinating blend of Arab, African and European influences. The kaleidoscope of colorful architecture and the incredible spectacle of Djemma el-Fna have entertained centuries of visitors from far and wide—think peddlers of copper and cure-alls, henna artists and fortune-tellers and yes, snake charmers!
- Tour the Medina, the vibrant ancient city
- Visit a medersa (traditional boarding school)
- Explore the souks, or open-air markets
- Djemma el-Fna—a feast for the senses!
The breathtaking Ouirgane Valley cuts through an ever-changing landscape. Grab your backpack, your camera and spirit of adventure and get ready to take on the trails.
- Drive into the High Atlas Mountains
- Free afternoon in Imlil
- Trek to the Shrine of Sidi Chamharouch
- Free afternoon
- Hike the Ouirgane Valley
- Village hike
- Visit with a local family
Founded in the 1760s Essaouira is a fishing port that ships its catch all over the world. It’s also one of the only cities in Morocco laid out on a grid pattern, an innovation of its architect—a Frenchman who was the prisoner of the sultan.
- Drive to Essaouira
- Tour a bustling fishing pier and mingle with locals
- Free day
In Marrakesh the amazing Majorelle Gardens are known for paths that wind through bamboo, banana and coconut groves and the many species of birds found only in this area of North Africa.
- Tour Majorelle Gardens
The Es Saadi Gardens & Resort spreads across acres of park and features a hotel, palace, and a variety of villas. It is situated in a residential area within walking distance of the Marrakesh’old city, with spectacular views of the High Atlas peaks. The gardens are colorful, the restaurant is renowned for its excellent cuisine and extensive wine list, and there is also a very pleasant bar. A large terrace surrounds the pool, and drinks and snacks can be ordered poolside. Amenities include tennis courts, a full spa and sauna, a health and fitness center, and a hammam (Turkish bath). There are 150 air-conditioned rooms and suites, each with a balcony, phone and TV.
Riad Dar Imlil is a comfortable guesthouse located in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Only a five-minute walk to the center of the village of Imlil, this peaceful haven is far removed from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. Amenities include a restaurant featuring both international and indigenous cuisine, a hammam (Turkish bath), and a panoramic rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains and the surrounding Berber villages.
Tucked away in the lime and lemon grove-carpeted foothills of the High Atlas Mountains and surrounded by rose gardens and wild flowers, is the idyllic, family-run La Roseraie. A world away from the stress and strains of the modern world nature lovers, bird-watchers, horseback riders, and those who simply yearn for peace and quiet will find this picturesque retreat a very special place. Forty-five rooms are individually decorated in cottage-style, and there’s a comfortable bar with an open hearth and an acclaimed restaurant. More friendly than sophisticated, the hotel has a good range of facilities, including indoor and outdoor freshwater pools, tennis courts, and a hydrotherapy center. The hotel's own stables offer riding by the hour.
Reminiscent of a sumptuous Moroccan riad, a classic Moroccan house built around a courtyard, the facade of Le Mediana Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa is decorated in the traditional red of Mogador. Set by the sea, close to the medina, this luxury hotel has 117 rooms, each with a balcony. Amenities include a private beach, two swimming pools, a full service spa offering massage and beauty services, multiple restaurants, and Internet access.
Why Morocco with Thomson?