Exciting family holiday in Morocco

Description of Exciting family holiday in Morocco

Morocco has numerous attractions as a family holiday destination. It is close to the UK, relatively cheap to get to (the budget airlines now fly there) and there are no jet lag issues. More excitingly, it provides an wonderful slice of the exotic and the children can be immediately immersed in a fascinating environment of camels, desert, picture perfect oases and bustling souks.

Marrakech is top of the list of 'must see' places in Morocco and children will love exploring the many labyrinthine alleyways of the old city, marvelling over the cones of spices in the market and chatting to the colourful watersellers that ply the streets. In the evening they will love wandering amongst the stalls of Djemma El Fna night market, trying to find the most delicious dishes on offer.
Further north the city of Fes is also fascinating, with a wonderfully intact ancient centre and the picturesque (but stinky) tanneries that are the oldest in the world.

The Roman ruins of Volubilis will bring history to light and clambering over the ancient stones will bring out the archaeologist in even the most reluctant child!

The countryside is also a huge draw card for Morocco. Top of the children's list will be the Agafy Desert, where they can ride camels into the ochre sand dunes and spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin camp. There are also mountains, gorges, valleys, oases, beaches and much more. And dotted throughout the country are dozens of imposing kasbahs that are just waiting to be explored!

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Limited mobility:
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
Deaf/limited hearing:
As stated above, all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travellers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveller with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

One of the most popular activities in Morocco is a trek in the High Atlas. We provided detailed information for trekkers about how to minimise any negative impact on the environment during the course of the trek. As examples, we ask that all degradable refuse should be safely burnt and the remains buried. Other refuse (tins, bottles, etc) should be carried out of the area to an appropriate place for disposal.
We allow our local support teams to use fire for cooking and warmth but with the proviso that only dead wood is used.
We also ask trekkers to ensure that they do not use soaps or detergents when refreshing themselves in rivers and streams, as the water from these are used extensively by local villages.
Lastly, we ask that trekkers use toilet paper sparingly and to either burn (safely) or carry out all paper for disposal once out of the mountains.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.

The Impacts of this Trip

As a Muslim country it is important that travellers to Morocco are provided with the necessary information to behave appropriately when there. We provide advice about how to dress, asking women to cover their shoulders and knees in many places, although there are exceptions. Our guides will reinforce this message on arrival in Morocco. We also provide information about the holy month of Ramadan (when applicable), requesting that travellers be sensitive to the fact that people around them will be fasting during daylight hours.
Our tours use local guides in places of interest - this not only provides travellers with a fascinating insight into the country through which they are travelling, but also provides a vital source of income to local people.
When appropriate, we can also arrange a visit to a local school or village. This is something that families particularly enjoy as it provides children with a great insight into different ways of life (and can lead them to reflect on how lucky they are!).


2 Reviews of Exciting family holiday in Morocco

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Really hard to find one memorable part of the holiday. Highlights have to be the trip to Imili, the trek with a great guide, beautiful scenery and my daughter's ride on the mule. But the trip to the desert with a beauty all of its own and the trip on the camels at sunset, followed by a great dinner and Berber music round the camp fire.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do a small amount of research on the places you are going to stay as a family.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Hopefully we supported local people and businesses, eating in local restaurants and staying in local hotels, using local people as guides and drivers. We also learnt a lot about peoples way of life

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A really great experience, we met some wonderful and interesting people. Can't wait to go back

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Train journey accross Morocco, visit to Volubilis Roman ruins, lunch with Berber family in Ouirgane.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't eat the salad. Do not bother with a guide in Fez; they are simply taking you on a heavily overpriced shopping trip. The Lonely Planet Guide is excellent, spot on in all instances for food, DIY tours and really good maps. Do your shopping in Marrakesh airport on the way home; they sell all the same stuff at the same prices. Take earplugs (5.30 muezzin every day). Expect a stomach upset, and rejoice if you don't get it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Local people in Ouirgane (guide and his family) were paid direct by us, and I'm sure that money will have made a difference. Taking the train across the country was much better than a private taxi in many ways. Other than that, not really. Morrocco is heaving with tourists on the same well worn paths.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Unforgettable. The children will always remember it as a real adventure, and they will have the sights and sounds of Morocco in their minds for a long time.

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