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This is as close as we get to the traditional holiday of; arrive, lie by the pool, depart… but of course there is much more to it than that. Yes, the main feature is a good spell by the coast but with so much to see and do, it can be tough to find “pool time”. Also we think it works best if you bolt on a couple of days in Marrakech or the mountains at the beginning or the end or, as in this case, both. Start your trip in the old city of Marrakech from where you will be transferred to the coast to finally finish off with a couple of nights in the Atlas Mountains. If you fly back from Marrakech you may consider starting the trip on the coast and finishing in Marrakech. This way you will be closer to the airport and it will work for a more relaxed journey back home A multi-centre Morocco holiday with a difference!

Your Itinerary


Day 1 - Arrive in Marrakech

Arrive at Marrakech airport where your driver will meet you and take you the 15 minutes into the old Medina and you will find your riad, a traditional merchant house converted into a boutique hotel. There are lots of places to choose from and Riad Chergui is a good choice as it is well located and has a proper swimming pool rather than the “plunge” pool in most riads.

Day 2 & 3 - Soak up the Souks

Spend the next 2 days enjoying everything Marrakech has to offer. Take an early morning visit to the Majorelle gardens before it gets too hot and all the busloads of tourists arrive. Spend afternoons visiting the various mosques and historical sites, not forgetting to indulge yourself with a traditional Moroccan exfoliation and massage in a local hammam.

Lastly, and not to be missed is the main square at night where you can wander amongst the snake charmers, storytellers and henna tattooists before sitting atop a rooftop bar with a chilled glass of wine watching the action unfold beneath you.


Dar Mevada , Sidi Kaouki

Day 4 - Head for the Coast

Your driver will collect you from your riad and take you to the coast. Here our favourite place to stay is Rebali Riads where you have beautiful pools and gardens and miles of beach. You can just have a room but if you are a family it is best to have a villa, even with your own pool

Morocco desert

Days 5-8 - Pool time?

Essaouira and the surrounding area is our favourite part of Morocco. The town is about 20-30 mins drive away for shopping and restaurants and you can either go by bus or taxi or have a car for a few days. There is also tons to do at Rebali itself: camel trekking, horse-riding, surfing, cooking courses, tennis and an onsite spa. And if you have a minute relax by the pool…

Days 9 & 10 - Into the Atlas

From the coast head back towards Marrakech but this time stay up in the Atlas Mountains. A spectacular place to stay is Kasbah Bab Ourika perched on its own summit overlooking the Ourika valley. A great base for some mountain walks, visits to the markets in the surrounding villages and just soaking up the views. You are also only an hour away from the airport so finishing here makes for a relaxing journey home.

Family Holiday in Morocco

Day 11 - Home

From the Atlas it is just an hour or so back to Marrakech airport so hopefully a lazy start before our driver comes to pick you up

Details -

Cost for the 10 nights including private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle is from £780 per person B&B (excludes flights) based on 2 sharing a double room.  This also make a fabulous family holiday for children of all ages.

You can get flights from as little as £100 per person return and do ask us for advice.  Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

All prices correct at the time of writing.  Give us a call or email us at to discuss your requirements and get a confirmed price.

Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans.  We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.


What's included?

  • Prices start from £780 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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The start and finish for most Morocco Holidays. Highlights are the souks in the old Medina, the main square in the evening, the Majorelle gardens and the historical sites. You should definitely stay in a Marrakech Riad for at least a few nights but also some beautiful villas and hotels on the edge of town in rural Marrakech. Click for suggested riads More
Essaouira is our favourite at all times of year. Probably the prettiest coastal town in Morocco and loads to see and do. Great camel trekking, horse-riding, surfing kite/windsurfing, cooking lessons, lovely medina (more relaxing shopping than Marrakech). Also great places to stay in town and in the village click below for suggestions More
High Atlas Mountains
Incredibly close to Marrakech but a world apart, the Atlas mountains are an essential visit. Go for a day trip (trekking or driving tour), or stay in one of the beautiful kasbahs perched on a hilltop to relax and soak up the views More
Sahara Desert
The massive dunes of the Sahara should be on anyone's "bucket list" and it is easy to do a trip into the desert from Marrakech, Fes or the coast with a bit of planning More
Ait Ben Haddou
One of the most famous sights in Morocco, Ait Ben Haddou is a rock fortress on the south side of the Atlas. Always a good stopping point on our desert tours and a must for the photo album More
The Gorges
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Having been re-built after and earthquake 50 years ago it doesn't have as much charm as other Moroccan cities but the beach and climate are lovely More
Oualidia Lagoon
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The town of Chefchaouen is beautifully situated on a mountainside, often referred to as the blue pearl due to its shimmering blue buildings. It's worth learning the history behind the choice of this color, which contributed to the town's fame, making it one of the most photographed places in Morocco. In Chefchaouen, explore the picturesque medina with winding alleys and the Kasbah with its lush gardens, serving as a haven of freshness in the city center. Chefchaouen is a paradise for walkers, not only because of its most beautiful streets and alleys, which create an unreal impression but also due to the hiking trails around the city. Besides the Old Town, it's worth visiting the main square, Uta el Hamman, with numerous cafes, and seeing the 15th-century El Adamaa Masjid mosque in white-orange colors with its characteristic octagonal minaret. Chefchaouen is an excellent choice for a one-day trip or a relaxing overnight stay. More
Fes makes for a fabulous long weekend or as part of our "Grand Tour". The highlight is the medina which most people prefer to Marrakech, partly as it is on a hill you are much more aware of the geography. Also, do a day trip to the Roman ruins at Volubilis and ask about a night or two in the village of Bhalil More
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