With Maya in Wanderland’s protagonists joining in, this epic journey to Morocco for single parents can be a life changer!
Days: 8 / Date: February 2 – 9, 2019 / Group size: min 8, max 14 / Price from: € 1199
Days: 8 / Date: February 16 – 23, 2019 / Group size: min 8, max 14 / Price from: € 1299
Why you should join us
If you’re looking for a meaningful getaway or an out-of-the-ordinary bonding adventure with your kid, seeking cultural immersion, unfamiliar landscapes or culinary discoveries, then this trip has your name written on it! Are you interested in more than just all-inclusive resorts and round-the-corner jaunts for your children? Join a bunch of likeminded people on an intoxicating journey to Morocco for single parents with kids!
• Drive through vibrant cities, lunar landscapes, infinite dunes and lush oasis until you reach the mighty ocean lapping at the shore
• Embrace the sensory overload of Marrakech
• Discover adobe Berber dwellings in the Atlas Mountains
• Mingle with the locals at the colourful village markets
• Saddle up for a sunset ride in the Sahara
• Step back in time and relish legendary kasbahs or filming locations of even more legendary films
• Master the art of the local cuisine at a cooking class under the watchful eye of a Moroccan dada
• Access your inner zen in a yoga retreat overlooking the ocean
• Bed down in a series of boutique hotels, lodges or riads with amazing pools and traditional hammams
• Meet likeminded people and make lifelong friends, both you and your kid
And while you’re at it, don’t be surprised to see your kid’s beaming face as a reaction to all these fun and exciting experiences he gets to live with you.
Ready to make some memories and meet some fun loving people?
Sat: Marrakech (arrival)
Mon: Marrakech – Tizi’n Tichka – Ait Benhaddou – Ourzazate – Skoura (4-5 hour drive*)
Tue: Skoura – Todra Gorges – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi (4-5 hour drive*)
Wed: Erg Chebbi – Sijilmassa – Tazzarine – Agdz (4 hour drive*)
Thur: Agdz – Taliouine – Taroudant – Agadir – Taghazout (5-6 hour drive*)
Fri: Taghazout – Marrakech (3 hour drive*)
Sat: Marrakech (departure)
*Driving times don’t include stops.
Day 1: Walking tour around the vibrant Jemaa el-Fnaa
Arrive in Marrakech, settle in your chic boutique hotel and say hi to your fellow travellers before diving right into the buzzing heart of Jemaa el-Fnaa.
Ahlan wa sahlan to Marrakesh! With school and office worries way behind, step off the plane and get ready for an immersive Moroccan experience that will blow your senses and stretch your mind! Arrive at the airport, ideally before 3 PM, on Day 1 where you’ll be welcomed by an English speaking driver who will whizz you off to your boutique oasis. Check-in, freshen up or try a hammam before an evening of colour and excitement.
If we haven’t already met by then, Maya and I and the rest of the group will be waiting for you in the lobby at 5 PM to kick-start our adventure with a fascinating walking tour of the iconic Jemaa el-Fnaa and its back alleyways. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, the square comes to life at sunset when: snake charmers, henna tattoos, magicians, storytellers, monkey trainers, music performers and much more, mesmerise both kids and parents.
A known foodie hangout, you may choose to sample some local delights from the sizzling stalls or enjoy a freshly made cocktail from the fruit vendors. Stomachs filled with flavour-packed treats you are ready for the 7-day adventure ahead!
Les Deux Tours Boutique Hotel or similar
Walking tour of Jemaa el-Fnaa
Day 2: Guided tour & a hands-on cookery lesson
Soak in the buzz and energy of Marrakesh. Enjoy a guided visit through the hectic Medina, seasoned with a dash of blue at the luxuriant Majorelle Garden. Then unleash your culinary skills under the watchful eyes of a Moroccan dada.
Enjoy that feeling of waking up on holiday in a new country. Treat yourself to a hearty breakfast, for today you’ll need a lot of energy! We’ll kick off with a visit to the now legendary Jardin Majorelle. Be prepared for some mighty instagramable pictures!! Former residence of the French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle, the garden was owned by the famous fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent between 1980 and 2008. A wander around the lush garden and a visit to the Berber Museum, one of Morocco’s most beautifully curated museums, promise to be a moving event. Who knows, you may even fall in love with the bold cobalt blue (Majorelle blue) and decide to redecorate your home when you get back!
Next, we’re heading to the hustle and bustle of the Old Medina for a more in-depth exploration of its narrow streets and alleyways. Embrace the chaos as you navigate through pulsating markets and haggling merchants selling everything from leather and ceramic to spices and fabric. A stop for a quick lunch at one of the local cafes before joining a cooking class to learn all the secret ingredients of the Moroccan cuisine.
We’ll roll up our sleeves, big and small, to prepare a three course wonder that will dazzle your taste buds and wow your friends at your next dinner party. Savour the fruit of your labour in good company and end this action-packed day with broader knowledge and sharper cooking skills.
Les Deux Tours Boutique Hotel or similar
Guided tour of the Medina
Day 3: Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Prince of Persia… do they ring a bell?
Pass breathtaking sights on our 5-hour drive to Skoura, arriving to this palm grove oasis just before sunset. Explore the iconic mud-brick city of Ait Benhaddou and be an actor for a day on the studio sets of Ourzazate.
After an early breakfast, we’re leaving the frenetic, fast-paced Marrakech as we journey onwards to Skoura. It’s a five hour drive that will take you across the High Atlas Mountains, through the Tizi’n Tichka pass at 2260m, following the old caravan route that was used to bring gold, salt and other precious goods from Timbuktu to Marrakesh. We cruise on along Ounila valley with its riverbed gardens and scattered Berber villages to reach the hill-top city of Ait Benhaddou.
A great example of Moroccan clay architecture, this fortified ksar has been a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1987. You shouldn’t be surprised if your kids already know it. They’ve probably seen it in the The Prince of Persia, Gladiator or the spooky Mummy! We’ll navigate the winding alleyways through honey-comb structures, making our way to the top of the hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the snowcapped Atlas Mountains.
After a lazy lunch, we continue to Ourzazate for a quick but fun visit to Atlas Film Studios, the largest in the world by acreage. If some parents might find it a bit overrated, kids will be thrilled to sneak in the famous movie sets and play make-believe for just a little while. We’ll then carry on to the oasis of Skoura where we’ll check into our bed and breakfast, stretch our legs and enjoy a staggering sunset over the palm grove. La vita e bella!
Chez Talout or similar
Visit of Ait Benhaddou
Atlas Studios tour
Day 4: Village market and sunset camel ride, anyone?
Rise and shine for today we’ll stop for an early visit to Kasbah Amridil on our way to the weekly market where we’ll rub shoulders with the locals, busy trading everything from chubby goats and fresh vegetables to household and clothing items. Our day will end deep into the Sahara desert, riding a camel to the highest dune for the most glorious sunset.
Get ready for another day of excitement, for the best is still to come! Today your Moroccan adventure will continue along the Road of the 1000 Kasbahs to the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. After fuelling up at breakfast, we’ll discover Morocco’s most iconic living museum, the 17th century Kasbah Amridil. Nestled in the lush palm grove of Skoura, the kasbah has changed little since its foundation 300 years ago and it’s still inhabited by the family who build it, the Nassiris.
With a broader understanding of kasbah life and its ancient traditions, we’ll head out into the Monday village market to mix and mingle with the locals and observe how life unfolds in this tiny corner of the world. A swirling universe of merchants, buyers, blacksmiths, witchdoctors and fixers, swarming among piles of carrots, marrows, apples and livestock. Care for some organic almonds?
We’ll drive for about two hours, leaving behind Kelaa des Mgouna and Boulmane de Dades, until we reach Todra Gorges. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of someone rock climbing his way up the 300 m height gigantic walls. It’s common practice. A short walk through this vast canyon will stretch our legs and increase our appetite.
I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
After another 3 hour drive, watching the Anti-Atlas mountains gradually melt into the Sahara, we’ll arrive to the burnt orange dunes of Merzouga ready for an epic experience. Saddle up your camel and ride off into the sunset against the vast dune rolling landscape. Your desert home will be waiting for you with a warm and delicious dinner and a nice and comfortable bed. Sweet dreams!
Riad Azawad or similar
Visit of Kasbah Amridil
Local market experience
Todra Gorges short hike
Sunset camel ride
Day 5: From desert to pristine caravanserai oasis
Hit the road through scenic landscapes of lavish oasis and legendary kasbahs. You’ll pass by biblical adobe berber villages and admire the lunar beauty of the massive Saghro mountains. Late afternoon come, watch the sun go down over the palmerie and relax in your lodge by the river bank.
This morning we’ll leave behind this world of infinite dunes and graceful camels, and travel west to the caravanserai oasis of Agdz. The road will take us through Sijilmassa that used to serve as assembly point for the huge twice yearly caravans heading south across the desert to Timbuktu.Gold and slave auctions were taking place here as late as 1800’s.
Beautiful landscapes aside, the region between Tafilalt (the largest oasis in Morocco) and the Draa Valley is also famous for its fossils and prehistoric rock engravings. A 250 million year old fossilised sea creature can be a cool souvenir to bring home. It would, at least, make the history or geography teacher happy!
Just before Agdz, we will stop to wander around the 16th century Kasbah des Caids in Tamnougalt where scenes from the Oscar-winning movies Babel and The English Patient were filmed.
After four hours of hitting the road and soaking in the moon-like sceneries dotted with dense palm groves and volcanic peaks, feel overpowered by nature as you sip a fresh mint tea and take in the sublime sunset views from the terrace of your charming lodge.
Lodge Hara Oasis or similar
Visit of Kasbah des Caids
Day 6: Saffron and Zen
Leave the dusty roads of the desert behind and head to the coastal heaven of Taghazout, Morocco’s surf and yoga haven for both pros and newbies. Chill out and sip on a sunset sundowner overlooking the ocean or indulge yourself with a well deserved spa treatment. Kick back and relax like there’s no tomorrow!
So far, our adventure took us to bustling souks, legendary strongholds, luxuriant oasis and endless rolling dunes. Now it’s high time to meet the laid-back part of Morocco! After an early breakfast at our lovely lodge, we’ll embark on a six hour drive to the chilled fishing village of Taghazout.
On the way, we’ll pause for lunch and a quick visit to the Saffron Museum in Taliouine. The small village produces yearly 3 tones of the most expensive spice in the world, making Morocco the fourth saffron producer globally. Take it as a great opportunity to find out more about this precious commodity.
Passing by Taroudant, we’ll make our way to the powerful Atlantic waves and our paradise retreat in Taghazout. A true gem for both parents and kids, this hotel has everything you need and more: tropical gardens, heavenly spa, yoga pavilions, kids club and pool, you name it!
As the last rays of sun disappear into the ocean, get together with your newly-formed tribe of adventurers for a delicious dinner and a few cocktails. It’s a hard life!
Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa or similar
Visit to the Museum of Saffron Cultivation at the Souktana Cooperative
Day 7: Life’s a beach
Spend the morning as you please – test your wave riding skills with a beginner surf lesson, teach your kid the secrets of feeling zen at a yoga class by the ocean or simply put your feet up and enjoy a good book.
After the early rise of yesterday and the days before, today you can enjoy a leisurely lie-in at this laid-back beach retreat. Taghazout really is a relaxed destination; people come here for yoga, surfing and swimming. So, do as much or as little as you wish, but whatever you choose to do, make sure you unplug, unwind and savour these beachfront chilling moments.
Later this afternoon we’ll take the road back to Marrakech where you’ll enjoy a free evening with your kid or in the company of your newly-made friends.
2 Ciels Boutique Hotel or similar
Day 8: Farewell, Morocco!
It’s time to say goodbye to this mesmerising country. But what a week it’s been!
No-one enjoys this bit, but before reality gets to you, think of all the awesome friends you’ve made, the experiences you’ve lived alongside your kid and the memories that will stay with you forever.
After a final Moroccan breakfast you might just have enough time for a last visit to the Medina or a dip in the pool, before arranging your own transfer back to the airport. Wherever your next stop, let yourself be carried away by the sweet taste of the memories you built in this most beguiling North African country. Fly safe and congratulate yourself for saying yes to new adventures!
• Private minibus with English speaking driver for the entire trip
• Airport pickup any time on Day 1
• 7 nights accommodation based on sharing room, including boutique hotels, lodges and riads
• 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners
• Boots and Roses tour leader
• Local English speaking guides
• All activities marked as included in the detailed itinerary above
• Admission fees to all sites and attractions mentioned in the itinerary
• VAT and visitors tax
What’s not included
• Mandatory travel insurance
• Round-trip airfare to Marrakech
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at dinners (water excluded)
• Personal purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, incidentals such as massages, laundry and meals outside of the established itinerary
• This trip is designed for parents and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you
• Minimum age for children on this trip is 6 years old
• This is a discovery trip and there will be some long travel days and early morning departures to ensure we include all activities and reach our next destination before sunset. The drives will be packed with scenic landscapes and great stops, but if you experience travel sickness do make sure you bring some medication to help ease the discomfort
• Accommodation on this trip is on a shared basis. Please be aware than in some places twin-bedded rooms are in short supply. This means that occasionally you will have to share a kingsize bed
• The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.