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Morocco Family Retreat: Ouirgane

4 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Marrakech / Ouirgane
Welcome to your Intrepid Family Retreat to the serene foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Ouirgane is a place of peace and calm and a welcome escape from the bustling chaos of Marrakech city life. Start with a welcome meeting at 11 am, then make the journey from the city to your accommodation (approximately 1.5 hours) and settle into your own oasis for the next few nights. Your retreat is a locally owned, traditional Amazigh (Berber) guest house, built in the time-honoured style and full of character and the small touches that make all the difference. This truly is a home from home, and the bar, reading room, a backdrop of olive trees and mountains – and of course the kids will enjoy the swimming pool. Enjoy an included dinner tonight at the guesthouse, when the smells of lamb tagine, homemade bread and oranges with cinnamon fill the air.

Day 2 High Atlas Mountains / Ouirgane
Get your energy up at breakfast this morning reading for a half-day hike in the beautiful landscape of Toubkal National Park (approximately 3 hours). Explore the surrounds that feel beyond the reach of the modern world. The red earth hills and valleys are dotted with green pines and terraced farmland of almonds, cherry and apple trees. The family will navigate boulders and crags, running streams, and pass through traditional Amazigh villages on the way, waving to the villagers as they go about their daily lives. Bring the families together and learn more about local life here as you finish your hike with lunch shared with a local Imazighen (Berber) family. Rest your legs back at the guesthouse with an afternoon to relax and for the kids to jump in the pool before another delicious dinner.

Day 3 Ouirgane
After breakfast this morning you’ll get a chance to learn some new dishes for family dinners as you join a cooking class at the guesthouse. Get a demonstration of how to make Morocco’s signature tea, using mint grown right here in the garden. Then, because bread baking is a key part of Amazigh life, get the kids to knead the dough for a special type of bread called Tanorte. If that wasn’t delicious enough, get the inside info behind the iconic dish of the Imazighen, and Morocco as a whole – the tagine. Learn all the secret spices and techniques as it’s cooked outside over a wood fire. Then comes the best part – eating everything you’ve helped make for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free, maybe join one of the optional activities detailed below, snooze off you lunch in the shade of the trees, or play pool games with the kids.

Day 4 Ouirgane / Marrakech
Make the most the guesthouse surrounds during your final breakfast, before you depart for Marrakech.
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All This Included
The calm and comforts of Amazigh (Berber) hospitality await on this four-day Intrepid Family Retreat to Ouirgage, on the green edges of the Mt Toubkal National Park. Leave the modern world of Marrakech behind and journey to a home away from home to enjoy time to reconnect with the family. Surround yourself with the flavours and scents of this wild part of the country, and take the family on hikes the hills through small villages and farms, hang out with the locals, try your hand at making some iconic local dishes and, most importantly, take the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the pool overlooking the mountains.
  • Meals - 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport - Private minibus
  • Ouirgane - Welcome Lamb Dinner
  • High Atlas Mountains - Guided Hike
  • Ouirgane - Lunch with Local Family
  • Ouirgane - Tagine & Bread Baking Cooking Class with Moroccan Tea Making Demonstration
Highlights
  • Tap into the nomadic spirit of the Imazighen (Berbers) with a hike through the red earth hills and green-dotted valleys of a place that feels beyond the reach of the modern world.
  • Bring the families together as you break bread with a local Imazighen family in their village, getting an insight into daily life in the High Atlas region.
  • Learn some new family favourites with a tea, tanorte and tagine cooking demonstration and, best of all, feast on the delicious dishes for lunch.
  • Enjoy the comfort of your locally owned, unpack-once accommodation, where you’ll experience traditional Amazigh (Berber) hospitality and a pool to cool off from the Morocco heat.
Accommodations
Comfort style hotel (3 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 5
  • Group size: Min 4, Max 12
  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.
  • This trip includes a hiking tour in the High Atlas Mountains. This will take approximately 3 hours and difficulty of the walk will be adjusted to group abilities. A basic level of fitness and appropriate footwear and clothing will allow you to fully enjoy this inclusion.
  • If you wish to spend more time in Casablanca or Marrakech, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
  • The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the heat, so please consider carefully what time of year you travel. If you do travel in the warmer months, pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water.
  • In 2021, Ramadan will take place from 12 April to 11 May. This is a great time to visit Morocco due to fewer crowds, however it may cause some disturbance to your travel schedule. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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