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Morocco Family Retreat: Ouirgane

Morocco Family Retreat: Ouirgane

From $ 605 AUD

Description

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.

Trip Name
Morocco Family Retreat: Ouirgane
Last Updated
2020-10-24
Days
4
Capacity
12
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.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
13-02-202116-02-2021AUD $ 605-
03-04-202106-04-2021AUD $ 605-
29-05-202101-06-2021AUD $ 605-
31-07-202103-08-2021AUD $ 605-
14-08-202117-08-2021AUD $ 605-

Accommodation

Comfort style hotel (3 nights)

Transport

Private minibus

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