Escape to Essaouira

Tour Reference U-ME3/166

Our classic “chill” tour where you can enjoy refreshing sea breezes, Berber architecture and local history.

Mingle with the locals in the souks, try your hand at camel riding or kite boarding and enjoy the catch of the day at the harbour.

Category Escape to Essaouira
Duration 3 Days
Starts From Marrakech
Returns to Marrakech
Group Size 2 - 6
Prices from €250

Tour itinerary

Day 1

Marrakech to Essaouira with private guided tour

After meeting you at your hotel or riad in Marrakesh at around 8.00am – or from the city’s Menara Airport as your flight arrives - we head west on our 2.5-hour journey to the Atlantic Coast and the Portuguese-influenced town of Essaouira.

As we leave the outskirts of Marrakech, the ochre-coloured buildings give way to managed cultivation of olive trees and some of the largest vineyards in Morocco. Gradually, we move into “Argan country”. The Atlantic hinterland enjoys a perfect climate for the Argan tree to thrive upon and the nuts and berries from these trees have been part of the fabric of Berber life for centuries. Not just for producing cooking and cosmetics, but as a source of domestic fuel and fodder for animals.

 

 

Moroccan goats have developed their own tree-climbing skills and (although a little stage managed by the attendant shepherd) a brief stop on our journey presents one of those rare photo opportunities that should not be passed by.

 

 

By late morning we arrive at the fishing port of Essaouira where our professional guide will join you for a stroll through the hive of activity as the day’s catch of fish and seafood is brought ashore and presented for sale in a basic but practical manner.

 

 

You'll learn about the fascinating history and development of the area – and can even choose your own lunch from here to have cooked by one of the local restaurants a little later.

Adjoining the harbour are the 18th century ramparts and fortifications with their commanding views of the port, the town, the wide sandy beach and the Island of Mogador in the distance. From this superb vantage point you are just a couple of minutes walk to the entrance of the UNESCO-listed medina and Place Moulay Hassan where your guided tour ventures into the old town of Essaouira.

A far cry from Marrakech, the souks and squares in Essaouira are more relaxed – but still offer that amazing combination of colours and aromas entwined with locals and tourists inspecting the fascinating array of stalls, kiosks, galleries and shops that are at the heart of Morocco’s artisan culture.

 

Carpets, spices, herbal remedies, jewellery, lanterns, paintings, thuya woodcarvings and carpentry. Every street corner delivers a different view on life in Essaouira.

And although, as you look upwards, some of the facades may appear to be in a state of disrepair, this only adds to the character of this popular seaside town.

 

You are welcome to take your evening meal at the hotel or venture into town to discover some of the local culinary delights and culture at your leisure.

Meals included / not included
Breakfast Not included
Lunch Not included
Dinner Not included

Day 2

Time to relax and enjoy Essaouira

 

The second day of the tour is yours to enjoy Essaouira at your own pace. Relax by the beach, explore more of the town or arrange a mini-excursion with our driver.

 

Local places of interest include the Cooperative Feminine Marjana, where you can buy Argan Oil from the women who make it. Alternatively, there’s Les Domain de Val D’Argan, southern Morocco’s only vineyard, to enjoy a meal in the bodega.

 

Subject to the weather and availability, we will be happy to assist in arranging other activities for you in Essaouira including quad-biking (restrictions apply), camel riding, kite-boarding and surfing lessons.

 

The evening is yours to spend how and where you choose at your leisure.

Meals included / not included
Breakfast Included
Lunch Not included
Dinner Not included

Day 3

Return to Marrakech from Essaouira

After a leisurely breakfast, we begin our journey back to Marrakech. On arrival, we will return you to your accommodation for you to spend the rest of the day as you please or take you to Menara Airport in good time for your flight.

Meals included / not included
Breakfast Included
Lunch Not included
Dinner Not included

Pricing

2 Persons €350 pp
3 Persons €300 pp
4 Persons €280 pp
5 Persons €270 pp
6 Persons €250 pp

Solo travellers are always welcome. Please ask for details and availability. For groups of more than 6 guests, please ask our Reservations Team for more information about availability and prices. Reductions apply for children accompanied by adults. No charge for children under 5 years. All local taxes, state taxes, parking fees, tolls and fuel charges are included within the price. Please see below for more information.

Accommodation

The inclusive prices for accommodation are based on staying at a 3 or 4 star riad or hotel. Your accommodation can be upgraded to 5 star for part or all of your tour if you wish. Just ask our Reservations Team. Unless specified, your accommodation is inclusive of breakfast. Prices based on two people sharing a room. Single supplements may apply.

Inclusive and Exclusive

What is included

  • All fuel, travel taxes and tolls as per itinerary
  • Collection from your accommodation or airport *
  • English/French/Spanish speaking driver
  • English/French/Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Overnight accommodation with breakfast
  • Return to your accommodation or airport *
  • Transportation in A-C 4x4 or people carrier

What is not included

Airport-train-seaport transfers to accommodation

  • Entrance fee to attractions or events en route
  • Flights or travel to and from Morocco
  • Gratuities at your discretion
  • Lunches, snacks and drinks
  • Incidental expenses and souvenirs
  • Personal travel and health insurance
  • Any other items or services not shown as inclusive

Notes:

* Alternative collection and return from Menara Airport if not staying in Marrakech

Upgrades and changes to your itinerary

We’re more than happy to alter this itinerary to suit your individual requirements prior to booking. Just let us know what changes you would like and we will advise. And if you would prefer to travel throughout in a luxury limousine or have any special requirements you would like arranged for your tour, please ask us for details.

Other information

This tour is suitable for all ages and the itinerary is taken at your own pace. Unless exploring the ramparts, the tour is on flat and even ground making it ideally suited for those with impaired mobility. Our Reservations Team will be happy to advise you on this.

Contact Us

To book this tour, request more information about the tour or advise of any special requirements you may have, please send an email to us using the form below.

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Contact information

Phone (office): +212 524 433 513

Fax: +212 524 433 513

Mobile (Morocco): + 212 662 27 39 30

Mobile (Spain): + 34 659 320 701

Email: tours@magnificentmorocco.com

Address: Angle Rue Tarik Ibn Ziad & Ibn Aicha Résidence Excel Sior

Imm. 18 No 6 Gueliz

Marrakech

Morocco