Essaouira Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF MOROCCO 590

If you like the itinerary below please quote REF MOROCCO 590 when enquiring for further details.

Alternatively you may like modify this trip with your own Holiday Wish List


Day 1: Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival in to Casablanca you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure, if there is time perhaps visit Hassan II Mosque which has the tallest minaret and the third largest mosque in the world, it can hold 25,000 worshippers at any one time.

Day 2: Casablanca - Essaouira

This morning you will have free time in Casablanca before heading to the coast, past the pretty towns of Oualidia and El-Jadida and onward to Essaouira. The colourful fishing town of Essaouira is perfect for some beachside fun and relaxation. Spend the afternoon exploring the charming medina or simply lazing on the beach. Overnight Ryad Watier

Day 3: Essaouira

Today is at your leisure to explore independently. The windswept fishing port, broad beaches and ancient walled medina with ramparts built into the cliff have long been a favourite refuge for artists, sculptors, food lovers, surfers and backpackers. The medina surrounded by a fortress with 5 main gates you can navigate by, has retained its traditional styles and is laden with quirky shops, coffee houses, antiques, art studios, calligraphers, t-shirt designers and souvenir curios. There’s a relaxed feel to the place and shopping here is a real delight. The port is a hive of activity with fishing boats hauling in their daily catch. Overnight Ryad Watier

Day 4: Essaouira - Marrakech

After breakfast we continue on to Marrakesh, past the orchards of Argan trees and the dry plains that surround Marrakesh. The very name Marrakech conjures up images of an exotic, distant city, of magic carpets and snake charmers and of frankincense and myrrh brought in by camel trains. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina lies a tangle of winding streets that open onto verdant gardens and dark alleyways that lead to bustling souks. The focal point is the central square, the Djemaa el Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders it is best seen in the evening when overflowing with food stalls, dancers, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists.

Day 5: Marrakech

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech around the souks and palaces of the old medieval medina. This afternoon is free for you to wander around the bustling souks or simply relax.

Day 6: Marrakech - Fes

Leaving Marrakech behind, we travel along the foothills of the High Atlas mountains before reaching the Imperial City of Fes. Fes is a bustling hive of activity, a visit to the medina is a must, explore the tanneries, souks, potteries.

Day 7: Fes

Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world and its medina is a cacophony of aromas, sights and sounds. Today we enjoy a guided tour of Fes and learn the fascinating history of the city. The afternoon is free for you to relax or further explore independently.

Day 8: Fes - Chefchaouen

After breakfast, we visit the Roman ruined city of Volubilis, the largest ancient site of Morocco. UNESCO-listed, the site dates back to AD40 and once ruled the entire Roman province of Mauritania. We’ll then head on to the blue city of Chefchaouen. High up in the Rif mountains, Chefchaouen boasts a beautiful blue door and white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the Kasbah (built back in the 18th century), central mosque and cafes with authentic menus. The busy market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist fare.

Day 9: Chefchaouen

Enjoy free time today in Chefchaouen, relax at the hotel or spend your time exploring this beautiful city.

Day 10: Chefchaouen - Rabat

Depart from Chefchaouen and drive to the coast and the town of Kenitra before travelling further down the coast to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and the second largest city after Casablanca. Spend the afternoon independently exploring this peaceful city and the ancient medina, with it's pretty white and stone washed buildings.

Day 11: Rabat - Casablanca

Spend the day at leisure exploring the sights of Rabat, perhaps visit the Chellah, which has interesting museums, a 17th-century fortress and Roman ruins. Late this afternoon we make the short journey to Casablanca.

Day 12: Casablanca

Sadly your tour with us comes to an end today. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.

Morocco Spotlight

Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...

Morocco Currency Rates
  1 GBP = 13.94 MAD
  1 CAD = 7.84 MAD
  1 ZAR = 0.81 MAD
  1 AUD = 7.52 MAD
  1 EUR = 11.03 MAD
  1 USD = 8.84 MAD
  1 NZD = 6.93 MAD
last updated - 26 Nov 2014 2:40 PM