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Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco
FROM: USD $2,245 pp
Classical Morocco - 14 days map

PRIVATE TOUR: The ultimate Moroccan adventure! Wander through the souks of Fes and Marrakech, soak up the sun on the beach in Essaouira and explore Casablanca, Chefchaouen and the capital, Rabat. Enjoy 14 colorful days of culture, beaches and bustling bazaars!

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Marrakech - See the Bahia Palace and Koutoubia Mosque on a guided tour of the city, and delve into Djemaa el Fna with plenty of free time to explore
Casablanca - Admire the iconic Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest in Africa which can hold up to 25,000 worshippers
Hercules Caves - Visit this historic site en route to Tangier, where the activity of early neolithic man has been discovered
Chefchaouen - Lose yourself in the tranquil Blue City, a former Berber post surrounded by the Rif Mountains
Essaouira - Enjoy two full days at leisure to fully relax and uncover the charm of this Atlantic coast fishing town, home to a beautiful medina
Rabat - Take in the whitewashed buildings and medina of Morocco's captivating coastal capital city
Tangier - Wander along the seafront of this important trading town, an important port between Europe and Africa
Fes - Join a guided tour of the oldest medieval city in the world, plus spend a free day taking in some of the famous dye pits and tanneries

Included

Breakfast daily
Guided sightseeing of Fes and Marrakech
Entrance fees to all included sightseeing
An airport arrival transfer day 1 and a departure transfer day 14 (Marrakech Airport)
13 nights superior 4 star hotels and riads.
Services of a licensed English speaking tour guide at all included sites
Driver, all transfers and transportation in private modern A/C tourism vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Magical Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to your centrally located hotel or riad where you will be briefed about your holiday. This evening, consider heading to Djemaa el Fna - the city's UNESCO-listed bustling medina. Best seen at night, this central square is an absolute feast for the senses, overflowing with stalls, fortune tellers, snake charmers, and musicians. It's like stepping into another world!
Overnight: Marrakech

Day 2

Medieval souks & ancient medinas

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech, taking in all of the main attractions including the Bahia Palace and Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech's main landmark on the edge of Djemaa el Fna. This afternoon is free for you to wander around the bustling souks or simply relax.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 3

New Marrakech

Spend the day at leisure in Marrakech. Perhaps visit the Jardin Majorelle or maybe take a caleche ride out into the new town to see the Gueliz District and the Mohamed VI Avenue with its luxury cafes and theatre.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Coastal Essaouira

Marrakech - Essaouira. Leaving Marrakech this morning, you'll travel for 2.5 hours across the plains surrounding Marrakech to the argan orchards and scrub maquis-type vegetation around Essaouira. The colorful 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: Essaouira  |  Breakfast

Days 5-6

Essaouira

The coming two days are spent at leisure. Relax by the beach or discover the old medina and the ramparts of the town. We recommend the tasty sea food restaurants around the harbor for a spot of evening dining in beautiful surroundings.
Overnight: Essaouira  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 7

Charming Casablanca

Essaouira - Casablanca. This morning you'll be transferred to Casablanca. Travel along the Atlantic coast, passing long beaches, small fishing villages, Safi and Al Jadida. Upon arrival in Casablanca there is a chance to see the Hassan II Mosque, which can hold up to 25,000 worshipers! There's also free time to explore the city in the evening.
Overnight: Casablanca  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Ancient medina in Rabat

Casablanca - Rabat. The sightseeing continues today as you take the short journey to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and the second largest city after Casablanca. Spend the afternoon exploring this peaceful city and the ancient medina, with it's pretty white and stone washed buildings.
Overnight: Rabat  |  Breakfast

Day 9

The Hercules Caves

Rabat - Tangier. Travelling up the coast this morning, the road goes past some of the newer developments along the coastline and veers inland through the forests of eucalyptus. En route to Tangier, you will visit the famous Hercules Caves which are dug into a cliff. According to legend, Hercules rested in these caves after having dug the straights between Europe and Africa with his club! The Hercules Caves were used for shelter by Neolithic man and in the 20th century, they became the setting for sumptuous parties by Tangier's jet-setting crowd. The caves offer splendid views over the ocean.
Overnight: Tangier  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Photgraphic Chefchaouen

Tangier - Chefchaouen. Spend the morning in Tangier, exploring the souks and beaches. In the afternoon, you head off along the Mediterranean coast to Chefchaouen, the “Blue City' in the Rif Mountains. Chefchaoeun is a haven of tranquillity and peace, and a photographer's dream setting. Make sure to check out the beautiful blue and white-washed medina, which was originally a Berber post.
Overnight: Chefchaouen  |  Breakfast

Day 11

UNESCO-listed Fes

Chefchaouen - Fes. This morning you take the road through the mountains to UNESCO-listed Fes - the world's oldest medieval city. Enjoy a guided tour around the fascinating old city, visiting the ancient medina, tanneries, palaces, gardens, and bustling souks.
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Day at leisure in Fes

Spend a day at leisure in Fes exploring the souks and sights of the city. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit and looking down on the old quarter from the surrounding hills is quite an experience.
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Djemaa el Fna by night

Fes - Marrakech. This morning you will depart Fes and transfer back to Marrakech, arriving late this afternoon. Time for some last-minute souvenir shopping in the souks!
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Marrakech

Your holiday concludes after breakfast and included onward departure transfer to the airport.

Should you wish to further explore Marrakech or any of Morocco's other cities or sights, please inquire so we can arrange the perfect holiday for you.

For information about visas, top travel tips and much more, take a look through our travel guide.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Palais des Princesses, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Riad

Formerly a princely residence, the Riad Palais des Princesses is a timeless gem hidden behind the walls of the medina. Fully refurbished 5 years ago it is now an exclusive residence with just 17 rooms. Guest rooms are decorated in a charming and comfortable style with traditional furnishings and bright interiors. There is free wi-fi available throughout and fitness facilities. The rooftop terrace is a great place to sip some tea and enjoy the endless view of the city and the Atlas Mountains in the background. Well located in the centre of Marrakech close to the famous Djema El Fna souk in the city's medina.

Riad Imilchil, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Riad

Traditional and stylish, the Riad Imilchil is a beautiful example of boutique Moroccan accommodation. The 6 rooms and 1 suite are beautifully decorated with colourful interiors and gorgeous en suites. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is a stunning rooftop terrace where guests can view the whole of the city whilst enjoying a refreshing drink. At night you can view the famous Djemma El Fna pulsating in the distance. Well located, just 10 minute walk into the centre of the Medina.

Adam Park Hotel & Spa, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Guests can expect a very comfortable stay at the Adam Park Hotel & Spa. Each of the elegant rooms feature a patio or balcony with views of the surrounding area. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Several restaurants offer a variety of options including Italian specialities, Moroccan favourites and international cuisine. There are also plenty of ways to unwind after a day exploring Marrakech, with an outdoor pool, fitness centre and a spa offering rejuvenating massage treatments.

Hotel Cote Ocean Mogador, Essaouira

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Perfectly located on the beach of Essaouira, with wonderful sea views. This hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the Othello Garden and offers a private beach area, onsite restaurant, sun terrace, outdoor swimming pool and a bar. Car rental and bike hire is available for those that would like to get out and explore this picturesque area. The rooms feature air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV and a private bathroom. Sea view rooms are available, please enquire.

Atlas Essaouira and Spa, Essaouira

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The elegant Atlas Essaouira & Spa is set on Essaouira's beachfront, with its own private stretch of sand. The hotel is ideally located to enjoy the range of activities on offer in the area, such as horseback riding and canoeing, along with exploring the historic medina of Essaouira. Alternatively kick back and relax at the hotel which has two lovely swimming pools along with a poolside bar and delightful terrace. Or for a spot of pampering head to the hotel spa with its traditional hammam. There's also a fitness centre on site and the hotel has a choice of two restaurants. A traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean restaurant and a beachfront restaurant serving seafood and grilled dishes. While comfort is guaranteed in the air-conditioned guestrooms, which are bright, modern and spacious, with satellite TV, WiFi and a mini bar.

Hotel Club Val D’Anfa , Casablanca

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located between the sea and Anfa mount, Hotel Club Val d’Anfa is in one of the most prestigious residential districts of Casablanca. Combining warm colours, ceramic tiles and fine wood, the interior decor was inspired by Amazigh art. The attractive guest rooms contain all the modern amenities needed for your stay and face either the sea, hotel gardens or the Casablanca Corniche. Boasting three restaurants, two bars, a fitness centre, spa and pool - there's certainly plenty to keep guests entertained.

Kenzi Basma Hotel , Casablanca

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering an excellent location right in the heart of the city, this recently-renovated hotel is nestled between Casablanca’s cosmopolitan business district and the amazing architecture of the Art Deco neighborhood. You’ll find the guestrooms to be spacious and fully-equipped with modern amenities including high-speed WiFi. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Bloom, offers tasty Moroccan and international cuisine, whereas in the Torero bar you can enjoy a buzzing atmosphere with live music and delicious Spanish tapas.

Riad Dar Zouhour, Rabat

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Riad

Riad Zouhour has been recently and lovingly restored in a charming and traditional style. Located in the Medina District of Rabat, and just a two-minute walk to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kasbah of the Udayas; the Hassan Tower Mosque and Royal Palace of Rabat are also within easy walking proximity to the riad. Its rooms are quiet and comfortable, and you can enjoy some R&R in the hamman after a busy day exploring, or just sit and relax on the sun terrace and patio.

Dar Ba Sidi & Spa, Chefchaouen

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Surrounded by nature, with a large swimming pool, Dar Ba Sidi offers a quiet oasis for guests to relax. Bright spacious rooms are decorated in the traditional Riad style with ornate architecture and mosaics. You can also sample some Moroccan cuisine at the Moulay Ismail restaurant.

Riad Cherifa, Chefchaouen

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Riad

Situated in the heart of Blue City, Riad Cherifa is designed to look like a genuine Medina with traditional architecture and verdant gardens where corridors have been replaced by twisting lanes and the rooms replaced by beautiful riads, making for a magical experience in Chefchaouen. Guest rooms are fully equipped with high attention to detail and complete with air conditioning and private bathrooms. For those seeking reprieve from the sun, why not take a swim in the pool or book a treatment and relax at Riad Cherifa Hamman and spa.

Riad Al Bartal, Fes

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Riad

Riad al Bartal, which means the house of Fez, is a beautiful, tranquil riad inspired by the architecture of Arabia and Andalusia. The stunning courtyard and the striking, spacious rooms decorated in typical Moroccan style all provide guests with the ultimate sense of calm. Materials such as marble, mosaic and cedar wood add to the charm of the property. In keeping with its appearance, guests can enjoy fine Moroccan cuisine prepared with seasonal produce on the flower-filled terrace. The riad is just one block from the main entrance of the medina.

Riad Reda , Fes

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Riad

Located in the heart of the animated souks of Fes, Riad Reda combines traditional Moroccan design with modern air-conditioned rooms. Each room has a private bathroom and free WiFi is provided throughout the property. In the evening guests can enjoy dinner in the exquisitely decorated restaurant or simply relax in one of the lounge rooms.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
Any day of the year
Group Size
Min 2 / Max Private tour
Hotel Rating
Superior
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 13
Visiting
Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes
Countries
Click to play videoBeautiful sky over the famous Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech
The walled city of Essaouira sitting on the edge of the water
Purple sky behind the city of Casablanca
White washed buildings sitting along the waterfront in Tangier
Click to play videoMulti-coloured tanneries in Fes
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