Essaouira & Marrakesh

Depart Casablanca and transfer to the seaside community of Essaouira and discover an atmospheric medina, colorful bazaars, and a center that bustles with open-air cafes and seafood restaurants. Then head to Marrakesh. Nestled Below the Magnificent Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is Morocco’s cultural hub. Offering sun-baked historical sites drenched in berber tradition and ornate Islamic art.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca – Safi – Essaouira

Arrival at Casablanca airport where you will be met by your driver to travel south to Essaouira. On the way you will stop in Safi, to admire some of the very good local pottery. Arrival in the old Portuguese port of Essaouira, one of the most popular coastal towns because of its magnificent beaches .

Hotel Options:

  • Riad Mimouna, 3 nights (Comfort Class)
  • Riad Dar Loussia, 3 nights (Superior Class)
  • Heure Bleue, 3 nights (First Class)
Day 2: Essaouira

Morning tour of the souks with a local English speaking guide, who will guide you through and explain the local handicrafts of the area. Free afternoon.

Day 3: Essaouira

Today you have a free day to enjoy the beach and port area at your leisure. You’’ll find narrow, freshly whitewashed streets, painted blinds, tranquil squares, artisans in tiny workshops working away at fragrant thuja wood and friendly cafes.

Day 4: Essaouira – Agadir – Marrakesh

Departure for Agadir, stop at an Argan oil cooperative runby women where you have the opportunity to see how the oil is made and purchase some to bring home. Continue to Marrakesh. Marrakesh is one of Morocco’s most important artistic and cultural centres. It was founded in 1062CE by Almoravide sultan Youssef Ibn Tachfin. Arrival and check-in. This afternoon, you have a dusk/sunset tour of the Menara Basin and the Majorelle Gardens, the beautiful private gardens owned by Yves Saint Laurent.

Hotel Options:

  • Riad Slitine or Riad Altair, 3 nights (Comfort Class)
  • Riad Chergui, 3 nights (Superior Class)
  • La Villa Des Orangers, 3 nights (First Class)
Day 5: Marrakesh

Morning tour with local guide of the souks of Marrakesh, as well as the Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia Mosque. Your tour ends at the lively Djemaa el Fna, a huge square in the old part of town. Late in the evening, rows of food stalls are set up and entertainers take to the streets. Free afternoon.

Day 6: Marrakesh

Free day at leisure. The Souks of Marrakesh are some of the best in Morocco, producing a wide variety of high-quality crafts, including brass plates, leather work, woodwork and carpets.

Day 7: Depart Marrakesh

After breakfast, transfer to Marrakesh airport. Assistance with departure formalities and end of services.

2020 Dates & PricesAdult Twin Share  
Departs Daily from Casablanca01 January to 05 February01 January to 09 January
06 February to 31 December
Comfort Class$2,040.00$2,095.00
Superior Class$2,230.00$2,315.00
First Class$3,520.00$3,680.00
** Child, Single & Triple prices available upon request

Inclusions 
Meals:6 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & private Deluxe air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Driver / Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Morocco

Experience the Best of Morocco. A land ablaze with vivid hues of maroon, tangerine and gold. Behold the cacophony of buzzing bazaars and the shimmering Sahara when you journey to Morocco’s charming cities of Casablanca, Fez and Marrakesh. Travel to the life-giving oasis of Tinghir. Brave the Todra gorge yielding dramatic vistas. Visit Ouarzazate, the setting for numerous famous movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Cleopatra.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Casablanca

The intoxicating sights and sounds of Morocco are revealed on this epic adventure through an ancient land. Delve into the intrigue and romance of Casablanca immortalised by Hollywood before meeting your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Grand Mogador City Centre

Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Fez

We continue along the coast to the capital, Rabat. Here we’ll embark on an orientation tour of the city which includes views of the grand 17th-century palace and Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Travelling to the imperial city of Meknès, we’ll see the grand gate of Bab el-Mansour, one of the most impressive monumental gateways in North Africa, adorned by green and white zeillij tiles. We arrive in Fez later today and spend the rest of the day at leisure, connecting with the symbolic heart of Morocco and the unique character of the country’s oldest imperial city.

Hotel: Marriott J’nan Palace, 2 nights

Day 3: Fez

Join a Local Specialist today to explore the medina, one of the largest thriving medieval centres in the world. See the royal palace and ‘Dive Into Culture’ during a visit to the round dye-pits and tanneries revealing Morocco’s ancient leather craft. Spend the rest of the day shopping or relaxing in a lantern-lit courtyard away from the medina crowds. Join your companions this evening for a special opportunity to ‘Connect With Locals’ over a Be My Guest dinner experience, featuring Moroccan specialities served with wine in a traditional Riad.

Day 4: Fez – Midelt – Erfoud

We follow the old caravan trail south, stopping for a Regional Meal in Midelt, a market town set within the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges. Continuing along the palm-fringed Ziz Valley and past the Tafilalt oasis, we arrive in the oasis town of Erfoud, regarded as the Gateway to the Sahara. Its golden façades and towering dunes have made it a popular location for filmmakers for decades. This evening we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Xaluca Kasbah

Day 5: Erfoud – Tinghir – Dades Valley

Journeying west, we arrive in Tinghir, one of the most beautiful oases in southern Morocco and home to the ruins of the ancient Glaoui palace. We continue through part of the Todra Gorge and cut through the mountains for one of the most dramatic views in the country. Enjoy a memorable Regional Lunch before following the route of a thousand kasbahs to the flourishing Dades Valley. Here we will overnight at one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories, Xaluca Dades, surrounded by panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains.

Hotel: Xaluca Dades

Day 6: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Aït Ben Haddou – Marrakesh

Blending effortlessly into the arid landscape, Ouarzazate has provided a backdrop for such famous movies as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Cleopatra’ and ‘Gladiator’. Visit the UNESCO-listed fortified village of Aït Ben Haddou in the High Atlas Mountains and continue through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to Marrakesh – the ‘Red City’. Like many other former imperial cities in Morocco, Marrakesh comprises an old fortified city – the medina – and an adjacent modern city. Marrakesh is home to Morocco’s largest traditional souk (market) where you may wish to spend some time learning the art of haggling.

Hotel: Le Meridien N’Fis, 2 nights

Day 7: Marrakesh

Visit the ornate Bahia Palace during city orientation with your Local Specialist and spend some time soaking up the energy of Djemaa el Fna Square in the Old Quarter with its palm readers, acrobats, camels and snake-charmers. Spend the rest of the afternoon lingering in one of the city’s beautiful gardens, discover the vibrant arts and culture scene or consider experiencing an authentic Moroccan show.

Day 8: Marrakesh – Essaouira

We travel to the laid-back shores of Essaouira this morning stopping en route to visit a cooperative involved in creating cosmetics from traditional ingredients. Consider a delicious seafood lunch and enjoy some free time before joining a city tour of UNESCO-listed medina, the walled Jewish Quarter and Skala fortress. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Hotel: Ocean Mogador

Day 9: Essaouira – Casablanca

This morning we journey north to Casablanca where we will enjoy views of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, built for the late king’s 60th birthday celebrations. Later, we join our Travel Director and companions for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate an unforgettable voyage of discovery.

Hotel: Grand Mogador City Centre

Day 10: Depart Casablanca

Say goodbye to your new-found friends at the end of your Moroccan holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 03, 17$3,095.00$3,815.00
April: 24$3,125.00$3,845.00
May: 01, 15, 29$3,125.00$3,845.00
June: 12, 26$3,075.00$3,795.00
July: 10, 24$3,075.00$3,795.00
August: 07, 21$3,075.00$3,795.00
August: 28$3,125.00$3,845.00
September: 04, 11$3,125.00$3,845.00
September: 18, 25$3,095.00$3,815.00
October: 02, 09$3,095.00$3,815.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers & Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats
Accommodation:9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director, separate Driver & Local Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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