essaouira morocco

The walled seaport of Essaouira

Now an artists’ haven, this picturesque town is a warren of narrow alleys. The harbor bustles with a fleet of fishing boats painted in Essaourira’s trademark color, a vivid blue.

Photo by Brian McGilloway

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Essaouira Extension

Explore Morroco’s Enchanting City by the Sea

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $995  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: Marrakesh, Morocco
Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco
Lodging: 3 nights hotels
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural explorations and walking tours
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Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Morocco.

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Discover tiny Essaouira, an 18th century gem set on the Atlantic coast. With its ancient ramparts above the sea, Essaouira has a decidedly medieval atmosphere.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Essaouira

From Marrakesh, a morning drive brings you to Essaouira, a charming seaside town enclosed within 18th century ramparts. After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a typical seafood lunch at the fishermens’ market hall at Essaouira’s small port. Fishermen sell their catch here—just-caught fish on display range from fresh scampi to sardines—and you can have it cooked in small stands nearby. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour that includes the waterfront, where wooden fishing boats are still built the traditional way, and the old 16th century Portuguese fort, with its cannons and battlements. Much of the town you see today was laid out in the 17th century by a French architect at the request of Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah. Orson Welles filmed scenes for Othello in Essaouira in 1949, and on your explorations you may see a small bust of him in a tiny garden square. Jimi Hendrix spent time in Essaouira in the 1960s—Essaouira is said to have inspired his song "Castles Made of Sand." Overnight at hotel...BL

Day 2
Essaouira

Enjoy a day of independent exploration on your own in this lovely little town. Its whitewashed houses, with their blue shutters and ornate doors under the bright Moroccan sun, give it a picturesque Mediterranean ambiance. You can visit the bustling fish market and explore the great little artisan shops that line the narrow lanes. There are outdoor cafes along the beach that serve excellent fresh seafood. Overnight at hotel...BL

Day 3
Marrakesh

Morning transfer to Marrakesh, with the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel...B

Day 4
Depart

Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flights...B

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2014
$995 (2 members)
Single supplement: $225
Optional hotel upgrades are available at supplementary pricing as indicated in the itinerary.
Discount for groups of 4 or more. Please call for details.

All costs subject to change

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Riad Mimouna

Riad Mimouna

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Essaouira, Morocco

This traditional riad, set on the town ramparts right above the beach, is known for its friendly and accommodating staff. The 33 guest rooms and ...
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L’Heure Bleue Palais

L’Heure Bleue Palais (Optional Upgrade)

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Essaouira, Morocco

A member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group, this hotel, nestled within the walls of the medina, is a converted 19th century palatial ...
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Hotel Es Saadi

Hotel Es Saadi

Day 3 (1 night), Marrakesh, Morocco

With a convenient location in the new section of the city, the Es Saadi is a 15-minute walk from the bustling medina. A five-story hotel built in ...
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Dar Karma Riad

Dar Karma Riad (Optional Upgrade)

Day 3 (1 night), Marrakesh, Morocco

Set within Marrakesh’s medina walls, the stylish yet down to earth Riad Dar Karma combines traditional Moroccan charm with modern amenities. ...
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La Maison Arabe

La Maison Arabe (Optional Upgrade)

Day 3 (1 night), Marrakesh, Morocco

This elegant riad is situated in the heart of the medina, just minutes from the Djemaa el Fna, mosque, and souks. It features 26 guest rooms, most ...
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La Villa des Orangers

La Villa des Orangers (Optional Upgrade)

Day 3 (1 night), Marrakesh, Morocco

This classic hotel, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel group since 2001, is a secluded retreat from the outside world. ...
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La Mamounia

La Mamounia (Optional Upgrade)

Day 3 (1 night), Marrakesh, Morocco

This exclusive hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Acknowledged as Morocco’s “Grand Dame” and Winston ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.