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
Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||3 nights hotels|
|Meals:||Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)|
|Activity:||Walking, Cultural Adventures|
Cultural explorations and walking tours
Visa RequirementsA visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Morocco.
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Morocco Private Journey
Choosing the Right Trip
We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.
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.
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
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
Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flights...B
Prices are for 2016
$995 per person, double occupancy
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.
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Hotels in Essaouira
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Essaouira, Morocco
In Essaouira, we stay at one of the following properties based on pricing and availability:
Hotels in Marrakesh
Day 3 (1 night), Marrakesh, Morocco
In Marrakesh, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:
Dar Karma Riad (Optional Upgrade)
La Maison Arabe (Optional Upgrade)
La Villa des Orangers (Optional Upgrade)
La Mamounia (Optional Upgrade)
Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.