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Medina, Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Atlas Mountains and Essaouria

8-day itinerary from £1,165 pp incl. flights

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From bustling Marrakech to the laid-back coast, experience Morocco's best bits on this 8-day tailor-made tour

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City | Mountains

Enjoy an introduction to Morocco's vibrant culture with this tailor-made tour that showcases enchanting cities, majestic mountains and the dramatic coast. In Marrakech, soak in the glorious din of Jemaa el-Fnaa Square from one of the surrounding rooftop restaurants before getting lost in the maze-like cobbles of the bustling souks as you browse the abundance of beautiful wares on display. From there, you'll leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind as you head out to the Atlas Mountains, a place where time seems to stand still. After a few days relaxing in this tranquil haven, you'll cap off your experience of Morocco on the coast with the white-washed streets and fantastically fresh fish of laid-back Essaouria.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Marrakech

Relax in your VIP airport lounge before flying to Marrakech. Check in to your accommodation and the rest of the day is at leisure. In the early evening we recommend heading to the Djemma el Fna, the pulsating square in the heart of the medina as it comes alive with musicians, performers and food stalls. Immersing yourself in this centuries-old open-air theatre is an experience not to be missed. Marrakech offers a huge range of superb dining options, from atmospheric rooftop restaurants to swanky fine dining, your consultant will be happy to recommend.

Stay: Palais Khum (Superior) or Villa des Orangers (Deluxe) 

Day 2
Marrakech

After breakfast enjoy a half day walking tour with a private guide, where you will discover some of the hidden secrets of the medina, including souks, former palaces, caravanserais and even a thousand year-old bakery. After lunch (not included) the afternoon is free to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the souks at your own pace. Venture further into the depths of the medina beyond the tourist stalls and you’ll find sections dedicated to metalworking, leather goods and antiques. In the evening we have included a food tasting tour, with a specialist in traditional Moroccan cuisine. Your guide will take you to bazaars and market stalls to sample ingredients and spices, and then you will dine in style at the celebrated Dar Moha restaurant.

Stay: Palais Khum (Superior) or Villa des Orangers (Deluxe) 

Meals: B D

Day 3
Marrakech

The day is free for you to continue your exploration of this beguiling walled city, or you can choose from a range of optional excursions. 

Stay: Palais Khum (Superior) or Villa des Orangers (Deluxe) 

Meals: B

Days 4-5
Atlas Mountains

After breakfast a private transfer will take you to the foot of the Atlas Mountains, where you can enjoy a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Spend two nights here to relax and soak up the atmosphere of your luxury retreat. Both of our suggested accommodation options offer excellent restaurants, view and swimming pools. Alternatively, on day 5, take an excursion into the Atlas Mountains with lunch at the spectacularly located Kasbah du Toubkal, which 360 degree views from its roof terrace, including view of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. 

Stay: Capaldi (Superior) or Kasbah Tamadot (Deluxe) 

Meals: B

Day 6
Essaouira

Enjoy a scenic drive through the foothills and villages of the Atlas Mountains to the coastal town of Essaouira after breakfast. This relaxed former Portuguese enclave became a hangout out for musicians in the 1960’s including Jimi Hendrix, who reputedly wrote Castles Made of Sand here. More recently the ramparts of the medina were used as the location of Astapor in Game of Thrones. En route there is a stop for lunch at the Le Domaine Val d’Argan winery, located around 30 minutes from Essaouira. During lunch you can taste a selection of wines from one of Morocco’s most respected producers, established by Charles Melia, who left his family winery in Chateauneuf du Pape for Morocco to set up this boutique winery. The rest of afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy the medina, with its unique blend of European and Moroccan influences.

Stay: Villa de l'Ô (Superior) or Heure Bleue Palais (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 7
Essaouira

After a leisurely breakfast you can continue to enjoy Essaouira’s laid-back charms. One of the quintessential Essaouira experiences is to enjoy a lunch of fresh seafood from the bustling stalls near the fishing port. Stall holders from a score of simple stalls vie for your business, each claiming to have the best, freshest catch of the day, which is cooked or barbecued in front of you and served with chips or salad. In the evening, we highly recommend watching the sunset with a sundowner at one of the rooftop terraces dotted around the medina. 

Stay: Villa de l'Ô (Superior) or Heure Bleue Palais (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 8
Depart

After breakfast, your driver will take you back to Marrakech airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

8-day itinerary from £1,165 incl. flights

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Low Season

from £1,165 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,300 pp. incl. flights

  • return scheduled flights
  • 7 nights accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • half-day historical walking tour of Marrakech with private guide
  • food tasting tour with dinner and private guide
  • private transfers throughout the itinerary
  • complimentary access to a VIP airport lounge in the UK (subject to departure airport and terminal) prior to departure

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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