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City trip - Morocco

Marrakech & Essaouira combined

Highlights

  • Explore Marrakech with your guide and stroll through colorful souks

  • In the evening, meet jugglers and storytellers on the Djemaa El Fna

  • In Essaouira, stroll through the old medina and enjoy the day on Moulay Hassan Square

  • Relax on the beach or experience handicrafts up close: silver jewelry, carpentry, painting

  • Including transfers, private guides, and entrance fees

Description

Discover two of the most beautiful cities in Morocco: the royal city of Marrakech and the coastal city of Essaouira. With private tours and on your own, you will get to know the all the sights, such as the famous square Djemaa El Fna. Spend exciting and eventful eight days on site and indulge in good food.

Destination

Orient

Marrakech - Essaouira

Go on an exciting journey through two beautiful cities in Morocco. The old royal city of Marrakech will inspire you with the magic of 1001 Arabian nights. Magnificent palaces and mosques, as well as the colorful oasis of the Majorelle Gardens, are waiting to be discovered. In the evening, stop at the Djemma el Fna square to admire the jugglers and storytellers. On the Atlantic coast lies Essaouira, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. Its magnificent medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its beaches invite you to take a walk by the sea.

You will discover Marrakech and Essaouira on private guided city tours but also on your own. You will stay in handpicked riads. These exclusive boutique hotels are located in former city villas and offer exclusive and luxurious comfort and singular style.

After landing at Marrakech airport, you will be welcomed by our local partner and transferred by private transfer to your hotel. You will have the rest of the first day at leisure.

How about a first visit through the medina and across the souks? The old city and markets of Marrakech are among the most colorful and vibrant on the entire African continent.

3 nights at Riad Maison Arabe***** with breakfast and soft drinks included in a double room, Marrakech, Morocco.

After breakfast, your trip begins with the first highlight: Your guide will pick you up from the hotel and you will visit all the important sights and historical monuments of the city via a horse-drawn carriage in the morning. The Majorelle Garden is a nice stop on this tour, a historic garden complex that designer Yves Saint Laurent bought years ago and had lavishly restored. The history of Marrakech dates back to 1070, and numerous sights bear witness to the city's changing fortunes. For example, you will pass the Koutoubia Mosque, "the lighthouse." This mosque served as a model for the Giralda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Other highlights of your relaxing and romantic carriage ride are the Mausoleum, the Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs.

After lunch at the typical Dar Moha restaurant, located in a lovely house with an idyllic courtyard, take a stroll through the medina and souks with your guide. The old town and markets of Marrakech are among the most colorful and lively on the entire African continent. The tour ends at the famous Djemaa El Fna square, which is filled with colorful bustle full of entertainment, spirit, and liveliness. Storytellers, jugglers, snake charmers and dancers make Djemaa El Fna a true street theater. Linger as long as you like and watch the spectacle. Later, you will return to your riad on foot.

The third day is completely at your disposal. Relax by the pool of your charming riad, explore the city on your own, or stroll through the souks once again.

In the morning, you will travel by private transfer to Essaouira on the Atlantic coast.

The port city of Essaouira is one of the most beautiful places on the Atlantic due to its completely preserved medina and long sandy beaches. The medina of Essaouira is still completely surrounded by a strongly fortified rampart. Behind the crenellated walls is a rectangular layout - quite unusual for an old town. A walk through the alleys leads past white houses with blue doors and shutters; the southern European influences of the Portuguese are ubiquitous.

The beauty of Essaouira is the reason behind its nickname, "the perfect one", with good reason. Set out again and again for exciting tours through this gem of the Atlantic coast. One day, you can explore the city together with a guide, other discovery tours you undertake on your own.

The medina is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can learn exciting facts about the history of the city and also the flora and fauna of its surroundings at the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah Museum, whose collection illustrates the traditions and everyday life of the city. Essaouira is also known for its rich art and culture scene, which you can discover in the many galleries of the city. You can experience relaxation on the beautiful beaches. These are also popular with surfers.

Travel time Marrakech to Essaouira: about 2.5 hours / about 190 km

4 nights at Hotel La Villa Maroc*** with breakfast and dinner in double room, Essaouira, Morocco

After your breakfast at the riad, you will have both days free to do as you please. We recommend a day in the city: the medina, narrow alleys, handicrafts, and all sorts of other hidden beauties are waiting to be discovered by you. Enjoy beach life on the long sandy beach and stroll through the alleys of the old town. Return to Villa Maroc for dinner.

After today's breakfast, you will have some free time at your disposal before your chauffeur takes you to the airport according to your flight time.

Travel back home with all kinds of exciting memories.

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Riad La Maison Arabe, Marrakech, Morocco (3 nights)

In the heart of Marrakech's medina, within walking distance of Djemaa El Fna square, lies this lovely riad with exclusive charm. Opened in 1946, La Maison Arabe is not only an elegant and luxurious hotel, but is also home to one of the city's best restaurants, where names such as Sir Winston Churchill have dined. The riad has retained this historic charm, whilst offering all the modern comforts you would expect in an upscale establishment. La Maison Arabe has a noble Salon de Thé, a small breakfast café in the quiet courtyard, a Moroccan restaurant with excellent cuisine, the international restaurant Les trois saveurs with Asian, Moroccan, and Mediterranean specialties, a swimming pool in the courtyard with seating and another spacious swimming pool in the Palmeraie, ideal for a relaxing break in the hot Moroccan afternoons. The 26 rooms and suites are individually designed and feature shower/WC, hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, minibar, free safe, and air conditioning/heating.

The double rooms offer an elegant, upscale standard with a view of the picturesque courtyard or the lush green garden. In the deluxe version you can expect even more comfort, including an open fireplace.

The Junior Suites also have a bathtub, a fireplace, and a sitting area. In the Deluxe Suites you will feel as if you were in a fairy tale, for the exquisite equipment is pure luxury. A private salon, fireplace, private terrace, and separate bedrooms are at your disposal.

The Royal Suites offer the option of a second bedroom, two bathrooms, fireplace, and a private roof terrace with Jacuzzi. Hamam and massages are available for a fee.

La Villa Maroc, Essaouira, Morocco (4 nights)

La Villa Maroc is located in Essaouira's medina, just beyond the city walls and two minutes from the beach. The riad consists of four original renovated houses from the 18th century. Small salons with fireplaces, patios, and rooms arranged with love and exclusivity await you. All are individually furnished and create a pleasant family atmosphere. The La Villa Maroc Riad has two boutiques, seven different salons, and four of them with fireplaces. On the large roof terrace with a fantastic view of the old town and the sea, you can have both breakfast and dinner. You can refresh yourself on the beach or in the private swimming pool, which is available for hotel guests. The total of 20 rooms and suites are characterized by their classic comfort and stylish decor. Antique furniture, beautiful carpets, pictures, and mirrors as well as many paintings provide exclusive and charming ambience. In addition to the beautiful double rooms, superior rooms with additional sitting area await you. In the exclusive suites for two to a maximum of four people you have a separate salon and partial sea view. The Oriental Spa pampers you with oriental beauty care, hamam, and massages.

Duration of the trip: 8 days / 7 nights

Services & Notes

  • Round trip from Marrakech to Essaouira with private guided excursions with a guide
  • 3 nights in a double room at Riad La Maison Arab with breakfast and soft drinks included
  • 4 nights in a double room at Riad La Villa Maroc with half board
  • All shuttle services (airport - hotel - airport) as private shuttle service of the 'Deluxe' category
  • Full-day city tour with private guide and three-hour carriage ride through Marrakech
  • Full-day city tour with private English-speaking guide through Essaouira
  • Traditional lunch in a Moroccan restaurant in Marrakech
  • Entrance fees to all sites visited, including the Majorelle Garden
  • Local taxes & fees

Excluding

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Personal expenses like minibar and tips
  • Insurances

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