Morocco: Essaouira

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Morocco

Essaouira

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Be swept away by the Moroccan city of Essaouira, a crossroads of Africa, Europe, and Atlantic currents. Its multiple shades of blue— sea, sky, boats, painted doors, shutters, and tile work—famously enchant, along with its bustling fishing port and dramatic sea wall. Guided walking eases the way into the medina and Jewish quarter, and a beachside ranch offers walking, biking, horseback, and even camel riding; as you unwind in comfort at a gracious Relais & Châteaux hotel and spa.

Activity Level
Activities vary and
are accessible to
most fitness levels;
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Meet
Marrakesh, Morocco
Depart
Marrakesh, Morocco
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4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Accommodations for three nights in classic rooms (with private bath)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Guided tour of Essaouira with expert, bilingual guide
  • Guided (or self-guided) bike ride, camel or horseback ride
  • Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point (including transfers between Marrakesh and Essaouira)
  • Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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Total in your party
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per person double occupancy

Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

Call 800.234.6900 to book this trip.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

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Destination
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Essaouira
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Day 1

Essaouira

Arrival in Essaouira

From Marrakesh, you travel west (approximately three hours) to the Atlantic Coast and Essaouira, the whitewashed port originally settled by the Portuguese in the 16th century and formerly known as Mogador. You proceed to the waterfront for a seafood lunch, and later enjoy an independent afternoon exploring its harbor, busy with sardine-fishing boats, or perhaps indulging in your hotel’s amenities such as its rooftop pool and luxurious spa, with a stunning view over the medina and ocean. Later, this evening, you may choose from one of four dining options, including the Moroccan gourmet restaurant, courtyard patio, or panoramic rooftop terrace.

L'Heure Bleue Palais

Essaouira, Morocco

A four-star Relais & Châteaux property in the heart of Essaouira reflects this crossroads of European and African cultures in its traditional Moroccan architectural design around a central courtyard, and its sophisticated colonial-style décor. Dining options include a courtyard patio, rooftop terrace, Moroccan restaurant, and English lounge. Additional amenities include a panoramic rooftop terrace and swimming pool and a spa with traditional hammam and private massage rooms.

Day 2

Essaouira

Private guided walking tour of Essaouira

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for a walking tour of this fortified town, including the medieval walled medina (the ancient quarter of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Jewish quarter (or mellah), and the port, with its 18th-century scala (harbor fortifications). You also visit the Moulay Abdellah museum, with its collection of jewelry, costumes, weapons, musical instruments, and carpets from the region. Concluding the tour by midafternoon, you are free to continue your explorations of this striking “blue and white” town for the remainder of the day and evening, enjoying your hotel and its central location. A wide sandy beach extends from Essaouira’s port to the south of the town, and just off shore lie the Iles Purpuraires, the islets from which the Phoenicians collected seashells to produce the famous royal blue dye. Returning to your hotel, you may choose a dining option within the property, or venture out to a nearby restaurant.

L'Heure Bleue Palais

Essaouira, Morocco

A four-star Relais & Châteaux property in the heart of Essaouira reflects this crossroads of European and African cultures in its traditional Moroccan architectural design around a central courtyard, and its sophisticated colonial-style décor. Dining options include a courtyard patio, rooftop terrace, Moroccan restaurant, and English lounge. Additional amenities include a panoramic rooftop terrace and swimming pool and a spa with traditional hammam and private massage rooms.

Day 3

Essaouira

Morning options, Diabat Ranch: camel or horseback ride or bike ride (self-guided or guided); free afternoon

After breakfast in the courtyard restaurant of your hotel, a 15-minute transfer takes you to the nearby coastal village of Diabat and the family-run Ranch de Diabat, nestled near the dunes. In addition to a stable of well-cared-for horses and camels, the ranch is surrounded by a network of trails on which you can choose to walk, bicycle, try a camel ride, or enjoy a horseback-riding excursion. By horse or camel, you can saunter along the beach, with wide Atlantic views and waves crashing. By bicycle, you can ride along the beach back to Essaouira and around its walls, or, with a guide, circle the ruins of the Sultan’s Palace and Fort Al Baroud. All options include a pause for traditional Moroccan mint tea. In the afternoon, you can return to stroll through the medina and along the seawall at your leisure, perhaps bargaining for some last treasures, on your final night in this fascinating port.

L'Heure Bleue Palais

Essaouira, Morocco

A four-star Relais & Châteaux property in the heart of Essaouira reflects this crossroads of European and African cultures in its traditional Moroccan architectural design around a central courtyard, and its sophisticated colonial-style décor. Dining options include a courtyard patio, rooftop terrace, Moroccan restaurant, and English lounge. Additional amenities include a panoramic rooftop terrace and swimming pool and a spa with traditional hammam and private massage rooms.

Day 4

Essaouira

Departure from Essaouira

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, a three-hour transfer takes you to Marrakesh for your onward flight or continued explorations.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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