Berber Shop Quartet
Leave Marrakeah for the coast and Essaouira, ie beach, cafes, history and markets. Eat some seafood before heading back to Marrakech for one last feast and some market play.
Essaouira has been described as a “crossroad of cultures”. That’s not very accurate, because with its African, Islamic, Arab, Berber, Jewish and European influences, it’s more like a really busy six-lane highway with lots of slip roads.
Day 1 - Marrakech - Essaouira
It's a three-hour bus ride from Marrakech to the coast, which is a trip you'll make today. Pee before you get on. When you get to Essaouira you'll be taken to your hotel and then taken around the town. Which will be great.
Day 2 - Essaouira
Free time in Essaouira means one of three things: markets, cafes or beach. You can do all three, but probably not at the one time. The locals swear that Jimi Hendrix was inspired to write Castles Made of Sand by the ruins of the Borj El-Berod watchtower, a crumbling fortress on the water's edge. The fact the song was recorded two years before he came here is just a minor detail.Breakfast
Day 3 - Essaouira - Marrakech
Before you go, head down to the fish stalls and watch the catch of the day get grilled before your very eyes. Sardines, lobster, shrimp, scallops, octopus and sea urchin are all on the menu. Then it's back on the bus to Marrakech for one last night. Why not head for Djemaa el Fna for one last tajine overlooking the square?Breakfast
Day 4 - Marrakech
The trip ends today after breakfast. Don't be sad because you're leaving, be glad because you came. Remember: it's better to have Morocco'd and lost than to have never Morocco'd at all. Stick around for a hammam, you'll be left feeling so relaxed you'll practically float home.Breakfast
What to Know
Transport, orientation walking tour with local guide.
- International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed (lunches and dinners), any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 20 Dec 2014 - 23 Dec 2014 Fully Booked US $335 Closed 21 Dec 2014 - 24 Dec 2014 Fully Booked US $335 Closed 22 Dec 2014 - 25 Dec 2014 Fully Booked US $335 Closed 23 Dec 2014 - 26 Dec 2014 Fully Booked US $335 Closed 24 Dec 2014 - 27 Dec 2014 Fully Booked US $335 Closed 25 Dec 2014 - 28 Dec 2014 Available US $335 Book Now 26 Dec 2014 - 29 Dec 2014 Available US $335 Book Now 27 Dec 2014 - 30 Dec 2014 Available US $335 Book Now 28 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 Available US $335 Book Now 29 Dec 2014 - 01 Jan 2015 Available US $335 Book Now 30 Dec 2014 - 02 Jan 2015 Available US $335 Book Now 31 Dec 2014 - 03 Jan 2015 Available US $335 Book Now
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What to know
You will be met on arrival in Essaouira and taken on an orientation walking tour by a local guide, otherwise this trip is unescorted.
Entrance fees are not included, you pay these as you go along.