Morocco tours: Marrakech and the Atlantic Coast
Marrakech, Oualidia and Essaouira
Explore with us the ancient city of Marrakech and then take time out to enjoy the relaxed and spectacular Atlantic coast. We will visit the charming town of Oualidia, renowned for its oysters and its natural lagoon, and continue on to the picturesque fortified town of Essaouira with its lively fishing port and medina (old quarter), before making the return journey to Marrakech. All transfers during your tour will be in your own private chauffeur-driven car.
Itinerary: (click ‘view’ for more detail)
DAY 1 Arrive in Marrakech view
On arrival at Marrakech airport, your private car and chauffeur will take you into the city of Marrakech and to the beautiful Riad Slitine, located in the heart of the medina (old quarter), where your en-suite double or twin standard room awaits you. The accommodation is provided on a bed and breakfast basis. Depending on your time of arrival, you are free to explore the medina and the souks at your leisure. Be sure to visit the famous Jemaa el Fna late afternoon to watch the ever-changing spectacle of entertainers and then admire the sunset from one of the many rooftop cafés. You may choose to dine here in the evening at one of the food stalls or alternatively at one of the many excellent restaurants in Marrakech. You can even dine at the riad itself where the food is highly recommended. The cost of dinner is not included.
DAY 2 Explore Marrakech view
After breakfast you will be met by an English-speaking professional guide who will show you around Marrakech and some of its museums and monuments, as well as introduce you to the mysteries of the medina and the wide array of shopping available in the souks. This is a full-day tour and all entrance fees to monuments and museums are included. Lunch is at your leisure and cost. In the evening you are free to dine out in Marrakech and then return to Riad Slitine for the night. The cost of dinner is not included.
DAY 3 Travel to the small coastal town of Oualidia view
After breakfast you will be met by your chauffeur and taken to the small coastal town of Oualidia on the Atlantic Coast, a journey time of approximately 3 hours. The town sits on the southern edge of a large tidal (sea-water) lagoon and is not only famous for its inexpensive fresh fish and oysters, but also for its bird life. You may wish to take a boat trip around the lagoon and dine at one of the many excellent fish restaurants. Lunch and dinner are not included. Your accommodation is in the renowned hotel, La Sultana Oualidia, where your double deluxe en-suite room awaits you. The Sultana boasts numerous facilities including a large pool overlooking the lagoon. Breakfast is included.
DAY 4 A full day to explore Oualidia view
A further day to relax simply absorbing the calmness and serenity of this beautiful place. You may be lucky enough to catch sight of the flamingos that often flock to the lagoon at low tide. Lunch and dinner are not included. You will spend the night once again at the outstanding La Sultana hotel.
DAY 5 Drive down the coast road to Essaouira view
After breakfast you will be met by your chauffeur and driven along the stunning coast road to the 17th century fortified town of Essaouira, a journey time of approximately 3 hours. The cost of lunch en route is not included. Your accommodation is in a double en-suite room at Dar L’Oussia, a stylish riad situated on the ramparts of Essaouira’s medina. Breakfast is included.
DAY 6 Full day free in Essaouira view
This day is at your leisure to explore further the delights of Essaouira. The town has a very relaxed and laid-back feel and it is easy to find your way around without needing the services of a guide. The souks here are excellent and the bartering is carried out in a friendly manner. Together with opportunities for superb dining, surfing, camel and horse riding and long beach walks, Essaouira is a lovely place in which to relax. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can even take a quad bike out to the dunes of Cap Sim or to Sidi Kaouki and surrounding beaches. After your day of exploration, you will return to Dar L’Oussia for your overnight stay. Dinner is not included.
DAY 7 Morning drive back to Marrakech, free afternoon view
After breakfast, you will be met by your chauffeur and make the return journey to Marrakech, an approximate journey time of 2½ hours, where your accommodation will once again be at Riad Slitine. You are free to enjoy your afternoon and evening, sampling more of the delights of Marrakech. The cost of lunch and dinner are not included.
DAY 8 Depart Marrakech view
After breakfast, depending on your flight time, you may wish to do any last minute sightseeing or shopping in Marrakech before your chauffeur takes you to Marrakech airport for your journey home.
8 nights/9 days
Tour reference: M2CL
Land only—flights are not included
Included in the price:
- Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis unless otherwise mentioned.
- Private transport includes all fuel costs, driver expenses, parking fees and tolls.
- A professional guide for the day in Marrakech.
- Entrance fees to monuments in Marrakech on day 2.
NOT INCLUDED: Beverages, tips, personal shopping, travel and medical insurances.
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* All prices quoted are per person based on 2 people sharing. Prices do not include flights and are land only.
All accommodations mentioned are subject to availability at the time of booking, however, we have a wide range of excellent alternatives.
All transfers during your tour will be in your own private chauffeur-driven car or 4WD in the desert area.