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Casablanca: 3-Day Private Marrakech and Essaouira Tour

Product ID: 278952
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Explore 2 of the most visited cities in Morocco: Marrakech, the "Red City" and Essaouira, the "Portuguese White City". From the hustle and bustle of Marrakech through to the beaches of Essaouira, this is sure to be a tour to remember.
About this activity
Duration 3 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German

Pickup included

Pickup is from your hotel lobby in Casablanca or the Casablanca Cruise Port.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the incredible sights of Marrakech
  • Explore the Medina of Marrakech
  • Relax in the Majorelle Garden
  • Discover the idyllic fishing town of Essaouira and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of the port and the Medina
  • Visit Essaouira's traditional fishing port and admire the blue and white houses in the Medina
  • Learn everything there is to know about the land and its people
Full description
Day 1: Casablanca, Marrakech

You will depart Casablanca following pickup from your accommodation at 8:00AM. From there you can relax on the 3-hour drive to Marrakech. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide for a 3.5-hour walking tour around the Medina. You will see the stalls of the old fortified city, before going to the Palais de Bahia to discover its fantastic courtyards and mosaic walls built for Bou Ahmed.

You will then stroll through the Jewish Quarter ("Mellah"), where you'll notice the difference in the architecture of the district. You can discover the hidden Saadian tombs, built during the reign of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur in 1557, and can also go into some of the stores of the souk to purchase spices and Morocco's famous Argan oil. 

You will eventually Arrive at the Koutoubia Mosque, completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184–1199), before experiencing the electric atmosphere of Jemaa el-Fnaa, the busiest square and market place in Africa. You can sample some freshly-pressed orange juice as you watch the snake charmers, henna tattoo artists, and water merchants. 

Next, you will stop for a tasty lunch in a restaurant with a terrace overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa square (not included). You will then meet your chauffeur for the drive to Majorelle Garden, which has been bought and restored by the French designer, Yves Saint Laurent. You will benefit from about 1.5 hours of free time to explore the quiet oasis and villa that contains the Berber Museum, and can stroll around the botanical gardens to see cacti and other plants, along with vibrant cobalt walls in a shade now known as "Majorelle Blue". At the conclusion of your first day, you will overnight in the Medina of Marrakech.

Day 2: Marrakech, Essaouira

You will begin your second day by going for a camel ride. Following breakfast, your driver will bring you to La Palmeraie, an oasis on the outskirts of Marrakech. You can hop on your camel for a ride of about 90 minutes (including a short break) through the palm groves of Le Palmeraie. Afterwards, it will be time to drive to Essaouira.

Upon arrival in Essaouira, you can discover the Portuguese character of the city at your own pace. You can visit the bustling fishing port and see how the freshly-caught fish are sold and grilled, walk through the lovely Medina with its blue and white houses and countless restaurants, and can also observe the crafts for sale. You will later climb the historic fort with its watchtower, and can get a glimpse of life in the 16th century. That evening, you will spend the night in a Riad in Essaouira.

Day 3: Essaouira, Casablanca

On your third day, you will drive along the coastline with a lunch break in Oualidia or El Jadida back to Casablanca, where you will be dropped off at your hotel or to the Casablanca Cruise port.
Includes
  • Private tour
  • Local driver/guide
  • Pick-up from your accommodation in Casablanca or the cruise port
  • Transportation in a comfortable 4x4 car or minivan (including fuel and road tolls)
  • Guided city tours with a local guide in Marrakech
  • Accommodation in a Standard Riad in the Medina of Marrakech with breakfast
  • Accommodation in a Standard Riad in the Medina of Essaouira with breakfast
  • Entrance tickets during the city visits in Marrakech
  • 1.5-hour camel ride in Marrakech (including tea break)
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch, dinner, and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• Comfortable shoes and sun protection are recommended
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Product ID: 278952