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Essaouira is a beach town on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Surrounding its medina (old town) are 18th-century ramparts, called the Skala de la Kasbah, built by Sultan Mohammed III with a line of Portuguese brass cannons, still pointing out to sea. Beyond the colourful port, blue fishermen boats rest on wide sandy beaches stretching for miles. Inland, the azure-and-white medina, with palm-lined avenues, are gently sandblasted by the "Alizée" trade winds that sweep through its narrow streets.  

After a comprehensive tour of Essaouira, drive to Marrakesh, and explore its Moorish gardens and architectural highlights such as Jardin Majorelle, Jardin Menara, the Palmeraie and the Bahia Palace. Next, visit Rabat, Morocco’s sophisticated seaside capital. Stroll through the beautiful Andalusian Gardens, and visit the landmark Kasbah of the Udayas, which perches on a hill above a scenic estuary. Continue to Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of Morocco.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10 DAY RIADS OF MOROCCO TOUR…
And, stay in luxury Riads such as in Fes, in the heart of its medina.
 

What We Love
  • In Essaouira, explore its impressive fortifications and medina (old town).
  • Visit Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings, bustling souks and upscale restaurants.
  • Also explore exquisite Moorish gardens and architectural highlights
  • Explore “Old Fez” and Roman ruins at Volubilis, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Visit the spice souks, stocked with saffron, cumin and other ingredients. 
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour and designed for maximum outdoor experience.
  • Exclusive tour; guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.

 
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Riads of Morocco

Essaouira, Marrakesh, Fez
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Casablanca/ Essaouira Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to Essaouira, a whitewashed port on the Atlantic coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight at Luxury Ryad

Day 2 – Half-day Private Tour
Essaouira During private touring, learn about the town’s long and diverse history of trade, and explore its impressive fortifications and medina (old town). Perhaps also sample fresh seafood and browse galleries specializing in local art and handicrafts.
Overnight at Luxury Ryad/Hotel (B)

Day 3 – Private Touring
Marrakesh Drive to Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings, bustling souks (markets), and upscale shops and restaurants. During private touring, explore exquisite Moorish gardens and architectural highlights such as Jardin Majorelle, Jardin Menara, the Palmeraie and the Bahia Palace. See important historic monuments and districts, including the Jewish quarter, Koutoubia Mosque, and Ali ben Youssef Mosque and Medersa. If desired, also visit museums such as Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts.

Tonight, explore Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s lively main square, which transforms each evening into a multisensory pageant of energetic street performances and tantalizing food stalls. If desired, visit the best boutiques and galleries in Gueliz.
Overnight at Luxury Ryad (B)

Day 4 – Ryads of Marrakesh
Marrakesh Take an insider tour of the massive souks where shops offer local products such as argan oil, Berber carpets and Moroccan slippers. Also visit the spice souks, which are stocked with locally harvested saffron, cumin and other ingredients. Relax with a glass of Moroccan mint tea at one of our favourite spots, and enjoy reservations at elegant restaurants in restored ryads (guesthouses).
Overnight at Luxury Ryad (B)

Day 5 & 6 – High Atlas Mountains Tour
Marrakesh Today, take a private excursion to the High Atlas Mountains to visit local villages and a Berber market. There will also be time to enjoy your luxurious resort, one of the most exclusive hotels in Morocco.
Overnight at Luxury Ryad (B)

Day 7 – Ryads of Fez
Fez Next, visit Rabat, Morocco’s sophisticated seaside capital. Stroll through the beautiful Andalusian Gardens, and visit the landmark Kasbah of the Udayas, which perches on a hill above a scenic estuary. Also explore a medieval necropolis, see French colonial architecture, and discover the city’s best museums and galleries. Continue to Fez, the intellectual and religious heart of Morocco, and stay in a luxury ryad in the heart of the medina.
Overnight at Luxury Ryad (B)

Day 8 & 9 – City Highlights Tour
Fez Full-day private tour: During private touring, explore Fez el-Bali (“Old Fez”) and its medieval medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site crammed with narrow streets, tiny squares and busy workshops.

See centuries-old mosques and universities, as well as the open-air tanneries. If desired, also visit studios for traditional carpets, copperware, leatherwork, ceramics and zellij tilework. Also tour Fez el-Djedid (“New Fez”) to see the Royal Palace and explore the mellah, the largest Jewish quarter in Morocco. If desired, spend a day touring major Roman ruins at Volubilis and the former imperial capital of Meknes, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Overnight at Luxury Ryad (B)

Day 10 – Depart
Morocco Take a private transfer to the airport in Marrakesh or Casablanca and connect with your onward flight.
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


When to go Due to the varied geography, the best time to travel Morocco depends greatly on where you are going. In general, spring (April and May) is the best weather across Morocco. In the Saharan region--and to a lesser extent the plains cities--midsummer should be avoided. However, the hottest months are lovely for a visit to the coastal cities, like Essaouira and Rabat. Winter months are very cold in the mountains, which can be hard since many hotels don’t have heating. Desert days are warm and clear during the summer, but temperatures at night can plummet.

It is also important to consider Islamic holidays when you travel to Morocco. The month of Ramadan involves strict fasting during the day, which can be a present an issue for transportation, but the parties at night can make up for the subdued days.

Getting There Royal Air Maroc run direct scheduled flights daily from London Heathrow to Casablanca, and twice-weekly flights to Tangier, and British Airways fly from Heathrow to Casablanca, Marrakesh and Agadir.

In addition to these, EasyJet from Gatwick and Manchester, and with Ryanair from Luton and Stansted. EasyJet also fly from Gatwick to Agadir, Ryanair from Stansted to Fez serve Marrakesh and Agadir from Gatwick and Manchester. Flights typically take around three and a half hours.

Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months.

When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.