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This trip provides the basis for our most popular holiday in Morocco with time to relax on the coast together with the excitement of Marrakech. It can be done either way round although we prefer it with Essaouira first to ease you into Moroccan life and also get the travelling done with at the beginning of your stay. This also means you are close to the airport so an easier journey home.

Even though Essaouira is much smaller, there is more to do than in Marrakech and the town itself is a delight for relaxed browsing and there are fabulous places to eat. For these reasons we usually recommend you to spend more time on the Coast than in Marrakech but you can split it anyway you please.

Your Itinerary

Morocco desert

Day 1 - Arrive and straight to the coast

Arrive at Marrakech airport where your driver will meet you and take you straight down to the coast. It is a straightforward 2-3 hour drive travelling parallel to the Atlas Mountains and then into the olive and argan tree groves.

There are lots of great places to stay but for a great position in the middle of the medina with stunning roof top views, we recommend Villa Maroc.

Day 2 & 3 - Explore Essaouira

Use these days to relax, pottering around the souks, strolling along the seafront and eating great seafood on the promenade. Alternatively, Essaouira – although offering a quieter pace of life – is also perfect for those seeking more active thrills, being famed for its water sports and seafront attractions such as horse riding and quad-biking in the dunes. It is worth planning your time to make sure you fit it all in.

Day 4 - Head to Marrakech

Your driver will collect you from your riad and take you to Marrakech to arrive around lunchtime. We have a fantastic selection of riads in Marrakech. One of the highly recommended riads is the Riad Hikaya, smack bang in the middle of the Medina but still a quiet and peaceful location.

You are ten minutes walk from the famous square – best in the evening  when you can wander among the snake charmers, storytellers and henna tattooists before sitting atop a rooftop bar with a chilled glass of wine watching the action unfold beneath you.


Day 5 - Explore the Souks

Spend the next 2 days enjoying everything Marrakech has to offer. Take an early morning visit to the Majorelle gardens before it gets too hot and all the busloads of tourists arrive. Spend afternoons visiting the various mosques and historical sites, not forgetting to indulge yourself with a traditional Moroccan exfoliation and massage in a local hammam.

We also offer an optional day trip into the Atlas Mountains to see another side of Moroccan life. You can explore the valleys and farms with your guide and we also include a village lunch.


Day 6 - Goodbye

As you are just 15 minutes from the airport, you can relax over breakfast or do some last minute shopping before heading off for your trip home. Even if on a later flight you will be able to store your luggage to make the most of your day and a shower and freshen up can usually be arranged before you leave.


Cost for the 5 nights including private transfers is from £550 per person B&B (excludes flights) based on 2 sharing a double room. If you include the day in the mountains this is an additional £95pp

The accommodation featured above is not ideal for young children. For those with families the itinerary works well with a combination of Rebali Riads on the coast and  Oasis Lodges in Marrakech and costs only £400 per person B&B including transfers based on a family of 4 in a private villa at Rebali and a family lodge at Oasis Lodges.

You can get flights from as little as £200 per person return and do ask us for advice.  Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

All prices correct at the time of writing.  Give us a call or email us at to discuss your requirements and get a confirmed price.

Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans.  We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay


What's included?

  • Prices start from £550 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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