If you want to go to Morocco, but are not quite sure how to organise it or where to go, why don't you come with me?
I take short bespoke trips to Marrakech and Essaouira - leading you from the magic and mayhem of the city to the chill and laidback life of the seaside port. I'll take you to all the best places and all you have to do is follow me!
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We start our trip in the magic of the Marrakech medina - the old traditional core of the city. Everyone congregates in the Jemaa-el-Fna (above), a vast square full of food stalls, magicians, storytellers, acrobats and musicians.
Within a walkable distance of this magical place lie all the great sites of the city (as well as our hotel!) . Palaces and gardens, mosques and museums, souks and swimming pools - Marrakech has it all!
Essaouira is a chilled-out seaside town, built on the remains of a 16th C Portuguese fortress, with stupendous views of the Atlantic crashing onto nearby rocks. The old medina is full of wonderful alleyways smelling of the sea, selling wooden craftware, musical instruments, carpets, shoes and trinkets. The fishing port is charming - a great array of fish on offer - and outside a long beach offers horse and camel riding, wind or kite surfing or just wonderful great walks.
I've been going to Morocco for over 20 years - I've travelled all over the country and I love it. My favourite places are Marrakech and Essaouira: I know all the best places there! Likewise, I know some great hotels in both places that are central, reasonable, and memorable. Plus of course I know the great places to EAT!
I also write blogs about my Moroccan adventures and you can read them at: http://fogmaroctrips.blogspot.co.uk
"This truly was a tailor-made holiday! You put in so much effort beforehand to give us a menu of delights each day for us to choose from. We would never have seen so much or found such wonderful hidden treasures without your deep knowledge and love of Morocco and its people. Experiences were by turns lively, majestic and restful - and always fascinating."
Ros and John Pickston, Teddington, Middlesex
SIX-DAY TRIPS TO MARRAKECH/ESSAOUIRA FOR £599
Six-day, five-night trips to Marrakech and Essaouira. Price includes: airport transfers; bed and breakfast in a lovely, central hotel for five nights (four in Marrakech, one in Essaouira); coach fares to and from Essaouira; entrances to all palaces/museums/gardens; all taxis required; the services of a local Moroccan guide - and me! Price does NOT include flight.
Day 1: Arrive in the evening, check in at hotel etc, dinner and welcome.
Day 2: Orientation day in Marrakech with a local guide, visiting the city walls, Saadian Tombs, Bahía and Badi palaces. Plus the souks, spices, carpets and teas.
Day 3: Explore Marrakech again - through souks to Rahba Kedima, the Qubba, Maison de la Photographie, and over to the Mouassine quarter, visiting fondouks, Dar Cherifa, the dyers' souk and the Secret Garden.
Day 4: To Essaouira - charming laid-back fishing port on the Atlantic. Explore the port and the old medina, with its fish markets, old Jewish quarter and winding alleyways full of magical shops and cafés. Plus walks along the beach, with horse or camel rides for those who wish.
Day 5: Free morning in Essaouira, with maybe a sail in ocean-going yacht. Return to Marrakech early or late afternoon, depending on which bus we take.
Day 6: More magic in the 'Pink City' - you can visit the Majorelle gardens and/or the Hotel Mamounia, have a swim or hammam (Turkish-style bath experience),and do some last-minute shopping in the souks! Transfer to airport for evening flight.
NB: These tours can be extended for those interested, to take in trips to the Atlas mountains and/or Ouzoud Falls on Days 6 and 7, returning to the UK on the night of Day 8, for an extra £195 for one trip, £250 for two.
ALSO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO JUST A MORNING OR A DAY TOUR WITH ME, JUST EMAIL TO SEE IF I WILL BE THERE AND WE CAN ARRANGE IT - firstname.lastname@example.org. I HAVE MORNING TOURS OF THREE AND FOUR HOURS (£45/£60) AND RUN FULL DAY TOURS FROM 10 AM TO ABOUT 5 PM (£85).