Itineraries

Six-day, five-night trips to Marrakech and Essaouira, for £599 per person. This price includes: bed and breakfast in friendly central hotel for 5 nights (4 in Marrakech, 1 in Essaouira); airport transfers; coach fares to and from Essaouira; entrances to all palaces, museums and gardens; taxis as required; and the services of a local guide in Marrakech for one day. And I am there with you to save you from any hassle and sort out any problems you may have.

Itinerary

 

This is a typical itinerary (but is totally subject to change, depending on what the 'customer' wants to do).

 

 

Day 1: Arrive in the evening, check in at hotel etc, dinner and discuss holiday

 

Day 2: Explore Marrakech - to the Jemaa el-Fna (the old medina's vast open square, pictured above), through the souks to Bin Youssef Madrassa, the Musée de Marrakech, Maison de la Photographie, and back in the afternoon through the Mouassine quarter, looking at some working fondouks (inn-type places or caravanserai) - we'll see the one where Kate Winslet lived in 'Hideous Kinky', fountains, mosques and more souks.

 

Day 3: With Moroccan guide visiting Bab Agnaou (oldest and best preserved of all 'gates' in the city walls), the Saadian Tombs, the Palais Badi, Palais Bahia and Dar Si Said museum. Some or all of these, depending on what people want.

 

Day 4: Bus to Essaouira, charming laid-back fishing port on the Atlantic. We stay one night here, with time to explore the old medina with its fish markets, souks, music shops and Jewish quarter; There is also the old port to explore, as well as a two-mile beach where you can go for horse and camel rides, or walk in the dunes. You can take a sail in an ocean-going yacht at sunset ...

 

Day 5: Morning in Essaouira, with time for the port or maybe the yacht if you did not go before. Back to Marrakech by the early evening (the coach takes 2.5 hours).

 

Day 6: If you are on a night flight, there is plenty more time to see more of Marrakech: totally up to you, but you can visit the last remaining Jewish synagogue (blue and white tiled courtyard - very pretty), the Jardin Majorelle, the Hotel Mamounia (Winston Churchill's favourite), have a swim, go shopping, go for a traditional 'hammam' (like a Turkish bath).