Marrakech To Essaouira Day Trip - Marrakesh

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Overview

Visit Essaouira, one of Morocco's must see destinations and get to know this UNESCO world heritage site. The city ramparts and its 16th century walls offer astonishing views of the Atlantic Ocean. After hotel pickup, visit the Argan oil cooperatives on the way, along with a traditional Moroccan rug cooperative. Stop for a tea break and explore Essaouira and its charming sites. Local attractions include Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Museum, the souks, the old city gates and the impressive Sqalas. You will have free time for lunch of your choice or time to relax on the beach.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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You will be picked up from Marrakech in the morning to start your journey to Essaouira. Stop for a coffee break followed by a visit to a women's argan oil co-operative on the way. Arrive in Essaouira and set out for a city tour.

Visit the skala, famous for its rows of gigantic cannons that faces out to the Atlantic ocean. Tour a municipal market, visit the jewellery district and discover Moroccan craft shops in the medina. There are plenty of fine seafood restaurants in the city to choose from for your lunch (own expense).

After your break, resume your tour and explore the main square, which is just across the port and where most cafes, patisseries and restaurants are located. The rest of the day is spent at leisure for you to enjoy the charm of this resort before making your way back to Marrakech in the evening, where your tour will end.

Inclusions for Marrakech To Essaouira Day Trip

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions for Marrakech To Essaouira Day Trip

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Ok, this is really just transport to Essaouira. Once there driver lets with no direction and you have to figure things out for yourself.

  • Good trip, Essaouira, fantastic city along the ocean. The medina is different than that of Marrakech. Not the fast pace, pressure to buy or the constant pressure to so you there goods as in Marrakech. The fort is really neat, the old cannons, watchtower, you get the feel of an old port side fort. Nice outdoor restaurants and good selection of items, crafts, clothing to buy.
    The Argon factory was a good break and a worthwhile place to see. I learned there is Argon Oil used as a culinary oil, which is excellent. My wife was happy to see the Goats In Tree, and hold a baby goat, I think that made her trip, as that was a hot topic when we went.
    A downside was the guide/driver spoke English, however he was not polished enough to hold a conversation with rapid speaking Americans, so the conversation was limited, unless you paced your speech.
    Be aware of the scamp artist, who want to trade you dollars for Dirhams. The rates seem great, however the bills are counterfeit. The scam, My friend game me this dollar, I can't use it here, going to the bank, so they trade you about the going rate or better. Thus saving you taking home Dirhams.
    Good trip, makes for a slow paced day compared to Marrakech

  • We booked this tour with Viator and they used a local company called Easy Transfers.
    There was a driver and no guide. The driver could not speak English at all. We stopped for a rest but the driver did not mention us that we can visit the women's argan oil co operative, so none of us knew this and didn't visit it. That was very disappointing.
    The driver dropped us off and told us to meet in few hours time.
    The day was great, lovely place.
    We chose our own fish and had that for lunch, lovely food.
    On our way back the driver drove like a maniac, he most probably was in a hurry to get back to Marrakech. It was very scary experience.
    I did not like how a guide was not included in our package and missed the opportunity to visit the Argan Oil co operative.
    I like Essaouira, it's a lovely beautiful place, but I would not recommend this local tour company.

  • A beautiful part of Morocco and well worth the trip. A few points I feel that need mentioning. The initial organization was poor. Had it not been for our hotel hostess who made numerous calls to a 24/7 number that did not answer and a last minute email on our part we would not have known time or place.
    On arrival our guide although very interesting and informative was a trifle forceful. The tour did not include lunch, but despite this we were not given an option but were route marched to a designated restaurant, obviously commission is paid!!! The city is delightful and well worth a visit,a very pretty part of Morocco.

  • We booked with Viator for a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira. Viator used the local tour operator. Whilst it was a long journey to Essaouira approx. 3.5hours each way, it was good to see real life pass us by whilst in comfort. There were meant be six on us, but sadly two of our party were unable to join us, therefore we had a nine seater brand new people carrier to ourselves.
    Driving in Marrakesh is crazy, but our driver Abdel was very safe, courteous and efficient, as was the guide Issam both of which spoke very good English, and were happy to answer our often random questions about life, religion etc. We enjoyed passing through the remote townships en route to Essaouira, and seeing sheep on motorbikes wrapped around necks like scarfs, or on laps seemed very common. But the stop to the argon tree laden like Christmas tree baubles with goats, was a highlight.
    We visited a Women's Co-operative place and shown how the woman produce the famous Argan oil. When you see how long the process is to produce the oil completely by hand, and how tedious it is for the women, you appreciate why it is so expensive to buy. It was free to enter, and you did have the obligatory mint tea, and tasted some samples of the oil used for cooking and couldnt help but feel compelled to purchase something in the shop even if to support these women. You are welcome to take pictures here, but for some reason we felt uncomfortable.
    Essaouira itself is serene in contrast to Marrakesh and far from the madding crowd. It is a seaside resort, with a distinct European feel and still has the Portuguese influence, with its bright blue and white architecture within its still intact 18th century sea walls. We felt very safe with Issam navigating us through the souks, and it was good to get a bit of shopping/bartering in, knowing you had someone by your side that could speak the language to ensure that you didnt get too ripped off.

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