All our trips and tours are suggestions only. They can be changed to suit your personal requirements.
This is a short stay for those who like coastal regions and the opportunity to enjoy a desert experience without the long travel to the Sahara. The trip incorporates Marrakech, Oualidia on the coast and then Essaouira, overnight in the 'Desert of Marrakech' returning to Marrakech.
Arrive at Marrakech airport where your chauffeur will meet you and take you into the city and your accommodation, the excellent Riad Les Yeux Bleus situated in the medina (old town) and within easy walking distance of all the delights of the medina and souks. Riad Les Yeux Bleus is a deluxe riad that has been recently renovated to a very high standard. There are two pools, a roof terrace and two courtyards. The rooms are very comfortable and all en suite. Dining here is an experience always excellent. A charming staff compliment Riad Les Yeux Bleus. Your accommodation here is on a bed and breakfast basis, B&B. We do suggest you dine at the riad this evening.
In the morning your professional English-speaking guide will meet you for a full day guided tour of the medina, the souks and the numerous historic buildings and museums in Marrakech. In the evening we can recommend some very good restaurants for you to visit.
At 0900 hrs your chauffeur will take you to the coast and Oualidia (about 2.5 hrs) and your accommodation at the wonderful La Sultana Oualidia on the lagoon. Oualidia is a very leisurely and relaxed place to be. The tidal lagoon is famous for the oyster beds that a Frenchman created many years ago. They are delicious and very inexpensive! A local boat ride is a pleasant way to see the lagoon and view the town from the ocean. If you are lucky you will see the many flamingos that gather here.
La Sultana Oualidia offers very comfortable accommodation with en-suite bedrooms. Terraces and a lagoon side pool further compliment the establishment. Hammam and spa facilities are available. Depending on the weather, dining can be outside on the terrace. Excellent food and a very charming staff. Your room will be a standard en suite on a bed and breakfast only basis.
After a leisurely morning (we suggest lunch here) your chauffeur will take you on to Essaouira further south down the coast. About 3 hrs. Essaouira is a medium-sized town with a wonderful atmosphere. A very relaxed place to enjoy and shop. Being a fishing port, Essaouira is heaven for those who enjoy fresh fish. Essaouira requires no guide as it is so easy to navigate. Spectacular beach, a historic fishing port and very good restaurants abound.
Your accommodation here is at the first class Dar L’Oussia in the medina. We have been using Dar L’Oussia for our clients for many years and it just keeps getting better. Charming staff, very good cuisine and comfortable accommodation. Your room here will be a Junior Suite on a B&B basis.
Totally at your leisure and to stroll round the town and the port area. Have lunch on the port where there are numerous fish stalls serving fresh fish - simply grilled, delicious and very inexpensive. In the evening we can suggest many fine places to dine.
We suggest leaving Essaouira at around 1400 hrs which gives you the morning to enjoy Essaouira and have lunch. Your chauffeur will take you back towards Marrakech and the 'Desert of Marrakech' and La Pause, a small eco-friendly encampment, where you will stay in traditional rustic but luxury mud and straw cottages with en-suite facilities set amongst olive trees. The cuisine and service is superb. There is also a small pool. Lunch will be provided on arrival. You are free to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, exploring the area by camel or foot, or enjoying the various activities on offer. Costs of the leisure activities are not included and are payable locally. We can quote for these. A delicious candlelit dinner makes an excellent end to the day and the night sky, with no light pollution, can be outstanding.
After breakfast your chauffeur will take you back to Marrakech and the Riad Les Yeux Bleus for your last night. In the evening we recommend dining at Le Grand Café de la Poste on Ave Mohamed V in the new town of Gueliz.
Your chauffeur will collect you from Riad Les Yeux Bleus and take you to Marrakech airport for your flight home.
NOT INCLUDED: Beverages, meals not mentioned, tips, personal shopping, travel and medical insurances.