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September 23-25 Tangier, Chefchaouen, and Casablanca
3 Days/ 2 Nights
Price (per person): $635
Want Your Own Room? Single Supplement is $195
Day 1: Arrive in Tangier
Welcome to Morocco! Today is arrival day and there are no scheduled activities, so you’ll have the afternoon free to explore on your own. Upon arrival, a driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Tangier. Tangier is an incredible city with lots to offer! known at the gateway to Africa, it’s located on the Maghreb coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. Many civilizations and cultures have influenced the history of Tangier, starting before the 10th BCE. In 1923, it was considered as having international status by foreign colonial powers and became a destination for many European and American diplomats, spies, writers, and businessmen. An important port and trade center, the city is undergoing rapid development and modernization projects.
Perhaps visit the American Legations Museum, the former palace of Dar el-Makhzen, or the Grand Socco, a market square with fruits, spices, and more. At the Kasbah Museum, you’ll learn about Tangier history told through objects. The Place Petit Socco is the site of a renowned 19th-century souk. You could also enjoy a fresh seafood dinner by the port, watching the sunset over the Atlantic. If you have time, check out the Caves of Hercules, an archaeological cave complex located in Cape Spartel, approximately 14 km west of Tangier.
Day 2: Day Trip to the Blue City of Chefchaouen
This morning, a driver will pick you up in Tangier and you’ll travel through the stunning Rif mountains to the blue city of Chefchaouen. Set against a wide valley and nestled between two peaks, much of Chefchaouen was recreated by Andalusian refugees escaping the Reconquista, so you might feel like you’re in the hills of Spain. Your local guide will take you through the alleyways of the Medina and you will visit the Kasbah, which is one of the oldest monuments of the region. It is believed that the city is blue to symbolize the sky and heaven and serve as a reminder to lead a spiritual life. However, according to some locals, the walls were mandated to be painted blue simply to attract tourists at some point in the 1970s. The city is perhaps one of the world’s most instantly recognizable cities, but it offers much more than just its color, its relaxed medina, rugged mountains, delicious food, and fascinating history, make this a city worthy of exploring.
We’ll return to Tangier in the evening for one last night before heading to Marrakech.
Day 3: Travel to Marrakech via Casablanca
This morning, after breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel and take the high-speed train to Casablanca where you’ll have some time to do some sightseeing. Once arriving at the train station, a van will pick you up with your luggage and take you to visit the Hassan II Mosque and then the Muhammad V Square, and the bay of Casablanca. We’ll make a stop for lunch before hitting the road for our drive to Marrakech (approximately 3 hours).
Beach Town of Essaouira
Perched on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Essaouira is a cross between North Africa and the Mediterranean. Bright and breezy, it attracts windsurfers and kite surfers from around the globe for its perfect conditions.
3 Days/ 2 Nights
Price (per person): $440
Want Your Own Room? Single Supplement is $150
Day 1: Travel to Essaouira
After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in a private car and driven about 2.5 hours to the windy beachside town of Essaouira. This is the perfect place to spend a few relaxing days after a jam-packed itinerary in Morocco.
A former fishing village, Essaouira is now a booming tourist destination. Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which were designed by European engineers. Old brass cannons line the walls, and there are fabulous ocean views.
Rich in history, culture and music, Essaouira boasts a range of enjoyable things to do and see. It even enticed the production crew of Game of Thrones to film several episodes here.
Day 2: Free Day in Essaouira
Today you’ll have the whole day at your leisure to either relax on the beach or do some more exploring.
If museum’s are your thing, Essaouira’s Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Museum was named after the founder of the city, and is housed in a 19th-century former riad. Displaying historical artifacts from ancient pottery to jewelry, it pays homage to the city’s rich history. There’s a lot to be learned about the Berber culture.
The Ramparts of Essaouira were built in 1760 by a French military architect, Theodore Cornut, to protect the port from raiders. They are beautiful and imposing pieces of historic architecture that give the city real ambience, with the medina encased within their walls.
You might also consider visiting an Argan Oil Cooperative, where you can witness the products being made. In rooms adorned with argan trees, women use ancient tools to hand press oil from the kernels and complete the elaborate process of creating argan cream.
Essaouira’s beaches are prime locations for windsurfing and kite surfing among other watersports because of the strong winds all year round, especially in the summer. There are plenty of surf shops and surfing schools, as well as windsurfing schools in Essaouira that are great for beginners.
If watersports aren’t your thing, Essaouira’s beautiful coastline is also great for horse riding, where you can gallop through the waves and over the dunes.
Day 3: Travel to Marrakech
Today, you’ll check off any last-minute activities or shopping before being picked up by private transportation for your return to Marrakech. You’ll have one last night to spend in this incredible city before departing for your return flight from Marrakech.