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The guide was hard to understand over the microphone on the bus, but going through the town was much better. He showed us a lot of great sites but we would have liked some history as we went around. The obligatory stops at trade outlets were fine, and people bought stuff, but you could sit them out on the bus if you didn't want to go through. We enjoyed them though. It would have been good to know the prices we should pay for souviners though as we got caught out a few times thinking we were on to a bargain.
A good day, a lot of time on the coach but Essouira beautiful and total contrast to Marrakesh.
Provided the opportunity to see more of Morrocco just then Marrakech. Comfort stops on the way were interesting and the good weather ensured a pleasurable day out. There was a music festival going on at Essaouira when we were there so the place was quite busy. The coach did break down on the way back and we had to wait for another to arrive, but these things happen.
Very interesting and enjoyable trip from Marrakech.
Most of the tourists spoke French, but the guide was bilingual in English/French and catered to both audiences. We got a guided tour of the medina (old city), followed by some free time to have lunch and explore the markets. We were under the impression that we would be getting picked up from our hotel, but unfortunately we found out - only on the day of - that hotel pick up was not an option for us because we were staying in a "riyad". It would have been helpful to know this at the time of booking. While most riyads are located in narrow alleyways, ours was on a large main road (where mini buses passed regularly).
We had French people travelling with us and only 3 who spoke english. Most of the journey was translated in French so the English speakers felt left out.
Beach was beautiful, but the eating places were not brilliant.
We were shown around the streets, which is not as a pretty sight like the beach or the main roads.
Overall rating 3 out of 5
We stayed a week in Marrakech and this was one of the day trips we booked. With us travelling at the end of October, we were unlucky enough to have the one rainy day. This did impact on the experience itself as we were pretty miserable all cold and wet. I personally very much enjoyed the three hour bus journey from Marrakech to Essaouira. I enjoyed watching the landscape go by, trying to image what life must be like as it must be a hard life trying to make a living off the dry land. We had a quick stopover at an women cooperative for Argan Oil. It was certainly a 'sales stop' but we also did get to see how the oil is made and I glady did spend some coins in their shop - good for women who work there and that was some xmas gifts sorted, too, at the same time! Essaouira itself is, I suppose, pretty if the weather is nice. The beach looks really lovely and if you are in Marrakech for more than a couple of days and are looking for a nice day out by the sea then this is your trip! The tour guide will take you round on guided tour and even though at first the alleyways of the souks are just as confusing as Marrakech it is on a lot smaller scale and you will quickly get to grips with it. After the guided walk you have a couple of hours or so on your own. Take a walk to the harbour to see the fishing boats coming in at 3pm or just enjoy some relaxing time on the beach.
Nice place but they all have deals betwin each others to take u to some places where will sale u some more expensive tuff!! Poorer get poorer and ritch get more money off of u!!
Essaouira I would give 5 stars! But the tour- a three!
The tour operator was on time and very, very friendly. The coach was clean our tour guide's language skills are highly proficient. One negative, we did not have much time on our own to explore and the restaurant that was "highly" suggested had awful food but the service was excellent. Would absolutely do another tour with this company but would not go where the tour guide directed us. Essaouira is worth the trip. The souks are not as expensive as Marrakech and the quality is marginally better. The stand out of the trip: the argan oil coop! The women were awesome and the work they do is bio-environmentally pure and culturally sound.
It was a bit of a long trip made longer by road works, but it was nice to get out by the sea and some fresh air. The guides were a bit iffy. I was travelling alone and because I tipped a bit low, wasn't happy with the service, they just dropped me somewhere and pointed vaguely towards my lodging. But Essaouira itself was great and worth a look if you have time in your agenda.
Nice to see a different city. Long journey made longer by several unneccesay stops where you are encouraged to buy produce and spend money.
An early start 7.25 and long trip 12 hrs there and back by bus. Interesting port area and beach visited then 4 hrs free time.
Too big of a tour group. Our guide mostly spoke the french people,forgetting or omitting to translate for the english speaking people. I say that because I do understand french, and he will go on a very detail explanation of what we were seeing and then a few seconds in english. If you have that many people with one language then separate the tour for them only,saving a lot of explanation and time. Not personable at all.