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Full-Day Tour to Essaouira - The Ancient Mogador City from Marrakech

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Visit the historic port city of Essaouira on a full-day trip from Marrakech, and spend the day exploring traditional agriculture, architecture, and Morocco’s laid-back, seaside culture. See how argan oil is extracted, and visit Essaouira’s Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This full-day Essaouira tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in Marrakech, a guided walking tour of Essaouira, and free time to explore on your own.
  • Full-day Essaouira trip from Marrakech
  • See a historic Moroccan city on the coast
  • Visit an argan oil cooperative
  • Guided walking tour of Essaouira
  • Take in a UNESCO-listed historic center
  • Free time to explore on your own
  • Pickup and drop-off at Marrakech hotels
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Hotel / Riad pickup and drop-off
Transport by comfortable air-conditioned minivan or 4WD with an English-speaking driver/guide
Guided walking tour of Essaouira city
Drinks (Bottled mineral water+Fresh mint tea)
Free time after the guided tour
All entrance fees, local taxes and fuel are included
Fuel included
Lunch
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Marrakesh, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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jamaa el-fnna، Rue des Banques, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Trik Jazouli, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Morocco, Rue Lalla Fatima Zahra, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Rue Lalla Fatima Zahra, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Rue de La Kasbah, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Ksibat Nhass, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Avenue Bab El Khemis, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Bab Aylan, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Rue Bab Doukkala, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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81 Rue, Dar El Bacha, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Sidi Mimoun, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Rue Bab Ksiba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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El Moukef, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

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8:00 AM

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Meet a driver at your Marrakech hotel, then make the drive to Essaouira in a climate-controlled vehicle. Enjoy views of the countryside along the way, as you pass through villages and fields, then stop at a small argan oil cooperative run by local women. Learn how the oil is extracted and used—with the option to purchase oil direct from the producers— before continuing to Essaouira.

Learn the basics of Essaouira’s history on a sightseeing walking tour of the city, taking in the distinctive blue-and-white architecture, and unique rhythm of the seaside town. Following the tour, you have the rest of the day to explore on your own: head down to the water to see the fishermen bring in the catch of the day, then sample Moroccan-style seafood in an outdoor café.

The UNESCO-listed medina is full of artists and craftsmen’s shops, and walking the city’s stone rampart is like stepping into history—watch for fishing boats on the far horizon. At the end of the afternoon, meet back up with the driver for the return trip to Marrakech, where this tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Afous Argan
On the way to Essaouira you'll visit the Berber women cooperative extracting Argan oil / Stops for pictures...
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Medina of Essaouira
Guided walking tour of sights and landmarks / Stops for pictures / Free time...
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Morocco Inspiring Tours

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Tour to Essaouira - The Ancient Mogador City from Marrakech?
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The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Tour to Essaouira - The Ancient Mogador City from Marrakech?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Tour to Essaouira - The Ancient Mogador City from Marrakech?
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The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Tour to Essaouira - The Ancient Mogador City from Marrakech?
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The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Tour to Essaouira - The Ancient Mogador City from Marrakech?
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This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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The highlight of our trip to Morocco
Rawdha_A
, Apr 2021
What can I say? Book this trip already! Abdulrahman our driver was on time. His driving skills were superb and took us to a lovely place on the way for some attay. He is very informative and friendly. As soon as we reached Essaouria we were greeted by Azeez who by far is the best tour guide ever! Azeez is born and raised is Essaouira his love and passion to the city reached our heart. He explained the history the culture the hidden gems and also showed us places where game of thrones was filmed. We went on this visit during Covid which means the majority of the city attractions might be closed, however!! Going with Azeez even the police opened places for us without paying anyone money. For the sake of Azeez and his goodwill. We had a lovely time!! Even when we decided to go shopping.. Azeez helped us drop the prices to more than half of what was offered. A truly remarkable guy who made us fall in love with Essaouira Mogador and it’s rich culture of tolerance and respect between people, animals and religions.
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zvrabecracured
, Jan 2020
We highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide Abdul was very informative about the history and present life of Morocco, a relaxed and fun atmosphere. At Easoura we had a home guide. The funniest part of the trip was painting goats on argan trees. Eaossura is a beautiful seaside town and it was great because we had 3 hours to dine in peace and enjoy the beach. Super day trip
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Great guide, needed more time
jtmbin
, Dec 2019
From the moment he found us waiting in the morning chaos of the Medina, our guide, Ismail, was a delight. He had more energy than anyone should have that early, was kind, professional, funny, caring, and very informative throughout the entire day. He is a walking/driving encyclopedia of Moroccan history AND American pop culture! The only negative about the tour was that even a full-day was too short! We need a Part 2.
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A wonderful one-day trip to Essaouira
amelieartist
, Oct 2019
I highly recommend this tour. Our driver Abdul was very kind and informative. He organized our pickup in Marrakech in a comfortable, air conditioned SUV. He stopped so that we could see the Argan trees with the goats climbing and also offered to take photos of us. We also enjoyed learning how the Argan oil was made and were able to buy a few products without feeling any pressure or hurry. When we arrived in Essaouira, we met our local guide Aziz who gave us a walking tour of the Medina and explained some of the history. Compared to Marrakech, it was such a relaxing experience and we could see how kind and friendly the locals were. After the tour, we had some free time and so we enjoyed lunch at a lovely restaurant by the beach and then walked back. Our driver picked us up and, on the way back, we stopped for a restroom break and some tea and a delicious snack on the way back. This was so well organized and we felt like we were well taken care of. I highly recommend this tour and thank you again for the wonderful day!
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Perfect
valkaiandrea01
, Jul 2019
Everything was very good, I loved the whole day. Our driver tell us a lot about Marocco during the journey, it was very interesting. In Essaouira the guide was very kind and took us to lots of interesting places.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
MANY THANKS for your lovely comment! We are so happy that you had a great experience with us, this encourages us to give more and to provide our customers the best services. ALL THE BEST
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Awesome day!
Michelle G
, Jun 2019
Great day with adbul and aziz! It was a nice itinerary, knowledgeable guides, and a beautiful city to visit!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Greetings From Morocco Inspiring Tours Team, We are so happy that you had a great experience with us, this encourages us to give more and to provide our customers the best services. You're welcome anytime with us, Kindest wishes.
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Great Tour with engaging driver to a really nice town.
mikebritch
, Jan 2019
There were 5 of us on this on this Private Day Tour to Essaouira. Firstly, after 4 days in the noise and bustle of Marrakech, Essaouira was a welcome calming change - the blue & white city was quiet and relaxing. We had a walking tour of the city - Ahmed, our guide was a local - it was a little lacking in history and detail, but he did recommend a fish fry stall that we had a superb meal at. However, outside of Essaouira itself, the highlight of the day was our interaction with Ismail, our driver. He has excellent English, and we had a wide-ranging and enthusiastic (pretty much non-stop) conversation throughout both drives. I recommend both the trip and Ismail.
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Great service...beautiful place, nice weather and delicious food
iraindra1029
, Oct 2018
Ismael accompany us along the way to Essaouira. He drive carefully and diligently, and explain every detail that we passed. He is very well inform and has a lot of knowledge for everything. We got a lot of information about the history and the culture. He also recommended us, a nice restaurant on the beach with the delicious food. The journey was great and excellent. We hope we can join other tour next time. Very well recommended.
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The full day excursion to Essaouira...
David O
, Mar 2018
The full day excursion to Essaouira as part of our visit to Marrakech is worthy of special mention. Arrangements were confirmed the day before the trip by email and pickup at the hotel was right on schedule as advised. Our driver Abdul, arrived in a clean and modern vehicle and navigated the heavy morning traffic, briefly mentioning points of interest and answering our many questions. Along the way a stop was made to see the manufacturing of Aragan oil with no pressure to purchase any of the derivative products. On arrival to Essaouira, Abdul introduced us to Haziz, a native of the Mogador city, and seemingly known by everyone as we toured the ancient city. Haziz was a great ambassador of the city, pointing out how Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith citizens live in total harmony. The ambience of the city differs completely than the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, being much more laid back without the commercial pressures on visitors to purchase items on offer. The tour was followed by a seaside lunch and a time to relax or take a leisurely stroll. All in all, a great opportunity to experience a different lifestyle from the big city and understand the differing cultures in Morocco.
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This trip was really memorable...
Mike R
, Jan 2018
This trip was really memorable. Ismail was our tour guide and was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. On the way to Essaouira, we stopped to see goats in the Argan trees which was really cool. The medina is very touristy and modern but the beach is the star. The restaurant we ate at had the best view. I highly recommend this tour, especially with Ismail.
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