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You are welcome to arrive in Marrakech at any time, as today is a designated arrival day with no planned activities. Please make sure that you have informed your G Adventures sales representative or travel agent of your flight arrival details so we can arrange for your arrival transfer to our joining hotel. See Joining Instructions for more information. Please note that there will be an important welcome meeting this evening at our joining hotel. Please check the hotel notice board for more information on the location of this meeting or ask at reception. Please bring your passport and travel insurance documents to this meeting, as you will be required to fill out some important pre-trip documents.
After learning more about our tour and plans for the following day, you are welcome to join our leader and your travelling companions for an optional dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Overnight in Marrakech.
Start off with a guided walk around the medina then do as much or as little as you want during your time here. Lounge in the pool to escape the daytime heat or get out and about to explore. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal with some of our local friends tonight.
A great place to start exploring is Djemaa el Fna square, the heart of Marrakech, that changes its offerings throughout the day. In the morning you’ll wander past the fresh orange juice stalls, water sellers in colourful costumes with traditional leather water bags and brass cups, and snake charmers reminiscent of an era past.
As the day progresses the snake charmers are replaced by Chleuh dancing boys, storytellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As the sun sets, the square fills with dozens of food-stalls, packed with locals and the entertaining chefs and waiters. Grab a spot on a bench with the other diners and try the Tanjia (slow cooked lamb), Harira soup, grilled seafood, famous Moroccan couscous, tajine, snails or even sheep’s head for the truly adventurous, and wash it all down with some spiced tea.
To really get a taste of everyday life in Marrakech, head into the maze of tiny streets and alleyways of the ancient medina. Tourists and locals alike will find everything they desire in the souks, whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns, the selection here is exhaustive. Don’t forget to bargain; it's definitely part of the fun!
For history and architecture buffs, Marrakech is sure to dazzle. The Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Ben Youseff Medersa and Almovid Koubba are all easy to get to and well worth a visit.
Once you’ve tired yourself out, relax at one of the tea houses around the square, indulging in the ubiquitous sweet mint tea, watching the hustle and bustle from your shady spot.
Continuing our journey through Morocco, its up along the coast from Tafraoute to the village of Sidi Kaouki. This relaxed Berber village is a world away from Morocco's bustling cities, and all the better for it. You may want to linger on the great beach here, but we have a date with our camels today.
Hopping onto camel back, we take off for a ride along the beach. These ships of the desert are noble creatures who carry us along the sandy expanse of the beach, past the whitewashed walls of the villages to our camp, where we spend the night. Sleeping out under canvas or, if you prefer, under stars in this peaceful beach location is a great way to unwind after a day on camelback.
This morning we continue along the beach on our trusty steed to the coastal city of Essaouira. The coastline here is famous as being a great location for kite surfing and windsurfing, something admire as we make our way along the beach.
Built around a natural harbour, this walled port town is a gem of a place, with a variety of shops and art galleries as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can while away the afternoon.
Overnight in Essaouira.
Essaouria is a well known beach for surfing, so we have an included lesson here today. We will pick up everything from the basics to getting out onto the waves and attempting to stand. The afternoon is free, and the inviting surf along the beach may lure you in to refine your skills on a surfboard, or maybe you could take on the locals in a game of beach volleyball
Overnight in Essaouira.
Today is free in Essaouria. You might want to unwind with the kids on the beach, or wander among the souks around the city. This former pirate hangout has many alleyways and streets to walk around, so you can enjoy this at your own pace.
Overnight in Essaouira.
Take a morning free to wander along the beach in Essaouria, or just relax by the sea before transferring back to Marrakech. In the evening, wander the souks or enjoy an optional last meal with your new found friends.
Transfer to the airport and depart at any time, having said farewell to new found friends.