Morocco Private Journey 5 - Coastal Odyssey

Tangier to Agadir & Beyond (includes Rabat, Casablanca & Essaouira)

About Morocco Private Journey 5 - Coastal Odyssey

Summary

A journey through Morocco's colonial past and its hopes for the future. Imagine taking an expedition down the whole length of Africa - this will be the first two weeks, maybe you will carry on south another time. Ancient and modern, unexplored and developed, Spanish influence, Portuguese heritage; no other route will show you so much of Morocco's history.

Activity code: MORJ05

Duration: 14 Days

START - Tangier / FINISH - Agadir

This particular itinerary is a quite unique "Top to Bottom" journey along Morocco's incredibly beautiful Atlantic coast. The route includes travelling between Tangier and Agadir via Asilah, Rabat, Casablanca, El Jadida and Essaouira with the opportunity to travel inland at any time and even continue further south to the undiscovered coast south of Agadir, e.g. Mirleft. With our many years of experience putting together practical and interesting itineraries for our clients we would like to recommend this journey for you to make the most of your time in this fascinating country.

What makes this holiday special ?

We have great pleasure in offering you the opportunity to experience Morocco accompanied by one of our excellent team of English-speaking drivers as a private chauffeur and ad hoc guide.

Travelling with one of our friendly English-speaking drivers allows you to experience much more of the country and its people. Your driver will gladly discuss both your daily schedule and general matters about Morocco and the places you pass; he can arrange local guides or co-ordinate any itinerary of pre-booked sightseeing that we arrange with you beforehand. In addition to your driver's experience and knowledge during your holiday we have also driven extensively around Morocco and will be happy to share our experiences with you if you are at all unsure about your chosen route or any aspect of travelling with one of our drivers.

NB: This itinerary includes the services of one of our English-Speaking drivers. They will drive any type of vehicle within their daily rate which also includes your driver's food and lodging.

Hotels are personal suggestions but there is usually a choice of styles and budget at each location. We are, of course, also able to tailor-make a holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - UK departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, duration, activities, etc.

Highlights of the Coastal Odyssey Private Journey

  • TANGIER: Shining like a beacon between Europe and African, Tangier will always be an open and cosmopolitan town where all civilisations mix. Tangier - the very name evokes an air of mystery, of one-time shady dealings. This stems from the days when the city was divided between Britain, America, France, and Spain, an International zone within easy reach of Europe. From 1923 - 1956 Tangier was a playground for international jet setters, attracting authors, spies, artists and aristocrats alike.
  • RABAT: Rabat is the current capital of modern Morocco and has well designed boulevards which are a perfect setting for the culture and grandeur a state capital should offer. Sights include the Royal Palace, the unfinished mosque with its striking Hassan Tower, the necropolis at Chellah and the grand Mauosoleum of the Kings.
  • ESSAOUIRA: Essaouira's houses and shops in the medina are white-washed with blue doors and shutters; an expansive sandy beach is located next to the harbour and is shallow enough for safe bathing. Essaouira is a fascinating former Portuguese fishing port - the place to eat fresh fish, sit down at any stall in the harbour and feast yourself on the freshest and most varied fish BBQ you will ever encounter. Today, standing on the impressive battlements looking out over the line of cannon and on out to sea it is impossible not to think of the history this town has seen and the daily adventures of the local fishing boat crews.
  • AGADIR: Agadir is Morocco's premier resort; with its golden sandy beach sweeping for miles along the coast and lapped by the Atlantic it is the perfect holiday spot. There is a dazzling array of boutiques, international cuisine and excellent Moroccan restaurants making Agadir a very cosmopolitan place. Agadir is one of the World's most beautiful bays, it also has a marina which can receive several hundred pleasure boats. The coastal road allows you to stroll along more of the sea front, a popular place for a walk at any time of day, and offers a complete panorama of the whole bay.
  • SIDI IFNI: The town of Sidi Ifni is quite unique in this part of Morocco as, until 1969, it was a Spanish enclave and so has a very different but fascinating atmosphere and style. Much of the colonial heritage is, unfortunately, crumbling but there are signs of some new investment and an increasing choice of good places to eat.
  • RIADS: Many treasures, especially the now-famous riads are hidden away in Marrakech and other cities in Morocco, such as Fez and Essaouira. Riads are houses, built around a central courtyard patio, whose outside walls are entirely closed. They are often converted into guesthouses or restaurants and are a symbol of the Moroccan art of fine living. We recommend riads in our programme where the local staff are integral to the experience and all food and drink and many other materials involved with your stay and the building itself are all sourced from the local area.

Why book with Rediscover Morocco ?

With our excellent prices for car rental, Morocco has opened up to some quite unique holiday experiences. Roads around the country are improving and are actually pretty good in most places, even in the mountains and desert areas they are now mostly asphalted. We have all driven extensively around Morocco and will be happy to share our experiences with you if you are at all unsure about your chosen routes.

Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country (in the table below we have included suggestions for upgrades to "boutique" riads and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).

Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we also offer a private airport transfer service.

Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing; we will send you our own guidebook with your confirmation and are able, through our local agency, to book activities and specialist sightseeing, particularly in Marrakech - such as cooking, quad bikes, caleche rides, day hikes, etc.

NB. extend this holiday easily by adding nights in any or all of the three locations.

What's included in your Private Journey holiday?

  • Private arrival airport transfer.
  • 13 nts on BB at a choice of small hotels; [NB. Agadir and El Jadida are on HB basis]
  • 13 days fully-inclusive one-way car hire (Group D with a/c)
  • Services of an English-speaking Chauffeur for 13 days (includes his food and hotels and expenses to start in Tangier)
  • All taxes, full 24hr representative services.

NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

Our recommended hotel choices for this fly drive:

[Classic Hotel, Classic Riad, Boutique Hotel/Riad, Deluxe Hotel]

  • Tangier: - Hotel Rembrandt, Dar Nour, Hotel el Minzah
  • Rabat: Hotel Belere, Riad Kalaa, Villa Mandarine, Sofitel Jardins des Roses
  • Casablanca: - Hotel Moroccan House, Kenzi Tower Hotel, Hyatt Regency
  • Essaouira: - Riad Mimouna, Riad L'Oussia, Madada Mogador, Hotel Mogador Golf & Spa
  • Agadir: - Hotel Timoulay, Riad Villa Blanche, Sofitel Thalassa & Spa
  • South Coast: - Riad Janoub, kasbah Tabelkoukt

Click on the location to view our whole selection.

Contact us now to book this self drive holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival Tangier [flight or ferry]

    Arrival into Tangier; private transfer to your hotel.

    • stay 2nts at Rembrandt Hotel, Dar Nour or El Minzah Hotel.

  • Day 2 - Tangier

    Meet up with your English-speaking driver at your hotel; full day tour of Tangier and surrounding coastline, including caves of Hercules and Cap Spartel.

  • Days 3 & 4 - Tangier - Asilah - Rabat

    Visit of Asilah and possible detour to Lixus en route to Rabat; visit capital of Morocco.

    Free day to explore Rabat's sights including the Hassan Tower, Royal Palace, Kasbah and Chellah Necropolis.

    • stay 2nts at Riad Kalaa or Villa Mandarine.

  • Days 5 to 8 - Rabat - El Jadida - Safi - Essaouira

    Continue along coast for a visit to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca before heading south to El Jadida. Visit of El Jadida, including the famous underground cisterns and historic harbour.

    • stay at Hotel Dar el Manar - 1nt.

    Day 6, continue south to Safi and then along the seldom used but stunning coastal road down to finish the day in Essaouira. You now have two full days to relax in Essaouira with a possible detour inland to Marrakech on one day.

    • stay at Riad Mimouna, Hotel Atlas & Spa or Madada Mogador - 3nts.

  • Day 9 - Essaouira - Agadir

    Drive down coast road ever southwards passing many of the famous surfing beaches before reaching Agadir. Possible detour inland to visit the waterfalls at Imouzzer.

    • stay 1nt in Agadir at Hotel Timoulay, Riad Villa Blanche.

  • Days 10 to 12 - Agadir - Mirleft

    After a brief visit of Agadir, drive south beyond the airport to Tiznit and then back to the coast at Aglou Plage; continue along this wonderfully unspoilt section of coastline to Mirleft. NB. from here you can visit many beaches, partake in activities arranged locally such as parascending and also visit Sidi Ifni.

    • stay at Kasbah Tabelkoukt or Les Trois Chameaux - 3nts.

  • Day 13 - Mirleft - Tiznit

    At this stage you could elect to stay longer at Mirleft or travel even further south to Tan Tan Plage or return to Agadir. The last night on this example itinerary can be in Tiznit which is relatively close to Agadir Airport.

    • stay at Riad Janoub - 1nt BB.

  • Day 14 - departure Agadir

    Drop off car and driver at Agadir Airport for flight home.

  • Prices & Departure Dates

    Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.

    Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Please note that discounts will apply if there are 4 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.

    NB: Flights available to book with us through a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

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