The Gnawa and World Music Festival 2017

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Morocco - Essaouira
June 27 - July 3, 2017

Songlines Music Travel, in association with Master Travel, invites music lovers and travellers alike on this exceptional trip to the picturesque port town of Essaouira on Morocco's Atlantic coast. This trip will give you a unique insight into the music and heritage of this fascinating region, as well as giving you the opportunity to experience the extraordinary Gnawa and World Music Festival, this year is a celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary.

Accompanied by a Songlines Travel Leader, you will be guided through the festival, helping you to access the very best musical offerings from local and international artists and to experience heady late-night sessions in atmospheric venues.


Photo: Lawrence Yusupoff

Essaouira, The Gnawa and World Music Festival Itinerary

Please note that this is a provisional itinerary only. The final itinerary will be confirmed in your pre-departure pack which will be sent to you 2 weeks before departure.

Tuesday 27th June: Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech in the morning and transfer to the hotel. Meet the rest of the group in the early afternoon for a guided city tour of Marrakech including a walking tour of the old town. In the evening, enjoy dinner with the whole group where you can look forward to the exciting few days ahead.

Wednesday 28th June: Marrakech

Day long excursion via private 4x4 vehicles to the Agafay Desert, Lalla Takerkoust Lake, Kik Plateau and Atlas Mountains. Return to Marrakech in the evening and enjoy dinner in the town.

Thursday 29th June: Marrakesh - Essaouira

We will meet in the hotel in the morning and drive to the coast to Essaouira which will take approximately three hours. Arriving after lunch we'll have time to explore the town before heading out on the streets to sample the first evening of the festival.

Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July: Essaouira

Enjoy a heady mix of 3 full days of music and sightseeing during the Gnawa Music Festival.

Monday 3rd July: Essaouira - Marrakech

Early the next morning we will head back to Marrakech and will be transferred to the airport for the flight home, or continue your travels in Morocco.

Pricing Details

Tour price excluding flights to/from Marrakech: £1,650 per person
Early Bird booking*: £1,495 per person valid only until 29th February 2017
*After 29th February 2017, the tour price will be fixed at £1,650 for all travellers


For more information on this trip please email or call +44 (0)20 7501 6741