46 days in Essaouira & Timbuktu Itinerary

46 days in Essaouira & Timbuktu Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly + Shuttle:  8 h
1
Essaouira, Morocco
— 24 nights
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
2
Timbuktu, Mali
— 20 nights
Drive + Fly:  40 h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

24
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira ©
The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Medina of Essaouira and Simon Attias Synagogue. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cheval Essaouira. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Essaouira: Plage de Sidi Kaouki (in Sidi Kaouki) and Plage d'Imsouane (in Imsouane). And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Kaouki Surf School, play a few rounds at Golf d'Essaouira Mogador, and don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Essaouira trip maker tool.

Istanbul, Turkey to Essaouira is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Istanbul to Essaouira due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Essaouira are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You'll set off for Timbuktu on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Sidi Kaouki, Le Val d'Argan, Plage d'Imsouane
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Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

20
nights
Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu ©
Timbuktu, also spelled as Tinbuktu, Timbuctoo and Timbuktoo, is an ancient city in Mali, situated 20km north of the Niger River. Timbuktu is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Djinguereber Mosque and don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sankore.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Timbuktu day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Essaouira to Timbuktu. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
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Djinguereber Mosque ©
Djinguereber Mosque

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