Gnawa Music Festival

Essaouira Gnawa and World Music Festival is a celebration of the mysterious music of the Gnawas, the product of a mystic tradition with branches as widespread as Haitian voodoo and Brazilian Candomblé.
Price:                       US$2,250 /person
Duration:               10 days
Persons:                  min (2)
Accommodation:  Mixed
Activities:              Camel Riding, Craft Tours, Cultural Tours, Desert Tours, Historical Tours.

Hotels can be changed for lower or higher budgets

A picturesque port painted in blue and white, Essaouira is the ideal resort that most travelers dream of when they think of North Africa: laid-back and yet vibrant, atmospheric and relaxing.

The town’s status as an independent travelers’ favorite makes it the perfect venue for a festival devoted to the feats of the Gnawas, best known for their tasseled hats, which spin wildly as the musicians rock, entranced by their own music. Artists appearing include the best musicians of the genre as well as performers from around the world.

Originating through a cross-pollination of African magic and Islamic rituals, the Gnawa brotherhoods form a structured unit around a Master, who leads music and dancing until the participants are in a state of trance. The mesmerizing rhythms of the drums, the guenbri (a form of lute) and the hand-held garagab (metal castanets) lead performers into a trance-like state – during religious ceremonies, Gnawas have even been known to impale themselves on swords or beat their heads with iron balls without sustaining any visible external injuries.

Faint-hearted visitors will be pleased to know that the Essaouira Festival does not feature such extreme performances: the program focuses on the purely musical elements of Gnawa tradition and their influence on African-inspired music.


We can customize your trip for 10 days including the number of days that you would like to join the Festival in addition to exploring the rest of Morocco according to your interest for US$2250 per person and minimum 2 people.

If you don’t have any specific activities or areas of interest, and would prefer that we suggest some to you, please let us know.

2 people with a private car and English speaking Guide”
3 people or more with a private luxury van and English speaking guid

Note: If you wish to modify or change anything according to your interest and desire, please let us know!

Cost based on 4* accommodation:
US$2,950.00 per person based on double occupancy
Cost based on 5* accommodation:
USD$3,950.00 per person based on double occupancy

– Minimum 2 people
– Price for a solo traveler, please consult with your sales representative!
– If you are traveling in New Years Eve, there may be a surcharge, please check with your sales representative!
– If you are traveling December 22 to January 5, there may be 3 to 4 days mandatory to stay in Marrakech, please check with your sales representative!
– Private guided tour—Not a group tour.
– Group Discounts Available.

What’s Included:
•    All meals
•    Luxury Riad & Hotel Accommodation
•    Private luxury car, gas, tolls & English speaking driver for the entire trip
•    Transfers to and from airport
•    Knowledgeable certified guides
•    Museums fee
•    All taxes

Not included in package price:
•    Airfare
•    Travel Insurance
•    Drinks
•    Personal needs expenditures

We can’t make the sun shine, or the rain fall, but we can promise to do everything in our power to ensure an unforgettable and exceptional visit to Morocco. I hope you’ll join us.