11 days in Morocco Itinerary

11 days in Morocco Itinerary

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11 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Fes
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Merzouga
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Tinejdad
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Marrakech
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Essaouira
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
day
Fes

Fes ©
Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Centre de Formation Dans le Metiers de l'Artisinat, explore the world behind art at Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, then browse the collection at Medina Children's Library, then take a stroll through Fes el-Bali, and finally soak away your stress at local Arab baths.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fes trip planner.

New York City, USA to Fes is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Fes. Traveling from New York City in September, you will find days in Fes are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are a bit cooler (61°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Merzouga.

Things to do in Fes

Museums Spas Baths
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Medina Children's Library ©
Medina Children's Library
Arab Baths

1
day
Merzouga

Merzouga ©
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
On the 6th (Fri), examine the collection at Musee Nomade, then explore the fascinating landscape at Merzouga Desert, and then stop by Driss Fossils & Minerals Shop.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Merzouga trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fes to Merzouga in 7.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tinejdad.

Things to do in Merzouga

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Musee Nomade
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Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert

1
night
Tinejdad

Tinejdad ©
Tinejdad is a city in Errachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Musee Lalla Mimouna and then see the interesting displays at The Oasis Museum.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tinejdad trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Merzouga to Tinejdad in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Tinejdad can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Tinejdad

Museums
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The Oasis Museum ©
The Oasis Museum

1
night
Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou ©
Seen in numerous Hollywood films and TV shows, the ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou takes visitors on a journey back to the 17th century with its impressive South Moroccan architecture, boasting earthen clay dwellings in walled kasbahs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): appreciate the views at Ounila Valley and then steep yourself in history at Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ait Ben Haddou day trip planning site .

Getting from Tinejdad to Ait Ben Haddou by car takes about 4 hours. September in Ait Ben Haddou sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Ounila Valley ©
Ounila Valley

3
nights
Marrakech

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech and Medina of Marrakesh are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Berber Ecomuseum and The Orientalist Museum of Marrakech. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Bahia Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Ben Youssef Madrasa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Museums Historic Sites Trails
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Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galerie la Kasbah and Chaim Pinto Synagogue. Explore hidden gems such as Sidi Kaouki Beach and Galerie l'Arbre bleu. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, trot along with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, and see the interesting displays at Synagogue Slat Lkahal.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Essaouira day trip site .

You can drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Marrakech in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Essaouira: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Plage de Sidi Kaouki
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Plage de Sidi Kaouki ©
Plage de Sidi Kaouki
Synagogue Slat Lkahal ©
Synagogue Slat Lkahal

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