12 days in Morocco Itinerary

12 days in Morocco Itinerary

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12 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Marrakech
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Chefchaouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Imlil
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Essaouira
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Marrakech
— 5 nights
End: Marrakech

2
nights
Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen ©
Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Medina, then look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades d'Akchour, take in the dramatic scenery at Ras El Maa Waterfall, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Mosque.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chefchaouen trip planner.

Marrakech to Chefchaouen is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina
Spanish Mosque ©
Spanish Mosque
Cascades d'Akchour ©
Cascades d'Akchour

2
nights
Imlil

Imlil ©
Nestled in the High Atlas Mountains, the village of Imlil boasts a pleasant, cool climate and scenic surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Le Savo'art Fer and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Toubkal. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ouanoukrim.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Imlil online attractions planner .

You can drive from Chefchaouen to Imlil in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Essaouira.

Things to do in Imlil

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Le Savo'art Fer, Mount Toubkal
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Ouanoukrim ©
Ouanoukrim
Mount Toubkal
Mount Toubkal
Le Savo'art Fer ©
Le Savo'art Fer

2
nights
Essaouira

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sidi Kaouki and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Simon Attias Synagogue, see the interesting displays at Synagogue Slat Lkahal, then don't miss a visit to Jewish Cemetery, then view the masterpieces at GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD, and finally ride a horse along Cheval Essaouira.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Essaouira trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Imlil to Essaouira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. September in Essaouira sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Plage de Sidi Kaouki
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Plage de Sidi Kaouki ©
Plage de Sidi Kaouki
Walking tours
Simon Attias Synagogue ©
Simon Attias Synagogue

5
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Berber Ecomuseum. Step out of the city life by going to High Atlas Mountains and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, take in nature's colorful creations at Cyber Parc Arsat Moulay Abdeslam, see the interesting displays at Boucharouite Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech day trip tool .

You can drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Essaouira in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

High Atlas Mountains
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

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