12 days in Morocco Itinerary

12 days in Morocco Itinerary

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12 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  14​h
1
Marrakech
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Essaouira
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Fes
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Chefchaouen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Casablanca
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koutoubia Mosque and Saadian Tombs. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, and admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip maker app .

Washington DC, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Marrakech is 5 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
Balloon Rides

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.
On the 20th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD, then don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, and then take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Essaouira trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Essaouira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Essaouira, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Essaouira

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ait Ben Haddou trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Ait Ben Haddou takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Essaouira in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 35°F in Ait Ben Haddou. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Historic Sites
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Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

2
nights
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 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine and then make a trip to Medina of Fez. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Centre de Formation Dans le Metiers de l'Artisinat, then have fun and explore at Medina Children's Library, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fes day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, shuttle, and flight from Ait Ben Haddou to Fes takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Museo Nejjarine ©
Museo Nejjarine

1
night
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 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Mosque and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chefchaouen trip planner .

Take a bus from Fes to Chefchaouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Casablanca.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina
Spanish Mosque ©
Spanish Mosque

1
night
Casablanca

Casablanca ©
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
On the 26th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Villa des Arts de Casablanca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue Beth-El.

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Traveling by car from Chefchaouen to Casablanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in January, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Casablanca

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Villa des Arts de Casablanca ©
Villa des Arts de Casablanca
Temple Beth-El ©
Temple Beth-El

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