12 days in Morocco Itinerary

12 days in Morocco Itinerary

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12 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Casablanca
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Essaouira
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Marrakech
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Fes
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Synagogue Beth-El and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Casablanca trip itinerary maker tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Casablanca is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, Casablanca is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Casablanca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Temple Beth-El ©
Temple Beth-El

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Medina of Essaouira and Synagogue Slat Lkahal. Head to GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD and Cooperative de bijoux Mogador Dag Souirifor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue, take a leisurely stroll along Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, and don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Essaouira online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Casablanca to Essaouira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD ©
GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD
Synagogue Slat Lkahal ©
Synagogue Slat Lkahal

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Jemaa el-Fnaa or Le renard de Marrakech. Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Palacio da Bahia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: soak away your stress at local Arab baths, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, admire the natural beauty at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, and steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marrakech trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Essaouira in May, you will find days in Marrakech are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Arab Baths
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ait Ben Haddou trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Ait Ben Haddou sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Fes.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Medina of Fez and Archaeological Site of Volubilis. Step off the beaten path and head to Arab Baths and La Petite Maison Berbere. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Coin Berbere, view the masterpieces at Centre de Formation Dans le Metiers de l'Artisinat, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fes trip maker app .

You can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight from Ait Ben Haddou to Fes in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Ait Ben Haddou in May, expect Fes to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fes

Baths Museums Spas

Side Trip

Archaeological Site of Volubilis
Highlights from your plan
Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Archaeological Site of Volubilis ©
Archaeological Site of Volubilis
Arab Baths

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