15 days in Morocco & Western Sahara Itinerary

15 days in Morocco & Western Sahara Itinerary

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15 days in Morocco & Western Sahara Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Rabat, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Tangier, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Fes, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
6
Laayoune, Western Sahara
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  11​h 15​min
7
Merzouga, Morocco
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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4
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, make a trip to Medina of Marrakesh, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Marrakech route builder tool .

London, UK to Marrakech is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Marrakech hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

1
night
Casablanca, Morocco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): cruise along The Corniche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Place Mohammed V, and finally wander the streets of Quartier Habous. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Morocco Mall, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at La galerie de l'aimance, and finally make a trip to Old Medina of Casablanca.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Casablanca trip builder tool .

Drive from Marrakech to Casablanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Marrakech in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in Casablanca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rabat.

Things to do in Casablanca

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping
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The Corniche ©
The Corniche
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Quartier Habous ©
Quartier Habous

1
night
Rabat, Morocco

Rabat ©
On a vacation in Rabat, a World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital, you can discover the city's long and rich history while enjoying a laidback atmosphere, less touristy than in the booming Casablanca and Marrakech.
On the 30th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Kasbah des Oudaias, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan Tower, then make a trip to Mausoleum of Mohammad V, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Chellah.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rabat trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Casablanca to Rabat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Casablanca in December: highs in Rabat hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tangier.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites
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Chellah ©
Chellah
Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Mausoleum of Mohammad V

2
nights
Tangier, Morocco

Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Hercules Cave and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Medina of Tangier, then examine the collection at American Legation, and then don't miss a visit to Musee de la Kasbah.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tangier trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Rabat to Tangier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Rabat in December, you will find days in Tangier are little chillier (65°F), and nights are colder (50°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fes.

Things to do in Tangier

Tours Nature Parks
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Walking tours
American Legation ©
American Legation
Medina of Tangier ©
Medina of Tangier

1
night
Fes, Morocco

Fes ©
Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the local landmark of Nejjarine Fondouk, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine, and then admire the striking features of Bou Inania Medersa.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fes journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tangier to Fes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tangier in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fes, with lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Laayoune.

Things to do in Fes

Museums
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Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Nejjarine Fondouk ©
Nejjarine Fondouk

1
night
Laayoune, Western Sahara

Laayoune ©
Laayoune is the largest city of the disputed territory of Western Sahara currently administered by Morocco. On the 3rd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Laayoune Grand mosque, and then hunt for treasures at Centre Artisanal.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Laayoune trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Fes to Laayoune takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Fes in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Laayoune, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Laayoune

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Laayoune Grand mosque ©
Laayoune Grand mosque
St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral ©
St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral

2
nights
Merzouga, Morocco

Merzouga ©
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Change things up with a short trip to Macro Fossiles Kasbah in Erfoud (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Erg Chebbi Dunes, admire nature's extreme beauty at Merzouga Desert, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Laoun.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Merzouga trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Laayoune to Merzouga in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Merzouga

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Erg Chebbi Dunes, Macro Fossiles Kasbah
Highlights from your plan
Erg Chebbi Dunes ©
Erg Chebbi Dunes
Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert
Climbing Tours

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