17 days in Morocco & Western Sahara Itinerary

17 days in Morocco & Western Sahara Itinerary

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17 days in Morocco & Western Sahara Itinerary

Start: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Fly:  21​h
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
4
Essaouira, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
5
Laayoune, Western Sahara
— 1 night
Drive:  120​h
End: Almaty, Kazakhstan


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3
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, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech day trip site .

Almaty, Kazakhstan to Marrakech is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Alma-Ata Time (ALMT) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Almaty in September: high temperatures in Marrakech hover around 38°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

2
nights
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 23rd (Mon): admire the striking features of Bab Boujloud, examine the collection at Museo Nejjarine, then browse for treasures at La Petite Maison Berbere, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Jnan Sbil, then have fun and explore at Medina Children's Library, and then wander the streets of Medina of Fez.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fes travel route planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Fes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Fes are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Chefchaouen.

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Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Medina Children's Library ©
Medina Children's Library

1
night
Chefchaouen, Morocco

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 (Wed): look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chefchaouen tour itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Fes to Chefchaouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

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Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina

3
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

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.
Essaouira is known for adventure, beaches, spas, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Essaouira Beach, explore the galleries of Galerie la Kasbah, and take in the waterfront at Port de PĂȘche d'Essaouira.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Essaouira trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Chefchaouen to Essaouira takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Essaouira can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Laayoune.

Things to do in Essaouira

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira

1
night
Laayoune, Western Sahara

Laayoune ©
Laayoune is the largest city of the disputed territory of Western Sahara currently administered by Morocco. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Laayoune Grand mosque, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Centre Artisanal.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Laayoune vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Essaouira to Laayoune in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in September, Laayoune is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Laayoune

Historic Sites Shopping
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Laayoune Grand mosque ©
Laayoune Grand mosque
St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral ©
St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral

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