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:  3​h
2
Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
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: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, and steep yourself in history at Medersa Ben Youssef.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip itinerary planning app .

Almaty, Kazakhstan to Marrakech is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Almaty to Marrakech is minus 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat 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) early enough to travel to Fes.

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

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the striking features of Bab Boujloud, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine, then browse the eclectic array of goods at La Petite Maison Berbere, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Jnan Sbil, explore the engaging exhibits at Medina Children's Library, and then wander the streets of Medina of Fez.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fes online tour planner .

Getting from Marrakech to Fes by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September in Fes, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catcht the 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.
On the 25th (Wed), look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chefchaouen trip builder tool .

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) early enough 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: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the galleries of Galerie la Kasbah, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Essaouira Beach.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Essaouira trip builder .

Getting from Chefchaouen to Essaouira by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows 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

Outdoors Tours Spas
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Horseback Riding Tours
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Laayoune Grand mosque, and then hunt for treasures at Centre Artisanal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Laayoune road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Essaouira to Laayoune in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Laayoune when traveling from Essaouira in September, with lows around 28°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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