17 days in Morocco Itinerary

17 days in Morocco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Morocco holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Marrakech
— 3 nights
Drive
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Essaouira
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Marrakech, Fly to Ouarzazate
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Ouarzazate
— 2 nights
Drive
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Merzouga
— 2 nights
Bus to Errachidia, Fly to Fes
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Fes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chefchaouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Rabat
— 1 night
Drive
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Casablanca
— 2 nights
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Marrakech

— 3 nights

Red City

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Koutoubia Mosque and Medersa Ben Youssef. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Women's Museum - Marrakech. Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, and admire the natural beauty at Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marrakech itinerary builder tool.

Dallas, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Marrakech is 6 hours. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Essaouira

— 2 nights

Wind City of Africa

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), trot along with a tour on horseback, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally examine the collection at Cooperative feminie TILILA d'huile d'argane. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, then view the masterpieces at Galerie D'ART Damgaard, and then wander the streets of Medina of Essaouira.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Essaouira road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Essaouira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Essaouira when traveling from Marrakech in December, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ouarzazate.

Things to do in Essaouira

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Ouarzazate

— 2 nights

The door of the desert

Make Ouarzazate part of your Morocco itinerary as the gateway to the Sahara Desert.
On the 22nd (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Old Synagogue, enjoy breathtaking views from Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, and then make a trip to Kasbah of Tifoultoute.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ouarzazate trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Essaouira to Ouarzazate by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in December, plan for little chillier nights in Ouarzazate, with lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Merzouga.

Things to do in Ouarzazate

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Merzouga

— 2 nights
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Musee Nomade and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Merzouga Desert. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Galerie Laoun, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then browse the exhibits of Mezane Fossil Store.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Merzouga trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Ouarzazate to Merzouga by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Fes.

Things to do in Merzouga

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fes

— 2 nights

Mecca of the West

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 26th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Centre de Formation Dans le Metiers de l'Artisinat, see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine, and then wander the streets of Medina of Fez.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fes trip planning website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Merzouga to Fes in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. December in Fes sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Chefchaouen

— 1 night
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 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Spanish Mosque and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chefchaouen itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Fes to Chefchaouen in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rabat.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites

Rabat

— 1 night
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 29th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Chellah, then contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, and then take in the exciting artwork at Au Grain de Sesame.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rabat driving holiday site.

You can drive from Chefchaouen to Rabat in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rabat can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Casablanca

— 2 nights
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 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Temple Beth-El, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, and then see the interesting displays at Dar Al Ala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Casablanca online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rabat to Casablanca by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rabat in December, expect nights in Casablanca to be colder, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Casablanca

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Morocco travel guide

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Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.