18 days in Morocco Itinerary

18 days in Morocco Itinerary

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18 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  7​h
1
Casablanca
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Rabat
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Chefchaouen
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Fes
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Meknes
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Merzouga
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Marrakech
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Essaouira
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of Moroccan Judaism and then steep yourself in history at Synagogue Beth-El.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Casablanca tour itinerary website .

London, UK to Casablanca is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from London in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Casablanca: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Rabat.

Things to do in Casablanca

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Moroccan Judaism ©
Museum of Moroccan Judaism
Synagogue Beth-El ©
Synagogue Beth-El

2
nights
Rabat

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Currency Museum of the Bank Al-Maghrib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assounna Mosque, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Mohamed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, admire the striking features of Bab Lamrissa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque of Sale, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Exotiques de Bouknadel, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rabat online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Casablanca to Rabat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Casablanca in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Rabat. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Rabat

Museums Historic Sites Classes

Side Trip

Sale
Highlights from your plan
Assounna Mosque ©
Assounna Mosque

1
night
Chefchaouen

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 1st (Sun): look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Kasbah Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chefchaouen travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Rabat to Chefchaouen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Fes.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Spanish Mosque ©
Spanish Mosque

2
nights
Fes

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Synagogue Ibn Danan and Glaoui Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Art D'Argile and Sahrij Medersa. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, admire the striking features of Cherratin Medersa, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fes road trip app .

Getting from Chefchaouen to Fes by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Fes are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Meknes.

Things to do in Fes

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Glaoui Palace ©
Glaoui Palace
Synagogue Ibn Danan
Synagogue Ibn Danan

2
nights
Meknes

Meknes ©
One of Morocco's imperial cities, Meknes draws visitors with an abundance of historic monuments and impressive Moorish-style architecture.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): do a tasting at Volubilia-Domaine de la Zouina, make a trip to Haroune Aqueduct, and then examine the collection at Dar Jamai Museum. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Heri es Souani, steep yourself in history at Royal Stables, make a trip to Bab El-Khemis Gate, don't miss a visit to Le Palais El Mansour, then take in the pleasant sights at Agdal Basin, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Roslane.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Meknes trip planner.

Traveling by train from Fes to Meknes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Merzouga.

Things to do in Meknes

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Haroune Aqueduct
Highlights from your plan
Heri es Souani ©
Heri es Souani
Le Palais El Mansour ©
Le Palais El Mansour
Royal Stables ©
Royal Stables

1
night
Merzouga

Merzouga
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
On the 7th (Sat), head outdoors with Viajes por el Desierto, examine the collection at Musee Nomade, then stroll through Nature & Parks, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Laoun. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim, contemplate the long history of Sijilmassa, and then see the interesting displays at Mezane Fossil Store.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Merzouga trip planner .

Getting from Meknes to Merzouga by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Merzouga

Outdoors Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Rissani, Musee Nomade
Highlights from your plan
Sijilmassa
Sijilmassa

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 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou and then admire the verdant scenery at Ounila Valley.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ait Ben Haddou trip planner .

You can drive from Merzouga to Ait Ben Haddou in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Ounila Valley ©
Ounila Valley

3
nights
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.
Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Medersa Ben Youssef are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koutoubia Mosque and Le Domaine Du Retro. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Secret, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech holiday site .

Getting from Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Marrakech when traveling from Ait Ben Haddou in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah Museum and Simon Attias Synagogue. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dar Sultan Palace and Synagogue Slat Lkahal. When in Essaouira, make a side trip to see Plage de Sidi Kaouki in Sidi Kaouki, approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Bordj El Berod, see Off-Road Tours, ride a horse along Cheval Essaouira, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaim Pinto Synagogue.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Essaouira trip site .

Drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Marrakech in December, Essaouira is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Plage de Sidi Kaouki
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Dar Sultan Palace ©
Dar Sultan Palace
Simon Attias Synagogue ©
Simon Attias Synagogue

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