18 days in Morocco Itinerary

18 days in Morocco Itinerary

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18 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Essaouira
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Marrakech
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Merzouga
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Fes
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Chefchaouen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Casablanca
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
8
Rabat
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Medina of Essaouira and Cooperative feminie TILILA d'huile d'argane. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dar Sultan Palace, don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, and take a leisurely stroll along Port de Pêche d'Essaouira.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Essaouira trip itinerary website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Essaouira is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Essaouira is minus 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in January; daily highs in Essaouira reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Le Val d'Argan
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Popular historic sites such as Koutoubia Mosque and Mellah are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Balloon Rides. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, soak away your stress at local Arab baths, steep yourself in history at Bab Agnaou, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Essaouira in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Marrakech, with lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
Balloon Rides

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.
On the 17th (Fri), make a trip to Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ait Ben Haddou sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Marrakech in January, Ait Ben Haddou is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Merzouga.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

2
nights
Merzouga

Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
On the 18th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the landmark architecture of Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim, and then admire all the interesting features of Galerie Laoun. Keep things going the next day: browse for treasures at Art Sahara, admire the masterpieces at Mezane Fossil Store, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Merzouga Desert.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Merzouga holiday planning tool .

Drive from Ait Ben Haddou to Merzouga in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Fes.

Things to do in Merzouga

Outdoors Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Rissani, Art Sahara
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert

1
night
Fes

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 20th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bou Inania Medersa. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at Medina Children's Library, see the interesting displays at Musee Riad Belghazi, then wander the streets of Fes el-Jdid, and finally view the masterpieces at Art D'Argile.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fes trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Merzouga to Fes by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Fes sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bou Inania Medersa
Highlights from your plan
Art D'Argile ©
Art D'Argile
Safaris
Fes el-Jdid ©
Fes el-Jdid

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Dar Moulay Idriss, then explore the striking landscape of Talassemtane National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Mosque.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chefchaouen online itinerary planner .

Getting from Fes to Chefchaouen by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Talassemtane National Park ©
Talassemtane National Park
Spanish Mosque ©
Spanish Mosque
Dar Moulay Idriss ©
Dar Moulay Idriss

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ettedgui Synagogue, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue Beth-El, admire the striking features of Koubba of Marabout Sidi Belyout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Moroccan Judaism.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Casablanca road trip site .

You can drive from Chefchaouen to Casablanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Casablanca can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Rabat.

Things to do in Casablanca

Spas Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Ettedgui Synagogue ©
Ettedgui Synagogue
Temple Beth-El ©
Temple 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum Mohamed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. Get some historical perspective at Assounna Mosque and Great Mosque of Sale. Take a break from Rabat with a short trip to Plage de Mehdia in Mehdia, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Rabat Old Town and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rabat planning tool .

You can take a train from Casablanca to Rabat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Casablanca in January; daily highs in Rabat reach 36°C and lows reach 36°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Great Mosque of Sale, Plage de Mehdia
Highlights from your plan
Assounna Mosque ©
Assounna Mosque
Great Mosque of Sale ©
Great Mosque of Sale

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