18 days in Morocco Itinerary

18 days in Morocco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Morocco vacation planner

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Fly to Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport, Drive to Chefchaouen
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Chefchaouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Fes
— 3 nights
Fly to Errachidia, Bus to Merzouga
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Merzouga
— 2 nights
Drive
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M'Hamid
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouarzazate
— 1 night
Fly to Marrakech, Shuttle to Essaouira
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Essaouira
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marrakech
— 7 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Medina.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chefchaouen trip app.

Newark, USA to Chefchaouen is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Newark to Chefchaouen. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fes.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
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Fes

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Archaeological Site of Volubilis and Heri es Souani. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nejjarine and Medina of Fez. Change things up with a short trip to Sahrij Swani in Meknes (about 1 hour away). Spend the 21st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fes travel route planning website.

Getting from Chefchaouen to Fes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fes can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Merzouga.

Things to do in Fes

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Merzouga

— 2 nights
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sharif.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Merzouga trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fes to Merzouga in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to M'Hamid.

Things to do in Merzouga

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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M'Hamid

— 1 night
Evoking images of traveling nomads and trade caravans, M'Hamid lies in a spacious palm oasis at the edge of the Sahara.
On the 24th (Fri), take an exotic tour of Excursion Desert and then explore the fascinating landscape at Atmospher Erg Chigaga.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the M'Hamid trip planner.

Drive from Merzouga to M'Hamid in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ouarzazate.

Things to do in M'Hamid

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Ouarzazate

— 1 night

The door of the desert

Make Ouarzazate part of your Morocco itinerary as the gateway to the Sahara Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then contemplate the long history of Taourirt Kasbah.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouarzazate trip planning app.

Drive from M'Hamid to Ouarzazate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Ouarzazate

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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 26th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then wander the streets of Medina of Essaouira.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Essaouira online trip builder.

Getting from Ouarzazate to Essaouira by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Essaouira when traveling from Ouarzazate in December, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Marrakech

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Koutoubia Mosque and Saadian Tombs. Medersa Ben Youssef and Palacio da Bahia will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 28th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at High Atlas Mountains, make a trip to Koubba Almoravid, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Marrakech trip planner.

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Essaouira in December, plan for little chillier nights in Marrakech, with lows around 7°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:

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.