18 days in Morocco, Jakarta & Istanbul Itinerary

18 days in Morocco, Jakarta & Istanbul Itinerary

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Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
Fly
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Rabat, Morocco
— 1 night
Train
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Tangier, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Meknes, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Fes, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Merzouga, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia

Big Durian

The capital and largest city of Indonesia, Jakarta offers the kind of cultural, historical, and natural stimulation expected from the most populous city in Southeast Asia.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Immanuel Church.

Before you visit Jakarta, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Surabaya to Jakarta is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Jakarta can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Jakarta

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Jakarta to Istanbul by flight takes about 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Istanbul is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Istanbul to be cooler, temps between 7°C and 7°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Casablanca.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping · Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Casablanca, Morocco

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Portuguese City as well as Kasbah Boulaouane. On the 8th (Thu), browse the different shops at Morocco Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Beth-El, then look for gifts at Jerraflore, and finally awaken your taste buds at Special Morocco Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Casablanca trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Istanbul to Casablanca in 8.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect nights in Casablanca to be somewhat warmer, around 11°C, while days are much warmer, around 22°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Rabat.

Things to do in Casablanca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

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Rabat, Morocco

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Au Grain de Sesame, then delve into the distant past at Chellah, and then contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rabat online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Casablanca to Rabat in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Casablanca in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Rabat: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 32°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel to Tangier.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Tangier, Morocco

— 2 nights
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Petit Socco and then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Conil. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Hercules Cave, make a trip to Musee de la Kasbah, then take in the exciting artwork at Bleu de Fes, and finally view the masterpieces at Traditional Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tangier trip planner.

You can take a train from Rabat to Tangier in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rabat in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Tangier: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Tangier

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Chefchaouen, Morocco

— 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 14th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Ras El Maa Waterfall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque, and then look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal.

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

Traveling by car from Tangier to Chefchaouen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 15th (Thu), you'll travel to Meknes.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Meknes, Morocco

— 1 night

City of the Hundred Minarets

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 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bou Inania Medersa, then steep yourself in history at Heri es Souani, and then wander the streets of Meknes Medina.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Meknes travel route builder website.

Drive from Chefchaouen to Meknes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Meknes are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You will leave for Fes on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Meknes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

Fes, Morocco

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Borj Nord and then steep yourself in history at Glaoui Palace.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fes trip planner.

Getting from Meknes to Fes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Fes sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Merzouga.

Things to do in Fes

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Merzouga, Morocco

— 2 nights
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature & Parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Camel Bivouac Merzouga, admire nature's extreme beauty at Merzouga Desert, then explore the galleries of Mezane Fossil Store, and finally steep yourself in history at Sijilmassa.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Merzouga tour itinerary maker.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Merzouga

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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Marrakech, Morocco

— 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.
Head to Jemaa el-Fna and Dar AL Barakafor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. And it doesn't end there: relax in sumptuous surroundings at local Arab baths, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Merzouga to Marrakech in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Marrakech sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Istanbul takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. While traveling from Marrakech, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 7°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to Jakarta.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping · Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Jakarta, Indonesia

Big Durian

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jakarta trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Jakarta in 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Jakarta is 4 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect Jakarta to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Jakarta

Shopping · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

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.