22 days in New York City & Morocco Itinerary

22 days in New York City & Morocco Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 9 nights
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
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Essaouira, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
— 1 night
Drive
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Merzouga, Morocco
— 2 nights
Bus to Errachidia, Fly to Fes
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Fes, Morocco
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New York City, United States

— 9 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and SoHo. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Wright's Farm and Fruit Stand (in Gardiner), Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley) and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (in Hyde Park). There's lots more to do: go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and take a stroll through Dyker Heights.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City attractions site.

Fes, Morocco to New York City is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Fes to New York City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fes in December, expect New York City to be slightly colder, temps between 10°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Casablanca.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 26:

Casablanca, Morocco

— 1 night
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 27th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Casablanca tour itinerary planner.

Fly from New York City to Casablanca in 11 hours. Traveling from New York City to Casablanca, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Casablanca to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Essaouira.

Things to do in Casablanca

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Essaouira, Morocco

— 3 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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Essaouira Beach. There's more to do: take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira and take in the waterfront at Port de Pêche d'Essaouira.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Essaouira tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Casablanca to Essaouira in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Essaouira sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Medersa Ben Youssef. Take a break from the city and head to Balloon Rides and Off-Road Tours. There's much more to do: relax in sumptuous surroundings at local Arab baths, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and stop by Ensemble Artisanal.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech day trip site.

Getting from Essaouira to Marrakech by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Essaouira in December since evenings lows in Marrakech dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

— 1 night
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 3rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ait Ben Haddou trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Marrakech in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Ait Ben Haddou. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Merzouga.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Historic Sites
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Merzouga, Morocco

— 2 nights
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Laoun and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Merzouga Desert. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Merzouga road trip app.

Traveling by car from Ait Ben Haddou to Merzouga takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Merzouga

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Fes, Morocco

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): soak away your stress at local Arab baths and then visit Medina of Fez. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fes trip website.

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fes

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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.