12 days in Morocco Itinerary

12 days in Morocco Itinerary

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12 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Casablanca
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Essaouira
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Marrakech
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
M'Hamid
— 1 night
+4
taxi + shuttle + Fly + taxi + bus:  12​h
4
Chefchaouen
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Fes
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Casablanca
— 2 nights
End: Casablanca

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira, look for gifts at Cooperative Feminine de Tamounte, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue, then examine the collection at Synagogue Slat Lkahal, and finally make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Essaouira trip itinerary builder app .

Casablanca to Essaouira is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. December in Essaouira sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Horseback Riding Tours
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Essaouira Ramparts

2
nights
Marrakech

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, contemplate the long history of Koutoubia Mosque, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, and finally look for gifts at Henna Louaya. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Koubba Almoravid, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, then contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Essaouira to Marrakech by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Essaouira in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marrakech, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to M'Hamid.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

1
night
M'Hamid

M'Hamid ©
Evoking images of traveling nomads and trade caravans, M'Hamid lies in a spacious palm oasis at the edge of the Sahara.
On the 27th (Fri), admire nature's extreme beauty at Atmospher Erg Chigaga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the M'Hamid trip planning app .

Getting from Marrakech to M'Hamid by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in M'Hamid

Parks Tours Nature
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Atmospher Erg Chigaga ©
Atmospher Erg Chigaga
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
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 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Mosque and then get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Medina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Kasbah Museum and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades d'Akchour.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chefchaouen online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and bus from M'Hamid to Chefchaouen in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fes.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina
Spanish Mosque ©
Spanish Mosque
Cascades d'Akchour ©
Cascades d'Akchour

1
night
Fes

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
On the 31st (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Chouara Tannery and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Fes online itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Chefchaouen to Fes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Casablanca.

Things to do in Fes

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chouara Tannery ©
Chouara Tannery

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Casablanca: Rabat (Russian Orthodox Church, Hassan Tower, & more). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue Beth-El, look for gifts at La galerie de l'aimance, and don't miss a visit to Old Medina of Casablanca.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Casablanca trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Fes to Casablanca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Fes in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Casablanca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Casablanca

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rabat
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Chellah ©
Chellah

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