18 days in Morocco Itinerary

18 days in Morocco Itinerary

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18 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Agadir
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Essaouira
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Marrakech
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Fes
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Chefchaouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Casablanca
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Agadir

Completely rebuilt after a catastrophic earthquake in 1961, the coastal city of Agadir rose from the ruins and grew into Morocco's premier beach destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Plage d'Agadir and Horseback Riding Tours. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Golf les Dunes. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Agadir Kasbah and browse the eclectic array of goods at Souk El Had d'Agadir.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Agadir day trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Agadir is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Agadir is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Essaouira.

Things to do in Agadir

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Plage d'Agadir ©
Plage d'Agadir
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Essaouira

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 4th (Sat): explore by horseback at Cheval Essaouira, then pause for some serene contemplation at Simon Attias Synagogue, and then explore the galleries of Galerie la Kasbah.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Essaouira vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Agadir to Essaouira takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Essaouira can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Simon Attias Synagogue ©
Simon Attias Synagogue
Galerie la Kasbah ©
Galerie la Kasbah

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Agafay Camp by Vince. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Balloon Rides. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Menara Gardens and Pavilion and Palacio da Bahia. There's much more to do: make a trip to Jemaa el-Fnaa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, steep yourself in history at Mellah, and gain insight at Medersa Ben Youssef.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Essaouira in January, Marrakech is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ouzoud.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Balloon Rides
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa

2
nights
Fes

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 9th (Thu): explore the galleries of Art D'Argile and then take a stroll through Medina of Fez. On the next day, have fun and explore at Medina Children's Library, then view the masterpieces at Centre de Formation Dans le Metiers de l'Artisinat, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fes vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Fes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Art D'Argile ©
Art D'Argile

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Medina and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Mosque. On your second day here, stop by Local Berbere Artisanal and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades d'Akchour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chefchaouen itinerary builder tool .

Take a bus from Fes to Chefchaouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

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

3
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.
Head to Place des Nations Unies and Alchimiesfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Hassan II Mosque and Hassan Tower are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Casablanca: Plage Miramar (in Mohammedia) and Chellah (in Rabat). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, browse the different shops at Grains de Sel, Le Kiosque Gourmand, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue Beth-El.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Casablanca journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Chefchaouen to Casablanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January in Casablanca, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Rabat, Plage Miramar
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Chellah ©
Chellah

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