8 days in Morocco Itinerary

8 days in Morocco Itinerary

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8 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Casablanca
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Essaouira
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Marrakech
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Merzouga
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Fes
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Rome

few
hours
Casablanca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Koubba of Marabout Sidi Belyout and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Casablanca trip maker app .

Rome, Italy to Casablanca is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rome to Casablanca. Traveling from Rome in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Casablanca: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Casablanca

Historic Sites
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Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Koubba of Marabout Sidi Belyout ©
Koubba of Marabout Sidi Belyout

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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 (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then steep yourself in history at Medina of Essaouira. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, and finally take in the exciting artwork at GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Essaouira trip planner .

Getting from Casablanca to Essaouira by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Essaouira are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, then make a trip to Medersa Ben Youssef, and finally explore the world behind art at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marrakech route builder site .

You can drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Essaouira in February since evenings lows in Marrakech dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

1
night
Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou ©
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 26th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Ounila Valley and then contemplate the long history of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ait Ben Haddou trip maker tool .

You can drive from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Merzouga.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Ounila Valley ©
Ounila Valley

1
night
Merzouga

Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Galerie Laoun, then explore the fascinating landscape at Merzouga Desert, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally examine the collection at Musee Nomade.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Merzouga online day trip planner .

Getting from Ait Ben Haddou to Merzouga by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fes.

Things to do in Merzouga

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trip

Musee Nomade
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Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert
Musee Nomade ©
Musee Nomade

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 28th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Jnan Sbil, then take a stroll through Medina of Fez, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Riad Belghazi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fes itinerary planning website .

Getting from Merzouga to Fes by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Fes can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fes

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Musee Riad Belghazi ©
Musee Riad Belghazi

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