18 days in Morocco Itinerary

18 days in Morocco Itinerary

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18 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  4​h
1
Rabat
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Chefchaouen
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Fes
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Casablanca
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Essaouira
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Marrakech
— 4 nights
shuttle + taxi:  6​h 15​min
7
M'Hamid
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 15​min
8
Merzouga
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Brussels

1
night
Rabat

Rabat ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum Mohamed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan Tower, and then don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Mohammad V. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryad Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, then make a trip to Complexe artisanal Oulja, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Chellah.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rabat trip itinerary maker tool .

Brussels, Belgium to Rabat is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in December, expect Rabat to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Complexe artisanal Oulja
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Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias
Chellah ©
Chellah
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Mausoleum of Mohammad V

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque, stop by Local Berbere Artisanal, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Chefchaouen online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rabat to Chefchaouen in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Fes.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Shopping
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Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina

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Fes

Fes ©
Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
When in Fes, make a side trip to see Bou Inania Medersa in Meknes, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Bou Inania Medersa, take a stroll through Maze of Fez, have fun and explore at Medina Children's Library, and hunt for treasures at Medina of Fez.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Fes driving holiday planner.

Take a bus from Chefchaouen to Fes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Fes, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Casablanca.

Things to do in Fes

Neighborhoods Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Bou Inania Medersa
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Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stop by Mooi, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Old Medina of Casablanca, and finally make a trip to Gare de Casa Port.

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You can fly from Fes to Casablanca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Fes in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Casablanca, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Casablanca

Fun & Games Historic Sites Shopping
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Room Escape Games
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Mooi ©
Mooi

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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.
Essaouira is known for beaches, adventure, spas, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trot along with a tour on horseback, take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira, get outside with Kaouki Surf School, and explore by horseback at Cheval Essaouira.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Essaouira trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Casablanca to Essaouira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kaouki Surf School
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Horseback Riding Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira

4
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.
Marrakech is known for parks, shopping, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the striking features of Ben Youssef Madrasa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Marrakech online trip planner .

You can drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in December, Marrakech is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to M'Hamid.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

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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 3rd (Thu), admire nature's extreme beauty at Atmospher Erg Chigaga and then make a trip to Esprite-Lamane.

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

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Marrakech to M'Hamid takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Merzouga.

Things to do in M'Hamid

Nature Parks
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Atmospher Erg Chigaga ©
Atmospher Erg Chigaga

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Merzouga

Merzouga ©
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then explore the striking landscape at Erg Chebbi Dunes. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Musee Nomade and then explore the fascinating landscape at Merzouga Desert.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Merzouga trip planner .

You can drive from M'Hamid to Merzouga in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Merzouga

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Erg Chebbi Dunes, Musee Nomade
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Erg Chebbi Dunes ©
Erg Chebbi Dunes
Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert

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