18 days in Morocco Itinerary

18 days in Morocco Itinerary

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18 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Marrakech
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Essaouira
— 2 nights
+3
bus + taxi + shuttle + taxi:  8​h 15​min
3
M'Hamid
— 1 day
+2
taxi + shuttle + Fly:  7​h
4
Fes
— 1 day
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Chefchaouen
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  20​h
End: New Delhi

10
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Marrakech Museum and Ben Youssef Madrasa. Do your shopping at Jemaa el-Fnaa and Al Kawtar Women's Cooperative. Explore Marrakech's surroundings by going to Oukaimeden (in Oukaimeden), Mount Toubkal (in Imlil) and Kasbah du Pacha el Glaoui (in Telouet). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Bahia Palace, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, contemplate the long history of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, and don't miss a visit to Medina of Marrakesh.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech driving holiday planning site .

New Delhi, India to Marrakech is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Marrakech. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Marrakech hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kasbah du Pacha el Glaoui, Le Paradis du Safran, Mount Toubkal, High Atlas Mountains
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medina of Marrakesh ©
Medina of Marrakesh

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at Cooperative Marjana, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then stroll through Essaouira Beach, and finally take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, view the masterpieces at Galerie La Rochelle, don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, then take a leisurely stroll along Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Le Souk.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Essaouira sightseeing planner .

Drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Marrakech in December since evenings lows in Essaouira dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to M'Hamid.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Horseback Riding Tours

1
day
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), stop by Miami Beach Chocolates, don't miss a visit to Esprite-Lamane, and then explore the striking landscape at Atmospher Erg Chigaga.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our M'Hamid trip planner .

Do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi from Essaouira to M'Hamid in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in M'Hamid

Nature Parks Shopping
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Atmospher Erg Chigaga ©
Atmospher Erg Chigaga
Miami Beach Chocolates ©
Miami Beach Chocolates

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin), admire the masterpieces at Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, then explore the ancient world of Tombe dei Merenidi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Medina of Fez.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fes day trip site .

Do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight from M'Hamid to Fes in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January in Fes, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Tombe dei Merenidi ©
Tombe dei Merenidi

1
night
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 5th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Cascades d'Akchour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chefchaouen day trip planning tool .

Getting from Fes to Chefchaouen by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

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

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