18 days in Morocco Itinerary

18 days in Morocco Itinerary

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18 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  18​h
1
Rabat
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouzoud
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Essaouira
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Marrakech
— 3 nights
5
Ouarzazate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Boumalne Dades
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Merzouga
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  25​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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day
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.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Chellah, then contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, then admire the striking features of Hassan Tower, and finally make a trip to Mausoleum of Mohammad V.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rabat day trip app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Rabat is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Rabat. While traveling from Kuala Lumpur, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Rabat, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ouzoud.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites
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Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Chellah ©
Chellah

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Ouzoud

Ouzoud ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades d'Ouzoud and then admire the sheer force of Ouzoud Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ouzoud travel route builder website .

Drive from Rabat to Ouzoud in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Ouzoud

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cascades d'Ouzoud
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Cascades d'Ouzoud ©
Cascades d'Ouzoud

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Essaouira Ramparts and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, play a few rounds at Mogador Golf Academy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Essaouira holiday planner.

Getting from Ouzoud to Essaouira by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. In December in Essaouira, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Golf
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Horseback Riding Tours
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Essaouira Ramparts
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Balloon Rides and Turkish Baths. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, look for gifts at Herboriste Nidari, and make a trip to Rahba Kedima Square.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech online day trip planner .

Getting from Essaouira to Marrakech by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Marrakech, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Ouarzazate.

Things to do in Marrakech

Spas Tours Baths
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Walking tours
Le Jardin Secret ©
Le Jardin Secret
Turkish Baths

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Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate ©
Make Ouarzazate part of your Morocco itinerary as the gateway to the Sahara Desert.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou and Kasbah Amridil. Take a break from Ouarzazate with a short trip to Ounila Valley in Ait Ben Haddou, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Oasis Fint, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the ancient world of Moroccan Sahara, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Theatre Memoire de Ouarzazate.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ouarzazate road trip tool .

You can fly from Marrakech to Ouarzazate in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Marrakech in December, things will get a bit cooler in Ouarzazate: highs are around 19°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Boumalne Dades.

Things to do in Ouarzazate

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Ait Ben Haddou, Kasbah Amridil
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Oasis Fint ©
Oasis Fint
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Kasbah Amridil ©
Kasbah Amridil

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Boumalne Dades

Boumalne Dades ©
On the 2nd (Wed), grab your bike and head to Miguirne"Chez Ali" and then take in breathtaking views at Gorges du Dades.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Boumalne Dades travel planning website .

Getting from Ouarzazate to Boumalne Dades by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Boumalne Dades are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Merzouga.

Things to do in Boumalne Dades

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Auberge Miguirne Chez Ali ©
Auberge Miguirne Chez Ali
Gorges du Dades ©
Gorges du Dades

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nights
Merzouga

Merzouga ©
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Explore hidden gems such as Merzouga Desert and Rissani Market. When in Merzouga, make a side trip to see Fossil Gallery in Rissani, approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, head off-road at local off-road trails, and explore the striking landscape at Erg Chebbi Dunes.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Merzouga trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Boumalne Dades to Merzouga takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Merzouga

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Rissani, Erg Chebbi Dunes
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Erg Chebbi Dunes ©
Erg Chebbi Dunes
Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert
Rissani Market ©
Rissani Market

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