With nine days, you can hit the highlights of Morocco's famed Imperial cities and add in time along the coast or in the desert. Or, take a different approach by swapping in a trek through Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains. If you’re inspired to go off-the-beaten-path, you can start in Marrakech, then head through smaller towns and mountain villages, swim at the base of a towering waterfall, learn how to press olive oil, and visit a saffron harvest. Read on for some unique options for your trip.

Itinerary #1: Imperial Cities & the Desert

This trip plan blends the highlights of must-see Imperial Moroccan cities with unforgettable adventures in the desert. You’ll explore the iconic medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, visit Morocco’s oldest kasbah, linger over the campfire in your desert camp, and discover oases and Saharan villages.

Al Attarine Madrasa in Fes
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive; Morning in Casablanca, afternoon in Rabat Rabat
Day 2 The Blue City of Chefchaouen Chefchaouen
Day 3 Roman ruins at Volubilis and imperial cities of Meknes and Fes Fes
Day 4 Fes: Exploring the Imperial City and medieval Medina Fes
Day 5 Middle Atlas: Erfoud, Merzouga and the Sahara Erg Chebbi
Day 6 Desert towns, lush oases, and film worthy landscapes Ouarzazate
Day 7 Aït Benhaddou Kasbah and Tizi n'Tichka Pass over the High Atlas Marrakech
Day 8 Marrakech: Exploring the Red City Marrakech
Day 9 Return to Casablanca; Departure  

Arrive in Casablanca and tour this commercial epicenter and the contemporary Hassan II Mosque. In the afternoon, you’ll venture to Rabat, Morocco’s contemporary capital with ancient ruins, a medieval fortification, and modern gardens. The next day, hike a verdant countryside trail that ends at a lovely waterfall, then visit the blue-hued charm of Chefchaouen, where you'll spend the night. You’ll then tour a trio of fascinating cities, starting first with Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then stop in Meknes, where you’ll find an approachable medina, and finally Fes; you'll spend the night here then will explore the city the next day with the help of an expert guide. This article is a great introduction to the city, where you can see a bevy of examples of traditional tilework, exquisite woodcarvings and mosaics, and stunning architecture.

Escape the city for the desert when you cross the Middle Atlas Mountains toward Merzouga, the gateway to the Erg Chebbi sand sea. Ride a camel on the dunes to your traditional Bedouin-style camp, where you’ll eat dinner under the stars and spend the night in a cozy tent. Next, you’ll learn about Saharan life as you visit desert towns en route to Ouarzazate, where you’ll spend the night. You might recognize the iconic landscape, which has played a starring role in Hollywood productions like Game of Thrones and Laurence of Arabia.

On day seven you’ll visit Aït Benhaddou, Morocco’s oldest Kasbah, on your way to Marrakech. Venture out to see the spectacle of senses at Jemaa el-Fna, the busiest square on the continent; as dusk settles, the square springs to life with music, food stalls, and performers. Enjoy breakfast in the Red City, visit the ancient medina, the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens, specialized souks and the exquisite Ben Youssef Madrasa. Enjoy your last night in Morocco however you like, then do some last-minute shopping in the morning before you return to Casablanca for your return flight. Learn more.  

Itinerary #2: Moroccan Cities & the Coast

This trip plan takes you around Morocco’s iconic cities and medinas then ushers you to the scenic Atlantic Coast where you’ll have time to unwind in the beautiful fortified town of Essaouira. You’ll spend two nights in both Fes and Marrakech and discover smaller cities with unique heritages. 

Bahia Palace in Marrakech 
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive; Morning in Casablanca, afternoon in Rabat Rabat
Day 2 The Blue City of Chefchaouen Chefchaouen
Day 3 Roman ruins at Volubilis and imperial cities of Meknes and Fes Fes
Days 4-5 Fes: Exploring the Imperial City and medieval Medina Fes
Day 6 Marrakech Marrakech
Day 7 Marrakech: Exploring the Red City Marrakech
Day 8 Essaouira Essaouira
Day 9 Return to Casablanca along the Atlantic coast; Depart  

Your adventure begins with a morning of exploration in Casablanca, then an afternoon in Rabat; visit the ancient ruins, medieval fortification of Chellah Necropolis, and the haunting Mausoleum of Mohamed V, an incomplete project that was abandoned during its construction in the Middle Ages. Spend the next day immersed in the vibrant charm of Chefchaouen, whose historic medina is awash in blue-hued buildings. Hike the nearby hills or wander the quaint streets in town: the people here are kind and the souks are less crowded and more relaxed than in other city centers. Gain a bigger picture of Morocco’s past on day three, when you visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, followed by a stop in Meknes, then end the day at the Merenid Tombs at the top of Fes; you’ll enjoy panoramas of the city at sunset before heading to dinner and relaxing evening at your riad. 

You’ll have the next two full days to explore Fes, with some help from an expert guide. Visit the souks, watch artisans at work, and get a good view from above to see the tanners dipping and treating their wears in 11th-century pots. The next day, immerse yourself in the city's museums, craft collectives, and lush gardens before you travel on to Marrakech. Spend today and tomorrow  exploring the Red City's medinas, museums, and souks. This article has some great ideas of what the city holds, so see what inspires you. The city is also the culinary capital of Morroco, so ask your specialist or driver for some recommendations on the best places to dine — even the street stalls sling out fantastic fare! 

On day eight, you'll hit the road, stopping to see an Argan Oil collective; learn about the unique Argan tree and the various uses for its oil and see watch the extraction processes. You'll arrive later in the day at Essouira, a laid-back town nestled on the Atlantic Coast. Hit the waves for kiteboarding, wander the relaxed souks, or stroll the Skala de la Kasbah, the 18th-century ramparts, and pick up a fresh catch from the harbor: you can bring your fish to a local restaurant to be prepared for you for dinner. In the morning, enjoy a final breakfast as you look out onto the sea, then return to Casablanca for your departure. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Morocco North to South: Cities & Atlas Hiking

You’re sure to get your steps in on this trip plan, which combines plenty of urban exploration with time on the trails in the Moroccan countryside. Walk through history with visits to cities with ancient roman, imperial, and medieval roots, as well as modern metropolises; you’ll also hike through villages in the High Atlas foothills and learn about rural life. 

The 12th-century Almoravid Koubba
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive; Tangier and Chefchaouen Chefchaouen
Day 2 Roman Ruins of Volubilis and the imperial cities of Meknes and Fes Fes
Day 3 Fes: Exploring the Imperial City and medieval Medina Fes
Day 4 Rabat and Casablanca Casablanca
Day 5 Casablanca to Marrakech Marrakech
Day 6 Marrakech: Exploring the Red City Marrakech
Day 7 Amizmiz and the High Atlas mountains Amizmiz
Day 8 Return to Marrakech Marrakech
Day 9 Depart  

Begin your trip in Tangier, a town that bridges Europe and Africa, where you can get a feel for Moroccan life in the old medina as you peruse the eclectic souks. From there you’ll head to the spectacular Blue City of Chefchaouen; if you'd prefer to get a jump on showcasing your travels here on your Instagram feed, you can also fly into Cefechaouen and bypass Tangier completely. Take the rest of the day to trek to nearby waterfalls, lose yourself in charming, winding streets, or bliss out with some mint tea and a scrumptious snack at a café in Plaza Outa el Hammam. Take your pick of great routes to hike for stellar spots of the sunset. In the morning, learn about Moroccan history in three historic cities: Volubilis, Meknes, and Fes, where you'll relax for the night. In the morning, take a guided tour of the city; learn about the extraordinary 8th-century medina, its purveyors, and its artisans. 

On day three you’ll trade relics for modernity when you travel to Rabat, Morocco’s present-day capital. After a morning of sightseeing, spend the rest of the day in Casablanca, where you can walk along the sea on the Boulevard de la Corniche, then live out your cinematic fantasies in a replica of the storied Rick's Café. In the morning, take a guided tour of the imposing Hassan II Mosque — one of the only mosques in the country whose interior is open to non-Muslims — before you head off to the Red City of Marrakech. Spend tonight and all of day six exploring this incredible town; visit the bustling medina, the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens, and a bevy of specialized souks. As evening falls, hit the main square, Jemaa el-Fna, where snake charmers, musicians, acrobats, and food stalls greet you.

Then it's off to the mountains; you’ll head to Amizmiz, where your guide will lead you down narrow roads and verdant mule paths as you hike through Berber villages. Take in the quiet splendor of rural life with a bread baking lesson from a local family, then stay in the home of another Berber family, and chat over home-cooked meals. After breakfast with your host family, hike around the foothills before returning to Marrakech for more sightseeing. The next morning, you may have time to visit the 12th-century Almoravid Koubba and the stunning the Marrakech Museum, or hit the souks for some last-minute shopping before you head to the airport for your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Desert, and Essaouira

This trip plan is perfect for the traveler looking to get off-the-beaten-path; hike to the top of Morocco's tallest waterfall, take a carpet weaving workshop, ride a camel to your tent camp in the desert, and travel through saffron country and the epicenter of Argan oil production. You’ll discover smaller towns like Taroudant and the seaside Essouira and will take guided tours of unforgettable Marrakech. 

The multi-step waterfalls in Ouzoud
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Marrakech Marrakech
Day 2 Marrakech Immersion! Marrakech
Day 3 Marrakech to Demnate via Ouzoud Demnate
Day 4 Demnate to Dades via Bouguemez Boumalne Dades
Day 5 Dades to Zagora (Desert Camp) Zagora
Day 6 Zagora to Taroudant Taroudant
Day 7 Taroudant to Essaouira Essaouira
Day 8 Essaouira Essaouira
Day 9 Depart  

Your adventure begins with two days in Marrakech: take a private guided tour of the city’s gems and medina and find some inspiration for more exploration: this article is a great primer on how to spend your time in the Red City and its incredible sights. You’ll then head off into the High Atlas Mountains to Ouzoud, where you’ll visit the country’s tallest waterfalls, take a boat ride under the falls, and befriend the resident Atlas Monkeys (aka Barbary apes). You’ll end your day in Demnate, where you can explore Imi n'Ifri, a natural bridge, before you unwind at your riad. 

On day four, head to a nearby ecolodge to learn traditional methods behind carpet weaving or olive oil pressing. After, go on an off-road adventure through the mountains to the Dades Valley, where you’ll picnic with a local nomad family and hike through the stunning landscape. The next morning you’ll travel off-the-beaten-path through the Draa Valley to Zagora, where you’ll board a camel to trek across the desert to your Bedouin-style camp for the evening. Dine under the stars and sleep in your cozy tent, then wake extra early to watch an unforgettable sunrise across the desert expanse. After breakfast at your camp, you’ll hit the road, traveling through saffron country to Taroudant, a charming market town where you’ll spend the evening. 

The next morning, it's back on the road! You’ll pass through the epicenter of the Argan oil industry; stop to learn about the Argan tree (which only grows in this particular region of the world) and keep your eyes peeled for the local goats who climb high on the Argan’s branches to dine on its fruit. Finally, you'll reach Essaouira, a beachside fortified city with a rich history and laid-back medina. Enjoy a feast of just-caught seafood at the wharf, wander through market stalls, walk along the ramparts, and relax as the sun sets out on the Atlantic. After breakfast by the shore on day nine, you’ll head back to Marrakech for your flight home or onto your next adventure. Learn more

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Map of 9 Days in Morocco - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 9 Days in Morocco - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas