With nine days, you can hit the highlights of Morocco's famed Imperial cities and add time along the coast or 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 Marrakesh, 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 nine-day classic itinerary perfectly blends the highlights of Morocco's imperial cities with adventures in the desert. It offers medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakesh, historic Aït Benhaddou, a camp in the Sahara, and desert oases and villages.

Sunrise over the ancient Roman ruins of sprawling Volubilis outside of Meknes
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca, Transfer to Imperial City Rabat Rabat
Day 2 Transfer to Chefchaouen, Explore the Blue City Chefchaouen
Day 3 Transfer to Fes via Volubilis & Imperial City Meknes Fes
Day 4 Explore the Imperial City & Medieval Medina Fes
Day 5 Cross the Middle Atlas to the Sahara via Erfoud & Merzouga Erg Chebbi
Day 6 Transfer to Ouarzazate & Explore Desert Towns & Lush Oases Ouarzazate
Day 7 Aït Benhaddou to Marrakesh via Tizi n'Tichka Pass Marrakesh
Day 8 Explore Marrakesh, the Red City Marrakesh
Day 9 Return to Casablanca, Depart  

Arrive in Casablanca and with time to tour Hassan II Mosque. In the afternoon, venture to Rabat, Morocco's capital, with ancient ruins, a medieval fortification, and modern gardens. The next day, set out north to reach the blue-hued Chefchaouen. Visit the sprawling ruins of UNESCO-protected Volubilis the following day and stop in Meknes, where you'll find an approachable medina, finally arriving in Fes. With an expert guide, explore the city, and then trade the city for the desert and cross the Middle Atlas mountains to Merzouga, the gateway to the Erg Chebbi sand sea.

Ride a camel on the dunes to your Bedouin-style camp, 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, recognizable to "Game of Thrones" fans. On Day 7, you'll see Aït Benhaddou, Morocco's oldest kasbah, on your way to buzzing Marrakesh. Take to Jemaa el-Fna, the busiest square on the continent, before visiting the ancient medina, the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens, specialized souks, and Ben Youssef Madrasa. Enjoy your last night in Morocco however you like, setting out for Casablanca on Day 9. Learn more

Itinerary #2: South Morocco Adventure: Marrakesh to Merzouga

From Marrakesh to Erg Chebbi, at the Sahara's edge, you'll explore cities and desert towns, sip tea with Bedouin, and check out film-worthy settings in Morocco's south. Take nine days at a slower pace to experience a little of everything, including Marrakesh's imperial city, the High Atlas, riding a camel, and camping in the desert.

Take in the setting sun over Morocco's Hollywood: Ouarzazate
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 2 Half-Day Guided Tour of Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 3 Transfer to Boumalne Dades Boumalne Dades
Day 4 Hike & Lunch with a Local Family in Dadès Valley, Optional Carpet Weaving Boumalne Dades
Day 5 Transfer to Merzouga via Erfoud, Enjoy a Sunset Camel Ride Merzouga
Day 6 Desert Adventures Around Merzouga Merzouga
Day 7 Transfer to Ouarzazate via the Draa Valley Ouarzazate
Day 8 Transfer to Marrakesh via Aït Benhaddou & Tizi-n-Tichka Pass Marrakesh
Day 9 Depart Marrakesh  

Your south Morocco adventure begins with two nights to take in the frenetic energy of Marrakesh's Jemaa el-Fna, the maze of streets in the medina, and the colors and scents of souls like Souk el Attarin. Day 3 takes you over the High Atlas to the arid landscapes surrounding Boulmane Dades. En route, spot Mount Toubkal, and stop in Taddert to visit the Argan Oil Cooperative. The following day, you'll hike with your guide to learn Berber customs, like carpet weaving, before checking out Todra Gorge and riding a camel to your desert camp beyond Merzouga.

Day 6 sees you exploring more of Erg Chebbi by ATV and sandboard, as well as visiting the Gnawa house in Khamleya to explore the spiritual healing music, followed by a second night under the desert stars. Then on Day 7, you'll venture back west, stopping in desert towns like Rissani and Alnif, passing through the date palm-fringed Draa Valley to reach picturesque Ouarzazate. Made famous by the film industry, check out the Musée du Cinema and learn about the films produced here. You'll return to Marrakesh on Day 8 for one last night, but not before exploring Aït Benhaddou, Morocco's most famous kasbah. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Northern Morocco

This nine-day trip plan centers on Morocco's north and combines plenty of urban exploration with time to visit waterfalls and do a little trekking in the Moroccan countryside. Walk through history with visits to cities with ancient roman, imperial, and medieval roots, like Volubilis, Meknes, and Fes, as well as modern metropolises, like Casablanca; you'll also learn about rural life in Sefrou and explore the Cave of Hercules en route to Tangier. 

Tangier overlooking Merkala Corniche and the Strait of Gibraltar
Tangier overlooking Merkala Corniche and the Strait of Gibraltar
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca Casablanca
Day 2 Transfer to Rabat, Explore Rabat
Day 3 Rabat to Fes via Meknes & Volubilis Fes
Day 4 Explore the Imperial City & Medieval Medina of Fes Fes
Day 5 Day Trip to Sefrou Fes
Day 6 Fes to Chefchaouen, the Blue City Chefchaouen
Day 7 Transfer to Tangier via the Cave of Hercules Tangier
Day 8 Explore Tangier Tangier
Day 9 Depart Tangier  

Arriving in Casablanca, live out your cinematic fantasies in a replica of Rick's Café, stroll the Boulevard de la Corniche on the Atlantic, and 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. The following day you'll transfer to Rabat, Morocco's capital and your first imperial city, before checking out Meknes and the Roman ruins of sprawling Volubilis the next day en route to Fes. You'll have three nights in the bustling imperial city, checking out the varied souks in its medinas, as well as enjoying a day trip to nearby Sefrou in the foothills of the Middle Atlas.

On Day 6, you'll turn north to the Blue City of Chefcahouen, a city that at every turn provides Instagram-worth shots. 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 snack at a café in Plaza Uta el-Hammam. Take your pick of great hiking routes for stellar spots to catch the sunset. The next day, you'll head west to Tangier, stopping to explore more of the Rif Mountains and the Cave of Hercules. Once in Tangier, check out the compact Tangier Kasbah, and enter through Bab Haha into Place du Mechouar for a leisurely self-guided walk. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Unspoiled Morocco: Hike Aït Begoumez & Dadès Valley

After covering the highlights of imperial Marrakesh, you'll discover lesser-visited locales on this slower-paced itinerary, ideal for those who like to hike and immerse themselves in the local culture. You'll trek the hills of Aït Bouguemez, sow crops with farmers, eat and laugh with the locals, and learn to weave traditional carpets in Boumalne Dades.

woman hiking in arid desert
Explore Aït Bouguemez Valley on foot, meeting with locals and learning about traditional ways of life
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 2 Guided Private Tour & Majorelle Gardens Self-Guided Visit Marrakesh
Day 3 Transfer to Aït Bouguemez via Ouzoud Waterfalls Aït Bouguemez
Day 4 Guided Happy Valley Excursion & Local Farm Experience Aït Bouguemez
Day 5 Hike & Cultural Immersion in Aït Bouguemez Valley Aït Bouguemez
Day 6 Aït Bouguemez to Dadès Valley, Picnic Lunch in Kelâat M'Gouna Boumalne Dades
Day 7 Dadès Valley Hike & Local Family Lunch, Traditional Carpet Weaving Boumalne Dades
Day 8 Transfer to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou Marrakesh
Day 9 Depart Marrakesh  

You'll have two nights in Marrakesh to kick off your Morocco adventure, covering the city on a private tour and visiting sites like the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, and Majorelle Gardens. On Day 3, you'll stop to see the Ouzoud Falls (and Barbary apes), eat lunch in Azilal, and continue over the Middle Atlas set in the stunning M'Goun UNESCO Global Geopark to Aït Bouguemez, where you'll stay for three days. With a guide, you'll trek the "Happy Valley" and learn about local customs as you partake in farming, cooking, and a tea ceremony.

Day 6 leads you into the Dadès Valley, first with a picnic lunch in sweet-smelling Kelâat M'Gouna (home to a rose cooperative), then to hike the valley and interact with local families for lunch and a carpet weaving experience. Your last full day has you venturing to the desert city of Ouarzazate, where you can check out movie sets and film props before driving to impressive Aït Benhaddou, likely recognizable to film and TV buffs as the setting for "Lawrence of Arabia," "Gladiator," and "Game of Thrones." You'll then snake your way over the Tizi n'Tichka Pass for one last night in buzzing Marrakesh. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Marrakesh, Atlas Mountains & 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 memorable Marrakesh. 

Morocco, Taroudant - Palm treeks line the fortified walls in Taroudant
Palm trees line the fortified walls in Taroudant
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 2 Explore the Red City Marrakesh
Day 3 Transfer to Demnate via High Atlas Mountains & Ouzoud Demnate
Day 4 Off-Road Dadès Valley to Boumalne Dades via Bouguemez Boumalne Dades
Day 5 Transfer to Zagora via the Saghro Mountains & Draa Valley Zagora
Day 6 Cross the Anti-Atlas Mountains to Taroudant Taroudant
Day 7 Transfer to Essaouira Essaouira
Day 8 Explore Essaouira Essaouira
Day 9 Return to Marrakesh, Depart  

Spend two days in Marrakesh, taking a private guided tour of the city's medina. Head into the High Atlas to Ouzoud, where you'll visit the country's tallest waterfalls, boat under the falls, and befriend the resident Barbary macaques. 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 4, head to a nearby ecolodge to learn traditional methods behind carpet weaving or olive oil pressing. Then take to the mountains to the Dadès Valley, where you'll picnic with a local family and hike through the stunning landscape.

The following day, travel off-road through the Draa Valley to Zagora, where you'll board a camel to cross the desert to your Bedouin-style camp. Dine under the stars and sleep in your cozy tent, then wake up early to watch a desert sunrise. Hitting the road on Day 6, travel through saffron country to Taroudant, a charming market town, followed by a venture west through the epicenter of the argan oil industry, passing by tree-climbing goats en route to Essaouira, a fortified coastal city with a laid-back medina. After breakfast by the shore on Day 9, you'll head back to Marrakesh 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