Discover the cultural highlights of northern Morocco on this 10-day trip. Touch down in Casablanca where you'll tour Morocco's largest mosque, Hassan II, before heading to the vibrant port city of Tangier to explore ancient kasbahs, caves, and street food delights. Next, soak up the sights in the photogenic "Blue City" of Chefchaouen, and uncover Fes' Roman ruins, souks, and mosques. The adventure ends in the UNESCO-listed Moroccan capital, Rabat.


  • Visit Casablanca and tour Hassan II, Morocco's largest mosque
  • Discover the colorful "Blue City" of Chefchaouen
  • Enjoy food and history tours in the port city of Tangier
  • Uncover the charms of the UNESCO-listed capital, Rabat 
  • Explore Fes' Roman ruins, souks, and mosques 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca, Tour Hassan II Mosque Casablanca
Day 2 Transfer to Tangier, Afternoon Food Tour Tangier
Day 3 Full-Day Tangier & Asilah Tour Tangier
Day 4 Transfer to Chefchaouen & Explore Chefchaouen
Day 5 Hike to Akchour Waterfall & Hammam Experience Chefchaouen
Day 6 Transfer to Fes via the Roman Ruins of Volubilis  Fes
Day 7 Half-Day Tour of the Fes Medina Fes
Day 8 Free Day in Fes Fes
Day 9 Transfer to Rabat, Explore Rabat
Day 10 Return to Casablanca, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca, Tour Hassan II Mosque

Tour Morocco's largest mosque, Hassan II, on your first day in Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! Touch down in Casablanca, where your driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Settle in and then head out to explore this beloved port city, which offers a mix of architectural styles from Art Deco to Moorish and French colonial designs. Start with a guided tour of Casablanca's most famous attraction: the Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II is Morocco's largest mosque and perches dramatically on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Inaugurated in 1993, the building's 650-foot (200 m) minaret is the highest structure in Morocco and the world's tallest minaret. The mosque is also unique because it's one of the few in Morocco that non-Muslims can enter. 

Tour the historic complex, which includes a museum, baths, Koranic school, a library, and a prayer room that can hold 25,000 people, supported by 78 granite and marble pillars. Marvel at the mosque's elaborate mosaics, decorative wood, and ornamental ceilings created by skilled artisans from across Morocco.

Day 2: Transfer to Tangier, Afternoon Food Tour

Get a taste of Tangier on a food tour of the old city

This morning you'll join your driver for a four-hour transfer to the northern tip of Morocco and the cultural hub of Tangier. Strategically situated on the Strait of Gibraltar, the city serves as a gateway between Africa and Europe, making it a key trading port over the centuries. Check into your hotel in the whitewashed Old Town before venturing out to explore. 

Get a taste of Tangier on a food tour with a local guide, who'll take you to the city's top culinary spots. Visit the community bakery to sample freshly-baked bread and then learn all about Moroccan spices. You'll also indulge in various street foods and savor regional specialties, including grilled meats, fried sardines, and braised stews.

Day 3: Full-Day Tangier & Asilah Tour

Explore Tangier's historic kasbah
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Today you'll discover more of Tangier's treasures on a guided tour. Start with the city's kasbah, a fortress area that offers sweeping views of the Strait of Gibraltar. Wander through its snaking markets lined with market stalls and ornate architecture. Next, you'll head out of the city to visit Cap Spartel, a striking lighthouse that marks the spot where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. 

Continue south along the coast to the legendary Cave of Hercules, rumored to have been created by the mythical hero himself. Visit Asilah next, an artistic town with a sugar-white medina (old town) built by the Portuguese and protected by 15th-century ramparts that provide ocean vistas. Afterward, return to Tangier for a final night in the city.

Day 4: Transfer to Chefchaouen & Explore

Discover Chefchaouen, the famous Blue City

Journey south today to Chefchaouen, also known as the "Blue City" for its maze-like medina filled with bluewashed buildings. Set beneath the raw peaks of the Rif mountains, the city's name translates to "two horns," a reference to the twin peaks that shadow the metropolis. Revered as a holy mecca, the city is home to eight mosques and several zaouias (an Islamic place of worship, school, monastery, or mausoleum) and marabouts (Muslim religious leaders). The Grand Mosque, built in 1560, makes a stunning photo stop.

The town also has a distinctive Spanish feel due to a wave of Granada migrants in the 15th century, who built typical whitewashed houses complete with patios and citrus trees. This cultural blend is evident as you stroll through the old medina, home to blue buildings topped with European red-tiled roofs, which converge on Plaza Uta el-Hammam, the main square named for the hammams (public baths) that once encircled it. 

Find a restaurant or café for a bite to eat before browsing the many shops peddling traditional wares. Don't miss a trip to the old prison cells of the kasbah, used during Spanish rule, then end the day at Ras el Ma Spring, the town's primary water source, where families wash their clothes in the river. Take a break at one of the quaint riverside cafés for mint tea. 

Day 5: Hike to Akchour Waterfall & Hammam Experience

Akchour Waterfalls
Cool off at Akchour Waterfalls

Start the day with a trip to Akchour Waterfall in nearby Talassemtane National Park. Follow your guide along a trail through the forest to the lower and upper falls, which God's Bridge connects. Watch the water crash into sparkling topaz pools, perfect for cooling off after your trek. You'll have time to swim and relax before returning to Chefchaouen for lunch. 

Decompress at one of the city's hammams this afternoon. A crucial part of Moroccan culture, hammams offer hot steam baths and body scrubs to rejuvenate your body and mind. For the ultimate pamper session, book an extra massage or facial. Afterward, enjoy a leisurely evening in the city.

Day 6: Transfer to Fes via the Roman Ruins of Volubilis 

Visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis

Continue your trip south today toward Fes, breaking up the five-hour drive with a stop in Volubilis, a set of Roman ruins. Ramble through the streets of this once-grand settlement, which dates back to the third century and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along the guided tour, you'll learn about the site's history as an Amazigh (Berber) city and its significance in establishing the first dynasty of the Kingdom of Morocco as you pass wealthy residential houses and public buildings with intricate mosaic floors.

Afterward, you'll continue to Fes, often referred to as Morocco's cultural capital. Check in at your riad (a traditional Moroccan townhouse with a central courtyard) and then head out to explore this sprawling medieval city, the oldest of the country's four Imperial Capitals and home to cobbled streets, spice-scented souks, and heritage-listed architecture.

Day 7: Half-Day Tour of the Fes Medina

Inside the Souks of Fes
Trawl for treasures in the Fes souks

Uncover more of Fes' charms today on a tour of the fortified medina, accompanied by a guide. Begin by passing through the Moorish Bab Boujloud (Blue Gate) and wandering the bustling souks, where you'll find handcrafted treasures. Browse the bright collection of rugs, jewelry, and leather goods, or take in the towers of spices, dried fruits, and culinary delicacies.

Admire the city's ancient walls as you walk to the Marinid Tombs, a hilltop archaeological site hosting the ruins of two 14th-century mausoleums. You'll also visit the famous Chouara Tannery, with its extensive assortment of colorful leather dyes produced using centuries-old techniques. Next, head to the ninth-century Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University, the world's oldest continuously-operating university.

Other tour highlights include Bou Inania Madrasa and Al Attarine Madrasa, two 14th-century schools featuring beautiful Marinid and Moroccan architecture and zellij tiles, the Mellah (Jewish district), and the Dar el Makhzen (Royal Palace of Fes). To finish, your guide will take you to top restaurants to taste dishes such as couscous, shakshuka (eggs poached in tomatoes), makouda (spiced battered potato cakes), and mechoui (spit-roasted lamb). 

Day 8: Free Day in Fes

Enjoy a free day in colorful Fes

Today is yours to spend as you please in Fes. Enjoy a long breakfast at your riad, return to the medina for some shopping, or soak up some culture at the city's Armory and Woodworking museums. 

Optional activities include another hammam session or a pottery and mosaic workshop, where you'll learn to create zellij plates from an artisan. Wine fans should head to the fertile Guerrouane region for vineyard tours and tastings. For more history, you can also visit the nearby imperial city of Meknes, where you'll discover Roman ruins, sultan tombs, and the city's vast underground prison and tunnel system.

Day 9: Transfer to Rabat, Explore

Andalusian Gardens at the Ouydaya Kasbah, Rabat
 Meander through the Andalusian Gardens at the Ouydaya Kasbah, Rabat

Transfer about 2.5 hours west this morning to Morocco's capital Rabat, recognized as a UNESCO site for its impressive white architecture. Explore the city, starting with a trip to the Royal Palace of Rabat and the Chellah Necropolis, where you can wander Roman and Islamic ruins. Continue to the Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of Mohamed V, an abandoned 12th-century project that features the minaret of an incomplete mosque and some 200 columns. 

You'll have time to stroll through the medina and peruse the souks, where you'll find everything from rugs and spices to jewelry and leather goods. Your guide is on hand to help you barter for goods. Take a break from the crowds next at the Andalusian Gardens, where paths lead through exotic flower gardens and fruit tree groves reminiscent of Spain's Alhambra Gardens

The journey ends at the doorway to the Kasbah des Oudaïas, the heart of the original city center. The Kasbah des Oudaïas is home to the city's oldest mosque and Musée des Oudaïas handicrafts museum. Spend time admiring the white and blue architecture and learning about regional crafts. Return to your hotel afterward to enjoy your final evening in Morocco. 

Day 10: Return to Casablanca, Depart

Say goodbye to Casablanca 

Today your Morocco adventure comes to an end. You'll be transferred to the airport in Casablanca in time to catch your homebound flight. Safe travels!

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Map of Cultural Highlights of Northern Morocco - 10 Days
Map of Cultural Highlights of Northern Morocco - 10 Days