Travelers to Morocco typically plan a trip for 8 to 10 days when combining Fes, Chefchaouen, and Rabat with Marrakech, and the Moroccan Desert. If you're only headed to Northern Morocco, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 5 to 6 days. Check out our favorite Fes, Chefchaouen, and Rabat trips below.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 5-6 days in Fes, Chefchaouen, and Rabat combined
  • With 7 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Marrakech, Tangier, and Casablanca

How Many Days Should You Spend in Morocco?

Recommended Itineraries for Fes, Chefchaouen, and Rabat

Recommended Itinerary for 5 Days

Moroccan sunset over the northern city of Chefchaouen
Moroccan sunset over the northern city of Chefchaouen
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Casablanca - Rabat City Rabat
Day 2 Transfer to Chefchaouen ("The Blue City") Chefchaouen
Day 3 Transfer to Fes - Detour to Volubilis and Meknes Fes
Day 4 Fes Imperial City - Medieval Medina Fes
Day 5 Fes to Casablanca & Departure  


This 5-day itinerary offers a nice balance of historic and modern cities in northern Morocco. Start and end in modern Casablanca before exploring Rabat and "the blue city" of Chefchaoeun in the Rif mountains. Continue south to Meknes, Roman ruins at Volubilis, and immerse yourself in the culture capital of medieval Fes. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 6 Days

Sunset over Chefchaouen in the north of Morocco
Sunset over Chefchaouen in the north of Morocco
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Casablanca - Rabat City Rabat
Day 2 Transfer to Chefchaouen ("The Blue City") Chefchaouen
Day 3 Transfer to Fes - Detour to Volubilis and Meknes Fes
Days 4-5 Fes Imperial City - Medieval Medina Fes
Day 6 Fes to Casablanca & Departure  


This 6-day itinerary offers a nice balance of historic and modern cities in northern Morocco. Start and end in urban Casablanca before exploring Rabat and the "blue city" of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. Continue south to explore Meknes, the well-preserved Roman ruins at Volubilis, and the cultural capital of medieval Fes. Read more

Extended Itineraries

8-Day Itinerary Including Marrakech, Merzouga, and Ouarzazate

Green oasis in the Dades Valley
Green oasis in the Dades Valley
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Casablanca - Rabat City Rabat
Day 2 Transfer to Chefchaouen ("The Blue City") Chefchaouen
Day 3 Transfer to Fes - Detour to Volubilis and Meknes Fes
Day 4 Fes Imperial City - Medieval Medina Fes
Day 5 Drive to Erfoud - Sunset Camel Ride Merzouga
Day 6 Erg Shibi & Dades Valley - Drive to Ouarzazate Ouarzazate
Day 7 Aït Benhaddou - Drive to Marrakech Marrakech
Day 8 Explore Marrakech - Departure  


This eight-day loop from Casablanca to Marrakech offers a perfect mix of imperial cities, smaller towns, and unforgettable desert adventures. You will start in the north with Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, and Fes before venturing into the desert for a camel ride and night under the stars at a desert camp as well as exploring old caravan routes, oases, and fortified kasbahs. You will then cross the High Atlas mountains into bustling Marrakech to wander souks and experience lively Jemma el-Fna square. Read more

11-Day Itinerary Including Marrakech, Merzouga, Aït Benhaddou, and Todra Gorge

A view over Fes' Chouara Tannery
A view over Fes' Chouara Tannery
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Casablanca - Rabat City Rabat
Day 2 Transfer to Chefchaouen ("The Blue City") Chefchaouen
Day 3 Transfer to Fes - Detour to Volubilis and Meknes Fes
Days 4-5 Fes Imperial City - Medieval Medina Fes
Day 6 Drive to Erfoud - Sunset Camel Ride Merzouga
Day 7 Desert Adventures Around Merzouga, Rissani Market & Todra Gorge Todra Gorge
Day 8 Todra Gorge to Aït Benhaddou, via Dades Valley & Ouarzazate Aït Benhaddou
Day 9 Aït Benhaddou to Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka Pass Over the High Atlas Marrakech
Day 10 Arrive in Marrakesh - Explore the Red City Marrakech
Day 11 Marrakech to Casablanca & Departure  


Discover imperial cities and desert landscapes on this 11-day circuit starting in Casablanca. Experience culture and history in historic Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech as you navigate their ancient medinas. You'll ride a camel over shifting sands in the Sahara, explore mud-brick cities, and cross the high rocky peaks of the Atlas mountains. Read more

How to travel between Fes, Chefchaouen, and Rabat

How to Get to Chefchaouen
The Moroccan city of Chefchaouen, in the Rif Mountains, is famous for its distinctive blue painted buildings. Chefchaouen is usually combined with a trip to Tangier. However, it can easily be accessed from other Moroccan cities as well, like Fes and Rabat. Read more

How to Get from Rabat to Fes
Those looking to get from Rabat to Fes have several options for completing the 129-mile (207 km) journey, which should take anywhere between two and three hours, depending on mode of transport. The most convenient option is to travel by private transfer, which should get you to Fes in a little over two hours.  Read more

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Map of Fes, Chefchaouen, & Rabat: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Fes, Chefchaouen, & Rabat: Best Itinerary Ideas