Two weeks in Morocco is enough time for a proper grand tour, from the souks of Fes and Marrakesh to the glittering Sahara, High Atlas mountains, and windy Atlantic Coast. If you want more than just the highlights—or if you're traveling during summer, when the desert can be oppressively hot—stick to the Imperial cities of the north, diving into the history of classic stops along with places most travelers miss, like Beni-Mellal and Tetouan.

Itinerary #1: Highlights of Morocco: Casablanca to the Atlantic Coast

Follow this moderately-paced grand tour circuit around Morocco, beginning and ending in Casablanca, for unique cultural experiences, desert adventures, and coastal relaxation. 

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Morning in Casablanca, Afternoon in Rabat Rabat
Day 2 Rif mountains and the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen Chefchaouen
Day 3 Chefchaouen, Roman Ruins of Volubilis, Fes Fes
Days 4-5 Fes: Explore the Imperial City & Medieval Medina Fes
Day 6 Middle Atlas to the Desert: Erfoud, Merzouga & the Sahara Merzouga
Day 7 Desert Adventures, Rissani Market, Todra Gorge Todra Gorge
Day 8 Todra Gorge, Dades Valley, Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou Aït Benhaddou
Day 9 Aït Benhaddou, Tizi n'Tichka Pass over the High Atlas Marrakesh
Days 10-11 Marrakesh: Explore the "Red City" Marrakesh
Day 12 Marrakesh to Essaouira Essaouira
Day 13 Essaouira to Casablanca via the coast Casablanca
Day 14 Depart Casablanca  

Tour northern Morocco, starting in modern Casablanca and Rabat, the country's present-day capital, where you'll find historic ruins and towering minarets alongside tranquil gardens. Heading to Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, you can relax in plazas and along the river, taking in the blue-painted walls at every turn. Explore the Roman ruins and impressively well-preserved mosaics at Volubilis as you make your way to Meknes and then Fes to get lost in the cultural capital and its medieval maze-like medina.

Leaving the city for a desert adventure, you'll follow caravan routes through desert oases like the Ziz Valley, Tinghir, and 11th-century Aït Benhaddou. Make your way over the High Atlas mountains and into the bustling squares and secret gardens of Marrakesh. Then relax along the Atlantic coast, enjoying fresh seafood, walking the Skala de la Kasbah, and shopping the less frenetic medina in Essaouira before you return to Casablanca to catch your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Morocco's Cities, Coast, Mountains & the Desert

Enjoy culture, history, adventure, and relaxation on this two-week Morocco circuit, beginning in Casablanca and ending in Essaouira. You'll spend equal time in historic medinas of imperial cities as you explore the desert and Atlas mountains. Plus, there will be enough time to lie on a beach, soak in a hammam, and listen to traditional Berber music on a Sahara tour.

Morocco, Dades Valley - Ochre hues color the Dades Valley
Ochre hues color the Dadès Valley
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca, Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque Casablanca
Day 2 Chefchaouen via Rabat, Explore the "Blue City" Chefchaouen
Day 3 Fes via Volubilis & Meknes Fes
Day 4 Half-Day Guided Tour of Fes Fes
Day 5 Merzouga, Erg Chebbi & Camel Ride Merzouga
Day 6 Desert Safari Adventures around Merzouga Merzouga
Day 7 Boumalne Dades via Tinghir & Todra Gorge Boumalne Dades
Day 8 Hike and Lunch with a Local Family in Dades Valley Boumalne Dades
Day 9 Dades Valley, Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou & Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 10 Private Guided Tour of Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 11 Free Day in Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 12 Essaouira, Goats on Trees & Argan Women Cooperative Essaouira
Day 13 Free Day in Essaouira Essaouira
Day 14 Return to Marrakesh, Depart  

After a night in Casablanca, you'll head north the next day to the Blue City of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, stopping first in the present-day capital, Rabat. On Day 3, you'll turn south and visit Volubilis and its ancient ruins, then Meknes, your second imperial city, before ending the day in buzzy Fes. You'll check out 14th-century madrasas and the famed Chouara Tannery. Taking the Col du Zad Pass, you'll get to visit desert towns like Midelt and Erfoud before switching it up in Merzouga and transferring to your camel to ride to your Bedouin-style camp. Tour the Sahara as you like on Day 6, from ATV, Jeep, or sandboard.

The next day, pass through the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs to reach Boumalne Dades, where on Day 8, you'll hike in the Atlas foothills and dine with locals. Smell roses in Kelâat M'Gouna and visit kasbahs in Aït Benhaddou before arriving in Marrakesh for three nights. You'll tour the highlights, learn to cook in La Maison Arabe, indulge in a hammam, and tour plenty of souks. Then you're off to laidback Essaouira to explore the city and relax on the beach, with options to ride a horse along the Atlantic or learn to kiteboard. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: South Morocco Adventure

This southern Morocco circuit combines two weeks of lesser-known destinations like Imlil in the High Atlas, Skoura, and Taroudant, though no less worthy of your time. For a complete Morocco adventure, you'll begin and end in Marrakesh, traverse the High Atlas, spend time in Berber villages, and camp in the desert, before reaching Essaouira on the Atlantic.

dried-up Lake Iriqui, Morocco
Stop for a photo-op of dried-up Lake Iriqui
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 2 Free Day in Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 3 Mountain Hike in Imlil & Lunch with a Local Family Imlil
Day 4 Imlil Valley Guided Hike Imlil
Day 5 Transfer to Skoura Oasis via Aït Benhaddou & Ouarzazate Skoura
Day 6 Skoura Oasis Walk, Pottery Factory & Lunch with a Local Family Skoura
Day 7 Transfer to Zagora via Saghro Mountains & Draa River Valley Zagora
Day 8 Zagora to Erg Chegaga Desert Erg Chigaga Desert
Day 9 Desert Adventures, Discover Nomadic Life Erg Chigaga Desert
Day 10 Taroudant via Foum Zguid across the Anti-Atlas Mountains Taroudant
Day 11 Explore Taroudant, Transfer to Essaouira via Agadir Essaouira
Day 12 Private Morning Cooking Class, Free Afternoon in Essaouira Essaouira
Day 13 Return to Marrakesh, Food Tour, Henna or Babouche Workshop Marrakesh
Day 14 Depart Marrakesh  

After two nights in Marrakesh, you'll transfer south to the mountain village of Imlil in the center of Toubkal National Park. After sipping tea with your guide, you'll enjoy an easy-paced trek to the highest village in the Imlil Valley, Armed to spend time with a Berber family. On Day 5, you'll continue east toward Skoura, stopping at an Argan Oil Co-operative in Taddert, crossing the Tizi n'Tichka pass, touring at least one movie studio in Ouarzazate, and then strolling the narrow passageways of iconic Aït Benhaddou. Once in Skoura, you'll immerse yourself in the region's unique culture and break bread with a local family.

Heading farther south to the grand city of Zagora, you'll cross the Jbel Saghro mountains and the palm-fringed fertile Draa River Valley. Day 8 and nine see you riding camels amid the massive dunes of Erg Chigaga, spending a day with desert nomads, and sleeping under the starry sky. Spot wildlife in Iriqui National Park, then head west over the Anti Atlas to your riad (house with a courtyard) in Taroudant. Day 11 sees you going to the Atlantic seaboard and to Essaouira. Spend time in the medina, learn to cook tajine, and take a kiteboarding lesson before ending your trip in Marrakesh. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Morocco's Cities from Coast to Coast

This complete two-week itinerary covers popular highlights (and imperial cities) like Marrakesh, Meknes, and Fes, as well as the less-than, frequented, but no less attractive, cities of Azemmour, El Jadida, Safi, Beni-Mellal, and Moulay Idriss—Morocco's oldest town, and Tetouan, near the Alboran Sea.

Tangier, Morocco
A typical street in Tangier
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive, Explore the Coast to Essaouira Essaouira
Day 2 Essaouira: Seaside Ramparts & Fresh Seafood Essaouira
Day 3 Kiteboarding and Jewish Quarter Essaouira
Day 4 Transfer to Marrakesh Marrakesh
Day 5 Tour Bahia Palace, Hammam & Souks Marrakesh
Day 6 Majorelle Garden & Saadian Tombs Marrakesh
Day 7 Marrakesh Museum and Secret Garden Marrakesh
Day 8 The Imperial City of Fez Fes
Day 9 Cooking class and medieval medina Fes
Day 10 Fes: Free day Fes
Day 11 Meknes, Moulay Idris & Chefchaouen Chefchaouen
Day 12 Tetouan & Tangier Tangier
Day 13 Visit Caves of Hercules Tangier
Day 14 Ferry to Spain  

You'll take your time getting to Essaouira, stopping along the coast to visit three formerly Portuguese-occupied coastal cities: Azemmour, El Jadida, and Safi. Once you arrive, walk the Skala de la Kasbah (the 18th-century seafront ramparts) along the coast, try kiteboarding, or wander one of Morocco's best-preserved mullahs (Jewish quarter). You'll then transfer to Marrakesh, where you can enjoy the hammam public baths, specialized souks like Souk el Attarin and Souk Smata for a selection of spices and babouche (Moroccan slippers), and the 500-year-old craftsmanship of the Saadian Tombs.

Up next is Fes. You'll learn to cook Moroccan creations inside the medina and have time to explore the city and its famous tannery and winding alleys on your own. Then, make your way to Chefchaouen via the historical sites at Meknes and Volubilis. After a night in the Blue City, you'll finish your trip in Tangier, stopping along the way in Tetouan, a jewel of a town in a striking location at the foot of the Rif Mountains, just a few miles from the Alboran Sea. Visit the Caves of Hercules and explore the markets in Tangier before you head across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Luxury Highlights of Morocco

Live the high life with this two-week luxury tour through two of Morocco's most popular cities (Fes and Marrakesh) and the attractions in between. Plus, go on a wine tour, take a cooking class, and enjoy a hot air balloon ride.

The iconic Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakesh
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Casablanca & Transfer to Rabat Rabat
Day 2 Rabat to Fes: Hassan Tower and the Roman Ruins at Volubilis Fes
Day 3 Fes: Explore the Imperial City and its UNESCO Medina Fes
Day 4 Guerrouane Region Winery Tour Fes
Day 5 Fes: Traditional Cooking Class Fes
Day 6 Fes to Merzouga: Over the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Merzouga
Day 7 Merzouga to Tinghir: Adventuring in the Todra Gorge Todra Gorge
Day 8 Tinghir to Ouarzazate Ouarzazate
Day 9 Ouarzazate to Marrakesh: Over the High Atlas, Aït Benhaddou Marrakesh
Day 10 Marrakesh: Medina & City Tour Marrakesh
Day 11 Marrakesh: Sunrise Yoga and Afternoon Hammam Marrakesh
Day 12 Marrakesh: Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride and Afternoon of Leisure Marrakesh
Day 13 Marrakesh to Casablanca: the Atlantic Coast & Portuguese Ports Casablanca
Day 14 Depart from Casablanca  

You'll fly into Casablanca and transfer to Rabat, the capital city known for its impressive white architecture and the Hassan Tower. Then road-trip your way to Fes via the historic town of Meknes, 8th-century Moulay Idriss, and Roman ruins at Volubilis. Once you arrive, you've got four nights to enjoy Fes and its UNESCO World Heritage medina. Follow a guide through the winding streets, tour the neighboring Guerrouane agricultural region (complete with wineries), and learn to cook a four-course Moroccan meal. Next, it's off to the desert, with a trip through the scenic Ziz Valley and the dates and fossils of Erfoud.

Once in Merzouga, board a camel to ride across the desert to a plushly appointed tent for a night in the dunes. You'll then make your way to Tinghir and the trails of the Todra Gorge. Walk through the gorge before you continue through Boumalne Dades to Ouarzazate and the 11th-century trade city of Aït Benhaddou. Cross over the High Atlas and into Marrakesh. With four nights to spend in this bustling city, you'll be able to take in raucous Jemaa el-Fna and follow a guide to all the city's landmark sights. Enjoy a sunrise yoga class, soak in a hammam, and soar over the landscape on a hot air balloon ride. End in Casablanca, via the port towns along the coast. Learn more

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