Itinerary 1: Highlights of Morocco
If you only have one week in Morocco, a classic option is this grand tour, covering imperial cities such as Fes, Meknes, and Marrakech, Roman ruins, Sahara desert, and the Atlas Mountains.
|1||Arrival & Casablanca||Casablanca|
|2||Meknes, Roman Ruins at Volubilis, Fes||Fes|
|3||Exploring Fes' Medieval Medina||Fes|
|4||Over the Middle Atlas mountains and into the Sahara||Sahara Desert|
|5||Desert towns, lush oases, and film worthy landscapes||Ouarzazate|
|6||Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, Tizi n'Tichka Pass over the Atlas||Marrakech|
|7||Discover the Red City of Marrakech; Departure|
Begin in the seaside city of Casablanca with a guided tour of Hassan II Mosque, featuring the tallest minaret in the world and a mosque that non-muslims may enter. Cinephiles won't want to miss a stop at Rick’s Café, immortalized in "Casablanca." The 1942 film, starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, remains a love letter to the city.
From Casablanca, continue to the imperial city of Meknes, with a small and manageable medina to explore. Nearby you'll find Volubilis, a UNESCO world heritage site that's home to the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Take an hour or two to stroll through this ancient complex dotted with temples, shops, and houses. Many of the site's original mosaics are still in place—and in surprisingly good condition.
Next, it's onto the magical city of Fes and its medieval medina. Take a tour or attempt to navigate the old city with a map, but half the fun is getting lost in the labyrinth of winding side streets and busy souks. Don't miss a colorful photo op at the world-famous Tanneries Chouara, where visitors witness a tannery tradition that's been perfected over hundreds of years.
The grand tour continues in the Middle Atlas mountains—keep your eyes open for Barbary monkeys during the ride—and into the Sahara Desert. Before the sun sets, you'll board a camel near Merzouga for an adventure along the sand dunes. At night, you'll camp in the desert, enjoying incredible views of the starry night sky overhead. You'll dine outside while listening to traditional Berber music around the campfire.
The next day, continue exploring the Sahara: take a tour of Erg Chebbi (massive sand dunes shaped by wind). Spend some time sandboarding, hiking, or riding an ATV over the dunes before continuing to the market town of Rissani. Farmers from all over the region come here to sell and buy: don't miss the "donkey parking lot" and the livestock auction.
Need a break from the heat of the desert? Take a splash in the river and go for a walk beneath the tall red cliffs of the Todra Gorge, which is also a great destination for rock-climbers.
Continue along the journey, marveling at the slow pace of life in the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs as you pass through it. The main attraction here is Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most famous Kasbah in Morocco. Dating from the 11th century, it's served as the setting for many films and television shows, including "Gladiator" and "Game of Thrones." You'll get the best view of the area if you walk up to the hilltop granary for a panoramic overlook.
The tour comes to a close as you travel over the High Atlas mountains to Marrakech. The so-called "red city," so named for the red ochre pigment in the walls, is a lively place to finish the week. Don't miss the snake charmers in Djemaa el Fna Square, the magnificent Saadian Tombs, and Bahia Palace, and in the Ville Nouvelle, the Majorelle Garden. This botanical garden and villa was the passion project of the French artist Jacques Majorelle, and it was later purchased and restored by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. Today, the villa is home to the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, the Berber Museum, and the Musee Yves Saint Laurent. Learn more
Itinerary 2: Desert Trip from Marrakech
Combine the desert and ocean on this itinerary based out of Marrakech.
|Day 1||Arrival & Exploring Marrakech||Marrakech|
|Day 2||Over the High Atlas to Ouarzazate||Ouarzazate|
|Day 3||Zagora & Camping in the Sahara||Zagora|
|Day 4||Aït Benhaddou Kasbah||Aït Benhaddou|
|Day 5||Return to Marrakech||Marrakech|
|Day 6||Marrakech to Essaouira||Essaouira|
|Day 7||Return to Marrakech & Departure|
You’ll start in Marrakech amid the 1,000-year-old sandstone walls of the Red City, exploring the medina or simply taking in the bustle of Djemaa el Fna and its food vendors, musicians, and even snake charmers. Head into the desert and over the High Atlas mountains to Ouarzazate, which you may recognize from films like “Gladiator” and “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Drive through the date palms of the Draa Valley and deeper into the desert for a night spent in a tent under the stars. After an early wakeup to watch the sunrise over the dunes, you’ll loop back via the kasbah of Aït Benhaddou. Spend the evening and morning here without the crowds before you go back along the Tizi n'Tichka Pass to Marrakech. Don’t linger for too long, though; you have one destination left. Head to the seaside city of Essaouira to relax at the beach or try hopping on a kiteboard before you go back to Marrakech to catch your flight home. Learn more
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Itinerary 3: Cities of Northern Morocco
Spend your time in the sparkling cities of northern Morocco with this itinerary.
|Day 1||Arrival in Tangier & Explore Tangier||Tangier|
|Day 2||Tangier to Chefchaouen||Chefchaouen|
|Day 3||Chefchaouen to Fes via Volubilis & Meknes||Fes|
|Day 4||Tour of Fes Medina & Transfer to Rabat||Rabat|
|Day 5||Rabat to Marrakech via Casablanca||Marrakech|
|Day 6||Tour of Marrakech & Explore Majorelle Gardens||Marrakech|
|Day 7||Depart Marrakech|
You’ll start in the port city of Tangier, where their new marina contrasts with a history shaped by multiple cultures over its many years. Head to the famous Blue City of Chefchaouen, where you can wander through a maze of bright blue buildings amid the Rif Mountains. After a quiet evening and morning exploring the city, you’ll make your way first to Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins. Stop in Meknes next, the imperial city of Moulay Ismail that grew from a small town to a magnificent capital during his reign from 1672–1727 CE.
Your ultimate landing point for the night is Fes, Morocco’s “cultural capital.” Follow a guide through the bright colors of rugs, jewelry, and leather goods, and indulge in the towers of spices, dried fruits, and culinary delicacies within the medina. You’ll also visit the hillside Marinid Tombs; famous Chouara Tannery, with its large assortment of colorful leather dyes and traditional techniques from centuries ago; and the 9th-century Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University, the world's oldest continuously operating university.
Next up is the official capital, Rabat, known for its white architecture, where you’ll spend the afternoon scoping out spots like the Royal Palace and Andalusian Gardens. Hop over to Casablanca to see the Hassan II Mosque, the second-largest in the world, on your way to Marrakech. Finish your trip in the Red City with its famous Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens and the hustle and bustle of Djemaa el Fna Square. Learn more
Itinerary 4: Desert to Coast Highlights Trip
Explore some of Morocco’s most popular sites on this sea-to-sand itinerary.
|Day 1||Arrive in Casablanca & Transfer to Asilah||Asilah|
|Day 2||Asilah to Chefchaouen via Caves of Hercules||Chefchaouen|
|Day 3||Chefchaouen to Fes||Fes|
|Day 4||Fes to Merzouga Camel Trek||Merzouga|
|Day 5||Merzouga to Dades Valley||Boumalne Dades|
|Day 6||Dades Valley to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou||Marrakech|
|Day 7||Guided Tour of Marrakech & Depart|
You’ll start in the seaside city of Asilah, an art-filled spot where residents of Casablanca head on the weekends. After scoping out the murals, you’ll head to Chefchaouen, the famous Blue City whose buildings are spotted on postcards everywhere. On the way, stop at the Caves of Hercules, where the mythological hero rested before performing his 11th labor.
Travel from Chefchaouen to Fes, where you'll find one of the largest old towns in the world, and set out for a guided tour of the city with a local expert. You’ll also stop for a pottery workshop to try your own hand at the crafts found throughout the souks. Head over the Atlas Mountains and out to the dunes of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara, where you’ll ride camelback to a desert camp and spend the night under the stars.
Make your way back to the city through the Dades Valley and the impressive Todgha Gorge. Follow the Road of 1000 Kasbahs to the city of Ouarzazate, also known as the Hollywood of Morocco. Eventually you’ll reach Marrakech, where a guide will lead you through all the city’s top spots, including the markets, Saadian Tombs, and the Koutoubia Mosque. Learn more
Itinerary 5: Marrakech, Sahara Desert, & the Great Outdoors
Choose this diverse itinerary if you'd like to experience a mix of cultural education and outdoor adventure in Morocco.
|1||Marrakech: Exploring the Red City||Marrakech|
|2||Marrakech to Ouarzazate & Boulmane Dades||Dades Valley|
|3||Todra Gorge, Rissani, and the Sahara Desert||Sahara Desert|
|4||Merzouga to Ait Benhaddou (via Alnif)||Ait Benhaddou|
|5||Tizi-n-Tichka Pass over the High Atlas, Marrakech||Marrakech|
|6||Hiking the High Atlas around Amizmiz; Overnight in Berber Home||Amizmiz|
|7||Amizmiz back to Marrakech; Departure|
The trip begins in Marrakech, where must-see attractions include Djemaa el Fna Square, the city's famous souks, the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, and outside the medina, the lovely Majorelle Gardens.
On day two, you'll leave the city and head into the High Atlas mountains. On a clear day, you'll see Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. You'll also pass by traditional Berber villages filled with mud-brick homes and you'll have the opportunity to stop at an argan oil co-op. Later in the day, you'll see the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs and fragrant Dades Valley, where roses grow abundantly. If you're interested, you could stop by a rose collective to see how the flowers are harvested and turned into rose water and rose oil.
Continuing along the journey, you'll have the chance to take an easy hike in the Todra Gorge before attending a craft workshop in Erfoud. The area is known for its rocks and fossils: in the workshop, you'll see how they're taken out of the ground and turned into practical objects like plates and bowls.
The following day, explore the Sahara desert. Adventurous travels might try a sand-boarding adventure in the dunes or take a tour of Erg Chebbi. Stop in Ouarzazate, then venture out into the surrounding areas that have served as film sets for "Game of Thrones," "Lawrence of Arabia," and "American Sniper."
Stop at Aït Benhaddou, the most famous Kasbah in Morocco, before heading back to Marrakech. You'll spend the night in the city before leaving it again in the morning. Just an hour outside the city, traditional Berber villages like Amizmiz welcome overnight visitors. Staying with a local family is an unforgettable cultural experience—and a great way to round out a week in Morocco. Learn more
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