Itinerary #1: Grand Morocco Tour
Watch the sunrise across the expanse of the Sahara Desert, hike to a waterfall, and lose yourself in the souks of Morocco's vibrant cities in this comprehensive trip plan that makes the most of your two weeks.
|Day 1||Arrive, Tour Casablanca and Travel to Rabat||Rabat|
|Day 2||Travel to Chefchaouen||Chefchaouen|
|Day 3||Chefchaouen - Hiking and City Tour||Chefchaouen|
|Day 4||Travel to Fez||Fes|
|Day 5||Guided Tour of Fez||Fes|
|Day 6||Day Trip to Sefrou||Fes|
|Day 7||Travel to the Sahara Desert||Merzouga|
|Day 8||Travel to Boumalne Dades||Boumalne Dades|
|Day 9||Travel to Ouarzazate||Ouarzazate|
|Day 10||Travel to Marrakech||Marrakech|
|Day 11||Guided Tour of Marrakech||Marrakech|
|Day 12||Travel to Casablanca||Casablanca|
|Day 13||Departure From Casablanca|
As you discover Morocco’s most famous sights and hidden gems, you’ll balance your days with both self-guided exploration and plenty of insight from experts. Your trip begins with two modern cities — Casablanca and Rabat — before you head to the timeless azure charm of Chefchaouen. While the Blue City is often a day trip or pitstop for travelers, you’ll enjoy two nights here, a guided tour of the city, and a gorgeous hike to the Cascades d’Akchour in the nearby Rif Mountains.
You’ll visit a trio of Imperial Cities, ending in Fes, where you’ll have a guided tour of the UNESCO-protected medina and can unwind with a traditional spa experience at a local Hammam. As you work your way toward the Sahara, you’ll discover teeny villages, orchard-filled oases, market towns, and the beautiful Ziz Gorge. Then trek by camel across ochre desert sand dunes for a night of camping in the Sahara.
Learn about desert life, history, and culture in depth over your next few days in the region; see iconic filming sites from Hollywood movies, journey along the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, and check out Morocco’s most famous kasbah: Aït Benhaddou. Then it’s back to city life with a guided tour of Marrakech and its treasures and two evenings to appreciate the city’s incredible cuisine and the spectacle of Jemaa el Fna Square. You’ll travel back to Casablanca, where you’ll enjoy one last guided tour; the next morning, you’ll head to the airport for your next adventure. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Imperial Cities & Morrocan Landscapes
While this trip plan features many of the same destinations as the first itinerary, it moves at a faster clip and focuses more on self-guided exploration. Enjoy a spectrum of natural wonders: mountains, gorges, waterfalls, sand, and sea.
|Day 1||Arrive in Casablanca - Explore||Casablanca|
|Day 2||Drive to the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen via Rabat and Asilah||Chefchaouen|
|Day 3||Hike to Akchour Waterfall - Private tour of Chefchaouen||Chefchaouen|
|Day 4||Visit the Roman Ruins of Volubilis - Drive to Fes||Fes|
|Day 5||Discover Fes||Fes|
|Day 6||The Atlas Mountains to Merzouga Desert Camp||Merzouga|
|Day 7||Visit the market of Rissani and Todra Gorge||Todra Gorge|
|Day 8||Drive to Aït Benhaddou via Ouarzazate||Aït Benhaddou|
|Day 9||Drive Tizi n'Tichka Pass to Marrakech - Visit a hammam||Marrakech|
|Day 10||Marrakech discovery with a local guide (Medina & Majorelle Gardens)||Marrakech|
|Day 11||Discover the charming Berber town of Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains||Imlil|
|Day 12||Imlil to Casablanca via the Atlantic Coast||Casablanca|
|Day 13||Depart from Casablanca Airport|
Start your appreciation for Morocco’s landscapes on the coast, with time in seaside cities like Casablanca, Rabat and the historic fortified town of Asilah. Then travel inland, watching the geography change, as you head to the gorgeous blue town of Chefchaouen; you’ll have a guided tour here, but you’ll also head out for a beautiful hike to a nearby waterfall. You’ll then head south, stopping at fantastic Roman ruins in Volubilis, en route to Fes, where you’ll have two nights and one full day to jump into the medieval medina and take in the exquisite mosques, madrasas, and artisan enclaves.
After you’ve gotten your fill of city life, you’ll head east, snaking through the Atlas Mountains, to the desert. Kick things off with an epic camel ride across the sand to your accommodation for the night: dine on traditional fare al fresco as Berber musicians serenade you, then head into your well-appointed glamping tent when you’ve tired of dancing and stargazing. You’ll head out in the morning to see desert towns, rivers, and epic limestone cliff-side canyons. Spend your last day in the desert checking out the UNESCO-protected Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, a kasbah in the cinematic 11th-century village of Aït Benhaddou.
It’s then back through the mountains, this time by way of the towering Tizi N'Tichka Pass, to Marrakech. You’ll have two nights and one full day in the Red City; chill out in a steamy Hammam, explore the medina on your own, then take a guided tour of great sites and gardens beyond the old city walls. Break up your westward journey with a day in Imlil, a tiny Berber mountain village; enjoy a guided hike through the area’s forests and hills, and refuel at a homemade lunch hosted by a local family. Follow the coast north on your final full day, which ends back in Casablanca. The next morning, you’ll bid farewell to this incredible country. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Morrocan Culture & Cuisine - Cities, Mountains, & Coast
Rather than heading east to the desert, this trip plan takes you west, through Morocco’s heartland and the Atlas Mountains to the Atlantic coast. Culinary excursions, a cooking class, a spa experience at a Hammam, and opportunities to connect with the Berber community set this unique itinerary apart.
|Day 1||Arrival into Casablanca||Casablanca|
|Day 2||Travel to Rabat - Visit the Town of Salé||Rabat|
|Day 3||Drive to Fes - Stop in Meknes and the Roman Ruins at Volubilis||Fes|
|Day 4||Explore the Imperial City of Fes and its UNESCO Medina||Fes|
|Day 5||Day Trip to Chefchaouen||Fes|
|Day 6||Attend a Traditional Cooking Class - Relax in a Hammam||Fes|
|Day 7||Day Trip to Ahinajen Berber Village||Fes|
|Day 8||Drive to Marrakech via Beni-Mellal and the Atlas Mountains||Marrakech|
|Day 9||Discover the Medina of Marrakech - Evening Food Tour||Marrakech|
|Day 10||Day Trip to Ourika - Hike to a Waterfall||Marrakech|
|Day 11||Travel to Essaouira - Stop at an Argan Oil Farm||Essaouira|
|Day 12||Drive to Casablanca via the Atlantic Coast and Portuguese Ports||Casablanca|
|Day 13||Depart Casablanca|
This dynamic and delicious trip plan is essentially a clockwise loop to and from Casablanca; although you’ll spend your first night here, you’ll have plenty of time to dive deeper into the city on a guided tour at the end of your trip. But first, explore some great cities and seaside sites before heading inland, through imperial cities, toward fantastic Fes.
Thanks to an expert guide, you’ll make the most of your first full day in the drama of this preserved medieval city: tour the magical medina and get to know local artisans with some unique visits to local workshops. Dig into the culture with a traditional cooking class followed by a visit to one of the city’s wonderful Hammams.
Fes also serves as your home base for two unique day trips — one to the Instagram-worthy blue city of Chefchaouen and another to the Berber village of Ahinajen, where you’ll have lunch with a local family and can connect to the area’s farmers. You’ll then travel southwest, through the Atlas Mountains and historic Berber villages, to Marrakech, which you can explore on your own as well as with a guide. Take advantage of the city’s epicurean heritage with a delectable food tour; you’ll soon discover that fantastic food is available not just at restaurants, but at any number of popular food stalls in Jemaa el Fna Square.
As you did in Fes, you’ll also jaunt out of town for a daylong excursion; shake of city life with a hike to a waterfall in the lush Setti Fatma, then cap off your time in Marrakech with a final meal at one of the city’s incredible eateries. You’ll return to the coast on day eleven, in which you’ll discover the laid back charm of Essaouira, home to fortified sea walls, a dynamic harbor, fresh seafood, and a fascinating historic Jewish quarter. Spend your final day in Morocco traveling along the Atlantic, through old Portuguese port towns, back to Casablanca. Cap your trip off with a guided tour, a great dinner in town, and perhaps the opportunity to mutter “play it again, Sam” in a quaint replica of Rick’s Cafe. In the morning, you’ll jet off for your departure. Learn more
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