One week is a solid amount of time to explore Morocco's desert and Imperial cities at a moderate pace. In two weeks, you can add hiking in the Atlas Mountains and relaxation on the Atlantic coast. With less than 5 days, it's best to focus your time: see Casablanca, Chefchaouen, and Fes in the north, or stick to Marrakech and the Sahara in the south.
Make the Most of Your Time in Morocco
Morocco offers a diverse blend of geography, climate, and culture. With much to see and do, there's no shortage of options; the trick is fitting everything in. Here are some ideas to help you maximize your time in Morocco, whether you have a few days or a couple weeks to explore.
With 5-7 days to explore Morocco, you'll need to be selective where you focus your time. Are you interested in cities and culture? Perhaps a desert adventure, or hiking in the Atlas Mountains?
With 10 days or more in Morocco, you can focus on several regions such as the desert, mountains, coast, and imperial cities. Whether you're into active adventures, cultural exploration, culinary treats, or a little of everything, Morocco has something for everyone.
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Morocco in 5 days makes a thrilling whirlwind of a trip, and you'll have to make a few definitive choices about how and where to spend your time. Luckily, these itinerary suggestions take out the guesswork. Visit imperial cities, hike to villages in the High Atlas mountains, or ride camels across the Sahara—with this list, you can't go wrong.
With six days in Morocco, you can tour some of the country’s best highlights, depending on what inspires you. You could devote your itinerary entirely to exploring Moroccan cities, where you can wander around mosques, souks, and centuries-old landmarks embellished with exquisite mosaics. Or you can split your time between a big city (for example, Marrakech) and the desert. If you’re a “more is more” kind of traveler, you can even add on time in an Atlantic coastal town.
Morocco isn't a large country, but there's plenty to see. It's home to dozens of intriguing ancient cities and a wide variety of landscapes, including dramatic mountain ranges, sweeping areas of desert, and long coastlines along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. With seven days, we recommend you pick an interest and run with it. Hike through gorges and get up close to the highest peak in North Africa, linger in the jeweled cities of the northern Morocco, or make your way along old caravan routes into the desert. Can't decide? See the highlights on a grand tour, making stops in Casablanca, Fes, and beyond.
With eight days in Morocco, you can take a grand tour of big-ticket cities like Casablanca and Fes, or spend your time exploring off the beaten path, hiking through villages in lush countrysides and enjoying cultural experiences including cooking lessons and homestays. Of course, the iconic Sahara awaits: incorporate a desert adventure into a Tangier-to-Marrakech road trip or soar above the dunes on a luxury Morocco tour. Learn more about the best ways to spend eight days in Morocco below.
With nine days, you can hit the highlights of Morocco's famed Imperial cities and add in time along the coast or in the desert. Or, take a different approach by swapping in a trek through Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains. If you’re inspired to go off-the-beaten-path, you can start in Marrakech, then head through smaller towns and mountain villages, swim at the base of a towering waterfall, learn how to press olive oil, and visit a saffron harvest. Read on for some unique options for your trip.
Many travelers experience Morocco in a whirlwind week—add a few days to your itinerary to see more (and rush around less). How you structure your time is up to you: many first-time visitors try to see it all, visiting Morocco's highlights and adding on side trips from major cities. Others choose to spend less time in transit, focusing their time around an imperial city like Casablanca or Marrakech, which doubles as a gateway to the mountains and the desert. The options are wide-ranging. Explore Morocco's north, embark on a desert adventure, discover the foothills of the High Atlas mountains, and more with these itineraries.
Eleven days in Morocco allows you to visit many of the country’s biggest draws, from electric city centers to its famous landscapes—all depending on what interests you. You can focus on the Imperial cities, then retreat to the Sahara or the Atlantic coast, discovering Berber villages en route. Adventurous travelers can start in recently reinvigorated Tangier and drive south through mountains and ancient trade routes. Or, dive into tradition with a visit to a traditional hammam and an intimate meal shared with a local family in their home.
If you’ve got twelve days in Morocco, you’ll see a wide swath of the country—and you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to how to approach your adventure. Below you’ll find some inspiration as you think about what type of trip works best for you. Embark on a relaxed grand tour of Morocco's cities, adding time in the Sahara or the Atlantic coast — or both! There are also trip plans tailored to food and culture lovers, adventurers, travelers who enjoy guided exploration and those who prefer to see the sights solo at their own pace.
With nearly two weeks, Morocco is yours to discover. You can hit all the must-sees, and can do so at differing paces and with different draws. Below are three unique options for seeing the country: focus on leisurely guided tours of Morocco's imperial cities, or spend more of your trip immersed in the vast Sahara. Or, swap out your time in the desert for culture in the High Atlas mountains and the Atlantic coast.
Two weeks in Morocco is enough time for a true grand tour, from the souks of Fes and Marrakech to the glittering Sahara, High Atlas mountains, and windy Atlantic Coast. If you want more than just the highlights—or if you're traveling in 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.
Marrakech is the fourth-largest city in Morocco, and is one of the country’s major tourist spots. To see it, ideally you’ll want to allocate at least 2-3 days, although those with less time to spare can still enjoy the experience. Travelers who choose to stay for longer will have the opportunity to get to know the city and see it at a more relaxed pace. Read on for advice on how long to stay in Marrakech.