Best of the Moroccan Desert

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Moroccan Desert

The Moroccan Desert is a land of endless dunes, ancient cultures, and mystical allure. This vast and varied landscape offers a blend of adventure, tranquility, and cultural immersion, making it an ideal destination for those seeking to experience the essence of Morocco's natural beauty and heritage.

The Moroccan Desert is predominantly known for the Sahara, the world's largest hot desert, renowned for its majestic sand dunes that shift with the winds, creating an ever-changing tapestry of natural art. A camel trek into the heart of the desert, especially in areas like Merzouga or M'Hamid, is a quintessential experience. Ride over the undulating dunes, witness famed sunsets and sunrises, and spend a night under the stars in a traditional Berber camp for a glimpse into the nomadic way of life.

Apart from the Sahara, the Moroccan Desert is dotted with fascinating oases and kasbahs. Explore the Draa Valley, a lush area lined with palm groves, ancient mud-brick villages, and kasbahs. The fortified city of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers a spectacular example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture and has been a backdrop for many famous films. Engage with the local Berber communities and learn about their traditions, crafts, and music. 

For the more adventurous, the desert offers exhilarating activities like sandboarding on the dunes, 4WD desert safaris, and hot air ballooning for a bird's-eye view of this spectacular landscape. The Todra and Dades Gorges, with their towering cliffs, are popular spots for trekking and rock climbing. In the cooler months, the desert transforms, showing a different side of its beauty. The rare rains bring life, turning the arid land into a temporary garden of wildflowers—a sight not to be missed.

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Moroccan Desert Essentials

Camel caravan through the Moroccan desert
4 Must-Visit Regions in Morocco's Desert

Camel rides along the dunes, nights spent under the stars in Bedouin tents, villages carved into canyon walls, and ancient kasbahs still standing as fortresses along old trading routes: Morocco's desert is built for adventure, and this guide illuminates the regional highlights.

Essaouira, Morocco
Unique Cultural Experiences in Morocco

Morocco's distinct and authentic culture (unchanged in many ways) is perhaps the primary reason to explore the country. You'll find traditional villages that still live today as they have throughout history. Cities like Casablanca and Chefchaouen lift the veil and let you see the way locals live day-to-day. Visit small towns and Berber villages in the mountains, peruse artisan collectives, and get off the beaten path to discover Morocco's incredible countryside.

Trek through Morocco's Mountains
Top Active Experiences in Morocco

Morocco is an ideal destination for active travelers and adventure seekers, offering unique experiences, like kitesurfing in Essaouira, riding horses through the desert, climbing Northern Africa's tallest peak, and carp fishing alongside the locals. With diverse outdoor environments, you'll find nearly every activity in Morocco. From the top of the Atlas Mountains to the bottom of river gorges and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the country is an ideal location for adventures!

The countryside near Boumalne Dades
Best Things to Do in Boumalne Dades

Boumalne Dades sits in the Dades Valley, a region home to some of the most scenic landscapes in Morocco. The Dades River creates an agricultural oasis, including the country's famed Rose Valley (known for its centuries of producing rose oil and rosewater). You'll also find this desert scene lined with kasbahs and steeped in cultural traditions like dagger making, several buzzy markets, and even nomadic tribes that move from the deserts to the mountains every summer.

Explore the Desert
Top Desert Excursions in Morocco

The Moroccan Desert is one of the highlights of the country. From sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin-style desert camp to sunset camel rides, there are many ways to explore the towering dunes of Morocco! Go horseback riding, conquer sandy peaks, visit nomadic communities, listen to traditional music next to a flickering campfire, or let an e-bike help you navigate the hills. From dawn to dusk, the Moroccan desert is a truly unique experience.

The scenic city of Ouarzazate
Best Things to Do in Ouarzazate

Known as the "Hollywood of Morocco," you may recognize the town and scenery of Ouarzazate from movies like The Mummy and Gladiator. Enjoy touring the studios that made these films possible while admiring the town's unique architecture and towering Kasbah. Then, explore Ouarzazate's surroundings with activities like biking along the scenic Fint Oasis. You can also take part in unique experiences, such as attending an embroidery workshop at a artist's cooperative or joining the locals for the annual Amazigh New Year!

Moroccan Desert Itineraries

Erg Chebbi in the Sahara
Map of A Moroccan Desert Adventure - 4 Days
A Moroccan Desert Adventure - 4 Days

Experience Morocco's stunning natural beauty and fascinating culture on this four-day trip to its mountains, deserts, and oases. Ride camels in the Sahara, roam the maze of passageways in a classic kasbah, and hike through a river gorge. Along the way, you'll meet Berber tribes, eat fresh dates and nuts straight off the trees, and browse the vibrant souks and bazaars.

Sleep in Bedouin-style tents in the Sahara
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Marrakesh, Merzouga, Aït Benhaddou & Boumalne Dades: Best Itinerary Ideas

Five to seven days is a great length for a Morocco trip, with stops in Marrakesh, Merzouga, Aït Benhaddou, and Boumalne Dades. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favored itinerary extensions include Essaouira, Amizmiz, or Imlil. Get inspired with kimkim's Marrakesh, Merzouga, Aït Benhaddou, and Boumalne Dades trip ideas below.

Take in the setting sun over Morocco's Ouarzazate
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South Morocco Adventure: Marrakesh to Merzouga - 9 Days

In nine days, you'll cover some ground from the imperial city of Marrakesh to the sand sea of Erg Chebbi just beyond Merzouga. In between, drive over the High Atlas to visit an Argan Oil Cooperative and break bread with a Berber family in the foothills of the Dadès Valley before riding a camel to your desert camp in Erg Chebbi. Smell roses in Kelâat M'Gouna, listen to music at the Gnawa house in Khamleya, tour movie sets and see filming location in Ouarzazate, and discover souks, palaces, and gardens in Marrakesh.

The desert city of Tinghir and neighboring oasis
Map of Marrakesh & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 5 Days
Marrakesh & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 5 Days

Discover the beauty of Morocco with this exciting five-day itinerary. Begin and end in Marrakesh, visiting the rocky peaks of the High Atlas mountains and the colossal dunes of the Sahara. You'll wander medieval medinas and souks, marvel at palaces and mosques, and explore ancient kasbahs and desert towns.

Discover the desert of Morocco, Boumalne Dades Valley
Map of Marrakech & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 6 Days
Marrakech & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 6 Days

Discover the beauty of Morocco with this 6-day itinerary focused on Marrakech and the desert. Begin in bustling Marrakech and explore the medina's souks, fondouks, madrasas, palaces, and secret gardens. Cross over the High Atlas mountains and explore the vast landscapes and sand dunes of the Sahara. You'll wander medieval markets, marvel at palaces and mosques, and explore ancient kasbahs and desert towns.

 Ait Benhaddou
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Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Aït Benhaddou & Todra Gorge: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that six to eight days are perfect for a well-paced Morocco trip with stops in Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Aït Benhaddou, and Todra Gorge. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Chefchaouen or Rabat. Keep reading for more inspiring Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Aït Benhaddou, and Todra Gorge itineraries.

Old fortifications in Essaouira
Map of Marrakech, Desert Tour & Essaouira - 7 Days
Marrakech, Desert Tour & Essaouira - 7 Days

Combine culture, desert adventures, and seaside relaxation with this 7-day trip from Marrakech. Wander Marrakech's medina, exploring its souks and fondouks. Cross the High Atlas mountains and explore Morocco's desert, filled with fortified kasbahs and old caravan routes. Relax in Essaouira as you enjoy fresh seafood and watch the sunset over the seaside ramparts.

Boumalne Dades and the Dades Valley, Morocco
Map of Moroccan Highlights: Fes, the Sahara Desert, & Marrakech - 6 Days
Moroccan Highlights: Fes, the Sahara Desert, & Marrakech - 6 Days

This fast-paced 6-day trip highlights the best of Morocco, including Fes, the desert, and Marrakech. Start in medieval Fes and work your way south. Traverse the Middle Atlas mountain range into the Sahara Desert, crossing back through the High Atlas mountains, and finishing in bustling Marrakech.

Tizi n'Tichka Pass over the Atlas Mountains
Map of Southern Morocco: Marrakech, Sahara & the Atlas Mountains - 9 Days
Southern Morocco: Marrakech, Sahara & the Atlas Mountains - 9 Days

Enjoy culture, history, adventure, and relaxation on this nine-day Morocco tour. Explore Marrakech before venturing into the desert a few days exploring kasbahs, caravan routes, and the Saharan dunes. Cross up and over the High Atlas Mountains, hike between small villages, and spend a night with a local family.

Essaouira's ancient city walls along its harbor
Map of Marrakech, Quick Desert Tour & Essaouira - 8 Days
Marrakech, Quick Desert Tour & Essaouira - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary starts in Marrakech and combines culture, adventure, and relaxation. Wander Marrakech's souks and fondouks, discover the ornate mosques and madrasas, and experience lively Jemaa el-Fna Square. Cross the High Atlas mountains and spend a few days exploring Morocco's desert, filled with fortified villages and old caravan routes through hidden oases, before ending your stay in the seaside town of Essaouira.

 Souk in Ouarzazate, Morocco
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Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga & Ouarzazate: Best Itinerary Ideas

Eight to 10 days is the most popular trip length for Morocco travelers interested in visiting Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, and Ouarzazate, especially when also including Chefchaouen and Rabat. For travelers wanting to visit Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, and Ouarzazate exclusively, plan five to seven days for a well-paced trip. Read on for the best itineraries, including Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Ouarzazate, and beyond.

Experience Morocco's mountains, dunes, and beaches on this guided tour
Map of Southern Morocco Adventure: Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains & Atlantic Ocean - 16 Days
Southern Morocco Adventure: Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains & Atlantic Ocean - 16 Days

Let a private driver take you through the epic landscapes of southern Morocco on this 16-day tour. Starting and ending in the "Red City" of Marrakesh, you'll trek through the picturesque Toubkal National Park and wander the winding alleys of Aït Benhaddou. Then, ride a camel to a luxury camp in the Sahara and sip mint tea with villagers before heading to the palm trees of Zagora. Soak in the sunny beaches of Essaouira and end with a traditional hammam experience back in Marrakesh before departing.

 Get off the beaten path in the Dadès Valley in the High Atlas
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Morocco Mountain & Desert Adventure: Fes, Merzouga, Boumalne Dades, Marrakesh & More - 10 Days

Adventure into the rugged landscapes of the Sahara Desert and the High Atlas mountains on this 10-day Moroccan itinerary. After wandering the medinas of Fes, you'll embark on a camel trek into the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Traverse the Dadès Valley, take in impressive gorges and lofty peaks via hikes and guided tours, and visit some of Morocco's highest waterfalls at Ouzoud before wrapping it up amid the bustle of vibrant Marrakesh.

Beauty and colors of Morocco
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A Taste of Morocco in Autumn: Casablanca to Marrakech - 10 Days

Witness the magnificent beauty of Morocco in autumn when you journey from the imperial city of Fes into the desert dunes of the Sahara, over windy roads of the Atlas mountains, and into colorful Marrakech. This 10-day trip mixes culture, adventure, and history into one unbeatable itinerary. While the summer months can be ferociously hot and the winters rainy, autumn is the perfect time to explore Morroco's ancient cities, hike through the mountains, and ride camels in the desert.

Get off the beaten path to explore ancient kasbahs and palm groves near Zagora
Map of Luxury Adventure in Southern Morocco - 10 Days
Luxury Adventure in Southern Morocco - 10 Days

See the best of the Sahara Desert and High Atlas mountains in style with this 10-day Moroccan itinerary that starts and ends in Marrakesh. On the journey from the "Red City" to the vast sand dunes and back, you'll meet the local Berber people and local artisans, ride bikes and camels, and sandboard or quad bike at Erg Chebbi. After each day, you'll return to a luxurious sanctuary at top-rated riads, hotels, and kasbahs.

Small villages dot the foothills of the Atlas Mountains
Map of Marrakech, Grand Desert Tour & Hiking in the Atlas Mountains - 7 Days
Marrakech, Grand Desert Tour & Hiking in the Atlas Mountains - 7 Days

Discover the grandeur of Morocco with this seven-day itinerary. Spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent, traipse through narrow passageways in ancient kasbahs, and hike the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. You'll ride a camel, swim in an oasis, share a meal with a Berber family, and wander exotic souks and bazaars.

Small villages dot the foothills of the Atlas Mountains
Map of Moroccan Desert & Hiking in the Atlas Mountains - 8 Days
Moroccan Desert & Hiking in the Atlas Mountains - 8 Days

This 8-day trip mixes culture and adventure in Marrakech, the desert, and High Atlas mountains. Start and end in Marrakech and explore the historic medina's souks, timeworn tombs, old madrasas, and secret gardens. Pass over the High Atlas mountains into Morocco's desert and discover medieval kasbahs, caravan routes, and the Saharan dunes. Finish with a two-day hike through small villages in the Atlas foothills, enjoying a meal and overnight with a local family.

Essaouira, Morocco
Map of Marrakech, Grand Tour of the Desert & Essaouira - 8 Days
Marrakech, Grand Tour of the Desert & Essaouira - 8 Days

A perfect combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 8-day itinerary covers the imperial city of Marrakech and crosses the High Atlas Mountains into the desert. Explore desert towns, camp in the Sahara, and relax in the coastal town of Essaouira.

The Sqala du Port, a square defensive tower in Essaouira
Map of South Morocco Adventure: Marrakech to Essaouira - 15 Days
South Morocco Adventure: Marrakech to Essaouira - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary takes you on an exciting adventure through the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Fly into Marrakech and explore its gardens and spice markets before heading to the High Atlas for hiking and great views. Then cross into the desert to wander through kasbahs and oases. Loop back toward the coast to check out the artsy, breezy town of Essaouira before finishing off with a hammam experience and food tour back in Marrakech.

Tizi n'Tichka pass over the Atlas mountain range
Map of Marrakech, Grand Tour of the Desert, Hiking & the Coast - 8 Days
Marrakech, Grand Tour of the Desert, Hiking & the Coast - 8 Days

Discover Morocco's diverse beauty with this 8-day itinerary. Begining and ending in the vibrant imperial city of Marrakech, you'll spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent, traipse through narrow alleyways in medieval kasbahs, hike the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, and wander the charming coastal city of Essaouira.

A camel caravan across the Sahara
Map of Casablanca Round Trip: Luxury Escape to the Sahara - 13 Days
Casablanca Round Trip: Luxury Escape to the Sahara - 13 Days

Escape to the Sahara on this 13-day trip that takes you around Morocco in style. Enjoy private tours of medieval medinas and bustling marketplaces, then unwind in five-star accommodations. Your luxury riads in Fes and Marrakech are the perfect places to relax and go for a scrub at the in-house hammams. You'll ride on camelback to a glamorous Sahara camp and enjoy a music-filled dinner before retiring under the stars.

 Beautiful shot of a staircase leading to an arched door in Chefchaouen
Map of Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, Rabat, Aït Benhaddou & Todra Gorge: Best Itinerary Ideas
Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, Rabat, Aït Benhaddou & Todra Gorge: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 10 to 11 days are the perfect amount of time for a Morocco trip, with stops in Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, Rabat, Aït Benhaddou, and Todra Gorge. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Casablanca, Amizmiz, or Tangier. Get inspired with the below Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, Rabat, Aït Benhaddou, and Todra Gorge trip ideas.

The sun sets over the Ouarzazate River and Aït Benhaddou
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A Taste of Morocco: Fes, Sahara Desert & Marrakech - 5 Days

This whirlwind five-day itinerary highlights the best of Morocco, including Fes, the Desert, and Marrakesh. Start in the imperial city of Fes and make your way south, traversing the Middle Atlas mountain range into the Sahara Desert. Cross up and over the High Atlas mountains before ending your trip in bustling Marrakesh.

Camel Caravan near Merzouga
Marrakech to Casablanca: Sahara Desert & Fes - 6 Days

This adventure-packed trip showcases Morocco's highlights, including Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, and the desert. Start in Marrakech for colorful markets and architecture, then head inland to explore kasbahs and sleep under the stars in a desert camp amid the Sahara dunes. Visit Fes' narrow streets and the medieval medina before ending the trip in Casablanca to see the Hassan II Mosque and the world's tallest minaret.

Ride camels and spend the night in a Bedouin camp in Morocco's desert
Map of Nature & Adventure in Spain & Morocco - 21 Days
Nature & Adventure in Spain & Morocco - 21 Days

Hike, bike, and adventure your way through the heart of Spain and Morocco on this active three-week itinerary. In the former, you'll learn the royal history of Madrid on sightseeing tours and head south to see the best of Andalusia, from the cities of Seville, Granada, and Málaga to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and pristine national parks. Then experience Morocco's rich culture as you travel from the coast to the mountains to the Sahara while visiting historic medinas, souks, and kasbahs along the way.

Take a memorable sunset camel ride in the sand dunes of Merzouga
Map of Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Spain & Morocco - 14 Days
Culture & Outdoor Adventure in Spain & Morocco - 14 Days

This exciting two-week itinerary through Spain and Morocco is filled with unique cultural experiences and outdoor adventures. Begin in Barcelona, exploring the city and the gorgeous Costa Brava coastline, then travel to Madrid to see the Spanish capital and its nearby wine region. From here, cross the border to Morocco, where you'll visit Marrakesh, Merzouga, and Fes, enjoying historic medinas, a camel ride in the desert, an evening under the stars in a traditional Berber camp, and so much more.

 Variety of leather bags and poufs exposed for sale on a terrace with a tannery view in Fes, Morocco
Map of Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen & Ouarzazate: Best Itinerary Ideas
Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen & Ouarzazate: Best Itinerary Ideas

Eight to 10 days are the most popular trip length for Morocco travelers interested in visiting Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, and Ouarzazate, especially when also including Rabat. If you're not interested in Rabat, a week to eight days is enough for your Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, and Ouarzazate trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as six days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, and Ouarzazate, and beyond.

Atlas Film Studios, Ouarzazate
Map of Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, Merzouga & Ouarzazate: Best Itinerary Ideas
Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, Merzouga & Ouarzazate: Best Itinerary Ideas

Nine to 10 days is the most popular trip length for Morocco travelers interested in visiting Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, Merzouga, and Ouarzazate, especially when also including Chefchaouen. If you're only headed to Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, Merzouga, and Ouarzazate, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in seven to eight days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in six days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries, including Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, Merzouga, Ouarzazate, and beyond.

Discover the deserts and kasbahs of Morocco
Map of Marrakesh, Grand Desert Tour, Hiking & the Coast - 10 Days
Marrakesh, Grand Desert Tour, Hiking & the Coast - 10 Days

Featuring a combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 10-day itinerary will have you discover the Imperial City of Marrakesh, explore the Sahara and surrounding desert towns, hike the Atlas mountains, and relax along the coast. Enjoy traditional music around a desert campfire, spend a night with a local Berber family, and hike between small villages in the Atlas foothills. Finish the trip by eating fresh seafood by the Atlantic in charming Essaouira.

Moroccan Cities and the Sahara - 8 Days
Map of Moroccan Cities and the Sahara - 8 Days
Moroccan Cities and the Sahara - 8 Days

Featuring a combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 8-day itinerary will bring you to the famous old medina in Fes, a dune sea in the Sahara, and the brilliant blue walkways of Chefchaouen. Enjoy traditional music around a desert campfire, hike in a massive gorge, and get in on the action in Marrakech's busiest square.

Experience the Sahara by camelback (photo courtesy of Yassine Echcherki)
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Grand Morocco Tour: Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fez, Marrakesh & More - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Morocco, you'll explore the country's ancient history and adventure through the desert. In Casablanca, visit the Hassan II Mosque and Hassan Tower—one of the largest in the world—and then explore Chefchaouen, the iconic blue-hued city. Go camping in the Sahara Desert and discover the ruins in Fes. The epicenter of each city is its medina, where you can experience the colorful local cultures up close.

Tizi n'Tichka pass over the Atlas mountain range
Map of Grand Morocco Tour: North to South - 10 Days
Grand Morocco Tour: North to South - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary features a perfect mix of culture, history, adventure, and relaxation. Explore imperial cities, mountain villages, desert landscapes, and coastal ramparts. Begin in northern Morocco in Tangier and Chefchaouen before working your way south to Fes, through the desert, and over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech and Essaouira.

Boumalne Dades and the Dades Valley, Morocco
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Imperial Cities & Desert Grand Tour - 10 Days

Discover the best of Morocco with this 10-day loop, featuring the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech, as well as several days in the desert. You'll navigate the streets of ancient medinas, ride a camel over shifting sands in the Sahara, explore mud-brick cities in desert towns, and cross the high rocky peaks of the Atlas mountains.

Streets of Chefchaouen
Map of Highlights of Morocco from Beach to Desert: Fes, Marrakech, Sahara & More - 7 Days
Highlights of Morocco from Beach to Desert: Fes, Marrakech, Sahara & More - 7 Days

Take a seven-day spin across the sand with this itinerary that will take you from beach to city to desert to back. Visit the arts scene in Asilah, then put your newfound artist's eye to practice photographing the Blue City of Chefchaouen. Follow a guide through the medina of Fes, then trek into the Sahara on camelback before you make it back to the city amid the brightness of Marrakech.

Camels in the Sahara Desert
Map of Morocco's Imperial Cities & the Sahara Desert - 13 Days
Morocco's Imperial Cities & the Sahara Desert - 13 Days

Immerse yourself in Moroccan history and culture, and adventure in nature, the mountains, and the famed Sahara Desert on this 13-day trip. Begin and end your journey in Casablanca, where you can explore the world-renowned Hassan II Mosque. Venture into the spiritual capital of Fez and explore its different quarters. A journey into the Erg Chebbi Dunes is a trip highlight, as is Marrakesh and its bustling square. The trip concludes with coastal views and tours of Essaouira and its heritage.

Spend the night in a tent in the Sahara
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Southern Morocco Nature & Culture: Marrakesh, Boumalne Dades, Essaouira & More - 10 Days

Hit the sands of the Sahara and the shores of Tifnit Beach with this 10-day itinerary through some of southern Morocco's highlights. Hear the hum of the city in Marrakesh before you head into the desert on a camel trek, including a night in a tent under the stars. Then get refreshed on Tifnit Beach and in the artsy coastal city of Essaouira before you head home.

Marrakech's Le Jardin Secret is a delight to wander and take a respite
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Luxury Morocco: Imperial Cities, Sahara Desert & Atlantic Coast - 15 Days

Travel in style and the best of what Morocco offers on this epic 15-day trip around the country. Enjoy luxurious touches, excursions, and amenities throughout your adventure: wine tasting, glamping in the Sahara, and a hot air balloon ride over Marrakech. You'll also stay in unique accommodations like elegant riads and your personal kasbah. 

View of the High Atlas mountains
Map of Morocco's Atlas Mountains & Sahara Desert - 11 Days
Morocco's Atlas Mountains & Sahara Desert - 11 Days

Enjoy Morocco's backroads on a loop that takes you from Marrakesh to the Sahara Desert and back again. Travel from Marrakesh to Aït Bouguemez, the gateway of the High Atlas mountains. Gain an understanding of Berber culture as you volunteer in a local village in the region. Move through the Sahara by camel before teaching little kids English. Listen to Gnawa, a traditional healing music, as you watch the sunset over the desert. Finish your trip in the vibrant city of Marrakesh.

A view over Fes' Chouara Tannery
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Imperial Cities & Desert Grand Tour - 11 Days

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.

Cape Spartel lighthouse at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, near Tangier
Map of Grand Morocco Tour: North to South - 11 Days
Grand Morocco Tour: North to South - 11 Days

This complete 11-day itinerary takes you from Tangier—the gateway between Europe and Africa—to buzzing Marrakech, through some of Morocco's most stunning landscapes. You'll visit three imperial cities along with the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the desert towns of Erfoud, Merzouga, and Rissani, and the mud-brick ksar of Aït Benhaddou. Ride a camel over the Erg Chebbi dunes, explore hidden oases along ancient caravan routes, and wander medinas and souks along the way.

Springtime in Morocco's "Rose Valley"
Map of Spring Tour of Morocco: Cities, Deserts, Valleys & Roses - 13 Days
Spring Tour of Morocco: Cities, Deserts, Valleys & Roses - 13 Days

Discover the beauty of Morocco in spring on this guided tour that takes you from urban cities to the vast dunes of the desert. Start in the busy hub of Tangier, where you'll explore the sights and sounds of the kasbah and stroll the Corniche de Tanger. Then, it's off to the city of Fes for bustling souks and a visit to the Marinid Tombs. Sleep in Bedouin tents under the night skies of Merzouga, experience the fragrant rose fields of the Dadès Valley, and hike the rugged peaks of Toubkal National Park before concluding your trip in the vibrant city of Marrakesh.

Explore one of Morocco's oldest cities: Tétouan
Map of Ultimate Morocco: Imperial Cities, Mountains, Deserts & Coast - 13 Days
Ultimate Morocco: Imperial Cities, Mountains, Deserts & Coast - 13 Days

Experience the best of Morocco on this well-rounded, 13-day journey that loops from the coast to the desert and back again. Be enchanted by Chefchaouen's blue-washed walls before visiting the preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis. Get lost in the intricate alleyways and souks of Fes, then travel through the Middle Atlas mountains before traversing the Sahara by camel. Soak up the rhythms of vibrant Marrakesh and finish your trip on the coast in laid-back Essaouira.

Venture across the dunes to a luxury desert camp in Erg Chigaga
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Moroccan Luxury Odyssey: Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga Desert - 7 Days

If you've always wanted to explore the Sahara Desert, this lavish Moroccan odyssey takes you there. Your weeklong luxury journey begins and ends in Marrakesh, where you'll explore the "Red City" before starting a circuit to the mesmerizing Erg Chigaga desert dunes. Along the way, you'll traverse dramatic landscapes, cross the High Atlas mountains, experience Berber culture, and visit Zagora, Ouarzazate, and Aït Benhaddou.

Brave the cliffside walkways of the Caminito del Rey
Map of Nature & Adventure in Spain & Morocco - 14 Days
Nature & Adventure in Spain & Morocco - 14 Days

Why choose a typical two-week vacation when you can opt for a grand adventure in Spain and Morocco? Dive into the culture as you gobble up tapas in Madrid, traverse cliffside walkways on the Caminito del Rey, and enjoy a sunset cruise in Málaga. Then, in Morocco, explore the souks of Tangier, the tanneries at Fes, ride camels across the Sahara, and marvel at Aït Benhaddou, the country's most impressive ksar.

Wind your way through the blue alleys of Chefchaouen on a private photography tour
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Royal Morocco: A Luxury Journey - 10 Days

Experience the best of Morocco with this fast-paced luxury itinerary that squeezes the top destinations and sights into 10 days. Tick off all four imperial cities—Rabat, Fes, Meknes, and Marrakesh; journey into the Rif mountains to visit the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen; stay in a luxury Sahara Desert camp; and cross over the High Atlas mountains. You'll do it all like royalty with exclusive tours, private transfers, and 4.5-and 5-star stays.

 Berber wedding In Merzouga desert
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Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, Merzouga, Chefchaouen & Ouarzazate: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, nine to 10 days is the perfect time for a Morocco trip, with stops in Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, and Ouarzazate. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in seven or eight days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Rabat, Essaouira, or Tangier. Get inspired with kimkim's Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, and Ouarzazate trip ideas below.

Finish your trip in Marrakesh where you can pick up spices to take home
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Culinary Adventure in Spain & Morocco - 21 Days

If your goal is to experience some of the deepest culinary flavors in the world, you can't go wrong with a three-week trip to Spain and Morocco. In the former, you'll revel in the small-bites culture of San Sebastián, enjoy flamenco music in Seville, and sample world-class olive oils in Andalusia. Then ferry to Morocco, where you'll take cooking classes, explore exotic food stalls, ride a camel through the desert, and tour highlight cities like Fes and Marrakesh.

Finish the trip in Marrakesh, where you'll have three days to see the sights
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Adventures in Spain & Morocco - 16 Days

Travel through both Spain and Morocco on this fast-paced 16-day tour. Start with a tapas tour in Madrid before you hike the cliffside trails of Caminito del Rey and cruise around Málaga at sunset. Then, ferry across to the Moroccan port of Tangier and head to the Sahara Desert for camel rides and sandboarding. Finally, head to Marrakesh by way of several fortified cities, where you'll tour the Old Medina, experience a hammam, and learn how to make Moroccan recipes during a cooking class.

Jemaa el-Fnaa market, Marrakesh
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Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, Rabat & Ouarzazate: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 8 to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Morocco trip with stops in Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, Rabat, and Ouarzazate. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region, like Casablanca, Essaouira, or Erg Chebbi. Get inspired with the below Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, Rabat, and Ouarzazate trip ideas.

Taourirt Kasbah, Ouarzazate
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Morocco's Cities, Coast, Mountains & the Desert - 14 Days

From Casablanca to Essaouira and all the imperial cities, Roman ruins, and Sahara excursions in between, this two-week adventure offers an excellent introduction to Morocco. You'll explore and get lost in historic medinas, ride camels to a desert camp, hike in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, and visit with locals to learn their customs. In Marrakesh, learn to cook like a Mar'rakshis, cool off in the impressive Todra Gorge, and try kiteboarding in hippie Essaouria.

Bring the kids along on this family-forward Moroccan tour
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Morocco Grand Tour for Families - 14 Days

See the top highlights of Morocco on this immersive 14-day family tour. Start in historic Casablanca to explore the twisting alleys of its medina alongside fresh sea air. Then, it's off to Fes for dinner with a local family, henna parties, and mosaic workshops. Hunt for fossils in Midelt, ride camels across desert landscapes and learn to surf the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi. Your trip concludes in Marrakesh, where you'll learn about (and taste!) Moroccan cuisine with family cooking classes and a fun foodie tour.

A view inside the labyrinth of souks in Marrakech
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Morocco Grand Tour: Casablanca to Marrakech - 12 Days

This complete 12-day tour covers Morocco' best, from cultural stops in historic cities to desert exploration in the Sahara and surrounding desert. Explore medieval medinas, lively souks, ancient ruins, and old kasbahs. You'll trek along long-forgotten caravan routes, ride a camel over colossal sand dunes, and cool off in an oasis at the bottom of a gorge.

Essaouira's Skala de Kasbah and old fishing port
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Morocco Highlights from North to South - 12 Days

Discover imperial cities and desert adventures with this 12-day circuit from Tangier in the north to Essaouira in the south. Experience the culture and history of  Meknes, Fes, and Marrakesh as you navigate narrow and winding streets in ancient medinas, shop artisanal wares in animated souks, and admire the intricate tile work of historic mosques. Explore the desert as you ride a camel over shifting sands in the Sahara, delve into mud-brick fortressed cities, and cross the high rocky peaks of the Atlas mountains.

The Best of Morocco
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Best of Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakesh - 11 Days

From the blue medina of Chefchoauen to the red dunes of the Sahara, this colorful, 11-day journey through Morocco has it all. The trip begins in Casablanca, home to one of the tallest mosque towers in the world, and then takes you to Fez, with its ancient, well-preserved square and unique tanneries. Enjoy camping under the stars in the Erg Chebbi Dunes, and take in the lively culture in Marrakesh.

Grand Moroccan Tour
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Grand Moroccan Tour - 13 Days

This 13-day tour covers a wide range sites and experiences that, together, provide a well-rounded view of Morocco. The tour begins with the imperial cities of the northern area (Casablanca, Rabat, Tanger, Fez, and Meknes), and also includes the charming blue-painted town of Chefchaouen. The trip continues toward the Merzouga area of the Sahara, with the classic Erg Chebbi sand dunes all around. Then, stop in vibrant Marrakech and experience its lively square before heading back to Casablanca to depart.

Morocco
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Morocco Eco-Tour: Atlas Mountains & Sahara Desert - 12 Days

On this sustainable 12-day eco-tour through Morocco, you'll travel the country while staying in locally-owned riads in Marrakesh and eco-camps in the snow-capped Atlas mountains. Besides visiting incredible locales, you'll also participate in cultural exchanges, craft workshops, and partner with local NGOs focusing on everything from women's education to community development.

Casablanca, Morocco
Exploring Morocco's Imperial Cities and Natural Landscapes - 11 Days

This all-encompassing tour highlights the best of Morocco, from cultural stops in imperial cities like Casablanca, Chefchaouen, and Fes, to natural exploration in desert landscapes. You'll discover Roman ruins, hike in the wild north of Morocco, ride a camel in the Sahara for sunset, visit old kasbahs, and experience a traditional Hammam treatment. End the trip by driving over the magnificent Tizi n'Tichka Pass over the High Atlas Mountains and explore the bustling city of Marrakech.

Royal Palace in Fez Morocco
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A Taste of Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakech - 7 Days

Discover Morocco's highlights with this fast-paced one-week trip beginning in Casablanca and ending in Marrakesh. Visit the four imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakesh. Travel along old caravan routes in the desert and spend the night camping among Saharan dunes and listening to traditional Berber music. Discover old fortified kasbahs and hidden oases before climbing over the High Atlas mountains into bustling Marrakesh. 

A desert oases in the Draa Valley, Morocco
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Grand Tour of Morocco: Imperial Cities & the Sahara Desert - 7 Days

This all-encompassing one-week tour highlights the best of Morocco, from cultural stops in imperial cities to natural exploration in desert landscapes. Begin in modern Casablanca and end in bustling Marrakesh. You'll discover Roman ruins, ride a camel into the Sahara, visit old kasbahs, cool off in an oasis, and explore the thriving historic cities of Meknes, Fes, and Marrakesh.

Wander the narrow streets of Meknes' medina
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Grand Tour: Casablanca, Meknes, Chefchaouen, Fes, Sahara Desert, Marrakech - 8 Days

Spend eight days on a grand tour of Morocco, which guarantees a taste of the country's iconic landscapes and landmarks. You'll begin in Casablanca to pay homage to its eponymous classic film, then head to Meknes, visiting Roman ruins before staying in Chefchaouen. Get lost in the medinas of Fes and travel across the Atlas mountains to the Sahara. You'll meet the area's nomadic people, dine by the fire as you watch local performers, and sleep overnight in a traditional Bedouin tent before you end your trip in the bustle of Marrakesh.

Green oasis in the Dades Valley
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A Taste of Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakech - 8 days

This eight-day loop from Casablanca to Marrakesh offers a perfect mix of imperial cities, smaller towns, and unforgettable desert adventures. You'll 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'll then cross the High Atlas mountains into bustling Marrakesh to wander souks and experience the lively Jemma el-Fna square.

Aït Benhaddou
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Moroccan Tour: Chefchaouen, Fes, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, & More - 12 Days

This 12-day Moroccan tour will take through major cities, like Fes and Marrakech, and over the Middle Atlas Mountains to Merzouga–where you’ll ride a camel through the sand dunes and camp in the Sahara Desert. While on the road, you’ll pass through Berber villages. You’ll also stop in the costal town of Essaouira, as well as Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco, before ending your travels in Casablanca.

The iconic Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech
Luxury Grand Tour: Casablanca Round Trip - 14 Days

Souks, kasbahs, mountains, and deserts await on this luxurious trip plan that loops you around the country. You'll see Morocco's highlights, relax in deluxe accommodations, and will learn about the culture through unique experiences. Soak in a traditional hammam, take private tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, enjoy sunrise yoga and cooking classes, and meet local artisans as they create in their workshops. 

 Cross the dramatic dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel
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Luxury Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakech via the Desert - 8 Days

This all-encompassing 8-day tour introduces you to the treasures of Morocco in grand style. Starting in Casablanca, you'll loop your way through ancient cities, arid deserts, and high mountain passes, exploring countless cultural highlights and hidden gems in between. Get lost in the magical blue alleys of Chefchaeoun, spend a night amid the sand dunes in a luxury desert camp, and discover the vibrant flavors of Marrakech on a street food tour.

Trek across the desert near Merzouga
Luxury Escape to the Sahara - 11 Days

Adventure your way through Morocco like royalty on this eleven-day trip that pampers you in luxury as you explore centuries-old medinas and breathtaking natural wonders. Glamp in the Sahara, stay at your own private kasbah on an ancient trading route, and cool off at exquisitely appointed riads that will be your oasis from city life. Connect with locals, learn about traditions, and enjoy the glamour of the Moroccan royal treatment. 

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca Round Trip: Luxury Escape to the Sahara - 12 Days

Take a luxurious round trip around Morocco, transported by private car, and see the best of the country's cities and unforgettable landscapes in style. Enjoy glam treatment throughout, with excursions like an overnight stay at a glitzy camp in the Sahara, private hot air balloon rides, and elegant accommodations in 5-star riads, ksars, and kasbahs.

End your epic three-week adventure in Marrakesh
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Highlights of Spain & Morocco - 21 Days

Spend three weeks exploring the culture, history, and landscapes of Spain and Morocco. On this sweeping itinerary, you'll see flamenco in Seville, tour Gaudí's masterpieces in Barcelona, visit Spanish wine country, and tour an Andalusian olive oil estate. Then take the ferry to Morocco to discover the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen, the medieval medina of Fes, the colorful souks of Marrakesh, the massive sand dunes at Erg Chebbi, and so much more.

Venture to the Sahara Desert
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Fes to Casablanca: Sahara Desert & Atlantic Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day tour of Morocco is filled with adventure, history, and culture. Begin in Fes, and learn about crafts and artisans. Then, trek into the Sahara Desert by camel, and experience the sand dunes and camping under the stars. Next is a trip to Ouarzazate to visit movie sets in "Moroccan Hollywood," followed by Marrakech, where the Jemaa el Fna is bursting with culture. End the trip with some coastal exploration in the town of Essaouira before departing from Casablanca.

Bustling Marrakech by Night
Exploring Morocco's Imperial Cities and Natural Landscapes - 12 Days

Combining culture and outdoor adventure, this 12-day tour features the best of Morocco, starting with the markets and monuments of the imperial cities Casablanca, Fes, and the famous "Blue City", Chefchaouen. Next you'll explore the country's natural side in the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains, sleeping in Bedouin-style tents and high alpine Berber Towns. Experience cultural delights like riding camels at sunset, meandering ancient Roman ruins, visiting old kasbahs, and enjoying traditional Hammam treatments in the bustling city of Marrakech.

Aït Benhaddou Kasbah
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A Taste of Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakech - 9 Days

Enjoy cultural experiences and desert adventure on this nine-day circuit of Morocco, beginning in modern Casablanca and ending in Marrakesh. Explore souks, markets, and medieval kasbahs, ride a camel into the Sahara, and sleep under the stars.

Boumalne Dades and the Dades Valley
Map of Morocco Grand Tour: Tangier to Casablanca via the Desert - 10 Days
Morocco Grand Tour: Tangier to Casablanca via the Desert - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary combines culture, history, and adventure. Begin in northern Morocco in Tangier and Chefchaouen before working your way south to Fes, through the desert, and over the Atlas mountains to Marrakesh. Finish in the commercial capital of Casablanca with a trip to the Hassan II Mosque.

Ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis near Meknes
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Imperial Cities & the Desert - 9 Days

Explore Morocco's desert and cities with this well-rounded nine-day loop from Casablanca. Wander medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, explore the modern cities of Casablanca and Rabat, and adventure along old caravan routes and oases in the desert.

The Kasbah of the Udayas fortress in Rabat in Morocco.
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A Taste of Morocco: Marrakech, Aït Benhaddou, & Essaouira - 5 Days

Perfect for travelers who want to learn about the history, cuisine, and culture of Morocco in one quick trip, this 5-day itinerary is focused on the busy city of Marrakech with quick trips to the Altas Mountains and the seaside city of Essaouira. You'll sample the dynamic flavors of Moroccan tagine, browse aisles of spices and textiles in markets, tour historic Medinas, and pamper yourself with a traditional spa experience in a hammam.

Palm trees line the fortified walls in Taroudant
Map of Marrakech, Atlas Mountains & Essaouira - 9 Days
Marrakech, Atlas Mountains & Essaouira - 9 Days

On this nine-day itinerary, starting in Marrakech, go off the beaten path to explore Morocco's culture and landscapes. Cross the Atlas Mountains and enjoy an off-road adventure to discover Ouzoud and the country's tallest waterfalls before riding a camel to your desert camp near Zagora. Next is Taroudant, a fortified town with excellent souks that are easier to navigate than those in bigger cities, ending your stay in the laidback coastal city of Essaouira.

In port at Essaouira
Map of Highlights of Morocco: Fes, Atlas Mountains, Dades Valley, Marrakech & Essaouira - 14 Days
Highlights of Morocco: Fes, Atlas Mountains, Dades Valley, Marrakech & Essaouira - 14 Days

See some of Morocco's best sights on this two-week itinerary. You'll wander the streets of artsy seaside Asilah, then head to the sandier seas of the Atlas Mountains and Erg Chebi with a camel trek and desert camping. Follow expert guides through the bustling markets of Fes and Marrakech, and wrap up your trip in the bohemian enclave of Essaouira before you depart.

A road trip to Morocco shows its vast and varied landscape
Map of Treasures of Morocco: Chefchaouen to Marrakech - 13 Days
Treasures of Morocco: Chefchaouen to Marrakech - 13 Days

From the Atlas Mountains to the red deserts of Merzouga, the landscapes of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator" come alive on this 13-day Moroccan adventure. Get lost in Chefchaouen's blue streets and enter a sea of colors and scents in Fes's Medina. Take a 4WD jaunt through the desert, then hop on a camel to reach your Sahara camp for a night under the stars. Cool off in the surf at Essaouira, and end your trip watching a sunset over Marrakech's mesmerizing Jemaa el-Fnaa Square.

Roof view of the beautiful architecture of Marrakesh, Morocco
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Exploring Morocco's Imperial Cities & Natural Landscapes - 13 Days

Match Morocco's unique culture with its stunning nature in this country-wide tour that explores the charms of its bustling imperial cities—Casablanca, Fes, Chefchaouen, and Marrakesh—and its rural landscape. Meander the old town medinas, meet local craftsmen, and barter at bazaars before heading out into the Sahara Desert and up into the High Atlas mountains to hike through dense forests and deep river canyons. Continue your adventure by summiting the highest mountain pass, visiting historic Berber towns and Roman ruins, riding camels into the sunset, and relaxing in a traditional Hammam.

Explore Aït Bouguemez Valley on foot, meeting with locals and learning about traditional ways of life
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Unspoiled Morocco: Hike Aït Begoumez & Dadès Valley - 9 Days

Taking a relaxed pace, this nine-day trip has you exploring lesser-visited regions of Morocco and culturally immersing yourself in the locals' way of life. You'll first take to the winding alleyways of Marrakesh, then head northeast to see the Ouzoud Waterfalls before crossing the Middle Atlas mountains to reach Aït Bouguemez. You'll hike to important shrines, farm with Atlas locals, and break bread with Berber families, ending your trip exploring desert towns like Boumalne Dades, Aït Benhaddou, and Ouarzazate.

Wander the narrow streets of imperial city Meknes' historic medina
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Imperial Cities & the Moroccan Desert - 9 Days

Morocco's four imperial cities have seen ruling dynasties rise and fall through its storied history. With this nine-day loop from Casablanca, you'll tick them all off, exploring the rich cultural heritage, architectural wonders, and historical landmarks. Wander medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakesh, explore the capital of Rabat, seek Roman history in Volubilis, trek through Meknes, and adventure along old caravan routes into the Sahara desert.

Panoramic view over Fes
Map of Morocco Grand Tour: Cities, Mountains, and Desert - 14 Days
Morocco Grand Tour: Cities, Mountains, and Desert - 14 Days

Enjoy culture, history, adventure and relaxation on this 2-week Morocco grand tour. Explore the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Casablanca. Venture into the desert a few days exploring kasbahs, caravan routes, and the Saharan dunes. Cross up and over the high atlas mountains and spend a couple days hiking between small villages, spending the night with a local family. End your trip by relaxing in Essaouira before continuing along the coast back to Casablanca.

Old city of Essaouira on the coast
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Luxury Grand Tour of Morocco - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary checks off Morocco's top urban and natural landmarks. See medieval architecture in the capital of Rabat, walk the blue streets of Chefchaouen, and tour 9th-century Al Quaraouiyine University in Fes. Continue to the Sahara for a night of glamping, visit the desert citadel of Ait Benhaddou, and explore colorful Marrakech markets and ornate palaces before ending in the quiet coastal city of Essaouira.

The Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Morocco
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Morocco in Luxury: Casablanca Round Trip - 14 Days

With this itinerary, you'll relax in luxury accommodations and dine at some of Morocco's finest restaurants. Wander through the photogenic "blue city" of Chefchaouen, explore fascinating historic sites, and tour a Moroccan winery before heading on an adventure through the Sahara. Then, travel to Marrakech to enjoy a medina tour, hot air balloon ride, and trip to a traditional hammam (bath) before wrapping up your journey back in Casablanca.

Spending six nights along the Moroccan west coast, there's plenty of time to play on the beach
Map of Family Adventure in Morocco: Mountains, Souks, Kasbahs & Beaches - 14 Days
Family Adventure in Morocco: Mountains, Souks, Kasbahs & Beaches - 14 Days

Two weeks in Morocco gives enough scope to explore the country's highlights while allowing plenty of downtime with the kids. Starting in Casablanca, visit the towering Hassan II Mosque before transferring beachside to the seaside town of Essaouira. Savor sunsets, seafood, and camel rides on the beach, then spend a day in the Souss Massa National Park. Finish in style as you get ready for your close-up in the movie town of Ouarzazate before a whistlestop tour of Marrakesh's treasures.

Start your two-week grand tour in Rabat, with a private tour of its Royal Palace and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V
Map of The Grand Moroccan Journey: Luxury Unveiled on a Classic Tour - 14 Days
The Grand Moroccan Journey: Luxury Unveiled on a Classic Tour - 14 Days

This classic 14-day luxury itinerary showcases the best of Morocco, from the sun-kissed coastline to the towering Atlas mountains to the undulating dunes of the Sahara Desert. Over two weeks, you'll stay in beautiful 5-star riads, palace hotels, and luxury desert camps, ticking off the four imperial cities while immersing yourself in Morocco's rich history and enchanting landscapes.

Blue city of Chefchaouen
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Highlight Luxury Tour of Morocco - 10 Days

This highlights tour checks off Morocco's top cultural and natural sites. Explore medieval architecture in Rabat, wander the blue streets of Chefchaouen, and see the famous tanneries in Fes. Continue to the Sahara to see the desert city of Ait Benhaddou and spend a peaceful night under the stars, then finish your trip in colorful Marrakech, where vibrant markets, serene gardens, and lively nightlife await.

The Dades Valley, Morocco
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Casablanca to Marrakesh: Imperial Cities, Hiking & the Desert - 10 Days

Explore Morocco's Imperial Cities, mountains, and desert with this balanced 10-day trip starting in Casablanca and ending in Marrakesh. Wander medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakesh, explore the modern cities of Casablanca and Rabat, and adventure along old caravan routes in the desert. Spend a day hiking in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains before ending the trip in Marrakesh.

Views over an ancient berber kasbah near Aït Benhaddou
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Morocco Grand Tour: Cities, Desert & the Coast - 10 Days

Make the most of 10 days in Morocco with this whirlwind trip that begins and ends in Casablanca. Explore the ancient Imperial City of Fes and its medieval medina, then follow old desert caravan routes and ride a camel through shifting dunes to spend the night in a Sahara camp. Get lost in the heady spice markets and souks of Marrakesh, and transfer to the coast to cool off in laid-back Essaouira.

Town of Boumalne Dades in the Dades Valley
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Morocco Grand Tour: Cultural Cities, Sahara Desert & Atlas Hiking - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary offers a great mix of culture and outdoor adventure. Start in Casablanca and explore imperial cities and medieval medinas, ride across dunes and spend a night by a campfire listening to traditional music. Follow old caravan routes through hidden oases and hike through small villages dotting the hillsides in the Atlas mountains. Share a meal with local families and enjoy the evening spectacle of Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech.

Enter the Rissani kasbah and find the donkey "parking lot"
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Imperial Cities, Moroccan Deserts & Hiking the Atlas Mountains - 12 Days

This 12-day grand tour is a perfect mix of culture and adventure. Start in Casablanca and wander the medinas of Fes and Marrakesh. Explore desert towns, oases, and old kasbahs, ending with two days of hiking in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, spending an evening with a local family.

Panoramic view over Fes
Map of Morocco Grand Tour: Cities, Desert & the Coast - 11 Days
Morocco Grand Tour: Cities, Desert & the Coast - 11 Days

Enjoy this 11-day trip from Casablanca to explore imperial cities, wander medieval medinas, follow old desert caravan routes, and relax along the Atlantic coast. Learn to cook tagine, spend a night listening to traditional music by a desert campfire, or go kitesurfing in the Atlantic.

Snow-capped peaks over Marrakech, Morocco
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Winter Adventure in Southern Morocco - 10 Days

This 10-day guided tour takes you through southern Morocco and the wonders of the desert during the (slightly) cooler winter months. Your adventure begins in the colorful city of Marrakech, where you'll stroll the medina and take a food tour of Moroccan cuisine. Then, it's off to Essaouira to see argan oil in production and tree-climbing goats! Visit Berber nomads and spend a night in the desert, before closing your tour with an invigorating spa day at a traditional hammam.

Take the kids on a camel ride on this memorable Moroccan adventure
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Morocco Family Adventure: Marrakesh to Casablanca - 10 Days

For an experience that will immerse your family in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Morocco, all at an entertaining, kid-friendly pace, look no further than this 10-day itinerary. While your private guide transports you from Marrakesh to Casablanca via Morocco's most stunning desert stop-offs, you and the kids will see the sights, cook and eat with the locals, shop the souks, and explore the medinas. Take a sunrise hot balloon ride, surf the sands, and make this a trip to remember!

Ride camels in the Sahara Desert with your family
Map of Morocco for Families: Fes, Marrakech & Essaouira - 15 Days
Morocco for Families: Fes, Marrakech & Essaouira - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary offers a blend of fun activities and relaxation, perfect for families. Take photos in the "blue city" of Chefchaouen, taste traditional food with a cooking workshop in Fes, see Barbary apes in the Atlas Mountains, and ride camels in the Sahara Desert. Go shopping in the bustling markets of Marrakech and relax in a traditional hammam before hanging out with the kids on the beaches near Essaouira.

View of Marrakech in the late afternoon
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Moroccan Cities & Nature: Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakech & the Sahara - 15 Days

Experience Morocco's urban and natural highlights in this 15-day tour. Spend time wandering the maze-like medinas of Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech. Admire the intricate beauty of Arabic architecture as you visit important mosques, historic gates, and other significant landmarks. In between, experience the overpowering beauty of Moroccan nature by camping in the Sahara Desert and hiking to the peak of Mount Toubkal.

Ride camels through the Saharan sand dunes
Map of Morocco Grand Tour: Casablanca to the Atlantic Coast - 14 Days
Morocco Grand Tour: Casablanca to the Atlantic Coast - 14 Days

Experience Morocco's cities and desert wonders on this two-week grand tour. Start in the north, where you'll visit Casablanca and the capital Rabat, then marvel at Chefchaouen's iconic blue-tinged architecture. Continue to the country's cultural capital, Fes, before following ancient caravan routes into the Sahara Desert, where you'll camp among shifting dunes and explore oasis towns. Finish on the coast, winding through Marrakesh's souks and relaxing in the seaside town of Essaouira.

Stay a night in the UNESCO-listed Aït Benhaddou after you complete your desert adventures
Map of Grand Tour of Morocco: Cities, Desert & Mountains - 16 Days
Grand Tour of Morocco: Cities, Desert & Mountains - 16 Days

Travel between cities, deserts, mountains, and oases on this exciting 16-day itinerary through Morocco. Start with a tour of the world's second-largest mosque in Casablanca, then transfer to the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen. Next, walk through the tiny streets of historic Fes Medina and stay overnight in a Bedouin-style camp under the desert skies. Finish with a hot-air balloon ride in Marrakesh, a seaside stroll in Essaouira, and a scenic drive back to Casablanca for one last meal at Rick's Cafe.

Agadir Beach
Map of Morocco Coast to Desert Adventure - 12 Days
Morocco Coast to Desert Adventure - 12 Days

Discover Morocco from coast to desert on this well-rounded trip that starts and ends in ever-vibrant Marrakesh. After the souks of the Red City, head to Essaouira, where you can enjoy the sea breezes and laid-back atmosphere. Pass the beautiful beaches of Agadir to reach Taroudant, then set off into the Sahara, where you'll sleep under the stars and live like a nomad in the Erg Chigaga dunes, learn pottery-making in Zagora, and explore the enchanting villages of Ouarzazate and Aït Benhaddou.

Explore Morocco with the kids
Map of Morocco Family Adventure from Fes to Marrakesh via the Desert - 12 Days
Morocco Family Adventure from Fes to Marrakesh via the Desert - 12 Days

For a trip that allows your family a genuine chance to connect with another culture, this 12-day Moroccan trip is ideal. Starting in Fes, you'll ride, cook, camp, and soar through cities, villages, and deserts, journeying over the Atlas mountains and through the Sahara to Marrakesh. The kid-friendly activities and pace ensure this will be a trip to remember for even the littlest family members.

Moroccan Tour
Map of Moroccan Tour: Atlantic Coast, Imperial Cities & Sahara Desert - 13 Days
Moroccan Tour: Atlantic Coast, Imperial Cities & Sahara Desert - 13 Days

On this 13-day trip plan, explore all aspects of Morocco—the coastal city of Essaouria, the imperial city of Few, and the Merzouga area of the Sahara Desert. Beginning and ending in Marrakesh, stroll the bustling square of Jemma El Fna, then visit Hassan Mosque II in Casablanca, with one of the tallest towers in the world. Hike in the scenic Rif Mountains and get lost in the blue-hued city of Chefchaouen. Enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine and culture along the way.

Visit southern Morocco's Youssef Ibn Tachfin reservoir and dam
Map of Mysteries of Southern Morocco:  A Journey From City to Desert - 13 Days
Mysteries of Southern Morocco: A Journey From City to Desert - 13 Days

This 13-day guided tour takes you deep into the mountains and deserts of southern Morocco. Start in historic Marrakesh, where you'll barter for goods at traditional souks and walk through the greenery of the Marjorelle Gardens. Then, it's off to the beaches of Essaouira and Agadir for some sun and surf. Hike to the old fortress of Agadir Tasguent, ride camels under desert skies and brush up on your nomadic skills in Erg Chigaga, and tour real-life movie sets in Ouarzazate.

Spend the night in a desert camp in Erg Chebbi
Map of Morocco North to South Adventure - 13 Days
Morocco North to South Adventure - 13 Days

This 13-day adventure takes you through the heart of Morocco as you wind your way from its northern to southern shores. See the blue-washed streets of Chefchaouen, discover the imperial city of Rabat, get lost in the souks of Fes, and sleep in Bedouin tents under the stars of the Erg Chebbi desert. After crossing the oases and rose fields of the Dadès Valley, take a food tour in vibrant Marrakesh before ending your trip with water sports and beach time in the surf town of Essaouira.

View of the coastal city of Essaouira
Map of Jewish Heritage & Historic Morocco - 14 Days
Jewish Heritage & Historic Morocco - 14 Days

On this two-week-long adventure, get a full tour of Morocco's highlights while discovering the country's Jewish heritage. Start off in Casablanca, then wander through the picturesque "Blue City" of Chefchaouen and explore Fes' medieval medina. Afterward, head deep into the Sahara Desert, where you'll ride a camel and camp under the stars. Cap off your journey with a visit to Essaouira and several of Morocco's scenic coastal towns before returning to Casablanca.

Settle into your Azalaï Desert Camp in the hollow of the Chigaga dunes
Map of Desert Elegance: The Luxury of Morocco's Southern Landscapes - 14 Days
Desert Elegance: The Luxury of Morocco's Southern Landscapes - 14 Days

Opulence and adventure intertwine on this luxury 14-day Moroccan tour. Start in Marrakesh, then journey out to the palm-lined oases and rolling dunes of the desert before going to the Atlantic coast. Ignite your sense of adventure with private hot-air balloon flights, camel rides, cycling tours, kitesurfing lessons, and private cultural tours. Along the way, you'll indulge in fine dining, intimate village lunches, hammam spa experiences, and stays at exquisite 4- and 5-star riads and resorts.

Discover the medieval Aït Benhaddou's kasbah
Map of Moroccan Journey of Contrasts: Luxury South to North Tour - 14 Days
Moroccan Journey of Contrasts: Luxury South to North Tour - 14 Days

This two-week lap of luxury across Morocco includes exclusive 5-star hotels and retreats and two nights beneath the starlit skies of the Sahara Desert. Delve into history with private guides painting the full story in Marrakesh, Fes, Chefchaouen, Tangier, and Casablanca. Sample the finest modern Moroccan cuisine, and unlock culinary secrets so you can recreate local flavors. Best of all, there's time for rejuvenating hammam spa treatments so you return home truly refreshed.

Spend two nights under desert skies in a luxury camp near Merzouga
Map of Moroccan Splendor: Luxury City, Desert, Coast & Mountains Tour - 14 Days
Moroccan Splendor: Luxury City, Desert, Coast & Mountains Tour - 14 Days

Experience the many sides of Morocco with this luxury 14-day tour that encompasses the coast, desert, mountains, and cities. Start in Tangier and Chefchaouen, then unearth history in Fes and Meknes. Journey to the endless dunes of the Sahara Desert, and pause at Berber mountain villages before your descent to buzzing Marrakesh. Chase thrills with private horseback riding, hot-air balloon flights, and camel rides, and indulge yourself with fine dining, spa experiences, and stunning 5-star stays.

Merzouga in the Sahara Desert in Morocco
Map of Southern Morocco Luxury Tour - 8 Days
Southern Morocco Luxury Tour - 8 Days

Exploring the highlights of Southern Morocco on this adventure-packed trip. Spend your first night in the Sahara, then visit the famed Ait Benhaddou and explore the dunes of Erg Lihoudi with a comfortable night in a luxury camp. Continue to Marrakech to visit ornate palaces, the serene Majorelle Gardens, and vibrant city markets. Finish your trip in the charming coastal city of Essaouira, where 18th-century artist studios and quiet coastal charm await.

Casablanca's Hassan II Mosque has the world's second-tallest minaret
Map of Highlights of Morocco: Casablanca to Essaouira - 15 Days
Highlights of Morocco: Casablanca to Essaouira - 15 Days

On this 15-day itinerary, you'll explore Morocco from top to bottom. Fly into Casablanca and transfer to Rabat, then wander through the photogenic "Blue City" of Chefchaouen. Continue to historic Fes before heading on an adventure through the Sahara. After a four-day desert safari that will take you through remote villages and oases, you'll be off to Marrakech. Finish your trip with a guided tour of the seaside town of Essaouira before returning to Casablanca.

Old synagogue in Ouarzazate, Morocco
Map of Jewish Heritage & Historic Morocco - 15 Days
Jewish Heritage & Historic Morocco - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary takes you on a journey back in time to discover Morocco's history and its unique Jewish heritage. Visit Casablanca's Museum of Moroccan Judaism and the Bayt Dakira cultural center in Essaouira, the only Jewish museums in the Arab world. Explore Morocco's culture and history as you wander through medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, see the country's best-preserved Roman ruins at Volubilis, and take a trip to the historically-Jewish city of Sefrou.

Fes, Morocco
Map of Morocco's Imperial Cities: Casablanca to Marrakesh - 15 Days
Morocco's Imperial Cities: Casablanca to Marrakesh - 15 Days

Beginning and ending in Casablanca, this fifteen-day tour guides you through Morocco's most storied and spectacular cities. Travel to the blue streets of Chefchaouen, visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, and take in the magnificence of Fes, the country's oldest imperial city. Wind down in Marrakesh, where you'll learn to bake delicious Moroccan bread, soar across the desert in a hot-air balloon, and enjoy the ultimate spa experience at a traditional hammam.

  Minarets of Fes seen throuth Bab Bou Jeloud Gate
Map of Imperial Cities, Desert Grand Tour & Hiking in the Atlas - 13 Days
Imperial Cities, Desert Grand Tour & Hiking in the Atlas - 13 Days

This 13-day grand tour is the perfect blend of culture and adventure. Start in the coastal city of Casablanca and wander the medieval medinas of Fes and Marrakesh. Spend a few days exploring desert towns, oases, and old kasbahs, finish with two days of hiking in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, spending an evening with a local Berber family.

The Merenid Tombs overlook the imperial city of Fes
Map of Imperial Cities, Desert Grand Tour & Hiking in the Atlas - 12 Days
Imperial Cities, Desert Grand Tour & Hiking in the Atlas - 12 Days

Explore Morocco's cities and desert on this 12-day grand tour. Begin and end in modern Casablanca and travel around to the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakesh, as well as the hillside town of Chefchaouen. You'll trek into the Sahara, camp under the stars, visit desert towns and kasbahs, and hike the Atlas mountains foothills.

See desert towns such as Ouarzazate, known as the door of the desert
Map of South Morocco Adventure: Marrakesh to Essaouira, Imlil, Skoura & Erg Chigaga - 14 Days
South Morocco Adventure: Marrakesh to Essaouira, Imlil, Skoura & Erg Chigaga - 14 Days

Discover southern Morocco's deserts, mountains, and coastline on this two-week tour that starts and ends in buzzing Marrakesh. You'll journey into the Atlas mountains to meet Berber locals and hike the Imlil Valley before descending into the Sahara Desert. Ride a camel into the vast Erg Chigaga dunes, where you'll camp under the stars and spend a day with the region's nomads, then head to the coastal city of Essaouira for seaside relaxation and a Moroccan cooking class.

Walk through the Jewish Quarters, or Mellahs, of Moroccan cities like Essaouira
Map of Morocco's History & Jewish Heritage Tour -16 Days
Morocco's History & Jewish Heritage Tour -16 Days

Immerse yourself in the history of Morocco, including its extensive Jewish heritage, during this 16-day trip. Start by touring the Jewish and Muslim religious sites of Casablanca, then transfer to Morocco's "Blue City," Chefchaouen. From here, head to Fes to explore the beautiful Medina and Mellah (Jewish quarter) before spending a night camping in the Sahara. In Marrakesh, relax in a traditional hammam and then finish in the city of Essaouira, famous for its seaside promenade and Jewish roots.

Other popular travel destinations in Morocco
Marrakesh · Fes · Chefchaouen · Merzouga · Casablanca · Rabat · Essaouira · Ouarzazate · Aït Benhaddou · Atlas Mountains · Boumalne Dades · Tangier · Meknes · Todra Gorge · Imlil · Agafay · Zagora · Asilah · Taroudant · Skoura · Agadir · Bin El Ouidane · Agdz · Kalaat M'Gouna · Draa Valley