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Essaouira has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, with Andalusian- and Portuguese-influenced blue and white painted houses, surfing, and art all contributing to the popularity of the white city on the Atlantic. Though the city was built in the mid-1700s, it became a favorite of the hippie movement in 1967, drawing dropouts, artists, and tourists to its shore; the spirit lives on when the bohemian crowd flocks to the city every summer for the Gnaoua and World Music Festival. The wide, bright alleys of the medina are home to traditional souks, city gates, art galleries, and locally created crafts, leading to the central Mulay El-Hassan Square and its restaurants and hotels. Meanwhile, fishermen pull up to the port where fishing boats are made by hand, nets are mended and fishing lines are baited. 

In addition to the city itself, previous kimkim travelers have explored the Berber market in Had Draa, where farmers and traders, mostly men, ride donkeys and negotiate over horses, goats, fruit, ceramics, honey, and oil. Or pay a visit to the wild beach of Sidi Kaouki, with wide, clean sand and waves waiting to be windsurfed.
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Morocco's traditional hammams offer relaxing treatments within stunning, distinctive historic buildings
Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon in Morocco

Morocco can offer newlyweds one of the most unique honeymoon experiences on earth, thanks to this country's distinct culture that sets it apart from any other destination in Africa or Europe. Take your pick from beautiful ancient cities, 1550 mi/2500 km of coast, lonesome mountains and storybook desert. Stroll the streets where one of the world's most romantic movies, Casablanca, was set, let things get steamy in historic hammams, discover an entire valley dedicated to cultivating roses, soak up the 300 days of annual sunshine on the beach or roam the highest dunes of the Sahara by camel. Here are the most romantic destinations in Morocco, and the best things to do in each.

View of the Medina of Essaouira
Tips for Visiting Essaouira: Relax & Explore on Morocco's Atlantic Coast

Essaouira has been here almost as long as the sea that laps its coast. Here, ancient city walls stand defiant, their sandstone providing a contrasting backdrop to the vivid blues and whites of the harbor. Not quite a beach town, Essaouira is still Morocco's respite from the frenetic pace of Marrakesh. There's lots to see and do, so let's get started.

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!

Explore Morocco with the Entire Family
Top Family Experiences in Morocco

Morocco is an exciting destination for families, with endless excursions in nature, days at the beach, cultural activities, and more! Kids and parents alike love wandering the bustling medinas, searching for spice towers and wooden keepsakes, or spending the day walking through the Atlas Mountains and chatting with local families. Embrace experiences for all ages by riding horses or camels through the desert, discovering waterfalls and natural pools, and tasting delicious Moroccan cuisine.

Delicious and World-Famous Moroccan Cuisine
Top Culinary Experiences in Morocco

Moroccan gastronomy is known worldwide as one of the most delicious and flavorful cuisines! With influences from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Moroccan cuisine is a unique blend of colorful ingredients and cultural techniques. Experience it for yourself with cooking classes, authentic dinners with local families, wine tastings, and food tours. Taste traditional sweets, learn the secrets behind the perfect tagine, and explore the customs behind a Moroccan meal.

Essaouira Itineraries

Essaouira's charming waterfront
Map of Morocco Summer Adventure: Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Desert Glamping & the Coast - 9 Days
Morocco Summer Adventure: Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Desert Glamping & the Coast - 9 Days

A visit to Morocco in summer offers plenty of opportunities for sunbathing on beaches, exploring windswept deserts, and relaxing in shaded gardens. On this laid-back, nine-day trip, you'll see some of Marrakech's most scenic sights, enjoy an easy hike in the Atlas mountains, ride a camel through the Agafay Desert, and cool off in coastal Essaouira—making for the perfect summer break.

Stay at Morocco's first ecolodge near Agadir
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Morocco with Purpose: Marrakesh, Agadir & Essaouira - 9 Days

This nine-day tour of Morocco promotes a more sustainable style of travel, immersing you in your surroundings while limiting your environmental footprint. Start in energetic Marrakesh to see the city via bicycle and visit a nonprofit that serves underprivileged women. Then, it's off to the beach town of Agadir for a stay at the country's first ecolodge. End on the coast of Essaouira, with nights under the stars in Berber tents and a chance to help local organizations that support youth and women.

Essaouira
Map of Magic in Morocco: Casablanca, Marrakesh, Agafay & Essaouira - 15 Days
Magic in Morocco: Casablanca, Marrakesh, Agafay & Essaouira - 15 Days

Whether you're an adventurer, foodie, or just looking for some relaxation, this fifteen-day tour of Morocco offers something for everyone. Begin in Casablanca, where you'll walk the streets of the medina and the lively Boulevard de la Corniche. Then, it's off to Marrakesh, with day trips to the stunning Ouzoud waterfalls and treks through the Atlas mountains. Head into the Agafay Desert for camel rides and a night under the stars, then end your adventure on the coast among the sweeping beaches of Essaouira.

Brilliant colors in the markets of Marrakech
Map of Summer in Morocco: Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakech & Essaouira  - 12 Days
Summer in Morocco: Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakech & Essaouira - 12 Days

With dry heat and lots of sunshine, the summer months are the perfect time to embark on this 12-day Moroccan adventure. Arrive in Casablanca and hit the ground running with a visit to the country's largest mosque, then head to Tangier for seafront views and a tour of the Kasbah. Explore the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen, wander the spice markets of Fes, dive into the sights and sounds of Marrakech, and end your trip in the seaside town of Essaouira for windsurfing and sunset horseback rides along the beach.

Medina entrance tower and old city walls in Essaouira, Morocco
Map of Explore Marrakech, Atlas Hiking & the Coast - 5 Days
Explore Marrakech, Atlas Hiking & the Coast - 5 Days

A perfect balance of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this quick 5-day itinerary features highlights of the imperial city of Marrakech, hiking in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains, and relaxing in the coastal town of Essaouira. You'll roam exotic souks in ancient medinas, share a meal with a local Berber family, and explore centuries-old seafront fortifications.

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.

Inside the Al-Attarine Madrasa in Fes
Map of Moroccan Cities from Coast to Coast - 14 Days
Moroccan Cities from Coast to Coast - 14 Days

Discover Morocco's ancient and historic cities on this complete two-week itinerary. You'll cover three imperial cities, Marrakech, Fes, and Meknes, as well as less-traveled cities like Beni-Mellal, Moulay Idris, and Tetouan. You'll wander maze-like streets, participate in a cooking class, drive through the Atlas Mountains, and explore ancient Roman ruins.

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.

Jemaa el-Fnaa square and market place at dusk
Explore Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains & Essaouira - 6 Days

A perfect balance of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this six-day itinerary features highlights of the imperial city of Marrakesh, including hiking in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains and relaxing in the coastal town of Essaouira. You'll roam exotic souks in ancient medinas, learn about traditional cuisine, and share a meal with a local Berber family. Explore centuries-old seafront fortifications and visit an argan tree cooperative where you can learn all about oil extraction while watching the goats graze up in the branches.

Jamaa el Fna Square in Marrakesh
Map of Marrakesh to Casablanca: Agafay Desert & Atlantic Coast - 6 Days
Marrakesh to Casablanca: Agafay Desert & Atlantic Coast - 6 Days

This tour is perfect for the traveler who's short on time and looking for a taste of Morocco and its hidden gems. You'll enjoy a guided tour of Marrakesh and watch its famed Jamaa El Fna Square come to life at dusk, then ride a camel through the stunning sand dunes of the Agafay Desert, where you'll spend the night in a traditional tent. As you make your way to Casablanca, you'll stop at an argan oil collective, enjoy fresh, delicious seafood on the coast, and visit the gorgeous Essaouira, all at a relaxed pace.

The Ourika River just outside of Marrakesh makes for a popular day trip
Map of Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities, Atlas Mountains & the Coast - 12 Days
Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities, Atlas Mountains & the Coast - 12 Days

Combining imperial cities with the rural countryside, this round-trip tour travels to Rabat, Fes, Marrakech, and Casablanca in search of bustling medinas and souks, plus walking and food tours, cooking classes, ancient sites, and lessons on traditional arts and crafts. You'll visit the Atlas Mountains and see charming Berber villages, have lunch with a local family, and discover the Roman ruins of Volubilis.

Trek to waterfalls in the Ourika Valley outside of Marrakesh
Map of Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities to the Atlas Mountains & the Coast - 13 Days
Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities to the Atlas Mountains & the Coast - 13 Days

From vibrant imperial cities to scenic rural countryside, this tour travels to Fes, Marrakesh, Chefchaouen, and Casablanca to discover historic medinas and souks and delight in guided walking and food tours. Take an authentic cooking class, visit ancient sites, and experience a traditional hammam where any stress will melt away. Trade bustling city life for the tranquility of the Atlas mountains to enjoy Berber villages, lunch with a local family, and visits to Portuguese fortified cities and Roman ruins.

Casablanca, Morocco
Map of Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities to the Atlas Mountains and the Coast- 11 Days
Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities to the Atlas Mountains and the Coast- 11 Days

This tour combines the bustle of vibrant imperial cities with tranquil rural retreats, starting and ending in the coastal city of Casablanca. Travel to the cities of Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech in search of buzzy medinas and souks, plus guided walking tours, delicious food tours, ancient sites, and lessons on traditional arts and crafts. Adopt a slower pace by visiting the Atlas Mountains, where you'll enjoy charming Berber villages, lunch with a local family, visits to almond and argan groves, and discover the Roman ruins in Volubilis.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

The verdant foothills of the High Atlas mountains
Exploring Around Marrakech, Hiking & the Coast - 8 Days

A perfect balance of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 8-day itinerary features highlights of the imperial city of Marrakech, hiking in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains, and relaxing in the coastal town of Essaouira. You'll roam exotic souks in ancient medinas, learn about traditional cuisine and share a meal with a local Berber family, and explore centuries-old seafront fortifications.

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.

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.

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.

Dates ripen on a palm in Skoura
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South Morocco Adventure: Marrakech to Essaouira, Imlil, Skoura & Erg Chigaga - 14 Days

Cover Morocco's south on this two-week adventure beginning and ending in buzzing Marrakech. You'll head into the High Atlas to meet with Berber locals and trek the Imlil Valley before crossing Tizi n'Tichka and visiting iconic Aït Benhaddou. Continuing south, you'll overnight in Skoura, trek its impressive oasis, camp amid the dunes of Erg Chigaga, and then head west to lesser-visited Taroudant beyond the Anti Atlas. Then it's off to Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast for relaxation and a tajine cooking class.

Taourirt Kasbah, Ouarzazate
Map of Morocco's Cities, Coast, Mountains & the Desert - 14 Days
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 Marrakech, learn to cook like a Mar'rakshis, cool off in the impressive Todra Gorge, and try kiteboarding in hippie Essaouria.

Enjoy the coast in Rabat, capital of Morocco
Map of Morocco Grand Tour from Rabat: Imperial Cities & Coastal Towns - 9 Days
Morocco Grand Tour from Rabat: Imperial Cities & Coastal Towns - 9 Days

Explore Morocco's grand cities and coastal towns with this 9-day itinerary starting in the capital of Rabat. Explore the Rif mountains and wander the blue streets of Chefchaouen. Immerse yourself in centuries of culture in Fes as you wander souks and visit local artisan workshops. Enjoy the evening spectacle at Jemaa el-Fna Square in bustling Marrakech before relaxing along the Atlantic coast in Essaouira.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Map of Moroccan Cities & Nature:  Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakech & the Sahara - 15 Days
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.

Discover the desert of Morocco
Map of Marrakech, Grand Desert Tour, Hiking & the Coast - 10 Days
Marrakech, 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 Marrakech, 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 eating fresh seafood by the Atlantic in charming Essaouira.

Traditional wares await in the bustling souks
Map of Moroccan Cities & the Coast - 9 Days
Moroccan Cities & the Coast - 9 Days

Explore Morocco's imperial cities and Atlantic coast with this 9-day circuit from Casablanca. Start in northern Morocco between Rabat, Chefchaouen, and Fes. Continue further south to bustling Marrakech to explore the "red city" before wrapping up with a relaxing stop in Essaouira. Returning to Casablanca along the Atlantic coast.

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.

Tizi n'Tichka pass over the Atlas mountain range
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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.

Ancient Berber kasbah near Ouarzazate city
Map of Morocco Grand Tour: Cities, Desert & the Coast - 10 Days
Morocco Grand Tour: Cities, Desert & the Coast - 10 Days

Enjoy this 10-day loop that begins and ends in Casablanca. Explore imperial cities and wander medieval medinas, follow old desert caravan routes and relax along the Atlantic coast. Learn to cook tajine, spend a night listening to traditional music by campfire, and go kitesurfing in the Atlantic.

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.

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. 

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.

Essaouira's Skala de Kasbah and old fishing port
Map of Morocco Grand Tour: Casablanca to the Atlantic Coast - 14 Days
Morocco Grand Tour: Casablanca to the Atlantic Coast - 14 Days

Follow this two-week moderately-paced circuit around Morocco for unique cultural experiences, desert adventures, and coastal relaxation. Tour the north starting in modern Casablanca and Rabat before heading to the Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. Get lost in the culture capital of Fes and its medieval medina, follow caravan routes through desert oases, wind through souks and secret gardens in Marrakech, and relax along the Atlantic coast enjoying fresh seafood in Essaouira.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
Map of Luxury Grand Tour of Morocco - 14 Days
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.

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.

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