Best of Rabat

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Rabat
Rabat has been the capital of Morocco since 1956 and earned UNESCO World Heritage designation in 2012, but despite its status as the second-largest city in the country, it attracts fewer tourists than its busier siblings to its signature white architecture. Visit the Kasbah des Oudaïas, home to the city’s oldest mosque and Musée des Oudaïas handicrafts museum, or the city’s main landmark, the Hassan Tower. This minaret has sat unfinished for centuries since Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur began the project in 1195, with the intent to build the largest mosque in the world. However, when the minaret was only half-finished at 140 feet, al-Mansur died in 1199, and the project was abandoned. The Royal Palace and Oudaya Gardens are worth a visit, as is the snow-white Saint-Pierre Cathedral, inaugurated in 1991, and the white marble mausoleum of Mohammed V.

Previous kimkim travelers have learned about the city through its culinary scene on a food tour with a local guide, enjoying anecdotes about the city’s history through a variety of samples, or take an excursion to Les Jardins Exotiques de Rabate. This vast series of gardens outside the city, shaded by tall palms, was the work of horticulturist Marcel Francois, who brought plant species from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South America here to create a showcase of exotic nature. Or, cross the Bouregreg River on a motorboat excursion to the Marina de Salé, where you can enjoy a walk in its less-touristed medina and see one of the largest mosques in the country.
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Map of Fes, Chefchaouen, & Rabat: Best Itinerary Ideas
Fes, Chefchaouen, & Rabat: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Morocco typically plan a trip for 8 to 10 days when combining Fes, Chefchaouen, and Rabat with Marrakech, and the Moroccan Desert. If you're only headed to Northern Morocco, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 5 to 6 days. Check out our favorite Fes, Chefchaouen, and Rabat trips below.

Moroccan sunset over the northern city of Chefchaouen
Map of Moroccan Cities of the North - 5 Days
Moroccan Cities of the North - 5 Days

This 5-day itinerary offers a nice balance of historic and modern cities in northern Morocco. Start and end in modern Casablanca before exploring Rabat and "the blue city" of Chefchaoeun in the Rif mountains. Continue south to Meknes, Roman ruins at Volubilis, and immerse yourself in the culture capital of medieval Fes.

Jemma el-Fna Square comes alive at night in Marrakech
Map of Moroccan Cities: Casablanca, Fes, Rabat & Marrakech - 5 Days
Moroccan Cities: Casablanca, Fes, Rabat & Marrakech - 5 Days

Sample Morocco's most popular cities, including Casablanca, Fes, Rabat, and Marrakech on this 5-day trip starting in Casablanca and ending in Marrakech. Venture back in time as you explore the medieval medina of Fes. Spend a night in the capital city of Rabat before finishing in vibrant Marrakech. Leave charmed having experienced Morocco's exceptional architecture, ornate artisanship, delicious food, and bustling souks.

Sunset over Chefchaouen in the north of Morocco
Map of Northern Morocco's Cities: Tangier to Casablanca - 5 Days
Northern Morocco's Cities: Tangier to Casablanca - 5 Days

This 5-day itinerary highlights Morocco's northern cities, starting in Tangier and finishing in Casablanca. Wander blue streets in Chefchaouen, explore Roman Volubilis and Imperial Meknes. Lose yourself in the medieval medina in Fes, and Visit modern Rabat and Casablanca.

Sunset over Chefchaouen in the north of Morocco
Map of Moroccan Cities of the North - 6 Days
Moroccan Cities of the North - 6 Days

This 6-day itinerary offers a nice balance of historic and modern cities in northern Morocco. Start and end in urban Casablanca before exploring Rabat and the "blue city" of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. Continue south to explore Meknes, the well-preserved Roman ruins at Volubilis, and the cultural capital of medieval Fes.

Intricate carving and mosaics in Fes
Luxury Tour of Northern Morocco - 5 Days

Take a luxurious round trip around northern Morocco, where you'll dive into bustling marketplaces, unwind in finely-appointed riads, and discover the magic of the kingdom's Imperial Cities. This trip plan is a great option if it's your first visit to Morocco or if you're interested in combining time here with another destination. You'll travel through time with visits to ancient ruins, medieval relics, and contemporary hot spots.

Old entrance door at the Royal palace in Fes, Morocco
Luxury Tour of Northern Morocco - 7 Days

Buckle up for a luxurious week-long trip around Morocco's iconic Imperial Cities. Your private driver will usher you through from Casablanca to Fes and Marrakech, with incredible stops along the way. Connect to culture and history with a curated spa experience at a hammam and guided tours of UNESCO Heritage Sites, then unwind in swanky riads and five-star hotels.

Traditional lamps for sale in Fes
Luxury Tour of Northern Morocco - 6 Days

Embark on a luxurious, whirlwind journey around Morocco's captivating north. Thanks to a private driver and expert guides, you can optimize your time without feeling rushed. You'll discover Imperial Cities, ancient ruins, and landmarks dedicated to empires past. Relax in swanky accommodations, including luxury riads, and get pampered in a beautiful traditional hammam in Fes. 

Delicious vegetable Tajine
Luxury Food Tour of Northern Morocco - 8 Days

Spend eight days tasting the delights of Morocco's palette as you sample the flavors of the north. Taste your way through food stalls in the Fes medina, take a cooking class with a culinary master, and go wine tasting in Morocco's unique wine region. You'll enjoy luxe accommodations as you learn about the country's cuisine, traditions, and heart. 

A tempting display at a souk in Marrakech
Map of Moroccan Cities: Casablanca, Rabat, Fes & Marrakech - 6 Days
Moroccan Cities: Casablanca, Rabat, Fes & Marrakech - 6 Days

Discover Morroco's historic and modern cities on this 6-day tour of the country's urban centers. You'll get a sense of Morocco's evolution across the centuries, from its Roman ruins in Volubilis to its modern commercial capital, Casablanca. You'll also visit  the seaside splendor of Rabat — which showcases the influence of French-colonial heritage — as well as the exquisite Imperial City of Meknes. Finally, you'll immerse yourself in Marrakech, the "Red City," where you'll be welcomed with fantastic cuisine, a bustling Medina, and gorgeous architecture.

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.

Marrakech's lively Jemaa el-Fna Square
Map of Moroccan Cities Grand Tour - 8 Days
Moroccan Cities Grand Tour - 8 Days

Dive into Morocco's modern and ancient cities with this 8-day trip starting and ending in the commercial capital of Casablanca. Head north to explore the capital of Rabat, enjoy a sunset over the blue city of Chefchaoeun, step back to Roman times at Volubilis, and visit artisan workshops in the culture capital of Fes. End in vibrant Marrakech and discover Africa's busiest square, Jemaa el-Fna.

Details of the Hassan II Mosque
Imperial Cities Luxury Tour - 9 Days

Soak up Moroccan culture on this trip plan that features unique experiences (think a bespoke hammam experience, desert glamping, and hot air balloon ride) and the best of luxury pampering. You'll stay at five-star hotels and riads, where you can relax after days of private guided tours and hands-on cooking workshops. Wander medieval medinas, visit artisan workshops, and discover picturesque towns, ancient ruins, and incredible food. 

Marrackech, Morocco
Map of Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities to the Atlas Mountains and the Coast - 12 Days
Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities to the Atlas Mountains and the Coast - 12 Days

Combining vibrant imperial cities with scenic rural countryside, this round-trip tour travels to the cities of Rabat, Fes, Marrakech, and Casablanca in search of bustling medinas and souks, plus guided walking tours, delicious food tours, cooking classes, 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. Wash away any stress with a visit to a traditional Hammam and a drive along the scenic coast, stopping in historic Portuguese fortified cities.

Chefchaouen, Morocco
Map of Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities to the Atlas Mountains and the Coast - 13 Days
Discover Morocco: Imperial Cities to the Atlas Mountains and the Coast - 13 Days

From vibrant imperial cities to scenic rural countryside, this driving tour travels to the cities of Fes, Marrakech, 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, where you'll enjoy Berber villages, lunch with a local family, and visits to Portuguese fortified cities and Roman ruins.

Decorations of the Zawiya of Moulay Idris II in Fes
Map of Explore Northern Morocco: Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Rabat, Casablanca - 7 Days
Explore Northern Morocco: Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Rabat, Casablanca - 7 Days

This seven-day itinerary takes you through the sprawling cities, markets, and gardens of northern Morocco. Start with a wander through the port city of Tangier and the blue streets of Chefchaouen before heading to Fes, Morocco's cultural capital. Take a tour of the historic medina before you head to Rabat to enjoy its signature white architecture. Make your way to Marrakech, with an afternoon stop in Casablanca, to end your trip amid its humming streets.

Marrakech's lively Jemaa el-Fna Square in the early evening
Map of Moroccan Cities Grand Tour - 10 Days
Moroccan Cities Grand Tour - 10 Days

This 10-day trip showcases the main cities and cultural highlights of Morocco. Start in modern Casablanca and Rabat and continue to the Rif Mountains to wander the blue streets of Chefchaouen. Visit Roman ruins and the medina of medieval Fes before finishing in the red city of Marrakech. Take a cooking class, visit local artisan workshops, and relax in a hammam.

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.

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

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

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

Escape to the Sahara on this wonderful 13-day trip plan that takes you around Morocco in style. Spend your days enjoying private tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, medieval medinas, and bustling marketplaces, then unwind in five-star unique accommodations. Your luxury riads in Fes and Marrakech are the perfect places to relax, cool off, and even go for a soak and scrub in the in-house hammams. You'll also ride out on camelback to a glamourous camp in the dunes of the Sahara, where you'll enjoy a music-filled dinner and will stay the night. Explore all facets of Marrakech, culminating in an epic hot air balloon flight that soars over the city at sunrise. 

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. 

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.

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

Enjoy cultural experiences and desert adventure on this 9-day circuit of Morocco beginning in modern Casablanca and ending Marrakech. Explore souks, markets, and medieval kasbahs, ride a camel into the Sahara and sleep under the stars.

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.

Imperial Cities & the Desert - 9 Days
Map of Imperial Cities & the Desert - 9 Days
Imperial Cities & the Desert - 9 Days

Explore Morocco's desert and cities with this well-rounded 9-day loop from Casablanca. Wander medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, explore modern cities of Casablanca and Rabat, and adventure along old caravan routes and oases in the desert.

The Dades Valley, Morocco
Map of Casablanca to Marrakech: Imperial Cities, Hiking & the Desert - 10 Days
Casablanca to Marrakech: 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 Marrakech. Wander medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, 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 Marrakech.

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.

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

Le Jardin Secret - Marrakech, Morocco
Luxury Morocco Tour: Imperial Cities, Sahara Desert, & Atlantic Coast - 15 Days

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

The iconic Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech
Morocco: Luxury Imperial Cities - 10 Days

Spend ten days touring the Imperial Cities of Morroco while relaxing in the lap of luxury. In addition to having a private driver take you around the country and give you insider tips, you'll enjoy private guided tours, cooling classes and incredible experiences like a night of desert glamping and a sunrise hot air balloon. After a day of adventure and exploration, sink into comfort in five-star, richly appointed riads.   

The Best of Morocco
Map of Best of Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakesh - 11 Days
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
Map of Grand Moroccan Tour - 13 Days
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.

Casablanca Round Trip: Imperial Cities & Berber Villages
Map of Explore Morocco: Imperial Cities to Berber Villages - 11 Days
Explore Morocco: Imperial Cities to Berber Villages - 11 Days

On this 11-day tour of Morocco, you’ll begin and end your travels in Casablanca, home to the famous Hassan II Mosque. Your trip takes you through all four imperial cities–Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech. Take in daily life in each town at the lively medinas. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe Moroccan life among the farms in the Berber villages on this well-rounded Moroccan journey.

Jemme el-Fna Square comes alive at night in Marrakech
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.

Sahara Desert, photo taken by Yassine Echcherki
Map of Grand Morocco Tour: Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fez, Marrakesh, & More - 13 Days
Grand Morocco Tour: Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fez, Marrakesh, & More - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Morocco, you will explore the country’s ancient history and adventure through the desert. In Casablanca, visit the Hassan II Mosque & 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 Fez. The epicenter of each city is its very own medina, where you can experience the colorful local cultures up close.

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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 Marrakech. 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.

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 Marrakech, 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.

Roof view of the beautiful architecture of Marrakech, Morocco
Exploring Morocco's Imperial Cities and 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 Marrakech—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.

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.

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.

Other popular travel destinations in Morocco
Marrakech · Fes · Moroccan Desert · Casablanca · Chefchaouen · Merzouga · Ouarzazate · Aït Ben Haddou · Essaouira · Atlas Mountains · Boumalne Dades · Tangier · Agadir · Draa Valley