The Only Morocco Itinerary You Need + Highlight Video

This Morocco itinerary is great.  If you are looking for the best of Morocco, I suggest this is where you start.

If you’d like to see a video of some of my favorite moments, see the video below.

 

I looked at a lot of itineraries posted online while planning this trip. None of them seemed to have a mix of the best of everything, so I mashed a few together, adding what I wanted and subtracting what I didn’t. What I have below is the itinerary that I used for my trip to Morocco and I highly recommend it. We had a great trip and got to see a bit of everything.  There’s also some free time built-in so you can rest, or take out a few items and turn it into a 10-day trip rather than a 14-day trip.  I’d recommend doing 14 days if at all possible.  There’s a lot to see and do and I think you’ll appreciate having more time in each locations.

Feel free to comment below or email me if you have any questions.

Day 1 – Travel Day
  • Make your way from the US to Morocco.
Day 2 – Arrive in Marrakech
Shopping in souks
  • Get settled into your hostel or riad, I highly recommend Riad Sidi Omar, they were great help with all our tours and arrangements, not only in Marrakesh but throughout our entire trip! One bit of advice, it is hard to navigate the labyrinth of narrow alleys that make up the center of Marrakech, avoid what we did and arrange with your guest house to pick you up at the airport to show you the way.  Almost all of them offer this service.
  • Venture out into the medina and explore the souks of Marrakech.
  • If you want to do serious shopping, I suggest giving yourself a few hours to acclimate. It helps to take a look at what shops are selling and get a feel for the options. Those nearest the medinas are typically more expensive.
Day 3 – Marrakech
Marrakech Medina
  • Get up early to see the Majorelle Gardens. These are beautiful gardens created by Jacques Majorelle and restored by Yves Saint-Laurent. They are worth seeing but the line gets long fast. Plan to arrive at opening and then have brunch at one of the lovely little cafe’s across the street.
  • Spend some time at the palaces, I recommend Bahia Palace but there are three in close proximity to one another that could all be seen in a day.
  • Book a late afternoon hammam and do dinner in the medina. Dinner in Morocco is late, similar to Spain so you can expect to eat any time after 8:00.

*Optional day if only doing 10 day itinerary

Day 4 – Essaouira
Essaouira
  • Take a day trip to Essaouira on the coast. It’s about 2-2.5 hours each way.
  • It’s a little bit calmer and quieter than Marrakech and has a different feel since it is a coastal town.
  • Eating seafood here should not be missed.
  • The van usually stops along the way to see the goats in trees.
  • Eat seafood on the waterfront. Oysters are dirt cheap and wonderfully fresh.
  • The seafood restaurants within the city are also great.

*Optional day trip

Day 5 – Road of 1,000 Kasbahs
Aït Benhaddou
  • Start making your way towards the desert either with a group tour or in a rental car. Stop and see Aït Benhaddou on the way, it’s a fascinating old citadel that has been featured in numerous movies and Game of Thrones.
  • Stay the night at Kasbah Amridil along the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs.  This is easier to do if you rented a car, but if your riad in Marrakesh will help arrange transport, this is definitely worth a night’s stay. This was one of our favorite stays of the entire trip.
Day 6 – Continue Towards the Sahara
Road of 1,000 Kasbahs
  • If renting a car, continue on to Auberge le Festival and stay in cave room (book as far in advance as possible).
  • If traveling with a group tour, this will mostly be a travel day. But, if you like, you do what we did and start it with a camel tour around Kasbah Amridil and then continue with your tour group to Oarzazate.
  • We stayed in Oarzazate at a hotel with our tour group. It was getting fairly cold at night and warm showers became hard to come by in Oarzazate and Merzouga.
Day 7 – Todra Gorge to Sahara
  • Hike in Todra Gorge (for either group trip or if you rented a car) and continue to Merzouga where your camel trek will be departing in the afternoon.  You will watch the sunset atop a camel.
    • Just a note on the camel trek, I had heard that it you saw bigger dunes if you did a two night trek. This is not the case. You will see the same dunes as those who do a one night stay. You will also be fairly sore from riding camels by the next day so most people were happy they only did one night.
  • Stay in a Berber Camp in the Sahara. Dress warm because it will be cold once the sun goes down.  We went with Berber Excursions and they were great. They were friendly and professional and the camp was much nicer than we even anticipated. I would suggest going with them. We heard horror stories of some very uncomfortable nights in the Sahara from girls we rode to Feś with who had slept in the cold desert under nothing but a sheet. Our experience was comfortable and the guides were fun and informative.

    Camel Trek into the Sahara
Day 8 – Merzouga
  • Wake up to watch the sunrise in the Sahara.
  • Ride camels back to Merzouga where you will have breakfast and a chance to shower.
  • Take a 4×4 trip into the desert to see nomadic tribes.
  • Stay the night in Merzouga.
  • We saw some travelers that chose to continue straight on to Feś during this day but I wouldn’t recommend it. It was great to have an extra day to enjoy the Sahara and a break in the long travel days.

*Optional day if only doing 10 day itinerary

 Day 9 – Travel Day to Feś
  • This will be a travel day due to the 10-hour ride to Feś.
  • Download some audio books, buy some mint gum to help with car sickness and get as comfortable as possible.
  • We took a “grand taxi” which means you will either be in a van or a 6-seater car.  It tends to be fairly cramped so dress comfortable and have something to entertain yourself.
  • Once in Feś, I suggest you treat yourself by staying at Riad RCIF. The owner went to school in Italy for historical preservation and spent years restoring this riad to its original condition.  It is absolutely beautiful and the restaurant is great too.

Day 10 – Feś

  • Feś has similar shopping to Marrakech, but in my option, leather goods were better and there was more variety in Marrakesh.
  • Visit the tannery. It is an interesting cultural site and is actually now a Unesco World Heritage Site. I wouldn’t, however, suggest buying any leather goods here. The prices are quite high and touristy versus going to a shop where they actually make them and take pride in the work and quality.
  • Eat at Cafe Clock.
 Day 11 –Feś
  • Our last day in Feś we both had some shopping we wanted to do. I liked leaving this day open because Feś has some very cool sites such as palaces, gardens and a university which are all worth seeing but part of the joy of the last day was just being able to enjoy the narrow alley ways and getting lost in the city.  We had an unexpected opportunity to see a riad being restored which was one of my favorite experiences in Morocco.
    • *Optional day if only doing 10 day itinerary
Day 12 – Chefchaouen
Chefchaoen
  • Travel to Chefchaouen in the afternoon 3.5-4 hours. Watch the sunset from the city wall near Hotel Atlas Chefchaouen.
  • If you are needing a change from Moroccan food I suggest trying the Italian at Pizzeria Mandala.
  • Stay the night in Chefchaouen.
    • As a note, some travelers we met also took the train to Tangier and then just did a day trip to Chefchaouen from there. I personally really liked Chefchaoen because it was a clam little retreat from the cities but doing a day trip from Tangier is also an option.
Day 13 – Tangier
  • Travel to Tangier in the morning, about 2.5 hours. You can go by bus or taxi. A private taxi cost us about $60. It’s faster than the bus so it just depends on your budget and time.
  • Out of all we saw in Morocco, Tangier was my least favorite city. It didn’t have the same old world charm of Marrakech or Feś, however, it was interesting to see and is a good last stop before traveling on to Spain or heading home.
  • Take a walk along the shore. You’ll be able to see and appreciate a more modern city center from here.
  • Eat your last in Morocco dinner at Le Saver du Poisson.  It is a seafood restaurant with a fixed menu. I suggest arriving about 20-30 minutes before they open because there is usually a line to get in but it’s worth the wait.
  • We stayed at Kasbah Rose, which I really loved. It had a very homey, almost European feel and the owners were extremely helpful. I almost stayed an extra night because it was such a nice, calm and clean stay. The view of sunset over the city is also beautiful from their terrace.
    • *Optional day if only doing 10 day itinerary
Day 14 – Depart
  • Depart from Tangier

In comparison with other countries I’ve been to, Morocco was one of my favorites. It has a very exotic and old world feel to it. The hospitality that we found time and again was much more than I ever expected. I also absolutely loved all the handicrafts in the market. My only regret about my trip is that I went after quitting my job so I was very careful with my spending. However, I loved the rugs, silver, lanterns and leather goods. I had to hold back from wanting to furnish a home I did not currently have. Shopping was interesting from more than one perspective because you could see how the goods were made and get a feel for the history and cultural importance of things like rugs, which can tell a story in wool.

The people in Morocco were very kind, open and friendly. That being said, it is a conservative country by Western standards and their view on women is different from what we are used to. We did occasionally have men on the streets say inappropriate things but they never followed us or acted aggressive in any way. It is easier if you are not traveling as a woman alone but I would feel comfortable going on my own as well. Just be sensitive and respectful of another culture and Morocco is sure to open itself up to you.

It is an enchanting place.

Sunrise over the Sahara