12 days in Morocco Itinerary

12 days in Morocco Itinerary

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12 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Ferry + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Marrakech
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Merzouga
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Boumalne Dades
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Essaouira
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Marrakech

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Le Jardin Secret. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire all the interesting features of Cyber Parc Arsat Moulay Abdeslam, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, and contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Marrakech trip builder .

Toronto, Canada to Marrakech is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Marrakech. While traveling from Toronto, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Merzouga.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Walking tours
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

1
night
Merzouga

Merzouga ©
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee Nomade and then explore the fascinating landscape at Merzouga Desert.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Merzouga online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Marrakech to Merzouga in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Boumalne Dades.

Things to do in Merzouga

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Musee Nomade
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Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert
Musee Nomade ©
Musee Nomade

1
night
Boumalne Dades

Boumalne Dades ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Roses Valley and then explore the stunning scenery at Gorges du Dades.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Boumalne Dades online trip maker .

You can drive from Merzouga to Boumalne Dades in 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Boumalne Dades

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Roses Valley
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Gorges du Dades ©
Gorges du Dades

1
night
Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou ©
Seen in numerous Hollywood films and TV shows, the ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou takes visitors on a journey back to the 17th century with its impressive South Moroccan architecture, boasting earthen clay dwellings in walled kasbahs.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Ounila Valley and then contemplate the long history of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ait Ben Haddou trip planner .

You can drive from Boumalne Dades to Ait Ben Haddou in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ait Ben Haddou can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ounila Valley ©
Ounila Valley
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

3
nights
Essaouira

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, take a leisurely stroll along Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, examine the collection at Synagogue Slat Lkahal, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Essaouira online vacation planner .

You can drive from Ait Ben Haddou to Essaouira in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ait Ben Haddou in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Essaouira, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Walking tours
Synagogue Slat Lkahal ©
Synagogue Slat Lkahal

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