13 days in Morocco Itinerary

13 days in Morocco Itinerary

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13 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Fes
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Chefchaouen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rabat
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Casablanca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Essaouira
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Marrakech
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Madrid

2
nights
Fes

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Go for a jaunt from Fes to Meknes to see Bou Inania Medersa about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa, explore the engaging exhibits at Medina Children's Library, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stop by Medin'Art.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fes day trip website .

Madrid, Spain to Fes is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Fes. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in December: highs in Fes hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Tours Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Bou Inania Medersa
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Walking tours
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Museo Nejjarine ©
Museo Nejjarine

1
night
Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen ©
Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stop by Local Berbere Artisanal and then get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Medina.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chefchaouen trip planner .

You can take a bus from Fes to Chefchaouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Rabat.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Shopping
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Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina

1
night
Rabat

Rabat ©
On a vacation in Rabat, a World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital, you can discover the city's long and rich history while enjoying a laidback atmosphere, less touristy than in the booming Casablanca and Marrakech.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): make a trip to Mausoleum of Mohammad V, contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, then admire the landmark architecture of Hassan Tower, and finally stroll the grounds of Chellah.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rabat itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Chefchaouen to Rabat in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rabat are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Casablanca.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites
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Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias
Chellah ©
Chellah
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Mausoleum of Mohammad V

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Casablanca

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
On the 25th (Wed), gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, look for gifts at La galerie de l'aimance, and then examine the collection at Dar Al Ala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy some friendly competition at Tamaris Bowling.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Casablanca travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Rabat to Casablanca in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Rabat, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Casablanca, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in Casablanca

Tours Fun & Games Museums
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Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Spas & Wellness

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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.
On the 27th (Fri), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Essaouira Urban Adventures, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue, then look for gifts at Cooperative Feminine de Tamounte, and finally take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Essaouira online day trip planner .

Getting from Casablanca to Essaouira by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Essaouira can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Essaouira Ramparts

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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.
On the 1st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia, and get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in December, plan for little chillier nights in Marrakech, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

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