11 days in Riyadh, Rabat & Marrakech Itinerary

11 days in Riyadh, Rabat & Marrakech Itinerary

Make it your trip
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Rabat, Morocco
— 4 nights
Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — 1 night

As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Masmak Fortress, get engrossed in the history at Al Masmak Palace Museum, then examine the collection at National Museum, and finally stroll around King Abdullah Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Naila Art Gallery, wander the streets of Underground Gallery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rajhi Grand Mosque.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Riyadh trip itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major aiport is King Khaled International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Rabat.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Rabat, Morocco — 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rabat: Meknes (Heri es Souani, Bou Inania Medersa, &more) and Casablanca (Temple Beth-El, Hassan II Mosque, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, delve into the distant past at Chellah, make a trip to Mausoleum of Mohammad V, and take in the exciting artwork at Au Grain de Sesame.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rabat trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Riyadh to Rabat takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Riyadh in October, plan for little chillier days in Rabat, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Marrakech.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Marrakech, Morocco — 5 nights

Red City

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.
Spend the 2nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech trip planner.

You can fly from Rabat to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rabat in October, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip