15 days in Morocco & Istanbul Itinerary

15 days in Morocco & Istanbul Itinerary

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Casablanca, Morocco
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 1 day
Drive
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Tangier, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Casablanca, Morocco

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Casablanca holiday planner.

Calgary, Canada to Casablanca is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in December, expect Casablanca to be much hotter, temps between 22°C and 11°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Casablanca

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Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 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.
Visit Koutoubia Mosque and Saadian Tombs for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and Palacio da Bahia. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace, and hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fna.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marrakech online journey planner.

You can drive from Casablanca to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Casablanca in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Marrakech, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

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Fes, Morocco

— 2 nights

Mecca of the West

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Andalusian Mosque as well as Medina of Fez. On the 8th (Wed), wander the streets of Fes el-Jdid and then pause for some serene contemplation at Synagogue Ibn Danan.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fes online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Fes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Chefchaouen, Morocco

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades d'Akchour, make a trip to Place Outa el Hammam & Kasbah, take an in-depth tour of Kasbah Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque, then admire the sheer force of Ras El Maa Waterfall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Mosque.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chefchaouen trip planning site.

Drive from Fes to Chefchaouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tangier.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

Tangier, Morocco

— 1 night
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): visit Medina of Tangier, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andrew's Church, admire the landmark architecture of Place du Grand 9 Avril 1947, see the interesting displays at American Legation, then get to know the fascinating history of Petit Socco, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tangier Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tangier driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Chefchaouen to Tangier by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tangier can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Casablanca.

Things to do in Tangier

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Casablanca, Morocco

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Old Medina of Casablanca, then admire the striking features of Gare de Casa Port, and then wander the streets of Quartier Habous. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the masterpieces at Villa des Arts de Casablanca, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Ettedgui Synagogue.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Casablanca visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Tangier to Casablanca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Casablanca

Tours · Spas · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Areas of Istanbul and Koza Hani. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Explore Istanbul's surroundings by going to Bursa (Yesil Camii, Green Tomb, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Casablanca to Istanbul in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Casablanca in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are cooler, around 7°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Side Trip

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Morocco travel guide

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Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.