17 days in Morocco Itinerary

17 days in Morocco Itinerary

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17 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Casablanca
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Rabat
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Chefchaouen
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Fes
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + taxi:  7​h
5
M'Hamid
— 1 day
+3
taxi + shuttle + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
6
Essaouira
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Marrakech
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Casablanca

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by La galerie de l'aimance, don't miss a visit to Gare de Casa Port, then admire the landmark architecture of Hassan II Mosque, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get into the urban bustle at Mohammedia, perfect your strike at Tamaris Bowling, then make a trip to New Medina of Casablanca, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de Lourdes.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Casablanca trip builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Casablanca is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Casablanca to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rabat.

Things to do in Casablanca

Fun & Games Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mohammedia
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Tamaris Bowling ©
Tamaris Bowling
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Hassan Tower, then don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Mohammad V, then stroll the grounds of Chellah, and finally get your game on at Electric Dreams. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Complexe artisanal Oulja, look for gifts at Alchimies, then contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, and finally don't miss a visit to Medersa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rabat trip itinerary app .

Getting from Casablanca to Rabat by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Casablanca in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Rabat, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Sale
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Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias
Chellah ©
Chellah
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Mausoleum of Mohammad V

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque, look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chefchaouen day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rabat to Chefchaouen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Fes.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Shopping
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Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina

2
nights
Fes

Fes ©
Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
On the 1st (Wed), admire the striking features of Bab Boujloud, admire the masterpieces at Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, and then wander the streets of Medina of Fez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa, wander the streets of Maze of Fez, then browse the collection at Medina Children's Library, and finally look for gifts at Medin'Art.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fes day trip tool .

Getting from Chefchaouen to Fes by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. December in Fes sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to M'Hamid.

Things to do in Fes

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Medina Children's Library ©
Medina Children's Library

1
day
M'Hamid

M'Hamid ©
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Atmospher Erg Chigaga and then don't miss a visit to Esprite-Lamane.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the M'Hamid holiday planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi from Fes to M'Hamid in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Essaouira.

Things to do in M'Hamid

Nature Parks
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Atmospher Erg Chigaga ©
Atmospher Erg Chigaga

1
night
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 4th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, wander the streets of Medina of Essaouira, then don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, and finally hunt for treasures at Essaouira Fish Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Synagogue Slat Lkahal, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally look for gifts at Cooperative de bijoux Mogador Dag Souiri.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Essaouira tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus from M'Hamid to Essaouira takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira

5
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.
Marrakech is known for parks, shopping, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, and stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Marrakech trip planner .

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in January, Marrakech is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Bahia Palace ©
Bahia Palace

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