20 days in Morocco Itinerary

20 days in Morocco Itinerary

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20 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rabat
— 2 nights
2
Tetouan
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Chefchaouen
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Fes
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Meknes
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Marrakech
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Essaouira
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Edinburgh

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at Ronde des saveurs, see the interesting displays at El Borge, then contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, then examine the collection at Oudaia Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Chellah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at La Villa des Arts, examine the collection at National Archaeology Museum, and then stop by Cooperative Ibdaa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rabat day trip tool .

Chicago, USA to Rabat is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Western European Time is 6 hours. In December, Rabat is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 81°F and lows of 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tetouan.

Things to do in Rabat

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

El Borge
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National Archaeology Museum ©
National Archaeology Museum
Chellah ©
Chellah
Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias

1
night
Tetouan

Tetouan ©
Tétouan is a city in northern Morocco. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Dar El Oddi, take an in-depth tour of The Ethnographic Museum, stroll the grounds of Jewish cemetery of Tetouan, then examine the collection at Musee Archelogique de Tetouan, and finally steep yourself in history at Medina of Tetouan.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tetouan itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rabat to Tetouan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Rabat in December, plan for little chillier days in Tetouan, with highs around 65°F, while nights are colder with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Tetouan

Museums Historic Sites
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Musee Archelogique de Tetouan ©
Musee Archelogique de Tetouan
Medina of Tetouan ©
Medina of Tetouan
Dar El Oddi ©
Dar El Oddi

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque, and then stop by Local Berbere Artisanal.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chefchaouen road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Tetouan to Chefchaouen in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fes.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Shopping
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Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tombe dei Merenidi and Back to Morocco. Shop till you drop at Medina of Fez and Mosaic & Potery Cooperative. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Synagogue Ibn Danan, admire the landmark architecture of Sahrij Medersa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin).

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Fes route website .

You can take a bus from Chefchaouen to Fes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Meknes.

Things to do in Fes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Sahrij Medersa ©
Sahrij Medersa
Tombe dei Merenidi ©
Tombe dei Merenidi

3
nights
Meknes

Meknes ©
One of Morocco's imperial cities, Meknes draws visitors with an abundance of historic monuments and impressive Moorish-style architecture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Archaeological Site of Volubilis and Dar Jamai Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Meknes Medina and El Hedim Square. Step out of Meknes with an excursion to Haroune Aqueduct in Moulay Idriss--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Bab Mansour Gate, admire the landmark architecture of Heri es Souani, do a tasting at Chateau Roslane, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bou Inania Medersa.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Meknes itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Fes to Meknes in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Meknes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Archaeological Site of Volubilis, Haroune Aqueduct
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Archaeological Site of Volubilis ©
Archaeological Site of Volubilis
Meknes Medina ©
Meknes Medina
El Hedim Square ©
El Hedim Square

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.
On the 30th (Mon), appreciate the views at Ounila Valley and then contemplate the long history of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ait Ben Haddou tour planner .

Traveling by car from Meknes to Ait Ben Haddou takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Meknes in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ait Ben Haddou, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

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

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 explore and learn at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech and Berber Ecomuseum. Get a sense of the local culture at Boucharouite Museum and Ben Youssef Madrasa. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh, appreciate the extensive heritage of Marrakech Ramparts, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marrakech day trip site .

Traveling by car from Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ait Ben Haddou in December, Marrakech is a bit warmer at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa

2
nights
Essaouira

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Cooperative feminie TILILA d'huile d'argane. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galerie la Kasbah and Simon Attias Synagogue. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, take a stroll around Dar Souiri, view the masterpieces at GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD, and see the interesting displays at Synagogue Slat Lkahal.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Essaouira online road trip planner .

You can drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Essaouira, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Essaouira

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors
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Galerie la Kasbah ©
Galerie la Kasbah
Simon Attias Synagogue ©
Simon Attias Synagogue
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira

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