9 days in Morocco Itinerary

9 days in Morocco Itinerary

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9 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Essaouira
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Marrakech
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Casablanca
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Chicago

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then stop by Cooperative Feminine de Tamounte.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Essaouira trip planning site.

Chicago, USA to Essaouira is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Essaouira. Traveling from Chicago in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Essaouira, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, contemplate the long history of Medersa Ben Youssef, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Marrakech takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Essaouira in May, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Grains de Sel, Le Kiosque Gourmand and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Temple Beth-El and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Casablanca trip planner.

You can drive from Marrakech to Casablanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Marrakech, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Casablanca, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Temple Beth-El ©
Temple Beth-El

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