12 days in Morocco Itinerary

12 days in Morocco Itinerary

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12 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Marrakech
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ait Ben Haddou
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Boumalne Dades
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Erg Chebbi
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Fes
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Chefchaouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Casablanca
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

3
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.
On the 29th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Ben Youssef Madrasa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Bahia Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, then contemplate the long history of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, and finally hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa.

For reviews and tourist information, read Marrakech visit planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Marrakech is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Istanbul to Marrakech, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Bahia Palace ©
Bahia Palace
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medina of Marrakesh ©
Medina of Marrakesh

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hours
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 1st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ait Ben Haddou itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Ait Ben Haddou, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Boumalne Dades.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Historic Sites
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Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou ©
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

1
night
Boumalne Dades

Boumalne Dades
For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Boumalne Dades journey builder site .

You can drive from Ait Ben Haddou to Boumalne Dades in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Boumalne Dades can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will leave for Erg Chebbi on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Boumalne Dades

Tours Outdoors Parks
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night
Erg Chebbi

Erg Chebbi ©
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Erg Chebbi Dunes and then head outdoors with Thundra Adventure.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Erg Chebbi route planner .

Traveling by car from Boumalne Dades to Erg Chebbi takes 5 hours. In June in Erg Chebbi, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Erg Chebbi

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Erg Chebbi Dunes, Thundra Adventure
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Erg Chebbi Dunes ©
Erg Chebbi Dunes
Thundra Adventure ©
Thundra Adventure

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Art Argile, explore the world behind art at Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Morocco Easy Tours. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Medin'Art and then wander the streets of Medina of Fez.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fes trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Erg Chebbi to Fes by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Erg Chebbi in June, with highs in Fes at 38°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Shopping Tours Outdoors
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Art Argile ©
Art Argile
Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Medin'Art ©
Medin'Art

2
nights
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 6th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Spanish Mosque and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Kasbah Museum, and then look for gifts at Local Berbere Artisanal.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chefchaouen attractions site .

You can take a bus from Fes to Chefchaouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

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Spanish Mosque ©
Spanish Mosque
Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue Beth-El, enjoy the sand and surf at Ain Diab, then browse the different shops at Morocco Mall, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hassan II Mosque.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Casablanca online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Chefchaouen to Casablanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In June in Casablanca, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ain Diab ©
Ain Diab
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Synagogue Beth-El ©
Synagogue Beth-El

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