11 days in Morocco Itinerary

11 days in Morocco Itinerary

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11 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  17​h
1
Essaouira
— 1 night
2
Marrakech
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Fes
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Chefchaouen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Rabat
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Casablanca
— 1 night
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 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Chaim Pinto Synagogue and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, take a stroll through Medina of Essaouira, then stop by Cooperative Feminine de Tamounte, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Essaouira trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Essaouira is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Essaouira due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in October: high temperatures in Essaouira hover around 77°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Horseback Riding Tours
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Essaouira Ramparts

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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh, and get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marrakech online vacation builder .

You can drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Essaouira in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Marrakech, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

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 18th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Fondouk Tsetouanien, see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine, and then take a stroll through Medina of Fez. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bou Inania Medersa, learn and have fun at Medina Children's Library, and then admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Fes trip planner .

You can fly from Marrakech to Fes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Fes can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Bou Inania Medersa
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Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa

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 20th (Sun), stop by Local Berbere Artisanal and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chefchaouen trip planner.

Getting from Fes to Chefchaouen by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rabat.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Shopping
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Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina

1
night
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 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Chellah, don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Mohammad V, then contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rabat day trip planning tool .

Getting from Chefchaouen to Rabat by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Casablanca.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites
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Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias
Chellah ©
Chellah
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Mausoleum of Mohammad V

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 22nd (Tue): enjoy some friendly competition at Tamaris Bowling, look for gifts at La galerie de l'aimance, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Casablanca trip builder tool .

Getting from Rabat to Casablanca by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rabat in October since evenings lows in Casablanca dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Casablanca

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Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque

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