10 DAY MOROCCO ITINERARY – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

10 DAY MOROCCO ITINERARY – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

Morocco is the thrill of a hidden alley, the richness of the desert, the salty ocean breeze and the mazes of souks inside ancient medina’s! I have been to Morocco on two separate occasions and have put together this 10 Day Morocco Itinerary based around my trip with Travel Talk Tours.

Here is an overview of the Travel Talk Morocco Tour:

Marrakech → Essaouira → Casablanca → Rabat → Chefchaouen → Fes → Sahara Desert → Marrakech

10 DAYS MOROCCO ITINERARY

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MOROCCO ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO MARRAKECH

I arrived at Marrakech International Airport for the beginning of my 10 days in Morocco. A driver from Travel Talk was conveniently awaiting my arrival and from here we drove directly to the hotel in Marrakech. I met the other tour members and our guide for a group briefing of the Morocco Itinerary before we all headed off to a traditional restaurant in the medina for dinner.

Marrakech Square – Morocco Itinerary

DAY 2: MARRAKECH & ESSAOUIRA

MARRAKECH

We started the morning early to explore the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs and Koutoubia Mosque in the heart of Marrakech. My favourite spot was the Bahia Palace which plays home to unique courtyards, ornate archways and stained glass windows reflecting a rainbow of colours on the inside walls.

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ESSAOUIRA

From Marrakech, we jumped on the tour bus to make the 3-hour journey to Essaouira, stopping halfway for lunch at a local restaurant.

Essaouira is one of Morocco’s most popular and laid-back beachside towns on the south-west coast of North Africa. After checking into the hotel, I spent the rest of the day exploring this bright and breezy coastal town.

Full blog post: 3 Things To Do In Essaouira

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DAY 3: CASABLANCA

An early rise to make the 6-hour bus journey to Casablanca. We made several stops along the way for bathrooms, coffee, viewpoints and the unique tree goats! We eventually arrived in Casablanca around 1pm and headed straight to one of the beachside restaurants for lunch.

I didn’t get the chance to visit Casablanca on my first trip to Morocco in 2017, so I was very excited to see it this time around on the Travel Talk Morocco Tour. We visited a number of standout attractions in Casablanca including the enormous Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in all of Africa, the United Nations Square and a stroll through the old medina. The French colonial legacy can also be seen in the Mauresque architecture throughout the city.

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DAY 4: RABAT & CHEFCHAOUEN

RABAT

The next stop on the 10 days Morocco Itinerary is Rabat, the country’s capital city. Rabat is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on Morocco’s western coastline and the Bouregreg River runs right through the region.

The morning started with a short visit to the King’s Royal Palace at sunrise, followed by the Hassan II Tower, Chella Ruins, Mohammed V Mausoleum and Kasbah Royal Fort.

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CHEFCHAOUEN

From Rabat to Chefchaouen it is approximately 4-hours drive, passing over the Middle Atlas Mountains. Chefchaouen is located in the northern region of the country among the Rif Mountains and it is one of the best places to visit in Morocco!

Chefchaouen, also known as the Blue City or the Blue Pearl, is filled with striking blue washed houses and buildings which is said to symbolise the sky and heavens, serving as a reminder for one to lead a spiritual life. I personally felt as though I was on cloud 9 and enjoyed getting lost in the maze of twisting alleyways lined with flower pots, native handicrafts, wool garments and colourful woven blankets!

Before the day was out we hiked for fifteen minutes to Bouzaafar Mosque on the outskirts of the city. This Spanish mosque offers the best panoramic views over Chefchaouen making it the most popular spot to watch the sunset over the blue-rinsed mountain city! The loud sounds of prayer echo through the air, bellowing from the speakers mounted on the tall minarets.

Full Blog Post: 5 Awesome Things To Do In Chefchaouen

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DAY 5: CHEFCHAOUEN & FES

CHEFCHAOUEN

Another early morning rise to explore more of the Blue City! My friends and I hiked to the Bouzaafar Mosque again for sunrise and then headed back into the twisting alleyways to take photos before the crowds of tourists filled the streets.

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FES

We left Chefchaouen at around 2pm and continued the adventure onwards to Fes, the third largest city in Morocco. The tour bus dropped us off at the hotel to freshen up before heading out to a traditional Hammam dinner and show.

DAY 6: FES

Day 6 of the 10 day Morocco tour was spent exploring the ancient walled-city of Fes. It is said that Fes is the cultural capital of Morocco and more than 150,000 people live within the confined spaces of the Medina.

I am not a huge fan of cities, though Fes is like no other city I have been to. A city where hand-pulled carts and donkeys are the only means of transportation inside the Medina and the buzzing daily commerce inside the medieval walls will give you a very authentic experience and a taste of the real Moroccan culture.

The sites we visited in Fes on the Travel Talk Morocco Tour were the Royal Palace, Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, Najjarine Square, spices market and the world famous Tannery of Fes.

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DAY 7 & 8: SAHARA DESERT

The Travel Talk Morocco Tour continued to Merzouga in the Sahara Desert which is an 8-hour journey from Fes. The drive through the High Atlas Mountains is nothing short of spectacular and unlike any other landscape I have ever seen. I am positive you’ll enjoy the ride!

We arrived in Merzouga at around 4pm and everyone was hoisted up on to a camel’s back! The camel train made tracks through the red dunes for one hour before arriving at the desert camp.

We dropped our bags off in the rugged tents and ran up the dunes to catch the sunset. This is one of those moments where I took a few seconds to appreciate where I was – standing on top of the highest dune in the Sahara Desert – a sunset I will never forget!

Everyone gathered around the fire as we gobbled down a 3-course traditional Moroccan meal and the local guides began to play their djembe drums! It was a very magical night spent under the dancing stars and surrounded by the great Sahara Desert dunes!

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DAY 8

The following day we were up at the crack of dawn to take a sunrise camel trek back to Merzouga which is on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Here we were each allocated another rugged tent to sleep in for the night that is situated right next to a hotel.

After stuffing our faces at the buffet breakfast, the Jeeps were geared up and ready to take us all back into the Sahara Desert for the ultimate 4×4  adventure in the sand dunes! We also stopped by a small nomad village to get an insight into the way of life in the Sahara.

In the afternoon we had free time to do whatever we wanted, so my friends and I headed back out into the dunes on foot to take photos and enjoy another unforgettable sunset in the Sahara Desert.

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DAY 9: MARRAKECH

Day 9 of the 10 Day Morocco Itinerary is a travel day from the Sahara Desert to Marrakech. The drive takes approximately 12-hours, stopping at several viewpoints along the way offering panoramic views of the surrounding Atlas Mountains!

We arrived back to Marrakech, checked-in to the hotel and then headed into the city for the evening to explore the madness of the Medina!

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Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech – Morocco Itinerary

An array of spices in the Marrakech Medina

Street scene in the Marrakech Medina

DAY 10: DEPARTURE FROM MARRAKECH

Unfortunately, it was time to say our goodbye’s to the Travel Talk Tours squad and continue our travels to the next destination!

This was the second organised group tour I have ever been on and it highly exceeded expectations. If you want to do this exact same 10 Day Exotic Morocco Tour, click HERE to check availability and rates!

BEST TIME TO VISIT MOROCCO

The best time to visit Morocco is in March – May and September – November when the weather is not too hot and not too cold. Also, during these months you can expect to see fewer tourists in the more popular cities of Morocco such as Marrakech and Chefchaouen.

HOW TO GET TO MOROCCO

Entering by plane is the easiest and most convenient way to begin your adventures in Morocco. I chose to fly to Morocco with Royal Air Maroc which is the country’s largest and most reputable airline that offers daily flights, excellent customer service and all-around comfortable experience. I highly recommend booking with Royal Air Maroc on your next visit to Morocco.

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MOROCCO VISA

Visitors to Morocco can spend up to 90-days on a tourist visa which is free of charge. The only requirement is that your passport has to be valid for a period of 6-months before its expiry.

MOROCCO – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The currency in Morocco is Dirham (MAD) and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 10 MAD.

Purchasing a sim card in Morocco is very cheap and simple. You can do this at the airport on arrival or find a phone store close to your accommodation. For approximately $10 USD, you can get a local sim card that comes with 10GB of data.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all, please leave me a comment below!

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2 Comments

  1. oumaima
    February 21, 2019 / 3:06 pm

    I realy love your style of photography. I have seen many pictures about my country before, but you have not charmed me. your photos have something special that made me feel nostalgic for these places.
    You should know that you are really lucky .

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      February 22, 2019 / 4:33 pm

      Thanks so much! I really love Morocco 🙂

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