9 days in Morocco Itinerary

9 days in Morocco Itinerary

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9 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Rabat
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Merzouga
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Essaouira
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Marrakech
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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 2nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryad Mosque.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rabat travel route tool .

Manchester, UK to Rabat is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Merzouga.

Things to do in Rabat

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

1
night
Merzouga

Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get outside with Viajes por el Desierto and then explore the fascinating landscape at Merzouga Desert. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Thundra Adventure and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Merzouga attractions app .

You can drive from Rabat to Merzouga in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ait Ben Haddou.

Things to do in Merzouga

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Thundra Adventure
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Climbing Tours
Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert
Thundra Adventure ©
Thundra Adventure

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day
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 6th (Sat), appreciate the views at Ounila Valley and then make a trip to Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ait Ben Haddou trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Merzouga to Ait Ben Haddou in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Ait Ben Haddou sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Ait Ben Haddou

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

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue, make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, then take in the waterfront at Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Essaouira Urban Adventures, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then look for gifts at Boutique de Commerce Solidaire AFBK et Cours de Cuisine.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Essaouira itinerary maker app .

Drive from Ait Ben Haddou to Essaouira in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ait Ben Haddou in April: highs in Essaouira hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Essaouira Ramparts

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, and then see Morocco Desert Trips. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Bahia Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, and then make a trip to Ben Youssef Madrasa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Essaouira in April, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

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