The Ultimate 9 Day Morocco Itinerary

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The best way to explore a country is by visiting as many cities as possible. Each city has its own unique look and feel. By visiting a handful of cities across Morocco you get a good feel of all the country has to offer. We have selected our favorites cities in Morocco and created the best itinerary to see the country with a friendly budget.

Morocco has been a dream destination for Jazmin as long as she can remember. When we were in Madrid for our Masters she wanted to go so badly. Unfortunately she needed a visa and more time to explore that beautiful county.

In the past couple years Morocco has become a trending destination and it is not hard to see why. Each corner is full of magic with its beautiful doors, tiles, Riads, delicious food and welcoming people. Plus, lets be honest it is pretty cheap, which is key when choosing a destination with a limited budget.

This year Jazmin’s New Year resolution was to visit at least three new countries that has been on her bucket list for the longest time, so we finally made her dream come true!

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Tips for Visiting Morocco

We visited Morocco in May as it was the start of the high season but the prices were still low. At the same time it was not too hot and full of tourists. The best time to visit Morocco is from March to May or September to October.

A lot of people have asked us if it is safe to visit Morocco and to be honest it is as safe as any other place we have travelled to. People are very nice and we had no issues in any city. We took several long bus rides and it was ok!

If you are wondering what you should wear in Morocco, anything is fine for either male or female. However, we suggest light long sleeves to protect yourself from the sun. As a female you need to cover yourself when visiting a Mosque out of respect, so if I were you I will carry a shawl in your bag.

It is hard to find places that take your credit card so it is recommendable to get cash out on any ATM or to exchange money. When purchasing something make sure to bargain, that will make you get a better price! The custom there is to bargain otherwise you can be paying 3 to 4 times more.

Nine Day Morocco Itinerary

Day 1: Tétouan to Chefchaouen

What to do: Arrive by plane to either Tanger or Tétouan. Tétouan is best option as an starting point. Once you explore the city take a bus to Chefchaouen, also known as the blue pearl.

Riad recommendation: Hotel Casa Miguel

Transportation: Bus from Tanger or Tétouan to Chefchaouen. It costs approximately 35 DH.

Day 2: Chefchaouen

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What to do: Chefchaouen is a dream place. It will make you fall in love with its beautiful blue doors and walls. We recommend to get lost in the old city, visit the Kasbah and wake up to see the sunrise at the Ras Elma, a beautiful viewpoint on the way to the Spanish Mosque.

Riad recommendation: Hotel Casa Miguel

Day 3: Chefchaouen to Fes

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What to do: Visit the Medina which is actually the biggest Medina in Morocco. Take an informative guided tour at the ceramic and mosaic factories as well as the leather tanneries. Take a photo in front of the golden King’s Palace doors (Dar el Makhzen Palace). 

Riad recommendation: Riad Lalla Fatima

Transportation: Morning bus from Chefchaouen to Fes. It cost approximately 60 DH.

Day 4: Fes to Merzouga

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What to do: Spend a full day exploring the many hidden spots in Fes and take the night bus to Merzouga.

Transportation: Night bus from Fes to Merzouga. It cost approximately 180 DH.

Day 5: Sahara Desert

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What to do: Spend a full day in the desert riding camels, sand-boarding, 4 wheeling and relaxing in the Sahara Desert with some Berber tea.

Accommodation: Desert Luxury Camp

Day 6: Merzouga to Ouarzazate

This will be a long, long day! It takes eight hours to the next destination or 14 hours if you would like to skip Ait Benhaddou. You will leave Merzouga at 8AM and arrive to Ouarzazate around 4PM.  From Ouarzazate you will have to get a cab to Ait Benhaddou. It costs around 50 DH each way via taxi.

What to do: Explore Ait Benhaddou, visit Dades Valley, the Taourirt Kasbah Museum, the Cinema Museum of Ouarzazate, and take a tour at the Atlas Studio. Grab dinner and then head back to Ouarzazate for a good nights sleep.

Transportation: Bus from Merzouga to Ouarzazate. It costs approximately 180 DH.

Day 7: Ouarzazate to Marrakech

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What to do: Wake up early morning to take the bus to Marrakech. Explore the old medina, the Jarin Majorelle, the Ben Yossef Madrasa and even if you are not staying you must visit La Mamounia Riad.

Riad recommendation: Hotel Sherazade or Riad Star Marrakech

Transportation: Bus from Ouarzazate to Marrakech. It cost approximately 40 DH.

Day 8: Marrakech to Essaouira

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What to do: Take a day tour or the bus to Essaouira. It is a beautiful port city along the Atlantic coast. Enjoy the walled medina, visit the palace and do not leave without eating grilled fish in the port.

Riad recommendation: Hotel Sherazade or Riad Star Marrakech

Transportation: Either take a bus from Marrakech or take a day tour.

Day 9: Marrakech

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What to do: Wake up early morning to take the bus back to Marrakech. Explore the rest of the old medina and spend some time picking up souvenirs from the endless shops in the shuks.

Riad recommendation: Hotel Sherazade or Riad Star Marrakech

Day 10: Explore the city and then leave to the airport

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We could not visit Rabbat, Meknes or Casablanca due to our schedule. For what we have read people recommend to either stay 1 to 2 days in each city. Make sure to buy your plane ticket to one city in Morocco and leave from another. It will save you time and money as you will not have to travel all the way back to your starting point.

See our complete trip with many more photos and behind the scenes videos on our TraveLibro account.

Please let us know your favorite spot in Morocco in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “The Ultimate 9 Day Morocco Itinerary

  1. Looks like you had a great trip. My friend went there last May and I have a blog post. Their trip was a bit different from yours. Take a look -https://adventurousretirement.com/blog/category/morocco/

  2. Sounds like a fun packed trip. You mentioned you took a morning bus from Chefchaouen to Fes. What time does this bus depart and arrive, and How did you book it? I’m looking to get to Fes in time for a 12pm flight to Marrakesh.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Jay. Thank you for reading our post. We went to the main bus terminal and took the bus from there. We left at 10:45 am and arrived almost 5 hours later even though it is scheduled to take under 3 hours. We recommend you to go to the station the day before to make sure the time of departure as it can change since we went there or check the CTM website (http://www.ctm.ma/) for the latest schedules and prices.

      Be careful with the buses as they were always running late.

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