All Morocco, from Casablanca: 16 days Morocco Itinerary

16-day trip in Morocco departing from Casablanca

This 16-day Morocco tour takes you all over the country, from north to south, east to west, and from the mountains to the desert. You’ll discover the most spectacular monuments, beautiful natural landscapes, and traditional ways of life. Highlights include visiting all the Unesco World Heritage Sites in the country, exploring small towns like Chaouen and Todra Gorges, and experiencing the Sahara desert. You have time to learn about local traditions, such as folk music and local product production.

Highlights

Enjoy 16 days and 15 nights from Casablanca to the Atlas Mountains, Erg Chebbi dunes, and the Tizi n’Tichka Pass. Explore the historical wonders of Rabat and Meknes, immerse yourself in the sights and scents of Fes tanneries, and venture into the mystical Azrou cedar forest. Encounter desert nomads, uncover prehistoric treasures, and marvel at the breathtaking grandeur of Dades and Todgha Gorges and the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.

Travel program

A 16-day Morocco trip is sufficient to visit nearly all of Morocco’s most engaging tourist, natural, and monumental attractions. This complete itinerary starts in Casablanca and ends in Marrakech, allowing for an immersive experience of the country’s many landscapes and cultural treasures.

Day 1: From Casablanca to Rabat

Our services will begin at the airport terminal in the city, where you will find our driver waiting for you in a private vehicle to take you to the city center. If you are already in Casablanca, we will pick you up from your hotel. Our first stop will be the Hassan II Mosque, one of the tallest mosques in the Islamic world. The mosque’s tower stands almost 200 meters tall and welcomes non-believers to explore its interior. Afterward, we’ll take a lunch break.

Our next destination is Rabat, the capital of Morocco and one of its Imperial Cities. We will travel for about an hour to get there. Rabat is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its remarkable structures, including the Hassan Tower from the 12th century in Almohad style and the Kasbah of the Oudayas. You can enjoy stunning views of the city and Salé, divided by the Bu Regreg River. You can visit Mohamed V’s Mausoleum, the souk in the Medina, and Mohamed VI Museum of Modern Art. Spend the night in a Riad in the Medina.

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Day 2: From Rabat to Chaouen

We’ll start the day with breakfast at the riad in Rabat, then head to Chaouen, a charming town surrounded by the Rif Mountains. We will spend two nights in this beautiful town, where you can explore the streets, visit local craft shops, and check out some of the smaller art galleries. You will have ample time to enjoy the town at your pace or relax at the Medina Riad, where you will spend the night.

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Day 3: Chaouen

On the third day of your 16-day trip to Morocco, you will start with breakfast at the riad in Chaouen. After breakfast, you will have the whole day to explore the city and its key attractions. During your trip, you can consider visiting the kasbah, which has been transformed into an ethnographic museum, or exploring the historical wall gates. Don’t miss Uta el-Hammam, the central square of the city. Stay at Medina Riad for a comfortable and relaxing evening.

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Day 4: From Chaouen to Fes via Volubilis and Meknes

On day four, we’ll have a tasty breakfast at the riad before heading to Volubilis. It’s a Roman archaeological site in Morocco known for its impressive ruins and artifacts. A significant ancient city, Volubilis offers a glimpse into its civilization through surviving features such as mosaics, columns, arches, and urban structures. Our next destination is Meknes, a city that once was the capital in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries under Sultan Moulay Ismail’s rule. Meknes is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its many historical landmarks, the city gates, and the sultan’s mausoleum. We’ll arrive in Fes in the evening, a significant tourist destination in Morocco. Overnight stay in a riad in Medina

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Day 5: Fes

During your 16-day visit to Morocco, you’ll have the chance to explore Fes, one of Morocco’s imperial cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast at the riad, a local guide will take you on a walking tour of the medina’s historical center. You’ll visit significant landmarks such as the Karaouine Mosque and University, which is one of the oldest in the world, as well as the Bou Inania and Cherratine Madrasahs, the Mausoleum of Moulay Idris, the Tanners’ Quarter, and the Mellah (Jewish quarter) or the Royal Palace, featuring the impressive Golden Gates. Finally, you’ll spend the night at the riad.

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Day 6: From Fes to Merzouga Desert via Ifrane and Monkey Forest

We will begin our journey to the Sahara Desert today, leaving Fes after breakfast. Our first stop will be Ifrane, known as the “Moroccan Switzerland” due to its mountainous setting and Alpine-style architecture. We’ll visit Cedar Forest and meet Barbary macaques there. During our journey, we will drive through the Ziz Valley, known for its palm groves thriving in the arid surroundings of the Middle Atlas. Our next destination is Erfoud, a town famous for its dinosaur fossils.

Finally, we’ll arrive at Merzouga, the southernmost point of our trip. In Merzouga, we’ll switch to dromedaries to explore the Erg Chebbi dunes and see a fascinating sunset. After a two-hour ride, we’ll arrive at our luxury camp in the desert, where we’ll have Berber tea and dinner. We will end our day with music and dance around the fire, enjoying the starry desert sky for a magical night in the Sahara.

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Day 7: Merzouga Desert - Khamlia - Nomads

We will wake up early in the desert to catch the beautiful sunrise. Then, we’ll ride camels to Merzouga, and our driver will take us on a tour of the Sahara region. Along the way, we’ll visit the Khamlia village to enjoy a traditional Gnawa music performance, an essential aspect of local culture. We’ll also see the Mifiss mines and Tissardmine Oasis, where we can learn about Kohl, a historical product of the area. Later, we’ll have lunch and meet some of the Berber people who live in the region to learn about their way of life. Finally, we’ll return to Merzouga and spend the night in a hotel near the erg Chebbi dunes.

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Day 8: Merzouga Desert - Rissani - Ouzina Desert

On the eighth day of your 16-day tour in Morocco, you’ll explore more of the Sahara. After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll move on to Rissani, a small city known as the birthplace of the Alaouite dynasty, the first imperial city of Morocco. The medina is packed with history and offers authentic experiences, such as a traditional souk, ksour (fortified villages), and even a place to park donkeys. From Rissani, we’ll head to Ouzina via the Paris-Dakar rally track. This 4×4 adventure offers a mix of adrenaline and the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the hamadas (stony plateaus) and arid elevations along the way. Finally, we’ll reach the palm groves of Ouzina. You’ll spend the night in a hotel, where you’ll enjoy dinner.

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Day 9: Ouzina to Todra Gorges via Maharch Pass

Our trip will begin after breakfast. We will drive through Erg, a stony desert region, and pass through Berber villages, where people live in traditional nomadic tents. You will also see Ramlia Oasis, a place with vegetation in the middle of the desert. Our journey will continue to Lake Maider, a vast and dry lake that offers a glimpse into the Sahara’s ancient past. To reach Todra Gorges, we’ll pass through Mharech, Mcissi, and finally cross Tizi n’Tifrkhin. These gorges are stunning rocky canyons formed by the erosion of the Todra River, and they are worth exploring. We will spend the night at a hotel.

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Day 10: From Todra Gorges to Ouarzazate

We will start our day with breakfast at the Riad in Todra Gorges. After that, we will drive through some valleys in the southern region renowned for their unique beauty. First, we will visit the Dades Valley, which leads directly to the Valley of the Roses. In May, this valley hosts an annual rose festival. Later, we will stop for lunch and take pictures of palm trees. After lunch, we will head to Ouarzazate, known as “The Gate of the Desert,” where we will have dinner and spend the night at a hotel.

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Day 11: From Ouarzazate to Taghazout via Ait ben Haddou Kasbah

We will begin our journey after breakfast in Ouarzazate and make our first stop at the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou. This village is in many movies and TV series. Next, we will stop in Taznakht, a Berber community known for its carpet-making and crafts. Then, we will visit Taliouine, which has a saffron field, and Taroudant, often called Little Marrakech. Finally, we will reach our destination. Taghazout is a top destination for sun and beach tourism. We will be staying overnight in a hotel in Taghazout.

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Day 12: From Taghazout to Essaouira via Imsouane

We’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast on the twelfth day of the tour at a hotel in Taghazout. Then, we’ll travel north, passing through large argan groves. Our first stop will be Imsouane, where we’ll have fresh fish caught at the harbor and cooked traditionally. Next, we’ll visit Sidi Kaouki, which has wild beaches for swimming, depending on the weather. We’ll stop for lunch and take panoramic pictures before heading to Essaouira, our third destination of the day. Essaouira is often called the ‘city of the wind’ and was formerly known as the Portuguese Mogador.

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore its UNESCO-listed medina and maritime fortress that appeared in Game of Thrones. You can also enjoy beach horseback or camel riding, quad biking through the dunes, or water sports like kite surfing, windsurfing, or jet skiing. We’ll spend the evening in a lovely riad in the heart of the old city.

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Day 13: Essaouira

Explore Essaouira after breakfast at the riad. You have the entire day to customize your activities according to your preferences. There are many options, and our team is here to help you decide. If you enjoy water activities, you can consider trying out surfing, kite surfing, or swimming. Additionally, you can go for horseback or dromedary rides on the sandy beaches or experience a live performance of Gnawa music in Essaouira, a popular cultural attraction. Whatever your preferences, Essaouira has something for everyone, whether you want to have an adventure, relax, or explore the local culture. Overnight in a riad in the Medina.

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Day 14: From Essaouira to Marrakech

We’ll begin the day with a tasty breakfast at your riad in Essaouira. After that, we’ll travel less than 200 kilometers to Marrakech, known as the Red City. Once we arrive, you’ll have free time to explore at your own pace. You can use this time to visit some of the top sites that interest you, such as El Badi Palace, Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech Museum, and Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Alternatively, you can spend the day shopping in the traditional medina souks or modern stores in the Gueliz neighborhood. After you decide what to do, you spend the night relaxing in a medina riad. The next day, a guided adventure awaits you in Marrakech.

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Day 15: Marrakech

During your 16-day trip to Morocco, you will get the opportunity to discover Marrakech, which is one of Morocco’s imperial cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast at the riad, a local guide will accompany you on a walking tour of the historical sites. Marrakech is famously known as the “Red City” due to the distinct color of its buildings. These monuments are home to many famous attractions and have a rich history. You will explore renowned landmarks such as the Koutoubia Mosque, famous for its minaret that has inspired similar structures. Next, we will discover the Saadian Tombs, Ben Youssef Madrasa, and the Bahia Palace. We will also explore the Medina’s souks, artisanal neighborhoods, and the lively Jemaa el-Fna Square intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Finally, we will spend the night at a riad in the Medina of Marrakech.

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Day 16: Marrakech - Airport

On the last day of your 16-day tour in Morocco, you will have breakfast at your riad in Marrakech. After breakfast, we will drive you to the airport. If you have some extra time before your flight, you can either go shopping or take a final walk in Marrakech. Our driver will arrive on time to take you to the airport, and our services will come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your tour and look forward to seeing you again soon for another incredible adventure in Morocco.

Summary of the sixteen day

16 days Morocco tour starting from Casablanca includes the following Activities:

In the 16 days that make up this Morocco as a whole, we offer the necessary services to enjoy the experience:

16 days Morocco tour from Casablanca: excludes the following Activities

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Reviews

We had an amazing trip with great tour guides. Our guide was knowledgeable and took us to see stunning landscapes and try local cuisine. Despite a long desert journey, we enjoyed a comfortable camp with free Wi-Fi and delicious meals. The staff ensured we had a wonderful experience and we look forward to returning soon.

Russell

Vacations In Morocco

Initially 16-day Moroccan trip from Casablanca. Youssef, excellent guide - trustworthy, adaptable. Extended stay 16 days, high-end hotels, quality meals. Desert journey, sandstorm, breathtaking sunrise. Sandboarding option. Youssef's guidance, unforgettable Moroccan memories.

Eugene

Vacations In Morocco

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