This 10 days Morocco itinerary is designed to guide you through the very best places of this colorful and exotic country. Blessed with diverse geography, Morocco is one of the few places in the world where you can go sandboarding and snowboarding in the same day, a country offering you majestic beach landscapes, and dazzling mountain hikes. A country with fascinating Arabic-Berber-European mix of culture, more unique than anything you’ve ever seen.

10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Marrakesh Museum

I have to warn you, This 10 days Morocco itinerary won’t be able to show you all the hidden treasures of the country. Even though it’s smaller than the state of Texas, Morocco is a bit hard to explore. The medieval medinas, designed like a giant human-sized labyrinth, would get you lost in no time and require days to be easily navigated. Hiking the Atlas mountains would take you weeks and don’t even let me start with the Sahara desert.

Spices of Marrakesh

This 10 days Morocco itinerary, however, is enough to scratch the surface of the country. Enough to teach you more about the local culture, amaze you with some of the best architecture on the globe, guide you through one-of-a-kind places and leave you stargazing in the Sahara desert.

This 10 day Morocco itinerary is more than enough to make you fall in Love with the country of the free people!

10 Days in Morocco Itinerary Destinations

Since we have four major destinations to explore (and a few along the way), you have to prepare for 10 hectic days!
Here is something more about each of them:

Marrakesh

10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Marrakesh Design
Marrakesh Medina

Known as The Red City, Marrakesh is the most famous city in Morocco. While the place certainly has its charm and there is a ton of history and mysticism behind its walls, I felt it way too touristy for my taste.
Nevertheless, just as you can’t visit Rome and not see the Colosseum, you can’t visit Morocco and skip Marrakesh.

 

What to see in Marrakesh:

  • Jemaa el-Fnaa

    10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Visit Jamaa el-Fnaa

    The Jemaa el-Fnaa square is the most emblematic place in Marrakesh. Being also an entry point to the medina, during the day, this legendary square serves as a stage to snake charmers, fortune tellers, henna artists and monkey tamers (avoid those). When the sun comes down, Jemaa el-Fnaa comes to life and transforms into the biggest restaurant you’ve ever seen. Numerous stalls offering Moroccan cuisine, fruit juices and Marrakesh cookies run by charming owners giving you “the best deal in Morocco”.

    CastawayTip: Enjoy the views but skip dinner on the square (unless you want to risk your vacation with food poisoning). 

     

  • Marrakesh Medina

Marrakesh Highlights - Marrakesh Medina
The old part of the city is a giant pink labyrinth that will have you lost more than once. It’s divided into different souks (markets) where you can find everything Morocco is famous for. Spices, dyes, carpets, leather goods, lamps, and various souvenirs await the hungry shopaholics.

CastawayTip: Have in mind that in Morocco, it’s a normal thing to haggle. Never accept the overinflated initial price!  

  • The Bahia Palace

     Bahia Palace in Marrakesh

    A 19th-century palace built to be the greatest of its times. The name Bahia can be translated to “brilliance”, and the name suits the palace well. One of the masterpieces of the Moroccan architecture, the Bahia Palace, and its gardens are among the most popular attraction in Marrakesh.

    CastawayTip: Get there as early in the morning as possible. The palace is extremely popular, and even in the winter, there is a hefty amount of tourist.
    Entry Fee – 70MAD / 7USD

 

  • Le Jardin Majorelle

    10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Le Jardin Majorelle

    Located outside the medina, in the modern part of Marrakesh, the gardens are the former home of the designer Yv Saint Laurent. Not a bad place but the hordes of tourists kind of ruin its charm. Being ranked number one in TripAdvisor, I expected some grand gardens and a top-notch museum, but in reality, the place was just meh. Not only that but Le Jardin Majorelle are quite expensive too! Since you have a 10 days Morocco itinerary your time in Marrakesh is limited, and you may not have the time to check all the cities spotlights. If this is the case, I suggest skipping Le Jardin Majorelle.

    Entry Fees: – Garden 70MAD / 7USD – Berber Museum 30MAD / 3USD – YSL Museum 100MAD / 20USD – Combined ticket 180MAD/18USD

Fes

Ten Days Morocco Itinerary - Fes Medina
Madrasa in Fes

If Marrakesh is the Red City, Fes is the Yellow city, and also my favorite city in Morocco. The vendors are not as pushy as the ones in Marrakesh, and the prices are way more moderate. Combine that with the sandstone colored medina and the medieval tanneries, and you see why Fes has authenticity written all over it!

 

What to see in Fes:

 

  • Chouara tannery

10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Chouara Tannery
Fes is famous for its craftsmanship and leather products. What’s curious is that they use the same techniques their ancestors used. It’s not a surprise that the biggest attraction of the city is the Chouara Tannery – a thousand years old leather tannery with dozens of wells, filled with natural dyes or nasty pigeon poop/cow piss mix (to soften the leather).
The Chouara Tannery may sound nasty, but it’s also an incredible sight, rare to be seen anywhere else in the world. Seeing the tanneries is possible only from one of the leather shops around them which may lead to annoying experience with the owner who would either try to sell you something overpriced or would ask for a large tip.
Check out how to handle the situation in my 2 Days in Fes guide

CastawayTip: The Chouara tannery has this awful prudent smell of carcass. That’s why the shopkeepers offer a struck of mint to hold under your nose. Have in mind, that they may request another “tip” for their kindness.

  • Al Attarine Madrasa

10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Al Attarine Madrasa
Probably the most beautiful madrasa in Morocco (at least until the Ben Youseff one in Marrakesh is under restoration), Al Attarine Madrasa is a must-see spot in Fes. Named after the famous perfume souq (market) that is located nearby, the madrasa is a prime example of 14th century Marinid architecture.
Entry Fee – 20MAD / 2USD

  • Royal Palace of Fes

Ten Days Morocco Itinerary - Royal Palace of Fes
The Royal Palace of Fes is still an acting palace that the King of Morocco uses when he visits the city. It’s not open for visitations, and there is no way to explore its riches, but it’s still one of the most popular attractions in Fes. That’s because it has the most beautiful and picturesque doors in the country.
The large heavy ornamented brass doors have become a top place to get a new Instagram profile pic so make sure you get there early.

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen - The Blue Pearl of Morocco

What to see in Chefchaouen

 
The Blue Pearl of Morroco is the attraction itself here. The small mountain town keeps on gaining more and more popularity due to the baby-blue color of its medina. Honestly, Chefchaouen is one of the most picturesque places I’ve been, and you won’t regret having it in your 10 days Morocco itinerary.
If you have more time to spend in the country, you may unwind there for 2-3 days.

See the Chefchaouen photo guide to know where are the most beautiful spots in town

Sahara Desert

10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Sahara Desert
Sahara Desert-Camel Riding

The most emblematic desert in the world, Sahara is the largest hot desert on the globe (as big as the whole US). It spreads over more than 10 countries, but not all of them are safe enough for a visit. Morocco, however, is one of the best places to go and explore the dunes of Sahara. You can learn sandboarding, go for a 4x4 exploration tour or (the one I suggest in this guide) take a camel ride and camp under the million desert stars.

Whatever you do there, the Sahara desert trip would be the highlight of your journey.

What you will see on the Sahara Tour:

    • Ait-Ben-Haddou

      Ait Ben Haddou Morocco

      The medieval town used to be a stop for the Timbuktu traders going to Marrakesh. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site today and a popular set for various movies and show ( Game of Thrones and Gladiator been the most famous ones). It’s included in every Sahara tour, either on your first or on your last day.

      CastawayTip: After checking the city, your guides will take you to lunch in a very overpriced restaurant. It’s ok to leave and find a regular one, just make sure you are not late for the departure.

 

  • Todra Gorge

    10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Todha Gorge

    A spectacular series of limestone river canyons, in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, near the town of Tinerhir. Your tour will have a stop there so you can enjoy a short walk inside one of the canyons. You’ll also learn more about the Berbers life in the mountains. The accommodation for one of the nights on your tour is in the nearby Dades Valley.

Casablanca

10 Days Morocco Itinerary -Casablanca

Made famous by the Ingrid Bergman / Humphry Bogart movie from the 40s, Casablanca today has nothing in common with the charming romantic town in the film. It’s actually a modern metropolis – the largest city in Morocco and the economic and business center of the country.
It’s in my 10 days Morocco itinerary only because it has the biggest international airport and the chances are high you begin your journey from Casablanca.

 

What to see in Casablanca:

    • Hassan II Mosque

      10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Hassan II Mosque

      The largest mosque in Africa, the 5th largest in the world and the only place in Casablanca worth your time. The Hassan II Mosque is the pride of the Moroccan people and the only mosque in the country that can be visited by non-muslims. Everything inside, but the Venetian chandeliers, is made in Morocco. Artisans recruited from all cities of the kingdom had carved 53,000 m2 of wood and assembled more than 10,000 m2 of zellige (typical Moroccan ceramics) for this grand place of worship.
      This titan among Mosques can gather together 105 000 worshippers at the same time! 25 000 in the prayer room and 80 000 in the yard outside.
      Its minaret stands 210 meters long, making it the highest religious building in the world. It also has a laser directed towards Mecca.
      Last but not least, the Hassan II Mosque is incredibly picturesque and offers vast amounts of opportunities for amateur and professional photographers.

 

  • Rick’s Caffee
    If you’re a fan of the movie, you already know Rick’s Caffee. It’s decorated just like the “original” one, and it’s a nice place to spend the afternoon

10 Days Morocco Itinerary

10 days itinerary is kind of a short one, and your starting point is essential thus making it impossible to create only one ultimate route. I realize most of you have already purchased your tickets, that’s why my 10 days Morocco itinerary have five different variations. You’ll see that while the core of the trip is the same, it’s centered around your starting point.

Starting from Fes

10 days Morocco Itinerary starting from Fes

Day 1-3: Fes

 – Spend your first day just acclimatizing to Morocco and its way of life. In the next two days, you should have enough time to check all of Fes’ highlights and sort out the small details of your trip like exchanging money, buying local sim card, etc. 
 Start day number 2 form the Chouarra Tannery (the wells are most colorful in the morning) and day number 3 from the Royal Palace (less people in the morning) 

 Day 4: Day trip to Chefchaouen

10 Days Morocco Itinerary - The Blue City

– Fes is a popular starting point for a day trip to the Blue City of Chefchaouen. Sadly in this 10 days Morocco itinerary, you’d have time only a quick visit to the Blue City. Chefchaouen, however, is not a big place, and if you go prepared you can check all the best spots in the city.

Day 5: Sahara Tour  – Travel to Merzouga

– It’s halfway through your adventure, and It’s about time to head down south to the highlight of your journey – the Sahara Desert. Since you have limited time, I suggest getting an organized tour from Fes to Merzouga, that  ends in Marrakesh. It’s just not worth it to organize the journey to Merzouga yourself, find a Camel tour and then arrange another travel up to Marrakesh.
The first day of the tours is traveling through the beautiful Atlas mountains, seeing a cedar forrest full of Barbary Apes and ending the day with camel ride at sunset and camping under the stars.

Day 6: Sahara Tour Second Day – Camels and Gorges

– Starting early and riding the camels back to Merzouga.After breakfast, you’ll start the journey to Marrakesh. Different tours have different itineraries for this day, but it’s usually a stops to the Rissani Market and exploring the Todra Gorge. You spend the night at the nearby Dadès valley.

Day 7: Last Day of the Sahara Tour – Travel to Marrakesh

– Continue the travel to Marrakesh with a stop at the UNESCO recognized kasbah – Ait Ben Haddou.  after guided tour of the town and a lunch, the journey continues thorough the high Atlas Mountains with various stops for photos. You arrive in Marrakesh in the afternoon/evening. Try to arrange a meet up with your hotel, since finding your riad in the Medina is a hard task, especially after dusk.

10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Jamaa-el-Fnaa

Day 8 – 9: Exploring Marrakesh

– You can visit all the highlights in the city in two days. Watch out with the food on the Jamaal el-Fnaa square, I know it’s an experience to get a bite there, but having a stomachache so close to your flight back would be a nightmare.
If your flight back is from Fes and not Marrakesh, take the bus/train on the second day.

Day 10: – Fly back home

 

10 Days Morocco Itinerary Starting from Tanger

10 days Morocco Itinerary starting from Tanger

Day 1: Arriving at Tanger

– Another popular entry point, Tangier could be reached by a short flight or ferry from Spain. There is nothing worth your time in the city so make your way straight to Chefchaouen. If you arrive in the morning, you can use the CTM bus departing at 12:15 (booking bus tickets outside Morocco is impossible, the site is quite handy to check out timetables and prices though). If you arrive later, your only option is to get a taxi. The petit one (normal cab) should cost around 1100MAD / 110USD while the Grand taxi (the public one) should be around 850MAD / 85USD.
More Info about Taxis in Morocco

Day 2: Chefchaouen

– Enjoy a whole day of wander around the blue streets of Chefchaouen. Get up early to avoid the crowds and take amazing photos.

Day 3:Fes

The Rainbow Street of Fes

– Take the CTM bus to Fes. You should arrive sometime in the afternoon and have enough time to check one or 2 of the smaller highlights (the Blue Gate and the Rainbow Street for example).

Day 4: Fes

– A full day in the old capital of Morocco. Start with the Chouara tannery and make your way to one of the madrasas and the royal palace (if you are on a photo-hunt, start the day at the royal palace to avoid the crowds).

Day 5 – 10: Same as the previous itinerary ( starting from Fes)

Note: For this one, it’s quite important that your way back home is not from Tanger. If you have to go back there, you’ll spend way too much time on unnecessary travel between cities.  

To look through the Blue Gate of Fes is one of the 1700+ ideas I have on my bucket list.
 
See what else is on it!

Casablanca has the biggest international airport in the country hence if you’re coming from afar, chances are you’re going to start your journey at the White City.
You can choose from 2 itineraries, one heading north and one south.

10 Days Morocco Itinerary Starting from Casablanca: North

10 days morocco itinerary starting from Casablanca-North

Day 1: arrive at Casablanca

If you arrive in the morning, you may have enough time to check the Hassan II Mosque later in the day. If not, go for dinner at Rick’s Caffee and leave it for day 2.

Day 2: Casablanca + Fes

If you haven’t seen it already, check the Hasan 2 Mosque in the morning and take the CTM bus or the train to to Fes. If you’ve visited the mosque on day 1, go straight to Fes.
You should arrive sometime in the afternoon and have enough time to check one or 2 of the smaller highlights (the Blue Gate and the Rainbow Street for example).

Day 3: Fes

– A full day in the old capital of Morocco. Start with the Chouara tannery and make your way to one of the madrasas and the royal palace (if you are on a photo-hunt, start the day at the royal palace to avoid the crowds).

Day4: Day trip to Chefchaouen

The Blue Pearl of Morocco

– Fes is a popular starting point for a day trip to the Blue City of Chefchaouen. Sadly in this 10 days Morocco itinerary, you’d have time only a quick visit to the Blue City. Chefchaouen, however, is not a big place, and if you go prepared you can check all the best spots in the city.

Day 5 – 10: Same as the previous itinerary (starting from Fes)

 

10 Days Morocco Itinerary Starting from Casablanca: South

10 days morocco itinerary starting from Casablanca-South

Day 1: arrive at Casablanca

– If you arrive in the morning, you may have enough time to check the Hassan II Mosque later in the day. If not, go for dinner at Rick’s Caffee and leave it for day 2.

Day 2: Casablanca + Marrakesh

– If you haven’t seen it already, check the Hasan II Mosque in the morning and take the CTM bus or the train to Marrakesh. If you’ve visited the mosque on day1, go straight to Marrakesh and use the afternoon to explore the medina and the Jamal el-Fnaa square.

Day 3 – 4: Marrakesh

– Two full days in Marrakesh should be enough to visit all the highlights of the city. Go to the Bahia palace on the first morning, followed by the Saadian tombs and then some of the museums in the medina (the photography one is my favorite). If you want to visit Marrakesh’s biggest attraction – Le Jardin Majorelle, go there on the next morning – as early as possible.
In the afternoon, have a seat at one of the restaurants/ cafes (the Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier was my choice) with a view to the Jamall el-Fnaa square. Watching the transformation of the square towards its night version is one of the best shows in Marrakesh.

Sanke Charmers in Marrakesh

Day 5: Sahara tour – Travel to Merzouga

– Time to start your journey south to the Sahara Desert. I suggest using an organized tour for this one. Organizing a trip down to Merzouga, a camel ride and a trip to Fes afterward is way too much trouble.
The first day will begin very early for you, and you’ll navigate your way down through the magnificent Atlas Mountains. The highlight of the day would be the tour around ancient UNESCO recognized Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. The night will be spent in a Dades valley hotel (booked by your tour).

Day 6: Sahara tour – Welcome to the desert

– On the second day, you continue your journey through the mountains. You’ll have a stop at the fantastic Todra Gorge where you’d have a short walk around the canyon and learn more about the farm methods of the Berbers.
In the afternoon, you’ll arrive at Merzouga and go for a camel ride into the desert. The night will be spent in a Berber tent under the countless Sahara stars

The Million Stars of the Sahara Desert

Day 7: Sahara Tour end – travel to Fes

– You start the day with a camel ride at sunrise, followed by breakfast in Merzouga and the 8hrs journey through the middle Atlas mountains. There are multiple spots for photo ops along the way and an (overpriced) lunch stop.
In the afternoon, you arrive in Fes. You can check some of the minor highlights of the city like the Rainbow Street or the Blue Gate or just unwind in your hotel/ riad.

Day 8: Fes

-A full day in the old capital of Morocco. Start with the Chouara tannery and make your way to one of the madrasas and the royal palace (if you are on a photo-hunt, start the day at the royal palace to avoid the crowds).


Read More: What to see in Fes – a complete travel guide



Day
9: Joker

– There are a few options for day 9. You can spend another day in Fes and explore everything the city has to offer, or you may take a day trip to Chefchaouen and explore the Blue Pearl of Morroco. If your flight back home is from Casablanca, you may have to spend the day traveling back there.

Day 10: Fly back home from Fes or Casablanca

 

10 Days Morocco Itinerary Starting from Marrakesh

10 days morocco itinerary starting from Marrakesh

Marrakesh is the most touristic centered city in Morocco and another popular entry point to the country.
The 10 days itinerary starting from Marrakesh is the same as the Casablanca: South. The only difference is that you skip the White City completely, and you have an extra day in Fes.

 

Additional Travel Information

When to visit

When To Visit Morroco

Morocco is a fantastic year-round destination. Spring (mid-March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the high seasons while winter (December – February)  is the low one. Having said that, if you’re not afraid of temperatures around in the range of 10C (50F) -18C (64F) and you want to enjoy the Morrocan sun but skip the crowds – winter is your time. Just pack enough clothes for the Sahara desert trip and the High Atlas Mountains.

How to Travel Around Morocco

How to get around in Morocco

Public transport is quite well developed in Morocco. The national rail company ONCF connects most of the large cities and is a popular choice. Offering the best balance between price and comfort are the city buses – CTM and SupraTour. If you’re in a hurry, the domestic flights are not that expensive either. Some of the airports, however, are not that close to the medinas.
There are also the petit and grand taxis. The petite are the normal ones you use around the city, while the grand taxis are minivans running between cities.

Money In Morocco

Morroco Information-Currency

Moroccan currency is the Dirham. 10 Dirhams are a little bit more than 1USD (a bit less than 1EUR). Credit Cards are largely accepted in the big cities and ATMs are not hard to find. You can pay with EUR in most of the hotels and restaurants, some of them accept USD too. 

See the latest dirham rates

Wi-Fi in Morocco

Morroco Information- Wi-Fi

I was surprised by the speed of the internet in Morocco. It’s way better than most of the European countries. Wi-Fi was available in every riad I stayed in and in every restaurant. I do recommend getting a local SIM card. They are pretty cheap and reliable. I found Inwi to have great offers –  50MAD/ 5USD for 5GB data; 100MAD/10USD for 10GB data, etc.

All Inwi shops in Morocco

Communication

10 Days Morocco Itinerary - Communication

Arabic is the official language, but French is something like a second official one. Due to the proximity, Spanish is widely spoken too (especially in the north parts of the country). English comes fourth, but the good thing is, while it’s not the strong side of the locals, everybody working in the tourist industry (at least everybody I had contact with) speak it fluently.  

Morocco Tours

More than 10 Days in Morocco?

Other Places To Visit in Morocco

If 10 days Morocco itinerary is not enough for you, here are some extra destinations to explore:

  • Essaouira
    A small resort town on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Unlike the other cities in the country, Essaouira is a very relaxed, perfect to unwind from the Morrocan mayhem.
  • High Atlas Mountains 
    The Atlas Mountains are among the most impressive mountains I’ve seen! If hiking is your idea of a perfect trip, you won’t be disappointed. Reaching Mount Toubkal (4,167 m) – the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, North Africa, and the Arab World should be a bucket list  adventure for every mountain enthusiast.
  • Tamri
    Small surfing town on the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by sand dunes and goat trees (Argan trees which goats love to climb, look hilarious) it’s another excellent place for a chill vacation.
  • Mekens
    A big city with some impressive Babs (gates) a mausoleum and even a Royal Palace. Not as remarkable as Fes but not as touristy too.

 

That’s all from me, I hope you have tons of fun in your  10 days in Morocco
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