Morocco Route Guide: a 10-day travel itinerary

Morocco Route Guide: a 10-day travel itinerary

Morocco Route Guide: a 10-day travel itinerary

Morocco is a beautiful and diverse country. In one day you will be able to ride a camel in the Sahara and snowboard in the Atlas Mountains. It is a large country and easy to travel although, the distance can be quite long. Therefore, creating the perfect Morocco route can be difficult. Our 10-day route through Morocco was an incredible trip which gave us the opportunity to see the highlights of this country.

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Morocco route guide for a 10-day trip

Our 10-day route was starting from Chefchaouen, but you can easily do this the other way round. If you have the time, we would recommend extending the itinerary to 12 days instead of 10 to have one more day for each Chefchaouen, The blue city of Morocco and the Sahara Desert Tour.

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Day 1 – From Tangier Airport directly to Chefchaouen

The nearest airport to Chefchaouen is Tangier Airport. From Tangier, it’s a 2-hour drive with the taxi or a 4-hour drive with the CTM bus. The bus costs around 50 DH which cost a little less than 5 dollars.

From the airport, take a taxi to the gare routière (bus station) 1.5 km. All buses including CTM will leave from here. You can also split a taxi with others and pay around $15 each, which saves you 2 hours driving time.

See the best places to stay in Chefchaouen

Day 2 – Explore the blue city Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is the one place you shouldn’t skip while creating your Morocco route. It’s a mountain village painted in 100 shades of blue. Every corner has its own kind of blue. Spent one extra day in this city if you are able to.

Read more: Chefchaouen, the blue city in Morocco

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Day 3 – Traveling to Fes

Getting from Chefchaouen to Fes is a 4-hour bus ride along a beautiful route. You really see the countryside of Morocco, which is great to see besides from the big cities. See best places to stay in Fes

Day 4 – Wandering around in Fes

Fes is a city where you won’t get bored that easily. There is a lot to do in and around Fes. It has one of the oldest medinas and surprisingly non-touristy city because it’s not on most people their Morocco route.

Read more: Things to do in Fes

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Day 5 – Traveling to Merzouga (Sahara Desert Morocco)

Merzouga is a town on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. From here, it is a 45-minute drive to the camp where you will be staying for the night.

It is best to do a 3-day Sahara Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech. From Fes to Merzouga is a 5-hour drive through beautiful landscapes and snow covering the Atlas Mountains.

Read more: Sahara Desert Tour (Discount code available for the tour)

Day 6 – Sunrise in the Sahara and Marrakech

You will be woken up early after a great evening with music and dinner to see the sunrise on the back of a camel in the Sahara Desert. After sunrise, breakfast is served and you will be getting back in the car again to carry on our 10-day Morocco route. Heading to Boumalne Dades as your place to sleep on your way to Marrakech.

You will visit a lot of sights on your way to Boumalne Dades.

We highly recommend staying in this beautiful Kasbah. The people living here were so super kind for us. These are the Kasbah’s prices.

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Day 7 – Heading to Marrakech

On the last day of the tour, you will be visiting Ait Benhaddou and visiting one of the highest points in the Atlas mountains. The views from up here are spectacular. By the end of the day, you will arrive in Marrakech, probably ready to dip in a pool. So make sure to have a great riad in Marrakech.

Find all beautiful pool riads in Marrakech

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Day 8 + 9 – Marrakech

Marrakech is a great city to end your trip through Morocco. Wander around through the Medina, buy some souvenirs, stay in the most beautiful riads (guesthouses) and visit all the beautiful colored buildings.

Read more: Things to do in Marrakech

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Day 10 – Flying home

The trip is over, having your last delicious Moroccan breakfast and flying home from Marrakech International airport.

Want to see more of Morocco? Head out to Essaouira or go surfing in Taghazout. Book a direct shuttle from Marrakech here.  

Is Morocco safe to travel?

Yes!! Morocco is completely safe as a country to travel. People are friendly and will let you know when they don’t want you to take a picture with them in it. At night, make sure to not walk alone and stay in the city center (medina) just to be sure.

Is Morocco safe to travel for a woman alone?

Also a yes, it is safe but keep in mind that this is a Muslim country and guys are not really used to ‘western’ girls. Blonde hair will draw a lot of attention, probably more than you like. It’s helpful to wear clothes that cover up your shape a little, so no shorts or mini skirts for example. And always take an extra scarf with you.

So yes it is safe to travel through Morocco as a woman alone but it’s always safer to travel together with someone else.

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Costs of traveling through Morocco

Travelling Morocco can be as cheap or expensive as you like it to be. A group tour to the Sahara will cost around $150 and private more around $600. Trains and buses are very cheap, where taxis can get pricey very fast. Food costs anywhere from $2 to $12, fresh orange juice $0.5 to $3. Airbnb riads can be pretty cheap to stay in, $30 a night where the riads from Booking.com can be doubled easily.

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Weather Morocco: Best time to visit Morocco

We would recommend avoiding Morocco in July and August. I can get unpleasantly hot in the cities.  We visit in February and we needed a little jacket for a few days, which was a perfect climate for us.

The country is at its most beautiful from March to May when the landscape, or during Autumn (September to October) when temperatures are very pleasant.

Morocco vlogs

Morocco was the first time we vlogged our trip. Make sure to check out our all of our Morocco vlogs!

Most beautiful places to stay

Riads in Morocco are incredible, these were our favorites. Find all riads in Marrakech.

08/07/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/morocco/morocco-route-guide/
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  • Ammar Raj Guni

    Hi there,
    Thanks for sharing interesting Morocco travel ideas. We are a couple planning a trip to Morocco for about 8 days. Heard that it is possible to catch some of the amazing highlights of the country within those 8 days but never got any special itinerary to explore yet. Is there any easy way to get some of the most highlights of the country for couple traveler?. How about planning to reach there in the middle of October?. Is that a good month to travel?.

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Ammar,

      You can definitely see the highlights of Morocco in 8 days. We would suggest maybe cutting out Fes or Marrakech out of the route plan suggested here. October is a great month to travel as the temperatures are mild everywhere and its easier to hike in the mountains. Have a great trip!

  • Hi!
    I read this post gazillion times. It is the best itinerary and most ideal for us to follow compared to some other blogs. We are coming from the U.S. I was wondering what city in Europe did you fly from to go to Tangier?

  • I was wondering , the three places in between Fez and Marrakech, Did you guys stay overnight in those respective cities?

    I was wondering how you guys got around from place to place?
    Im thinking of renting a car. If I do have a rental car, would I have to leave it behind if I join the Desert tour?
    Great vlogs.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Ken,

      No, we didn’t stay in Merzouga. We only changed to a 4-wheel drive there to go into the desert. On our way from the desert to Marrakech we did stay in Boumalne Dades which was a nice town with quite a lot places to stay.

      We arranged a private tour from Fes to Marrakech via the Atlas Mountains & Desert but we’ve heard many people who had a great experience driving thereselves. It’s recommended to arrange a 4-wheel drive with a driver when you’re going to enter the desert though (otherwise you’ll probably get lost haha)

  • Loved this post! I just have one question/ request; do you think you could include a full price for going away to Morroco? As in, specific to your trip, how much was spent from flights to food to accomodation and tours
    etc. Iknow there are lots of options etc mentioned, but as a student in the UK, to have a cohesive sum so one has a good idea of what to expect would be so helpful! Thanks again

    PS. If you guys did this on more posts that would be amazing❀️

  • Did you need a vaccine in order to enter Morocco?

  • Newtobackpacking

    Hi! This post is fantastic – thank you. I wonder if you could please tell me what the clothes shopping is like in Morocco? I am a female and am going to be travelling for a little under a year and Morocco is the first place that I will need to cover up. I am planning on buying long skirts etc when I arrive – do you think that is feasible or better to come prepared?

    Thanks :)

    • Thank you very much! So sorry for our late reply.
      When you arrive in one of the big cities like Marrakech or Fes it’s quite easy to find beautiful local clothes to cover-up, however, be prepared for the shop owners in Marrakech. Unfortunately, most of them are in for a scam.

      So maybe it’s best to have at least one set of clothing to cover up before you arrive :)

  • Lovely article – I’ve visited Marrakesh twice and trekked the Atlas Mountains. I definitely want to go back to do Essaouira and the blue city – which looks very like Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia.

  • Fantastic overview!
    We are in the beginning stages of planning our trip to Morocco extending our trip because of a wedding in Sevilla Spain. We’ll be coming from NYC and think the best for us is to flip your 10 day itinerary and start at Marrakech and end near Tangiers so we can take the ferry over to Spain.
    For the desert tour, did you do the 3 days Res to Sahara (Merzouga)? There are several itineraries and just wanted to see what you thought was best! If you have any suggestions on how best we should navigate, knowing we’re going to end (or we could start our Moroccan trip after the wedding in May), we’re eager for any more advice! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Allison!
      What a great time ahead! :-D
      It’s maybe even better to do it the other way round. Chefchaouen is a dream place to finish your Morocco trip.
      Yes, we did one night in the desert, 3 days from Fes to Marrakech. We would recommend 1 day more if you can. Anyway, make sure to contact the guys from DesertDayTours.com. There’s even a discount code form in this article for their service. We, and after us, a lot of other readers of this particular blog did the 3 or 4 day trip with them and they are amazing.

      Please ask us more if you need any! <3

  • First of all, thank you for the efforts and the great article about the 10 day tours around Morocco.
    In terms of safety i would like to add some points and types of reports received by travellers to Marrakech:
    We live in Marrakech and get reports from travellers and their experiences when surfing the medina or at least some districts. In general both genders are offered things for sale in shops or invited for cups of tea, some have reported their credit cards were charged twice either accidentally or meant by the merchant but managed to get their money back. Some have have reported being approached by young guys to invite them out. In terms of crimes few case reported their camera was stolen or purse but not really bad to make the travellers worry that much as long as they are vigilants.

  • Hi, great itinerary! May I know where is the place where the lady is sitting down for her breakfast? :)

  • This post is awesome!!! I would love to tourism to Morocco it looks like you had a magnificent time!! Sign me up for that I adoration cats may even try to take one home; Camels Backs do aspect like they would be sore particularly after 2hrs. I hope one day to have extra to go there, I know it would be an unlimited practice especially with the guidelines you gave! Your pics are also so striking as well!!!

  • Jessie Yeong

    Thank you so much for the advice. I really look forward to the trip, such a vibrant country with so much to offer. Can’t wait to see the blue Pearl of Morocco!

  • Jessie Yeong

    Hi there, I plan to visit Casablanca, Chefchaouen and Marrakech this year during the mid of December before Christmas. Glad to read your blog assuring safety in Morocco as I’ve read a lot about touts and scammers rampant in that country. What other safety precautions to take? Did u change to Morocco dirham in the airport or use Euro for the whole trip?

    • Hi Jessie!

      Great plans! We haven’t heard great stories about Casablanca so maybe switch it to Essaouira if you can. People in Morocco are very very kind in general but once you will get to the more touristy areas, like Marrakech Medina, there will be some issues. We only made sure to not go out on our own, especially in the late evening. Don’t except to much of people you don’t know or trust. Cover yourself, not to much visible shoulders or feet to respect their culture. We always change to local currency since we just prefer to pay in their currency.

      But, please don’t worry too much. We had a few annoying situations but you will forget that when you finished your Morocco trip. You will love it! Have a great trip :D

  • Great photos and info inspire a lot on my trip planning, honestly I have been reading your blog almost everyday…lol!!
    with only 8 days in Morocco we had limited time and need to make a choice on which city to visit, hopefully you can give us some idea.
    We will land in Tangier airport at noon Dec.13 and desert tour start on Dec.16. For 2.5days, does it worth to stay one night in Tangier and one day in Chefchaouen plus one in Fez? or take a ride directly from airport to Chefchaouen?

    • Hi Charmene,

      Thank you very much for your sweet words! So glad our blogs are helpful!
      Chefchaoen is our all-time favorite city in Morocco so we definitely recommend you to go directly to Chefchaouen. We took a taxi for 2 hours which cost us around €60,-. Not the cheapest but worth it. :)
      Since you arrive at daytime it’s also an ok option to take the public bus. It will take a few hours but I’m sure it’ll be an experience ?

      Try to visit Fes for two days instead of one, because there’s so much to see and you will get lost a lot of times haha?

      Hope you’ll have an awesome trip!

  • Could you recommend a driver for tours/airport transfers in Fez and Marrakech? Thanks

    • Hi Christina,

      We recommend http://www.desertdaytours.com :) We did our Fez-Desert-Marrakech tour with them and it was great!

      • Hi,

        Thanks for your recommendation! Will check them out. Do you also still have the contact details of the taxis that you used? Been contacting different ones, and so far they are averaging 200euros to travel from Casablanca to Fes. Quite pricey and over our budget!

        Thanks
        Christina

        • Hi Christina,

          I am looking for driver or car pool around Tangier – Fez as well but seems not popular. Mind to share yours! Thanks in advance.

          • Hi Christina!

            You should contact the guys of Desert Day Tours, they arranged all the transportation and it was perfect. There’s also a discount code in this article which you might can use for Tangier as well. desertdaytours.com

  • Nice post. Thank you for sharing this most beautiful content.

  • i recently been to Morocco it was really amazing we got to enjoy the camel trekking in the desert dunes and wander the most beautiful cities of Morocco all thanks to Morocco Wander Tours these guys really known what they are doing very friendly and professional they made our trip to Morocco so fun and easy i do really recommend them if you are visiting Morocco give them a Try.

  • I am in love with this post and plan on going to Morocco my next trip! I am new to the blogging world and have been trying to teach myself the art of map making! Your map is what stood out to me and would love to hear how you went about creating it! All advise is very much appreciated!

    • Hi, Ashley!
      So good to hear you liked this post. I’m sure you’ll love morocco!
      Ah thanks for your sweet words about the maps?.
      One of the things I did before I created all our maps, was:
      – searching on Pinterest. From there you can find out what style you like the most. More ”arty” or more ”modern”.
      – I use google maps for the outlines of a country or city
      – I use photoshop to create the water paint background and after that Illustrator to make my drawings ”digital” :)

      I’m planning to create a tutorial about this on our youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/saltinourhairtravel in the future so keep an eye on that?

  • I stayed in Riad Yasmine during my time in Marrakech and I loved it! I wish I had found your site before I did my trip, lots of great places you listed!

  • Morocco seems like the perfect destination! This itinerary is so detailed and exceptional! Well done.

  • Deborah Meesters

    Dit lijkt me een hele mooie route! Ik zet hem op de planning voor volgend voorjaar ;-)

  • Leuke route! Wij zijn inmiddels 2 keer in Marokko geweest en de eerste keer hebben we ook de 3 plaatsen gezien die jullie als laatste aandeden. De tweede keer gingen we nog zuidelijker. Tijd dus voor ons om een volgende keer het noorden te gaan ontdekken, want we zijn nog lang niet klaar met Marokko!! :)

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