Morocco is such a stunning country—one of my favorites that we’ve visited! I am pumped to share with you my two-week Morocco itinerary.
Morocco is filled to the brim with different experiences for you to take part in. From the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city of Marrakech, with its labyrinthine souks and stunning mosques, to the awe-inspiring sand dunes of the Sahara desert, 14 days almost doesn’t seem like enough!
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When planning a trip to a country like Morocco, it can easily become overwhelming and make you unsure of where to start. But luckily, this Morocco travel itinerary can help you make the most of your time in North Africa.
I hope my two-week Morocco itinerary inspires you to visit this beautiful country!
It’s the perfect way for a first-time traveler to see all the best that Morocco has to offer, and with my travel tips and tricks, I’m sure you’ll want to come back for more after this trip.
So let’s start planning!
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The Perfect Two-Week Morocco Itinerary
Morocco Itinerary Days 1 – 3: Marrakech
Start by flying into Marrakech, the bustling Red City of Morocco. I recommend spending at least three full days in Marrakech.
Marrakech is a great city to start your epic Moroccan adventure. Once you arrive you’ll be able to gather your bearings, check into one of the many beautiful riads, and explore the city.
We stayed at Riad Anayela and absolutely loved it. Peep this post for my favorite riads in Marrakech.
Whichever riad you choose, you’ll immediately start to experience traditional Moroccan hospitality—it’s so welcoming and friendly and you will really feel at home.
Plus, staying in a riad adds an extra layer of authenticity to your Morocco vacation experience!
When you’re not relaxing and enjoying yourself in the riad, take time to explore the ancient city walls and wander through the bustling souks searching for interesting keepsakes and souvenirs.
The souks of Marrakesh can be a bit daunting your first time, so be sure to read this post I wrote with tips specifically on navigating the souks.
You can also hire a professional guide to help you navigate the narrow alleyways and souks. It’ll also give you more insight into traditional Moroccan culture.
Also, don’t be afraid to barter for prices. It can be uncomfortable but trust me, it’s welcomed and a part of the experience.
Spend an evening in the bustling Djemma El Fna Square. Make sure to take in a show at one of the many theatre performances that occur there. You can enjoy one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants that overlook the square and watch the sunset.
After a filling breakfast at your riad, take a day trip to visit the Ourika Valley. The valley is known for its stunning waterfalls, and you can find plenty of activities such as river rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking to enjoy.
It’s located about 40 minutes from Marrakech, so make sure to plan for enough time to get there and back.
The valley is full of spectacular views and has some great restaurants where you can stop and sample traditional Moroccan cuisine.
After your day excursion in the valley, head back to Marrakech and spend your evening in the city.
If you are into fashion, I highly recommend that you spend some time at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. There’s something so special about seeing the inside of his workshop, with all its intricate details and creativity.
Afterward, take a walk through the gardens and see the beautiful Majorelle Garden, which was once owned by YSL himself. It’s such a relaxing and romantic spot!
It’s also where they went in Inventing Anna, haha.
Be sure to check out the Bahia Palace, which is a beautiful 19th-century Moorish palace and was once the home of the Grand Vizier.
No matter what you choose to do in the evening, there are plenty of things to keep you busy in Marrakech! I’d recommend a night of belly dancing and delicious food at Comptoir Darna.
Check out my other recs for Marrakech nightlife in this post!
Morocco Itinerary Days 4 – 6: Sahara Desert Tour
Next up, we’re heading to the desert! I highly recommend booking Youssef who owns Morocco Exotic Adventures for a 3-day Sahara Desert tour, taking you from Marrakech to the desert, and then ending in Fez.
You can email Youssef or just text him on WhatsApp where he’s super responsive. He planned and booked our entire three-day desert itinerary, including stops along the way, our camel ride, and staying in a luxury glamping site in the desert!
His tour rate also includes him picking you up and driving you everywhere in a very comfortable van. Everything was smooth and seamless thanks to him, and he’s a total sweetheart. Can’t recommend him enough!
Start your desert tour off by visiting the villages of Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate, two of Morocco’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites are filled with ancient kasbahs and offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
You can explore the buildings and take in all the history, as well as grab some souvenirs from local vendors.
Once you are done soaking in these beautiful sites, you’ll head to Dades Gorges for more incredible scenery, where you’ll enjoy dinner and spend the night.
How pretty was the view from our room??
Pack your bags as we are headed to the Sahara Desert! This is a must-do experience on any Morocco itinerary.
The road trip is filled with stunning scenery of the middle Atlas Mountains and you’ll get a chance to stop at some cool villages along the way. Plus, you can grab a bite of tagine as you go!
Youssef will also make a stop for you in Erfoud, which is absolutely worth visiting. Erfoud is known for fossils!
Did you know that the desert used to be underwater? Neither did I, but apparently that’s why it’s so fossil-rich.
We bought some incredible souvenirs from here, including a large ammonite that’s 450 million years old!
After Erfoud, you’ll head on to explore the majestic sand dunes of Merzouga by way of camel!
There’s truly nothing like taking a sunset camel safari ride through the Sahara Desert. It’s absolutely breathtaking to see the shades of pink and orange as the sun sets over the dunes.
Is riding a camel comfortable? No. Your bum will be sore the next day for sure. Is it worth it? Absolutely!
After watching the sunset over the dunes, you’ll continue on by camel to your luxury campsite.
I’m not into camping, but glamping I can do. I was happy to find our glamping tents had running water and showers, and we were very comfortable spending a night here.
After dinner, you’ll spend the evening at a campfire with local Berber musicians and dancers—it’s such an incredible experience!
And don’t forget to look up at night, the sky filled with stars will leave you in total awe.
Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the dunes. We all know I’m not a morning person, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and even I can drag my a$$ out of bed early for a Sahara sunrise!
Enjoy breakfast in the Sahara, then get ready for another epic day of exploring.
You’ll head back to the town of Merzouga and have the option of going by camel ride or getting picked up in a jeep. We opted for camel ride again because, when else are we going to ride camels??
The Sahara screams adventure and you can take part in a variety of activities like sandboarding, quad-biking, and horseback riding.
We went for an ATV ride on the dunes and it was SO much fun!!
Regardless of which activity you choose your guide will lead you through the golden sand dunes and show you all the hidden gems of the desert.
Oh, and we also came across this little guy…a baby fennec fox!! What a cutie. He was so soft!
You’ll continue on to Fez, where your three-day desert tour wraps up.
Morocco Itinerary Day 7 – 9: Fez
Fez is located in the stunning Rif Mountains and is known as the cultural capital of Morocco. Its rich history, grand palaces, and ancient medina make it a must-see destination.
It’s known for being the most well-preserved ancient Arabic city, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you enter the Medina.
We stayed at Riad Fes and it was absolutely gorgeous!
After getting settled take some time to wander the lanes of the medina and explore the markets filled with colorful fabrics, ceramics, and spices. The hustle and bustle are contagious!
The Medina is not only a protected UNESCO world heritage site but also one of the oldest in existence, with roots dating back to the 9th century.
It’s also the largest continuous car-free urban area in the world and is packed with historical sites and monuments from the 14th century.
If you’re looking for great photo ops, tonight is the perfect time to check out Bab Boujloud. This massive structure is one of Fez’s most iconic landmarks, and it’s especially beautiful at sunset. After you’ve gotten your fill of pictures, head to a rooftop restaurant for dinner while you enjoy the view.
Spend the morning exploring more of Fez’s bustling markets and experience shopping in one of Morocco’s oldest cities. You’ll find everything from spices to jewelry and handcrafted leather goods.
This will feel a lot like the souks in Marrakech, but here you can find a wider variety of items.
In the afternoon take a guided tour to discover more about Fez’s cultural and spiritual heritage. We booked Jamal for two different tours while we were in Fes and he was a fantastic guide. You can find his info on his Google Maps page here and open it on your phone to call/message him directly and set up a time for your tour.
You’ll visit religious sites such as tombs, mosques, and Madrasas that date back centuries. This is an amazing way to learn more about the city’s rich history and culture.
Of course, you have to visit Fes’ famous leather tannery, the Chouara Tannery. It’s an incredible sight, and you’ll be enchanted by all the colors of the leathers and hides being worked on in an old-fashioned way.
This was one of my favorite days in Morocco. It brought together all the elements that make this country so special—culture, history, art, religion, and more.
For your last day in Fez, enjoy some relaxation at a spa/hammam. We indulged in some treatments at the hammam at Riad Fes, which combines traditional western-style massages with a hammam steam room and scrub.
After a relaxing first half of the day, we went out on another tour with Jamal where we also had a driver take us around to different sights in Fes, like the Maranid Tombs and a ceramic factory.
It was absolutely mind-blowing to see how ceramic tiles are handmade and painted, and then carefully placed to make intricate designs. It made us appreciate the insane architecture we’d been seeing around Morocco even more!
Morocco Itinerary Day 10 – 12: Chefchaouen
Another day, another city, another adventure! Today we’re headed to Chefchaouen—a serene mountain town in northern Morocco known as the blue city.
It’s about a 3.5-hour drive from Fes to Chefchaouen, and I recommend hiring Youssef again for this drive, as he also offers private driver services in addition to his desert tours.
We’ve all seen the captivating photos of this charming little town and it’s finally time to experience it in person!
Chefchaouen doesn’t have a ton to do besides being one of the prettiest places in Morocco. So, once you arrive, your first day is all about relaxing, wandering the beautiful streets, and enjoying.
Take some time to stroll through the streets and soak in the relaxing atmosphere. You’ll be able to wander the narrow alleyways and take in all the blue-washed buildings without anyone trying to sell you something.
During your second day in Chefchaouen, you may want to opt for a hike in the beautiful nature near town, or head up to the Spanish Mosque. While the mosque isn’t anything amazing to look at, the views from there definitely are!
If you haven’t had your fill of shopping yet, wander Chefchaouen’s medina during your last afternoon here.
Morocco Itinerary Day 12 – 14: Tangier
Time for one last stop on the Morocco itinerary before you head home. Today we’re off to Tangier—the gateway between Europe and Africa. This city is known for its stunning beaches, charming medina, and vibrant nightlife scene.
It’s just over a 2-hour drive from Chefchaouen to Tangier, and again I would hire Youssef as your driver for this.
Start your day with a stroll through Medina’s narrow streets where you can find everything you forgot to pick up at the other markets.
Stop by Cafe Hafa, which was established in 1921 and is situated on the cliffside with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Phoenician Tombs are also interesting to check out and are located near Cafe Hafa.
For your last day in Morocco, head to one of Tangier’s stunning beaches. Enjoy a few hours in the sun before making your way back into town for dinner and drinks at a local restaurant.
Be sure to visit the Hercules Caves!
End your last night in Morocco with a visit to the Grand Socco, one of the city’s most lively squares. Here you can people-watch and soak up the atmosphere before heading back to your hotel to pack for your journey home.
It’s time to head home! Or at least on to your next country…
I did want to mention that we flew to Morocco on TAP Air, which has a great stopover program. So for the price of one roundtrip flight to Morocco, you can add a stopover in Porto or Lisbon for up to 10 days at the beginning or end of your trip.
We did a stopover in Lisbon for a few days after Morocco and it was awesome! Just wanted to mention this here as it’s a unique way to save some $$ and get to explore two totally different countries for the price of one flight!
I hope this 14-day Morocco itinerary gave you a taste of all that Morocco has to offer. Whether it’s the vibrant city life of Marrakech or the stunning beaches of Tangier, I know you’ll love this incredible country!
You’ll notice I don’t have Casablanca anywhere on this 14-day itinerary. I haven’t heard the best things about Casablanca, especially in terms of how they treat women. Some of my female friends who have visited said that men who worked at their hotel wouldn’t speak to them or help them arrange things.
So I intentionally left Casablanca off of this Morocco tour—I felt like we had plenty to cover already!
If you’re heading to Morocco and hit up any of my recs from this Morocco itinerary, please tag me in a Story, @wtfab on Instagram, I’d love to see what you’re up to!
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Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.