Destinations Destinations
Marrakesh, Rabat, Casablanca, Essaouira, Merzouga, Chefchaouen, Meknes, Fes, Todra Gorge, Volubilis
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Cities
Physical Level Physical Level
Season Season
January - December

Two weeks is enough time to explore the four famous imperial cities of Morocco, whilst leaving time to delve into desert areas to get a taste of how the remote Berbers live. Begin your journey in coastal Casablanca and travel to Rabat to see Kasbah of the Udayas, the Berber-era royal fort beside the Atlantic Ocean. Continue on to Chefchaouen, where you will spend a day exploring its blue houses and streets before taking the drive to the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meknes. The next city stop is Fes, after which you will pass through Midelt on the way to Merzouga in the Sahara Desert. Having made your way behind the Atlas Mountains, hike in the steep-walled Todra Gorge before visiting Marrakech and the harbour town of Essaouira.

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Casablanca's history and grand mosque

Morocco’s largest city sits beside the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its rich history. Look out for the spectacular Hassan II Mosque, designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and completed in 1993. It’s the largest mosque in Africa and the third-largest in the world, with a 210m tall minaret that punctures the city skyline.

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Take a street art tour in Casablanca

Exploring Morocco’s largest city is best done on foot, and a great way to do this is by checking out its growing street art scene, which adds a touch of colour to the city’s old white buildings, with the help of a tour guide.

Experience urban life in Rabat

Although it’s the capital city of Morocco, Rabat is lesser-touristed than other cities. Visit Kasbah of the Udayas, the Berber-era royal fort beside the Atlantic Ocean, for its French-designed gardens, hinting at the city’s Islamic and French-colonial heritage.

Explore modern art in Rabat’s Mohammed VI Museum

Explore modern art in Rabat’s Mohammed VI Museum

Experience modern and contemporary Moroccan culture at the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat. Only opened in 2014, the stunning modern museum building itself took ten years to build, and inside it houses the works of Moroccan and international artists from the twentieth century onwards.

The blue city of Chefchaouen

In this city in the Rif Mountains, everything is a shade of blue, from the paved alleyways to the front doors of sky blue houses. Wander up and down narrow stairways and along alleys to explore leather and weaving workshops and visit the red-walled Kasbah, a 15th-century fortress and dungeon in Place Outa el Hammam.

Imperial city of Meknes and roman ruins at Volubilis

Once believed to have been the ancient capital of Mauretania, partially-excavated Volubilis is an archaeologist’s dream. It’s a beautiful place to walk around and ponder what it must have been like here in the 3rd century BC, when the settlement was developed.

Bake Moroccan biscuits in the hillside town of Moulay Idriss

Bake Moroccan biscuits in the hillside town of Moulay Idriss

Escape the crowds with a visit to the charmingly picturesque hillside town of Moulay Idriss. The town is of national importance thanks to its religious history but still fairly quiet. It is welcoming to visitors and local guesthouses offer the opportunity to bake traditional Moroccan biscuits in community ovens.

Explore the medieval city of Fes

Founded in the 9th century, Fes is the best-preserved medieval city in the Muslim world and is a colourful and bustling place to explore. Walk through the ornate Bab Bou Jeloud city gate to the former school complex of Bou Inania Medersa before searching for bargains in the souks.

Merzouga and Sahara dunes by four-wheel-drive or camel

Once you’ve arrived at Merzouga — gateway to the Sahara — you will find yourself surrounded by the dry heat and sand dunes of the desert. Explore this remote town before cruising the dunes in a four-wheel-drive or by camel. To get more of a taste of remote Berber life, spend a night camping in a tent under the starry desert sky.

Take a sunset camel trek in the Sahara Desert

Take a sunset camel trek in the Sahara Desert

The western fringe of the vast Sahara Desert creeps into southern Morocco and one of the most authentic ways to experience it is to watch the golden sands melt together as the sun goes down with an evening camel ride.

Walk in Todra Gorge

No trip to Morocco is complete without a walk in the wadis. The steep-cliffed valleys of Todra Gorge are a series of limestone canyons that make for a unique walking experience. Hike along paths that have been carved out by rivers and enjoy spectacular views of pink rock as you pass through. The height of the canyon walls reaches 400min in some places.

Royal dynasties and souks in Marrakesh

Brightly coloured textiles, richly patterned pottery and arabesque jewellery are among the beautiful things you can find in the vibrant Marrakesh souks. The Saadian tombs, decorated with colourful mosaics, date back to the 16th century and are worth visiting for a taste of Marrakesh’s historic architecture.

Get botanical in Marrakesh’s Majorelle Gardens

Get botanical in Marrakesh’s Majorelle Gardens

Seek some shade at the peaceful Majorelle Gardens in Gueliz, a neighbourhood in the heart of Marrakesh developed during the French protectorate era. The colourful and varied botanical garden also features a striking blue Cubist villa and is home to the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakesh and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

Sample street food in the Jemaa el Fna

Sample street food in the Jemaa el Fna

As the sun sets, Jemaa el Fna comes to life with entertainers, street performers and food stallholders selling everything from sheep’s brain, snails and mixed grill. The ambience turns up as evening rolls on. Wander on your own or join a guided street food tour.

Get lost in Marrakesh’s soulful souks

Get lost in Marrakesh’s soulful souks

In a city of countless winding alleyways and palaces centuries old, grab a local guide for a walking tour. You may discover the souks where items are still handmade, palaces with tales to tell, and gardens for a peaceful rest.

Design your own Moroccan slippers in Marrakesh

Design your own Moroccan slippers in Marrakesh

The souks are filled with colourful babouche slippers in a rainbow of colours, styles and sizes, but during a hands-on workshop organised by Atelier d’Ailleurs, guests can make a pair to suit their style. Accompanied by a master craftsman throughout the three-hour workshop, guests select the leather, cut, hammer, sew and select the colourful accessories to accompany the pair of slippers they take home at the end.

Cobbled fishing town of Essaouira

Sip mint tea and feast on fresh fish as you sit in a coastal eatery and watch life go by in this walled harbour town. Wander through the avenues of the fortified medina before spending some time at the beach just outside its red city walls. Essaouira also offers excellent waves for surfing.

Take a horse ride across Essaouira’s beaches

Take a horse ride across Essaouira’s beaches

Venture to coastal Essaouira, known as the windy city, and a perfect spot for horseback riding along its magnificent beaches on beautiful Berber horses. A light, laid-back alternative to life in bustling Marrakesh.

Where to stay

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Three star equivalent hotels offering traditional Moroccan hospitality, comfortable rooms and convenient locations...

Expect to pay $290 per night


Four-star equivalent hotels often in restored historical buildings with large, comfortable rooms, quality dining, and extra facilities such as pools, spa and terrace bar...

Expect to pay $340 per night


Exclusive, five star equivalent hotels boutiques with carefully restored architecture, finely-appointed rooms & suites, world-class dining, and personal service...

Expect to pay $440 per night
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