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DIY Morocco Itinerary Two Weeks 14 Days

 
 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is Part 2 of series on traveling from Southeast Asia to Morocco. Read Part 1 to find out how to get the cheapest flights to Morocco if you're coming from this part of the world.

This was the DIY Morocco itinerary my husband and I scheduled for our honeymoon in Morocco-edited for people who only have two weeks. If you want to stay three weeks or longer, spend another day in each stop. This do-it-yourself adventure will let you see all the imperial cities, the Sahara Desert, and a few daytrip destinations along the way. It includes:

Casablanca
Marrakech
The Atlas Mountains
Todra Gorge
The Sahara
Fez
Meknes
Volubilis
Moulay Idriss
Chefchaouen
Tangier

Day 1: Casablanca

Arrive: Early morning in Casablanca, taking the airport train from Mohammed V to Casa Voyageurs
Eat lunch: Rick's Cafe (the famous coffee shop in the movie, Casablanca)
Afternoon: DIY walking tour covering all major buildings in the city:

  • Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur
  • Palais de Justice
  • Main Post Office
  • Banque Al-Maghrib
  • La Princiere Salon de The
  • Hotel Guynemer
  • Hotel Transatlantique
  • Hotel Volubilis
  • Hotel Lincoln
  • Le Matin
  • Cinema Rialto
  • Place 16 Novembre
  • Rue Prince Moulay Abdellah

Eat dinner: Any restaurant in the city centre
Sleep: Hotel Astrid

Day 2: Marrakech

Arrive: 12 noon in Marrakech, taking the 8:50am ONCF Train from (Travel time: 4 hours)
Eat lunch: Any restaurant in the medina
Do: DIY walking tour of Djemaa El Fna (the medina) covering:

  • Bahia Palace
  • Dar Si Said
  • Cinema Eden
  • Bab Fteuh Fondouq
  • Moussine Fountain

Eat dinner: The night food stalls in the medina's main square
Sleep: Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge - Private Room

Day 3: The Atlas Mountains

Join the 3-day, 2-night 'MERZOUGA Tour' by Sahara Rouge
This is a reasonably priced and fun tour that allows you to travel in a comfortable mini bus with several other young tourists from all over the world.

Leave Marrakech early to go down south. The mini bus takes you up the Atlas Mountains via the winding Tishka Pass. Enjoy breathtaking views. Stop at Kasbah Ait Benhaddou (a Berber village) and then proceed to Ouarzazate (the Sahara's gateway) for lunch (included in the tour). You will then be taken to Dades Gorges and to a nearby hotel.

Day 4: Camping on the Sahara

Proceed to the stunning Todra Gorge, then head down to Erg Chebbi's giant sand dunes surrounding the Berber town of Merzouga. To get to the Berber campsite, you will take a one-hour camel ride.

Day 5: Back to Marrakech

Enjoy another one-hour camel trek back to the town for breakfast. The mini bus takes you to the North and through the Atlas. Arrive back in Marrakech by 7pm.
Sleep: Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge - Private Room

Leather bags in Marrakech

Beautiful leather bags in the Marrakech medina

ASIA HOPPING RECOMMENDATION

Where We Stayed in Morocco ($40 to $90 per night):


This is a basic hotel in the middle of the city, close to lovely cafes. The bathrooms could use an upgrade but at this price, we're not complaining.

A bit tired of riads and traditional dar hotels, we treated ourselves to this great-value Western style hotel in Meknes. Rates aren't so bad and the views of the old medina are spectacular!

Basic, friendly, and safe -- and the breakfast out on the indoor garden was nice. The receptionists speak English very well and are ready to give you tips. The sea is a very short walk from this centrally-located hotel.

This is a lovely dar hotel up on a hill. The owner is a kind man who is happy to keep the fireplace going when the nights get cold (and it does get quite chilly in the highlands of Chefchaouen). Breakfast was phenomenal - he served us traditional Moroccan bread and goat's milk butter. Highly recommended!

This is a beautiful, family-run dar tucked in the Medina, near the restaurants and the legendary butcher who sells camel sandwiches. Hot shower is available!

Moroccan donut and vendor

Moroccan donut and vendor

Sahara camel ride

Sahara camel ride

Sahara tour with fellow travelers from Spain

Sahara tour with fellow travelers from Spain

Day 6: Fez

Take the 7:00am ONCF train from Marrakech to Fez (Travel time: 7 hours)
Eat lunch: Train
Arrive at 2:00pm in Fez
Walk around the Fez medina
Eat dinner: Camel meat in Moroccan bread from the famous Camel butcher in the medina
Sleep: Dar Warda

Day 7: Fez

Free hotel breakfast
DIY Walking tour of Fes (3 to 4 hours)
Eat lunch: Thami's (Rue Serrajine) under a Mulberry tree
Walk to the Chouwara Tanneries
Eat dinner: Camel meat in Moroccan bread from the famous Camel butcher in the medina
Sleep: Dar Warda

Fes

Walking around Fes

Fes - Medina walls

The ancient Fes medina walls


Day 8: Meknes


Take the 10:20 am ONCF train from Fez to Meknes (Travel time: 30 minutes)
Arrive in Meknes at 10:50 am
Eat an early lunch: Any of the popular restaurants in the medina
DIY walking tour of the Meknes medina
Eat dinner: Any of the popular restaurants in the medina
Sleep: iBis Meknes

Day 9: Volubilis and Moulay Idriss (day trip from Meknes)

Rent a grand taxi (an old Mercedes Benz) to visit Volubilis and Moulay Idriss on a day trip
Cost: 300 Moroccan dirhams
Length of trip: 3 to 4 hours
Eat lunch: Pizzeria Le Four (they serve alcohol!)
DIY walking tour of the Meknes medina
Eat dinner: Any of the popular restaurants in the medina
Sleep: iBis Meknes

Day 10: Tangier

Take the 10:55 am ONCF train from Meknes to Tangier (Travel time: 4 hours)
Eat lunch: Train
Arrive in Tangier at 2:55
Enjoy a promenade stroll
Dinner at: Cafe de Paris (featured in The Bourne Ultimatum)
Sleep: Dar Omar Khayam

Day 11: Chefchaouen

Take the 8am bus to Chefchaouen
Arrive in Chefchaouen by 12nn
Lunch: Any of the medina restaurants
Walk around, hike up the Rif
Sleep: Dar Dalia

Day 12: Back to Tangier

Take the bus to Tangier
In Tangier, walk around Grand Soco
Dinner at the fried fish stalls
Sleep: Dar Dalia

Day 13: Back to Casablanca

Take the 9:35am ONCF train from Tangier to Casablanca
Arrive in Casablanca by 2pm
Rest! Enjoy the city's cafes. Take it easy. You have a long flight back home tomorrow.
Sleep: Manzil Hotel Casablanca

Moulay Idriss

The hike up to Moulay Idriss rewarded us with this view

Volubilis Roman ruins

Roman ruins of Volubilis

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen market

Chefchaouen market

Chefchaouen morning hike

Morning walk around Chefchaouen

Dar Dalia hotel Chefchaouen

View from Dar Dalia hotel in Chefchaouen

Tangier beach

Tangier beach

Gran Cafe de Paris in Tangier (The Bourne Ultimatum)

Gran Cafe de Paris in Tangier, where The Bourne Ultimatum was shot

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