Days 1 – 5: Marrakech (4 Nights): Stay at Riad: We checked into this gorgeous riad for a two-night stay and found out why it’s one of Instagram’s most famous hotels. Eat at NOMAD: For our first night, we checked out this cool fusion restaurant for dinner. The food was great, and the place has an epic sunset view. the second Day She Has Breakfast at Riad Starting your day on a rooftop is a must in Morocco! Explore Marrakesh: We went to the Ben Youssef Madrasa and the Bahia Palace, both of which are perfect for photo ops. Get Online: SIM cards are cheap here. I picked up a Maroc SIM card for 40 dirhams ($4 USD) plus 100 dirhams ($10 USD) for 10 GBs of data. Have Lunch at Le Jardin: A green oasis in the middle of the city, this was a perfect midday break. Don’t miss the pop-up shop inside! Shop: Morocco is an amazing place for shopping, Marrakech has some good markets. I was really disappointed with Jemaa el Fna though. While it’s one of the city’s most popular attractions, it’s also overly touristy and has super aggressive vendors along with some unfortunate animal cruelty.
Day 3 & Day 4; Stay at La Mamounia: We checked into the famous La Mamounia for our last couple of nights in the city. This is such a fab place to just unwind and indulge.
Days 5 and 6: Sahara Desert Marrakech to the Sahara Desert by Car (Approx. 10 Hours) Stay at the Sahara Desert Luxury Camp: We were picked up from La Mamounia in the early morning of Day 5 and then spent two unforgettable nights at the Sahara Desert Luxury Camp. It takes almost a full day to get to the camp, but the travel is included in the glamping package.
Days 7-8: Skoura Valley Oasis 5-Hour Transfer from Sahara Desert Camp Travel to the Skoura Valley Oasis: We left the desert behind to travel to the Skoura Valley oasis for one night at L’ma Lodge.
Days 8 and 9: Essaouira Drive from Skoura Valley Oasis to Essaouira (Approx. 7 Hours) Stay at the Villa Maroc: We took a taxi to the coastal city of Essaouira (we paid approx. $90 USD) and stayed two nights in Villa Maroc. Be sure to book yourself a massage and spend some time in their hammam. Explore the Medina and Souks: Shopping in Morocco is the best. There are endless souks in Essaouira so be sure to schedule some time (and budget) for a look through. Stroll the Port: Essaouira is a coastal town and there is a huge port where you can see lines of bright blue boats and fisherman reeling in the catch of the day. Afterwards, head to the bustling fish market to pick one up! Take a Cooking Class: Villa Maroc offers a great cooking class where you can learn how to make some traditional Moroccan dishes! Eat at La Licorne: Come here for a fine dining experience and to try their tajin and couscous dishes.
Day 10: Overnight Train from Marrakech to Tangie Take a Ride on the Overnight Train: Getting around Morocco by train is a great option for all types of travellers. a great way to see some of the incredible landscape between cities. While there isn’t an extensive network of trains, you’ll find that the majority of tourist destinations in Morocco are well connected if you want to do some city hopping!
Days 11- 13: Chefchaouen Explore the Medina and Shop the Souks in Chefchaouen: Visit the heart of the city to get a feel for the style and culture. Grab a bite, do some bargaining and find yourself some gems. One of my favourite shops was La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin for homemade soaps!
Stay at Dar Baibou: From Tangier, we took a taxi to Chefchaouen, which was just over two hours and $60 USD. When we arrived, we checked into Dar Baibou for two nights. This quaint little hotel has a traditional Moroccan style and great amenities.
Stay at Casa Peralta: This top-rated hotel has an Andalusian style and is very popular so book early! Don’t miss the beignet stand right next door!
Hike to the Spanish Mosque: Overlooking Chefchaouen, you’ll want to plan a couple of hours to hike up and explore this abandoned mosque.
Explore Rif Mountain: There are guided excursions that will take you up into the mountains or it’s easy to plan a solo trip. If you are travelling in the summer, just be sure to plan for the heat!
Eat at Le Lamp Magique at Aladins: This spot is popular for its classic lunch dishes and it’s also one of the prime places in Chefchaouen to watch the sunset.
Go shopping 64: For the best overhead view of the souk and the tanneries, take a trip up the stairs of shop 64!
Shop the Medinas: Filled with endless lines of colour and aromas, these heady markets are unlike anything else that you’ll find in the world. You can bargain with any vendor and get rock bottom prices on great stuff.
Explore Al Attarine Madrasa: This educational institute in the heart of the medina has a very interesting history as well as incredible intricate architecture. It is definitely worth the quick tour.
Stay at Dar Seffarine: It’s the oldest hotel in the medina and, with just six guest rooms, it has a very intimate feel– a nice place to escape the busy streets.
See Casablanca: We took the train from Fes (which took less than four hours and ranges from $12 to $25 USD, depending on which seats you opt for) to get to Casablanca, and we stayed one night in Mogador Marina.
Walk Through the Market: This market is smaller than others so it is very manageable. They have also nailed the aesthetic and it’s totally instagrammable.
Grab a Drink at Rick’s Cafe: This place is a classic and they make a great Negroni (my drink of choice).
Stroll Through the Parc de La Ligue Arabe: This peaceful area is full of greenery and is the ideal spot for a little walk and talk.
Visit the Hassan II Mosque: This incredible Mosque sits above the Atlantic Ocean which is visible through one room’s glass floor.
Treat Yourself to a Pastry at Bennis Habous: Located near the old medina this is often considered as one of the best pastry shops in the country. Try the hornes des gazelles!
Eat at Resto Zayna: For a very traditional Moroccan experience and a taste of the country’s traditional cuisine.