DIY MOROCCO ITINERARY | 11 CITIES, 11 DAYS GUIDE

DIY MOROCCO ITINERARY | 11 CITIES, 11 DAYS

Contributed by: John Vincent Toquero

Sharing our Morocco Itinerary below:

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 11 CITIES, 11 DAYS. MOROCCO.

ESSAOUIRA
Day 1 – Wednesday, February 13, 2019

* 06:45 AM: Arrival at Mohammed V International Airport.
* 07:30 AM: Ride train going to Casa Voyageur. MAD 43 / PHP 243 per person (Book via https://www.oncf.ma 1 month prior)
* 08:30 AM: Arrive at Casa Voyageur, Casablanca. Buy breakfast nearby.
* 08:55 AM: Ride train going to Marrakech. MAD 95 / PHP 539 per person (Book via https://www.oncf.ma 1 month prior)
* 12:30 PM: Arrive at Marrakech Train Station. Buy lunch. Ride bus going to Essaouira. MAD 80 / PHP 454 per person (Book via https://www.ctm.ma 1 month prior). Another option: Rent a Taxi going to Essouira and be fetched the following day. About 550 MAD.
* 03:00 PM: Arrive in Essaouira. Walk towards hotel.
* 03:30 PM: Check in at La Casa Del Mar. (MAD 549 / PHP 3,025 for 3) Freshen up.
* 04:00 PM: Stroll around. Explore these places:
* Ramsses
* Taros
* Skala du Port
* Medina
* Bab Laachour Café
* Bab Doukkala
* Caravane Cafe
* 07:00 PM: Have dinner nearby or at Taros (rooftop). Free time & back to hotel. Rest.

Day 2 – Thursday, February 14, 2019

* 07:00 AM: Wake up, freshen up, and pack up for Marrakech. Grab breakfast c/o hotel.
* 07:30 AM: Continue exploring Essaouira if not yet done.
* 08:00 AM: Go to bus station. Ride bus going to Marrakech. MAD 80 / PHP 425 per person (Book via https://www.oncf.ma 1 month prior)

TIPS/NOTES
* Watch out for seagulls.
* Skala du Port was used by GoT as Astapor.
* Sunset is at 7:30PM.
* La Casa Del Mar (where we stayed) gives free oranges. Get some for the next destination!

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MARRAKESH
Day 2 – Thursday, February 14, 2019

* 11:30 AM: Arrival at Marrakech train station/ ONCF Marrakech Bus Station. Have lunch nearby. Afterwards, walk towards hotel.
* 12:30 PM: Early check in at Riad Kasbah (MAD 1,835 or PHP 10.4k/3 pax 2 nights). Settle in or concierge. Prepare for Oukaimeden.
* 01:00 PM: Pick up from Hotel to OUKAIMEDEN. (Atlas Mountains). (MAD 489 or PHP 2.7k/person)
* 04:30 PM: Back to hotel. Freshen up. Stroll around. Go to Medina & explore until night time. Have dinner. Visit the following:
* Jemma el-Fnaa
* Ben Youssef Madrasa (Closed indefinitely)
* Medina Souks
* 09:00 PM: Go back to hotel & take a rest.

Day 3 – Friday, February 15, 2019

* 07:30 AM: Wake up. Prepare for the day. Have breakfast c/o hotel.
* 09:00 AM: Continue exploring Marrakech. Buy food for lunch since stores will be closed. Visit the following:
* El Badi Palace – EF: MAD 70/PHP 400
* Saadian Tombs – EF: MAD 10/PHP 57
* Bahia Palace – EF: MAD 10/PHP 57
* Dar Si-Said Museum – EF: MAD 10/PHP 57
* 11:00 AM: Back to hotel. Freshen up. Eat lunch.
* 11:30 AM: Explore remaining places in Marrakech:
* Optional: La Mamounia Spa Pass MAD 1600 or PHP 9.1k/person
* Optional: Palais Namaskar MAD 600 or PHP 3.4k/person. Rent private car via GetTransfer for USD 20 / MAD 177 / PHP 1000 for 3 RT.
* 08:00 PM: Back to the hotel. Have dinner nearby. Free time.

Day 4 – Saturday, February 16, 2019

* 06:00 AM: Wake up. Prepare for the day. Pack up. Have breakfast c/o hotel.
* 07:00 AM: Check out from the hotel. Go to Bab Rab and ride bus to Gueliz for MAD 4 or PHP 23/pax
* 08:00 AM: Go to Supratour Bus Station & Ride bus to Merzouga for MAD 240 or PHP 1360/pax (Book via https://www.supratours.ma 1 month prior) or rent a Taxi for 2550 MAD.

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TIPS/NOTES
* Friday is a holy day but establishments are only closed during lunch time or until 2:30 PM at most.
* Do not take picture of snakes in Medina. Owners will charge you.
* Be careful with personal belongings especially in Medina.
* Don’t drink or buy juice from the market.
* Some local will say GPS is not working in the city. Don’t be fooled. It is. Use Maps to track your next destination and avoid people that will offer help (they ask for huge amount of money).

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MERZOUGA
Day 4 – Saturday, February 16, 2019

* 09:00 PM: Arrive at Merzouga Bus Station. Ride free shuttle c/o hotel.
* 09:30 PM: Check in at Hotel Kanz Erremal MAD 370/PHP 2,100 for 3 per night. Freshen up. diy morocco itinerary
* 10:00 PM: Have dinner nearby. Explore Sahara Desert at night.

Day 5 – Sunday, February 17, 2019

* 06:00 AM: Wake up. Have breakfast nearby. Watch sunrise over Sahara desert.
* 07:00 AM: Explore Merzouga & Sahara desert. Pictorial. May opt to ride camel, etc.
* 12:00 NN: Check-out from the hotel. Concierge luggage since scheduled bus to Fes is at 07:00 PM. Free time & continue exploring Merzouga. Have lunch nearby.
* 06:00 PM: Ride shuttle back to Supratours bus station in Merzouga.
* 07:00 PM: Ride bus to Fes for MAD 200 or PHP 1140/pax (Book via https://www.supratours.ma 1 month prior)

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TIPS/NOTES
* Sunrise over Sahara Desert is at 06:51 AM.
* Camel ride (150 MAD) is much cheaper than SUV (950 MAD).
* There is an option to stay at the Tent in Sahara Dessert.

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FES
Day 6 – Monday, February 18, 2019

* 05:00 AM: Arrive at Supratours bus station in Fes. Transfer to hotel is complimentary.
* 05:30 AM: Arrive at Riad Fes Baraka (MAD 1163 or PHP 6,406/3pax). Leave luggages.
* 06:00 AM: Stroll around Fes. Have breakfast nearby & lunch. Also, buy tickets going to Chefchaouen the next day from Gare Routiere for MAD 50/PHP 285 per person. *See notes below.
* Medersa Bou Inania – EF: MAD 20/PHP 115
* Bab Chorfa
* Royal Palace
* Blue Gate diy morocco itinerary
* University of al Karaouine (oldest Univ in the world)
* Al Attarine Madrasa – EF: MAD 10/PHP 57
* Fes Medina/ Fes El Balio
* Borj Nord
* Merenid Tombs – EF: MAD 10/PHP 57
* Nejjarine Square – EF: MAD 10/PHP 57
* Zaouia de Moulay Idriss
* Chouara Tanneries
* 02:00 PM: Back to hotel & check in. Freshen up. Take rest. May continue to explore remaining attractions. Have dinner nearby. Free time. Stroll.

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Day 7 – Tuesday, February 19, 2019

* 06:00 AM: Wake up. Pack up. Prepare for the day. Have breakfast c/o hotel.
* VOLUBILIS Trip
* 07:30 AM: Go to train station in Fes. Ride train to Meknes. MAD 22 / PHP 125 per person (Book via https://www.oncf.ma 1 month prior)
* 08:00 AM: Arrive at Meknes. Hire taxi to Vollubilis for an hour. MAD 220 or PHP 1,250 / 2 pax.
* 10:00 AM: Ride train from Meknes to Fes. MAD 22 / PHP 125 per person (Book via https://www.oncf.ma 1 month prior)
* 10:30 AM: Arrive in Fes. Back to the hotel. Freshen up. Pack up. Free time until check out. Pictorial.
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* 07:00 AM Rent private car via GetTransfer.com for USD 75 / MAD 662 / PHP 3750 for 3 RT.
* 11:00 AM: Arrive in Fes. Back to the hotel. Freshen up. Pack up. Free time until check out. Pictorial.
* 11:30 AM: Check out from the hotel. Have lunch nearby.
* 12:00 NN: Ride bus going to Chefchaouen. MAD 80 / PHP 425 per person (Book via https://www.ctm.ma 1 month prior)

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TIPS/NOTES
* “Balak!” means Look out!
* Don’t entertain guides. diy morocco itinerary
* Be careful of scammers.
* Always remember the Blue Gate’s location.
* Menu prices in restaurants are double for tourists. Ask for the real menu.
* CTM bus to Chefchaouen from Fes is expensive. Take other operators instead if possible.

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CHEFCHAOUEN
Day 7 – Tuesday, February 19, 2019

* 04:05 PM: Arrive at Gare Routiere in Chefchaouen. Walk towards hotel.
* 04:30 PM: Check in at Chez Aziz (MAD 896 or PHP 4,938 for 3). Freshen up.
* 05:00 PM: Stroll around. Have dinner.
* Bouzaafar Mosque diy morocco itinerary
* Outa el Hammam & Kasbah
* Chefchaouen Square
* Plaza Uta el-Hammam

Day 8 – Wednesday, February 20, 2019

* 06:30 AM: Wake up & prepare for the day. Have breakfast c/o hotel.
* 07:00 AM: Free time. Stroll or continue exploring places in the list if not yet done.
* 10:00 AM: Back to the hotel. Freshen up. Pack up & prepare to check out.
* 11:00 AM: Check out from the hotel and go to Supratours Bus Station. Buy lunch.
* 12:45 PM: Ride bus to Rabat for MAD 104 or PHP 590/pax (Book via https://www.supratours.ma 1 month prior) or try local bus. See notes.

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TIPS/NOTES
* Sunset is at 07:00 PM.
* Some souvenirs can be found in other Medinas for cheaper price.
* February is still within rainy season.
* Try MINT TEA.
* Local Bus to Rabat schedule.
* Beware of fake taxis near bus. Legit taxis are blue & at the front of the bus station.

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RABAT
Day 8 – Wednesday, February 20, 2019

* 06:00 PM: Arrive at Rabat Ville Bus Station. Grab Careem to hotel for MAD 16 or PHP 100 for 2 pax
* 06:15 PM: Check in at Dar Mayssane (MAD 1045 or PHP 5.8k / 3 people). Rest. Free time. Have dinner nearby. Places to visit:
* Hassan Tower
* Chellah – EF: MAD 70
* Mausoleum of Mohammed V
* Kasbah of Udayas
* Le Dhow
* Medina

Day 9 – Thursday, February 21, 2019

* 06:30 AM: Wake up. Prepare for the day. Have breakfast c/o hotel.
* 07:30 AM: Continue exploring Rabat if not yet done or may opt to chill in the hotel. Pictorial.
* 11:30 AM: Pack up & check out from hotel. Go to train station in Rabat.
* 12:30 PM: Ride train going to Casablanca. MAD 37 / PHP 210 per person (Book via https://www.oncf.ma 1 month prior)

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TIPS/NOTES
* Rabat is the cleanest major city in Morocco.
* Try Moroccan cookie from Café Maure.
* Ignore faux guides.
* Careem App is operating in Rabat and is so much better than Taxis.

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CASABLANCA
Day 9 – Thursday, February 21, 2019

* 01:45 PM: Arrive in Casa Port. Have lunch nearby.
* 02:00 PM: Check in atMelliber Hotel (MAD 583 / PHP 3,300 for 2. Extra bed is MAD 100 MAD / PHP 551). Settle in. Freshen up.
* 03:00 PM: Stroll around. Attractions to visit: diy morocco itinerary
* Hassan II Mosque
* Rick’s Cafe
* Mohammed V Place
* Quartier des Habous
* Casablanca Cathedral
* Medina
* 07:00 PM: Free time. Have dinner nearby. Rest.

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Day 10 – Friday, February 22, 2019

* 04:30 AM: Pack up & prepare for check out.
* 06:00 AM: Book Careem to Airport. MAD 300 / PHP 1700 for 3 pax.
* 07:00 AM: Arrive at the airport & check in baggage. Flight number WY172.
* 09:15 AM: Bye, Morocco. 😢 diy morocco itinerary

TIPS/NOTES
* Do not let anybody assist you for they will charge you for their service.
* Careem is much cheaper when booked on the spot. Careem is operational in Rabat and Casablanca. It works like uber/grab.
* Do not stroll around old Medina at night.
* Petit Taxis can only accommodate 3 people. Always ask for “meter”.

**DRINK ONLY FROM BOTTLED WATER AT ALL TIMES.**

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THINGS TO DO IN MOROCCO

  1. Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight (with Berber Breakfast) in Marrakech
  2. Agadir Day Trip From Marrakech
  3. Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
  4. Quad Biking Experience in Marrakech
  5. Marrakech City Tour
  6. 2D1N Zagora Desert Tour from Marrakech
  7. 3D2N Merzouga Dunes Desert Tour from Marrakech
  8. Sightseeing Rabat from Casablanca

  9. Sightseeing Marrakech from Casablanca

  10. Essaouira Day Tour from Marrakech: Medina and Essaouira Beach

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