Morocco in 10 Days Itinerary

Spend 10 Days Traveling Morocco

Dive into a world where modern cities mesh seamlessly with ancient medinas, and serene landscapes evolve into vast desert expanses. Welcome to our 10-day driver-guided tour of Morocco, a handcrafted journey that promises to immerse you in the very essence of this North African gem.

Beginning in the vibrant pulse of Marrakech, you will traverse the majestic High Atlas Mountains, find solace in the desert under a canopy of stars, and meander through historic towns that each tell a tale of their own. As you move from bustling souks to tranquil oasis towns, from UNESCO World Heritage sites to stunning gorges, the diversity of Morocco will unravel before you.

Our promise is not just to show you the sights but to let you live the experiences, the traditions, and the stories that are the soul of Morocco. Join us, and let’s co-author your Moroccan tale.

Highlights of our 10-day Morocco Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech

Djemaa El Fna square, Marrakech, Morocco

Begin your Moroccan odyssey in Marrakech, the enchanting red city. Marrakech pulsates with life, from its bustling markets to its historical wonders. As you settle into this vibrant metropolis, the scents, sounds, and colors promise a sensory experience like no other. 

Your first night will be spent here, immersing yourself in its magic and mystique.

Majestic Medina Tour

Marrakech’s Medina is an expansive maze of narrow alleyways, teeming with life. With your expert guide, traverse through these ancient pathways, each turn unveiling stalls brimming with spices, handcrafted jewelry, traditional lamps, and an array of textiles. 

As your private guide takes you on this tour, you’ll gain insights into the local way of life, the history of the Medina, and the intricate architecture that spans centuries.

Koutoubia Mosque Visit

Stand in awe before Marrakech’s iconic Koutoubia Mosque. While non-Muslim visitors are not permitted inside, its grandeur is undeniable from the exterior. With your guide, learn about its rich history, its significance to Marrakech, and the intricate design patterns that adorn its minaret.

Jemaa el-Fnaa Walking Tour

As dusk descends, Jemaa el-Fnaa transforms into a bustling hub of culture. Your guide will lead you through the spectacle of snake charmers, street performers, and henna tattoo artists. Listen to traditional Berber music, witness live performances, and immerse in the intoxicating energy that the square offers at night.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day 2: Marrakech Exploration

Bahia Palace, Morocco

Dive deeper into Marrakech’s treasures on your second day. Behind every corner of the city lies a story, an artisan’s workshop, or a hidden courtyard waiting to be discovered. 

Continue your exploration, uncovering more layers of this multifaceted city. 

Another night in Marrakech ensures ample time to fully absorb its wonders and weave your own tales.

Bahia Palace Intrigue

Begin your day at the Bahia Palace, a testament to Morocco’s intricate architectural prowess. Wander through its luxurious rooms, sprawling courtyards, and immaculately manicured gardens. 

With your guide, unearth the stories of the viziers who once lived here, the conception of the palace, and the symbolism behind its ornate design.

Private Guided Tour: Majorelle Garden

Step into the enchanting world of the Majorelle Garden, a botanical masterpiece nestled in the heart of Marrakech. 

On this private guided tour, immerse yourself in a haven of cacti, palms, and azure blue art deco installations. Designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s, the garden is a living canvas of his passion for botany and art. As you meander through its pathways, your knowledgeable guide will unravel tales of Majorelle’s inspiration and the garden’s restoration by fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent. 

The vivid blue, aptly named ‘Majorelle Blue,’ stands as a bold backdrop, amplifying the garden’s exotic plants and tranquil water features. Concluding under the shade of bamboo trees, you’ll be left with an appreciation for this harmonious blend of art, nature, and history, making it a must-visit oasis in the bustling city.

Souk Sensations

Delve deeper into Marrakech’s thriving souks in the afternoon. 

This time, focus on the artisans and craftsmen. Engage with local weavers, watch silversmiths at work, and perhaps even witness the making of the famous Moroccan lanterns. With your guide to facilitate interactions, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the age-old techniques still employed by Marrakech’s artisans and the passion they infuse into every creation.

Overnight: Marrakech

Day 3: High Atlas & Ouarzazate

High Atlas Mountains, Hike, Morocco

Embark on a scenic drive across the majestic High Atlas Mountains, where the rugged landscapes contrast with the azure skies. 

As serpentine roads guide you through breathtaking panoramas, you’ll descend into Ouarzazate. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Sahara,’ Ouarzazate offers a harmonious blend of Berber traditions and cinematic legacy. With its kasbahs and sun-kissed hues, it’s a perfect haven for the night.

Drive time: 3 hours

High Atlas Mountains Walk

With your guide leading the way, embark on a journey across the mesmerizing High Atlas Mountains. 

As you traverse the serpentine roads, breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks, terraced farmlands, and traditional Berber villages unfold. 

Stop at the Tizi n’Tichka pass, one of the highest accessible points in Morocco, where panoramic views serve as a spectacular backdrop for photos and a moment of reflection.

Kasbah Taourirt Exploration

Upon reaching Ouarzazate, your guide will introduce you to the majesty of Kasbah Taourirt. This historical palace, with its intricate maze of rooms and courtyards, tells tales of a bygone era. 

Your guide will unravel stories of the Glaoui dynasty, its strategic importance, and the architectural prowess that it displays, reflecting both Berber and Moorish styles.

Film Studios Tour

Ouarzazate is often dubbed the “Hollywood of Africa” due to its prominent role in the film industry. 

Tour the famed Atlas Film Studios, where many iconic movies and series were filmed, from Gladiator to Game of Thrones. Walk through the different sets, learning from your guide about the movies shot here and the intriguing behind-the-scenes tales.

Overnight: Ouarzazate

Day 4: Aït Benhaddou & Ouarzazate

Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site in Morocco

Dive into history at Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a testament to Morocco’s illustrious past. This fortified village boasts earthen buildings that whisper tales of ancient times. Later, delve deeper into Ouarzazate’s allure, where every alley and square holds cinematic secrets and a rich heritage. As the sun sets, take solace in the city’s warm embrace for another night.

Aït Benhaddou

Begin your day with a journey back in time at Aït Benhaddou. This ancient ksar, or fortified village, with its impressive earthen buildings and defensive walls, stands as a testament to southern Moroccan architecture. 

As you walk its cobbled streets, your guide will regale you with tales of ancient trade routes, caravan travelers, and the significance of Aït Benhaddou in Moroccan history. With its frequent appearances in films, your guide will also pinpoint some famous cinematic scenes.

Ouarzazate’s Oasis Fint

Escape to the tranquility of Oasis Fint, a hidden gem just outside Ouarzazate. With your guide, enjoy a private tour through date palm groves, observe traditional agricultural practices, and engage with locals in this peaceful enclave. 

The oasis, with its flowing river, offers a stark contrast to the surrounding arid landscape, providing insight into the ingenious ways Moroccans have adapted to their environment.

Museum of Cinema Magic

End your day immersed in cinematic history at the Museum of Cinema. 

This museum showcases equipment, costumes, and sets from the various films produced in the region. With your guide’s insights, appreciate the evolution of cinema, the intricacies of filmmaking, and Ouarzazate’s undeniable role in bringing diverse worlds to life on the silver screen.

Overnight: Ouarzazate

Day 5: Dades Gorges & Tinghir

Dades Valley, Morocco

Venture into the heart of Morocco’s dramatic landscapes as you journey from the winding paths of the Dades Gorges to the oasis town of Tinghir. 

The gorges, with their towering red limestone cliffs, promise awe-inspiring vistas and a glimpse into the timeless Berber villages dotting the route. As the day unfolds, find yourself in Tinghir, a verdant palm grove set against the majestic backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, offering a refreshing contrast to the rugged beauty experienced earlier.

Drive time: 2 hours

The Serenity of Dades Gorges

Begin your day with a guided expedition into the heart of Dades Gorges. The deep ravines, carved over millennia by the Dades River, offer some of the most scenic landscapes in Morocco. 

As you trek alongside the meandering river, your guide will point out the unique rock formations known as the “Monkey Fingers” and discuss the region’s fascinating geological history. The lush green oasis contrasting against the red and ochre cliffs presents an otherworldly sight.

Berber Villages Insight

En route to Tinghir, stop at a few authentic Berber villages nestled within the valleys. With your guide, gain a rare glimpse into the traditional Berber way of life, witness their age-old agricultural techniques, and appreciate the harmonious blend of nature and culture. 

The mud-brick houses and fortified granaries showcase the Berbers’ architectural intelligence and their ability to adapt to challenging terrains.

Tinghir’s Vibrant Palms

Before settling down for the night, take a stroll with your guide through Tinghir’s expansive palm groves. This oasis, with its rustling palm leaves and serene ambiance, offers a refreshing reprieve from the day’s journey, setting the tone for the adventures to come in Todra Gorge.

Overnight: Tinghir

Day 6: Tinghir Exploration & Erfoud

Todgha Gorge, a canyon in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Embark on a deeper exploration of Tinghir, a gem where traditional life meets stunning natural beauty. Marvel at the Todra Gorge, a colossal canyon with sheer rock walls, and experience the town’s unique charm. 

Later, a scenic drive whisks you away to Erfoud, often termed the ‘Gateway to the Sahara.’ With its date festivals and ancient fossils, Erfoud is a testament to the region’s rich history and geology, setting the stage for the desert wonders ahead.

Drive time: 2 hours

Todra Gorge Majesty

The morning sun illuminating Todra Gorge’s steep limestone walls is a sight to behold. Venture into this canyon with your guide, walking alongside the crystal-clear river. 

As you gaze up at the vertical cliffs, some rising 400 meters, you’ll feel the raw power of nature. Your guide will share stories of the local Amazigh communities that inhabit the region and the climbers who consider Todra a paradise.

Ancient Tinghir Kasbah

After the Gorge, visit the ancient Kasbah of Tinghir. This fortified residence, with its labyrinthine alleyways, offers a peek into Morocco’s architectural past. 

As you navigate the kasbah, your guide will highlight the blend of Jewish and Amazigh cultures that once coexisted here, adding layers to your understanding of Tinghir’s rich heritage.

Erfoud’s Fossil Wonders

Upon arrival in Erfoud, your guide will take you on a journey millions of years back in time. Known as the “Fossil Capital” of Morocco, Erfoud’s surrounding terrain is dotted with ancient fossils, remnants from when this desert landscape was underwater. 

Visit specialized workshops where these fossils are transformed into stunning artifacts. Your guide will delve into the town’s paleontological significance, making you appreciate every petrified shell and ammonite you come across. As the day winds down, the anticipation of your proximity to the Sahara’s golden dunes begins to build.

Overnight: Erfoud

Day 7: Merzouga (Sahara Desert)

Merzouga, Morocco

Embrace the allure of the Sahara as you journey to Merzouga, home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. A symphony of golden landscapes awaits, with undulating dunes forming a mesmerizing horizon. 

As the sun begins to set, casting amber hues on the sands, prepare for a memorable night. Settle into a traditional desert camp, where the vastness of the desert sky, twinkling with stars, promises an unparalleled experience of solitude and serenity.

Drive time: 2 hours

Dunes of Erg Chebbi

Begin your Merzouga journey by heading to the Erg Chebbi dunes. These soaring dunes, some rising up to 150 meters, are a testament to the desert’s raw beauty. 

With your guide, embark on a camel trek, feeling the rhythmic gait of these desert ships as you navigate through the sea of sand. The gentle curves and ripples on the dunes, shaped by winds over centuries, paint a mesmerizing picture.

Gnawa Music Encounter

In the village of Khamlia, meet the Gnawa community, descendants of Sub-Saharan enslaved people. 

Experience a soulful performance of Gnawa music, a combination of rhythmic beats, cymbals, and spiritual chants. Your guide will delve into the history and significance of this art form, emphasizing its healing properties and the community’s contribution to Morocco’s rich tapestry of cultures.

Desert Night Beneath the Stars

As dusk sets in, find yourself amidst the tranquil desert camp. With the soft sands underfoot and a canopy of stars overhead, engage in tales of ancient desert nomads, recounted by your local guide. 

The absence of light pollution makes this a celestial delight, with constellations shining brightly. The stillness of the Sahara and the distant sounds of desert life lull you into a sense of profound peace.

Overnight: Desert camp in Merzouga

Day 8: Midelt via Ziz Valley

Ziz Valley, Morocco

Bid the desert farewell and embark on a scenic drive through the Ziz Valley, known for its lush palm groves and ancient kasbahs. The valley offers a stark yet beautiful contrast to the arid landscapes of the Sahara.

As the day progresses, find sanctuary in Midelt, a tranquil town cradled between the Middle and High Atlas Mountains. With its cooler climate and orchard-surrounded setting, Midelt offers a refreshing respite from the desert’s embrace.

Drive time: 3 hours

The Oasis of Ziz Valley

Your journey from Merzouga will take you through the stunning Ziz Valley, a green ribbon winding through the desert’s golden hues. 

With your guide, stroll along the palm-fringed banks of the Ziz River. Admire the fortified ksars dotting the landscape, ancient mud-brick castles that once protected valuable date palm groves. Your guide will share tales of the valley’s strategic importance, a testament to the life-sustaining power of water in these arid lands.

Panoramic Views from Hammat Moulay Ali Cherif

A detour takes you to the vantage point of Hammat Moulay Ali Cherif. From here, marvel at panoramic vistas of the Ziz Gorges, where the valley narrows dramatically. Your guide will discuss the geological marvels of the region, highlighting how water erosion sculpted these impressive canyons.

Midelt’s Geological Marvels

Upon reaching Midelt, you’re at the crossroads of the Middle and High Atlas ranges.

 Famous for its geodes, fossils, and minerals, Midelt is a haven for geology enthusiasts. Explore the town’s local markets, showcasing a colorful array of these treasures, with your guide illustrating their origin and significance. 

As you rest in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, the cool breezes and serene ambiance provide a stark yet welcome contrast to the desert’s intensity.

Overnight: Midelt

Day 9: Fes via Ifrane

Ifrane, Town in Morocco

Journey from the mountain embrace of Midelt to the cultural heartbeat of Morocco, Fes. En route, you’ll pass through Ifrane, often dubbed “Little Switzerland” for its unique Alpine charm set against the Moroccan landscape. 

The town’s crisp air and European-style architecture form a delightful contrast to the typical Moroccan towns. As you continue your drive, prepare to be whisked back in time upon entering Fes, a city that thrums with history at every corner, awaiting your discovery.

Drive time: 3 hours


As you approach Ifrane, the landscape undergoes a stark transformation. The town, often likened to a Swiss village, greets you with its European-style architecture and pristine parks. 

Stroll down its clean avenues with your guide, who’ll shed light on how this Moroccan town came to emulate Alpine aesthetics. The Lion Stone, a massive stone carving of a lion, is a popular attraction and symbol of the town.

Fes Medina Maze

Arriving in Fes, the world’s largest urban car-free zone awaits. The sprawling Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bustling souks, and hidden squares. 

With your guide, dive deep into the heart of the Medina, where every turn unveils stories of ancient trades, traditions, and architectural wonders. The vibrant ambiance, with artisans at work and the aroma of local delicacies, sets the scene for an unforgettable exploration.

Al-Qarawiyyin University and Mosque

A highlight of Fes is the Al-Qarawiyyin University, considered the oldest existing and continually operating educational institution in the world. 

Admire its stunning architecture, characterized by ornate tilework and intricate carvings as your private guide relates its historical significance, emphasizing its contributions to scholarship and theology.

Overnight: Fes

Day 10: Fes Exploration

Fes Tanneries, Morocco

Dive deep into the soul of Morocco as you spend a day navigating the intricate alleys of Fes. A city renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture, vibrant souks, and rich tapestry of history.

Bou Inania Madrasa

Begin with the Bou Inania Madrasa, an exemplary piece of Marinid architecture. With its zellige tilework, carved stucco, and cedar lattice screens, this madrasa is a marvel of Islamic art. Your guide will illuminate its significance as both a religious and educational institution in medieval Morocco.

Tanners’ Quarter

The age-old craft of leather tanning is alive and well in Fes. Overlooking the dye pits of the Tanners’ Quarter, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of artisans working with vibrant dyes. The entire process, from cleaning hides to drying the colored leather, unfolds before you. Your guide will explain the steps and the natural ingredients used, offering a window into a tradition that has survived centuries.

Dar Batha Museum

Conclude in the Dar Batha Museum, housed in a former palace. Here, the legacy of Fassi craftsmanship is on display. 

Along with your private guide, you can admire its collection of traditional Moroccan art, including ceramics, woodwork, and textiles. The museum’s serene Andalusian garden is a tranquil oasis, providing a reflective end to your journey. Your guide will weave tales of the artisans, ensuring a deep appreciation for their enduring skills.

Overnight: Fes

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