MOROCCO ITINERARY AND BUDGET COST
December 5, 2019
Morocco is an exciting country that has mystified travelers since time immemorial. There are lots to do and visit; you can be at the scorching Sahara desert one day, then getting lost at the labyrinth-like medinas the next day, and then marveling at ancient forts and ruins that littered the country on another day. It is also visa-free for most nationalities – Filipinos included, so visiting it is just straightforward. In this blog post, I will share my Morocco itinerary – all the cities I saw and the expenses I spent on each one.
I traveled around Morocco for 16 days and visited the following cities – Rabat, Fez, Chefchaouen, and Marrakech. I also did a Sahara tour where we saw the famed fortress of Ait Benhaddou in Ouarzazate and stayed for a night in the Sahara Desert. Before arriving in the country, I didn’t even have a concrete itinerary, and all I had was an exit ticket from Marrakech to Oslo. I relied on local’s recommendations and information found on other blogs. From there, I pieced together an itinerary while on the country itself, reserving everything almost at the last minute.
- I decided to fly to Rabat after seeing a very cheap promo from Ryanair (it only cost me 35€ with luggage).
- There is a bus going to the city center from the airport. However, I didn’t catch it since our flight arrived at 22:00. I teamed up with a fellow traveler and booked a taxi from the taxi app CAREEM.
- Rabat is safe. The locals here are friendlier than in other cities, and I didn’t feel hassled at all.
- You can reach most of the exciting sites by taking the tram.
- The price of everything here is lower than in the other cities I visited in the country.
- There is a 70% discount applies to all sites in the city. Unfortunately, this only applies to locals.
- Be sure to check out the interesting cemetery at the back of the medina.
Day 1 – January 10, 2019
- Late-night arrival from London
- Check-in at Welcome to Rabat apartment
Day 2 – January 11, 2019
- Day trip to Chellah
- City center tour
Day 3 – January 12, 2019
- City center tour
- Checked out important sites – Hassan Tower, Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Kasbah of the Uddayas, Rabat Medina, Rabat Cemetery
Day 4 – January 13, 2019
- Travel to Fez
- Check-in at Hostel Amir Fez
- I traveled to Fez from Rabat by taking the train at the center.
- Fez is a beautiful place, but sadly, a bad experience prevented me from thoroughly enjoying the city. It happened after the tannery tour in the medina. Someone started following me when I was touring the medina and started telling me stories about Fez. I told him I was not interested, but he still kept on talking and won’t leave. The moment I stepped out of the medina, he started asking for money. Of course, I didn’t give anything, and another guy appeared out of nowhere and demanded that I give him money because of his services. They were already pushing me, but I resisted and pushed them as well, threatening to call the police if they don’t stop. In the end, we just cursed each other non-stop, and they left. NEVER EVER BE A PUSHOVER! The reason why they victimize tourists is that they give in easily to their threats.
- Google Maps doesn’t work inside the medina. If you get lost, ask the ladies to help you without asking for anything in return.
- Unauthorized guides are not allowed in Fez, so if someone insists, threaten them that you will report them to the police.
- I do not suggest going to the tanneries alone, so ask your hotel if they can provide a legit guide to show you around.
- The best restaurant that I tried here was Chez Hakim. Be sure to try their plum tagine!
Day 5 – January 14, 2019
- Full day tour at the Fez medina
Day 6 – January 15, 2019
- Local tanneries tour
- Bou Inania Madrassa
Day 7 – January 16, 2019
- Free day
Day 8 – January 17, 2019
- Travel to Chefchaouen
- Check-in at Hostel Aline
- Chefchaouen is my favorite city in Morocco. It is charming and more laidback than other Moroccan cities. I included this last minute in my Morocco itinerary, It good thing I did!
- I traveled here from Fez by taking a bus from CTM. Be sure to buy the tickets two days before the trip, as the slots here gets filled out fast!
- You can smell weeds in many parts of the city. They say that it is quite common here so don’t be surprised.
- Maps. It is a useful offline map application that I used to navigate here. Be sure to download the map information of Morocco before arriving.
- Some of the exciting spots here are inside residential areas, so be respectful when you take pictures.
- Be sure to try out Beldi Bab Ssour restaurant. Besides the traditional tagines, you can find them at every other restaurant, and they also serve other uncommon Moroccan delights such as pastilla and mrozia. The food was so good that I ate here three times during my stay in the city.
Day 9 – January 18, 2019
- Full day tour Chefchaouen medina
Day 10 – January 19, 2019
- Full day tour Chefchaouen medina
- You either love or hate Marrakech. Unfortunately, I fall under the second category. It was just so loud, and I felt like everyone was out to scam you. I grew tired of it after a few days.
- But don’t get me wrong, Marrakech is beautiful! The medina here is massive and colorful, plus there are tons to see at the Jemaa El-Fnaa square.
- Be sure to eat at Chez Lamine. It is a well-known restaurant inside the Marrakech medina that served some of the best lamb dishes I tried in my life!
OUARZAZATE/SAHARA DESERT TOUR
- I availed myself of the three days Sahara Tour from the hostel where I stayed. In my opinion, it is safer to avail it in your hostel than at dubious travel agencies at the medina.
- They provide lunch and dinner, but not breakfast. Don’t worry, though; there will be stopovers at restaurants along the way for lunch and snacks.
- The food included in the package is communal and shared with your other tour mates.
- Accommodations include a local hotel on the first day and a campsite at the Sahara Desert on the second day.
- Activities included in the trip: tour to Ait Benhaddou, stopover at the CLA studios, visit a local Berber settlement, and camel ride at the Sahara desert.
Day 11 – January 20, 2019
- Full day travel to Marrakech
- Check-in at Majorelle Hostel
Day 12 – January 21, 2019
- Start of Ouarzazate/Sahara Tour
- Stopover at Ait Benhaddou in the afternoon
- Check-inn at a local hotel in Merzouga
Day 13 – January 22, 2019
- An early visit to a local Berber town
- Afternoon arrival in Merzouga
- 30 minutes camel ride to the Sahara Desert Camp
- Communal dinner and fire camp singing and dancing
Day 14 – January 23, 2019
- 10 hours trip back to Marrakech
Day 15 – January 24, 2019
- Full ay Marrakech trip
- Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech medina, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia
Day 16 – January 25, 2019
- Free day
- Afternoon trip to Oslo, Norway
MOROCCO ITINERARY BUDGET COST
Any other things you would like to recommend or add to this Morocco itinerary? I would love to hear your comments!