17 days in Morocco, Barcelona & Paris Itinerary

17 days in Morocco, Barcelona & Paris Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
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Rabat, Morocco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Camp Nou. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Passeig de Gracia and Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Maria Pluvinet TGN (in Tarragona) and Mercat Central de Reus (in Reus). There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Guell, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, look for gifts at Papabubble, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona online journey planner.

Surabaya, Indonesia to Barcelona is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Surabaya to Barcelona, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Surabaya in January, things will get much colder in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Barcelona

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Marrakech, Morocco

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
You've added Atlas and Sahara Tours, Medersa Ben Youssef, Koutoubia Mosque, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Menara Gardens and Pavilion and Medina of Marrakesh. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech and Saadian Tombs. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Marrakech Train Station, stop by Rue Dar el Bacha, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse des Saints Martyrs, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Marrakech takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Marrakech. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in January: highs in Marrakech hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

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Casablanca, Morocco

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take a stroll through Quartier Habous, browse the different shops at Morocco Mall, kick back and relax at Ain Diab, then cruise along The Corniche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Casablanca day trip planner.

You can drive from Marrakech to Casablanca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Casablanca when traveling from Marrakech in January, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Rabat.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:

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Rabat, Morocco

On a vacation in Rabat, a World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital, you can discover the city's long and rich history while enjoying a laidback atmosphere, less touristy than in the booming Casablanca and Marrakech.
On the 1st (Fri), explore the world behind art at Museum Mohamed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art, take in the exciting artwork at Au Grain de Sesame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chellah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan Tower, then don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Mohammad V, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Assounna Mosque. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque of Sale, tee off at Royal Golf Rabat, make a trip to Medina of Rabat, stroll through Plage de Rabat, then steep yourself in history at Kasbah des Oudaias, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Russian Orthodox Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rabat road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Casablanca to Rabat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Casablanca in February: high temperatures in Rabat hover around 35°C and lows are around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Paris, France

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ile Saint-Louis and Le Marais. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau), Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Costumes et chateaux). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris day trip planning tool.

Fly from Rabat to Paris in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Rabat in February; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Morocco travel guide

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Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.