20 days in Morocco & Turkey Itinerary

Make it your trip
Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
Fly to Rabat, Drive to Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen, Morocco
— 2 nights
Drive to Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport, Fly to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Drive to Kusadasi
Kusadasi, Turkey
— 2 nights
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights


Marrakech, Morocco — 5 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Medersa Ben Youssef and David Bloch Gallery. Attractions like Jemaa el-Fnaa and Turkish Baths make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, browse for treasures at Amazonite, examine the collection at Marrakech Museum, and make a trip to Koubba Almoravid.

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Bangkok, Thailand to Marrakech is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bangkok to Marrakech. When traveling from Bangkok in December, plan for little chillier days in Marrakech, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chefchaouen.
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Chefchaouen, Morocco — 2 nights

Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Chefchaouen Medina.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chefchaouen journey builder.

Do a combination of flight and car from Marrakech to Chefchaouen in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kusadasi.
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Kusadasi, Turkey — 2 nights

Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaleici Camii, then stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally stroll around Kusadasi Gazi Begendi Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kusadasi trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Chefchaouen to Kusadasi with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Chefchaouen to Kusadasi is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then look for gifts at Babadaglilar Ishani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip website.

You can drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Goreme.
Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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Goreme, Turkey — 2 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, stop by Alaturca Taner, and then browse for treasures at La Maison du Kilim.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip builder.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Goreme sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.
Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature
Side Trip
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Istanbul, Turkey — 6 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Escape the urban bustle at Bosphorus Strait and Deepist Diving & Travel. Hagia Sophia Mosque and Galata Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in December since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Morocco travel guide

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.

Turkey travel guide

Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.