35 days in Morocco, Spain & Turkey Itinerary

35 days in Morocco, Spain & Turkey Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Casablanca, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Rabat, Morocco
— 3 nights
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Tangier, Morocco
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Adana, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco

— 3 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.
Spend the 18th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, make a trip to Jemaa el-Fna, and contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bahia.

To find out how to plan a trip to Marrakech, use our trip itinerary maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Marrakech is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Auckland to Marrakech. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Casablanca.

Things to do in Marrakech

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Casablanca, Morocco

— 3 nights
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Casablanca trip tool.

Getting from Marrakech to Casablanca by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Marrakech in August, you will find days in Casablanca are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rabat.

Things to do in Casablanca

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Rabat, Morocco

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Jardin Zoologique de Rabat. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, view the masterpieces at Au Grain de Sesame, make a trip to Medina of Rabat, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rabat online trip maker.

You can drive from Casablanca to Rabat in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Casablanca in August: highs in Rabat hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tangier.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Tangier, Morocco

— 1 night
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at American Legation, make a trip to Cap Spartel, and then Head underground at Hercules Cave.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tangier trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rabat to Tangier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rabat in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tangier: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Tangier

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, then stop by Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza de Santa Marta. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, and finally make a trip to Torre del Oro.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Tangier to Seville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Seville are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Alhambra, then admire the striking features of Generalife, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, and then wander the streets of Albayzin.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Granada tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Seville to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Granada sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Madrid visit app.

Getting from Granada to Madrid by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip tool.

Fly from Madrid to Istanbul in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Istanbul is 2 hours. While traveling from Madrid, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

Goreme, Turkey

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City) and Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Goreme National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme tour website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adana.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

Adana, Turkey

— 2 nights
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. Adana is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at Kurucesme Ciftligi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yag Camii, take in the views from Varda(Alman) Koprusu, and look for gifts at Art Jophiel.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Adana trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Goreme to Adana in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Goreme in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Adana: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Adana

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Morocco travel guide

4.2
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.