DIY Travel Itinerary to Marrakech (Morocco)

The ancient city of Marrakech is located at the foot of the Atlas mountain range, the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Marrakech is also known as the Red or Rose city, it is one of the most influential and popular cities in Northern Africa since its birth in 1070.

It became the beating heart of the Almoravid (desert nomads of Morocco) empire that conquered most of North-western Africa including Andalucía in Spain and parts of Portugal.

Marrakech is just a short-haul flight away from Europe and a budget-friendly destination. Morocco is also one of the visa-free countries for Philippine passport holders and is allowed to stay for 90 days.

Sharing my travel itinerary to Marrakech

Complete with the travel highlights, visa requirements, budget, accommodations, and activities.

Visa Requirements

Since I’m a dual citizen (Filipino – British), here are the visa requirements for both nationalities.

For Philippine Passport holders: No visa required. 90-day visa-free entry. If you are travelling from the Philippines, the estimated flying time to Morocco is around 30 hours depending on your airline and stopover.

The majority of the airlines bound for the Middle East and Europe can be used to get a connecting flight to Morocco. Unfortunately, there is no direct flight to Morocco from the Philippines yet.

For British Passport holders: No visa required. 90-days visa-free entry.

If you are travelling from the UK, there are budget airlines that frequently travel to Marrakech in all the major airports across the country.

Suggested Accommodation

Reception YotelAir Gatwick
YotelAir London Gatwick Airport Hotel

We had an early morning flight to Marrakech from London Gatwick. We’ve decided to stay close to the airport to make our journey easy. We stayed in YotelAir Gatwick, an airport hotel at the South Terminal of Gatwick Airport.

Hotel Address:
South Terminal Gatwick Airport, Arrivals Concourse, Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NN (Show on map)

Read TripAdvisor reviews 

Check their rates at YotelAir London Gatwick website | Agoda

Read more: Airport Hotel Review: YotelAir London Gatwick Experience

Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Marrakech Main Entrance

It was our first time staying in an All-Inclusive hotel. Our stay in Marrakech was delightful and we were fully looked after by the Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie.

When they said All-inclusive, they mean everything: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and everything in between. Even the cocktail drinks in the bar! Happy days!

Well, except for the spa services, obviously.

Hotel Address:
Route Fés N8, km 6 (Annakhil), Marrakesh 40007, Morocco (Show on map)

Read TripAdvisor reviews 

Check their rates at RIU Hotels and Resorts Website

Read more: All-Inclusive Marrakech Hotels: Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Review

Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Balcony

Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Lobby

Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Bedroom

Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Poolside

Suggested Activities

Looking for great things to do and places to visit in Marrakech?

I wrote this blog post about the Points of Interest: Things To Do in Marrakech (Morocco) that you can try when you visit Rose City. Alternatively, you can also try the suggested activities listed below that can fit your itinerary and budget.

Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys: Private Guided Day Trip from Marrakech

Sunset Camel Ride in the Palm Grove of Marrakech

Marrakech City Tour: Private Half-Day Guided Tour

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

Marrakech Palaces and Monuments Tour

Full-Day Private Tour to Ouarzazate from Marrakech

Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience

Itinerary Details

Here are the details of our itinerary to Marrakech for 4 days. 

Day 1:

Early departure from London Gatwick Airport. We arrived in Marrakech around midday.

We initially pre-arranged a taxi to pick us up from the Marrakech Menara airport for 150 Moroccan Dirhams. Arrival at Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie.

We were welcomed by the lovely staff and with cold refreshing cocktail drinks while we were checking in at the reception.  Our luggage was taken care of and delivered to our hotel room.

Since it was an early start for us, we decided to stay in and enjoy the comfort of our hotel to get ready for some Moroccan adventure in the next few days.

After we had our late lunch, we decided to visit the spa. Right on the spot, we booked the last available appointment for a lovely Royal Hammam.

After our relaxing Hammam spa, we had a lovely Moroccan dinner at the speciality restaurant of the hotel.

Day 2: 

Since I was not feeling well during our trip.  We’ve decided to take it easy.

It was a rainy morning in Marrakech, so we hang out in the lobby where the resort’s entertainment team is doing some family activities.

After our lunch, we catch the afternoon free shuttle bus from the hotel to the Medina.

jemaa el-fnaa shopping in marrakech

We just walked to Jemaa el-Fna and around the chaotic and colourful souks of Marrakech.

Day 3:

We started our day early and planned to go to some places to visit in Marrakech.

  • Ben Youssef Madrasa
Ben Youseff Madrasa Marrakech
  • Bahia Palace
Bahia Palace in Marrakech
  • El Badii Palace
  • Le Jardin secret garden
  • Koutoubia

Since I’m still feeling under the weather, we didn’t get to visit them all.

Plus, getting lost in the souks really takes up a lot of time going around in circles. Downloading a Marrakech map on my phone was really helpful. You can also book and experience these various Marrakech tours and day trips around the medina or nearby towns.

Day 4: 

After our breakfast, we head to set-off to catch our midday flight back to the UK.

Our trip to Marrakech is short and sweet and we will definitely go back again to explore more of Morocco.

Our trip to Marrakech is short and sweet and we will definitely go back again to explore more of Morocco.

Read some helpful travel tips to Marrakech that will help you to plan your trip to Rose City.

Is Morocco or Marrakech one of your dream destinations? 

Have you been to Marrakech, share your travel experience below. I would love to know them!


Note: Special thanks to YotelAir Gatwick in London and RIU Hotel and Resorts (Clubhotel RIU Tikida Palmeraie) for welcoming and providing us with a complimentary press rate to stay in their hotels.  All opinions and images in this blog post are my own.


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Ryazan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She also has more than 10 years of work experience gained from working in the hotel and travel sectors in Asia and Europe. Her work has been featured and published on Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Discovery Channel, World Travel Guide, MSN, CNBC, GMA, Daily Mail UK, Lonely Planet and many more. She is currently living in the UK as a dual citizen (British – Filipina). Join her in travelling around the UK and beyond with a mission to promote sustainable tourism and share travel guides, travel tips, foodies, history and culture.

13 thoughts on “DIY Travel Itinerary to Marrakech (Morocco)”

  1. I love Marrakech, and have been twice. I’d happily go again. For my last visit I stayed within the medina but would consider Palmerai next time as the hotels are more spacious by the looks of it. Great guide to the practical tips and information on sights, prices etc.

  2. I love Marrakech! I could go there over and over again. It’s interesting to see from your perspective though! That hotel is much more luxurious than where I stayed, but I bet it was the perfect place to splurge!

  3. I haven’t been to Marrakech. But it – and other parts of Morocco – have been on my list forever. Your photos of the the architecture and market are so appealing. It makes me want to visit. Helpful to have tips for a short visit, too, since a longer visit might be harder to make happen.

  4. Marrakech looks so beautiful—I’d love to visit! The colors of the tiles, markets, and building are mesmerizing. The Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie looks really nice. I wouldn’t mind relaxing by that pool for a few days! Sounds like you had a great 4 days visiting, and starting out with a Hamman spa sounds perfect!

  5. Your photos remind me why Marrakech has been on my list forever. While we haven’t been to Morocco – yet – I love the rich colors of the market, the intricate details in the architecture. And the food looks fabulous. One day!

  6. Morocco has been on my must visit list for several years now, and I can’t believe I still haven’t made it there yet. Thanks for the details on the costs. As you mentioned, it is budget friendly. It’s great the all-inclusive offers transportation to the main points of interest. Beautiful pictures of the place by the way. Thanks for the inspiration and I look forward to visiting Marrakech soon!

  7. Love it when cities are addressed by their colors. Red city sounds so good.
    Looks like a perfect place for insta pics. Thanks for the tip on places to stay. I have been collecting them, intend to visit some day soon.

  8. I went in January and even though my friend got sick we had a great time. We stayed at a Riad and it really made the trip amazing. The Madrassa wasn’t open when we went.

  9. I have never stayed at an all inclusive resort. I like the idea of knowing what it will cost upfront and just getting to enjoy my stay while there. Great photos with so many colors. I really want to visit Morocco.

  10. Marrakech is for us the stuff of dreams. It is an exotic place that we hope to visit someday. The place looks like it has emerged from the pages of the “Arabian Nights”. The colourful bazaars that sell exotic curios, the special tea and the hustle and bustle of the markets evoke an aura of a different age. Your itinerary looks ideal to cover this beautiful city.


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