22 days in Morocco, Dubai & Turkey Itinerary

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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fes, Morocco
— 2 nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights


Marrakech, Morocco — 4 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 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, make a trip to Medersa Ben Youssef, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

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Montreal, Canada to Marrakech is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Montreal to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Montreal in April, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Fes.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Fes, Morocco — 2 nights

Mecca of the West

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Coin Berbere, then admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa, and then hunt for treasures at La Petite Maison Berbere.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fes day trip planning website.

Getting from Marrakech to Fes by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Marrakech in April, expect Fes to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Dubai.
Shopping · Museums
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 5 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Get out of town with these interesting Dubai side-trips: Abu Dhabi (Marina Mall, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, admire the landmark architecture of Emirates Towers, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and buy something for everyone on your list at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dubai trip itinerary website.

Fly from Fes to Dubai in 13.5 hours. Traveling from Fes to Dubai, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fes in April, expect nights in Dubai to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Goreme.
Shopping · Tours · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Goreme, Turkey — 3 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and take in the pleasant sights at Gore Harabeleri.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary website.

Getting from Dubai to Goreme by flight takes about 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Goreme. In April, Goreme is colder than Dubai - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Selcuk.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip
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Selcuk, Turkey — 1 night

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Selcuk. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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Istanbul, Turkey — 4 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Istanbul sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
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Morocco travel guide

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.

Turkey travel guide

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.