17 days in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau & Morocco Itinerary

17 days in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau & Morocco Itinerary

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Dakar, Senegal
— 3 nights
Somone, Senegal
— 1 night
Drive to Blaise Diagne International Airport, Fly to Bissau
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
— 2 nights
Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
Fes, Morocco
— 3 nights
Casablanca, Morocco
— 2 nights


Dakar, Senegal

— 3 nights
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Get out of town with these interesting Dakar side-trips: Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee (in Goree Island), Museo de la Tapiceria (in Thies) and Plage Popenguine (in Popenguine). The adventure continues: examine the collection at La Maison des Esclaves, head off the coast to Island of Goree, admire the masterpieces at IFAN Museum (African Arts Museum), and view the masterpieces at Loman Art House - Art Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dakar driving holiday planner.

Washington, USA to Dakar is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington to Dakar due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in December, things will get much hotter in Dakar: highs are around 82°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Somone.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Somone, Senegal

— 1 night
A small seaside town that thrives off tourism, Somone offers tropical seaside views from the northwest coast of Africa.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): head outdoors with Accrobaobab, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagune de la Somone, and then gain a rich perspective with Youba Tour.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Somone trip site.

You can drive from Dakar to Somone in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. December in Somone sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bissau.

Things to do in Somone

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

— 2 nights
Looking out from the Geba River across the Atlantic Ocean, the little-known capital of Bissau offers the authentic experience of a West African fishing port.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita Bissau, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sao Jose da Amura, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Catolica da Bissau.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bissau trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Somone to Bissau with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Somone in December: highs in Bissau hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Marrakech.

Things to do in Bissau

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) 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, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech driving holiday planner.

Fly from Bissau to Marrakech in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Bissau in December, with highs in Marrakech at 69°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:

Fes, Morocco

— 3 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.
Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Bou Inania Medersa, explore the engaging exhibits at Medina Children's Library, look for gifts at Coin Berbere, and wander the streets of Medina of Fez.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fes road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Marrakech to Fes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Fes can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Casablanca.

Things to do in Fes

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Casablanca, Morocco

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: soak away your stress at Wang Thai Spa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hassan II Mosque, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Beth-El.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Casablanca itinerary builder.

You can fly from Fes to Casablanca in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Casablanca when traveling from Fes in December, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Senegal travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Generous Country
Senegal boasts plenty of natural and cultural attractions to make it attractive to an international audience. The buzz surrounding the Senegalese music scene is justified, with mbalax dance music particularly popular and influential internationally. Street markets in the main towns, overlooked by the minarets of attractive old mosques, remain among top attractions in Senegal--they're ideal spots to get to know the local culture and eat and shop like a native. The wide river deltas rich in wildlife provide an alternative for visitors looking to escape city life and discover the country's natural charms.

Guinea-Bissau travel guide

Churches · Flea Markets · Government Buildings
Guinea-Bissau offers a slew of colonial-era towns and picturesque beaches, as well as some remote areas tailor-made for those eager to get off the tourist path. An adventure to the southeastern hinterland, with its forests, savannahs, and small farms, represents one of the most daring and exciting things to do in Guinea-Bissau. Though the post-independence history of the country has been bleak at times, the locals remain remarkably upbeat and hopeful for the future--their spirit and welcoming nature provide additional reasons to plan a vacation in Guinea-Bissau.

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.