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Desert Tour or Chefchaouen?

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I'm a little short on travel time and I'm trying to decide if I should skip either the Desert Trek Tour or Chefchaouen. I have traveled quite a bit, and really love charming villages, enjoying nice lunches and dinners at beautiful cafes, walking around taking pictures, seeing the sites, a little luxury, a little roughing it, and of course adding in a little adventure, etc. The idea of riding a camel and camping in the deserts of Morocco sounds pretty fun. Although, I've been to the large sand dunes here in Southern California quite often with my kids who go four-wheeling a lot...but I realize that's probably not the same as the Sahara and staying in a tent. But both locations seem to take quite a bit of travel time, and I hate sitting in the car for too long. And I don't really love mountain driving either...and I worry that the stress of that will far outweigh the fun of camel riding. Is there anywhere near Marrakesh or Fes to ride camels that doesn't require such a long drive? Even the drive to Chefchaouen is a bit far. I know I would stay at least one night, but is half day enough to do it justice and make the drive worthwhile? Or would I need two nights to give myself 1.5 days? Or is the Desert experience more memorable? Especially since its a well established route from Marrakesh to Fes, and I'd get to see other towns along the way. I don't love the idea of spending a couple of nights in one hotel in Fes, to one night in Chefchaouen, then back to another hotel in Fes before flying out to Madrid for our flight home to LAX. Right now, it appears the flights out of Fes leave around noon so trying to drive back from Chefchaouen in the early morning seems too hectic so that seems to be my only option.

Any advice or opinions?

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