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Help with Flight Option: CMN or RAK

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Looking at two flight options, fly in/out of CMN or RAK. Since my interest is in Marrakesh and Fez, I thought flying to RAK and skipping CMN would give me more time. But it doesn't appear to be the case, since I have to take the 8 hrs train between Marrakesh and Fez twice.

Option 1 via CMN:
Day 1: Arrive CMN 8a, take train (4 hrs) to Fes
Day 2,3,4: Fez (day trip to Meknes/Volubilis)
Day 5: Fez to Marrakesh by train (8 hrs)
Day 6,7,8: Marrakesh (day trip to Essaouira)
Day 9: Marrakesh to Casablanca
Day 10: Flight from CMN back home

Option 2 via RAK:
Day 1: Arrive RAK 1p
Day 2: Marrakesh
Day 3: Marrakesh to Fez by train (8 hrs)
Day 4,5,6: Fez (day trip to Meknes/Volubilis)
Day 7: Fez to Marrakesh by train (8 hrs)
Day 8,9: Marrakesh (day trip to Essaouira)
Day 10: Flight from RAK back home

As you see, option 2 is quite chopped up. I seemed to have traded the last day in Casablanca, a city I can skip, to another 8 hrs train ride between Fez and Marrakesh. Doesn't seem like a good trade.

The other difference is CMN is with Royal Air Maroc and RAK is with Iberia. Reviews of Royal Air Maroc is quite dismal.

Is there anything I can do to option 2 so it's more smart and coherent? I think flying between Marrakesh and Fez won't help much. I'm willing to spend more money to buy time.

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