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Questions on 10 day Morocco winter vacation

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Background: We are a couple in our mid-30s with our 4year old daughter. We will be in Dublin end of January and have the opportunity to take 10-11 days off in the first half of February. We were earlier contemplating visiting either Rome and southern Italy or Barcelona and Andalusia or possibly even just Rome and Barcelona (getting really nice cheap flights to do the circuit). We have since been thinking of visiting Morocco instead. We have actually been to Italy and Spain before but not Morocco. The only deterrent initially in avoiding Morocco was the flights - we are getting cheap direct flights to SPain and Italy from Dublin. Getting to Morocco will be more challenging and we will end up paying 3x more for one stop flights with 3-4 layovers involving different airlines. Nevertheless we are considering just sucking it up.

Here is the initial planning we have done on the itinerary and would like input on this as well as have some other specific questions at the end.

Day 1: Dublin to Marrakech Flight. Arrive in the afternoon.
Day 2: Marrakech
Day 3: Marrakech
Day 4: Drive to Dades visiting Ait Benhaddou enroute. Overnight in Dades
Day 5: Drive to Merzouga. Camel trek to desert camp
Day 6: Drive to Fes
Day 7: Fes
Day 8: Fes
Day 9: Drive to Chefchaounen via Volubilis. Overnight at Chef
Day 10: Drive to Tangier. Overnight at Tangier
Day 11: Afternoon flight back to Dublin

a) Is it going to be cold / damp enough to not be worthwhile doing this trip in early Feb? Particularly with a 4 year old. I'm especially concerned about the desert segment because temperatures can dip and not sure if they provide any sort of heating in the tents

b) For Day 4 to 6: which option would you think is the best. 1) Rent a car 2) Bus 3) Private Tour. We would be willing to spend for the private tour if the experience would be sufficiently greater than busing or self hire. In general we don't like to book tours unless absolutely necessary. From my research I understand it will e challenging to visit Benhaddou if we use the bus. Our reservation with the car is around encountering bad weather over the mountains given time of the year.

c) If it sounds like we are doing too much, I'm happy to extend our stay at Fes to 5 nights (or do something different) and fly back to Dublin directly from Fes. We could then do volubilis as a day trip from Fes one of the days. Is Chef worth the effort of spending a night there within this duration. I'm guessing it will also be colder being at an altitude.

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