2 Week Morocco Itinerary plus a week in Lisbon

Old Jul 13th, 2022, 10:24 PM
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2 Week Morocco Itinerary plus a week in Lisbon

Looking for guidance and recommendations for a 2 week Moroccan itinerary. We will be flying into Casablanca in May of 2023. We luv architecture, ruins, temples, castles and of course food. While we enjoy walking through cities and scenic areas we aren't major outdoor hikers, although I have read about some amazing waterfalls that might be worth going to see. We are fairly experienced travelers but we are completely limited to English.

I am trying to plan out a train/bus itinerary that is affordable, as quick as possible, and avoids too much backtracking.

Thinking 2 days in Casablanca - we really want to go to the Mosque and figure we'll be jet lagged and need a couple of easy days.
Then thought we'd take the train down to Marrakesh for probably 4 or 5 days. Any suggested day trips?
We've decided not to try a deep desert trip since it seems like it takes at least 3 days.
From Marrakesh we are then considering either going back through Casablanca to Rabat, then on to Fes via train or perhaps we fly to Fes from Marrakesh and then take a train back through Fes, Meknes and Rabat? Pretty sure we'll have to take a plane from Casablanca to Lisbon. Should we be looking at other cities? Other day trips? Anyway, any and all suggestions are very welcomed.
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Old Jul 14th, 2022, 08:01 AM
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No need to fly. The long distance bus service from Fez to Marrakesh is very good. We did a round trip landing in Marrakesh and then taking the train from there to Meknčs and the Fez, returning to Marrakesh by bus.

Day trips were to Azrou on market day and Sefrou from Marrakesh:


and Volubilis and Moulay Idriss from Meknčs:


We had a guide (unofficial) during out stay in Meknčs who arranged the visits around the city and the day trip. Stepping out of hour hotel we were accosted by guide wannabes, and insisted on having an English speaking guide. He also took us to local restaurants for the midday meal, and we paid for his meal too. We had a guide from the tourist office for one of our days in Fez. If you go into the old towns on your own, be aware that as soon as you accept the friendly offer of directions the individual expects to be paid.
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Thanks so much. Appreciate the inclusion of pictures. Do you think Azuro and Sefrou were worth the time? We will certainly be going to Volubilis.
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For Azrou it should be when they have the regional open air market outside the town proper. But things could have changed since 1993. Recent guidebooks could have more information about both towns.
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For Azrou it should be when they have the regional open air market outside the town proper. But things could have changed since 1993. Recent guidebooks could have more information about both towns.
Thank you
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