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Help with 9 day itinerary - Essaouira or time in the desert

Old Jun 12th, 2016, 08:03 PM
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Help with 9 day itinerary - Essaouira or time in the desert

hi! My bf and I have 9 days and nights in Morocco in mid-November. We are debating on the itinerary so thought I'd get some feedback from the forum. We are planning on flying into Marrakech and out of Tangier.

We both agree on visiting Marrakesh and Fes for certain. Here is his proposed itinerary:

Day 1 Land: 10:30am Marrakesh
Day 2 Marrakesh
Day 3 take bus to Essaouira. Sleep in Essaouira
Day 4 Essaouira and take bus back to Marrakesh. Sleep in Marrakesh
Day 5 Marrakesh and night train to Fes
Day 6 Fes
Day 7 Fes
Day 8 travel to Chefchouan and sleep there.
Day 9 travel to Tangier and sleep there to leave next morning.

I think I would prefer doing a desert tour instead of spending a night at a beach town, so here is my proposed itinerary
Day 1: Land 10:30 Marrakech
Day 2 Marrakech
Day 3 leave for desert excursion. Sleep in desert
Day 4 sleep in desert
Day 5 return to Marrakech spend day but take night train to Fes
Day 6 Fes
Day 7 Fes
Day 8 bus to chefchouen, Sleep there
Day 9 travel from Chefchouen to Tangier to leave next morning

Any thoughts or help with these itineraries would be greatly appreciated. thanks!
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My husband and I spent 2 weeks in Morocco in April/May. We landed in Marrakesh (after 3 nights in Madrid to get over jet-lag.
This was our itinerary:
3 nights Marrakesh
1 night Skoura
1 night Todra Gorge
1 night desert
3 nights Fes
2 nights coast - Moulay Bousselham for birds
2 nights Rabat -fly to Paris from Rabat
The night in the desert was the highlight of the trip (even though it poured rain). Riding a camel with the wind blowing through my hair, the silence and beauty of the dunes was amazing. The trip to the desert was also a highlight- climbing over the Atlas mountains, seeing the Dades Gorge and villages around the area (we went off road, quite the adventure), the kasbahs. I would have stayed 2 nights in Skoura and cut the Todra Gorge. I would also have stayed 2 nights in the desert and cut one from the coast. Our drive to Fes from Merzouga was long, but interesting. Morocco has such diverse terrain. Do not miss a day trip to Volubilis/Meknes (sp)when you are in Fes.
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I just spent 16 days in Morocco and let the desert out due to the time it takes just to get back and forth from there. With only 9 days, and your plan to visit Marrakech, Frs and Chefchaouen (all of which I totally agree with), I don't think you have enough time for the desert. I spent 2 nights in Essaouira and very much enjoyed it for the change of scenery and ocean atmosphere. You could easily enjoy it by taking an early bus from Marrakech and spending just one night. My big vote is for Essaouira for reasons noted.
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