Honeymoon itinerary Spain&Morocco

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Jan 11th, 2015, 06:50 PM
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Honeymoon itinerary Spain&Morocco

Hi fellow travelers! My fiancé and I could really use your help in planning our itinerary for our honeymoon in Spain and Morocco!
Here is what we've been thinking so far: We are interested in starting in Spain. Sevilla/e looks wonderful, as does Madrid, Valencia, Granada, and Malaga looks decent and we've heard pretty good things about it. From there (after spending time in 2 places for 3 days each, or something close to that), we'd like to move on to Morocco either by bus and then fast ferry into Tangier where we would quickly move on to somewhere else: places nearby Fez that we are interested in are Asilah, Chefchaouen, Sefrou and Volobilis. The other option would be to go from Spain to more southern Morocco, near Marrakesh. Places near Marrakesh we are interested in are Essouira, and Diabat ("the castle in the sand"). We are not interested in Casablanca, unless we are just departing there to come back home. We are also up for any and all suggestions and alterations, or new information and areas we have not yet thought about.
Any thoughts about which of those itineraries would be best/ which places to choose for the itinerary, would be fantastic.

For our honeymoon we are looking to experience a combination of culture, sightseeing and easy adventures, as well as leisure, romance, and lots of great food and authentic, spanish and moroccan entertainment.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 09:01 PM
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How many days do you have, and in what month?
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Jan 12th, 2015, 09:35 PM
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Sounds like you've made great planning for honeymoon!! My best wishes to you. I don't know about Spanish, but Moroccan entertainment will definitely make great mood within both of you. Have a great time enjoying Spanish and Moroccan entertainment.
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Jan 18th, 2015, 11:54 AM
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Hi wonderful people! My fiancé and I are about to book all of our flights for our honeymoon. We have figured out the details, and before we book I just want to make sure that you more experienced travelers don't see anything hugely wrong with our itinerary. Or places for improvement.


1.) June 28th 10:30pm LAX to Malaga:
land Monday June 29th 11:55 pm in Malaga

*Arrange for pick-up from Malaga airport to riad
*Book riad for June 29th and June 30th-
Check out July 1st

2.) July 1st: Suprabus from Malaga to Seville (9am- or later as to stay in Malaga another half of a day)

Stay in Seville from July 1st- July 4th
*Book riads/hotels for July 1st-3rd-- Check out on July 4th

3.) July 4th: Ryan Air flight from Seville to Marrakesh (5:30pm, 63 euro)

Stay in Marrakesh 4th- 8th
*Book riads/hotels for 4th-7th-
Check out on July 8th

4.) July 8th: Suprabus from Marrakesh to Essaouira (9 am?, 3.5 hours, 20$ each)

Stay in Essaouira July 8th- 11th
*Book riads/hotels July 8th-10th
-Check out the 11th

5.) July 11th: Suprabus from Essaouira to Marrakesh in am and stay until flight to Paris this evening

6.) July 11th: Easyjet flight from Marrakesh to Paris, France (7pm to the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, 43 euro each through
http://www.directline-flights.co.uk; takes 2.3hr)
Stay in Paris July 11th-15th

Book hostels/hotels for July 11th-14th-- Check out July 15th

7.) July 15th 9:15pm Paris- LAX 12pm (Flight 4314 & 7087; from Smartfares.com, Norwegian airline; $736 each)

A couple of notes about things we have previously thought of while creating our itinerary:
1.) The reason for only one full day in Malaga, Spain, is due to the fact that with the ways flights are, we had to either add 3 full days here, and lose a lot in Marrakech, Essaouria, and/or Paris, or just cut Malaga down to only 1 day. We have the option of leaving Malaga on an afternoon or evening train to Seville in order to give us a half a day longer, if recommended, and if we can keep our bags at the riad or hotel we will be checking out of.

2.) The notes stating that we'll be taking a bus are just there for now, but we'd like feedback on the best ways to get to and from these areas (i.e. Marrakech to Essaouira).

3.) When our flight gets in very late in the evening, but I put that we will be staying from that night until the day of checkout, i understand that it's not as if we are counting that day in our actual time to visit this place- it's just a note of logistics and when we'll be needed booked stay.

4.) I am considering applying for this credit card to use this year for these flights- it has great credits towards travel, and we'll be paying it off in full as soon as we redeem those credits. Any opinions on this or reasons we shouldn't/better option?

http://www.barclaycardarrival.com/ar...690144_1045447

5.) My fiancé and I are aware that this is going to be tons of traveling by plane, maybe train, bus, taxi etc. And it will be tiring. We also know that a lot of peoples opinion will be that it doesn't sound much like a traditional romantic relaxing honeymoon getaway- but we live on the central coast with beautiful beaches, hiking, and lots of time for soaking it up, right in our backyard. So for us, this adventure sounds like a ton of fun to do together and see astounding parts of the world!

6.) We know it will be Ramadan when we visit Morocco; we know we will have to be accommodating and open to the fact that certain places will not be open, certain places will close for large periods of time, and there won't be alcohol served anywhere for the most part. We feel pretty confident in our ability to see past this and find the positive in it, like being able to see this amazing part of the culture, and are ok with a few moody Moroccans famished from food and water until they break their fast. The other option is to not see Morocco at all, and that seems a crap option to us.
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Jan 18th, 2015, 12:20 PM
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Regarding #2, the bus between Marrakech & Essaouira is a very good option. I've done it both ways, the other being a grand taxi with driver, more expensive and little more convenient. There's 1 place to take a break along the road and both buses and private transport use it.

You might consider going and returning from Essaouira a day earlier. Being in Marrakech for the night before your flight is convenient, if only to have a place to keep your luggage before your flight.

The economies of both Marrakech & Essaouira are heavily dependent on tourism. There will be places open and likely bars, too, in the larger hotels. I wouldn't worry about it. I'd be confident in Moroccans' ability to put up with us, rather than the other way around.
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