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Advice for 8 Days in March

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Advice for 8 Days in March

We're planning to be in Morocco for 8 days in late March. We're hoping to spend some time in Marrakech, Fez and Rabbat and would love a night under the stars in the desert. Any ideas for how we could do all of this without being overwhelmed with travel? (We're 2 adults and 2 teenage boys).

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1. Re: Advice for 8 Days in March

Two nights in Fes.

A day of travel with an overnight in the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi (Merzouga).

A night in between Merzouga and Marrakech (I suggest either Kelaa M'Gouna, Skoura, or Ait Benhaddou).

Three nights in Marrakech, or two if you have an early flight out of Casa and you need to overnight there (I'd avoid if possible).

You'll need a car to make this doable, with a driver or without if you feel comfortable driving.

Distances: Casa to Fes-3.5 hrs via toll road (Autoroute).

Fes-Merzouga: about 7 hours.

Merzouga-Ait Benhaddou- Around 4 hours.

Ait-Benhaddou-Marrakech: 4 hours.

Marrakech-Casa: 2 hrs.

You'll notice that I've left out Rabat. Fantastic city for those with more time, which you don't really have to make all the other stops doable. Highlights of a visit to Morocco are by far Fes, the desert and Marrakech (IMO in that order!)

Most people do the circuit this way, but you might also consider doing it counter-clockwise, i.e. starting in 'Kech and ending in Fes. Personally I think people who save Fes for last appreciate it the most.

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2. Re: Advice for 8 Days in March

These are great suggestions. Thanks so much. One other question, what about travel by train rather than car -- is that possible? enjoyable?

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3. Re: Advice for 8 Days in March

An excellent post from chano there...

You can take the train between Fes-Casa-Marrakech, but it does not run to the desert (Merzouga), so you'll need either a car or bus if you want to go to the desert. The train is very affordable and a great option for getting to Fes/Marrakech as driving yourself around these cities is not recommended.


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