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best itinerary Marrakesh - Merzouga and back

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best itinerary Marrakesh - Merzouga and back

Hi there

We're planning a trip to Morocco from December 20th to the 29th (flight in the morning) so there will be just 8 full days.

We're hiring a car in Marrakesh and planning to go to Merzouga and back. What is the best itinerary? We were thinking to do the first night in Marrakesh then spend the night in Ait Benhaddou, then head to the dades (or maybe todra?) and also spend the night there, then Merzouga and maybe spend two nights. We've already booked some places till Merzouga but we want to leave couple nights undecided and maybe spend the last two nights (27, 28 as we're leaving in the morning of the 29th) in Marrakech again.

What is the best itinerary especially on the way back? is it faisible to go to essaouira at that point (going through Taroundant) or maybe just leave it for another trip? what are the best stops to make from merzouga on the way back? draa valley? zagora?

Is the tizi'n tickla pass a heart-attack road or is it faisible?

we want to see landscapes and visit places not just a drive-all-the time trip.

What do you suggest?

Sorry for the too many questions.


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1. Re: best itinerary Marrakesh - Merzouga and back

Hi Gerardo;

Welcome to Morocco Travel forum.

Your itinerary seemed very interesting as you have a good plan for your trip in Morocco, as you have a good idea by hiring a Car and drive yourself as Morocco has a good roads.

i'd suggest a good itinerary you can visit and experience as much as possible with a very interesting sites with lovely stops for landscapes.

- Arrive and overnight in Marrakech

- Marrakech-Tiizi Ntishka- Ouarzazate- Ait ben Haddou-Boumalen Dades.

- Boumalen Dades-Todra Gorges-Merzouga, overnight in a hotel.

- Visit Merzouga and Rissani and surrounding small towns. Camel Treks and overnight in the desert.

- Merzouga-Agdez-Ouarzazate.

- Ouarzazate- Tarroudant.

- Tarrouddant-Agadir-Essaouira.

- Essaouira-Marrakech.

- Marrakech


so from Marrakech to Ouarzazat via the Tizi Ntishka High pass will take at least 4 hours driving as you can drive very slow on this roads while in the bends.

Just for Zagora it's situated other side and it has nothing worth after your visit all the most interesting places illustrated in this itinerary above.

Just make sure you book your accommodations in Marrakech and Essaouira because it's very moment and most of the riads/hotels are fully booked.

during the priod of your visit it will be very cold so to take wamr clothes with you, in the desert make sure your camp managers providing you with enough and warm blanckets.

For your driving try to take a Guidebook with you and a Map, to supporting you in your travels.

Happy travels.

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