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Time Budgeting and Itinerary Planning?

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Time Budgeting and Itinerary Planning?

Hello all,

I'm planning a trip to Morocco in September, as part of a longer Northern Africa/Middle East tour.

It will be my last destination after Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, so I'm hoping to see sites and culture that would be at least a bit different from those countries.

I originally was hoping to go for around 8-10 days, but I'm realizing that's going to be a bit of a squeeze. For a good overview of Morocco without too much city-to-city traveling, would 10-12 days be enough? I don't need to see every major city or site, just enough that I get a good feel for the country and can see the most important locations.

Any ideas or recommendations would be great - I know this is a bit of a barebones message/request, I just want to make sure and budget my time well for the other countries also!

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2. Re: Time Budgeting and Itinerary Planning?

Thanks John!

I haven't bought a guidebook yet, but I've had great luck with the Lonely Planet books (I'm more of a backpacking type of traveler that likes to splurge occasionally, so it's a good mix), so I'll likely get one of those. I also browse pretty intensively through the tripadvisor recommendations for sights and the like.

So you don't think I should stay in Casablanca more than a day or two? From what I've seen, Marrakech is a big hub spot, so I may focus my time there aside from Fez and a seaside town.

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4. Re: Time Budgeting and Itinerary Planning?

Personally would give Casablanca 1 day, perhaps skip Marrakech altogether, and concentrate in Fes.

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5. Re: Time Budgeting and Itinerary Planning?

For me the beauty of Morocco is in the countryside, whilst the interesting different culture is in the smaller town and villages. So I would choose just one of the imperial cities (either Fes, Marrakech, Meknes or Rabat), a small town (El Jadida or Al Hoceima), a village (Chefchaouen, Azrou or Tafraoute), somewhere in the mountains (Imlil or Imilchil), and maybe one of the southern beach villages (Sidi Ifni or Mirleft).

If you self drive you can get to interesting places that are a struggle with buses and taxis.

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