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From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

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From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

Dear all:

I will rent a car with my brother and travel from marrakech to Fez in a 4-day road trip. I am between these routes: in your opinion, which route is better? Which one would you take if it is the first time you travel to Morocco. Your comments will be highly appreciated!!

Route 1)

(This route does not stop in Merzouga nor Erg Chebi, therefore I cant take the Camel ride in the dunes) <-- Please comeone confirm this!! :)

Day 1: Marrakech --> Telouet Kasbah --> Ait Benhaddou --> Ouarzazate

Day 2: Ouarzazate --> Boumalne --> M'semrir (to see de Dades)--> Tinerhir --> Auberge Le Festival

Day 3: Auberge Le Festival --> Agoudal --> Imilchil --> El Kebab --> Khenifra

Day 4: Khenifra --> Aguelmane Azigza --> Source Oum er Rbia --> Ain Leuh --> Azrou --> Fez

Route 2)

(I think this is the most common route)

Day 1 : Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate.

Day 2 : Ouarzazate -Valley of Roses - Dades Gorges.

Day 3 : Dades Gorges -Toudgha Gorges -Rissani-Merzouga.

Day 4 : Ziz Valley- Azrou- Fes.

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1. Re: From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

Route 2 is better because it includes Merzouga and Erg Chebbi

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2. Re: From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

Hi nibrika:

First of all, thank you for your answer! Do you think the second route works fine with a 4-day itinerary? Could I enjoy the ride, stops, camel ride, night in the dunes, etc. whithout hurry?

I will rent a car, do I need an international driver license?

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3. Re: From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

4 days for the trip from Marrakech via Erg Chebbi to Fes is OK, even if it would be better with 5 days so you can stay 2 nights in Erg Chebbi which is worth more than only one night.

Don't do the trip then from Erg Chebbi to Fes in one day only, it is far and pity to not have more time for example in Azrou.

About international driver license, you not need to have it even if I saw somewhere it would be. But I have normal driving license, never I needed international and I drive quite much there in Morocco.

Otherwise the first route is nice also, so it depends of you what you prefer.

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4. Re: From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

Hi! So if I maket this trip one day longer, should I stay one more day in Erg Chebbi? The complete day?

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5. Re: From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

Hi! So if I make this trip one day longer, should I stay one more day in Erg Chebbi? The complete day?

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6. Re: From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

4 days is enough for that trip, but of course 5 days is better if you have the time - you can either add another night in Merzouga or split your day 4 in two days (people often choose Midelt as a halfway point) as it is a long drive otherwise.

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9. Re: From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

If you make the trip in 5 days, you can stay longer in Erg Chebbi. Either stay 2 nights there and the 5 day go right to Fes.

But it would be long trip so you can leave Erg Chebbi anyway next day but later, after lunch for example and in this case you get anyway more time there and not need rush already at morning on.

Stay over night then somewhere between Errachidia and Rich for example.

Hope you understand now my hassle English LOL

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10. Re: From Marrakech to Fez: Which Route?

I have prepared this 5-day route in Google Maps. Please review it and comment! I have tagged the places to stop and visit.

Day 1: Marrakech -> Ouarzazate

Day 2: Ouarzazate --> Dades Gorges

Day 3: Dades Gorges --> Erfoud (Camp overnight)

Day 4: Erfoud --> Midelt

Day 5: Midelt --> Fes

Please find the route and the places to visit in the following link:

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit…

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