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Any comments or advice about this itinerary?

connecticut
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Any comments or advice about this itinerary?

It will be our first trip to Morocco and we will be renting a car. We have 2 weeks in July and want to get a good experience of the country and it's culture. We are in our 60's but are in pretty good shape. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice about this itinerary? It would be appreciated.

Day 1: fly into Marrakech

Days 2 and 3: Marrakech

Day 4 and 5: Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

Day 6: drive to Midelt?

Day 7: drive to Fes

Days 8 and 9: Fes

Day 10: Meknes

Day11: Chefchaouen

Day 12: Rabat and Volubilis.

Day 13: Rabat

Day 14: leave from Casablanca

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1. Re: Any comments or advice about this itinerary?

You cannot do day 6 to Midelt from Ouarzazate. You have to make one overnight stop and recommend to see Dades or Todra Gorge. And it will be hard anyway to come next day to Midelt, so maybe you can make the second overnight near Rich or so. Skip Midelt and go then right to Fes

Day 10 - I would do Meknes on the way to Rabat, not on the way to Chefchaouen, where would you go directly from Fes

Day 12 - from Chefchaouen to Rabat you go via Volubilis, not opposite and it is quite long trip so I doubt you can reach Rabat the same day.

Maybe you should rework your itinerary a little.

Even if the road is paved so you cannot drive fast, you have to be careful because there are going people, children of course, even animals etc. And you need to follow the rules also, many police controls check just the speed.

Don't drive when it is dark.

Edited: 04 May 2014, 22:29
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2. Re: Any comments or advice about this itinerary?

P.S. Don't forget to make stop in Azrou, before Fes, there you can see cedar forest and wild monkeys.

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3. Re: Any comments or advice about this itinerary?

Note that July is Ramadan in Morocco, check the thread under Top Questions for what this means.

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Thanks But could you explain why it's not possible to go from Ourzazate to Midelt in a day? It's supposed to be 265 miles. Or about 420 km and even at 40 mph / 60 kph it looks like a 6 hour drive... Longer than I'd like but not impossible. There's 12 or 13 hours of light, after all. Is there something we don't know about that makes 60 kph. Impossible?

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It is far any way, you cannot drive fast, you have to keep speed also. And you will sure make coffee and other pause.

420 km per day in Morocco is too much. It is more than 6 hours to drive, I should guess for 8-9 hours if you not want drive as crazy LOL and even risk that police stop you for fast speed.

On the roads are also going the people, children, animals, so you cannot drive fast.

And, it would also be pity to drive and not enjoy of the countryside, or? In Morocco traveling is slowly, more slowly than you maybe think.

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P.S. you would also take a look to Dades or Todra Gorge or both, it is worth to see!

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7. Re: Any comments or advice about this itinerary?

You are falling into the trap that so many enter. Travel in Morocco is slow, even though it looks like you will be spending most of your time on busy main roads. For example, on day 11 you will spend five hours travelling to Chefchaouen, stop overnight, and then drive off elsewhere. Just when are you going to experience the country and the people?

Yes, you could do Ouarzazate to Midelt in one long day of driving, but are you aware of the magnificent splendours you will be bypassing doing so?

Your best bet is to cut Meknes and Rabat.

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8. Re: Any comments or advice about this itinerary?

From Ouarzazate travel west as planned, consider visiting the Dades Gorge, see morocco-knowledgebase.net/forum/… which involves leaving the main road at Boumalne, then returning to the same spot to continue (there's no viable loop route).

Then at Tinerhir head north up the Todra Gorge, see morocco-knowledgebase.net/forum/… and travel up the R703 to Agoudal, then the R317 towards Imilchil. This is a great overnight spot, but if you want to do directly to Midelt, turn east before Imilchil on the R706 towards Rich.

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