My husband and I are planning a 12 day trip to Morocco in late December/early January. We have decided to do this with a private guide/driver and our itinerary is pretty much set. It includes:
Ait Ben Haddou
Dades Gorge and Todra Gorge (including a day hiking)
Merzouga Erg Chebbi Midelt
back to Casablanca
The trip will include some hiking in Todra Gorge and a free day in Chefchaoen that we will probably use to hike. We will expire Fes and Marrakesh with a guide, one day each.
The question is this:
We have one day unplanned. We are debating between a free day in Marrakesh (we already have one complete day planned, with a local guide) OR an additional day in the desert *we already have 2 days Erfoud, Rissani, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Ziz Valley).
What do people think? Is it possible to see Marrakesh thoroughly in one full walk-until-you-drop day, or should we have another free day in Marrakesh to explore? We are not shoppers - but would love to really see the city well.
Alternatively, is there a lot more that we would get froman extra day in the desert? Our guide company is proposing Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim, seeing men wearing the indigo blue robes distinctive of the Saharan people, visit the Khamlia village to listen the Gnaoua music.
I can't decide! Would love some advice for a firs-time visitor wanting to have the richest, most diverse experience possible.
Thanks so much.