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Best plan a self-drive trip in December?

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Best plan a self-drive trip in December?

We are a couple visiting Morocco in mid-December for 10days/9 nights. After much browsing of tips on here and elsewhere we have decided on three key destinations: Marrakech, Fez and Erg Chebbi. We had initially thought of doing a 2 or 3 night tour between Marrakech and Fez but the costs seem relatively high for what you get (stuck in a van all day) and we hate tours. We've decided that a self-drive trip between Marrakech and Fez is best for us, meaning we can take things at our own pace, stopping off where we want and trying to get beyond the usual tourist hot spots.

We're trying to put together some rough plan which at the moment looks like...

Day 1: Arr Marrakech 10am, pickup car from airport and drive to Fez. Ev

Days 2: Fez

Days 3-6: Self drive from Fez to Marrakech, stopping off en-route as we wish and including one night in the dessert at Erg Chebbi.

Days 7-8: Marrakech

Day 9: Dep Marrakech early evening

Does this seem a realistic plan? Feel free to suggest changing the order etc. Do we need to pre-book accommodation or can we book as we go? I've read December is tourist season so maybe we should pre-book. There is only one driver, so we're hoping to break the driving up into manageable chunks.

I've also heard that Essaouira is a nice place to visit (preferably with an overnight stop). Is there anyway to fit this in? Everyone seems to comment that the draw is that it is a "very chilled out place"...what does this actually mean in terms of being a visitor!? What is there to do/see/experience? If by this people mean it's a great place to stop, read a book and enjoy the view over a nice meal and a drink then fine, but I'd like to know either way!?

Cheers for the help, JB

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1. Re: Best plan a self-drive trip in December?

Self drive is a good plan - although Im not sure it is a good idea to arrive and drive straight to Fes. Ideally you fly into one and out the other. If not then I would spend first and last nights in Marrakech

You dont really have time for Essaouira, Decemeber is not the best time to visit that part of the coast anyway.

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2. Re: Best plan a self-drive trip in December?

Unfortunately are flights are stuck.

Why would you not recomend it? We're on a short haul flight from the UK so tiredness won't be a factor. Assuming a departure at 11, an 8 hour drive would get us into Fez at a reasonable time. My thinking is that id rather do the drive on a day where I've already lost a morning to travelling, than taking up another day.

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