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Urgent Help on my travel planning please - morocco

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Urgent Help on my travel planning please - morocco

Hi All travel experts and gurus out there!! :)

Im planning an itinerary for my parents who are planning a trip to Morocco and Spain this May between 21st and 6th june. They arrive in Casablanca, travel around, leave to Madrid from Marrakesh and tour around and finally leave to dubai from Barcelona. they have about 16 days in all... 8 days in each place ... they love architecture, culture, and enjoying a place at their own stride and pace. They are elderly and cant walk for too long or trek or do adventure kind of activities. And my Dad especially hates those pre organised group tours which rush him from one place to another from mornign to night !!

So, Keeping all this in mind, and their interests, ive come up with a list of places they would like to see.. but i really need all your advice on the route to follow and best option for mode of travel. They wont be comfortable with public transport ..maybe the tram within the city for a different exxperience is fine... so i would also need advice on a few travel agencies who will be able to transport them around from city to city.. or suggestions of best mode of transport within cities. I know its a lot of conditions and but's ... I just want them to have a beautiful holiday and enjoy Morocco and come back with good memories :)

My list of places are as follows:

Casablanca arrival on : 21st evening. Night Stay.

Next 2 days and nights : 22nd,23rd - Places to see El Jadida, Rabat

Leave 24th morning to FES.: 24th night in FES.

Next 2 days n nights in Fes : 25th. 26th. - Places to see :Meknes, Volubilis

Leave 27th Morning to Marrakesh. : 27th night stay.

Next day in Marrakes : 28th night

Flight out to Madrid AT 13.40 PM ON 29th May.

The places listed are apart from strolling around the Medina in each place. Can they do day trips to those places from the base city where they will stay for the night?

For accommodation, i wanted them to experience staying in a good Riad.. So am looking up some riads that are nto too expensive. Any suggestions please? their budget would be a place within 110 euros per night for two.

Any and all suggestions are welcome. The local travel agent here who initially planned their trip did a lousy job of it and i totally scrapped his plans for them.. including places to stay coz i checked them up on TA website and saw not very nice comments from previous travellers. So am now totally redoing their tour planning. And am relying on all your advice please ! The sooner the better coz it takes 3 weeks to get a visa which cannot be done without confirmed bookings in their place of stay !!

Appreciate ally our advice n help already !!

Thanks Much !!

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2. Re: Urgent Help on my travel planning please - morocco

Thank u so much for the advice... guess i will cut off Rabbat from their list as well.

Regarding the route they take, is the order of places ive mentioned correct or shud it be in any different order of travel : casablanca to Fes , Fes to Marrakesh. Can u also advice me on approximate travel time between these places?

really appreciate ur help on this ! I just knew u would be the one to help me out first !! :)

Thanks a lot.

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I am agree with John. To go to Fes etc it would be much traveling without to have more time for to enjoy. Go to Fes and then to Marrakech it is the same route, by train. And that route is quite boring, in my opinion. Not so much to see from the train.

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5. Re: Urgent Help on my travel planning please - morocco

Others may disagree but I would actually cut Fes out of the itinerary completely - since they are flying in to Casa and out of Marrakech then just stick to those 2 areas or it will be too much travel for your elderly parents.

They need only 1 day to see the sights of Casablanca and then can do El Jadida and/or Rabat as daytrips from Casablanca as they are connected by train. Then they need 2 or even 3 days to see everything in Marrakech plus are also various daytrips from Marrakech, or even an overnight stay at the coast could be a good option.

The best way to travel between all these cities is the train - in first class it is comfortable. If they dont want to do that then they take taxis and hire a car with driver but it will be a lot more expensive.

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7. Re: Urgent Help on my travel planning please - morocco

I hate trains normally but they will love first class Casablanca to Marrakech for 140 Dirhams. You get a safe and civilsed exerience with allocated seat...enjoy. Also, stay in a random Riad in Marrakech, they are great!

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