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Travel within Morocco in September

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Travel within Morocco in September

We are flying in to Marrakech from Amsterdam in early September (Ryanair flight gets in at 1030pm), and then flying back from Tangiers to Amsterdam 8 days later. We have made no reservations as yet for for our stay in Morocco.

Here is what we are thinking:

--Stay 4 nights in a Riad in Marracech old city. Since we land late, is it safe and easy to take a cab to a Riad? Any recommendations?

--Take train to Fez. Spend 2 nights in Fez. Any hotel/location ideas?

--Take train from Fez to Tangiers. Spend 2 nights in Tangiers, fly out.

Does this itinerary make sense? Things to watch out for, recommendations? We are from San Francisco....

Thanks!!

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Hi there

We two are interested in any replies you have. We arrive mid Sept for a week and are totally flexible. We were thinkng a car rental or is train better. We also wanted to get to Casablanca. Is a tour company the best idea? If so... Which one.

Very keen to read any advice

Cheers

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Good choice Marrakesh, Fes and Tangier. They each have very distinctive cultural backgrounds and all offer something different. Marrakesh is vibrant but very tourist, Fes is mindblowingly old and crazy and Tangier shows what Mediterranean influenced Morocco is like. Many folk dismiss Tangier because it’s, simply, not like Marrakesh so it’s seen as an inferior place, but for me it’s really cool and interesting. A place where Africa meets the Europe.

Marrakesh is fine to take taxis, much safer than London and New York. Just do some research and know what the real prices are (for everything, not just taxis), always insist on the taxis using the meter, don’t take any jibber jabber from the local touts, never take an offer of anything if THEY approach you and Marrakesh will be fun.

Fes is, I find, much less hassle. The food is great and the medina is a real experience. Don’t miss out on the local delicacy of Pigeon Fassi....a true treat.

In Tangier enjoy the seafront restaurants and good bars. For a real taste of the Interzone days go for a late night drink at the Tanger Inn where the Beat Generation authors used to hang out. Folk like William Burroughs and friends frequented this place, and the walls are still full of photos of the great poets and authors from that time.

Marie C - The train is a great way to travel between these destinations. There is absolutely no need to get a tour or an organised trip as they will offer little extra but charge you a lot more. I also advise avoiding Casablanca unless you’re in to big smelly cites with little in the way of tourist attractions.

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3. Re: Travel within Morocco in September

By staying in cities only is it pity to miss a little of countryside which is beautiful so anyway I recommend you to rent a car and travel by car than by train.

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5. Re: Travel within Morocco in September

Beware of offers from people with zero past history on TripAdvisor, they are probably touts.

Poor English is a giveaway—even for a New Yorker ;)

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I'll say it again, for the benefit of our Moroccan New Yorker at #4......absolutely no need for a tour/agency. The train is cheap and really good and driving your self is even better for the reasons Khamlia stated.

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You mention taking a cab to the riad. You might think about having the riad arrange for the transfer. That way they will arrange not just for the cab, but you will also be met by a man with a luggage cart, that will take you directly to the riad. It costs around 15 euro. Well worth it in my opinion, as otherwise you will be wandering around the narrow streets trying to find the riad.

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8. Re: Travel within Morocco in September

Thank you!! Very helpful. We will take trains. Would you know if advance reservations are necessary? Also, is there a language problem if you speak only English?

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9. Re: Travel within Morocco in September

Thanks. Perhaps a car next time....we are also missing desert overnight. Playing safe the first time...!

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10. Re: Travel within Morocco in September

Thanks. This is what we are now planning. Better to safely get to a hotel and check-in without adventure...