12 day itinerary
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 9, 2012 6:08 AM Last Post By: moroccotraveler
Dec 8, 2012 8:13 PM
12 day itineraryHi All,
I'm putting together an itinerary for two of us from December 23 to Jan 3
Dec 23 - arrive in Casablanca, go straight to Fez
Dec 24 - tour Fez (hire a guide for the medina)
Dec 25 - day trip to Meknes and the Roman ruins in Volubilis.
Dec 26 - take a tour to the desert or those gorges (3 or 4 days is enough?), side note: I guess it would be interesting to ride a camel and sleep in a tent and all that, but is it really worth what seems like an eternity to get there?
And is there a desert/gorge tour that starts from Fez and drops us off in Marrakesh that you can recommend? And what's a reasonable price for something like this?
Dec 29 - arrive in Marrakesh
Dec 30 - tour Marrakesh
Dec 31 - head to a beach area and spend two nights somewhere (or in several places along the coast)
Which beach town would you recommend for a quiet strolls, romantic atmosphere, little hassle? Essaouira seems like the most convenient to get to, but somewhere else?
Jan 2 - head back up to Casablanca
Jan 3 - do a short tour around Casa in the morning, fly out 2 pm.
Thanks so much!
Dec 9, 2012 2:21 AM
1...... you are in Morocco for about 10 days, the proposed itinerary is too packed for any time of year and in mid-winter not feasible. Its recommended not to drive/travel at night across mountains or remote rural areas, except by the Railway(only north of Marrakesh). Drop the Desert chunk of you plan, if you want a seaside experience with mild weather you need to travel south of the High Atlas Mountains, to Agadir and further south to the Atlantic seaside villages like Mirhleft, Aglou Plage, Sidi Ifni, research on the search facility here for thes villages and towns. https://www.google.ie/search?q=morocco-aglou+plage&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=D2PEUICPCpO6hAeYsoF4&ved=0CEgQsAQ&biw=1138&bih=544 ....and search all drop-downs on this site for good information http://www.visitagadir.com/index.php
So far this winter Morocco has been very cold with a lot snow in the eastern mountains, milder weather is found on the Atlantic Coast further south.
A good guide book is well worth having in hand for instant information as you go, like the trusty LP or the Cadogan.
Dec 9, 2012 2:59 AM
2About desert tour, you can do it self by bus, not need to have some tour company. But, 3 days for that is to short time and you could not enjoy that. For such trip you need at least 4 days if not more anyway for to really enjoy and relax between travel also.
So do as moroccotraveller suggest you, keep you near the coast there it can be a little warmer also, but quite damp, misty, I would think.
Dec 9, 2012 3:38 AM
3I think you should either drop the desert part or drop the fez meknes part to make the trip more relaxing. I think Essaouira is a good idea - great place to explore.
Dec 9, 2012 5:22 AM
4Thanks for the replies. I'll go ahead and drop something from the itinerary. The girlfriend doesn't seem too keen on several days in the desert anyway.
If I hit Agadir, I'm also thinking of renting a car and driving up the coast towards Essouira and then Casablanca, with some stops on the way. About how many days should I budget to do this at a leisurely pace?
Dec 9, 2012 6:08 AM
5...... the Atlantic Coast north and south of Agadir has lots of villages, you need to research to see what interests you. To help have a look at this..... http://looklex.com/morocco/map02.htm this is an interactive map, its a little out of date by now, but still very useful. North-east of Agadir lies Paradise Valley a drive up to Immouzer and the waterfall which is at times just a dribble, the drive is the best part, through ever changing vegetation as you ascend the mountain.
Essaouria, El-Jadia and Safi are nice places to experience, colder than further south more than likely, work you way through the map above, and research here, when you form a new plan post details.
The one time nice village of Aourir of in a mess for some time now, dirty politics between residents, developers and government, I can't recommend this place see for yourself in this clip... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmLD_PhVN_chttp://looklex.com/morocco/map02.htm .. however the scenery along the coast and for surfing is good.
For a winter holiday this is where you have the best chance of warm weather, keep in mind daylight is short too, .........what to do when its dark.....
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