Morocco 2 week itinerary - thoughts?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 13, 2013 9:26 PM Last Post By: karenmango
Apr 8, 2013 10:10 PM
Morocco 2 week itinerary - thoughts?Hey, my friend and I are set to do a two week trip around Morocco in a couple week's time and we were looking for some feedback on an itinerary we'd drafted up.
Day 1 - I arrive in Tangier around 9:30am, he arrives in Rabat around 11:30am, we meet in Tetouan that evening. Ideally we'd meet in Chefchaouen, but we can't seem to find any direct Tangier-Chaouen or Rabat-Chaouen buses? If anybody has any details about this it would be greatly appreciated.
Day 2 - Leave early for Chaouen, stay the night
Day 3 - Leave early for Fez, stay the night
Day 4 - Fez
Day 5 - Fez
Day 6 - Leave for Merzouga, travel all day, arrive at night
Day 7 - Start a desert camel trek
Day 8 - Desert camel trek
Day 9 - Return from camel trek, get a bus to Marrakech, stay in Marrakech that night
Day 10 - Marrakech
Day 11 - Marrakech
Day 12 - Leave for Essaouira in the morning, stay the night
Day 13 - Depart for Rabat, I leave that day at 5, he leaves the next morning
Thanks a lot for any feedback you guys can give us!
Edited by: benjyblack
Apr 9, 2013 2:04 AM
1...... if you Rendezvous at Ouazzane rather than Tetouan with CTM buses departing....
Dep. Tangier... 12.15h. arr. Ouazzane.... 16.25H.
Dep. Rabat..... 14:30h. ......arr. Ouazzane 17.45h. .
Dep. Ouazzane 18:00h. arr. Chefchoune... 19.15h
Catching the 18.00h bus in Ouazzane is a bit tight, if you manage to miss it most likely there are other bus-lines working the same route or take a shared taxi. Its a small enough place, missing the bus might cause a bit of delay, between taxis and buses you should get to Chefchoune on day one. http://looklex.com/morocco/ouezzane_.htm
Consider dropping Essaouria and finish off in Rabat, this is a nice city on the Atlantic worth spending time in.... http://looklex.com/morocco/rabat.htm
Apr 9, 2013 2:43 AM
2Hi there are local buses from the main bus station at Rabat to Chefchauouen - they wont be online as they are local buses. there should be a number throughout the day. The grande taxi station is next to the bus station if you/he wants to go that way. Buy 2 tickets if it helps the taxi leave earlier and have more room.
Any problems for him that way and he can catch the train to Sidi Kacem and then bus from there to Chefchaouen.
For you from Tangier to Chefchaouen its easy and Ive done it many times. By local bus from the local bus and grande taxi station - any petite taxi can take you there to it. They will put your case in compartment under bus for extra 10 dirham but always been safe there but you can wait around to keep an eye on it if you are worried or ask how long before the bus leaves...quite a few in my experience there do understand English.
The bus stops at Tetouan for half an hour or so but check and clarify at the beginning if your ticket is definitely for all the way to Chefchaouen or just to Tetouan and then another ticket on to Chefchaouen
- but otherwise a good idea is to put your case up in the luggage storage and go look at Tetouan for an hour or so and the small archaeology museum as it has excellent mosaics taken from the roman ruins of Lixus.
It takes about an hour/hour and half each segment.
Alternatively he can always catch the train up to Tangier and meet you there and you travel down by bus or grande taxis together.
Apr 10, 2013 12:22 PM
3Wow, thanks so much for the great suggestions guys! Thanks to your help we managed to find buses straight to Chefchaouen from our respective arrival cities. Did you guys, or anyone else, have any comments about the feasibility of the itinerary? We're trying to squish Essaouira in at the end there, is it worth it? We really want to go surfing, but maybe May isn't the ideal time for that? Is it worthwhile spending 3 days in both Marrakech and Fez or should we cut down on those a little bit?
Thanks so much!
Apr 10, 2013 3:51 PM
4In my opinion if you had a car youd be able to consider the usual visits enroute between the desert stop and Marrakech such as the Dades gorge and Ait Benhaddou/Telouet - it could be worth considering hiring a car and driving yourselves down for the rest of the places you want to go and you would therefore have more time for Essaouira and enjoy a bit more freedom.
This would also make it easier to make the most of the Fez stop to get out to Meknes and Volubilis though it can be done easily enough by bus and grande taxi.
The 2 cities are both different but they are still both imperial cities with some similarities - in my opinion if you spend that amount of time for your Fez stop as outlined in your itinerary you could make do with only one or 2 nights in Marrakech instead of the 3 and get over to Essaouira. for a night or two.
then you would get a good coverage of mountains, imperial cities, desert and sea!
As mentioned though Rabat is an interesting city and has a few historic sites worth seeing such as the Hassan tower/mausoleum, Ouadia Kasbah museum and fortress and the Chellah site.
If you did get a car you can easily get a train after dropping it back at Fez or arrange to have it collected from you at Rabat.
Apr 11, 2013 2:34 AM
5My friend and I are finishing up 2.5 weeks in Morocco and now in our last stop in Marrakech. Fes turned out to be our least favourite place of all. If you have 3 days in Fes, consider visiting Volubilis. (We went from Meknes and there was a public bus to Moulay Idriss then about 45min walk to Volubilis.)
If you are going from Fes to the desert by car, you will be able to start the camel trek that afternoon, catching the sunset enroute to your camp. And with a car, you can go from Merzouga to Marrakech rather than double-backing to Fes. The scenery over the various Atlas regions are spectacular. And some of the kasbahs along the way are very interesting.
Apr 13, 2013 9:26 PM
6We spend a fortnight as a family backpacking around Morocco in April.
Essaouira's medina was a highlight and it was lovely to be next to the coast. We didn't spend anytime doing beach activities though - it what windy and we live next to the sea in UK.
We also spent 2 days in Fez and that was enough. We stayed at the youth hostel in the new section of Fes and caught a bus (there are quite a few that travel between the medina and the modern sector. Around MAD 6.00 - maybe a bit cheaper). One day in the medina gave us a good overall view and taste for it. The other day was spend wandering around the new town, enjoying open spaces, fountains etc. So we got a taste of both old and new.
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