2 weeks in Morcocco
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 2, 2012 9:26 AM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Sep 27, 2012 7:15 PM
2 weeks in MorcoccoWe have 2 weeks in Morocco and below is our proposed itinerary. What are your thoughts? Should we add another city? Should we skip any city? Any/all recommendations, advice, feedback will be greatly appreciated.
Oh and we're traveling from 10/9-10/22!!
Thanks to my lonely planet travelers!
- Arrive in Casablanca on 10/9
- Stay for 2 days
- depart for Ouarzazate 10/11
- stay until 10/14
- depart for Marrakesh on 10/14
- stay until 10/16
- depart for Essaouira on 10/16
- stay at the beach until 10/18
- head back to Casablanca on 10/19
- fly out Casablanca 10/20
Sep 28, 2012 2:02 AM
1You not need to stay 2 days in Casablanca, there it is nothing to see, only the mosque. So if you want, visit it but then leave Casa soon as possible.
How you are thinking to go to Ouarzazate, which route? Otherwise from Casa to Ouarzazate you go via Marrakech. What you think to do so long in Ouarzazate?
Maybe you need to remake your itinerary a little with help of the map. And guidebook.
Sep 28, 2012 2:30 AM
2...... a few questions first to help answer fully, how are you travelling in Morocco and what time do you arrive and depart ?
I like Casablanca and there's lots to do, the Medina is a terrific place to explore, see Tahir Shah's video clip.. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/video/2010/sep/09/casablanca-insider-guide-tahir-shah
Sep 28, 2012 2:35 AM
Sep 28, 2012 7:09 AM
4Arti, this is what I'm thinking and it's doable in 2 weeks without rushing.
Arrive Casablanca, and take a tour of the Grand Mosque or not (it's the only mosque you are allowed to enter in all of Morocco), and go directly to Marrakech for 2 days (or take moroccotraveler's advice and spend a day in Casa). From Marrakech take the long bus ride to Ouarzazate (think about seeing Ait Ben Haddou), but don't stay more than 2 days. From there CTM bus west to Taroudant. A day or 3 there, and on to Tafraoute in the mountains, which you will love (!). Then, depending on the weather, you may want to continue on to Essaouira, but remember that Tiznit is also close by. Pace yourself, and stay a little longer if there is some place you particularly like or if you feel you need to rest. I may have suggested a little too much, and a lot does depend on the weather, so change your plans as you go along.
Lonely Planet or Rough Guide have good guide books for Morocco.
Sep 28, 2012 7:27 AM
5Yes it is doable. But I suggest cutting out the nights in Casa (dull, dirty, congested) and adding them to Marrakech. Too bad you don't have time to visit Fes.
Sep 28, 2012 9:21 AM
Sep 28, 2012 10:51 AM
7Weather has been quite unpredictable in Morocco, and I'm just afraid that October may bring cold and rain to the north of the country. Even Essaouira could be cold and windy. I hope Arti will remain flexible with plans and itinerary.
If weather permits, I suppose Rabat might be lovely, but most of my own traveling has been in the south. I think I'm looking forward to visiting Ouarzazate soon myself.
Sep 28, 2012 12:05 PM
8I like also Davids idea of the itinerary, it sounds good and you can see the part of the most beauty countryside, in my opinion at least.
David, go to Ouarzazate, it is something special with this city, I not know why I feel so, but I like it. It is clean and calm, even if somewhere Nomadfan wrote is only asphalt and not much stone paved :). I experienced to grow up that also and it is not in bad style as other cities, if you understand what I mean. It keep the style.
Sep 29, 2012 8:37 AM
Let me tell you that driving from Casablanca to Ouarzazat minimum will take you 6 hours driving without including pauses for a coffee or taking pictures and you will be passing at Marrakesh, So you would cross Marrakesh without intending to stay there, In my opinion this itinerary will loose some of your time and it is not will organized,
I think it would better to stay only the night of 9/10 in Casablanca and the next morning drive for one hour to the capital Rabat have a quick nice and enjoybale visit , then drive for 2 hours to Meknes where you can have an evening's visit and stay the 10/10 night there, the next morning you can drive for 3 hours to Chefchwana very beautiful blue-white town spend the 11/10 night there, I recommend to drive from Chafchawn to Fes another 3 hours driving where you can have a local guide there to explore the largest medieval city in Muslim world, stay the 12/10 in Fes, the next morning you will be driving to Sahara where you can enjoy the most beautiful site in Morocco riding your camel to the oasis of the golden sand dunes, stay your 13 and 14 night there, after having breakfast you will be driving for 4 hours to ouarzazat where you can visit all the sites of Ouarzazat than break the 15 there, the next morning you will be driving for 4 hours to Marrakesh where you can stay the 16 and 17, than driving for 2 hours and half to essaouira where you can stay the 18 and 19, so you can leave toward casablanca at 20,
I have been doing this itinerary and it was so interesting and enjoyable , I recommend it, have a safe trip
Sep 29, 2012 11:56 AM
Sep 29, 2012 12:41 PM
11.... we are just talking to ourselves as arti posted with little detail and seems to have disappeared.
safe_home posts times of an experienced driver, like a professional tour driver used to such routes in Morocco, ordinary tourist drivers won't do these times and be safe.
Sep 30, 2012 1:40 AM
12yes he is disappeared, maybe does researching of his itinerary :)
If safe_home is such driver I understand why tourists think it is dangerous to drive in Morocco and are afraid.
Oct 2, 2012 9:26 AM
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