Need feedback on an itinerary please!
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 13, 2013 12:27 AM Last Post By: kiwibabe
Feb 11, 2013 5:33 PM
Need feedback on an itinerary please!I am considering the following itinerary using public transportation when possible for this coming May, and would greatly appreciate feedback
Late arrival Casablanca
Fez area (to include Meknes and Volubilis as day trips from Fez)
Fez-Merzouga by daytime bus
Merzouga and overnight in desert
Merzouga-Tenerhir for Todra Gorge
Todra Gorge exploration
Tenerhir-Marrakesh by daytime bus
Casablanca and evening flight home
1. Should I forget Assilah and go directly to Chefchouen from Rabat (or possibly go direct from Rabat to Fez and do an overnight two day excursion to Chefchouen from Fez)?
2. Should I break up the Fez-Merzouga segment with an overnight in Midelt?
3. Is it going to be too difficult using public transportation to see the highlights of the Todra Gorge (and Dades Gorge) on my way from Merzouga to Marrakesh? I have certainly considered booking a tour for the Fez-Merzouga-Marrakesh portion of this itinerary but prefer public transportation when it's not too inconvenient.
Thanks for your input!
Feb 12, 2013 1:56 AM
12. Should I break up the Fez-Merzouga segment with an overnight in Midelt?
- if you go by bus so it is not so necessary because in Midelt it is not so much to see.
But, which bus line you will go from Fes to Erg Chebbi? As I know so both Supratour and CTM go only at night.
It is much better to go by yourself than with some tour and it is not so much inconvenient. You are more flexible anyway by bus.
Right now I wrote in one of my review:
I think it's pity that I could not go on my own. I mean to rent a car and drive yourself, without driver.
You get much more out of such a trip if you do it yourself, then you learn best about the country, habits, etc.. Even if you get good information from the driver, so there is something missing. And also this feeling of tension, if you go the right way, what you find there and so on. This feeling lacking in some way when you have a driver and you get not then the same experience.
And so the same is by traveling by bus.
Feb 12, 2013 9:47 AM
2Your're spending too much time travelling. What's the point in going Assilah to Chefchaouen only to have to leave the next morning to go to Fez. Slow down, try to spend two nights in each place so you have chance to actually see Morocco.
And in any case, travelling by public transport would make the trip impossible. Consider hiring a car.
Feb 12, 2013 5:43 PM
Feb 13, 2013 12:16 AM
4I think its pretty good - but 2 nights Chefchaouen - its a stunning little place - but the thing is whether you go by bus or rental car you will be able to change things a bit as you go along with your itinerary like this - as youve allowed a few more nights than Id go for for Fez - but youve done it as Fez area so thats fine and allows room for visiting Volubilis and Meknes.
certainly a car is much more enjoyable - its time consuming some of these spots to get to - such as Todra or Dades gorge - Volubilis and Meknes still take time - getting new and old Fez even - though theres plenty of taxis and walkling of course is a great way to see whats going on in a place
a lot of locals go from Fez down to Rissani and Merzouga but they use grand taxis - faster and you can buy 2 seats for comfort, for better vision ie buy the 2 front seats!, and buying 2 seats will help the taxi leave sooner - as they dont leave till all 6 seats sold.
You can get from Asilah to Chefchaouen by daily bus that goes direct to Tetouan from Asilah at used to be 1030 am each day - have to check that. otherwise theres frequent mini buses to the Tangier bus and grande taxi station from Asilah takes only 45mins only 10-20 dirham.
then see Tetouan for a couple of hours and then bus to Chefchaouen. so really travelling is not too bad around that way. and you will see the locals going about their travel and the Rif people in their costumes along the way.
but on the other hand too i just love having a car and its well worth the extra expense. - ive never usually paid more than 250 dirham a day and when off hunting to get deals for friends still up to recently managed to get 250-300 dirham a day max - especially if you are renting for 2 weeks or more..
if you have a car 20 days is a brilliant amount of time to do all the things you want! ...and May is a lovely time to be there!
Feb 13, 2013 12:27 AM
5sorry missed that youd written Tinerhr to Marrakech - May is the rose festival time at Kelaa mgouna - if you had a car you could get to it if youre there the first weekend when they usually have it. Also youd be able to get to both Dades and Todra gorges if you wanted, and to the amazing ksar at Goulmima on your way from Merzouga - tourists flock to Ait Benhaddou and where I do stay at a hotel there quite often as a budget overnight stop on our long drives across the country and i always enjoy looking at the kasbah village from the viewpoint its very commercial and not lived it - the one at Goulmima has up to 1000 people living in it, there are locals that come along and are happy to take you around and show you up the house that is happy to have travellers go up through the floors to the roof for great views.
but from Ait Benhaddou the road to Telouet which was once the Glaoui rulers doman with its sentry kasbahs along the way to charge tolls and money from the caravans on their way to or from the sub sahara is now tar sealed and stunning to take opportunity of. the kasbah of Telouet is also stunning. i lived next to it for quite a while and visited inside quite often and always found it awesome.
the tizntichka pass is in my opinion captivating and best by your own wheels so you can see the views and stop for photos.
you could also from Ouarazate or from Tinerhr drive down to the Draa valley and see the sights down to Zagora and just south of Zagora.
2 nights in Essaouira is enough really. and you could make do with 2 nights in Marrakech but if you have the time its nice to have the time to splurge out and see the sights at a more relaxed pace, be there for sunsets and sunrises at various locations etc.
and you can add the Ourika to Tizntest road and down to Taroudant and Tafraoute and back via Agadir and Essaouira if you had a car....
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