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kslote

Trying to put together a logical itinerary for Morocco

by kslote »

Hey, I went to Morocco about 15 years ago so maybe my info is outdated, but here's my two cents.  Yeah, Casablanca was a little bit of a disappointment but the main mosque is exquisite - definitely worth seeing if you have the time.  But we adored Fes and Marrakech so those are not optional, in my book.  Just getting lost in the souk was an incredible experience (we hired a Moroccan kid who was working as an informal English-speaking tour guide so that we wouldn't get lost for weeks inside it!).  We could always find people to speak English, no problem.  I can't speak about camel treks - we did that in Egypt though and it was an unforgettable experience.  Volubilis is an incredible visit, too, at least if you like unique Roman ruins.  Hope that helps!  

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Joanna S

RE: Trying to put together a logical itinerary for Morocco

by Joanna S »

And I hadn't realized it was such a huge country until I decided to go. We know we want to go to Fes, Marrakech, Essauouira and do a camel trek into the desert. I'm not sure we can do all these things in just 10 days though (the camel trek alone is severl days). Should we cut out one? How should we get around? Do we need guides? Will people speak English? We fly into Casablanca, but I hear it's disappointing. Is that true? It would make sense to spend a night there, I think. Please give us your guideance we're very lost. Thanks!

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Joanna

RE: Trying to put together a logical itinerary for Morocco

by Joanna »

It sounds to me like you need to do some homework, some basic research & reading, to give yourself a bit more information about the country and in the process some of these very basic questions will be answered.  The other alternative to what you propose is to sign up for a small group tour.  It's what I did for my first visit to Morocco and there are some very good ones.  I looked on it as reconnaissance and have since gone back a number of times.  The tour gave me an overview and was very helpful in oreinting me for subsequant visits on my own.  You sound like you could use a tour, a very good option for unfamiliar territory.

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Joanna

RE: Trying to put together a logical itinerary for Morocco

by Joanna »

Regarding language, these days the second language of the young people working in the tourism industry is English.  French seems to be a part of history now so you may encounter older people whose second language is French but on the tourist trail you'll be fine speaking English.   The signs you need to read are generally names of places, are bilingual or in our script, not a problem.

The Blue Mosque is in Istanbul, the Hassan II Mosque is in Casablanca, never heard it referred to as Blue Mosque. 

Joanna, given you have just 10 days, unless you opt for a tour that includes the camel trek which would facilitate it, I'd stick to Fes and Marrakech from which you arrange to go onward to Essaouira.  Whether to spend a night in Casa would depend largely on the time of your arrival there, your proposed mode of transport and time of year.  I'd need more information to advise you specifically.  Caroline's information is hypothetical and what you need are specifics which I'll be glad to give once you've made some basic plans.

If you arrive in Casa and still have enough hours of light for an onward journey and decide to go on to Fes, for instance, you can take the train right from the airport.  You'd change trains at the main Casa station called Casa Voyageurs and go on to Fes.  If it's too late to arrive in Fes in daylight there's a hotel at Casa Voyageurs called the Ibis.  It's not a great hotel but it's perfectly adequate for a night and has the advantage of being right across the parking lot from the station.  There's also one very near the station in Fes which could be another option should you have a late arrival there.  I've stayed in both of them and they're very handy if not luxurious.  Booking ahead is essential as they're often full.

In any case, I'm sure you see what I mean about making some basic decisions.  Once you've done that the rest will fall into place.  Something like 4 days each in Fes & Marrakech and 2 in Essaouira would be a great trip. 

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Joanna

RE: Trying to put together a logical itinerary for Morocco

by Joanna »

Caroline, I'm finding it a curious phenomenon to have someone expressing opinions (as "I don't particularly like the quality of it..") and giving advice and correcting first-hand information about a place they've never been.  I think the usual approach here is to ask questions and learn from the experience of those who have spent time in a place.  If you think the information I'm offering is incorrect I welcome hearing your experience when you get back.
 

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Joanna

RE: Trying to put together a logical itinerary for Morocco

by Joanna »

Being a movie lover I can't help but be reminded of "The Wizard of Oz".

The Wizard,  "I am OZ the Great and Powerful. WHO ARE YOU??"

And the Scarecrow singing,  "...if I only had a brain".

 

Are there wizards in Morocco?  There must be, look in the book.  I think the OP is long gone.

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Joanna

RE: Trying to put together a logical itinerary for Morocco

by Joanna »

Misinformation and grandstanding have no place on these forums.  One cannot assume that everyone who comes here looking for help with a trip can distinguish between solid fact and foolishness.  It's a shame as it diminishes the value for which Frommer's forums have been known and I hope when things are running smoothly again the editors will have the time to remove the most egregious offenders.

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