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I am so inspired after reading your trip report! Next trip has to be Morocco! Thank you for great details , it is rare to see such unique details about each city in one blog with valuable information enough to make decision on my next trip. Other bloggers should take an example from you!
I don’t see any mention of Essaouira on the coast… About 3hrs bus ride from Marrakech. Magical and beautiful white washed buildings with blue windows and a busy and charming harbor. Loved it.
I forgot to say… What a lovely report. Great job!
The Weekly Flyer said,
Great trip report.
Jimmy @TravelByPoints said,
Very informative and useful report. It makes me want to go visit soon. Thanks!
New Girl in the Air said,
@Sahib and Jimmy, hope you get a chance to visit someday!
@Ruy, we didn’t make it to Essaouira this time. The photos absolutely do look beautiful, but the coast had less of an appeal in December than it might at other times of year. We’ll try again on a return visit.
@The Weekly Flyer, thanks!
Great report thus far! I am looking fwd to reading the other parts that have more details on the actual itinerary. Were you there for two weeks? Also, do you think a 1-week hiking-focused itinerary would be too hectic?
@Jettybox, we had a week and a half for Morocco, and missed a few things. My two-week suggestion is based on things we liked, things we’d skip, and things we wish we had seen based on conversations with other travelers and locals. I love hiking and would gladly fit some time in for it, but if you only see the trails, you’ll miss out on a lot of Morocco’s culture. My vote is that a blend of activities and immersion would make for a balanced trip.
Great report, brings back memories. One suggestion for Riads: look up what you think you might want on tripadvisor and check for any special pricing (like on Expedia), but don’t buy from them. Instead, contact the riad/hotel directly and offer 10% less than the best price you find.
The riad/hotel and you will both still come out ahead.
@bluecat, Great tip! Riads have to pay a fairly substantial commission to online travel agencies when you book through places like Expedia, etc. If you book directly, they’ll often give you part of that commission as a discount. The same policy goes for tourist restaurants – they pay commissions to hotels/tours that send you there, but if you arrive independently (and tell them/know to ask), they’ll often throw in a free bowl of soup or dessert or something.
Looking for a return flight from casablnca to USA on March 24,have United outbound but cant find space for return. any ideas,thanks
Excellent report- glad you mention doing Merekesh in a weekend because that’s usually all the time I have and Morocco is on my wish list.
Can’t wait to read more!
Mighty Mouse said,
What a fabulous trip report. I have plans to go to there this April so this is very timely for me. I am looking forward to the rest of the series and other readers comments/suggestions. Thank you.
@Ashley, I’d suggest looking for award space from just about any European hub (I’d start with Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Frankfurt) and then if you find it, look for either a connecting award or cash ticket from Casablanca to there. Some award booking services might be able to help.
@k2o, I also am usually pressed for time, with a lot of 5-day trips and one big trip a year. I saved all my time for Morocco, but I think any amount of time would be great there!
@Mighty Mouse, Look for another installment this weekend. Trip reports take a lot of time to write, but I promise it’ll be worth waiting for.
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