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Hi, We are looking for specific names of agencies and/ or guides for a two day visit in Tangier as well as recommended lodging. Our visit will be towards the end of May. Any help would be appreciated. den

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The place we always stay in when in Tangier is called La Maison Blanche. It is a gorgeous restored 16th century building. The rooms are named and themed- there is even a Rick Steves room since he has recommended then- of which my favorite is the Moulay Ismail. Get that one if you love space, beauty, and comfort. A lovely breakfast is FREE!!! Plus they also provide Tangier tours! Yes, you can stay there, eat there, and hire them for tours. It is very convenient. Aziz Begdoori owns the business and will give you personal attention. Visit their website to see about the hotel, rooms, and tours. www.lamaisonblanchetanger.com/index.php This is a fantastic city to visit and there are other great cities in Morocco so do see them if you can.

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Sallam 'lekum denisesmumma,

It's wonderful to read that you are visiting Tangier, as many visitors to Morocco seem to bypass this wonderfully picturesque and historical city. The sleazy, harass-full days of the 80s and 90s have now given way to a rejuvenation spurred on by the King himself. Tangier's medina is a gem to explore, with a number of both ancient and recent historical sights - the tomb of Ibn Battuta (one of the world's greatest explorers yet still relatively unknown) is a personal favorite, as is sipping an espresso at the Café Tingis on the Petit Socco, on my way down to the American Legation Museum. With an almost constant downward (seaward) slope, Tangier's medina/Kasbah and ville nouvelle are both relatively easy to explore independently, but official guides can be hired (by the hour or by the day) at the ONMT tourist office on Boulevard Pasteur.
In addition to Terri's knowledgeable recommendation, I recently enjoyed my stay at Dar el Kasbah, which had a previous life as the settlement's telegraph station.

Happy travels.

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Thank you so much! We look forward to our visit and will pay special attention to the sites you have mentioned.
Sincerely Yours,
dm

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Hello,

My family and I are organizing a 15 days tour in Morocco starting from Casablanca to the imperial cities, North and south of Morocco, visiting Rabat, Meknes, Fes , Marrakech , Chefchaouen and riding camel in Merzouga desert.
After searching and compaing between diffrent itineraries we found the following itinerary with Morocco Excursions Company - www.Morocco-Excursion.com & Gate 1 Trave - www.Gate1Travel.com/Morocco , could you please advice on the itinerary, if we have to skip & add somthing to see the most interesting thing in Morocco .?
Here is our itinerary :
1° day : Arrival to Casablanca & visiting Hassan II mousque
2° day : Casablanca to Rabat, Volubulis & Meknes
3° day : Meknes to Fes via the atla mountains , we spent the 3 nights in Fes
3° day : Relaxing & enjoying Fes
4° day : Fes up to Chefchaouen via the rif mouantains
5° day : Chefchaouen drive down to the mid-atlas mountains and we spend the night in Medilt visiting Ifrane, azroud and cedar forest
6° day : Medilt to Merzouga desert via the berber villages, we ride camels and spend the night in desert camp
7° day : 4×4 off-road driving in Merzouga area visiting the nomad families and the black desert
8° day : Merzouga off-road to the hamada and had lunch in Safsaf oasis (A oais with palm trees and lakes in desert ) & drive back to Merzouga
9° day : Merzouga to Dades gorges via the todra gorges and berber villages
10° day : Dades to Marrakech via the Roses valley, Ouarzazate , Kasbah ait ben haddou and the highest atlas mountains
11° & 12° day : Visiting Marrakech
12° day : Day trip from Marrakech to Ouzoud Waterfalls
12° day : Day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira
13° day: Day trip from Marrakech to Sidi Ifni
14° day : Marrakech to Casablanca via the imperial cities
15° day : We fly back to the U.S

Looking forward for your help.

Thanks

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Sallam 'lekum Mich,

Your itinerary looks pretty good and covers just about everything in the time/days offered. You don't mention when you'll be going, which is a factor to consider. Traveling in summer can be draining but does allow you to do more in the (longer) day, while traveling in winter can be surprisingly cold plus the days are much shorter:

1° day : Arrival to Casablanca & visiting Hassan II mosque - IT'S GREAT THAT YOU'RE GIVING YOURSELF A DAY IN CASA TO RECOVER AFTER THE LONG FLIGHT.

2° day : Casablanca to Rabat, Volubulis & Meknes - THIS IS A BUSY DAY BUT DO-ABLE

3° day : Meknes to Fes via the atla mountains , we spent the 3 nights in Fes - THE JOURNEY FROM MEKNES TO FÈS IS UNDER 40 MILES AND DOESN'T INCLUDE ANY TRAVELING "VIA THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS".

3° day : Relaxing & enjoying Fes - YOU SAY "we spent the 3 nights in Fes" BUT YOUR ITINERARY DOESN'T CORRESPOND TO THIS?

4° day : Fes up to Chefchaouen via the rif mouantains - CHEFCHAOUEN IS A MAGICAL LITTLE VILLAGE AND WELL WORTH A VISIT, HOWEVER YOU WILL THEN NEED TO BACKTRACK SOMEWHAT...SEE BELOW.

5° day : Chefchaouen drive down to the mid-atlas mountains and we spend the night in Medilt visiting Ifrane, azroud and cedar forest YOU WILL NEED TO COME BACK PAST FÈS BUT THAT IS FINE IF IT DOESN'T BOTHER YOU. THE MIDDLE ATLAS FOREST IS WONDERFUL TO EXPLORE, AND EVEN HAS SOME SNOW DURING WINTER. MIDELT IS A BIT OF A WINDY, DUSTY STOPOVER ON THE WAY TO THE DESERT.

6° day : Medilt to Merzouga desert via the berber villages, we ride camels and spend the night in desert camp GREAT

7° day : 4×4 off-road driving in Merzouga area visiting the nomad families and the black desert GREAT

8° day : Merzouga off-road to the hamada and had lunch in Safsaf oasis (A oais with palm trees and lakes in desert ) & drive back to Merzouga GREAT

9° day : Merzouga to Dades gorges via the todra gorges and berber villages GREAT

10° day : Dades to Marrakech via the Roses valley, Ouarzazate , Kasbah ait ben haddou and the highest atlas mountains GREAT

11° & 12° day : Visiting Marrakech GREAT

12° day : Day trip from Marrakech to Ouzoud Waterfalls GREAT

12° day : Day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira GREAT

13° day: Day trip from Marrakech to Sidi Ifni NOT REALLY POSSIBLE AS A DAY TRIP...TOO FAR AWAY

14° day : Marrakech to Casablanca via the imperial cities VIA WHICH IMPERIAL CITIES??? CONSIDERING YOU HAVE ALREADY STAYED A NIGHT IN CASA, I WOULD CONSIDER TAKING A DOMESTIC FLIGHT FROM MARRAKECH TO CASABLANCA AND CONNECTING STRAIGHT THROUGH WITH YOUR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT. THIS WILL GIVE YOU AN EXTRA DAY.

15° day : We fly back to the U.S

BON VOYAGE!

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Wow, Darren .... what a really helpful post.