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Morrocco, anyone?

We are thinking about going to Morrocco, which has been on our bucket list for awhile. We aren't interested in a deep dive, just an overview as an extension to our travels, likely back in Spain for easiest access.

I'm just starting to look seriously about it so I'm wondering....
-- Has anyone done a tour?
-- How long would a short tour be, 3 days? 5 days?
-- Can you recommend a tour group or guide?

Thanks for any feedback.
Paulette

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Many of the major tour companies ( Odysseys Unlimited, Abercrombie and Kent, OAT offer tours to Morocco. When you mention three or five days, that would give you enough time to nicely experience Marrakech. You indicate wanting to travel there from Spain. Is there a reason for this strategy? Morocco has lots of French influence, signage in French etc.

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Suki,
Traveling from Spain, only because we like going back there and I've read it's a quick flight from Sevilla. The other reason is we usually go for about a month, so I'd plan a side trip to Marakesh (presumably) from somewhere else. We are certainly open to any feedback on best options.

Thanks!
Paulette

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So you are thinking of a short trip, not a two week tour. Then Marrakech would be a good choice.
Sorry, I can’t help you with a short tour or guide.

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Thank you, Suki,
I'm looking into the tour groups you first mentioned. I think a week would be the longest, so I'll keep those in mind.
I appreciate your reply.

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I took a 13-day tour (including travel days). Morocco is a wonderful destination and well worth a long tour because it is so varied and so colorful.

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Fes and Marrakech were my favorite cities, but the country is worth all the time you can spare.

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Hi Paulette,
My wife and I have not chosen tours but instead enjoyed traveling throughout Le Maroc using the same strategy as we have done for parts of India: car and driver. That allows you more flexibility, control and choice. Devote extra time for Fes. If you want an outstanding guide there, we can suggest a man.
Hope all goes well.
I am done. the end

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Imprint Tours has a tour to Morocco scheduled for September and is considering one in October. It is two weeks though, which is longer than what you are looking for. Imprint is owned and run by Reid Coen, a former Rick Steves guide.

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Hey Paulette, I am thinking of doing the same thing around late March 2023 from Madrid-4-7days in Morrocco.

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Thank you, all for the feedback and suggestions for Morocco. It seems that a week is more appropriate unless we'd want to wing it on our own with a local guide. Not sure if that's our preference for the first trip there. Nevertheless, I've got a good sense of the timing and type of trip, so thank you for that.

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Just throwing this out from some friends who were just there. I obviously don't know your age/agility levels. But my friends were surprised by the number of uneven steps with no railings. Happy travels.

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The first time my husband and I ventured into Morocco was from from the ferry port at Tarifa, Spain We took the 1 hour ferry that goes directly into the port at Tangiers and stayed 2 nights before returning Spain to continue our trip. Some people seem to get turned off by Tangier. Thy was not our case! It was culturally fascinating and it made us want to return and spend more time travelling deeper into the country. Despite having a love/hate relationship with Morocco, we have returned twice (2017 and 2019), with each trip lasting at least 2-3 weeks. We have been to Marrakech, Rabat, Fes, small towns along the coast and small towns inland. All our travels were done independently using trains and buses. On one of the trips, instead of taking a bus from Fes up to Tangier (to cross to Spain), we used a driver recommend by the owner of the riad where we were staying. We found Morocco had a very good rail and bus system. Of course there is a high degree of harassment from touts in Morocco but overall we felt safe wandering the souks and medinas by ourselves in all the places we visited. On a 3 day tour, depending on your mode of transportation you probably could see one place as 2 of those days would be spent travelling ( it sounds like you would be going back and forth from Spain?) If planning an independent trip one website I would recommend is Rome2Rio. Plug in where you want to start and finish and it provides links to travel options and information about distances, schedules and times etc. BTW, we were in our late 50's the last time we were in Morocco and we are healthy and fit.

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My husband and I engaged the services of Around Morocco Tours (AMT) in 2011. We traveled by ferry from Spain to Tangier and were met by our private driver and were off for our adventure starting in Chefchaouen. AMT is a family business offering a menu of tours on offer or you can customize what you want to see. Our private driver happened to be the founder of AMT who spoke 8 languages fluently and over the course of 10 days and nights we had a friend for life and felt immersed in the Moroccan culture.

I highly recommend Around Morocco Tours for an all encompassing experience.

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Just returned from Morocco. We booked a private tour with Authentic Morocco. Our driver/guide picked us up in Marrakech. We drove across the High Atlas, going south and then east: Ait Ben Haddou, Dades Gorge, Tinghir, Todra Gorge, to Erg Chebbi where the Sahara begins. They give you a camel ride across the dunes to a glamping site (very posh) where you spend the night. Then a drive north to Fes, stopping at sites along the way - Ifrane forest for the Macaque monkeys. We saw a lot of the country and I highly recommend it.