Which one is it?

So, I am getting ready to announce my next Moroccan adventure but find myself facing a bit of a dilemma.

There are two major draws on my tours: 1- the blue city of Chefchaouen and 2-The dunes of Merzouga.

These two places are beautiful, magical, amazing. They in and of themselves could make a tour. From experience however they just don’t fit within the same tour, they would involve too much travel, too much running around. So, I have two potential itineraries and need to pick one. In other words, I need your help.

Itinerary 1: A more relaxed pace, 8 days in total, land in Fes, Head to Chefchaouen for 3 leisurely days, comfortably explore the surroundings for another 3 (mountains, sea), back to Fes.

Is it Chefchaouen…

Itinerary 2: 8 days, land in Marrakech, 1 day in the valley of Kasbahs, 2 days in the dunes, 1 day in the valley of the Ounila, 2 days in the Atlas Mountains, back to Marrakech.

…or Merzouga?

So, which one is it?

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6 Responses to Which one is it?

  1. Rosa says:

    I do love Chefchaouen very much, but still, I would prefer the second tour. Why not include one or two days in Essaouira, it is as charming as Chefchaouen. Marrakech to Essaouira takes 3 h by car (not very scenic travel, I am afraid, but Essaouira is very pretty and worth it).

    Enjoy it!

  2. Hagen says:

    Ouch: two incredible choices. Having to choose I would like Chefchaouen first. Guess I’d need a second trip. That does raise a question: which would you offer the following year: the one this year, or the other to make sure of variety?

    Either way, both an incredible adventure. Now I just need a job so I can go.

  3. Andrée says:

    Oh, Itinerary 1, please! Either would be wonderful, but this one wins because it’s a bit different — at least for me.

  4. Option 1 – love Chefchaouen

  5. Perry says:

    Now I don’t know if I can even go to either one, as I already have too many trips booked, but if I could go, I would choose option 1. I find your pictures of that city so compelling.

  6. I’ve never been to Morocco myself, but my mother and father, Ardis and Philip Hyde, pioneer landscape photographer, lived in Casablanca for a year and traveled extensively throughout. Based on what I’ve read of their travels in 1953-1954, which may or may not apply today, I would choose journey number two. Either one sounds like the trip of a lifetime to me. I wish I could go.