We just returned from 8 nights in Morocco. We are a family of four with two teens. We organized everything independently, from rental car, to hotels, to guides. First, while they are generally helpful, I believe some destination experts are a little off-putting with their advice. I posted many enquiries on the forum and was told by several people that we didn't need a guide in Fes, that we couldn't stay less than three nights in the desert, and so on. Anyone considering a visit to Morocco should just go for it, no matter your time constraints. There are world-class things to see and do all over the country, and even though we only had eight nights, we felt that it was perfect. Our experience was that having a guide in Fes was great, and so was exploring on our own. Our two nights in Erg Chebbi were worth every penny and the long drive. Driving around Morocco was pretty easy and interesting. Only one person offered us drugs, and he was just a dumb kid who offered them while we were with our teenagers. People were really friendly and talkative. Food was generally excellent. Ouarzazate wasn't at all as we expected and we ended up being really glad that we spent three nights there. It was attractive, clean and lively with great food and shopping. Moroccans are generally quite educated and speak French as well as they speak Arabic. Fes is the best place to buy your souvenirs, big selection and good prices. Fes is also super interesting and we are very happynwith our choice to go there rather than Marrakech. The palmeries are fantastic and everyone should make an effort to explore them. Ait Benhaddou was incredible. Other kasbahs pale in comparison, but are still worth seeing. The drive from Fes to Er Rachidia was actually super interesting and made a long drive worth it. People either drive like tortoises, or like maniacs. Lots of police speed checkpoints, so be on the lookout. While in the desert, try to do a dune drive in a 4 x 4, super fun. Try not to go to the desert on a full moon, can't see the stars so well. On the other hand, it is fun to walk the dunes at night under a full moon. Be prepared to see a lot of stray cats and dogs, very sad. We all disliked that aspect of Morocco, as well as WAY too much LITTER on the sides of the roads, as soon as you leave the towns. The towns are really clean in contrast. It is a bit of a downer to be on your camel in the Sahara only to see water bottles tossed everywhere. The attitude to trash really bugged us. If anyone reading this lives in Morocco, please try to help change this attitude. Sorry this is so rambling, I am just writing as I am remembering. Overall, we had a fantastic time and would love to visit again.