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Hi there - We are busy planning our honeymoon which will last 2-2.5 weeks from 21 Feb 06 so it would be great to get some feedback if anyone has ideas for us.

To start with we are not sure about distances and how easy it is to get from place to place but, we hoped to have a few nights of luxury (������100-������200 riad) at the start and at the end and a bit of activity and nature in the middle. We're thinking of Marrakech, skiing and/or (moderate) walking in the Altas Mountains and then a trip off to the sandy part of the Sahara for a desert experience. Can anyone suggest locations or contacts for any of these things? As it is our honeymoon we would like it to memorable and lovely but we recognise that doesn't mean it has to be 5* or top luxury all the way. We like camping, nature and being reasonably active generally.

We'd love to see Fes and a costal town too but feel we'd be trying to pack in too much - if you think it a mistake to miss either of these please tell us now!

Finally, what's the best way to get around to these places? We wouldn't mind joining a short tour trip to the desert if we have to, if it is full of likeminded people that could be fun... Any tour names that you'd recommend would be great too.

Basically, we'd love any suggestions or answers to these (many) questions. Thanks in advance!

Cheers!

Paris
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1. Re: Active Honeymooners

Hello,

We have travelled in Morocco a couple of weeks ago and have done more or less the same tour as the one you are planning.

We arrived in Marrakech and stayed for a couple of days at Riad de l'Orangeraie(having found this place through trip advisor: www.riadorangeraie.com). This was definitely a good value for money and in our opinion a really good place for honeymooners!

Then we had a two days trip in the Atlas Mountains and stayed at "Auberge Chez Momo" (aubergechezmomo.com). Again, this was also a really nice place where we could relax and enjoyed the really nice "walks" around Ouirgane (the little village where the auberge is located).

We came back to Marrakech for several nights (it is definitely a city where you must stay at least 5 to 7 nights) before leaving for the south and the doors of the desert. It took us more or less two days to reach Merzouga from Marrakech (having stopped in Ourzazate). Merzouga was a nice place to discover (the first dunes!) but however too much touristic. In our opinion we have spent too much time driving to Merzouga considering what we have seen....! If we have to do it again, we would definitely prefer to spend more time in the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech, and Essaouira (where we stayed at the end of our trip) considering that these two places are one to two hours drive from Marrakech.

Well, we hope that this could help you to organise your trip in Morocco.

Kind regards,

Fr��d��rique.

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3. Re: Active Honeymooners

May I suggest you read the tour descriptions on http://www.bluemenofmorocco.com/tours. It gives you an idea of itineraries you can follow. Most folks arrive by plane from Casablanca. Fes is definitely the most cultural, impressive city if you have a good guide to help you. Nice ryads where you can be treated like royalty!!

The tour of the country is circular. Casablanca- Rabat- Fes (stopping at Volubilis, 100 a.d. Roman Ruins).

Then south to Merzouga and the sand dunes.

An overnight camel trip into the sand dunes is memorable. Haven La Chance Desert Hotel can be your base while here.

Then northwest to Ouarzazte to Todra Gorge and Dades Gorge and on to Marrakech.

Nice ryads and hotels here

Some side trips to Atlas villages staying with Berber Atlas is also nice- near Oukemedian where there is skiing and a nice Kenzi hotel.

From Marrakech, perhaps over to Essaouira on the coast. Like Marrakech but smaller. Here are some ryads and a nice Sofitel hotel with a HEATED pool.

Along the coast back up to Casablanca for departure. There are no hotels by the airport so center of Casablanca will do.

Your idea of some classy places and nature adventures is the basis of some of my tours.

Elena