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Itinerary planning. Help!

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Hi

We are 3 guys in our 30s, travelling sans our spouses, and we have booked a whirlwind trip to Morocco.

We will be in Fes for 1.5 days and are looking to travel from Fes down to Merzouga by taxi, on Tuesday 3rd Nov. We will spend Tuesday evening in a desert camp, and intend to spend the Wednesday in the desert. We have a flight from Errachidia on early Thursday morning (7.50am). We would be grateful for assistance on the following queries:

1. What is the cost for a private taxi from Fes to Merzouga (leaving at about 7/8am), one way only.

2. In terms of activities in the desert, we will ride camels to and from the desert camp (1.5hrs each way), leaving most of Wednesday free. We assume buggy riding is an option. Any other ideas of activities?

3. In our limited time, we would love to be as close to the real desert on Wednesday night (the starry skies and tranquillity). We have 2 options, do we a) stay overnight on the outskirts of Merzouga on Wednesday night, and take a taxi at 3.30am to catch our flight at Errachidia at 7.50am (is it even safe to drive at night?), or b) do we take a taxi Wednesday evening to Errachidia (again is it safe to travel once it is dark) and stay overnight close to the airport?

Thank you

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1. Best to ask your Fes riad for a price quote

2. I wouldnt assume anything! All depends where your camp is, or do you plan to go back to town? Anyway ask whoever is organising the camp

3. Driving at night is not recommended but some people do it so that is upto you.

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Taxi from Fes to Merzouga can cost around 120 EUR, but as Nibrika says ask your hotel in Fes.

Count with that you arrive quite late to Merzouga, it is long way from Fes and it takes the whole day, around 7 hours more or less, depending of how fast taxi driver will drive.

About your question of ideas of activities, look on this side up to right at Top questions.

I would not recommend you to go at night to Errachidia and if you do it, take some really experienced driver, though it can be difficult to know how experienced he is, but ...

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Thanks both, I appreciate the assistance. As a follow through point, I assume that you can hire a regular taxi in Fes (ie no need for a 4x4 vehicle) to drive from Fes to Merzouga? Thanks

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Yes, you not need 4x4 for this road between Fes and Merzouga. Ask your hotel they maybe can find some taxi with permission to drive there.

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