We are still savouring our memories from Morocco which were just fantastic. Our absolute favourite was the desert. Despite the heat we enjoyed the entire camp for just the two of us and the tents with air conditioning were just fabulous. To be able to sit at night and watch the stars was something else. I don’t know if you have been to the Australian outback but it was very similar from that point of view.
All the hotels were fantastic. Our most favourite was in Marrakech, the Clos des Arts was fantastic and the owners just delightful.
The service we received from yourself and Ruth was excellent from the very beginning. Nothing seemed to be a problem. 10 out of 10.
Majid was a great guy. It is the first time Mark has been so relaxed on a holiday. He had nothing to worry about! Majid looked after everything. He is a lovely man with a happy nature and funny sense of humour. We felt very lucky indeed.
When we wanted to try a certain restaurant at the last minute, he made it happen. I did not want to go on the tour of Marrakech, instead I was interested in a Hamam. Within 15minutes I was booked in and Majid delivered me there and picked me up.
The highlights: The camel excursion was great fun and we would do that again. Chefchaouen was unique and a place I would visit again. It provided a nice respite from the fast pace and busyness of the larger cities. The people of Morocco were very welcoming and it was a very educational experience to learn about their culture and way of life. We loved w alking through the old Medinas and the souks were fascinating and colorful. The Hassan II Mosque and Roman city of Volubilis were not to be missed!
[Our driver] Tarik was very personable and by the end of the trip we considered him to be a friend. He was flexible with time and honored any requests we had. He had been to our home state before and we could also relate on that level. He took good care of us and we recommend him highly!
So here are a few thoughts on the trip, which was a great trip – very well planned and organized, seamless in fact. Hindsight always provides a few things I would have changed but there is not a long list by any means.
Starting with the best – driver Hamid Zerheri
You were right when you said we would love our driver and we did. I almost don’t feel comfortable with the title “driver” as he was so much more than that. Hamid is a great
ambassador for his country, an excellent teacher and guide. Patient when, at times, he must have felt as if he were herding cats. We made him laugh and he made us laugh every day as we blasted our way around the country. Hamid made us feel safe and well cared for. He was extremely well organized and watched out tirelessly for our needs and wants.
We loved our tour through Morocco. Ilyass was great. We always felt safe with his driving and he was quite knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. He also took us to additional places which weren’t on the itinerary. For example, he organized a tour of the market and a kasbah and kasah in Rissane in the morning before we headed off to the Sahara. Also, dinners were at local restaurants which also provided cultural entertainment.
All the accommodations were great, all different. We especially enjoyed L’Ma lodge in Skoura and the Riad Chergui in Marrakech. We could have stayed at both longer!
The highlights were the medinas of Fes and Marrakech and of course the night in the Sahara. Amazing.
Where to begin… All our accommodations were really just perfect… A few of my favorites our Riad in Fez, Riad Myra,.. just so special with the best staff & breakfast… We all had a hammam & massages there which were just wonderful! Our Riad in Marrakech, Riad Chergui was a true jewel with a fabulous location & dipping pool. In Skoura, the most special gem was Ksar El Kabbaba. Truly the most lovely property by far! The place itself…, pool, outside dinning with candles everywhere…superb staff & food… a true surprise on our way to Marrakech. Could have relaxed another day there and just enjoyed the beauty of it all. But, the true highlight of the trip was indeed the Sahara desert! Truly a magical experience & a must for anyone visiting Morocco… just beyond!
We can’t even know what was the highlight… We loved Chefchaouen, it is so beautiful; we loved Rissani and its authenticity; we loved the camel ride and spending a night in the desert; we loved the Medina in Fes; we loved driving through the High Atlas Mountains, we loved Marrakesh, my mom and my daughter loved the hot air ballon ride!!…The whole trip was magical!
[Our driver] Rachid Chakir was extremely helpful and sensitive to accommodate the demands of our 3 generations group. He made everything very easy for us. We felt very safe with Rachid accompanying us and helping us to find whatever we need – restaurants, bathrooms in the middle of the road, banks, even a photo stick in Rissani! He has a great knowledge of his country and it was really pleasant to learn and see Morocco with him. Rachid went out of his way to insure we were always comfortable and always experiencing the more authentic things, as we wished.
I wanted to tell you how impressed we have been with your organisation from start to finish. I have already recommended you to our travel agent and to friends.
[Our highlights were] staying in the Atlas Mountains at the Kasbah da Toubkal; Hassan 11 Mosque; our riad in Marrakesh; the personality and care of our driver Khalid.
We couldn’t have asked for more. Khalid responded well to our interests and was always pleasant company. He was attentive, always timely, a good conversationalist and introduced us to many aspects of Moroccan culture. Every meeting, pick-up and transfer went like clockwork.
I don’t think I had a favourite city. They were all unique and interesting as well as beautiful. I guess my least favourite was Essaouira, but it also had its charm. I definitely had a favourite Riad, “Le Clos des Arts” in Marrakech. It was beautiful. The best food we had and the owners were just wonderful. It was the only Riad where we had anyone talk to us. They were also very helpful and made my birthday very special buy presenting me with a rose and birthday candle at breakfast; taking us to a concert; arranging the spa and giving me a pair of beautiful Moroccan slippers. And… to top it off Adil presented us with a Happy birthday tune and gift from Experience It tours. Thank you so much. The other riads and hotels were beautiful, but staff were like in any hotel.
The cooking classes were wonderful. I don’t know what they pay Chef Souad, but they should double it; she was outstanding. The class in Essaouira was fun and worthwhile and very different from the clock kitchen.