The highlight of our Magical Morocco Tour was the night of riding camels, watching the sunset, and sleeping in the desert tent camp. We loved every single bit of it!
Ryad was such a wonderful driver/guide for our trip! He was very knowledgeable and courteous during the whole trip. We wouldn’t have wanted anyone else! Plus, most importantly, he kept us safe. He really enhanced our great experience.
The accommodations on this tour were absolutely excellent. We loved every single place we stayed. Each one was different in its own way.
Everything about our trip was perfect, starting with all our conversations with Lorre and Ruth, to the well planned itinerary. What we really liked was that EIT catered to our needs and we were able to go at our own pace. I told Lorre that we would be arriving in Morocco 3 days before our scheduled tour so we could get accustomed to the time change and she incorporated those days into our tour. We were never rushed and at the end of our trip, when we were very tired and couldn’t run a lot, we had to pass up a couple of sites, no questions asked. We were never pushed and we still saw everything that we wanted to.
From the moment Majid, our terrific driver and new friend, picked us up from the airport, our fabulous Moroccan adventure began.
We flew into Casablanca and drove around the whole country. We visited just about every major city in Morocco – the capital Rabat, Chefchaouin, Meknes, Fes, Erfoud, the Sahara Desert, Marrakech, and Essaouira. We even stopped in Safi and found some (more) pottery.
On the lookout for holidays with variety in every corner, and after reading Experience It Tours webpage, decided Morocco was our destination. More, for the personalized private driver offer, providing the flexibility and variety of events we wanted and not being part of a tour party, and then EIT/Jeff came to us with every consideration. From first contact to the very last, Jeff, Ruth and the team were there for us even to a last minute inclusion of an additional member to our party, and a change to final accommodation and making a dinner reservation for us at Rick’s, Casablanca.
We chose all riads for authenticity; most notable Dar Meziana, Chefchaoen, Ryad Salama, Fes, L’Ma Lodge, Skoura and Riad Mimouna, Essouira. Wonderful hosts, beautiful properties and meals exceptional. Each were a joy to enter, so far removed from Western style with mosaics, rugs, luxurious furnishings, etc.
We went to Portugal, Gibraltar, and Spain as well as Morocco, but when people ask what is the favorite part of our trip was, the reply for both of us is Morocco. The trip was well-planned and went off very well. Daria was ill for a couple of days and did miss the desert trek for which we are sorry. Richard and I enjoyed that part a lot and we were sorry she had to miss it. I think you all [EIT] have put together a well-thought-out itinerary that covers a wide array of cultures and sights within Morocco. Even the necessary driving between points was interesting as we really got a good look at the countryside and there were plenty of stops to break up those hours. The trip was varied and interesting, from our city walks, shopping (we aren’t particularly travel shoppers, but that was great fun), to seeing the countryside, ruins, cultural stops, and the dune and camel ride. We loved seeing all the mountains also. They were spectacular. What a great variety.
We all had an excellent time in Morocco, and want to thank you for your very successful trip planning.
Younes, our guide, was a terrific driver and guide. He was friendly, very helpful and informative, and an excellent driver. We enjoyed the 12 days we spent with him.
All of riads and hotels were comfortable, hospitable, and beautiful. Our favorites were the Riad Myra in Fes, the Riad de Clos des Arts in Marrakech, the Kasbah du Toubkal, and the L’Ma Lodge. All were of the highest quality, and the food was excellent as well. We appreciated your half board arrangement, as we did get tired of tagines after a while and it was nice to have some variety, which Younes helped us find.
For me, a highlight was the ATV riding in the desert and the camel ride at sunset. It was magical. I also loved Marrakech and Essaouria. In fact, every day was a highlight. There were many surprises that were fantastic such as seeing fields of mustard plants that were beautiful, stopping at a roadside shop with tons of tagines on the side of the road, and running into shepherds and sheep and goats on the way to Erfoud. The cooking lesson was also a highlight. This trip exceeded my expectations. It was wonderful. My daughter and grandaughter plan to go to Morocco next year after what I told them about our trip.
I think that everyday was great and I can’t think of anything I would leave out in the future. We probably missed some things that would have been great but we only had 12 days!
The whole trip was wonderful! We enjoyed (not in any particular order) the camel ride, historical tours, hike outside of Marrekech, local tours, staying in riads, local food, and that it was a private tour for just the 4 of us. Conversations with Hamid and the local tour guides, giving us lots of info on the country, etc. We gained invaluable knowledge about the history and culture.
Hamid [our driver] was very professional, punctual and patient. He is also very accommodating, was mindful to take us to acceptable toilets, and chose nice places for us to eat. While in Fez, he invited us over for dinner, and we met his lovely family. That is one of the highlights of our trip.
We were very impressed with the planning it must have taken to make our trip go as smoothly as it did. Chahine [our driver] was great, I don’t see how anyone could provide a better experience than he did for us. He had local guides lined up who would materialize in some small town and take us off to do something interesting that we would never have been able to do on our own. One day we stopped for a lunch cooked just for the four of us by a woman who doesn’t even have a restaurant, but cooks for groups if she has advance notice. We even met a nomad family and were invited to have tea inside their tent.
We had a great time, it was such an adventure. We were happy that we got to see so much of the country and so many different types of terrain. Some of the highlights for us were the Hassan II Mosque (the size and beauty were astonishing), the Souks of Fez (we loved the walking tour through the winding streets), the camel ride in the Sahara (it was good going in, but it was too windy for them to do anything outside after dinner and too windy the next day so we ended up taking the jeep back), and the Souks of Marrakech (especially when our walking tour included the old part where the actual craftsmen were working).
We liked Majid a lot. He was very nice, easy to talk to, and we felt safe the whole time with him. Jason also loved practicing Arabic with him.
I wanted to drop a line to thank you for the wonderful time that my wife and I had in Morocco. Everything was beyond what we had hoped. As is probably true for most visitors, our perception of the country has changed dramatically, which is one of the most important reasons to travel. The common impression is that Morocco is a desert country but nothing could be further from the truth. There is the Sahara, yes, but Morocco mostly has a Mediterranean climate. The mountainous topography and extensive farmlands surprised us the most, not to mention the coastal environments of Essaouira, Casablanca and El Jadida. The Sahara experience, which we looked forward to from the beginning, did not disappoint. We had no idea that the overnight stay was glamping, not that we’re complaining.
The riads (and dars) were incredible. All the hosts and hostesses were so gracious and friendly. It’s rightly so that travelers should stay in them, not only for the hospitality and uniqueness but for the breakfasts and dinners they provided. A few of them should be considered world-class dining spots. You are correct when you say in your literature that the best food in Morocco is served in riads.