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. Chahine waited in line to get us tickets in advance for the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech; he didn’t even mention that he had done that, he just gave us the tickets when we got there. We met a couple who mentioned waiting in line for a long time (and there was a big line when we got there, we just didn’t have to wait in it) and we found out that you could not buy the tickets online, which is what we assumed had happened. Chahine was flexible, patient, very knowledgeable and fun to spend time with. We learned so much more about Morocco traveling with him than we would have on our own. Plus it is a very nice break from normal life to have someone take care of all the logistics for you!
Highlight for me was the desert camp–our group of four were the only people there and that made an already unusual experience even more fabulous.
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.
We LOVED our Moroccan experience. Mr. Hassani [our driver] was wonderful, knowledgeable, reliable, responsive, and we felt very much taken care of. A highlight was getting whisked i tom out first Riad in Marrakech. Clos d’es Artiste was gorgeous and the owners delightful. Wish we’d had a few extra days there for a cooking class and down time. Also loved he Yves St Laurent grounds/museum and everything else we did in Marrakech.
All of our guides were excellent – Mohammed and Hakim in Fes. Fes was wonderful too. We liked our Riad there too (tho not as superlative) and their food was excellent.
First of all, I wanted to say THANK YOU! We had an amazing time. It was quite evident that great care had was put into creating our itinerary and we greatly appreciate it. The hotels were lovely, especially the riads in Marrakech and Fez. The guides we met along the way were very informative and clearly love their country very much. I think I speak for both Rabia and myself that we left Morocco with a profound respect for its people and culture and can’t wait to go back.
Most of all I also wanted to write to share about our incredible driver Hatim. As you probably know, our designated driver Younez was unable to join us for most of the trip because his father fell ill. Truth be told, Rabia and I both feel we lucked out. Hatim went above and beyond at every corner and made sure that our time in Morocco was the best it could be. From always having water in the van, buying us dates to try, having an incredible taste in music, taking us to great local restaurants, and generally being the biggest and staunchest advocate for his country, Hatim is a jewel.
From the very first inquiry to a last minute change of flight at the end of our trip, we found Experience It Tours to be extremely responsive, accommodating and well run.
We had a wonderful week and we loved Wahid. Hotel accommodations and restaurants were exactly what we hoped for and we enjoyed all of our stops. We particularly loved Chefchouen, Fes and the desert stop. We were surprised how much we enjoyed Volubilis and the stop we made to visit with an authentic Berber family and be able to hold their 5 week old goats was a highlight for our daughter! We had no idea Morocco had such a variety of climates & geography. We drove through areas that looked like parts of Italy with rolling green hills, then Utah with red dirt & mesas and the desert visit was followed by a snow storm through the Atlas Mountains!
The riads were at the top of our list, we really loved the intimacy and personal touch the riads provided. The accommodations in Marrakech were our least favorite b/c we don’t love huge hotels, but it was fine.
The trip was wonderful. Everything was truly up to my expectations. The riads were out of this world and I didn’t want to leave Riad KInza in Marrakech. All of them gave us comfy nights, hospitable and friendly service, and delicious food served impecably. It’s obvious the service industry is focused on making guests very welcome and extremely happy.
The trip was interesting as a father/son thing with me seeing the country a second time and Paul’s first. He loved it and I feel the experience was truly valuable for him.
On the plane home we played a little game we called “Cast of Characters” making a list of the people who made big and little impressions; the little boy in the middle of nowhere in the desert who was shyly learning how to be a salesman to tourists, the servers at the riad who smiled and helped us learn the linguistic difference between “good morning” and “goat morning,” the wise man who walked us around Volubilis, Mohammed the rug salesman, and many, others. The small encounters with the people of Morocco is what makes the trip so special.
Of course Rachid [our driver] is magnificent and master of all he surveys.
I think that Fes was the best city. Fes medina, without cars and motorbikes, seemed more authentic and easier. A highlight for us was an unexpected Christmas Eve dinner at Ryad Myra in Fes. We hadn’t expected any celebration, but the staff there went out of their way to celebrate with us. There was Christmas music, dinner, Yule cake, dancing, and joy! Chefchaouen was a definite highlight. The colors were amazing. The city was very “stroll-able” and easy to maneuver. The weather was not great for us there, but we thoroughly enchanted with Chefchaouen.
The tour was customized for us, so we saw what we wanted to see.
We really like Rostom [our driver] immediately. He was friendly, helpful, pleasant, and made the experience easy. Jerry liked him because he didn’t talk, just to talk, but engaged in good conversation. He was timely and prepared.
The trip itself was great. (Air France botched our flight home and we are still trying to recoup money from that but that’s not your fault!) I’ve already recommended your company to a friend who might be going to Morocco within a year or two. 🙂 We’ve never been to a non-EU country and never done a tour like this so we didn’t really know what to expect. Namir was great. Maybe if I had listened to his instructions on eating while in Morocco, I wouldn’t have gotten so sick. At one point I was vomiting uncontrollably and running a really high fever — I really hate to think about not having had Namir there to navigate us to the pharmacy, I think he even arranged to get me an actual bed to nap in at the hotel we were waiting at to go on the camel ride…having him with us for those two weeks to arrange everything was just such a burden lifted from our shoulders.
Highlights – my favorite city was definitely Chefchaouen. I liked having both the city and the countryside accessible by walking
We are safely back in Canada after our amazing Moroccan adventure. We would like to thank Experience It Tours for creating our itinerary and enabling us to have an excellent holiday with every detail taken care of. Right from our initial contact with the company and the smooth financial transactions, followed by the numerous emails of photographs and background information which served to whet our appetites, we knew we were in excellent hands. We have travelled with other companies to places such as Jordan, Oman, Peru and Ecuador and I have to say that you have been the best. We truly felt that we were individuals seeing those parts of Morocco that we wanted to experience and that we were not part of a group being shunted from place to place.
A large part of our gratitude must go to our driver, Wahid. He was a careful and courteous driver, always on time in a meticulously clean vehicle that was filled with gas and ready to go. He proved to be empathetic about our needs and desires, making suggestions to enhance our particular experience that were very much appreciated. He also allowed us the joy of discovery in many places by gently pointing us in the right direction so we could see things with fresh eyes without a guide’s set speech. However, at other times the selected local guides expanded our minds with their intimate knowledge of particular sites.