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Abdou was such a great guide. Friendly, knowledgeable and aware. We had a great time!
This was the absolute highlight of our trip to Morocco, a great adventure which we were privileged to share with our guide Mohammed 1, and our driver, Mohammed 2. We were picked up in a mini bus in the main square and were in a group of nine travellers. This turned out to be a plus as we were different ages and nationalities, making it a diverse and fun group, and Mohammed 1 set about drawing us all together. As we travelled along he told highly detailed stories about the places, culture, people and customs, interspersed with little jokes and even riddles! The first day we visited Ait Benhaddou and the Rose Valley. On arrival at the hotel which exceeded our expectations, he arranged for a few local teenagers to take us on a walk around the area where we explored abandoned Kasbahs. Dinner was a traditional tagine, and afterwards the two Mohammeds and some of the hotel staff became singers and drummers whilst we joined in and danced, a great evening and a lot of fun.
On Day 2 we visited the Todra Gorge before continuing towards the desert. There were always sufficient stops for food and drink and comfort breaks. You HAVE to try Berber pizza, it's amazing! At a hotel at the edge of the desert we repacked what we needed in a small rucksack for overnight, mounted our camels and were off into the dunes. By the way, wait for the camel guide to tell you when to mount, as if you get on in the wrong order, the camels will all stand up at the wrong moment - we saw this happen in another group! We rode for about an hour or so, being led by our two camel guides until we reached the camp. We had our own little room and there was a mini toilet block with a light!, you don't need to leave the camp in the night.
After watching the sunset we had a late dinner followed by more drumming around a camp fire. With no light pollution, looking up at the stars is like being in a planetarium, absolutely magical. We slept surprisingly well but were up very early to watch the sunrise. Take a thick sweater, it's cold, but the effort is well worth it for the best moment you will ever have of watching the sun rise up over the red dunes.
We trekked back to the hotel at the edge of the desert for breakfast and then it was all the way back to Marrakech. In all honesty, I wish we'd been able to break this up as it was a really long day in the mini bus, and about half of it is on winding mountain roads with a sheer drop. It's not for the faint-hearted. But we're still riding on a cloud after this trip. days after getting home. Thank you Mohammed 1 and Mohammed 2 for the best ever experience which we will always remember.
amazing tour, our guide Abdul and his driver were amazing and accommodating. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. We were even upgraded during our Desert camel experience, where you stay in a hut/tent in the desert - we were upgraded to the rooms which had bathrooms included! It was amazing! My only advice is that option should be standard! the extra 40 euro's/ person is well worth it!
We absolutely loved this tour. We were fortunate to have been paid with another couple of similar age, just four of us on the tour. The two guides, Abdou main tour guide and Hamed the driver were absolutely amazing. They did a fantastic job of making us feel at home. We read other reviews that discussed how much driving their is, but that what it takes to visit these far off locations. The highlight is the overnight stay in the desert. We've never seen so many stars and the accommodations were very comfortable, definitely high-end camping.
Be prepared for a lot of driving, BUT also to discover some of the most incredible places you’ll see in your lifetime! Our experience was absolutely lovely, and our guide Abdul made sure that even the smallest details were taken care of. I couldn’t recommend this more.
Khalid was the absolute BEST! This tour was definitely a highlight for my friends and I. My two friends and I got paired up with another couple in this small group tour, which really allowed us to experience the sights in a more flexible and intimate setting of a small group tour, rather than some of the big bus tour companies. Khalid, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable and accommodating, always ensuring we were beyond happy. The food, the music, the sights, the sounds, the stories - everything about this tour was incredible. Thank you Khalid!
My wife and I are so happy to have taken this tour. We actually had quite a few stops that I didn't know about and they all turned out to be either beautiful pictures, great opportunities to learn about the locals and culture, or both. We had a fantastic guide and made some good friends along the way. About the guide, Mustapha is such a great person, very dedicated with a sense of humor and just all around fantastic - made a huge impact on our enjoyment of the trip. I will say, the drive back from the desert to Marrakech seemed LONG. But it was worth it. Would definitely do it again!
This trip was fantastic. We experienced some unique places guided by a very knowledgeable and helpful tour-guide Abdul. All places visited were very interesting and well worth seeing. The overnight accommodation, the food and staff were all top notch. This trip is highly recommended.
I would highly recommend this tour! It's a bit of a whirlwind adventure, with the last day being a 'transfer' day all driving. Even with the driving, this tour was well worth it. Our guide Mustapha was very knowledgeable and accommodating and the experience was one-in-a-million. Thanks, Viator!
We easily met at the main square and were welcomed onto our tour by our friendly guide Mustafa and our driver Hassan. The two of us joined to make a party of 10. Our first day was spent crossing the Atlas mountains with plenty of stops for photos along the way. We also stopped at a women's cooperative that produced argon oil products. We were given a short talk on how the oil was extracted, tried some of their delicious samples and were able to buy products from their store. Mustafa was always on hand to offer insights about our locations and Morocco generally as well as answering any questions we had. After crossing the Atlas, we drove through a number of towns along the way, including a stop in the now almost abandoned village used in many films. There was an optional tour of a film studio, however, as no one in the group was particularly interested, we didn't feel pressured into spending money or time here. We stayed overnight in a traditional Moroccan Kasbah overlooking the Rose Valley where we were treated to a -lovely dinner as well as a night of Moroccan music and dancing in which both Mustafa and Hassan enthusiastically participated. After breakfast the next day we continued further into the Sahara stopping for more photos of the surprisingly varied scenery and to choose our complimentary scarf some members of the group also purchased traditional Moroccan dress. We arrived at a hotel on the edge of the sand dunes early evening where we were able to leave any excess luggage we didn't need for a night in the desert. After a quick change we were introduced to our extremely friendly camels for an hour and a half plod in the sand dunes as the sun was setting. Mustafa took an enormous amount of photos on everyone's cameras to make sure our good side and the camel's were captured. Arriving at our camp we were surprised by the standard of the facilities given the location! There were small individual 'rooms' with proper beds and electricity and a separate restaurant area with both indoor and outdoor seating where we were served mint tea aka 'Berber Whiskey' before moving inside for an amazing meal that they managed to prepare in the middle of nowhere - almost as far from Marrakech as the Algerian border! Afterwards we were invited to join the staff for some more singing/drumming, try our hand at sandboarding or just lie down and look at the stars.
The next morning we left the camp early 6am and started our camel ride back to the hotel. Half way through we stopped on a high dune to watch the sunrise and take more photos. We didn't have time for a shower at the hotel so after breakfast we headed back to Marrakech. The drive was long the best part of 12 hours, but the trip is worth the ride with some stops to stretch the legs and have lunch - we arrived back in Marrakech at around 9pm.
Overall I think the trip was a great experience - we had a really lovely group, which I'm sure makes a big difference, and both our guide and our driver were excellent. We'd highly recommend the 3 day tour as well as Mustafa and Hassan, its great value for money and we really felt like we packed a lot into the short trip.
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