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Sharon Louthian

American by birth and Moroccan-Berber by marriage, I first traveled to Morocco as a tourist and fell in love with the country and its people (one in particular). Since my initial visit, I have traveled extensively throughout the country and especially enjoy discovering secret places off of the beaten path. Together with Abderrahman Idrissi, my Moroccan husband who has over 20 years experience in the tourism industry, we enlisted the help of his brothers (who serve as our in-country tour managers) to create Morocco Immersion Tours & Adventures. As a family business, we enjoy developing relationships with our guests that continue beyond their trips to Morocco and our goal is for our guests to leave with a little of our love for the country and its people.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"People always ask me what there is to do in Morocco and I always reply that an easier question would be what can't you do there! And we can help you with all of it. Of course, we share the rich history and the important landmarks that any tour to Morocco includes, but we also provide unique opportunities to mix and mingle with the locals that allow our guests to gain insight into day to day life. So if you are looking for an authentic experience (budget or luxury) that takes you off the beaten path, then we are the company for you. And if you want to throw in a little hiking, trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking, surfing, kite-surfing, mule trekking, horseback riding, or even skiing (yes, I said skiing), we can do that, too!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"My path towards a career in travel was a crooked one, but began with a vacation to Morocco in 2012 where I met the most amazing guide, Abderrahman (Abdou for short). He was so amazing, in fact, that after a few more visits we decided to get married. After he had settled into life in the United States, an opportunity presented itself for us to create Morocco Immersion Tours & Adventures. And so, after many years of discussion, we "pulled the trigger" and Morocco Immersion was born."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Obviously, my trip to Morocco in 2012 was life changing - talk about transformative travel experiences! Besides meeting my soulmate on that trip, I was mesmerized by the desert and upon my return dreamt about it for 30 nights in a row. Abdou told me that that was the magic of the desert. In subsequent trips, I got to learn more about the culture and meet more of the locals, and that's when I discovered that despite the breathtaking beauty of the landscapes, the true beauty of Morocco is the rich culture and the warmth and generosity of its people. "

Sharon is part of the following groups: Morocco Travel Agents
View of Marrakech in the late afternoon
Moroccan Cities & Nature: Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakech & the Sahara - 15 Days

Experience Morocco's urban and natural highlights in this 15-day tour. Spend time wandering the maze-like medinas of Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech. Admire the intricate beauty of Arabic architecture as you visit important mosques, historic gates, and other significant landmarks. In between, experience the overpowering beauty of Moroccan nature by camping in the Sahara Desert and hiking to the peak of Mount Toubkal.

Streets of Chefchaouen
Highlights of Morocco from Beach to Desert: Fes, Marrakech, Sahara & More - 7 Days

Take a seven-day spin across the sand with this itinerary that will take you from beach to city to desert to back. Visit the arts scene in Asilah, then put your newfound artist's eye to practice photographing the Blue City of Chefchaouen. Follow a guide through the medina of Fes, then trek into the Sahara on camelback before you make it back to the city amid the brightness of Marrakech.

In port at Essaouira
Highlights of Morocco: Fes, Atlas Mountains, Dades Valley, Marrakech & Essaouira - 14 Days

See some of Morocco's best sights on this two-week itinerary. You'll wander the streets of artsy seaside Asilah, then head to the sandier seas of the Atlas Mountains and Erg Chebi with a camel trek and desert camping. Follow expert guides through the bustling markets of Fes and Marrakech, and wrap up your trip in the bohemian enclave of Essaouira before you depart.

Palm trees line the fortified walls in Taroudant
Marrakech, Atlas Mountains & Essaouira - 9 Days

On this nine-day itinerary, starting in Marrakech, go off the beaten path to explore Morocco's culture and landscapes. Cross the Atlas Mountains and enjoy an off-road adventure to discover Ouzoud and the country's tallest waterfalls before riding a camel to your desert camp near Zagora. Next is Taroudant, a fortified town with excellent souks that are easier to navigate than those in bigger cities, ending your stay in the laidback coastal city of Essaouira.

Recent trip reviews for Sharon

8 Days of Moroccan Highlights, Marrakech to M...
Morocco | Jan 11 - Jan 18, 2023

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Paul D.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

8 Days of Moroccan Highlights, Marrakech to Marrakech an 1800Kms road trip.
Marrakech, dades valley, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Tinghir, Gorge Toudgha, Merzogha, Fes, Rabat and Marrakech.

We were accompanied by our driver/guide throughout the trip. Rafiq. He was a very competent and considerate driver and he was very knowledgeable about all the areas and places we visited. He was also an extremely nice guy who went over and beyond to make our trip memorable especially on my wife's... read more

8 Days of Moroccan Highlights, Marrakech to Marrakech an 1800Kms road trip.
Marrakech, dades valley, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Tinghir, Gorge Toudgha, Merzogha, Fes, Rabat and Marrakech.

We were accompanied by our driver/guide throughout the trip. Rafiq. He was a very competent and considerate driver and he was very knowledgeable about all the areas and places we visited. He was also an extremely nice guy who went over and beyond to make our trip memorable especially on my wife's birthday. However, in each place we had a local guide who was a specialist for the city. Hassan for Marrakech and Said for Fes were excellent.
The accommodations selected by Sharon based on our specification were excellent and gave us a very good insight into Moroccan high life. The Ryad Paradise delivered the best dinner of the entire trip.
I would strongly recommend this company and this itinerary to anyone wanting their first taste of Moroccan culture but in some style.

Activity Review
Guided Tour of Fes
Fes

Said, the local tour guide was very interesting and extremely knowledgeable and made the tour a long but fun day.

Quality of Experience
The guide was brought up in the city so could speak about his own experiences in the city which made the history very real.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
As guests from the UK, all could speak very good English and all had a good sense of humour
Transport
Clean, on time and a good driver, never felt at risk and always courteous to other road users
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Hi Paul,

Thanks for taking the time to write us such an amazing review. We are thrilled that you had a memorable trip to Morocco and that your wife's birthday was special! Also glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with Rafik, Hassan, and Said. We agree with your assessments and are super happy to have found Said as, believe me, all local guides are not equal! Thanks for the positive feedback regarding Riad Paridise, too. They are a fairly new riad and we just started working with them. I... read more

Hi Paul,

Thanks for taking the time to write us such an amazing review. We are thrilled that you had a memorable trip to Morocco and that your wife's birthday was special! Also glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with Rafik, Hassan, and Said. We agree with your assessments and are super happy to have found Said as, believe me, all local guides are not equal! Thanks for the positive feedback regarding Riad Paridise, too. They are a fairly new riad and we just started working with them. I know that they use fresh and locally sourced ingredients because we ran into the owner at the weekly market in Kelaat M'Gouna a few weeks ago!

Thanks again for the great review and thanks even more for trusting us with you trip!
Take care and keep in touch,
Sharon, Rafik, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion Family

Morocco 2022
Morocco | Dec 23 - Dec 29, 2022

Ravi
Ravi P.
Lansdale, PA | Reviewed on Jan 11, 2023

We were a group of 14 (4 families) traveling from Philadelphia to Morocco on a 7 day trip. Sharon was a our KimKim specialist designed the itinerary and made necessary arrangements for travel, stay and tour guides at all the locations we visited in Morocco.
Our experience has been one of the best! It was our first visit to the African continent and to a culture that is very different from the Eastern (India) or Western (US) culture.
Morocco is one of the cleanest countries that I have... read more

We were a group of 14 (4 families) traveling from Philadelphia to Morocco on a 7 day trip. Sharon was a our KimKim specialist designed the itinerary and made necessary arrangements for travel, stay and tour guides at all the locations we visited in Morocco.
Our experience has been one of the best! It was our first visit to the African continent and to a culture that is very different from the Eastern (India) or Western (US) culture.
Morocco is one of the cleanest countries that I have been to. Every city street we visited is kept very clean! Kudos!

Here is a a list of our memorable experiences:
-Fes - Belly dance in a local restaurant. Make sure you make your dinner reservations well in advance. Between the wine, music and dance you will truly enjoy the experience.
Soak up the sun and try ALL the local food (with bottled water). I was interested to try camel meat but to my surprise it was hard to find a dish made of camel meat in local restaurants.
-Merzouga - The camel ride to the desert camp and ATV ride back is an awesome experience. Watching the sunrise from top a high sand dune is memorable.
-Boumalne Dades - Do not miss the view of the Jorge! Whew - breathtaking! Walking in the valley and being with nature (for a little while) and meeting the locals (Amazigh, also called as Berbers but please use Amazigh to refer to them).
Marrakesh - The market square has so much to see, eat and witness, your senses are going to get pounded. Pace yourself and enjoy everything, one at a a time.
We had teens traveling with us and never felt unsafe in Morocco. Well, they went to a nightclub in Marrakesh and returned at 3am in cab by themselves, if that isn't safe enough, what is!

Shoutout to Mohammed (tour guide), Ahmed (driver), Hassan (Guides), Sharon and KimKim!

Highly recommend KimKim and Morocco for a very diverse experience!

Activity Reviews
Fes to Merzouga via Ifraine and Azrou - Camel Trek to Desert Camp
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
ATV Quad Tour of the Desert
Merzouga
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2023

Hi Ravi,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write us all such a wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing experience in Morocco! So sorry for not getting to meet you in person as you came through the Valley of Roses - we had some guests at our home that day and it was difficult to get away. Sorry you didn't get to try to camel meat - since camels are very valuable animals they actually don't eat them a lot and it is considered a delicacy in Morocco. So, I guess... read more

Hi Ravi,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write us all such a wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing experience in Morocco! So sorry for not getting to meet you in person as you came through the Valley of Roses - we had some guests at our home that day and it was difficult to get away. Sorry you didn't get to try to camel meat - since camels are very valuable animals they actually don't eat them a lot and it is considered a delicacy in Morocco. So, I guess you'll just have to come back for that - and next time you will need to spend some more time in the Dades Valley and really absorb the Moroccan Amazigh culture and hospitality!

Thanks again for the review and for trusting us with your (big) family holiday!
Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Mohammed, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Wonderful Tour of Morocco
Morocco | Dec 25 - Jan 3, 2023

David
David N.
Canada | Reviewed on Jan 05, 2023

Sharon organised a great trip for my family and Abdou our tour guide was wonderful. We were moving a lot and there were some long days but that’s what we were there for. Some of the glitches, included a last minute change in one of our Riads which I would have like to know ahead of time and twice the Riads messing up the rooms we were supposed to stay in. This was not the fault of Morocco Immersion and just things one has to deal with when travelling. read more

Sharon organised a great trip for my family and Abdou our tour guide was wonderful. We were moving a lot and there were some long days but that’s what we were there for. Some of the glitches, included a last minute change in one of our Riads which I would have like to know ahead of time and twice the Riads messing up the rooms we were supposed to stay in. This was not the fault of Morocco Immersion and just things one has to deal with when travelling.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel & Spa Dar Sara
Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very welcoming.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

Beautiful place and great food.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga

Magnificent glamping.

Authenticity & Character
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Al Makan
Fès

We didn’t stay here as the hotel was switched on us last minute.

Riad Hicham
Chefchaouen

This was a beautiful place!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Service was very slow.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Kalaa
Rabat

Nice but horrible service in restaurant.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Poor service and messed up reservation.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh
Marrakech to Dades Valley via Ait Ben Haddou
Morocco
Dades Valley to Merzouga Camel Trek via Todgha Gorge & Tinghir
Morocco

One of the trip highlights!

Merzouga to Fes via Midelt, Azrou, & Ifraine
Morocco

This was a very long day. If we had more time maybe would have stopped for a night along the route.

Guided Tour of Fes
Fes
Free Day in Fes
Fes

Nice to have a slow day. Went to a hammam!

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Morocco
Afternoon Guided Tour of Rabat
Rabat
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2023

Hi David,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review! I'm so glad to hear that you had a great trip with Abdou. I think he is our best tour manager (of course, I'm a little biased since he is also my husband). I did want to apologize for the miscommunication about the riad in Fes - that was entirely my fault. When we called Riad al Makan to re-confirm your reservations shortly before your arrival (as we always do), they told us that they had a couple of large groups... read more

Hi David,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review! I'm so glad to hear that you had a great trip with Abdou. I think he is our best tour manager (of course, I'm a little biased since he is also my husband). I did want to apologize for the miscommunication about the riad in Fes - that was entirely my fault. When we called Riad al Makan to re-confirm your reservations shortly before your arrival (as we always do), they told us that they had a couple of large groups staying there during your dates and, because we know how noisy it can get there when it is at capacity, we requested that they move your reservation to their smaller (and quieter) annex property. I was tasked with communicating that change to you and I neglected to do so. For that, I am truly sorry. We certainly didn't mean to surprise you with that, especially after your long journey from the desert.
So, again.. thank you for your fabulous review (despite the glitches) and thanks even more for trusting us with your family adventure to Morocco!

Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Abderrahman (Abdou), and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Morocco-Detailed planning and it was tailored for our...
Morocco | Dec 23 - Dec 29, 2022

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Gayatri P.
King of Prussia, PA | Reviewed on Jan 05, 2023

Detailed planning and it was tailored for our requests and interests.
The overall travel guide could have been a little more communicative but overall other city cape fox local guides were very good
I would recommend Kim Kim and Sharon !
The bookings and hotel reservations were perfect.
Guides and our drive were always on time and very very helpful and trustworthy!
Overall fantastic experience! read more

Detailed planning and it was tailored for our requests and interests.
The overall travel guide could have been a little more communicative but overall other city cape fox local guides were very good
I would recommend Kim Kim and Sharon !
The bookings and hotel reservations were perfect.
Guides and our drive were always on time and very very helpful and trustworthy!
Overall fantastic experience!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Al Makan
Fès
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Maison d'Hôtes La Vallée des Figues
Boumalne

Could have tuned on the heat-in advance we went into very very cold rooms

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Nesma Suites & SPA
Medina, Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Fes
Fes
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Fes to Merzouga via Ifraine and Azrou - Camel Trek to Desert Camp
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
ATV Quad Tour of the Desert
Merzouga
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Merzouga to Dades Valley Via Todgha Gorge
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dades Valley to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

Abdou was attentive, caring, and provided nec...
Morocco | Dec 19 - Dec 28, 2022

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Dharmesh & Sadhna M.
Sheboygan, WI | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2023

Abdou was attentive, caring, and provided necessary service promptly. He was able to tailor individualized services within the group. He promptly tended to all our needs and accommodated last-minute changes. His honesty and transparency helped us make proper choices throughout the trip.

Most of our accommodations were boutique-style hotels but were not elderly-friendly. Part of the accommodation difficulties included a lack of hot water to shower, overall poor lighting in the rooms,... read more

Abdou was attentive, caring, and provided necessary service promptly. He was able to tailor individualized services within the group. He promptly tended to all our needs and accommodated last-minute changes. His honesty and transparency helped us make proper choices throughout the trip.

Most of our accommodations were boutique-style hotels but were not elderly-friendly. Part of the accommodation difficulties included a lack of hot water to shower, overall poor lighting in the rooms, and no elevators for the elderly to use. Abdou was receptive to further improvement of his custom tour planning. We would recommend KimKim to Morocco travelers.

Hotel Reviews
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kasbah Hotel Chergui
Erfoud
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Salam Fes
Fes
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
lighting, lack of hot water, and direction within the building
Hotel Xaluca Dades
Boumalne
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

we were very pleased with the trip and all yo...
Morocco | Dec 19 - Dec 28, 2022

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kvk m.
Litchfield, MN | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2023

we were very pleased with the trip and all your crew and Abdou for the caring and help.Really was enjoyable. read more

we were very pleased with the trip and all your crew and Abdou for the caring and help.Really was enjoyable.

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

We cannot recommend Sharon and our tour manag...
Morocco | Dec 19 - Dec 28, 2022

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Dharshan V.
Columbia, MD | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2023

We cannot recommend Sharon and our tour manager, Abdou. Throughout the entire trip planning process, Sharon answered every question and was ready to tackle all obstacles. We traveled to Morocco with 19 people, with three different arrival dates. Sharon helped coordinate complex room assignments, a private family event in the desert to celebrate a birthday, and so much more. The trip philosophy of Abdou and Sharon is to focus on locals in Morocco and to show a picture of Morocco that focuses... read more

We cannot recommend Sharon and our tour manager, Abdou. Throughout the entire trip planning process, Sharon answered every question and was ready to tackle all obstacles. We traveled to Morocco with 19 people, with three different arrival dates. Sharon helped coordinate complex room assignments, a private family event in the desert to celebrate a birthday, and so much more. The trip philosophy of Abdou and Sharon is to focus on locals in Morocco and to show a picture of Morocco that focuses on its true essence, the culture and local food of the people. During the actual trip, Abdou made everything seamless and everything was arranged without hesitation. He had a positive spirit and encouraged us to live in the moment the entire time. Every accommodation and activity was wonderful and would do this trip again in a heartbeat! We highly highly recommend a night in the Sahara desert camps and spending time in Dades. If we could do this again, probably would spend more time in Chefchaouen and Dades, and one less night in Marrakech.

Hotel Reviews
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga

One of the best accommodations during our entire trip to Morocco! Highly recommend.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Hicham
Chefchaouen
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Camel trek to your Camp
Merzouga

Extremely scenic and we can't recommend enough. Sunset over the desert on Christmas eve via the camels was just surreal.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

Amazing Family Vacation
Morocco | Dec 19 - Dec 28, 2022

Aruna
Aruna S.
Murfreesboro, TN | Reviewed on Jan 02, 2023

As a family of 19 ranging from teens to senior citizens there was a lot of anticipation for what was to come. After many flight delays and hours of travel we were met with Abdou who made sure the rest of our trip was trouble - free. Abdou is full of great energy, very kind, patient, and wants to make sure you have the most fun possible. As we traveled across Morocco Abdou introduced us to the amazing culture and history that this country holds. Immediately you can tell he loves Morocco and... read more

As a family of 19 ranging from teens to senior citizens there was a lot of anticipation for what was to come. After many flight delays and hours of travel we were met with Abdou who made sure the rest of our trip was trouble - free. Abdou is full of great energy, very kind, patient, and wants to make sure you have the most fun possible. As we traveled across Morocco Abdou introduced us to the amazing culture and history that this country holds. Immediately you can tell he loves Morocco and that he's very passionate about sharing his culture with everyone. Some of the highlights were watching the sunset next to a Spanish mosque on top of a mountain, riding the camels through the desert, and being invited to his home where we met his wonderful wife, Sharon.
During the bus rides, Abdou kept us entertained. We played guessing games and the kids even wrote a paragraph based off the game :
"The country of Morocco is represented by it's flag which include the colors red and green. So far on this trip we visited the city Chefchaouen which is known for being the the blue city. Some of the meals we have eaten so are are Tagine which consists of potatoes, carrots and other vegetables and Couscous. We also visited Volubilis where we saw Roman ruins. Then we went to Fez where we saw many donkeys and stayed in the riad. Lastly we have tried Hammam which was an interesting experience for us all"
If you are looking for an adventure where you truly feel immersed in Moroccan culture without complications, then we highly recommend Morocco Immersion Tours and Adventures to plan your trip. We are very grateful for them and we will be sure to use them for our next trip!

Activity Review
Camel trek to your Camp
Merzouga
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

Family Trip to Morocco was Excellent
Morocco | Dec 23 - Dec 29, 2022

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Jennifer C.
Northbrook, IL | Reviewed on Dec 31, 2022

Our family trip to Morocco was excellent. Every aspect of the tour and travel arrangements were well coordinated. We loved our tour guide, Simo, who was with us every day - knowledgeable of the sites and history and a pleasure to spend time with on a personal level. He was great with all of the kids on our trip, as well. We really enjoyed Asilah, visiting the old city and touring the Caves of Hercules. Seeing the Strait of Gibraltor was a highlight on a beautiful day. The Berber-Roman... read more

Our family trip to Morocco was excellent. Every aspect of the tour and travel arrangements were well coordinated. We loved our tour guide, Simo, who was with us every day - knowledgeable of the sites and history and a pleasure to spend time with on a personal level. He was great with all of the kids on our trip, as well. We really enjoyed Asilah, visiting the old city and touring the Caves of Hercules. Seeing the Strait of Gibraltor was a highlight on a beautiful day. The Berber-Roman city of Volubilis was fascinating. And Fes was an awesome experience -- our local guide, Said, was essential in guiding us through the maze of Fes and educating us on its history. We also thought the restaurant selections for lunch and dinner every day were amazing. Always a lovely, local atmosphere and great food. Hotel selections worked perfectly for our combined family of 9. Rooms were comfortable and check-in and check-out was seamless.
Mohamed, our driver, was impressive. We covered a lot of territory and tricky terrain without a hitch. Thank you for a most memorable trip.

Hotel Reviews
Pasta Plaza Hotel
Asilah

Authentic , local hotel. Breakfast prepared by the warm and friendly proprietor was delicious and served in a lovely dining area. Clean rooms and convenient location. Recommend for any stay in Asilah.

Authenticity & Character
Felt like we were staying in a true, local accomodation.
Location
Staff
Warm and friendly manager/owner.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean rooms.
Dar Echchaouen
Chefchaouen

What a view from the hotel rooms!!! Breakfast was extensive and delicious. Rooms were lovely and roomy.

Authenticity & Character
Rooms with beautiful, traditional decor.
Location
Views, foyer when you entered hotel premises.
Staff
Our children were ill and the staff contacted and provided a doctor on site within one hour. Absolutely amazing.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were comfortable with warm, extra blankets readily available in the rooms.
Riad Al Makan
Fès

Rooms with high ceilings and beautiful, authentic decor. Breakfast was very good and served in the lovely courtyard. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Hotel decor was beautiful.
Location
Easy walking distance to the old city.
Staff
Friendly staff.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were comfortable, rooms were clean.
Hotel des Oudaias
Rabat

Historic hotel, right near the beach. Lovely lobby area with pool table. Snacks in the rooms.

Authenticity & Character
Historic hotel from 1918. Loved the decor in the lobby and the rooms.
Staff
Check in and check out was very easy.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfortable beds and clean rooms. Appreciated the amenities supplied in the bathrooms.
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

They came through when it mattered most.This...
Morocco | Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2022

John
John M.
Hoover, AL | Reviewed on Dec 26, 2022

They came through when it mattered most.
This is a small company who treated us like we were special on our family week in Morocco. Our Driver was Hicham and we worked with Sharon. We were able to make easy changes and they listened to us.
We did a private tour. It was my wife and our two children 10 and 12. We were having a very good time and Hicham took great pride in the country and was an excellent guide.
But the most important thing was at the end. It was about a year ago and I have... read more

They came through when it mattered most.
This is a small company who treated us like we were special on our family week in Morocco. Our Driver was Hicham and we worked with Sharon. We were able to make easy changes and they listened to us.
We did a private tour. It was my wife and our two children 10 and 12. We were having a very good time and Hicham took great pride in the country and was an excellent guide.
But the most important thing was at the end. It was about a year ago and I have not had a chance to write. My wife got very sick. She couldn't get out of bed on the last day of the trip in Marrakech. Hicham had other clients to deal with but he treated us like family. He got us to a private hospital, waited with us, made sure I found a pharmacy and made many extra trips. He was a friend in the country when we really needed one. I can never be more grateful. They are wonderful.

Hotel Reviews
Palais des Dunes Luxury Camp
Merzouga

This was disappointing. The desert is cool and the the tents are nice but the experience is a little lazy and not as much as we expected from an authentic experience

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

Lovely little hotel with an excellent meal. Nice luxury is an area you don't expect

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Nesma Suites & SPA
Medina, Marrakech

a nice clean hotel in a decent location. Like a Hilton or Marriot Experience

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Dar Skalli
Fes

This is a very authentic and historical riad. a nice experience in the country. It feels historical. The rooms were nice. Loads of charm. Well located. Not a chain or super luxury but we loved that is was a real home with charm. Our breakfast was very good

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Hi John,

Thank you so much for the great review! Hicham was happy to read it, too! Of course, we were all sorry that your wife was unwell at the end of the trip, but so glad that Hicham was with you to help you manage everything. And we are glad that despite that your overall memories of Morocco (and us) are good ones!

Thanks again and keep in touch!
Sharon, Hicham, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

My trip to Morocco
Morocco | Oct 25 - Nov 2, 2022

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Steven M.
New Brighton, MN | Reviewed on Dec 26, 2022

My trip to Morocco was very good. I had no problems, and overall, I was happy with the plan. Here are some specific thoughts.

I felt the details of my trip were handled at the very last minute. This gave me some anxiety, especially since I had not used KimKim before and did not know if I could trust them.

My driver/guide/translator/friend, Ayoub, was excellent. Maybe most important but the least visible to me, he is a very safe and careful driver. It was nice not to even think about the... read more

My trip to Morocco was very good. I had no problems, and overall, I was happy with the plan. Here are some specific thoughts.

I felt the details of my trip were handled at the very last minute. This gave me some anxiety, especially since I had not used KimKim before and did not know if I could trust them.

My driver/guide/translator/friend, Ayoub, was excellent. Maybe most important but the least visible to me, he is a very safe and careful driver. It was nice not to even think about the driving. Ayoub also gave me excellent insight into Moroccan history and culture, and I enjoyed traveling with him. When I return to Morocco, I will request his service. (I might even want his plan for visiting the southern desert.)

My trip plan was good. I liked all the riads in which I stayed. Each was comfortable and sufficiently modern, yet each had the flavor of Morocco. Also, each was in a good location. The quality of my city guides was inconsistent.

I really liked visiting Chefchaouen and Fes. Marrakech was the best, and I wish I had more time there. Rabat was a waste of time. Everyone lives across the river so by late afternoon, the Rabat medina is empty. I think a couple of things were missing from my trip. I saw only the old towns (medinas) of large cities. I am curious how most modern Moroccan city dwellers live. I should have walked through a new town street and maybe had lunch there. Also, I did not stop in a small village or town in Morocco. I would have loved to visit a small town on market day. Now that I have read more about Morocco, I wish I had gone to see the desert. The desert is clearly an important part of Morocco. (I might have said "no desert" in the planning stage. If I did, then that was my mistake.)

I enjoyed the cooking class I did in Chefchaouen. It was not great for teaching cooking that I could do on my own, but it was a fantastic view of life in a real Moroccan home. It would have been better if I did not do this on Friday when the markets are closed.

I wanted to visit Merja Zerga National Park to see flamingos. Where we went for a boat into the park did not sound correct according to what I read. We hired what is basically a water taxi that people use to cross the river. I did see flamingos, but the boat driver was restricted from entering the park and getting close to the birds. Also, he did not know his birds. However, we did have the boat drop us at Moulay Bousselham (across the river from the car). We had lunch there, and there was not another tourist in sight. I felt like I was seeing the real Morocco off the tourist route.

A couple of additional resources would have been helpful. I wish someone at KimKim had suggested some reading to get me oriented to Morocco (other than my guidebook). After visiting Morocco, I read 'My 1001 Nights: Tales...'. It is not great literature, but it is a good introduction to a foreigner's visit to Morocco. I am sure there are other books that would be good. I also wish someone had suggested restaurants for dinner. I used my guidebook (Moon Morocco) and Trip Advisor. I felt every place in which I ate was for tourists. I am sure your local contacts could have suggested better. (I did manage to eat at Nur in Fes... one of the best restaurants in Morocco.)

I enjoyed my trip, and I want to thank everyone at KimKim and Morocco Immersion who helped.

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Hi Steven,

Thank you for taking the time to review and for all of the feedback. We are glad that all and all you had a great experience in Morocco. I am sorry that you felt like the planning was done at the last minute - that was actually not the case and I did let you know that everything was confirmed about a month prior with the exception of our preferred hotel in Chefchaouen which was fully blocked by a group tour; we did book a back up accommodation for you, but had hoped that a room... read more

Hi Steven,

Thank you for taking the time to review and for all of the feedback. We are glad that all and all you had a great experience in Morocco. I am sorry that you felt like the planning was done at the last minute - that was actually not the case and I did let you know that everything was confirmed about a month prior with the exception of our preferred hotel in Chefchaouen which was fully blocked by a group tour; we did book a back up accommodation for you, but had hoped that a room would free up in the originally proposed guest house. The only other bit that does not normally get settled until closer to the actual trip is the assignment of the driver/tour manager. That is because we prefer to keep the same tour manager with our guests for the duration of the stay and during our busy season, in order to achieve that, we frequently have to make some last minute adjustments. We are glad that you did enjoy your time with Ayoub, though.

As you say, the desert is well-worth seeing, but you did specifically tell me at the beginning of the planning process that had no interest in going there. But that would've also given you a chance to visit a small town perhaps even on a market day - had I know that was on your list of things that you wish to do I certainly would've suggested it since most of the small Amazigh (aka Berber) towns are on the other side of the Atlas Mountains. But as you said, it just gives you a reason to return to Morocco!

We are super happy to hear that you got to see the flamingos at Merja Zerga - national parks in Morocco or more like wildlife preserves and are not easy to access (which is why the boat was not allowed to go into the actual park), so the parks are not real tourist attractions as they are here. So, this was an unusual request which we were happy to facilitate on your way to Asilah for no additional charge (which is why you weren't provided with an ornithological guide - they are not easy to come by in Morocco).

Thanks again for the review and feedback and for trusting us with your trip to Morocco. I do hope that on your next visit you will get to see the parts that you missed this time!
Sharon, Ayoub, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

A memorable 1 year anniversary!
Morocco | Dec 1 - Dec 11, 2022

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Paaree S.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

Sharon's proposed itinerary was excellent- we covered way more of Morocco than we ever imagined we would, without feeling too rushed or as though we had not seen enough of each city. There was also flexibility in tailoring the trip to our requirements based on our interests, budget and timeframes. Sharon was also very easy to contact via Whatsapp if required.
Our guide and driver, Rafiq was excellent- he followed the itinerary but also provided flexibility whilst on the ground to alter the... read more

Sharon's proposed itinerary was excellent- we covered way more of Morocco than we ever imagined we would, without feeling too rushed or as though we had not seen enough of each city. There was also flexibility in tailoring the trip to our requirements based on our interests, budget and timeframes. Sharon was also very easy to contact via Whatsapp if required.
Our guide and driver, Rafiq was excellent- he followed the itinerary but also provided flexibility whilst on the ground to alter the schedule if we wanted to do something different. He was friendly, helpful, knowledgable and made us feel safe and comfortable wherever we went.
A highlight was being able to watch Morocco's World Cup victory against Spain at a local cafe with true local fans- what a buzz! The camping experience in the sand dunes of Merzouga was so surreal- we loved taking the camels to our campsite and arranged to ride quad-bikes on the way back the following morning. Our local guides in Fes, Volubilis, Dades Valley and Marrakech were all fantastic- we learned so much about the history and culture of Morocco. A wonderful and memorable way to spend our 1st wedding anniversary :)

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

A great holiday!
Morocco | Nov 26 - Dec 3, 2022

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Clark K.
| Reviewed on Dec 09, 2022

Our trip to Morocco was fantastic. Our guide and driver Yassine was engaging, fun and very reliable…we would definately recommend. Our Guide in Fes, Said, was absolutely first rate. Also, Bob in Dades valley was also totally great. His suggestion of a local hike in Boumalde Dades was far superior to the planned hike in Rose valley and should be offered to future travelers.. the hotels selected by Sharon had just the right balance of comfort and authenticity and the balance of free time was... read more

Our trip to Morocco was fantastic. Our guide and driver Yassine was engaging, fun and very reliable…we would definately recommend. Our Guide in Fes, Said, was absolutely first rate. Also, Bob in Dades valley was also totally great. His suggestion of a local hike in Boumalde Dades was far superior to the planned hike in Rose valley and should be offered to future travelers.. the hotels selected by Sharon had just the right balance of comfort and authenticity and the balance of free time was perfect. Our time in Marrakesh was enjoyable but we would suggest three improvements: the guides choice of lunch locations ( which we passed on) was a clear tourist trap and should be avoided. We got very little advice on where to find finer shops vs more touristy locations and we decided on our own to visit Le Jardin Majorelle and surrounding area ( it should definately be suggested on the itinerary.

Our joys were many and our complaints few…thank you Sharon for setting up a great trip.

Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Fes
Fes

Said was the perfect guide…super knowledgeable and open. He is a great ambassador for Morocco

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Fes to Merzouga via Ifraine and Azrou - Camel Trek to Desert Camp
Morocco

Definately a must do…one night was the perfect stay in the desert

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Merzouga to Dades Valley Via Todgha Gorge
Morocco

Make sure you use bob as a local guide…his hike suggestion was phenomenal as was his welcoming us into his home( soon to be restaurant) for lunch with his family

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hiking the Road of 1000 Kasbahs
Boumalne Dades

Use bob: best guide in the region

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh

Marrakesh was fabulous. We would suggest a different guide who c

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Different guide
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Dec 11, 2022

Thanks, Clark for taking the time to write such a great review. We agree that Bob is fantastic and that the hike that you did is awesome. We normally are flexible when our guests choose to hike and as there are no shortages of amazing hikes in the area, we often provide choices based on our guests' preferences and fitness levels and many do choose to do a similar hike to the one that you did. The Valley of Roses is actually the name given to two river valleys - one is Dades Valley (although... read more

Thanks, Clark for taking the time to write such a great review. We agree that Bob is fantastic and that the hike that you did is awesome. We normally are flexible when our guests choose to hike and as there are no shortages of amazing hikes in the area, we often provide choices based on our guests' preferences and fitness levels and many do choose to do a similar hike to the one that you did. The Valley of Roses is actually the name given to two river valleys - one is Dades Valley (although not quite as deep in the gorge as where you were) and the other is M'Goun Valley. The hiking on that side is nothing short of spectacular, too, but it is harder to get to the start without a 4x4 (which is why we asked Bob to suggest the canyon hike for you). Maybe you can try the other one on your next visit!
Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Yassine, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Take care and keep in

We had an awesome trip. Yassime, our driver/...
Morocco | Nov 26 - Dec 3, 2022

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Rajjina S.
Park City, UT | Reviewed on Dec 04, 2022

We had an awesome trip. Yassime, our driver/tour guide, was an excellent, attentive driver! Fez was really interesting, especially because of Sayid, one of the best guides we have had. If you plan a hike in the Dades Valley, make sure to request Bob. The Monkey Finger canyon hike was spectacular! Thank you, Sharon!!! We will be back to Morocco!!!! read more

We had an awesome trip. Yassime, our driver/tour guide, was an excellent, attentive driver! Fez was really interesting, especially because of Sayid, one of the best guides we have had. If you plan a hike in the Dades Valley, make sure to request Bob. The Monkey Finger canyon hike was spectacular! Thank you, Sharon!!! We will be back to Morocco!!!!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Al Makan
Fès
Authenticity & Character
Location
Great location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Madu Premium Desert Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ok
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge
Authenticity & Character
No
Location
Staff
Great staff and food!
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Maison Arabe Hotel
Marrakech

Lovely hotel!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Guided Tour of Fes
Fes

sayid was a great guide!!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Dec 07, 2022

Hi Rajjina,

Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review! I'm sorry that I didn't get to meet you while you were here in the Dades Valley - we started to come to meet you for dinner upon your arrival, but when we called Yassine, he said that you had eaten early so that you could go watch the World Cup game that night. So happy to know that you had a good time with Bob hiking and enjoyed lunch with his family. He is one of our favorite guides there and food at his house is some... read more

Hi Rajjina,

Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review! I'm sorry that I didn't get to meet you while you were here in the Dades Valley - we started to come to meet you for dinner upon your arrival, but when we called Yassine, he said that you had eaten early so that you could go watch the World Cup game that night. So happy to know that you had a good time with Bob hiking and enjoyed lunch with his family. He is one of our favorite guides there and food at his house is some of the best in Morocco! Also great to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Said in Fes. Just let us know when you are ready to come again!

Thanks again! Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Yassine, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion Family

Two Weeks in Morocco
Morocco | Nov 10 - Nov 22, 2022

Kris
Kris C.
De Soto, MO | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

What an amazing introduction to Morocco! We could not have been happier with our experience planning (and replanning due to Covid) this experience with Sharon. She was knowledgeable, patient and kind and became a friend during the process. When the trip finally happened, it was everything we had hoped for and then some. Yassine, our guide, was fantastic from the minute he met us at the airport. We got to see a bit of Casablanca before heading out to Rabat. From there it just kept getting... read more

What an amazing introduction to Morocco! We could not have been happier with our experience planning (and replanning due to Covid) this experience with Sharon. She was knowledgeable, patient and kind and became a friend during the process. When the trip finally happened, it was everything we had hoped for and then some. Yassine, our guide, was fantastic from the minute he met us at the airport. We got to see a bit of Casablanca before heading out to Rabat. From there it just kept getting better and better. The variety of trip, from the ethereal blue city of Chefchaouen, to the ancient Medina of Fez, to the GORGEOUS Sahara Desert, and the endless vibrant energy and colors of Marrakech….it’d be hard to pick a favorite part. Even the riads we stayed in were so far beyond our expectations….every single one. And even though Yassine was always full of interesting facts and insights, they also provided specialized local guides in some of the cities that guided us through back streets and ancient narrow passageways to tiny hidden local gems and old family shops we would never have found on our own. And we’re glad we did 2 weeks instead of only 1; there was SO much to see and do and it still felt like we were rushing. Two weeks allowed us to have a free day every now and then to just meander the streets on our own and get a better feel for the places. If you’re considering Morocco, Morocco Immersion is the perfect company to work with. Thank you, Sharon!!!!!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Maison Du Sud
Essaouira

Cutest of all the riads we’ve had! If you can handle stairs, it is magical! The room was more like an apartment, with the bed in a loft. Beautiful tile work and art and attention to detail everywhere. Centrally located in the old Medina and staff was very friendly. Absolutely LOVED this place!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Hicham
Chefchaouen

Could not have been happier with everything about this place!!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel des Oudaias
Rabat

Gorgeous character, lovely staff, clean and so comfortable!!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Madu Luxury Desert Camp
Merzouga

So far above and beyond my expectations!!!! Wish we would’ve stayed another night! You are in for a TREAT if you stay here!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

Beautiful! Lovely staff!

Authenticity & Character
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Oh Kris! Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are beyond thrilled to hear that your long anticipated trip exceeded your expectations! I'm also super happy that Abdou and I got to meet you both while you were here in the Valley of Roses. And thanks again for the beautiful coffee mug (and for giving me first pick). It is almost too pretty to use!

At this point in my response, I normally say "keep in touch", but I know that we will! Be sure to tell us when your travels bring you to... read more

Oh Kris! Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are beyond thrilled to hear that your long anticipated trip exceeded your expectations! I'm also super happy that Abdou and I got to meet you both while you were here in the Valley of Roses. And thanks again for the beautiful coffee mug (and for giving me first pick). It is almost too pretty to use!

At this point in my response, I normally say "keep in touch", but I know that we will! Be sure to tell us when your travels bring you to the East Coast and if we aren't in Morocco we will make an effort to come meet you!

Thanks again for everything!
Take Care,
Sharon, Abdou, Yassine, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

We loved our trip to Marocco and had no issues at all. Highly recommended.
Morocco | Nov 20 - Nov 25, 2022

Luis
Luis G.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

We loved our trip to Morocco. We started in Marrakech and from there we traveled to Dades Valley via Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, and then to Merzouga, in the desert, Fes, Mekbas, passing by Volubilis, an ancient Roman city, Rabat, the beautiful imperial city, and back to Marrakech.
At first, when arranging our trip, I was concerned about spending too much time in the car, but I am glad I let Sharon convince me otherwise. Marocco is such a wonderful country, with many different things to see.... read more

We loved our trip to Morocco. We started in Marrakech and from there we traveled to Dades Valley via Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, and then to Merzouga, in the desert, Fes, Mekbas, passing by Volubilis, an ancient Roman city, Rabat, the beautiful imperial city, and back to Marrakech.
At first, when arranging our trip, I was concerned about spending too much time in the car, but I am glad I let Sharon convince me otherwise. Marocco is such a wonderful country, with many different things to see. So, even the time in the car was well spent. Salam, the tour manager, in addition to being an excellent driver, is also an awesome human being, genuinely concerned about ensuring everything went well.
The trip to Marocco is definitely worth the time, and we highly recommend Sharon and her team. Everything went according to plan. We had no issues at all.

Hotel Reviews
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

The dinner at Chez ichou was an experience. They have an excellent chef.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga

Going to the camp by Camel was an amazing experience, and the views are incredible. The tent has indeed a bathroom and running water! The crew is very nice and accommodating.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Al Makan
Fès

This is a beautiful and well-located hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Marrakech to Dades Valley via Ait Ben Haddou
Morocco

Dades Valley was a nice surprise, with beautiful geography with amazing views. Ait Ben Haddoun is a really beautiful village that was the site of several movies such as Gladiator and game of thrones.

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hi Luis!

Yay! So glad to read that you had a great time on your trip to Morocco and that the driving wasn't too much for you. I was a little bit worried, so I'm relieved to hear that you enjoyed seeing all of the variety that Morocco has to offer and that you enjoyed hanging out with Sallam during the drives. We agree with you that he is an incredible human being! My only regret is that I didn't get to meet you in person when you passed through the Valley of Roses. Maybe next time!

Thanks... read more

Hi Luis!

Yay! So glad to read that you had a great time on your trip to Morocco and that the driving wasn't too much for you. I was a little bit worried, so I'm relieved to hear that you enjoyed seeing all of the variety that Morocco has to offer and that you enjoyed hanging out with Sallam during the drives. We agree with you that he is an incredible human being! My only regret is that I didn't get to meet you in person when you passed through the Valley of Roses. Maybe next time!

Thanks again for trusting us with your trip!
Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Sallam, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

We had an incredible time in Morocco! The tou...
Morocco | Nov 11 - Nov 21, 2022

Arran
Arran R.
Portugal | Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

We had an incredible time in Morocco! The tour was well put together, informative and fun!

We felt like we got a good taste of many parts of the country. Our driver Amnay was really good, and the local guides we were introduced to along the way were equally as good.

Sharon did a great job planning our trip, and her communication was brilliant! I would recommend to anyone :) read more

We had an incredible time in Morocco! The tour was well put together, informative and fun!

We felt like we got a good taste of many parts of the country. Our driver Amnay was really good, and the local guides we were introduced to along the way were equally as good.

Sharon did a great job planning our trip, and her communication was brilliant! I would recommend to anyone :)

Hotel Reviews
Riad Nesma Suites & SPA
Medina, Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Al Makan
Fès
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Hicham
Chefchaouen
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel des Oudaias
Rabat
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hi Arran!

Thank you so much for the great review! We are so happy to hear that you had an incredible time in Morocco with our own rock star (literally and figuratively) tour manager, Amnay. Also, I am glad I got to welcome you personally to the country upon your early morning arrival to Marrakech!

Thanks for trusting us with your trip!
Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Amnay, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Absolutely amazing country. I would highly re...
Morocco | Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022

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James F.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Absolutely amazing country. I would highly recommend a longer stay or fewer stops ro ensure your driving is minimized. However, the driver we had and each stop was Absolutely perfect.

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hi James,

Thank you for your great review. We are so happy that we were able to accommodate your last minute trip and we hope that it was a special birthday trip! And yes, you did choose to cover quite a bit of ground during your relatively short trip, but we know that having Abdessamad (Abdou) as your driver and tour manager likely made the long drives a bit more tolerable!

Thanks for trusting us with your trip.
Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Abdessamad, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Wonderful Journey to Morocco
Morocco | Oct 29 - Nov 11, 2022

Deborah
Deborah D.
Redondo Beach, CA | Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

My sister in-law booked our trip so I can only report on the planning experience second hand. We were very pleased with Sallam our driver and tour manager and couldn't imagine a more pleasant person to spend our time with. The cities we visited and the country side we rode through provided an encompassing perspective of Morocco. I learned a great deal about Morocco's history and culture. We enjoyed the local food and found the prices unbelievably reasonable. Our day tours were... read more

My sister in-law booked our trip so I can only report on the planning experience second hand. We were very pleased with Sallam our driver and tour manager and couldn't imagine a more pleasant person to spend our time with. The cities we visited and the country side we rode through provided an encompassing perspective of Morocco. I learned a great deal about Morocco's history and culture. We enjoyed the local food and found the prices unbelievably reasonable. Our day tours were educational. We appreciated all of our city guides. We especially like Said who was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the co-ops where we were shown the artisans working on leather, jewelry, pottery, etcetera. It is good to see crafting traditions being preserved. Overall, I thank Kimkim for a wonderful vacation which was a great value.

Hotel Review
Pasta Plaza Hotel
Asilah

This is a charming Riad near the waterfront in walking distant to shopping and restaurants.

Authenticity & Character
Simple local design and charm.
Location
Convenient location near the waterfront.
Staff
Staff was helpful and service oriented.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The cleanliness and comfort were very good.
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Hi Deborah,

Thanks for taking the time to write us such a great review. We are so happy to hear that you had a great time on the trip. Tylene and I worked together for quite some time to make it come to fruition between COVID and then last minute canceled flights. The third time was the charm! And we are happy to hear, although not surprised, to hear that you were very pleased with Sallam as your driver! We know that we are lucky to have him on the team!

Thanks again!
Sharon, Sallam, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Most importantly we felt SAFE at all times.
Morocco | Nov 3 - Nov 12, 2022

Connie
Connie P.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 13, 2022

Most importantly we felt SAFE at all times. However after being to Morocco I feel it is an extremely safe country. Thanks to our driver Rafiq for being just awesome in both his driving and as a great guy. All our visits were pre planned and we opted out of a couple which was lovely we had the option. Our city guides were also great especially Mohammed in Fez. If I am to recommend anything to anyone try to spend 2 nights in the same city a few times just so you can get some real r&r time.... read more

Most importantly we felt SAFE at all times. However after being to Morocco I feel it is an extremely safe country. Thanks to our driver Rafiq for being just awesome in both his driving and as a great guy. All our visits were pre planned and we opted out of a couple which was lovely we had the option. Our city guides were also great especially Mohammed in Fez. If I am to recommend anything to anyone try to spend 2 nights in the same city a few times just so you can get some real r&r time. It’s a busy and packed trip but you’ll want to see it ALL!!!! The people are so kind and beautiful. We have a line up of people wanting to do this trip and I will recommend kim kim 100%!!!!!

Hotel Reviews
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

This was our favourite of all Nicest and newest of all. High end all the way. They were working on the lower outdoor pool still but the rooftop pool was awesome. The staff and hotel was 5 star all the way.

Authenticity & Character
Nice and new
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais d'Hôtes Suites & Spa Fes
Fes
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Carpets were tired and could use a cleaning
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Kalaa 2
Rabat
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Seemed a bit musty but the air conditioner seemed to help with that.
Riad Hicham
Chefchaouen
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Seemed a bit tired
Ksar Anika
Marrakech

Awesome hotel. Could have easily spent two nights here!!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
ONOMO Hotel Casablanca Airport
Nouaceur

Typical airport hotel but just what we needed so we could be on our early morning flight.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Arrive in Casablanca & Transfer to Rabat
Morocco

Our driver took us to an amazing restaurant in Rabat. Our favourite restaurant of the whole trip. It was nice to have a menu and pick our own food. We are not huge fans of preset menus which was most of the rest of the trip. Wouldn’t be ever eating dessert usually. And we like sharing different things. So this restaurant was our top pick for sure.

Quality of Experience
Perfect start to the trip to see the mosque. Our driver took us to exchange money and stopped for a coffee when we needed one
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Rabat to Chefchaouen
Morocco

Loved this stop. Nice to have some alone time.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Orientation Walk & Free Afternoon in Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen

As mentioned nice with some alone time. Great to do some good walking in this area which we enjoy

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
{{start_location}} to {{end_location}} via Volubilis and Meknes
Morocco

Our guide in Fez Mohammed really made this our favourite stop!!! We talked to others at the airport (on a bus tour) and it was their least favourite. It was our favourite. Our guide was excellent and full of enthusiasm about the city and very modern thinking so some great questions and answers were provided. He took us to a restaurant that also was one of our faves as well

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Fes
Fes

This was our favourite part of the trip. Our guide Mohammed was AMAZING!!! He was so engaging and very passionate about his city. He also took us to our second favourite restaurant on the trip. GREAT FOOD!!! This tour made Fez our favourite spot.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
If there was a sixth star we’d give it!
Transport
Fes to Merzouga via Ifraine and Azrou - Camel Trek to Desert Camp
Morocco

Well this was just all in all awesome!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Merzouga to Dades Valley Via Todgha Gorge
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Could have done without the carpet salesman. At this point the preselected sales pitches were getting tired. We heard others say it as well. The two women spinning wool wee just for show and it was quite obvious. I had been to a authentic carpet making tour in turkey and it was so interesting. This not so much. Just say “do you want to buys carpets we can take you to a showroom “
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day with the Locals in the Valley of Roses
Morocco

We opted not to do this and just spend the day at our awesome hotel.

Quality of Experience
Didn’t go
Food
Didn’t go
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Didn’t go
Transport
Dades Valley to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Again the stop with the Argan oil was underwhelming. No education and very unenthusiastic and staged. Now having said that I bought a ton of Argan oil lol
Transport
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh

This was at the end of our trip and just when you thought there wasn’t more to see. I was pleasantly impressed with Marrakech. Great way to end the trip.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Weakest of all of the guides. Not overly engaging. But loved the city
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Hi Conni,

So glad to hear that you had a great time on your trip. I am sorry that I missed seeing you in Marrakech on your last day there. By the time I was able to head downtown, you had already left to go to your airport accommodations in Casablanca. But super happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with Rafik and the local city guides!

Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Rafik, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Magnificent Morocco 🇲🇦
Morocco | Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2022

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Diana G.
Australia | Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

Our trip to Morocco organised by Sharon and colleagues at Moroccan Immersion was excellent. We booked and paid 2 years ago and Covid intervened. Two years later and Sharon honored our tour and we had the best experience. Excellent tour leader, guides and amazing sights, sounds and food, did I mention the shopping. Well 2 girls will be girls and retail is important!
We felt safe, listened to and always offered options. We definitely would recommend this way of experiencing Morocco and look... read more

Our trip to Morocco organised by Sharon and colleagues at Moroccan Immersion was excellent. We booked and paid 2 years ago and Covid intervened. Two years later and Sharon honored our tour and we had the best experience. Excellent tour leader, guides and amazing sights, sounds and food, did I mention the shopping. Well 2 girls will be girls and retail is important!
We felt safe, listened to and always offered options. We definitely would recommend this way of experiencing Morocco and look forward to immersion tours in other countries that we will go on. Thank you Sharon, family and friends.
Cheers Di and Sally

Hotel Reviews
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

We loved the whole feeling of this oasis in the desert. The decor, food and staff. I would stay again in a heartbeat.

Authenticity & Character
The decor, food and staff
Location
Isolated, but convenient to area
Staff
Staff, helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and beautiful, smelled divine
Hotel des Oudaias
Rabat

Quirky and unusual establishment. Rooms were an interesting mix of everything. Clean and adequate. Authentic and had the best nos- nos coffee of the whole trip

Authenticity & Character
Location
Central to board walk and Moroccan style cafes for dinner
Staff
Friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Hicham
Chefchaouen

Great room with view over square and all the activity. In house restaurant had great meals. Central to other cafes and shops. You have to love this Blue City with so much History and beauty.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Al Makan
Fès

Loved this typical Moroccan styled Riad. The decor was over the top floor to ceiling tiles. Amazing friendly staff, Said especially. Great meals and very helpful staff. It was a joy staying here whilst in Fez.

Authenticity & Character
Loved the Moroccan tile everywhere!
Location
Seemed central
Staff
Very obliging and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ksar Timnay Hotel
Midelt

Clean room, friendly staff. Understand we had to stop midway in our journey so room was good

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais des Dunes Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Well what an amazing glamming experience in the desert! Rooms amazing. 2 queen beds, en-suite with all amenities and rug covered floors. Good great, staff friendly. After dinner music, singing and dancing great. Camel rides fantastic as was scenery, sunsets and sunrises. Well organised and definitely a don’t miss experience

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel quality bed, sheets and amenities in tent room.
Riad Wind Palace
Essaouira

We had a room with no external windows and it was dark and oppressive. Spoke with staff who moved us to a room with double doors and balcony. We had to share a bed but that was not an issue. Very central location and helpful staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Club Val d'Anfa Casablanca
Casablanca

This was our last stay before flying back to Australia. We had a great meal in house at one of the restaurants and a good night sleep before our flight.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Hi Di,

I'm so happy to hear that you and Sally had a great trip... especially after waiting so long to see it come to fruition! We look forward to you traveling with us again sometime in the future!

Thanks again and keep in touch!
Sharon, Hicham, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

10 Days of Moroccan Highlights
Morocco | Oct 25 - Nov 3, 2022

Richard
Richard P.
The Bronx, NY | Reviewed on Nov 08, 2022

The overall trip was a remarkable experience being my first time to Morocco. My guide Yassine and I covered a lot of ground in the 10 days I was there but that was what it was meant to be. My next trip to Morocco will most likely be to spend more time in each city/village, etc. to get more of the daily life experience.

As I mentioned, Yassine was my guide throughout the trip. By the second day, I felt like we were "brothers". We got along so well. His warm, welcoming nature and... read more

The overall trip was a remarkable experience being my first time to Morocco. My guide Yassine and I covered a lot of ground in the 10 days I was there but that was what it was meant to be. My next trip to Morocco will most likely be to spend more time in each city/village, etc. to get more of the daily life experience.

As I mentioned, Yassine was my guide throughout the trip. By the second day, I felt like we were "brothers". We got along so well. His warm, welcoming nature and knowledge, I couldn't ask for more. I enjoyed and looked forward traveling with him everyday, he made the trip so easy. It was hard leaving him on the last day but hope to have a lasting friendship well into the future. I would certainly, without hesitation, recommend him as a guide. Here's to you Yassine!!!

So hard to pinpoint what was my favorite of places since they all had their own uniqueness. My top four would be the overnight in the desert (Merzouga), Chefchaouen (wished I had spend two nights instead of one), Fes and Marrakech. Feeding the barbary apes in the Atlas Mountains was a highlight as well.

In addition to Yassine, I also had day guides in some of the cities/villages I visited.

Taher, was my guide as he showed me the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Very pleasant, he informed me of the history of the once former grand city along with its demise.

My Fes guide, Said, was a true gentleman. Also a very knowledgeable, educated person who showed me the Royal Palace, Jewish Quarter and the medina. We had great conversation at lunch of which we shared New York stories as he once lived there for a time. I hope to reconnect if he was to visit NYC again or myself to Morocco.

In the oasis town of Tinghir, my guide Mustapha, showed me the palmeraie, which is a green oasis where the locals grow their own food and then we walked through the Mellah (old Jewish area). Although my time with Mustapha was limited, I was humbled by the experience.

Lastly, my day guide in Marrakech, Rachid, showed me the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs and the souks (bazaars) of the city. Also a pleasant, happy person to be with, Rachid seems to be what I would consider a "foodie type" as he brought me to untouristed places for tea/coffee and then to lunch in the Mellah at a restaurant which served lamb cooked from a Merchoui underground oven made of bricks and local earth. The lambs are drained, steamed and roasted for several hours. If you're a meat/lamb eater, you've never tasted anything like this - amazing!

I will treasure my trip to Morocco in the years to come having the privilege to have met such wonderful people. I hope to return sooner than later. My love to you all.

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022

Hi Richard,

So happy to hear that you had an amazing trip. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your detailed review. We are also so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with Yassine. We always hope that our guests feel like they are visiting friends and family rather than merely "touring"! Of course, now that you've had a good overview of the country, we would love to have you return to spend more time in your favorite areas.

Thank you for trusting us with your trip.
Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Yassine, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

We had the most wonderful time in Morocco. Sh...
Morocco | Oct 21 - Oct 31, 2022

Mark
Mark K.
Highlands Ranch, CO | Reviewed on Nov 02, 2022

We had the most wonderful time in Morocco. Sharon was amazing in her responsiveness and helpfulness during the planning process. And we can’t say enough about our driver/ guide extraordinaire, Amnay.
Amnay was a joy to be with, incredibly helpful in showing us his Morocco, and we appreciated all he did for us during our adventures.

We would highly recommend Morocco Immersions and Kim Kim!

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Nov 03, 2022

Hi Mark,

Thank you for the great review. We are so happy to hear that you had a great time with Amnay, our "rock star" tour manager (literally and figuratively). I agree with you that he is a joy to be with and he is a great ambassador to our beautiful country!

Thanks for trusting us with your trip! Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Amnay, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Morocco... an African country that is moving to great heights but at the same time, keeping its heritage alive.
Morocco | Oct 12 - Oct 27, 2022

Dirk
Dirk K.
South Africa | Reviewed on Oct 29, 2022

The goal for our 16-day trip to Morocco was to see the country but at the same time, to have a relaxing holiday and Sharon and Sallam, our tour manager, were instrumental in making this happen!
We never felt rushed. We could enjoy a morning lie-in, we could take extra time at certain sites and Sallam made sure to drive us safely and keep to the speed limit to our next stop.

We were amazed at the good quality roads all over the country but especially in Rabat and Casablanca. We were blown... read more

The goal for our 16-day trip to Morocco was to see the country but at the same time, to have a relaxing holiday and Sharon and Sallam, our tour manager, were instrumental in making this happen!
We never felt rushed. We could enjoy a morning lie-in, we could take extra time at certain sites and Sallam made sure to drive us safely and keep to the speed limit to our next stop.

We were amazed at the good quality roads all over the country but especially in Rabat and Casablanca. We were blown away by the internet connectivity, even in the remotest villages and deep canyons.
Our accommodation was in all instances very good and above our expectations. Here I must mention that our best stay was at Chez Ichou in Boumalne Dades. The food was exceptional and the service, was by far, the best in all Morocco.

Our Top 3 memories from this trip were:
1. The hike at Akchour Park in Chefchaouen, where we drank mint tea next to the cascading waterfalls.
2. The desert camel trek in Merzouga.
3. The cooking class in Essaouira at Khadija’s Kuzina.

Hotel Reviews
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

The food was exceptional and the service, was by far, the best in all Morocco.

Authenticity & Character
Charming little boutique hotel in a beautiful part of Morocco.
Location
Beautifully located next to a stream where the sounds of running water were the first thing that you heard in the morning.
Staff
The staff were, by far, the best trained, that we encountered in our entire stay in Morocco and the food was exceptional.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spacious bedroom and bathroom with a lovely balcony overlooking the river. Our laundry was washed and ironed and returned to us, timeously.
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga

Disappointing....

Authenticity & Character
Better general management of the accommodation as well as the food.
Location
We were very disappointed with the quad bikes and vehicles that drove at speed close to the camp and close to the camels while trekking in and out of camp.
Staff
A bit chaotic! We were so relieved when our tour manager, Sallam, arrived to check if we were ok.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The pipe to the basin tap was leaking badly and there was water all over the floor
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Hi Dirk,

We are so happy that you enjoyed your 16 days in Morocco traveling with Sallam! We are glad that, generally, the trip met your expectations and we are particularly happy to read your rave reviews of Chez Ichou in Boumalne Dades. That is one of our favorite places and we are always happy to read that others enjoyed it there, too. We are also glad that you enjoyed your hike in Akchour, your cooking class in Essaouira, and the camel trek in the desert. We also appreciate the feedback... read more

Hi Dirk,

We are so happy that you enjoyed your 16 days in Morocco traveling with Sallam! We are glad that, generally, the trip met your expectations and we are particularly happy to read your rave reviews of Chez Ichou in Boumalne Dades. That is one of our favorite places and we are always happy to read that others enjoyed it there, too. We are also glad that you enjoyed your hike in Akchour, your cooking class in Essaouira, and the camel trek in the desert. We also appreciate the feedback regarding the SUVs and quads that you encountered there - we know that this can be a problem during the busy times of year and we did pass on your feedback to the management team of the camp (even though the vehicles of note were not from that particular camp). With that exception, though, we are happy that Morocco exceeded your expectations in many ways and that your journey was relaxed and pleasant.

So, thanks again. Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Sallam, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Berber adventure across southern Morocco
Morocco | Oct 4 - Oct 16, 2022

robert gene
robert gene w.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

Hicham lead me on this fascinating road trip adventure - designed by Sharon of Immersion Morocco -from Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara , then back to the Atlantic coast of Essaouira! From the Valley of Roses , up and over the High Atlas Mountains to ride the camel over the dunes to the desert camp.
Unique riads and kasbahs , some luxury , some just interesting!
Shopping and having prepared local food - tangines of every flavor, tailgate picnic high in the mountains, fresh meat and... read more

Hicham lead me on this fascinating road trip adventure - designed by Sharon of Immersion Morocco -from Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara , then back to the Atlantic coast of Essaouira! From the Valley of Roses , up and over the High Atlas Mountains to ride the camel over the dunes to the desert camp.
Unique riads and kasbahs , some luxury , some just interesting!
Shopping and having prepared local food - tangines of every flavor, tailgate picnic high in the mountains, fresh meat and fish grilled just for us!
Local guides in Marrakech, Taroudant, Agdz provided additional back ground.
The Immersion Morocco itinerary was truly that : immersion in the Berber culture of people and life styles, and places from the past and newly restored!

Hotel Review
Riad al Rimal
Marrakech

Hidden treasure to be found down the back alleys , off the main square of Marrakech!

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Hi Gene,

We are so happy that you had an amazing adventure with Hicham and enjoyed your tour "off the beaten path" across the south of Morocco! Thank you for the fabulous review and for trusting us with your trip.

Thanks again! Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Hicham, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Our 5-day visit to Northern Morocco
Morocco | Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2022

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Dan C.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

We are a group of 6 – (3 couples) – who wished to squeeze in a 5-day trip to Morocco – an opportunity that was not to be missed during our travels in Spain and Portugal. Sharon put together a great package in northern Morocco that truly was an immersion in the Moroccan culture. A short 1-hour ferry ride from Tarifa port in Spain took us to Tangier, and in each location – Tangier, Chefchaouen, and Fez – we stayed in the ancient part of the city and our overnight accommodations were in... read more

We are a group of 6 – (3 couples) – who wished to squeeze in a 5-day trip to Morocco – an opportunity that was not to be missed during our travels in Spain and Portugal. Sharon put together a great package in northern Morocco that truly was an immersion in the Moroccan culture. A short 1-hour ferry ride from Tarifa port in Spain took us to Tangier, and in each location – Tangier, Chefchaouen, and Fez – we stayed in the ancient part of the city and our overnight accommodations were in converted homes of wealthy families. Clean, basic, and functional rooms that fit our budget. We were amazed at the size, beauty, and facilities of these homes once you were inside – including rooftop and garden decks - from the street or laneway the access is an unassuming door or gate!
From pickup to drop-off at the port, we were transported in a newish and comfortable Renault 9-passenger van by a very pleasant driver – Abdol – who had good English language abilities and could not have been more helpful in ensuring our comfort and answering our many questions.
Hands down the best tour guide that we experienced was Said - educated in New York and spoke perfect English. Said took us on a tour of the ancient city of Fez – including the famous tanneries, the mosque, and the massive medina (market). So interesting with all the cultural texture and historical facts that Said provided along the way.
Throughout the process, we cannot say enough about Sharon. The tour was efficiently arranged and within our desired budget. She was so responsive when we contacted her with questions, and her answers were clear and informative. Even a last-minute change to a different riad than had been first booked was handled smoothly.
We are so pleased we experienced this amazing destination, and we would highly recommend Morocco Immersion Tours & Adventures to anyone planning a trip there.

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Hi Dan,

We just wanted to thank you for your great review. We are so glad that you were able to immerse yourself in the Moroccan culture during your short stay in Morocco! We are especially pleased to hear about your tour in Fes with Said! We hope that you will let us know when you are ready for a longer trip to Morocco, as there is still a lot left to be seen and experienced!

Thanks again,
Sharon, Abdou, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Sharon planned our trip and Hicham were equally outstanding, ...
Morocco | Aug 25 - Sep 5, 2022

Brooke
Brooke D.
Bradenton, FL | Reviewed on Oct 12, 2022

Sharon planned our trip and was outstanding and responsive before during and even after returning home as I'll explain. We needed Sharon only once while traveling to accommodate our son during our eight days on the road with our driver Hicham as our son wished for his own room during our final three nights together. She managed that process with our driver, Hicham once she gained our permission to adjust the extra cost for which we were grateful. Hicham was an outstanding driver, ... read more

Sharon planned our trip and was outstanding and responsive before during and even after returning home as I'll explain. We needed Sharon only once while traveling to accommodate our son during our eight days on the road with our driver Hicham as our son wished for his own room during our final three nights together. She managed that process with our driver, Hicham once she gained our permission to adjust the extra cost for which we were grateful. Hicham was an outstanding driver, conversational if we engaged him (were not asleep) while always keeping us safe. He would meet us to pick us up at our accommodations not on time, but always early. Our vehicle clean inside and out. He was professional, and courteous. There were times we'd invite him to have lunch with us and he would politely decline. Of course this was during the time for him to make calls to confirm tour guides were at the ready for us whether it be two hours away or more, wherever our next destination was. He was never on his phone while driving nor checking messages. Our guides would magically appear and Hicham would hand us off and appear exactly when we needed him again. We did enjoy a few meals together, but Hicham was the consummate professional at all times. Hicham became like family to us as we traveled with our son during the first eight days before dropping him at his University to study abroad. Our son sat in the front seat listening intently to Hicham as he explained his roots in Morocco, that he is a proud Berber, among the original settlers of Morocco. Hicham drove many many thousands of kilometers somehow without GPS through the Sahara Desert by the Algerian border, and we always felt safe. It's customary to be stopped as a tour van and he always had perfect legal documentation. A highlight for us was luxury camping after riding camels in Merzouga, with our own private showers, wireless and Air Conditioning. We learned not all tours direct their clients to the luxury camps like we enjoyed; in fact, we were the only three at our camp, and neighboring camps included dozens of people sharing toilets, no wireless, nor AC. Among those were a honeymoon couple we saw the next morning at sunrise after climbing the highest dune to catch sunrise which confirmed what we already knew about Sharon and Hicham's utmost high level of integrity. Hicham helped us deliver our son and move him to Ifrane at the University and waited patiently for us when there were University snafus. He never complained and only exhibited the highest level of patience. We have incredible memories and photos now that we've been home two weeks, and finally need to mention that my son lost his debit card while traveling last weekend to Tangier about a six hour journey from his University in Ifrane. Morocco is a cash economy so it was frightening to our son to have just begun a long holiday weekend away with limited cash. I messaged Sharon to suggest solutions such as a wire, and she offered to have Hicham drive to our son to give him some Dirhams. Now that is going above and beyond! We love Moroccan Immersions!! Thank you, Sharon and Hicham. We will be referring all of our friends to you.

Hotel Reviews
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
cats roaming..my husband is allergic.
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad al Rimal
Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Madu
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Al Makan
Fès
Authenticity & Character
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
super noisy in evening
Riad Hicham
Chefchaouen

excellent food!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais Zahia
Old Medina, Tangier

Shower over flowed. Drain was clogged. Made worse as there were No towels for post shower never mind to clean up floor, and When we asked for more, they brought ONE! In the alley next door, a man was working ALL NIGHT LONG. We never slept!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Marrakech to Dades Valley via Ait Ben Haddou
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Camel trek to your Camp
Merzouga
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Fes
Fes
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dades Valley to Merzouga via Todgha Gorge & Tinghir
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tour of Desert Region
Merzouga
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Merzouga to Fes via Midelt, Azrou, & Ifraine
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour & Free Afternoon in Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Tangier
Tangier
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Head to Ifraine
Fes
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

Hi Brooke,

Thank you so much for the long and detailed review (and for sharing so many pictures!). We are so glad that you all enjoyed your time with Hicham exploring the country as a family before dropping Will of at school! And, of course, we consider you all part of the family now, so if Will needs anything, we are just a phone call away!

Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Hicham, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

What a fantastic trip!
Morocco | Sep 30 - Oct 9, 2022

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Giulia M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

What a fantastic trip.
We were overwhelmed by the variety within the country and the general great atmosphere. All thanks to Sharon for being so helpful and patient, including allowing us to postpone at the last second in April due to Covid.
And special thanks to Sallam, our fantastic celebrity guide! He was so entertaining and informative about Moroccan and global culture and society. And so generous as to invite us to his own family home.
We will always treasure the memories of our... read more

What a fantastic trip.
We were overwhelmed by the variety within the country and the general great atmosphere. All thanks to Sharon for being so helpful and patient, including allowing us to postpone at the last second in April due to Covid.
And special thanks to Sallam, our fantastic celebrity guide! He was so entertaining and informative about Moroccan and global culture and society. And so generous as to invite us to his own family home.
We will always treasure the memories of our visit and encourage others to go.

Hotel Reviews
Riad Zyo
Rabat
Riad Al Makan
Fès
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camp
Merzouga
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge
Riad Nesma Suites & SPA
Medina, Marrakech
Activity Reviews
Morning Guided Tour of Rabat
Rabat
Rabat to Fes via Volubilis and Meknes
Morocco
Guided Tour of Fes
Fes
Fes to Merzouga via Ifraine and Azrou - Camel Trek to Desert Camp
Morocco
Merzouga to Dades Valley Via Todgha Gorge
Morocco
Day with the Locals in the Valley of Roses
Morocco

The experience of a lifetime!! Thanks so much to Sallam and his family for the amazing hospitality. We will forever treasure the moments spent together!

Dades Valley to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou
Morocco
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh
Free Day in Marrakech
Marrakesh
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

Thank you, Giulia, for the great review. We are so happy that your long awaited trip to Morocco exceeded you expectations and that you enjoyed your time traveling with Sallam. You are welcome back to Morocco anytime!

Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Sallam, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Amazing anniversary trip to Morocco
Morocco | Sep 7 - Sep 19, 2022

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Paul K.
Tucson, AZ | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Sharon, just saying thank you for the extraordinary job you did planning our 50th anniversary trip is simply not enough. You really listened. The cities, monuments, riads, and guides were exactly what we envisioned.
Most importantly our guide, Hicham, was central to our entire trip. He was always on time, prepared, kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable.
Without making this review too lengthy, we must remark on our last stay at Ksar Anika in Marakesh. When Hicham pulled up the riad was... read more

Sharon, just saying thank you for the extraordinary job you did planning our 50th anniversary trip is simply not enough. You really listened. The cities, monuments, riads, and guides were exactly what we envisioned.
Most importantly our guide, Hicham, was central to our entire trip. He was always on time, prepared, kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable.
Without making this review too lengthy, we must remark on our last stay at Ksar Anika in Marakesh. When Hicham pulled up the riad was hidden behind two unremarkable large doors. Upon entering, it was an amazing palace too beautiful to describe. Abu, and his staff were just as special. I must say a special heartfelt thank you to Siham, who took a personal interest in us and ensured we had a wonderful time. She truly is a jewel and an asset. It was our favorite riad and we would definitely recommend staying there.

Hotel Review
Ksar Anika
Marrakech

Amazing riad in the heart of the medina. Have you ever stayed in a palace? No? Well then this is your chance. Outstanding staff, especially Siham, spectacular decor.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
None better!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Oct 02, 2022

Hi Paul!

Thank you for your great review. We are so happy that we were able to help make your 50th wedding anniversary trip special and equally happy that you enjoyed your time with Hicham. We will pass on your praise to Ksar Anika. I'm sure they will be as happy to read it as we are.

Thanks for trusting us with this important trip and keep in touch!
Sharon, Hicham, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion team

Perfect Moroccan Trip
Morocco | Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2022

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ashlyn f.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

We had a wonderful trip with Morocco Immersion Tours & Adventures! When booking, Sharon was quick to respond to all of our questions and help us create the perfect itinerary for our week in Morocco.

From start to finish, everything was perfectly planned and we got to do and see everything we set out to. The local guides in each area (Marrakech, Tinghir, and Kasbah Tamnougalt) were all very knowledgeable, happy to answer questions and patient with picture taking. At each Riad (Riad Nesma... read more

We had a wonderful trip with Morocco Immersion Tours & Adventures! When booking, Sharon was quick to respond to all of our questions and help us create the perfect itinerary for our week in Morocco.

From start to finish, everything was perfectly planned and we got to do and see everything we set out to. The local guides in each area (Marrakech, Tinghir, and Kasbah Tamnougalt) were all very knowledgeable, happy to answer questions and patient with picture taking. At each Riad (Riad Nesma in Marrakech, Chez Ichou, and Kasbah Itrane Tamnougalt) and the desert camp we were provided with delicious food and attentive service. If you decide to do a desert overnight at the wonderful Palais des Dunes Luxury Camp don’t miss out on leaving camp in the evening to do some star gazing - it can’t be beat! Additionally, on your way out of Ourzazate, visit Taman’Art Space, a unique artist’s collective founded by the incredibly talented local artist, Aissa Joud.

What made the trip special was how wonderful our driver, Mahmoud, was - you truly couldn’t ask for a better person to show you around such a beautiful country. From Marrakech to the Sahara and back, Mahmoud went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, introducing us to fantastic music (we are now gnawa fans for life), and teaching us so much about Moroccan and Amazigh culture. Mahmoud did an amazing job getting us from place to place safely, connecting us with local excursions and making sure my dietary restrictions were understood (i.e., celiac) when we stopped for meals. If you are lucky enough to visit Morocco, you will be twice as lucky if you have Mahmoud as your driver. Not only did we have a fantastic trip, we gained a wonderful friend as well!

It was a once in a lifetime trip that we will never forget and we can’t wait to come back!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Nesma Suites & SPA
Medina, Marrakech

The entire staff was incredibly kind and helpful, the Riad itself was stunning and maintained so well and the food is delicious!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

What a beautiful Riad! The food was incredible, every detail in the design of the hotel was flawless and the staff is so kind. The rooftop pool provides a wonderful place to view the stars at night as well.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais des Dunes Luxury Camp
Merzouga

I didn’t know camping could be so glamorous! The beds were comfortable, the food was great and the service was impeccable!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Dades Valley to Merzouga Camel Trek via Todgha Gorge & Tinghir
Morocco

Definitely a tourist activity but don’t miss out! The desert and sunrise and sunset is so gorgeous and the stars at night are unbelievable!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Marrakech to Dades Valley via Ouarzazate
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Agdz to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Merzouga to Agdz
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Hi Ashlyn,

Thank you so much for the awesome review. We are so happy that you had an amazing experience in Morocco, generally, and with Mahmoud, specifically! I'm also super happy to hear that your dietary restrictions were met! Let us know when you guys are ready to come back to see the North of the country.

Thanks again for trusting us with your trip!
Keep in touch,
Sharon, Mahmoud, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion Family

Great experience
Morocco | Sep 4 - Sep 11, 2022

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Suzanne S.
Hagerstown, MD | Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

We had limited time and Morocco Immersion helped us make the most of it. Sharon's recommendations were wonderful and our driver, Sallam, made all the difference. The Moroccan people are kind and welcoming. Overall, it was a memorable trip! read more

We had limited time and Morocco Immersion helped us make the most of it. Sharon's recommendations were wonderful and our driver, Sallam, made all the difference. The Moroccan people are kind and welcoming. Overall, it was a memorable trip!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Al Makan
Fès
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad al Rimal
Marrakech
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour of Fes
Fes

Hassan was a wonderful guide in terms of his cultural, historical and religious knowledge. He created a great backdrop for our tour through the medina.

Quality of Experience
We would have liked to have been asked about visiting all the souks before we went. Instead, we were told that we were going to this one and that one to meet someone the guide knew but were of course "under no obligation to buy anything but this work supports our people." Some of the locations were for products we had no interest in. And the shopkeeper's disappointment was very evident in any place where we did not purchase anything. The tannery, in particular, was disappointing, as the man giving us the tour spoke no English and could not explain the tanning process, for which we had many questions. After a quick climb to the roof for a picture, he took us immediately to a showroom and wanted us to try on some jackets.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We wish Hassan had asked us at the start what souks we were interested in visiting and given us the option of choosing where to go. Also, we were shown to a very touristy restaurant for lunch, with a fixed menu, and not asked about what type of meal we would like.
Transport
Fes to Merzouga via Ifraine and Azrou - Camel Trek to Desert Camp
Morocco

Great trek from Fes to the desert, with lots to see along the way. Sallam is a wonderful driver and guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our camel guide insisted on us climbing a dune to see the sunset despite the approaching storm. We quit before we reached the summit due to blowing, stinging sand and limited visability. I think he was intent on completing the task he was assigned to do, but we would have been happier skipping this part and proceeding on to the camp ahead of the storm. Sallam went out of his way to take us to find a bottle of wine that we could enjoy with our dinner.
Transport
Merzouga to Dades Valley Via Todgha Gorge
Morocco

Another beautiful day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dades Valley to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Hi Suzanne,

Thanks for the review. We are happy to hear that overall you had a good time in Morocco and that you enjoyed your time with Sallam as your tour manager. Thanks, also, for your feedback regarding the tour in Fes. We have shared your comments with him and the rest of the team in an effort to ensure that all of the services that our guests receive meet our high standards. As I'm sure you can imagine, this is a constant and ongoing effort.

Thanks again and keep in touch!
Sharon, Sallam, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Amazing Moroccan Family Adventure
Morocco | Jul 2 - Jul 5, 2022

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Bryanna D.
Vestal, NY | Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

It is impossible to sum up in just a few words how AMAZING our trip was to Morocco!!! From the very beginning of planning Sharon was so easy to work with and planned an absolutely wonderful trip. Once we arrive in Morocco our guide Yassine made sure that our trip was everything we wanted and more. We immediately felt comfortable with Yassine and knew he would be a great guide. Traveling with young kids (5 and 6) can be challenging at times but Yassine has the patience of a saint and a... read more

It is impossible to sum up in just a few words how AMAZING our trip was to Morocco!!! From the very beginning of planning Sharon was so easy to work with and planned an absolutely wonderful trip. Once we arrive in Morocco our guide Yassine made sure that our trip was everything we wanted and more. We immediately felt comfortable with Yassine and knew he would be a great guide. Traveling with young kids (5 and 6) can be challenging at times but Yassine has the patience of a saint and a true love for children. By the end of our trip we were all sad to have to say good bye and my kids ask daily, when are we going back to Morocco to see Yassine!

Activity Review
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh

The guide was great and showed us the beautiful Bahia Palace. He was wonderful with the kids when they got too hot and needed to take a break.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Sep 08, 2022

Hey Bryanna,

We are so happy to hear that you had an amazing time (twice) while visiting Morocco! There is still more to see, so next time you head our way, just let us know!

Thanks again for trusting us with your trip. Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Yassine, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion Family

Morocco 8 Day Tour - 5 stars!
Morocco | Jul 25 - Aug 1, 2022

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Eoin D.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

We had a fantastic 8 days in Morocco in July 2022!

Sharon was great to work with during the planning process. She was extremely helpful and planned an amazing trip to Morocco for us, listening to our preferences and tailoring the trip for us. She was professional and knowledgeable and was always quick to respond to our emails, texts and phonecalls. Thank you Sharon!

Our Tour Guide for the 8 days was Sallam and he was absolutely brilliant. From the very start he was nice, helpful,... read more

We had a fantastic 8 days in Morocco in July 2022!

Sharon was great to work with during the planning process. She was extremely helpful and planned an amazing trip to Morocco for us, listening to our preferences and tailoring the trip for us. She was professional and knowledgeable and was always quick to respond to our emails, texts and phonecalls. Thank you Sharon!

Our Tour Guide for the 8 days was Sallam and he was absolutely brilliant. From the very start he was nice, helpful, knowledgeable and professional. He made our trip so enjoyable, answering the many questions we had along the way about Morocco and Moroccan culture. He drove us all around the beautiful country, giving many recommendations for places to eat, areas to check out and things to do in each city and town. He made our trip so enjoyable and memorable, and we left good friends! We cannot thank him enough for making our trip to Morocco so special. We would highly recommend Sallam to anyone visiting Morocco.

Andrea & Eoin

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Sep 08, 2022

Hi Andrea & Eoin,

Thank you so much for the amazing review. We were so happy to be a part of your honeymoon and we hope that you will look fondly on the memories you made in Morocco for years and years to come!

Congratulations again on your nuptials!
Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Sallam, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion Family

Loved Moroccoc and Our Tour Guide!
Morocco | Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2022

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Jennifer B.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

My daughter and I typically do a "girls trip" to a different country every year. This year, we decided to visit a Morroco. I travel quite a bit - both professionally and personally. Typically, I research and book all of our travel arrangements - from booking flights, researching cities to visit, things to do, hotels to stay and local transportation options. (I actually enjoy doing it! Seriously.)

However, with this trip, I felt a little out of my "comfort zone" in planning it by myself,... read more

My daughter and I typically do a "girls trip" to a different country every year. This year, we decided to visit a Morroco. I travel quite a bit - both professionally and personally. Typically, I research and book all of our travel arrangements - from booking flights, researching cities to visit, things to do, hotels to stay and local transportation options. (I actually enjoy doing it! Seriously.)

However, with this trip, I felt a little out of my "comfort zone" in planning it by myself, so I decided to try out KimKim. Without a doubt, working through KimKim and getting connected with local travel specialist, Sharon, from Morocco Immersion Tours & Adventures, was one of the best travel decisions I've made over the years. Here's why:

From the first "virtual" introductions to the final days before our trip, Sharon was always accessible, professional and knowledgeable. In this particular case, it also helped that she was an American living in Morocco so there was no language barrier. When we arrived, our tour manager, Hicham, was there waiting for us, and the adventure began! I’m so glad we had Hicham throughout out entire trip to drive us place to place, connect us with other tour guides for specific tours, help check us in to our Riads (hotels), and tell us more about the country during our longer drives from the perspective of someone who was born and raised there. (BTW, his English was great!) He went above and beyond any expectations I had – to include stopping by a pharmacy and speaking with the pharmacist to help me get some medicine for an allergic reaction I was having to poison ivy that I contracted BEFORE the trip in my backyard and didn’t know it!

I cannot say enough about Hicham’s the level of professionalism throughout the entire trip and genuine desire for us to have the best vacation possible in his country. Same is true for the other tour guides they connected us with for specific tours. The attention to detail in everything – from our accommodations to our restaurants to the third-party partnerships they have acquired is unequaled! I am so glad we were connected with Morocco Immersion Tours & Adventures. I wish they were in more countries! I will definitely use them again when we come back to visit!

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Hi Jennifer,

Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are all so happy that you enjoyed your time in Morocco, generally, and with Hicham, specifically! He shared a few pictures with me of you both during your journey and I was happy to see both of your big smiles. You are now and honorary member of the Idrissi family and we will be ready to welcome you "home" whenever you wish to return.

Thanks for trusting us with your trip!
Take care and keep in touch!
Sharon, Hicham, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion Family.

We enjoyed our trip and the time with our dri...
Morocco | Jun 27 - Jul 4, 2022

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Peggy L.
Chino Hills, CA | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2022

We enjoyed our trip and the time with our driver and tour manager, Sallam, who is also apparently a Tik Tok celebrity in Morocco. He was knowledgeable and always willing to answer our questions or converse with us. Sallam did a great job coordinating with the local guides and getting us to our destinations in a timely manner. All parts of the itinerary were followed and the tour gave us a good overview of Morocco which is an amazing country with wonderful people. Sallam was always eager and... read more

We enjoyed our trip and the time with our driver and tour manager, Sallam, who is also apparently a Tik Tok celebrity in Morocco. He was knowledgeable and always willing to answer our questions or converse with us. Sallam did a great job coordinating with the local guides and getting us to our destinations in a timely manner. All parts of the itinerary were followed and the tour gave us a good overview of Morocco which is an amazing country with wonderful people. Sallam was always eager and informative to share his culture and teach us the history of his country and people. Sharon accommodated our request to have A/C in all accommodations, including the desert camp in Merzouga, which was amazing. We were impressed by the riads and hotels we stayed in as well. The local guides were all friendly and gave us a good overview of the cities we were in; we especially appreciated the tour with Muhammed in Marakesh. My suggestions to improve on this tour would be to provide more options for the lunch places our local guides lead us to... the restaurants were all very tourist oriented and the meals were very similar to one another. In the areas that have more options, allowing us to choose among recommended places to eat would have been great. We also felt that the cooperatives many of the local guides took us to ate up much of our tour time and the wares were overpriced. It was also difficult to tell if some of these cooperatives were actually sanctioned by the government. Other than those suggestions, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Morocco.

Activity Review
Guided Tour of Marrakech
Marrakesh
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Hi Peggy,

We are so glad to hear that you had a great time with our Tik Tok celebrity, Sallam. He truly is one of the best and a great representative of Morocco and it's warm culture and people!

Sorry to hear, though, about your experiences in some of the cooperatives. We truly only include visits to these places as they are important to the culture of the country and neither our local guides nor us receive monetary compensation from any of them and purchase is absolutely not obligatory. We... read more

Hi Peggy,

We are so glad to hear that you had a great time with our Tik Tok celebrity, Sallam. He truly is one of the best and a great representative of Morocco and it's warm culture and people!

Sorry to hear, though, about your experiences in some of the cooperatives. We truly only include visits to these places as they are important to the culture of the country and neither our local guides nor us receive monetary compensation from any of them and purchase is absolutely not obligatory. We will definitely address this issue with our tour managers at our next training session so that our future guests are aware of the purpose of the visits. So, thank you for the feedback.

Thanks again for trusting us with your trip and we hope that you keep in touch!
Sharon, Sallam, and the Morocco Immersion Family

Unforgettable Experience!!!!
Morocco | Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2022

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carolina O.
Pompano Beach, FL | Reviewed on Jul 02, 2022

Sharon planned our trip, I explained to her what I would like to go.
With only 6 days of stay, she did an amazing job to accommodate my schedule.
Hicham was our tour manager, he was very
Attentive and kind.
He gives me a surprise 😮 birthday with all camels 🐫 guys, everything was awesome 👌 from the day 1 until the end, Sharon did an excellent job choosing the accommodation all hotels very clean and great food, unfortunately I didn't have time to go to tangier, but definitely we will come... read more

Sharon planned our trip, I explained to her what I would like to go.
With only 6 days of stay, she did an amazing job to accommodate my schedule.
Hicham was our tour manager, he was very
Attentive and kind.
He gives me a surprise 😮 birthday with all camels 🐫 guys, everything was awesome 👌 from the day 1 until the end, Sharon did an excellent job choosing the accommodation all hotels very clean and great food, unfortunately I didn't have time to go to tangier, but definitely we will come back, I want to thank everyone who took their time to sing me happy birthday 🎂
Hicham was above and beyond thank you so much😉

Hotel Reviews
Riad Nesma Suites & SPA
Medina, Marrakech

The hotel was very clean, but the service if the staff was magically, I been traveling for many years and this welcome here was speechless 🙊 Very helpful, friendly, very nice. All of them , Thank you guys 😊

Authenticity & Character
Location
Middle of everything
Staff
Everything
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camps - Royal Camp
Merzouga

All of them was beautiful but was one was amazing 👏 My tent ⛺️ have A/C you can imagine A/C in he desert 🏜 ,toilet 🚻 shower 🚿 Everything was magical ✨️

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kasbah Itrane Tamnougalt
Tamnougalt
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Merzouga to Agdz
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dades Valley to Merzouga Camel Trek via Todgha Gorge & Tinghir
Morocco
Quality of Experience
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Marrakech to Dades Valley via Ouarzazate
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Hey Carolina!

Thank you so much for the awesome review! We are so happy that your birthday trip was a success! We do hope that you will return for another longer visit next time and look forward to welcoming you and your family back anytime!

Thanks for trusting us with your trip and keep in touch!
Sharon, Hicham, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion Family!

Trip of a lifetime
Morocco | Jun 2 - Jun 10, 2022

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Sheri E.
Canada | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Our trip was fantastic. Everything went so smoothly. We saw a lot and learned so much about Morocco. Our driver, Sallam, was awesome. He went above and beyond to make our trip special. He was knowledgeable and very fun! We were travelling with our young adult kids (21 and 24 years old) who really enjoyed travelling with and learning from Sallam. Other local guides (sorry I forgot names) were also excellent and very open to sharing their life experiences with us so we could experience more of... read more

Our trip was fantastic. Everything went so smoothly. We saw a lot and learned so much about Morocco. Our driver, Sallam, was awesome. He went above and beyond to make our trip special. He was knowledgeable and very fun! We were travelling with our young adult kids (21 and 24 years old) who really enjoyed travelling with and learning from Sallam. Other local guides (sorry I forgot names) were also excellent and very open to sharing their life experiences with us so we could experience more of the culture.

Hotel Reviews
Riad Kalaa
Rabat
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
The tea!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beautiful
Riad Hicham
Chefchaouen

They worked so hard to make our stay enjoyable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Very central.
Staff
So friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Madu Luxury Desert Camp
Merzouga

Very unique experience. Glamping at its finest.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Brilliant drumming and dancing.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Salam Fes
Fes

Very beautiful and traditional.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Staff was lovely!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

Beautiful quiet, friendly staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad al Rimal
Marrakech

Great location!! Lovely Riad.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Walking distance to everything. Close to the square.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Hi Sheri!

Thank you for the great review. We are so glad to hear that you had a fantastic time on your long awaited trip to Morocco! And, of course, we are also very happy to hear that you and your kids enjoyed traveling with Sallam. He is a great guy with so many funny stories!

Thanks for trusting us with your trip! Keep in touch (I've talk to you guys for so long, it is strange not to do so anymore)!

Thanks again,
Sharon, Sallam, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Unique Morocco Experience
Morocco | May 28 - Jun 5, 2022

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Mark C.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

This was our first trip to Morocco and we felt we needed the guidance of area experts. When we travel, we like to understand the community in which we are traveling and to experience the culture of the people…all while avoiding tourist traps. From the first communications, we could tell that Sharon would be a great travel partner for us: she is responsive, courteous, and full of helpful ideas. Those traits carried through out our planning and travel process; we never felt like we were on our... read more

This was our first trip to Morocco and we felt we needed the guidance of area experts. When we travel, we like to understand the community in which we are traveling and to experience the culture of the people…all while avoiding tourist traps. From the first communications, we could tell that Sharon would be a great travel partner for us: she is responsive, courteous, and full of helpful ideas. Those traits carried through out our planning and travel process; we never felt like we were on our own. The driver who was assigned to us helped us for our entire nine day trip; he was personable, very thoughtful, and kept our safety top of mind. When we settled in each destination, we found the accommodations selected by Sharon and her team to be quite lovely and very culturally authentic. The guides arranged at each site were all friendly, knowledgeable, and adept at speaking multiple languages. Our first trip to Morocco was most certainly made possible because of Morocco Immersion and it left us confident that we will return to this colorful and vibrant country.

Hotel Reviews
Riad Nesma Suites & SPA
Medina, Marrakech

The hotel was lovely and wonderful situated in Marrakech, near the main market. The rooms were clean and the staff was kind. The only note is there was some trouble accommodating food allergies with the complementary breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Some aspects felt a bit sales focused (like the spa)
Location
Very close to the market
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais des Dunes Luxury Camp
Merzouga

This was our least favorite location of our trip — so many we are holding it to the standards set by the other locations. We understand that we are in the middle of the desert, so accommodations are limited, but this site was just not for us. It was very hot — and there is no ventilation in the tents — windows to open or ways to get air flow. The site says you can sleep under the stars — but they offered no way to do that. When we arrived, there was a group of 14-16 young adults who had, shall we say, a different energy level than us and stayed up all night — aided by a site provided drum circle. The food was ok and there was no accommodation possible for food allergies.

Tips for future travelers

Make sure you bring beverages with you as the options are limited, not cold, and very expensive. Also, depending on the length of your stay, figure out how not to bring all your luggage as there are a lot of bugs and sand gets in everything.

Authenticity & Character
This felt very touristy
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

This hotel is very lovely — a bit of a drive to get to, but worth the trip. Though on the major road, it is very quiet and feels hidden with the back of the property set in to the countryside. The food was delicious and the staff was so incredibly kind. There is a beautiful pool on the roof as well — though we didn’t have time to enjoy that, we did use the roof for star gazing. We would most certainly recommend this property.

Authenticity & Character
Location
There is nothing much around!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kasbah Azul
Agdz

We loved this property most of all. The setting was spectacular— there are private flower and vegetable gardens to your, a family donkey who has quite the personality, and a quiet/calm setting that felt so welcoming. The pool and patio are lovely and perfect for unwinding and outdoor dining. The staff was too kind and accommodating— one of the only spots that truly understood a gluten food allergy. The guest rooms were spacious, the common areas allows for guest interactions. Our room even had a walk out patio as we were on the first floor. You can also easily walk to town (~1 mile) where there is a market and local vendors to enjoy. Unfortunately we only had one night here, but we would definitely visit again.

Tips for future travelers

This is a must visit.

Authenticity & Character
The food especially was amazing and authentic
Location
Staff
The team is so kind!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais des Remparts
Essaouira

Our opinion is a bit swayed as we visited during the major music festival in June 2022), but this property upon arrival left a lot to be desired. The team seemed disorganized and could not figure out our room — we wait for nearly an hour only to discover there was no room available. They were able to accommodate us with a room to use temporarily and then while we were out they moved our belongings. Spending only one night, we also needed to leave early the next day, before breakfast would be prepared, and they were not able to accommodate an early start (by 30 minutes). Eventually they agreed to prepare a bagged option — no consideration for food allergies — but this seemed like a big lift. We have traveled to plenty of international properties were some help is offered proactively to travelers leaving early, but such service seemed beyond this hotel. We mention this because this property was definitely the largest property we visited and they seemed the least guest focused.

Tips for future travelers

Essaouria is an energetic city — be prepared for noise throughout the evening.

Authenticity & Character
It felt a bit commercialized
Location
Definitely in the middle of the market!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were very big.
Palais Oumensour
Taroudant

A beautiful property that surprises you the moment you step through the plain and nearly camouflaged front door. The team was incredibly inviting and helpful. There is a beautiful pool in the center of the property with a restaurant and tables around the perimeter. Dinner is offered — it is a bit pricey but very delicious and worth the price. There is an exercise room — you have to ask for access at the front desk. The guest room was spacious and the bathroom was huge. We were very pleased with this property.

Tips for future travelers

Dinner is expensive and a fixed menu; if that is not your preference, suggest finding an option outside of the property.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Very central to market and other points of interest.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

9 Day Morocco with Kimkim Travel
Morocco | Jun 2 - Jun 10, 2022

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Rick E.
Canada | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

After a 2 year Covid delay we finally made it to Morocco for a 9 day excursion arranged by Kimkim. Everything went perfectly right from the outset, when our driver Sallam met us at Rabat Airport. Sallam was friendly, always smiling, spoke perfect English and had plenty of stories, jokes and local knowledge. Our trip involved a lot of driving and Sallam was exceptional behind the wheel.
Our highlight had to be the camel ride into the Sahara Desert at Merzouga. The tour was authentic... read more

After a 2 year Covid delay we finally made it to Morocco for a 9 day excursion arranged by Kimkim. Everything went perfectly right from the outset, when our driver Sallam met us at Rabat Airport. Sallam was friendly, always smiling, spoke perfect English and had plenty of stories, jokes and local knowledge. Our trip involved a lot of driving and Sallam was exceptional behind the wheel.
Our highlight had to be the camel ride into the Sahara Desert at Merzouga. The tour was authentic Morocco from the beautifully decorated Riads we stayed in to the Medina tours and sales pitches for carpets, leather and local crafts.
Our family would wholeheartedly recommend Kimkim for any Morroco excursion.

Hotel Reviews
Riad Kalaa
Rabat
Riad Hicham
Chefchaouen
Riad Al Makan
Fès
Riad Madu Luxury Desert Camp
Merzouga
Riad Salam Fes
Fes
Riad al Rimal
Marrakech
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

Super trip to Morocco!
Morocco | May 25 - Jun 4, 2022

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Tabassum Z.
Mexico | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

Sharon did an absolutely phenomenal job planning the itinerary out for us. Within 11 days, we were able to cover almost all of Morocco in exactly the way we wanted- a bit of adventure, relaxation, and a window into moroccos history, culture and architecture.
Our tour guide, Amnay was with us throughout the trip and he was fantastic- made us feel comfortable and never rushed.
Sharon’s business partner & better half met us in their hometown and we did a couple of great hikes, which has been... read more

Sharon did an absolutely phenomenal job planning the itinerary out for us. Within 11 days, we were able to cover almost all of Morocco in exactly the way we wanted- a bit of adventure, relaxation, and a window into moroccos history, culture and architecture.
Our tour guide, Amnay was with us throughout the trip and he was fantastic- made us feel comfortable and never rushed.
Sharon’s business partner & better half met us in their hometown and we did a couple of great hikes, which has been a highlight of the trip.
While I think the entire trip was beautiful, I’d have to say our time isn’t he desert, Fez and Marrakesh were truly memorable. Thank you Sharon & Morocco immersions for this amazing holiday!

Hotel Reviews
Palais Faraj Suites & Spa
Fès

Fantastic property!

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Mamounia
Marrakech

What a beautiful property!

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hôtel La Tour Hassan Palace
Rabat

Nice hotel however the rooms are in need of repairs and maintenance

Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Madu Premium Desert Camp
Merzouga

Fantastic, bespoke experience!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Xaluca Dades
Boumalne
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

A truly unique and unforgettable experience
Morocco | May 21 - May 27, 2022

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Tonia R.
Willow Grove, PA | Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Planning our trip with Sharon was effortless. She was extremely responsive and took care of our every question and concern. Our driver and guide, Hussein became like family. His excellent driving and language skills aside, he is one of the most compassionate, kind and caring human beings that I have ever met. He made our trip very special. I highly recommend Kimkim and especially Hussein. Moroccan’s are some of the nicest, accommodating people we have met while traveling. The... read more

Planning our trip with Sharon was effortless. She was extremely responsive and took care of our every question and concern. Our driver and guide, Hussein became like family. His excellent driving and language skills aside, he is one of the most compassionate, kind and caring human beings that I have ever met. He made our trip very special. I highly recommend Kimkim and especially Hussein. Moroccan’s are some of the nicest, accommodating people we have met while traveling. The country’s landscape is gorgeous with gorges, valleys and stellar panoramic views. Staying in Riad’s in the Medina’s is extra special. The food is excellent, albeit a bit repetitive. Other cuisines are available in larger cities and Hussein took us somewhere different when we had enough tangines. We did a 6 day immersion from Marrakech (city guide one day and hike/gardens the second - Dades Valley - camel ride and camp in the dessert and up to Fez for 2 days. Be prepared for a couple of LONG driving days. There is much to see and it’s hard to nap because you don’t want to miss anything. I would recommend getting an antibiotic from your doctor prior to your trip as we experienced traveler’s diarrhea although we didn’t drink tap water, we did consume all fruits and vegetables. They were too good to resist. Morocco is a country that bargains when purchasing items. Be prepared. We had separate guides for Marrakech, Dades Valley and Fez. We wished we could have had our Hussein for these excursions as well. Their English was very good and knowledge extensive but they clearly received a commission from specific shops. Some tours included an instructional demonstration of a specific craft which we very much enjoyed but typically lead to a gift shop and sales pitch afterwards. We have found this to be true in other countries and on other tours. This is how they make their money and it’s good to be prepared. It’s important to have a mind set of traveling to experience another culture and be prepared to not to have every creature comfort of home (lack of toiletries, subpar linens/towels, temperamental toilets or lack of toilet paper, no half & half for coffee). My favorite experience was having tea with a Berber family and seeing how they live, their daily routine and the “appliances” they use. The Medina in Fez was also a high point. Taking in the countryside and views during the drive and having conversation with Hussein about himself, the culture and norms from his perspective was also a highlight. Morocco is not to be missed, especially with Hussein and knowing that Sharon is an email away. Go and have a great time!

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Hi Tonia and David,

We are so glad that you had a great time in Morocco with Houcine. Although he is not technically related to us, he and Abdou (husband/business partner) go way back and we consider him part of our family, too.

You guys covered quite a bit of ground in your 1 week trip, so I know you had some long driving days, but we are glad that you had time to meet some local people and get a feel for the warmth and hospitality of the Moroccan people! It is a breathtakingly beautiful... read more

Hi Tonia and David,

We are so glad that you had a great time in Morocco with Houcine. Although he is not technically related to us, he and Abdou (husband/business partner) go way back and we consider him part of our family, too.

You guys covered quite a bit of ground in your 1 week trip, so I know you had some long driving days, but we are glad that you had time to meet some local people and get a feel for the warmth and hospitality of the Moroccan people! It is a breathtakingly beautiful country, but the real beauty lies there in the richness of the culture and the warmth of the people!

Thanks for trusting us with your trip!
Sharon, Houcine, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family.

Your in good hands w Sharon and her team
Morocco | May 11 - May 24, 2022

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DAniel L.
Canada | Reviewed on May 27, 2022

First time experience with kimkim and Sharon and I’ll come back for customized tours. Sharon was responsive at every point, during the build of the trip in Morocco and when we changed some items on the fly such as when when we were not happy with the quality of a ‘remote’ and rural hotel. The tour guides were all high quality and our driver throughout our 14 day tour Yassine was exceptional. He was a very safe driver traversing the Atlas Mountains, was very friendly and ensured we... read more

First time experience with kimkim and Sharon and I’ll come back for customized tours. Sharon was responsive at every point, during the build of the trip in Morocco and when we changed some items on the fly such as when when we were not happy with the quality of a ‘remote’ and rural hotel. The tour guides were all high quality and our driver throughout our 14 day tour Yassine was exceptional. He was a very safe driver traversing the Atlas Mountains, was very friendly and ensured we were happy at every turn. We felt very safe and relaxed with Yassine at the helm. Look forward to using kimkim again and highly recommend Sharon and her Moroccan team.

Hotel Review
Palais des Dunes Luxury Camp
Merzouga

I must start saying we were the only 2 on our camel trek and their only 6 total at the camp which made for a unique wonderful experience. Our pictures from the early evening and return morning rides were spectacular. The camp itself was in good shape. The tent was warm and beds abit too firm but your in the middle of a beautiful setting. The food served was plentiful and good. You can bring your own wine if you want. There is no communication about waking early to see the sunrise so plan that on your own and you’ll be very happy w the overall experience.

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Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Hi Daniel,

Thank you for the great review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time in Morocco and with Yassine as your tour manager! We know that this was not your first trip to Morocco, so we hope that you were able to experience the country and the culture in a new way this time.

Keep in touch and thanks again!
Sharon, Yassine, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Morocco
Morocco | May 5 - May 14, 2022

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Robert M.
Mexico | Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Our tour guide and chauffeur, Hicham, was fantastic. He was patient, organized, charming and quick to laugh. His love and knowledge of Morocco was evident. Highly recommend him. The other local guides were also quite good.

Local specialist: Sharon Louthian
Sharon
Sharon Louthian
Local specialist in US and Morocco | Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Hi Robert!

Thanks for your great review. We are so glad you had a great time with Hicham and enjoyed your time in Morocco.

Thanks for trusting us with your trip!
Sharon, Hicham, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

LOOK NO FURTHER! This is the best TOUR of Morocco
Morocco | May 9 - May 18, 2022

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Birgid M.
Canada | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

I've been eager to write this post - and I usually don't review anything at length (if at all!) BUT, this experience requires it - and I hope it helps you decide.
If you do this trip with Morocco Immersion thru KimKim, WITH SHARON - you will have NO disappointments!
PEOPLE: 1. from the first contact I had with Sharon, I was hooked.
I messaged Sharon with some quick, random questions and she was quick to reply. She replied to everything I asked - promptly, generously and... read more

I've been eager to write this post - and I usually don't review anything at length (if at all!) BUT, this experience requires it - and I hope it helps you decide.
If you do this trip with Morocco Immersion thru KimKim, WITH SHARON - you will have NO disappointments!
PEOPLE: 1. from the first contact I had with Sharon, I was hooked.
I messaged Sharon with some quick, random questions and she was quick to reply. She replied to everything I asked - promptly, generously and courteously. She was patient and answered the smallest concerns I had. She focussed on designing the trip I wanted and was hoping for. (The trip with Morocco Immersion is not a "pre-planned, 8 other people we didn't know with varying agendas" joining us.
It was designed for us.) And it was reasonably priced which made me skeptical at first!
SHARON totally knows what she's doing!
2. Our driver: SALLAM - He was THE BEST. Really. He's young - yet knew his country, its history, the places we were going, and was proud of his own culture while being super respectful of ours. Sallam was welcoming and always attentive to our questions and needs. He was an excellent driver over some 2500km in 10 days - and was always stopping at all the best look-outs before I even asked! He met with us regularly to make sure we had everything we needed and knew what was coming up next. He was friendly, humourous, and engaged. Great guide! Highly recommended!
3. Our tour guides: in Marrakech, The Sahara and Taroudant knew their landscape, the history and the best places to get authentic food, pottery, jewelry, leather-wear, carptes, argon oil, saffron - you name it. They worked hard at being welcoming and informative. STELLAR guides.
FOOD: My husband and I are foodies. The experience of drinking daily mint tea (poured properly with bubbles ;-)), eating tagines and even street food from vendors, was awesome. We tried lots of different things, including fresh fish in Essaouiria - bought by us and then grilled in the fish market right before our eyes. We often had fresh squeezed, "any kind of fruit juice" right in the markets we visited.
Our ACCOMODATIONS were a mix of luxury to 'comfortable with other types of conveniences'. Our rooms were always clean, with private washrooms and tiled floors and walls. The riads were both historically interesting and visually appealing. We drank it all in! The luxury accomodations we had, sometimes with dinner included, were worth writing home about. The bedding was always crisp and clean. Lovely. (We did the luxury Sahara camp on our trip - it was one of the highlights of our trip for reasons that would be apparent if you go.)
OVER-ALL - I know this is a long review, but I totally recommend Sharon, Sallam and 'Morroco Immersion' even to people who have had no previous interest in going to Morocco!
It was a trip of a lifetime - and worth every penny we spent.

Hotel Reviews
Riad al Rimal
Marrakech

The room, though a little small, was visually appealing. The furniture was exotic ... the layout was interesting, the food delicious and the maze of hallways and corners to sit, read, nap and drink tea on the roof-top, were very luxurious. It was a quiet, safe, lovely riad. (They have a small pool which we cooled off in every day. I saw someone complain about the water being cold. ??? It was. And it was perfect after a long, hot day on the walking tour and in the souks.)

Tips for future travelers

Enjoy the perks of this exotic riad. Take time to cozy up in a corner to drink tea or linger over a converstaion. It has great places to 'be'.

Authenticity & Character
Lots of corners to sit, hide, read, nap and drink tea. Beautiful exotic deco.
Location
Hidden in a maze of alleys and yet incredibly beautiful and safe.
Staff
Sometimes we knocked at the wrong door or found ourselves on the wrong floor. Staff was always smiling and ready to help.
Cleanliness & Comfort
LOVED the clean, crisp sheets.
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

We arrived at what looked like a riad out on the main road along our journey. The inside was stellar! The decor was clean, with green plants everywhere and lovely, private decks out back overlooking the ravine. The dining room was intimate and welcoming. The rooms were large and the bedding crisp and clean. It was a beautiful two night stop. (Food was amazing!0

Tips for future travelers

Make sure to have a meal at this locale. Linger on the terrace before dinner with a mint tea (or glass of wine.) Don't rush. It is a wonderful, restful riad.

Authenticity & Character
Location
It's kinda in the middle of nowhere - but close to a bunch of attractions if you have a driver or are on a tour.
Staff
The waiters were super friendly, smiling and eager to please. Just a joy to meet and be taken care of by.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais des Dunes Luxury Camp
Merzouga

From the moment you arrive you are served hot mint tea and are treated to pampering and care by the staff. The camp is visually appealing - with colour, lighting and outdoor seating areas. The inside is comfortable and clean. It's in the desert - yet had a private toilet and shower! (What?) It was a little warm inside, but did NOT feel like camping! It was luxury in the desert.

Tips for future travelers

Stay up late to watch the sun go down and stars come out. Get up before sunrise and climb a dune to watch sun up. It's spectacular. Wear sandals - not shoes. The sand is cool in the morning. Have a shower when you get there and dress up a little for dinner. It feels like you're in a great, romantic movie. <3

Authenticity & Character
You travel over an hour by camel to get the camp. While there are other camps nearby, the way the camps are set up allows you to feel private once you arrive. The attention to detail: the lighting, evening fire and music, the dinner (3 courses+), and the welcoming tea and cookies was really inviting.
Location
The list of what I liked is too long. It was pretty perfect.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Because it was in the desert - the accomodation deserve a 5 star - but it isn't quite the same as being in a riad with tiled floors and walls. It was more than great - but also not a 'building'. It's a fabulous tent!
Kasbah Itrane Tamnougalt
Tamnougalt

This stop was probably my favourite. (Other than the Sahara camp ... Also my favourite!) The kasbah was old, clean and inviting (with oranges right on the trees in the courtyard). We had a traditional band playing the night we were there. The building is historic and exotic. The outdoor dining area over-looks a palm grove. The indoor dining area is beautifully romantic, and the pool overlooks the mountains. What's not to like? The rooms were very large, with working wifi and airconditioning. The beds were comfortable and the linens were clean and crisp. Perfect stop.

Tips for future travelers

Be sure to tour the near-by kasbah if you have time. It has a rich history and is still inhabited by locals. Also - take time and don't rush. Enjoy the views from outdoor dining area and share a drink or meal in the late afternoon when things are slowing down.

Authenticity & Character
Location
There are mountains to the north and a palm grove to the south. The building itself requires time to stare at and explore.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
This kasbah was historically and visually rich. It was a lovely stop on a sunny afternoon with a warm breeze. Would gladly go again!
Riad Taroudant
Taroudant

So - the upstairs te