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Yassine Echcherki

I'm originally from Sefrou, Morocco, which is located in the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains, Southeast of Fez. In 2010, I started working with Morocco Off the Beaten Track with the vision of bringing local Moroccans together with the rest of the world to encourage understanding and give the gift of worldly experience to all involved. My goal is to always provide a uniquely Moroccan experience, where my travelers can see, feel and taste what makes the Kingdom of Morocco special.

I have worked for the U.S. Peace Corps as an Arabic language instructor and culture trainer, as well as worked with different travel companies in Morocco facilitating and organizing cultural tours and programs. I have also conducted cross-cultural educational programs for several American organizations and taught French and Arabic at a primary school in Citta Del Castelo, Italy. In addition to speaking my native Arabic language, I'm also fluent in French and English.

At Central Washington University in Washington State, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing and I'm currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Data Analytics at the same university. I also volunteer and teach English to Syrian refugees in the greater Seattle area while providing them with localization and life coach services. I strongly believe that cross-cultural education and international learning opportunities are the keys to promoting peace and building a long-lasting friendship.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Morocco Off the Beaten Track operates mostly in semi-urban to rural areas. We generally want to give our travelers the opportunity to experience the real Morocco far from the touristy places, however can plan trips to the larger and Imperial Cities (Marrakesh, Rabat, Fez, Casablanca, etc.) if our travelers so desire. In our tours, we visit villages, meet artisans and farmers, and share food with local people. Our activities include community service, historical and cultural tours, hikes and treks, cooking classes, surfing instruction, 4x4 and camel desert trips, skiing and snowboarding, rafting, and rock climbing."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My goal with Morocco Off the Beaten Track is to provide opportunities for travelers to learn about Morocco and to support local Moroccan communities by providing jobs and giving them the experience of interacting with people from other countries. The catalyst for my interest in this was my experience with the US Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). I was selected to participate in the MEPI Student Leaders Program at Montana State University because of the quality of my leadership experience and community involvement. This prestigious program brings young leaders from North Africa and the Middle East to learn leadership skills and to study democracy, human rights, and conflict resolution. In my time in the USA, I realized how little Americans knew about Morocco and how many misconceptions there were of the Arab world. I decided to work for travel company that could bridge the gap in understanding of Morocco and the US. I had experience working with travel companies in Morocco, and had traveled throughout the country myself, so I knew what it would take to be successful with this company and how to create and facilitate outstanding programs for our travelers."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will never forget the time I went with my friend to the desert dunes of Merzouga in Morocco. Prior to traveling there, I had not known that Morocco had deserts like this. It was endless rolling dunes of reddish sand, and it took us two hours by camel to reach the oasis we were staying at. At the oasis, I learned different ways to bake bread by the local Berber nomads and got to try their unique foods. Their hospitality was outstanding and was one of the more special things about the trip. In the evening we went to the largest dune in the area and got to see the silver shine of the desert in the moonlight. It was a breathtaking view and something I will never forget."

Yassine is part of the following groups: Morocco Travel Agents
Fes, Morocco
Morocco's Imperial Cities: Casablanca to Marrakesh - 15 Days

Beginning and ending in Casablanca, this fifteen-day tour guides you through Morocco's most storied and spectacular cities. Travel to the blue streets of Chefchaouen, visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, and take in the magnificence of Fes, the country's oldest Imperial City. Wind down in Marrakesh, where you'll learn to bake delicious Moroccan breads, soar across the desert in a hot air balloon, and enjoy the ultimate spa experience at a traditional hammam.

View of the coastal city of Essaouira
Jewish Heritage & Historic Morocco - 14 Days

On this two-week-long adventure, get a full tour of Morocco's highlights while discovering the country's Jewish heritage. Start off in Casablanca, then wander through the picturesque "Blue City" of Chefchaouen and explore Fes' medieval medina. Afterward, head deep into the Sahara Desert, where you'll ride a camel and camp under the stars. Cap off your journey with a visit to Essaouira and several of Morocco's scenic coastal towns before returning to Casablanca.

A road trip to Morocco shows its vast and varied landscape
Treasures of Morocco: Chefchaouen to Marrakech - 13 Days

From the Atlas Mountains to the red deserts of Merzouga, the landscapes of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator" come alive on this 13-day Moroccan adventure. Get lost in Chefchaouen's blue streets and enter a sea of colors and scents in Fes's Medina. Take a 4WD jaunt through the desert, then hop on a camel to reach your Sahara camp for a night under the stars. Cool off in the surf at Essaouira, and end your trip watching a sunset over Marrakech's mesmerizing Jemaa el-Fnaa Square.

Old synagogue in Ouarzazate, Morocco
Jewish Heritage & Historic Morocco - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary takes you on a journey back in time to discover Morocco's history and its unique Jewish heritage. Visit Casablanca's Museum of Moroccan Judaism and the Bayt Dakira cultural center in Essaouira, the only Jewish museums in the Arab world. Explore Morocco's culture and history as you wander through medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, see the country's best-preserved Roman ruins at Volubilis, and take a trip to the historically-Jewish city of Sefrou.

The Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Morocco
Morocco in Luxury: Casablanca Round Trip - 14 Days

With this itinerary, you'll relax in luxury accommodations and dine at some of Morocco's finest restaurants. Wander through the photogenic "blue city" of Chefchaouen, explore fascinating historic sites, and tour a Moroccan winery before heading on an adventure through the Sahara. Then, travel to Marrakech to enjoy a medina tour, hot air balloon ride, and trip to a traditional hammam (bath) before wrapping up your journey back in Casablanca.

Intricate carving and mosaics in Fes
Luxury Tour of Northern Morocco - 5 Days

Take a luxurious round trip around northern Morocco, where you'll dive into bustling marketplaces, unwind in finely-appointed riads, and discover the magic of the kingdom's Imperial Cities. This trip plan is a great option if it's your first visit to Morocco or if you're interested in combining time here with another destination. You'll travel through time with visits to ancient ruins, medieval relics, and contemporary hot spots.

Recent trip reviews for Yassine

Amazing trip!
Morocco | Nov 20 - Nov 27, 2022

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Melissa M.
Shaw, DC | Reviewed on Dec 04, 2022

We had an absolutely amazing trip, from start to finish! Yassine was wonderful to work with to make our itinerary just perfect for us and what we wanted to do and see. He gave great recommendations and helped us build the perfect trip. Our driver (also Yassine) was fantastic and helped us get everywhere safely and very comfortably in his lovely large van. We really enjoyed our tours (our guide Hassan was wonderful), and the cooking class we took was a highlight. Thank you for helping us plan this once in a lifetime vacation!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

It was truly a pleasure planning your trip, Melissa! I'm happy to hear you had a good time in Morocco and that you enjoyed everything we planned for you. Yassine is indeed a great driver and I'm glad you two were able to connect and have a good time. Cooking new food and learning about new ingredients is always fun so I'm delighted to hear that the cooking class was a great one. I always recommend our travelers to participate in a cooking class or something similar because you learn a lot... read more

It was truly a pleasure planning your trip, Melissa! I'm happy to hear you had a good time in Morocco and that you enjoyed everything we planned for you. Yassine is indeed a great driver and I'm glad you two were able to connect and have a good time. Cooking new food and learning about new ingredients is always fun so I'm delighted to hear that the cooking class was a great one. I always recommend our travelers to participate in a cooking class or something similar because you learn a lot about the local culture through its food. Thank you again for trusting us to plan your Morocco tripand I'm so glad we had the opportunity to work with you on this adventure :)

Morocco is a Must Destination
Morocco | Sep 29 - Oct 14, 2022

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fred l.
Jupiter, FL | Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

Morocco was our first KimKim destination, and we were helped by Yassine, who put together a beautiful and inclusive tour. We hit many cities and were not disappointed. In fact, we have already mentioned our trip to family and friends.

There were several guides along the way, and all were very capable and friendly. Our favorite part of the trip was having Soufiane Bouraqqadi as our personal driver for the trip. He's a wonderful person, smart, friendly, and helped cut through the red tape... read more

Morocco was our first KimKim destination, and we were helped by Yassine, who put together a beautiful and inclusive tour. We hit many cities and were not disappointed. In fact, we have already mentioned our trip to family and friends.

There were several guides along the way, and all were very capable and friendly. Our favorite part of the trip was having Soufiane Bouraqqadi as our personal driver for the trip. He's a wonderful person, smart, friendly, and helped cut through the red tape at times. His driving was perfect. Overall, Soufiane made the biggest impact of the trip, as we went from city to city.

Hotel Review
Luxury Camp Chebbi
Merzouga

For us, sleeping in the desert was a dream come true. It was always on our bucket list, but being there and feeling the desert and its surrounding went beyond what we had imagined. The camel ride to the tents was spectacular as we rode during sunset, and while sunrise was cloudy, feeling the presence of the day, made up for it. The tent had all the facilities of a hotel room, and the evening dinner and entertainment capped off a perfect event.

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Activity Review
Overnight in the Sahara Desert
Morocco

See prior review. Spectacular!!

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

What a joy to work with you, Fred! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed traveling with us and that your driver Soufiane made it more special. He is indeed a great driver and he totally goes above and beyond to make sure our travelers are well taken care of during their visit. Thank you for recommending us to your family and friends, we will be more than happy to help them plan their trip. Please stay in touch and if you ever want to return to Morocco, we will be honored to welcome you again. Take care!

Incredible Morocco
Morocco | Sep 15 - Sep 30, 2022

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Stacy J.
Kerrville, TX | Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

We waited 3 years for this trip and the wait was well worth it! Honestly the trip exceeded our expectations- and they were pretty high!!! Yassine was amazing. The trip evolved quite a bit due to Covid- it started out as a 7 day trip paired with Andalusia and ended up being 16 days dedicated just to Morocco. Over the 3 years of planning he worked with me patiently when I made changes and answered all my questions promptly. He really tailored a perfect itinerary for us. We started in the... read more

We waited 3 years for this trip and the wait was well worth it! Honestly the trip exceeded our expectations- and they were pretty high!!! Yassine was amazing. The trip evolved quite a bit due to Covid- it started out as a 7 day trip paired with Andalusia and ended up being 16 days dedicated just to Morocco. Over the 3 years of planning he worked with me patiently when I made changes and answered all my questions promptly. He really tailored a perfect itinerary for us. We started in the beautiful small blue city Chefchaouen and ended in an equally lovely small town Essaouira. The time spent in the Sahara in an awesome tent was something we will never forget! And the big cities of Fes and Marrakech certainly didn’t disappoint. The people, food and culture made each day an exciting adventure- we couldn’t wait to get up! Now what made the trip so special and memorable was our driver Hassan. He was kind, funny, knowledgeable and always ready to show us special and unique aspects of his home country. He is a real gem and certainly makes us want to come back and let him show us more of amazing Morocco . Thanks so much to Yassine and Hassan.

Hotel Reviews
Riad Anata
Fès

Wonderful place and lovely people

Authenticity & Character
Great location and such nice and helpful people
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Luxury Camp Chebbi
Merzouga

A highlight of our trip! The two young men were just spectacular taking care of us and then providing the best night of music and fun!!!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Just breathtaking
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kasbah Isfoula
Ait Ben Haddou

A beautiful and unique place! Wonderful owners and delicious food. Had a great time!

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Riad Chbanate
Essaouira

Wonderful people - helped us with all of our questions and recommended great restaurants. Even walked us to one of them. The breakfasts were superb!

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Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

Stacy, Thank you so much for the review! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your trip and that everything went well. It was truly a pleasure working with you and planning your Morocco trip. Hassan is indeed a great driver and I agree that is funny and kind. We are so happy to have him and his work is very much appreciated. Thank you again for your trust in planning your trip, we truly enjoyed having you!

6-night trip to Morocco
Morocco | Sep 28 - Oct 3, 2022

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Darryll L.
Honolulu, HI | Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Pre-arrangements great. Communication clear and timely responses.
Driver, Amine, was particularly good. Nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend.
Accommodations: Riad in Marrakech and hotel in Casablanca, both very nice.
City guide, Hassan, was knowledgeable. read more

Pre-arrangements great. Communication clear and timely responses.
Driver, Amine, was particularly good. Nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend.
Accommodations: Riad in Marrakech and hotel in Casablanca, both very nice.
City guide, Hassan, was knowledgeable.

Hotel Reviews
Riad Dar Zaouia
Marrakesh

Lovely location. Authentic local experience. Very comfortable. Cavernous, sound of neighbors could be heard throughout.

Authenticity & Character
Enjoyed staying in traditional 'riad'.
Location
Loved being in a no traffic area. Noise of motor bikes in walled city loud.
Staff
Very helpful and always willing to please.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Would have liked a shower curtain over bath
Barceló Anfa Casablanca
Casablanca

Very comfortable. Would have liked washcloths in rooms. (What do French use instead thereof??)

Location
Close to synagogue and variety of restaurants within walking distance.
Activity Reviews
Exploring the Medina and Historical Sites Of Marrakesh
Marrakesh

Enjoyed the tempo and frenetic atmosphere of the medina. Did not enjoy overly pushiness of snake charmers and those people attracting you to their restaurant.

Hammam Visit
Morocco

It was a nice experience. Very different. I would have liked the opportunity of being able to extend my experience with a massage thereafter. Definitely helps that staff personnel speaks English to help you with your visit. The hammam visited was an upscale touristic version - understandably.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

Hello Daryll, It was truly nice working with you and planning your Morocco trip. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip and the accommodations. Amine is a lovely person to be around and It's great to hear that you enjoyed your time with him. I agree that Hassan is a knowledgeable tour guide. He has been doing tours for a long time and we are lucky to have him lead our guided tours. Thank you again for everything. We really enjoyed working with you and showing you Morocco :)

highly recommend!
Morocco | Sep 1 - Sep 15, 2022

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Carmen S.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

We had a wonderful time in Morocco, and really loved the itinerary that kimkim put together for our two week tour. Soufiane, our driver, was definitely the hero of the trip. He was so friendly and accommodating, and really went out of his way to make us feel like his guests. We had excellent experiences with all of our guides: Mustapha in Chefchaouen, Hasan in Fes, Hamid in Sefrou, Said in Marrakesh, and Hussein in Ourika valley. Would definitely recommend our experience to friends and family!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

Worth waiting for!
Morocco | Sep 9 - Sep 20, 2022

Cynthia
Cynthia F.
Morrisville, NC | Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

First and foremost in making our 13-days encircling Morocco memorable was our driver Amine! While he demonstrated expert driving skills that made us feel completely safe, he was so much more than a driver. Upon meeting, he quickly ascertained our interests, particularly in the cultural diversity of Moroccan people, and set about fulfilling and exceeding our expectations. Each day was full of unexpected adventure: from our first authentic meal of grilled meats and vegetables en route to... read more

First and foremost in making our 13-days encircling Morocco memorable was our driver Amine! While he demonstrated expert driving skills that made us feel completely safe, he was so much more than a driver. Upon meeting, he quickly ascertained our interests, particularly in the cultural diversity of Moroccan people, and set about fulfilling and exceeding our expectations. Each day was full of unexpected adventure: from our first authentic meal of grilled meats and vegetables en route to Chefchaouen, impromptu walks through local markets where the colors of Morocco are on full display, to spontaneous detours to gaze atop the spectacular Atlas Mountains or to search for specific pottery in Safi. Amine knows his country well especially the unknown places off the beaten track and personifies the personal warmth and hospitable nature of the Moroccan people.

While there are too many memorable moments, experiences, sights, and places to capture here, some of the highlights include:
Palais Faraj in Fez where we spent 2 glorious nights in the meticulously restored Bensouda Palace in the Arab-Andalusian architectural tradition. The tile work (zelliges) with complex geometric mosaics are museum-worthy!
The hour dromedary caravan ride through the sea of sand dunes of Erg Chebbi was a not-to-be missed postcard experience! The awe of complete silence when watching the sun set over the sand dunes was only matched by the awe of sunrise the following morning.
The winding climb to the granary atop the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou provided a glimpse of how southern Moroccans lived since the 17th Century (and where a few families still reside).
No trip to Morocco would be complete without a relaxing visit to a hammam for a full body clay mask application followed by a medicinal Moroccan black soap scrub and shampoo. Total rejuvenation!
Our final meal shared with Amine in El Jadida on the gorgeous Atlantic coast was most remarkable! It first started with lentils and bread, followed by a mound of Moroccan salads garnished with fruit and herbs, and finished with an abundant platter of shrimp, calamari, sole, and marlin made-to-order for only 85 dirham (~$8.50).

Hotel Reviews
Palais Faraj Suites & Spa
Fès

We upgraded our accommodation in Fez and Marrakech, but all of our accommodations were unique—well selected for comfort, generous meals, and specific location. Palais Faraj exceeded our expectations, however! It truly felt like sleeping in a museum.

Authenticity & Character
The tile work (zelliges)
Location
Situated just outside the Medina overlooking the entire city of Fez.
Staff
Being welcomed with the customary Moroccan mint tea (poured in such a manner to produce the necessary froth) and slices of cake and cookies.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our room was actually a suite with small chambers off the bedroom with a gorgeous alcove lined with an abundance of silk cushions.
Barceló Anfa Casablanca
Casablanca

Lovely, modern. The room had a unique design where the vanity divided the sleeping area from the huge shower and dressing area.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Within minutes of the spectacular minaret of Hassan II
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Petite Chefchaouen
Chefchaouene

The location inside the Medina was ideal and the breakfast plentiful. The decor was less authentic. For example, our room was named “Love” and had decorative s plaques in English such as “Love is the best ingredient.”

Authenticity & Character
Remove the English room names and plaques
Location
Inside the Medina, very close to the center square
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Luxury Camp Chebbi
Merzouga

Unbelievable beauty and serenity.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
The Berber staff were knowledgeable and hospitable.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The tents had all the amenities except a fan. It was over 80 degrees during the night inside the tent which made it uncomfortable to get restful sleep. Perhaps in the future, it would be helpful to recommend guests bring their own battery-operated fan.
Caravane
Ouarzazate

Unexpectedly boutique. You wouldn’t expect such tasteful African-inspired decor within the plain, adobe dwelling.

Authenticity & Character
African-inspired decor using resources such as rattan, Berber rugs, adobe interior.
Location
Off the beaten track.
Staff
The two men in the reception who also served a delicious 3-course meal.
Cleanliness & Comfort
While we did have an air conditioner, we had difficulty lowering the thermostat, but a ceiling fan kept us cool during these hot summer nights in this Quarzazate region.
72 Riad Living
Marrakech

Tasteful blend of the authentic and the current design trends.

Authenticity & Character
All of the seating areas, the high ceilings, the rooftop terrace and pool, the little design touches like a bull horn used for a towel hook and a miniature brass tagine with macarons left bedside during turn down service
Location
Within the Medina with easy access to all the shopping you could ever desire!
Staff
Particularly the man (“bell hop”) who pushed a wooden cart to transport our luggage through the narrow, winding alleys to the riad.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Moroccan black soap, antique cabinet for apply storage of toiletries, crisp stark sheets on a king size bed, vaulted wood carved ceilings.
Riad Chbanate
Essaouira

Just steps within the Medina, this riad is charming with its terracotta tile floors, tadelakt plaster walls, antique wooden furniture, adobe fireplace, and huge hammam-like bathtub with rose petals carefully throughout our room. You wouldn’t even know the beach of the Atlantic Ocean is just minutes outside the walled old city.

Authenticity & Character
This riad felt like a Moroccan home—more simple and cozy.
Location
Picturesque Essaouira combined the beauty of promenade along the Atlantic Ocean juxtaposed by the winding alleys and souks of the Medina, the Portuguese fortress, and fishermen hauling in their catch of the day.
Staff
The managers were so hospitable. The simple homemade poundcakes served with the customary welcoming mint tea were the best of all.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The spacious bathroom and huge bathtub (for more than 2), the rose petals carefully placed throughout, the clever presentation of a collection of glass bottles filled with bath salts, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion.
Hilton Garden Inn Casablanca Sud
Casablanca

New, modern typical Hilton Garden Inn near the Casablanca airport.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Near the airport
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Exploring the Imperial City and Medieval Medina of Fez
Fes

Walking through the winding alleys of the Medina is a step back in time. Our visit to the tannery where men toil over scraping, cleaning, drying, and dying hides was remarkable. Each souk sells fine artisan crafts including glass, brass, fabric, leather, and ceramics. But, one can purchase all sorts of produce, fruit, grains, spices, and meat (including live chicken).

Quality of Experience
Food
Fresh and plentiful typically starting with a meze of 5-6 types of salad, then a platter of couscous or tagine of beef, lamb, or chicken with seasonal vegetables and/or fruits couscous, finished with mint tea and sweet cakes and cookies. A specialty here is the pastille which is a pastry crust sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon and filled with your choice of meat. Absolutely delicious!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Hassan was very knowledgeable about all aspects of Fez’s history, art, and culture.
Transport
Amine professionally navigated the traffic and parking.
Exploring the Medina and Historical Sites Of Marrakesh
Marrakesh

Our guide was quite knowledgeable about Morocco in general, and Marrakech in particular. The recently restored Madrasa and Palace Bahia were impressive for their beauty and traditional craftsmanship. Everything in the Medina is a sight to see!

Quality of Experience
Marrakech was so picturesque—so many photo opportunities.
Food
It’s not only the plentiful food portions of deliciously flavored food, but also the ambience—vaulted wood carved ceilings, tiled fountains and mosaic lined walls, rooftop terraces, guitarist strumming soft music, and the multi-lingual waiters wearing traditional caftans and characteristic Fez (red felt hat with tassel).
Guides, Drivers and Staff
By staying in the Medina, we were able to walk to the many souks to shop. However, Amine provided numerous helpful recommendations and made reservations including our unforgettable hamman treatment plus massage followed by afternoon tea at the exquisite Royal Mansour Hotel where the King maintains a suite.
Transport
Amine, as always, was at our beckon call.
Overnight in the Sahara Desert
Morocco

Truly unforgettable! A must-do even if you think you can’t get on and off a camel (dromedary actually). While this is definitely something only tourists do, it is well worth experiencing the sand dunes. Dinner was a scrumptious 4-course affair, albeit late in the evening. The Berber staff played instruments and sang by the camp fire under the stars beckoning guests to participate until midnight. The amenities of electricity, hot shower and flushing toilet make the overnight stay comfortable. All I would recommend is the installation of ceiling fans, if generator power permits.

Quality of Experience
Uncomfortably warm to sleep inside the tent. Understandably, it was the desert in mid-September.
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

Yassine is the best !
Morocco | Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2022

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Londa A.
Valrico, FL | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

I do not typically write reviews but in this case I wanted to give this review due to the excellent attention and friendship we have established with Mohamed “Yassine “ Taiebine. Yassine was always prompt, thinking ahead of our needs and provided daily insight to his Moroccan culture. Yassine’s car was roomy for our group of four and he kept it impeccably clean. He went over and above when there was a need to deviate from our plan and always without hesitation. Cannot imagine anyone... read more

I do not typically write reviews but in this case I wanted to give this review due to the excellent attention and friendship we have established with Mohamed “Yassine “ Taiebine. Yassine was always prompt, thinking ahead of our needs and provided daily insight to his Moroccan culture. Yassine’s car was roomy for our group of four and he kept it impeccably clean. He went over and above when there was a need to deviate from our plan and always without hesitation. Cannot imagine anyone better to take us around (4 older women) and felt safe the entire time especially with his driving abilities. He even took the time to teach us and “test” us on Arabic words in a fun way.

In addition to our friendship with Yassine we also had a wonderful guide, Hassin “Sassa” . His sense of humor made our experience with him in Marrakesh and Fes not only educational but fun ! Sassa’s historical knowledge was wonderful and he helped us understand the changes in the Moroccan culture over time. Together Yassine and Sassa made a great team!!

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Activity Reviews
Overnight in the Sahara Desert
Morocco

The camel ride to our Sahara camp was the highlight of our trip. It was fun evening in the desert and very glad I was able to experience it .The tents were very comfortable and each with their own bathroom . Just a heads up the stray dogs in the middle of the desert are friendly and not there to harm you and bring a little battery operated fan rather than a jacket during the summer months.

Quality of Experience
Camel ride
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our camel herder was great and shared his experience of being raised as a beber.
Transport
Hammam Visit
Morocco

A true experience !

Quality of Experience
Traditional Cooking Class
Morocco

We made the best tasting lemon and olive chicken tagine we had on our entire trip in our class. Looking forward to receiving the recipes so I can bring a bit of Morocco to my US home. The tea service was very informative and opened my eyes about the use of different herbs and spices to make great tea. Staff was great !

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Staff was great !
Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

We had a spectacular 10 day visit to Morocco!...
Morocco | Aug 20 - Aug 30, 2022

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John O.
Canada | Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

We had a spectacular 10 day visit to Morocco! Highly recommend visiting this diverse and beautiful country. Yassine did an outstanding job creating an itinerary that met our needs and the information he shared on travelling in Morocco was very useful. He is very responsive and very knowledgable. We were set up with Soufiane as our driver and guide. He was wonderful! Very friendly, flexible and a great travelling companion. Felt more like travelling with a friend who is really concerned with ensuring you have a good time. Highly recommend!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

Awesome customized trip with something for everyone in the family!
Morocco | Apr 8 - Apr 20, 2022

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Persephene S.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Our family really enjoyed our 12 day trip with Hassan all around Morocco. Before we left, Yassine helped us to design a trip that took into consideration a 10 year old boy who was not as interested in architecture and culture as his parents. Once there, Hassan always made sure we got everywhere we wanted to go and was great at finding some non-traditional things -like skipping regular sights to spend a few hours at a park playing basketball with some local kids. We had seen them earlier... read more

Our family really enjoyed our 12 day trip with Hassan all around Morocco. Before we left, Yassine helped us to design a trip that took into consideration a 10 year old boy who was not as interested in architecture and culture as his parents. Once there, Hassan always made sure we got everywhere we wanted to go and was great at finding some non-traditional things -like skipping regular sights to spend a few hours at a park playing basketball with some local kids. We had seen them earlier and Hassan drove back and helped introduce our son to the group and hung out for hours while they played and showed our son around. Hassan also gave us a card with our son’s allergies to show restaurants and invited us to a traditional break fast with him. It was really a special experience getting to travel Morocco with Hassan!

Activity Review
Fez to Merzouga: Over the Middle Atlas to the Desert, Erfoud, Merzouga & the Sahara
Morocco
Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Aug 21, 2022

Persephene, thank you so much for your review! I'm very happy to hear that you had a great time in Morocco with your family. I'm also glad to hear that you found Hassan very helpful during your visit, he is indeed a great person to be around and he does go above and beyond to make sure our travelers are enjoying their trip. He is also a great driver. It was truly a pleasure planning your Morocco trip and we can't wait until we see you back visiting us again in Morocco with your family.

Morocco Adventure
Morocco | Jul 16 - Jul 29, 2022

Lynda
Lynda W.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

A huge thank you to all the people involved in our amazing trip to Morocco 🇲🇦!
First let’s start with Yassine who planned the whole trip! Thank you ! You listened to everything we said and made our adventure perfect for us!
Arrive in Casablanca and Amine our driver is there and waiting for us with a big smile on his face which is how he greeted us every day or night! We can not say enough about Amine! He was always available and sssooo very helpful and sweet and kind! His driving was... read more

A huge thank you to all the people involved in our amazing trip to Morocco 🇲🇦!
First let’s start with Yassine who planned the whole trip! Thank you ! You listened to everything we said and made our adventure perfect for us!
Arrive in Casablanca and Amine our driver is there and waiting for us with a big smile on his face which is how he greeted us every day or night! We can not say enough about Amine! He was always available and sssooo very helpful and sweet and kind! His driving was exceptional! We always felt save even in the mountains and the narrow streets in the medinas! He became a part of the family!
We asked Yassine to book us into the Four Seasons in Casablanca and next time I would have let him pick the hotel. It was fine but not up to the Four Seasons standard.
Amine suggested La Sqala for an authentic Moroccan dinner and it was perfect! We had tagines and the food and entertainment were a perfect start to our Moroccan journey!
Amine picked us up the next morning and we were on our way out of Casablanca! Yassine you were right to see the Hassan Mosque but then get out Casablanca! Amine drove us to Rabat with a few highlight stops and then we were on our way to Meknes and we stopped there but our first highlight of the trip was at the Roman ruins in Volubilis!!! Our guide Rashid was incredible!!! He was so knowledgeable and patient with me and how very slow I am at walking! He spent hours with us and we basically closed the place!❤️❤️❤️
Onwards to Fes and our spectacular Riad Fes! Yassine this was a perfect choice! You arrive at a nondescript door in an alley and then you walk into this stunning palace! Loved this Riad so much we canceled our tour of Sefrou so we could just relax by the pool at our Riad! The next day Amine picked us up and introduced us to our guide Hassan! Hassan was amazing! Again he was knowledgeable and took us to the tannery which was an eye opening experience! It was like going back in time 1,000 years! Thank you Hassan!
Our three nights in Fes was the perfect length of time. We explored the Medina with Hassan and then on our own! I can’t say this enough, the people in Morocco are so warm and helpful and kind! Going through the Medina without a guide was not scary and when we got lost anyone we asked was helpful in helping us find our way home! There are miles and miles of alleyways in the Fes medina!
The next day was our long long drive to the Sahara desert 🐪! There’s no way around this but I will say it’s totally worth the drive! This was my favourite part of the entire trip! Because of my hips I was not able to go into the desert on camel but Rob did and he loved it!❤️❤️❤️ I went to our campsite in a 4x4 vehicle and our driver made it so much fun riding over the sand dunes!!! 🤪 The campsite was amazing and the staff were great!!! I climbed up the sand dune and watched the sun set in the Sahara desert!!! The most memorable part of the trip !!
Onto Ouarzazate the Moroccan Hollywood! Poor Amine this was tough and long driving for him but he was always smiling and focused on the road! He is the best!! We enjoyed touring the movie set!
Our Riad was quiet and in the middle of nowhere but the person there was sweet and kind and helpful. The next day we visited Ait Ben Haddou and I think this was the highlight of the trip for Rob! Our guide was a character and as there was a lot of climbing and I had only brought sandals - Amine lent me his running shoes!!! 🥰 God bless him!
We had tea with a Berber family and climbed to the top of the site! It was breathtaking and Rob just wanted to stay at the top all night! ❤️❤️❤️
Now onto Marrakech and the long and winding road!!! Amine is an exceptional driver and he did an amazing job driving through the high Atlas Mountains on those narrow and winding roads!!! 👏🥰
Marrakech is a city like no other in the world! Rob loved the pulse! I loved our Riad Jardines de la Medina! Again a nondescript front door in a very narrow alleyway (poor Amine trying to get this big van down this alleyway!)You walk through this door into an oasis!!! This was my favourite Riad!!! Our room was incredible with two private terraces on two floors!!! Thank you Yassine for booking this treasure!!! I didn’t want to leave!! Our tour of the Medina the next day with Siad was good. It was too long for me but that’s not Siad’s fault! We walked for four hours through the Medina! I took the afternoon and the next day off and sat by the beautiful pool! It felt like a resort at Jardines de la Medina! We did go to La Tanjia for dinner and loved it!!! There was great Moroccan food and entertainment (belly dancers) and we were on the third floor overlooking a busy square! We had Tanjia which is different from Tajines. It was delicious! The hotel recommended this restaurant and I would highly recommend you add it to your list of restaurants in Marrakech!
The next day I had my Moroccan cooking class and this was another highlight for me!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
That night Amine took us to the big market with snake charmers and dancing and singing and stall after stall of everything imaginable. Rob loved it but I was overwhelmed!!! I definitely wanted to see it but it was too much and too crowded for me!
The next day we were back on the road again and headed for Essaouira! Our Riad Chbanate was very rustic and the staff was so sweet and warm and welcoming! I however, was done with markets and alleyways and medinas so I personally would have preferred a large hotel with a pool on the beach! Sorry this is nothing against the Riad Chbanate! I just wanted to go back to Jardines de la Medina! Rob went out exploring and came back for me in the afternoon and we walked for miles on the beach! It is a spectacular beach and the highlight of Essaouira!!! If we had started our journey in Essaouira I would have enjoyed our Riad but at this point I was tired of the markets and alleyways and medinas - sorry 😞. We ate at Il Mare and enjoyed the views of the rugged side of the Atlantic and enjoyed a fresh fish dinner! The beach and boardwalk along the beach was spectacular!
On the road back to Casablanca Amine took us along the coast and it was breathtaking but then we went inland and caught the highway to Safi which is nothing to see unless you need to stop for a bathroom break otherwise I would continue on to El Jadida! Beautiful fortified city and great stop to walk along the ramparts! Our next stop was not necessary and would eliminate it from the itinerary.
Continuing on to Casablanca where we arrived during rush hour and Amine tried to find us a restaurant to eat dinner but it was so busy and traffic was a nightmare and he could not find a place to stop so we simply went to our hotel by the airport and we ate there.
We had to be at the airport for 6:00am so staying at the airport made sense.
Thank you to everyone involved in the making of this once in a lifetime adventure to Morocco 🇲🇦!!! Special thanks to Yassine for all the planning and changes !!!
And the biggest hug and thanks goes to our incredible driver and friend -Amine!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
You are a special person and we miss you already!!! Follow your heart and let it guide you!!! You have friends in Canada now!!!🇨🇦🥰❤️

Hotel Reviews
Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca
Casablanca
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Riad Fès - Relais & Châteaux
Fès
Authenticity & Character
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Luxury Camp Chebbi
Merzouga
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Les Jardins De La Medina
Marrakech

It was like an oasis in the desert!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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ONOMO Hotel Casablanca Airport
Nouaceur
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I saw cockroaches in the ladies bathroom on the main floor
Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Aug 04, 2022

Hello Lynda!

Thank you so much for your amazing and detailed review! I’m so happy that you two had such an amazing time and have greatly enjoyed sharing your feedback with the team. Amine is certainly a gem, and we are so thankfully to have him as part of our team as one of our amazing drivers! Having your private driver is truly one of the best parts of visiting Morocco and I’m glad that you experienced it to the fullest!

It is also great to hear about some of the restaurants that you... read more

Hello Lynda!

Thank you so much for your amazing and detailed review! I’m so happy that you two had such an amazing time and have greatly enjoyed sharing your feedback with the team. Amine is certainly a gem, and we are so thankfully to have him as part of our team as one of our amazing drivers! Having your private driver is truly one of the best parts of visiting Morocco and I’m glad that you experienced it to the fullest!

It is also great to hear about some of the restaurants that you enjoyed, and we are happy to recommend them to other travelers based on your feedback. Food in Morocco is sacred, and it sounds like you definitely enjoyed it so much!

Thank you for your feedback about your accommodations as well! We love sharing this information, praise and constructive, and it is so beneficial to strengthening our relationships with them. My apologies about the Four Seasons in Casablanca and Onomo. We will be sure to follow up with them with your feedback.

It’s funny that you saw what I meant by getting out of Casablanca as quickly as you could! Once you see Hassan II Mosque, it’s time to go. Volubilis is also one of my favorite places to tour, and it’s so good to hear that you had such a good time with your guide while there. Same goes for Ait Ben Haddou! I’m glad to hear that Rob enjoyed it so much!

It’s good to hear that the 4x4 drive to the desert camp worked well for you, and that you enjoyed the time in the Sahara Desert so much! Also, so happy that the cooking class went well.

Thank you so much again for all the feedback, and for being such a pleasure to work with to plan your trip! The next time you want to visit Morocco and see some of the other places you didn’t get to like the northern part of the country, I would be more than happy to welcome you again!

Warmest regards,
Yassine

A Magical Month in Morocco
Morocco | Jun 7 - Jul 3, 2022

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Kathleen L.
Marion, NC | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

My husband and I fulfilled a bucket list wish by booking a month long trip through Morocco with KimKim. It was a month filled with marvels, adventures, and meeting many hospitable, welcoming, kind, and generous people of Morocco. It exceeded all our expectations. The local agency that KimKim contracts with is Morocco Off the Beaten Track. Yassine (from MOBT), Louis (from MOBT, and I laid out the initial plan and went back and forth perfecting it until we were all satisfied. Their advice... read more

My husband and I fulfilled a bucket list wish by booking a month long trip through Morocco with KimKim. It was a month filled with marvels, adventures, and meeting many hospitable, welcoming, kind, and generous people of Morocco. It exceeded all our expectations. The local agency that KimKim contracts with is Morocco Off the Beaten Track. Yassine (from MOBT), Louis (from MOBT, and I laid out the initial plan and went back and forth perfecting it until we were all satisfied. Their advice and guidance were critical to the outcome. Then, the hero of our story, Hassan picked up the baton. He executed the plan which included selecting and booking accommodations, driving us throughout the country, tour-guiding from the driver seat, and advising us on everything we needed to know while we were there. We visited Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fez, Sefrou, Merzouga, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Marrakech, and Essaouira. There were highlights in each of these places, but I will limit this to our absolute favorites: meeting wonderful people in every town, the beautiful blue medina of Chefchaouen, experiencing a Hamman, the artisan capital of the world and oldest medina in the world (Fez), visiting with Hassan in his home town of Sefrou, the camel ride to luxury camping in the Sahara, the "camping" itself, ATVing (they call the ATVs "buggies") in the Sahara, the tours of Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate and of Ait Ben Haddou where so many movies and tv shows have been filmed, and a balloon ride with our entire family who joined us in Marrakech for the final week. Hassan was with us every step of the way, ensuring smooth traveling, wonderful restaurants, and a truly unique and authentic Moroccan experience. I caution any westerner against driving in Morocco. Between crazy drivers, different norms, masses of helmetless groups on scooters and bikes, and pedestrians crossing streets unexpectedly, it is really critical to have an experienced, professional driver. Hassan was truly the best and made our trip magical. Thank you, Hassan!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Thank you Kathy for your great review, I'm so happy to hear that you had an amazing trip to Morocco. Louis and I really enjoyed working with you since day 1 when you reached out to us and I'm glad we were able to create a trip plan that you and your family will treasure for years. It makes me very happy also to hear that you enjoyed Hassan's company. Hassan continues to rave about how kind and welcoming your family was to him. He definitely feels like he is part of your family now so thank... read more

Thank you Kathy for your great review, I'm so happy to hear that you had an amazing trip to Morocco. Louis and I really enjoyed working with you since day 1 when you reached out to us and I'm glad we were able to create a trip plan that you and your family will treasure for years. It makes me very happy also to hear that you enjoyed Hassan's company. Hassan continues to rave about how kind and welcoming your family was to him. He definitely feels like he is part of your family now so thank you so much for being amazing people!! I totally agree with you that having a private driver is a necessity when exploring the country and I'm glad to hear that Hassan made your experience safe and comfortable. Thank you again for sharing about your Morocco experience and we are truly honored to welcome you again to explore more places in the country! 

Trip of a lifetime without much planning
Morocco | May 27 - Jun 2, 2022

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gita S.
Saratoga, CA | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

We had a fantastic week-long trip to Morocco. Yassine was very available, not just before the trip but also during our trip. In one of the Riad's, there was a situation of deafening Moroccan wedding music right below our room. Yassine jumped to action, and even sent a local guide to take charge of the situation. Our driver, Mohammad who accompanied us throughout our trip was just fantastic. A sweet human, his gentle manners and careful driving is appreciated. He even went to great efforts in... read more

We had a fantastic week-long trip to Morocco. Yassine was very available, not just before the trip but also during our trip. In one of the Riad's, there was a situation of deafening Moroccan wedding music right below our room. Yassine jumped to action, and even sent a local guide to take charge of the situation. Our driver, Mohammad who accompanied us throughout our trip was just fantastic. A sweet human, his gentle manners and careful driving is appreciated. He even went to great efforts in finding us packaging materials for a light fixture. The SUV we had could have been in better condition. We liked the Riad in Fez, and were happy that we opted for an upgraded luxury hotel in Marrakesh. The Riad in Chefchaouen was only passable. The Novotel in Casablanca was in terrible shape despite being in a good location. The itinerary was very good. We had a relaxing time.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Hello Gita, It was so lovely to work with you and plan your Morocco trip at the last minute. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the company of your driver Mohammad, he is indeed so much fun to be around. It also makes me happy to hear that you felt supported during your trip, this is so important to us because we never want our travelers to feel stranded or without any help. I'm sorry to hear that your accommodation in Casablanca didn't meet your expectations which is very surprising to me... read more

Hello Gita, It was so lovely to work with you and plan your Morocco trip at the last minute. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the company of your driver Mohammad, he is indeed so much fun to be around. It also makes me happy to hear that you felt supported during your trip, this is so important to us because we never want our travelers to feel stranded or without any help. I'm sorry to hear that your accommodation in Casablanca didn't meet your expectations which is very surprising to me because we never had any issues with them in the past but I appreciate your feedback so I can follow up with them. I also apologize that the vehicle didn't meet your expectations. We only use newer vehicles however this feedback is also important so we can follow up. Again, it was truly great to work with you and I'm so happy that overall you had an enjoyable and relaxing trip in Morocco :)

We had the most wonderful time in Morocco!
Morocco | Apr 24 - May 3, 2022

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Ali E.
Canada | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

This was our first time traveling since the pandemic started. We reached out to KimKim and very shortly after heard from Yassine from Morocco Off The Beaten Track, who immediately began with assisting us in planning our trip. We appreciate his prompt responses and helpful advice; it was invaluable! Yassine helped plan our overall trip itinerary, daily activities, accommodation and provided other recommendations also. He was very professional, courteous and insightful. He made it easy for us... read more

This was our first time traveling since the pandemic started. We reached out to KimKim and very shortly after heard from Yassine from Morocco Off The Beaten Track, who immediately began with assisting us in planning our trip. We appreciate his prompt responses and helpful advice; it was invaluable! Yassine helped plan our overall trip itinerary, daily activities, accommodation and provided other recommendations also. He was very professional, courteous and insightful. He made it easy for us to change sections of itinerary as we needed and understood what sort of trip we were looking for. Once we had booked everything he provided us with detailed itinerary of our upcoming trip, including our travel guide, accommodations, activities, and local attractions and food spots based on the cities we were in. He also ensured we understood and met with the travel requirements for entry into Morocco.

Once we landed in Morocco, everything was handled by our local guide, Amine. In my wife and I's opinion, Amine truly made our trip what it was. He was exceptionally helpful, professional, friendly throughout our entire time. He made us feel safe as we toured Morocco and continually provided insight into its peoples, places and customs. By the end of the trip he truly became our friend and we strongly recommend his services to anyone looking to tour Morocco.

Our trip involved stays in Casablanca, Fes, Merzouga (desert night camping), Ouarzazate and Marrakech. Along the way between cities Amine showed us several other small towns, historical sites and beautiful scenery. Our accommodations met our expectations and we are grateful to Yassine for arranging it all. The experience staying at Riad Fes in the city of Fes was certainly one of our most enjoyable and relaxing moments. We highly recommend future travellers to consider staying at local riads when visiting Morocco.

For Fes and Marrakech, we had a local tour guide (arranged by Yassine) who gave us an in-depth tour of the old cities of each respective place. These guides were knowledgable, friendly and very accommodating. This was an amazing experience overall!

Yassine, at our request, also arranged for a Moroccan hammam massage experience as well as a hot air balloon tour over the city of Marrakech. Both these experiences very terrific and we would highly recommend them to future travellers.

Overall, we had an amazing vacation experience in Morocco. It's unique cities, beautiful scenery, warm and hospitable people are something that should be enjoyed by everyone. We owe our thanks to Yassine for organizing and arranging everything for us as it allowed us to be very hands off during the trip and just enjoy things as they come. Once again, we also cannot thank Amine enough for all his help throughout the trip. We truly feel our visit would not have been the same if we did not have Amine as our guide. We highly highly recommend his services and consider him as our friend now. For those travellers thinking about a visit to Morocco, I would strongly recommend they reach out to Yassine and request Amine as their guide!

Hotel Review
Le Casablanca Hotel
Casablanca

Great hotel, very luxurious, amazing food and service. Rooms were clean, well-equipped and featured amenities you would expect in a hotel of this caliber. Would highly recommend this place to others visiting Casablanca!

Activity Review
Exploring the Imperial City and Medieval Medina of Fez
Fes

An amazing and eye-opening experience! Our guide, Hassan through Morocco Off The Beaten Track, was exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly, and we would highly recommend his services. We visited historic madrassas in the old city, a local leather tannery, ceramic shops, unique carpet and antique showrooms. We felt safe throughout the tour and local residents were very friendly and accommodating. This tour is a must for anyone visiting Fes!

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Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

Honestly, the best trip we've ever taken
Morocco | Mar 3 - Mar 14, 2022

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Colin R.
Lexington, MA | Reviewed on Mar 24, 2022

Thanks to Yassine and Hassan, we experienced things that would have been impossible to find. From visiting a co-op high in the Atlas Mountains learning about Berber culture, to eating delicious meals as very local restaurants, to navigating the medinas, riding camels in the Saraha, everything was perfect! They booked us in incredible riads, made sure we had the best meals, and suggested experiences we would have never thought of. Everything was so well planned there was never a single issue.... read more

Thanks to Yassine and Hassan, we experienced things that would have been impossible to find. From visiting a co-op high in the Atlas Mountains learning about Berber culture, to eating delicious meals as very local restaurants, to navigating the medinas, riding camels in the Saraha, everything was perfect! They booked us in incredible riads, made sure we had the best meals, and suggested experiences we would have never thought of. Everything was so well planned there was never a single issue.

I was a little anxious about booking such a big trip trough a website I didn't know, but I'm very glad we took a chance. I had tried to put something together with a US travel agent and it was 3x the price and very uninventive. Working with Yassine turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made (and best vacations we've taken).

Hotel Reviews
Riad Fès - Relais & Châteaux
Fès
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Luxury Camp Chebbi
Merzouga

The best experience, if you can go you should go.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Hammam Visit
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Apr 11, 2022

Colin,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! It was our pleasure having the opportunity to work with you on your trip, and we are so happy that you enjoyed all aspects of it. I will be sure to send your comments over to everyone who met with, and I know that they will surely appreciate your kind words.

We would be happy to work with you again on a follow up visit to Morocco, and show you so many other places that you didn't get to experience the first time. Please stay in touch, and I hope the memories you made while in Morocco will last a lifetime!

Warmest regards,
Yassine

People Places Palate & Plan
Morocco | Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2022

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Rangarajan V.
Austin, TX | Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

Plan - Yassine was super responsive and developed a plan that worked very well for us. He struck the right balance between being too hectic vs super relaxed, esp for first time visitor. Picked the right places with the ability to go off plan when required.

Place - Morrocco as country was outstanding. In a span of 2 hours the landscape completely changes. Starting with beach/ocean @ casablanca - 2 hours - High Atlas (magical) - 2 hours Ait Ben Hadddo (medieval looking, unimaginable ) - 2... read more

Plan - Yassine was super responsive and developed a plan that worked very well for us. He struck the right balance between being too hectic vs super relaxed, esp for first time visitor. Picked the right places with the ability to go off plan when required.

Place - Morrocco as country was outstanding. In a span of 2 hours the landscape completely changes. Starting with beach/ocean @ casablanca - 2 hours - High Atlas (magical) - 2 hours Ait Ben Hadddo (medieval looking, unimaginable ) - 2 hours Dades Valley (rich green vegetation with breath taking gorges) - 3 hours Merzouga - Sahara!!! - Each experience is different and amazing

Palate - Food, esp, for a vegetarian was fantastic. We went to shack in Ait BenH, the look of the place was very discouraging but the food was amazing. The salad they served there could match most salads offered in facing Parisian restaurants. Orange/Olives were so delicious, you could live on them for the entire trip. I will not forget the harrisa I had in a small restaurant in dades valley - after that I probably will not have the stuff that they peddle as harrisa in the USA.

People - Very courteous and helpful, my wife and kid felt safe even in the remotest of places.

Iddir - He completely transformed the experience, I would give him 10/5 stars. I would specifically ask for him in our next step. He took care of every aspect of the trip. Outstanding!!!

Hassan - Great guide, although we spent about 4 hours with him, he was awesome.

Only one downside - the accommodation on the last day was not great - location, food, service was good. The room didn't have good A/C. I have provided this feedback which they have acknowledged.


Hotel Review
Caravane
Ouarzazate
Activity Review
Exploring the Medina and Historical Sites Of Marrakesh
Marrakesh
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Apr 11, 2022

Rangarajan,

Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful review! We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your trip so much. I will be sure to let Iddir and Hassan know you comments and how happy you were with them. They are gems and we are so happy to have them with us.

Thank you for your comments about Morocco in general as well! While I know about the amazing hospitality and friendliness of my people, it is so good to hear that you were able to experience it as well.... read more

Rangarajan,

Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful review! We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your trip so much. I will be sure to let Iddir and Hassan know you comments and how happy you were with them. They are gems and we are so happy to have them with us.

Thank you for your comments about Morocco in general as well! While I know about the amazing hospitality and friendliness of my people, it is so good to hear that you were able to experience it as well. Morocco is truly a special place full of amazing humans.

The food is the thing I crave the most when away from Morocco, and you are right, the vegetarian options are plentiful and amazing. And you can never go wrong with fresh orange juice all day and olives with bread for every meal!

Let me know the next time you want to visit Morocco and maybe see the northern part of the country. I would be happy to work with you again! Take care.

Warmest regards,
Yassine

Epic Morocco Trip of a Lifetime
Morocco | Feb 6 - Feb 13, 2019

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Alexandra p.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2020

We travel all the time and much prefer local curated experiences. We would not have been able to have this once in a lifetime experience without Kimkim, Nabil, and Yassine. Nabil was our designated driver from Marrakech, Ourzzazate, the desert camping adventure and Fes but he was so much more. He looked after us with special care and attention the whole week in Morocco. When we had a special shopping request, he made it happen. When we had questions about local culture, he provided context.... read more

We travel all the time and much prefer local curated experiences. We would not have been able to have this once in a lifetime experience without Kimkim, Nabil, and Yassine. Nabil was our designated driver from Marrakech, Ourzzazate, the desert camping adventure and Fes but he was so much more. He looked after us with special care and attention the whole week in Morocco. When we had a special shopping request, he made it happen. When we had questions about local culture, he provided context. Really impressed with his professionalism and attention to detail - you’re in good hands with Nabil. The highlight of our trip were the off beaten paths - camp Chebi is a showstopper - it’s the ultimate glamming experience where you sit around a Bedouin camp fire and stargaze, after an epic camel ride, We met locals, wandered, shopped, hiked, and ate our way through Morocco. Look no further than this brilliant trip Yassine designed and Nabil implemented. Thank you!!! Alexandra and Peter

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Oct 09, 2020

Hello Alexandra and Peter!

Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments about your trip. I am so happy that you enjoyed it, and that your time spent with Nabil was unforgettable. He is truly a gem and someone who we are very happy to work with. I will share your compliments with him, and with Camp Chebbi. I’m sure that they will appreciate hearing about how much you enjoyed your trip right now. Once you are able to head back to Morocco, make sure to let me know! I would love to... read more

Hello Alexandra and Peter!

Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments about your trip. I am so happy that you enjoyed it, and that your time spent with Nabil was unforgettable. He is truly a gem and someone who we are very happy to work with. I will share your compliments with him, and with Camp Chebbi. I’m sure that they will appreciate hearing about how much you enjoyed your trip right now. Once you are able to head back to Morocco, make sure to let me know! I would love to plan your next trip to explore other parts of the country and see some different off the beaten track locales. Stay healthy and take care!

Warm regards,
Yassine

Where do I begin? Just WOW!
Morocco | Feb 27 - Mar 7, 2020

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Thomas H.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Where do I begin? Every aspect of this experience was just fantastic! This was a Dad/Daughter adventure and we couldn't have been more pleased with this adventure. Yassine was super responsive and helpful in our planning stages. The communications and advance prep were wonderful for these first time to Morocco/Africa travelers. Our personal driver, Samad, was punctual, attentive, professional ...and fun! We experienced so much more that the large tour group (follow the person with the flag)... read more

Where do I begin? Every aspect of this experience was just fantastic! This was a Dad/Daughter adventure and we couldn't have been more pleased with this adventure. Yassine was super responsive and helpful in our planning stages. The communications and advance prep were wonderful for these first time to Morocco/Africa travelers. Our personal driver, Samad, was punctual, attentive, professional ...and fun! We experienced so much more that the large tour group (follow the person with the flag) kind of trip. I recommend taking the riad accommodation route versus hotels. They were all just exquisite and provided such a wonderful element to this trip. If you are on the fence about taking a trip to Morocco or working through KimKim, I urge you to not hesitate and take that leap to work with them. Our experience wildly exceeded expectations. This trip created memories that will remain with me all of my days.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Apr 12, 2020

Dear Tom, Thank you so much for the glowing review!! I truly enjoyed working with you to plan your Morocco trip. Thank you for sharing all of your amazing photos, I can see how patient you are about travel and learning about different cultures. I'm very happy that we had the opportunity to host you and your daughter. Samad is indeed a great driver and I'm glad to hear that you bonded with him. Being selective for the accommodations we choose for our travelers is very important and it makes... read more

Dear Tom, Thank you so much for the glowing review!! I truly enjoyed working with you to plan your Morocco trip. Thank you for sharing all of your amazing photos, I can see how patient you are about travel and learning about different cultures. I'm very happy that we had the opportunity to host you and your daughter. Samad is indeed a great driver and I'm glad to hear that you bonded with him. Being selective for the accommodations we choose for our travelers is very important and it makes me very happy to hear that the ones we selected for you were exquisite and went beyond your expectations. Hope to see you again, let's stay in touch! Yassine

The Grand Tour of Morocco!
Morocco | Feb 11 - Feb 25, 2020

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Monique S.
Eugene, OR | Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Our drive for the entire trip was Samad. Though not a full guide he did have a lot of local information and in essence helped make the trip as great as it was. He has a great command of English, He was willing to stop to allow my wife to take roadside photos. His road skills were excellent and we never fear for our life while he was driving. We did have local guide in Fes - Hakim. He took us into the many winding streets and alleys that was a wonder that he didn't get lost. He was very... read more

Our drive for the entire trip was Samad. Though not a full guide he did have a lot of local information and in essence helped make the trip as great as it was. He has a great command of English, He was willing to stop to allow my wife to take roadside photos. His road skills were excellent and we never fear for our life while he was driving. We did have local guide in Fes - Hakim. He took us into the many winding streets and alleys that was a wonder that he didn't get lost. He was very good. In Marrakesh Youssef walked us around the City and again I was surprised that he did not get lost, but a life time resident he knew his way around and it showed. I would also like to say that each of our Ryads and Dars had hosts who really looked after us and made us feel very welcome. They were always eager to help with any thing we needed. The Bellamane Ryad & Spa the host heard my wife had a sore throat so he went to the local market for fresh lemons and ginger for a hot tea potion - it did the trick!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Apr 04, 2020

Hello Monique,

I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Morocco! Descriptive reviews like yours help us ensure fantastic trips for our travelers. I am happy that you enjoyed your time with Samad and that he made your time so special! I will be sure to let him know how comfortable you both were with him. I will provide your positive feedback to your guides so they know that they are doing a good job. Also, I will reach out to your accommodations to let them know that you appreciated... read more

Hello Monique,

I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Morocco! Descriptive reviews like yours help us ensure fantastic trips for our travelers. I am happy that you enjoyed your time with Samad and that he made your time so special! I will be sure to let him know how comfortable you both were with him. I will provide your positive feedback to your guides so they know that they are doing a good job. Also, I will reach out to your accommodations to let them know that you appreciated their personal touches and care. If you ever decide to travel to Morocco again, please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know. Take care!

Best,
Yassine

Great trip!
Morocco | Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2020

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Lynn H.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

I used kimkim as part of a group of friends and family, I wasn’t the primary planner, but prior to the trip I loved the kimkim website with ability to have an online group conversation about the trip. We could ask questions about accommodations, weather, tipping customs, payments, etc. I thought it was a great communication tool. Once in Morocco, it was great to have a wide variety of amazing and varied accommodations and experiences-the more modern city of Rabat, the ancient Roman ruins... read more

I used kimkim as part of a group of friends and family, I wasn’t the primary planner, but prior to the trip I loved the kimkim website with ability to have an online group conversation about the trip. We could ask questions about accommodations, weather, tipping customs, payments, etc. I thought it was a great communication tool. Once in Morocco, it was great to have a wide variety of amazing and varied accommodations and experiences-the more modern city of Rabat, the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, the medina in Fes and the glamping in the Sahara among others. It was nice to have one driver for the whole trip and I enjoyed learning about the local history and culture through our prearranged tour guides in the different cities we visited. Hi

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Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Hello Lynn,

Thank you for your informative review. The kimkim platform is such a valuable tool, and we are so happy to partner with them to provide excellent pre-arrival and post-departure communication and service.

Having the single private driver is such a game-changer for a trip like this, and I’m glad that you found the value in it as well. Thank you again for traveling with us!

Warm regards,
Yassine

Overall the trip was fantastic and covered a ...
Morocco | Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2020

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Karen W.
Sevierville, TN | Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Overall the trip was fantastic and covered a lot of ground. With that said, there was way to much driving each day. There seemed to be a lot of activities that we were not able to do because we were consistently behind schedule. It didn't appear that the travel times took into effect that we were in a tour bus and were restricted by the laws in Morocco.

The Riad's were great. Perfect locations with all the necessary conveniences.

Mohammed was a great driver, but I kept wanting him... read more

Overall the trip was fantastic and covered a lot of ground. With that said, there was way to much driving each day. There seemed to be a lot of activities that we were not able to do because we were consistently behind schedule. It didn't appear that the travel times took into effect that we were in a tour bus and were restricted by the laws in Morocco.

The Riad's were great. Perfect locations with all the necessary conveniences.

Mohammed was a great driver, but I kept wanting him to be more. With all the time in the tour bus, I felt like it was a great opportunity for the driver to provide some additional information about the landscape, attractions or Morocco in general. Mohammed was fantastic as a driver! I feel the expansion of the driver to be more informative helps the company as a whole, not a reflection on the actual driver.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

Amazing trip
Morocco | Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2020

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Victoria M.
Louisville, KY | Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

We had a fantastic trip! We loved every place we stayed - they were all different so we got to experience a variety of designs. Our driver, Mohammed, was fantastic. Very patient and accommodating. The trip generally went very smoothly given the amount of territory we covered. The staff even went out of their way to assist when one person in our group had an unexpected medical issue.

Morocco is a beautiful country - I would definitely go back!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
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Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Hello Victoria,

I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip! I always try and provide a diverse collection of accommodations so you can see all sorts of different designs and styles, and it is very nice to hear that you enjoyed them.

Mohammed is the best, and I’m glad that you were able to connect with him. You had a very packed trip, and it is good to hear that it went smoothly for the most part. Thank you for your beautiful photos as well! Take care.

Warm Regards,
Yassine

The trip was amazing!
Morocco | Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2020

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Beverly P.
Washington, DC | Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

The trip was amazing! We had the most wonderful driver- Mohamed who was very helpful and patient with 8 women for about a week and a half. All the guides at the different cities were great and had many interesting facts to share. The accommodations exceeded all expectations. Everything about the trip fantastic. Yassine did a great job of keeping us informed during the planning process and was very responsive during the trip when we had questions on tipping.

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Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Hello Beverly,

Thank you for your kind words! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip. Mohammed is one of our best drivers, and it is nice to hear that he assisted you all so much. I will be sure to share your feedback about the guides with them, as well as let your accommodations know that they are doing the right things. I am very glad that you appreciated my promptness with responses and helpfulness in the planning and during your trip. Thank you again for traveling to Morocco with us. Hopefully we will see you there again soon!

Warm Regards,
Yassine

Yassine was amazing, whatever he recommended ...
Morocco | Jan 10 - Jan 22, 2020

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Syed W.
Bangladesh | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Yassine was amazing, whatever he recommended about the time/places to be spent in different cities was totally on the dot. The driver (Mohammed) who was was with was for the full 12 days from our arrival in Casablanca till our departure out of Casablanca, was such a nice human being, I am just flabbergasted. I cannot find a single itsy bitsy tiny fault of Mohammed for the duration of our trip. The restaurants/hotels booked by Yassine were out of this world. No issues with any... read more

Yassine was amazing, whatever he recommended about the time/places to be spent in different cities was totally on the dot. The driver (Mohammed) who was was with was for the full 12 days from our arrival in Casablanca till our departure out of Casablanca, was such a nice human being, I am just flabbergasted. I cannot find a single itsy bitsy tiny fault of Mohammed for the duration of our trip. The restaurants/hotels booked by Yassine were out of this world. No issues with any logistics/payments with kimkim / Yassine with any our bookings. I will blind foldedly recommend, Yassine / Morroco Off the Beaten Track / Kimkim anyday

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Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Hello Syed,

I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Morocco! I try my best to prepare our travelers for their trips and let them know how things will go, so I am glad that it all went the right way. Mohammed is fantastic and we are so happy to have him as part of our team! I appreciate all your kind words and wish you the very best. If you are ever planning to visit Morocco again, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I would greatly enjoy working with you again in the future. Take care!

Warm regards,
Yassine

Making Friends and Going on Adventures
Morocco | Jan 19 - Jan 25, 2020

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Steven S.
China | Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Samad was absolutely amazing. He was a very good driver and became a good friend to me. He gave good tips, and was very flexible. He made great suggestions on where to eat, and told me things I never expected. He took pictures, and helped me with my things, and assisted me in other ways besides. Samad definitely helped make my experience even more amazing and I definitely want to go back to Morocco some time. He even taught me a little bit of Arabic at my request! Though I am not all that... read more

Samad was absolutely amazing. He was a very good driver and became a good friend to me. He gave good tips, and was very flexible. He made great suggestions on where to eat, and told me things I never expected. He took pictures, and helped me with my things, and assisted me in other ways besides. Samad definitely helped make my experience even more amazing and I definitely want to go back to Morocco some time. He even taught me a little bit of Arabic at my request! Though I am not all that good.

The guides provided were very knowledgeable and were able to answer any question that I came up with, and that is saying something as a man who is both very curious and had a bit of knowledge already in the subjects covered. They were definitely experts and, just like Samad, were quite flexible to the whims I had as a solo traveller. My usual style is to "wing it" for the most part and I still felt plenty of freedom. I felt no pressure really to rush my little explorations.

The one person I interacted with in the tannery tour did pressure me a little bit. Not the Fes guide, but the person from the tannery specifically. And he is not associated with the company. So everybody provided to me by the company was outstanding and made this trip unforgettable. The accommodation at Riad Dar Malika was also great. I didn't expect that the company would rent out a whole Riad for me! It made my stay in Fes all the more relaxing to have free reign over my lodging.

I do not regret my decision to actually sleep in the Ksar of Ait Bennadou. The desert tour on camelback was awesome. The tours were super informative. The views in the Atlas mountains were stunning. This was my most amazing vacation in a while. It's thanks to Samad, and the other great people the company provided that made this an adventure I will never forget.

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Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Hello Steven,

Thank you so much for your kind words and detailed review. Feedback like this really helps us keep doing our best! Samad is a fantastic driver, and someone who is very valued by us all. I’m glad that you two made a personal connection and that his presence really made your trip excellent.

We hand pick all our guides, so it is good to hear that they were able to answer all of your questions, no matter how detailed or specific they were. We pride ourselves in offering the... read more

Hello Steven,

Thank you so much for your kind words and detailed review. Feedback like this really helps us keep doing our best! Samad is a fantastic driver, and someone who is very valued by us all. I’m glad that you two made a personal connection and that his presence really made your trip excellent.

We hand pick all our guides, so it is good to hear that they were able to answer all of your questions, no matter how detailed or specific they were. We pride ourselves in offering the freedom to manage your trip how you like when on it, and I am glad that this style of traveling worked so well for you.

Thank you again for all the lovely comments. I will be sure to pass it on to Samad, Dar Malika and both your guides. They will be very happy to hear about it. Whenever you decide to come back to Morocco, please don’t hesitate to reach back out to us. We would be thrilled to help you plan your visit to Morocco again! Take care.

Warm regards,
Yassine

Best service for Morocco!
Morocco | Dec 4 - Dec 8, 2019

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Alison L.
Arlington, TX | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

First of all, the assistance Yassine provided from the day I made contact with him was fantastic. He worked with me to build a trip that would meet all of our needs and the response time was immediate and the details provided were perfect to enable me to make decisions about our trip.

Secondly, our driver in Morocco, Hassan, was so incredibly sweet and basically worked for us 24/7 to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see, made sure we were always well taken care of and was always... read more

First of all, the assistance Yassine provided from the day I made contact with him was fantastic. He worked with me to build a trip that would meet all of our needs and the response time was immediate and the details provided were perfect to enable me to make decisions about our trip.

Secondly, our driver in Morocco, Hassan, was so incredibly sweet and basically worked for us 24/7 to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see, made sure we were always well taken care of and was always honest, cheerful, and gracious.

Thirdly, the accommodations were spectacular, from the cozy spot in Chefchaouen to the lavish Dar Roumana in Fes and Riad Bellamane in Marrakech. The rooms and service at each location were above and beyond our expectations.

Our favorite spot was Chechchaouen, were we hiked to the Spanish mosque at sunrise, returned to our hotel for a lovely breakfast, and then toured the city. Hassan provided us with a guide at the last minute, Youssef, and Youssef was a local who spent 2 hours with us touring the medina and explaining everything about the gorgeous blue city.

Our stop at Volubilis was an unexpected delight as well--we spent an hour walking through the well preserved ruins of an ancient Roman city with no other tourists around. A lunch of delicious couscous on an outside terrace at a hillside restaurant in Moulay Idriss completed this stop en route to Fes.

In Fes, we had a delicious meal at Dar Roumana and a full day tour where we saw all of the key sights. Finishing the day at a Hammam, followed by a delicious dinner at Maison Blanche/MB and a drink at the gorgeous rooftop of Hotel Sahrai completed our visit to Fes.

The long ride to Marrakech was a bit more than we expected, but the scenery was interesting and we made it a beautiful Riad and went off exploring the medina--much more commercial and crowded but still interesting. The restaurants and cafe scene is much more active in Marrakech, but it remained our least favorite spot due to the crowds and overall tourist feel and carnival aspect of the famous Djema el Fna square. The YSL museum was a highlight, and we went first thing in the morning and beat the crowds and enjoyed seeing his designs and info on his incredibly creative life.

I highly recommend booking with Yassine if you want a completely no-hassle trip with all details taken care of, as well as the flexibility of a private service at the highest level.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

Thank you so much for your time in writing such a constructive review, your feedback is invaluable to the work we do! We truly enjoyed having you travel with us and we're so glad that you had a great time in Morocco! Hassan is indeed a great employee and we are so appreciative to have him within our team. I totally agree with you about Dar Roumana and Riad Bellamane, they're actually one of my favorite riads and I usually recommend them to my travelers. You had a great tip of arriving in the... read more

Thank you so much for your time in writing such a constructive review, your feedback is invaluable to the work we do! We truly enjoyed having you travel with us and we're so glad that you had a great time in Morocco! Hassan is indeed a great employee and we are so appreciative to have him within our team. I totally agree with you about Dar Roumana and Riad Bellamane, they're actually one of my favorite riads and I usually recommend them to my travelers. You had a great tip of arriving in the YSL museum early before the crowds. I'm glad you were able to experience the gardens without having to shuffle through people. Thank you again for traveling with us and we just can't wait to see you again and show you other parts of the country.

I have to say that this trip was well planned...
Morocco | Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2019

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Pj W.
Jamaica | Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

I have to say that this trip was well planned and organized and Yassine was available to our group for any questions we had. The gem of our trip was our driver, guide, security, translator and now friend Mohammed he made our trip amazing, we had over 22 hours of driving and he made us feel safe and assisted us along the way.

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Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Nov 16, 2019

Thank you so much for the review PJ! It makes me happy to hear that the trip went well and that you felt safe with Mohammed. I totally agree with you that he is a gem. His work is very much appreciated and we are thankful to have him on our team. Thank you again and best wishes!

Morrocan dream!
Morocco | Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2019

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Janine M.
Fort Lauderdale, FL | Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

Yassine curated an amazing trip for my group of 6. From the very start of the planning he was extremely responsive and helpful in organizing the entire trip. I can safely say that each one of us had a fantastic time on this trip! The trip was better than we all expected and Mohammed, our driver was just amazing. We are all more than happy with the service we received, especially the fast response to any issues that may have occurred. The entire trip went smoothly and the only thing we would... read more

Yassine curated an amazing trip for my group of 6. From the very start of the planning he was extremely responsive and helpful in organizing the entire trip. I can safely say that each one of us had a fantastic time on this trip! The trip was better than we all expected and Mohammed, our driver was just amazing. We are all more than happy with the service we received, especially the fast response to any issues that may have occurred. The entire trip went smoothly and the only thing we would change would be to spend and extra night in the sahara! The boys especially loved the sahara, and we were very grateful to Mohammed for being flexible with us and allowing us extra time there to ride the quads/dune buggies on both days. Every single accommodation was just breathtakingly beautiful and we enjoyed the coziness and personalization of all the riads. The guides in both Fes and Marrakesh were very helpful in navigating those two big cities. Hakim (our guide in Fes) was especially helpful in taking us to places to buy specific items we wanted to take home, we would never have found those places on our own. Needless to say we came away from this trip with a experience of a lifetime and we are all truly grateful to Yassine and his team for accommodating this.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Nov 16, 2019

Reading your review makes me continue to love the work I do, so thank you so much! I'm glad to hear that you felt safe with Mohammed and that you enjoyed every aspect of the trip we planned for you! Being available for our travelers to provide them with the support they need is one of our priority and I'm happy to hear that you appreciated that. I see that you really enjoyed your time in Merzouga and I totally agree that spending an extra night there would have been more fun, especially... read more

Reading your review makes me continue to love the work I do, so thank you so much! I'm glad to hear that you felt safe with Mohammed and that you enjoyed every aspect of the trip we planned for you! Being available for our travelers to provide them with the support they need is one of our priority and I'm happy to hear that you appreciated that. I see that you really enjoyed your time in Merzouga and I totally agree that spending an extra night there would have been more fun, especially when traveling with friends. I'm glad your driver Mohammed was there to make it more flexible for you all. Mohammed is truly a special person on our team and I'm glad you enjoyed his company. I would have to agree with you that tour guides are helpful to have in Fez and Marrakesh. I will share your words about Hakim with him, I'm sure he will appreciate it! Thank you again for everything and I'm honored that I had to work with you and plan your Morocco trip!

Totally satisfied
Morocco | Oct 24 - Nov 6, 2019

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Bob S.
Sherman Oaks, CA | Reviewed on Nov 08, 2019

Our driver, Hassan, was excellent. He was a great driver, knowledgeable and an amiable companion for us. All of the hotels and riads were good. The overall organization plan was well conceived and we enjoyed the activities experienced. We especially enjoyed our camel ride and evening in the desert tent camp.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

Thank you so much for the review, Bob! It has been a pleasure working with you and our team in the country truly enjoyed having you and your friends! Glad to hear that you enjoyed having Hassan driving you and that you were satisfied with the planning of your trip. The camel ride is indeed a unique experience that I typically recommend to travelers visiting Morocco for the first time. Thank you again for everything and I hope that you will be able to make it again and visit us in Morocco! Yassine

We had a fantastic trip with Yassine's help. ...
Morocco | Oct 10 - Oct 23, 2019

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Johanna I.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 08, 2019

We had a fantastic trip with Yassine's help. Hassan was an incredible driver and became a close friend. He is funny, smart, honest and has the biggest heart.

Our accommodations were spectacular and activities well planned.

If you want to see real Morocco with amazing people reach out to Yassine!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

Thank you so much Johanna for your kind review! I'm glad to hear that you bonded with Hassan and that you enjoyed traveling with him in the country. It's good to know that your planned activities went off without a hitch. We truly enjoyed working with you and having you travel with us, hopefully, we will see you again and get to take you to some of the more off the beaten track places!

This was a well planned memorable trip. There...
Morocco | Oct 24 - Nov 6, 2019

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Helen D.
Beverly Hills, CA | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2019

This was a well planned memorable trip. There were many highlights. Some of them were the trip to the desert , Fez and Marrakesh. If I had to pick the most remarkable part It would be the desert. Beautiful site, fun riding camels and such wonderful hosts. We were very lucky to have Hassan as our driver. The trip would not have been the same without him.

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Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

It was such a joy to have you and your friends travel with us to Morocco! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed having Hassan driving and show you around. He indeed a great guy and we are fortunate to have him. Hassan told me that you had so much fun in the desert and it makes me happy to hear that it was one of your remarkable times in the country. Please feel free to reach out to us if you ever decide to come back, we will show you other places that you didn't get the chance to see this time. All the best!!

Moroccan Cities: Casablanca, Fes, Rabat & Marrakech - 5 Days
Morocco | Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2019

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March J.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

First, Yassine, It is a marvel to us how responsive, helpful and really personally concerned you seemed to be for the complete success of our trip. We are hard pressed to think of any better experience we’ve ever had with any service provider in travel. We are deeply grateful for your help kindness and friendship

Our guides were really superb, and an absolutely essential key to what was for us one of the trips of a lifetime.

Yousef really did make Marrakech accessible, immediate and... read more

First, Yassine, It is a marvel to us how responsive, helpful and really personally concerned you seemed to be for the complete success of our trip. We are hard pressed to think of any better experience we’ve ever had with any service provider in travel. We are deeply grateful for your help kindness and friendship

Our guides were really superb, and an absolutely essential key to what was for us one of the trips of a lifetime.

Yousef really did make Marrakech accessible, immediate and “real” for us. His knowledge is vast, and he shared a great deal. His handling of our food tour made for one of the most memorable nights of the trip. He is skillful and friendly, (if sometimes a bit distracted or preoccupied).

Then Adile in Fes was truly a highlight of our entire trip. He is a quiet but profound master of information, history, context and at the same time an immediate and intimate part of the neighborhoods he showed to us. Thoughtful, deeply connected and funny. And he shared that intimacy with us with extreme and subtle generosity. We respect him very much.

The accommodations you found were absolutely first rate and the people around them extremely professional and helpful. Our drivers were friendly interesting and engaging.

It was an especially nice touch to have Yassine’s brother Hassan meet us in Fes with a welcome gift and careful advice about how to manage our extraordinary visit there.

If we have one piece of constructive feedback, it would be that you might have the guides spend a little time really trying to discern whether we want to be exposed to various merchant demonstrations. We understand that this is something probably most of your customers do want – and that it is probably also an important part of the economic viability of the business. However there were a couple of occasions on which we were presented with lengthy demonstrations in merchants that we had said we simply weren’t interested in only to sense that our decision not to make a purchase was significantly frustrating or disappointing to the merchant – and the guide. We understand that this is probably a difficult balancing act, and that your customers will sometimes surprise themselves by actually being interested in and making a purchase at one place or another. (As we did in buying a modest fountain in Fes). I think the key is to ensure that at the end of the transaction – whether the sale is made or not, we as the customers do not feel that we may have disappointed our guide or the merchants and perhaps changed the mood of the tour for a bit.

All in all, we could not be more happy with or grateful for your services. And we have already made what we believe will be a successful referral to you directly as soo all in all, we could not be more happy with our grateful for your services. And we have already made what we believe will be a successful referral to you directly Yassine.

Thank you again.
PS, would it be of any help to you to post the positive parts above to TripAdvisor?

Best Mark & Sheila Kenney

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Hello Mark and Sheila,

Thank you so much for your kind words and detailed review of your trip. It’s reviews like these that really help us grow and help others considering traveling to Morocco understand what their experience would be like. It makes me so happy that your experience with my team and I was so positive and that the memories of your trip will be something to cherish for the rest of your life.

As far as your guides, I will share your praise and constructive feedback with... read more

Hello Mark and Sheila,

Thank you so much for your kind words and detailed review of your trip. It’s reviews like these that really help us grow and help others considering traveling to Morocco understand what their experience would be like. It makes me so happy that your experience with my team and I was so positive and that the memories of your trip will be something to cherish for the rest of your life.

As far as your guides, I will share your praise and constructive feedback with them. It is always our intent to have a pressure-free experience for our travelers and we will make sure that there are no unintended expectations from our guides.

Thank you again for your comments, and for thinking so highly of us to share your feedback on other sites. I do hope that you can travel to Morocco again in the future, and I look forward to working with you then! Take care.

Warm regards,
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Apr 20 - Apr 25, 2019

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Nicole B.
New York, NY | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Yassine and his team planned an absolutely remarkable Morocco experience for us - exceeded all of my expectations! Our driver Mohammed was wonderful - very safe driver and very helpful with recommendations and places to go. We did a lot of car traveling across the country so we really enjoyed our time with him. All of our Riads were fabulous, so ornate and beautiful with the owners beyond attentive to our needs. We felt completely safe and had many dinner recommendations by our Riad hosts... read more

Yassine and his team planned an absolutely remarkable Morocco experience for us - exceeded all of my expectations! Our driver Mohammed was wonderful - very safe driver and very helpful with recommendations and places to go. We did a lot of car traveling across the country so we really enjoyed our time with him. All of our Riads were fabulous, so ornate and beautiful with the owners beyond attentive to our needs. We felt completely safe and had many dinner recommendations by our Riad hosts that were amazing. All tours planned by Yassine and his team were wonderful, tour guides were very informed and funny - we really felt we got a the full experience in a short amount of time. I highly recommend working with Yassine's team!!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2019

Hello Nicole,

Thank you so much for your kind words and comments! I am so glad to hear that your trip exceeded your expectations. Mohammed is a true gem, and we are happy to have him on our team. I will share your feedback with the riads and guides, and I am sure that they will be very happy to hear what you had to say. It can be tough to do a complete trip in under a week, and I am thrilled to hear that our teamwork in planning your trip was so successful. When you are ready to come back to... read more

Hello Nicole,

Thank you so much for your kind words and comments! I am so glad to hear that your trip exceeded your expectations. Mohammed is a true gem, and we are happy to have him on our team. I will share your feedback with the riads and guides, and I am sure that they will be very happy to hear what you had to say. It can be tough to do a complete trip in under a week, and I am thrilled to hear that our teamwork in planning your trip was so successful. When you are ready to come back to Morocco, or know anyone else who wants to go, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. I would be more than happy to plan your next trip! Thank you again and take care.

Regards,
Yassine

2 weeks in Morocco with Family
Morocco | Aug 7 - Aug 24, 2019

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Emily F.
the United Arab Emirates | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2019

Everything about this trip including planning it with kimkim and Yassine was great from start to finish.

I liked that kimkim allowed me to peruse multiple 5- to 10- to 15-day itineraries for Morocco prior to engaging with my local specialist, Yassine, so that I could get an idea of what was feasible in what amount of time and familiarize myself with all options which enabled me to better brief Yassine.

Yassine (from Morocco Off the Beaten Track) was wonderful to work with from Day 1 -... read more

Everything about this trip including planning it with kimkim and Yassine was great from start to finish.

I liked that kimkim allowed me to peruse multiple 5- to 10- to 15-day itineraries for Morocco prior to engaging with my local specialist, Yassine, so that I could get an idea of what was feasible in what amount of time and familiarize myself with all options which enabled me to better brief Yassine.

Yassine (from Morocco Off the Beaten Track) was wonderful to work with from Day 1 - prompt, accurate, friendly and patient. Our trip was complicated - we were three parties flying in from separate international locations, we were planning to stay in Morocco during Eid holidays (everything is closed), and we had very strong preferences in the group - the trip he planned exceeded our expectations and went off without a hitch.

Mohammed, our driver throughout the trip, was an indispensable member of our travel crew - he was everything you'd wish for in a driver (prompt, polite, safe, reliable, flexible) but also far and beyond: he was incredibly open to sharing stories and information about life in Morocco, we always laughed together on drives and he made great impromptu recommendations. Plain and simple, we would not have enjoyed our trip nearly as much without Mohammed.

Similarly, all of our guides (we had guides in Rabat, Marrakech, and Imlil) were very knowledgable, enjoyable, showed us hidden gems (where locals buy argan oil, neighborhood bakers, etc.) and gave us great context to the cities we were visiting. Our guide, Hicham, in Rabat kept us busy all day (bring sunscreen!) and kept us laughing with his great story telling skills - we left feeling we had really seen Rabat's history and learned the "fun facts". In Marrakech, we had a Moroccan cooking class, and the ladies of Cafe Clock were extremely friendly, warm and had wonderful knowledge to share on Moroccan food from selecting ingredients, to cooking, to the dishes orgins, etc. Our guide, Ibrahim, in Imlil welcomed us into his home for a meal with his family and guided on us on an unforgettable hike through Toubkal National Park (truly an amazing experience, we'd highly recommend).

All of our Riads were beautiful and different - difficult for me to say which was my favorite, except that I'd recommend staying in a few different ones so you can experience the variety. All were clean, comfortable and had excellent service, though varied in modernity and spaciousness. Same to be said for all our hotels - everything was lovely (all 5-star rated, so not surprising, but neither did they disappoint).

All there is left to say is THANK YOU to Yassine at Morocco off the Beaten Track and kimkim for planning an amazing trip for my family and I!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Hello Emily,

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback about your trip! I am so happy to hear that your trip went as planned and that you all enjoyed it so much. Your feedback is so important for us to constantly improve and ensure that we are working with the best in the industry. Mohammed is a gem, and we are so happy to have him on our team. Having that private driver on your trip is certainly worth it and makes for the trip to be so much more special. I’m glad that you all got along... read more

Hello Emily,

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback about your trip! I am so happy to hear that your trip went as planned and that you all enjoyed it so much. Your feedback is so important for us to constantly improve and ensure that we are working with the best in the industry. Mohammed is a gem, and we are so happy to have him on our team. Having that private driver on your trip is certainly worth it and makes for the trip to be so much more special. I’m glad that you all got along so well and enjoyed your time together.

I will most definitely follow up with Hicham, Ibrahim and Café Clock about your comments. They will be so happy to hear that their expertise and hospitality made your trip so special. The same goes for your accommodations. I couldn’t be happier that you enjoyed your time in each and that they met your expectations. One of my favorite parts of travel is staying in different types of accommodations, and it is good to hear that your selection made the trip interesting and unique.

Again, thank you so much for your kind words and feedback. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us when you want to travel to Morocco again and see a different part of the country. We could focus on the northern parts next time. Take care, and safe future travels!

Warm regards,
Yassine

July Wedding in Casablanca
Morocco | Jul 18 - Jul 21, 2019

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Fiona L.
| Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Just returned from a wonderful 4 day trip to Casablanca, specifically to attend a wedding, an amazing experience!
I arranged through Yassine a driver for the 4 days and guides for Rabat and Casablanca. Our driver and guides were truly fantastic throughout. We couldn’t have been happier with their service.
After a great half-day tour of Casablanca, our driver picked us up at 8.30 pm for the wedding and waited willingly and patiently until 3.00 am when we left. Above and beyond! It... read more

Just returned from a wonderful 4 day trip to Casablanca, specifically to attend a wedding, an amazing experience!
I arranged through Yassine a driver for the 4 days and guides for Rabat and Casablanca. Our driver and guides were truly fantastic throughout. We couldn’t have been happier with their service.
After a great half-day tour of Casablanca, our driver picked us up at 8.30 pm for the wedding and waited willingly and patiently until 3.00 am when we left. Above and beyond! It was our good luck that Yassine happened to be in Casablanca during our visit (he lives in Seattle) and he accompanied us on our tours. An added a pleasurable bonus.
Thank you all so much. We won’t hesitate to recommend Kimkim to friends.
Fiona Lohrisch, Sarasota, Florida.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Hello Fiona,

Thank you for your kind words! I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay in Morocco, and that your experience with your guides was so positive. It was a pleasure getting to meet you and accompany you during your trip, and your guides couldn’t have spoken more highly of you once you left. Thank you for your recommendation, and I hope to be able to plan a longer visit to Morocco with you in the near future! Take care.

Warm regards,
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Jun 17 - Jun 22, 2019

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Jim M.
Norcross, GA | Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019

This was the trip of a lifetime! It truly exceeded our expectations!
First time we worked with KimKim, and we definitely recommend them!

Yossef was fabulous to work with not only before our trip, but was in touch with us the entire trip making sure we were comfortable, cared for and enjoying our vacation.

We absolutely loved our driver, Ismail! Not only was he a very safe, cautious driver, but he was such a great companion to have with us. He pointed out various things along the way,... read more

This was the trip of a lifetime! It truly exceeded our expectations!
First time we worked with KimKim, and we definitely recommend them!

Yossef was fabulous to work with not only before our trip, but was in touch with us the entire trip making sure we were comfortable, cared for and enjoying our vacation.

We absolutely loved our driver, Ismail! Not only was he a very safe, cautious driver, but he was such a great companion to have with us. He pointed out various things along the way, made sure we were always comfortable, and on Friday afternoon, he kept his cool in all the crazy Casablanca traffic. He definitely made our driving time enjoyable. I feel like we were leaving a good friend when we said good-bye to him at the airport.

Our guide in Chefchaouen, Yosef, was equally as great. One of the high points of the entire week was sitting alongside the river at lunch with Yosef and Issmail. It was relaxing, super tasty and something we had no idea we would get to enjoy. We were able to engage, learn, and just enjoy the country, the culture and speak freely.

The Hammam! We didn't know what to expect and that made the adventure all the more fun! A definite must do!

The home visit was so much fun. Not only was it relaxing, very tasty, but it was great fun having Yousef and Issmail there with us. Super evening!

The two riads were beautiful, welcoming, relaxing and a comfortable, quiet respite after our days of touring. Hospitality at both was over the top! We felt like royalty.

The ENTIRE experience was more than we could have ever imagined.
Thank you for making our 25th wedding anniversary the trip of a lifetime!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2019

Hello Jim,

It brings me so much joy that your trip was so amazing for you both, and that the experience exceeded your expectations.

Your driver Ismail is a true treasure, and I am so glad that you connected with him in such a way. It is so good to hear that you were able to enjoy the little personal moments away from the touristy places, where you could really get a sense of the country and culture. I will share your comments with Yosef and your dinner host as I know they will appreciate... read more

Hello Jim,

It brings me so much joy that your trip was so amazing for you both, and that the experience exceeded your expectations.

Your driver Ismail is a true treasure, and I am so glad that you connected with him in such a way. It is so good to hear that you were able to enjoy the little personal moments away from the touristy places, where you could really get a sense of the country and culture. I will share your comments with Yosef and your dinner host as I know they will appreciate your kind words.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments and feedback. We strive to create unique and memorable experiences for our travelers, and it looks like your trip was a success. Let me know when you want to come back to Morocco, and we will plan another great trip to different and exciting places. Take care.

Warm regards,
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Jun 8 - Jun 14, 2019

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Jordan A.
Acworth, GA | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

This was my first time using KimKim and I will definitely use them for travel again. Every part of the experience was amazing - planning, accommodations/experiences, and our driver. The planning process was pleasant and efficient all thanks to Yassine. He was extremely responsive and patient. He worked with me to plan an amazing 5 year anniversary trip that my wife and I loved. I had a rough idea of all the things I wanted to do and he used his expertise of Morocco to help tailor a trip that... read more

This was my first time using KimKim and I will definitely use them for travel again. Every part of the experience was amazing - planning, accommodations/experiences, and our driver. The planning process was pleasant and efficient all thanks to Yassine. He was extremely responsive and patient. He worked with me to plan an amazing 5 year anniversary trip that my wife and I loved. I had a rough idea of all the things I wanted to do and he used his expertise of Morocco to help tailor a trip that would best accommodate it all. Thanks to Yassine, my wife and I traveled worry free as we went from one amazing experience to the next.
We arrived in Marrakesh and were picked up by our Riad (pre-arranged with the help of Yassine). We explored the markets in Marrakesh and the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square. We had dinner in a restaurant that overlooked the square as we watched all the commotion below us. The next morning, we were picked up by our driver, Ishmael, to start our journey to the desert. It was a very long trip to the desert. I am so happy that Yassine recommended we break it up into two days. Day 1, our drive time was about 3-4 hours. Day 2, the drive time was about 5-6. The hotel we stayed in overnight in Ouarzazate was one of the highlights of our trip. It was called Caravane and it was amazing. It was a quaint, French inspired hotel with friendly staff and amazing food. In fact, the best food we had on our trip was at Caravane (their Chef lives in a local Kasbah close by). After Ouarzazate, Ishmael drove us to Merzouga where we started our desert stay with a 1 hr camel ride into the Sahara Desert to our tent in Luxury Camp Chebbi! The whole desert experience was the highlight of our trip. It was extremely romantic and the tents offered a "glamping" appeal as they had showers, toilets, running water, etc. The sunset & sunrise over the Sahara were spectacular and so was the stargazing at night. I can't say enough about our desert experience. After the desert, we returned to Marrakesh for a hot air balloon ride on our actual anniversary day. We then took a train to Casablanca and stayed in a hotel where, shortly after check-in, we were presented with a little surprise anniversary treat - courtesy of Yassine and the rest of the staff. Speaking of staff, I have to give our driver Ishmael a special shout out. He was an amazing travel companion to my wife and I. His driving was perfect. He would stop whenever and wherever we wanted along the way. He talked and conversed with us and let us sleep or played music when we just wanted to relax. He often stopped to get us bottled water and just always knew what we needed before we asked. He was always on time to pick us up in the morning and was extremely patient whenever we ventured off to different activities while he waited on us. Ishmael truly enhanced our experience and we're so glad he was our driver.
Overall, I was very pleased with the entire travel experience and highly recommend Yassine and the team to anyone interested in visiting Morocco. We have traveled a lot in the past 5 years and this trip was right at the top with the best of them. Thanks for a wonderful experience Yassine and team!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2019

Hello Jordan,

I am so happy that you and your wife had such a great time in Morocco for your anniversary! I’m glad that my recommendations to you on the timing and length of your days worked so well, and that your desert experience was such a highlight of the trip!

I will be sure to let the owners of Caravane know how much you enjoyed your stay there! I am sure that they will be thrilled to know that their chef is making some of the best food in the country.

Thank you for your feedback on... read more

Hello Jordan,

I am so happy that you and your wife had such a great time in Morocco for your anniversary! I’m glad that my recommendations to you on the timing and length of your days worked so well, and that your desert experience was such a highlight of the trip!

I will be sure to let the owners of Caravane know how much you enjoyed your stay there! I am sure that they will be thrilled to know that their chef is making some of the best food in the country.

Thank you for your feedback on Ismail. It is such a delight to hear how he positively impacted your trip, and I will be sure to share this feedback with him. He really is a gem and we are so happy to share him with our travelers.

I truly appreciate you taking time to provide us with your comments and review of your Moroccan experience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us again when you decide to come back and visit the northern part of the country. Take care!

Warm regards,
Yassine

A girls bucket list
Morocco | May 1 - May 18, 2019

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Patricia J.
Australia | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Loved the desert area ouzazate and the drives from place to place - remarkable scenery and land scape. Everywhere we went was lovely, medinas, especially in Fes so interesting. Guide great, cooking class, great.. Chefchouen, fascinating. Ifrane, hotel beautiful, otherwise a bit disappointing but certainly different to the rest of what we saw. Enjoyed Tangiers and Essouria, lovely seaside places. Great guide in Essouria and Ouzazate. Loved the Yves St Laurent Gardens in Marrakech. ... read more

Loved the desert area ouzazate and the drives from place to place - remarkable scenery and land scape. Everywhere we went was lovely, medinas, especially in Fes so interesting. Guide great, cooking class, great.. Chefchouen, fascinating. Ifrane, hotel beautiful, otherwise a bit disappointing but certainly different to the rest of what we saw. Enjoyed Tangiers and Essouria, lovely seaside places. Great guide in Essouria and Ouzazate. Loved the Yves St Laurent Gardens in Marrakech. Guide here Ok, didn't really do much, showed us the souks in the medina but took us to places where we expected to buy things. There was no pressure and I know they all have to do a bit of this but not to the extent that I thought he did.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Hello Patricia,

Thank you for your thoughtful review! I am so glad to hear about the different parts of the trip that you enjoyed. It’s good to hear that most of your guides were great, and that your cooking class was great as well! I appreciate your comments about your guide in Marrakesh and will follow up to make sure that the focus of our tours match the desires of our travelers.

Take care, and please reach out if you are ever planning on heading to Morocco again in the future!

Warm Regards,
Yassine

traditional morocco
Morocco | Apr 26 - May 8, 2019

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Jay R.
Australia | Reviewed on May 27, 2019

Our dream of travelling to Morocco was made possible with the expert assistance of Yassine from Morocco Off the Beaten Track. From the very first email we sent to him, we felt confident that he would put together an itinerary that was exactly what we were wanting- a trip that included culture, arts, food & music.
Our 13 day tour included, Essaouira, Marrakesh, Fes, Chefchaouen & concluded in Tangier.
Our driver Ismail was excellent. We cannot speak highly enough of him. He was a prompt,... read more

Our dream of travelling to Morocco was made possible with the expert assistance of Yassine from Morocco Off the Beaten Track. From the very first email we sent to him, we felt confident that he would put together an itinerary that was exactly what we were wanting- a trip that included culture, arts, food & music.
Our 13 day tour included, Essaouira, Marrakesh, Fes, Chefchaouen & concluded in Tangier.
Our driver Ismail was excellent. We cannot speak highly enough of him. He was a prompt, highly skilled & calm driver. He met us with a smile every morning & was a wonderful resource for us to learn more about Moroccan culture and music, both tradional and current. He was good company for the many hours we spent on the road. His knowledge of local traditional events, enabled us to attend events that are now fond memories of a wonderful, rich & beautiful country.
Throughout our trip we stayed in amazing Riads and had guides that were very well educated thanks to the detailed planning of Yassine & Hassan.
Throughout our trip, Yassine & Hassan were contactable if we needed. We were also given the use of a mobile phone to contact our driver at any time.
A huge thankyou to all who helped plan and make possible  our trip of a life time.
Jay & Andy

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Hello Jay,

Thank you so much for your kind words and valuable feedback. I am so pleased that your trip was exactly what you were dreaming of and proud that we were part of making it a reality.

We are very lucky to have Ismail, and I’m glad your time spent with him was so wonderful. Our guides are also so special to us, and it is great to hear that you enjoyed their deep knowledge of the country.

I appreciate all that you said about Morocco and the work that Morocco Off the Beaten Track did... read more

Hello Jay,

Thank you so much for your kind words and valuable feedback. I am so pleased that your trip was exactly what you were dreaming of and proud that we were part of making it a reality.

We are very lucky to have Ismail, and I’m glad your time spent with him was so wonderful. Our guides are also so special to us, and it is great to hear that you enjoyed their deep knowledge of the country.

I appreciate all that you said about Morocco and the work that Morocco Off the Beaten Track did to make sure your visit was an enjoyable one. If you every decide to come back, please reach out. We would love to help plan your further Moroccan adventures!

Warmest regards,
Yassine

A girls bucket list
Morocco | May 1 - May 18, 2019

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Christine L.
Australia | Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Morocco for me will be one of my most memorable trips. Yassine was amazing and was so efficient, professional and friendly in organising our fantastic trip.
We had a wonderful driver Nabil who was so obliging and nothing was too much trouble also not forgetting that he is an excellent driver.
Hakim our guide in Fes was exceptional as was our guide Hassam in Ouarzazate and our guide in Essaouira. They were all so interesting and we loved learning about the history of Morocco.....
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Morocco for me will be one of my most memorable trips. Yassine was amazing and was so efficient, professional and friendly in organising our fantastic trip.
We had a wonderful driver Nabil who was so obliging and nothing was too much trouble also not forgetting that he is an excellent driver.
Hakim our guide in Fes was exceptional as was our guide Hassam in Ouarzazate and our guide in Essaouira. They were all so interesting and we loved learning about the history of Morocco.....
Josef in Marrakesh was a little disappointing but very nice and friendly .
I personally loved the whole trip but the drive through the Atlas Mountains was spectacular and the night in Camp Chebbi in Merzouga and riad Caravane in Ouarzazate.
Overall all accommodation was excellent and the Moroccans are such lovely, helpful and very friendly people.
Also the cooking class in Fes was fun and the chef an absolute delight.
I would highly recommend Off the beaten track as an excellent well organised company.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Hello Christine,

I am so happy that your time in Morocco was so memorable! Thank you for your feedback about Nabil, Hassam and Josef. I will be sure to follow up with each of them to share your kind words and feedback.

It’s surprising how just a drive through the mountains can be so amazing, but not until you have experienced the beauty of the Atlas Mountains can you truly understand. I’m glad that you enjoyed it and your night in the desert so much.

I appreciate your kind words about... read more

Hello Christine,

I am so happy that your time in Morocco was so memorable! Thank you for your feedback about Nabil, Hassam and Josef. I will be sure to follow up with each of them to share your kind words and feedback.

It’s surprising how just a drive through the mountains can be so amazing, but not until you have experienced the beauty of the Atlas Mountains can you truly understand. I’m glad that you enjoyed it and your night in the desert so much.

I appreciate your kind words about myself and Morocco Off the Beaten Track. Please reach out to us again when you decide to return to Morocco! Take care.

Warmest Regards,
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Apr 19 - Apr 26, 2019

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Nadia G.
Australia | Reviewed on May 10, 2019

My husband and I had a phenomenal trip in Morocco organised by Yassine and the Team from MOBT, and I would be delighted to recommend them to anyone looking to travel to Morocco for the first time.

Booking Experience:
One of the great benefits of working with a locally based travel specialist is that you receive reliable guidance and recommendations for a country you may not be familiar with. In planning the trip Yassine thoughtfully made me aware of several logistical considerations, for... read more

My husband and I had a phenomenal trip in Morocco organised by Yassine and the Team from MOBT, and I would be delighted to recommend them to anyone looking to travel to Morocco for the first time.

Booking Experience:
One of the great benefits of working with a locally based travel specialist is that you receive reliable guidance and recommendations for a country you may not be familiar with. In planning the trip Yassine thoughtfully made me aware of several logistical considerations, for example regarding realistic travel times, and also recommended some less well-known regions and destinations to visit. He helped us tailor an itinerary that catered for our interests and maximised our short 7 days in the country.

Yassine was highly professional, always responsive, and knowledgeable. The information provided before the trip was detailed and gave us some great preparation tips.

For anyone traveling from Australia, I can also confirm that coordinating information with Yassine was significantly easier and faster than with a local agent. In addition, he was happy provide us with all the required info for Smart Traveller.

In Country Experience:
We couldn’t be happier and more grateful for the warm welcome and support we received from the MOBT team.

The highlight of any trip is the people you meet along the way, and we truly cherished the opportunity to get to know our driver Ismail. Apart from being a very thoughtful, kind, and warm person – he’s also one heck of a competent driver. It was so sad to say goodbye and we wished we got to have more conversations with Ismail. He was so patient with our questions and taught us both a lot about Morocco.

All the guides we encountered were professional and knowledgeable. Of particular value was their savvy planning of our days in Marrakesh and Fes, since they were able to predict which places would be crowded, so we were always at the right place at the right time, avoiding all the cues.

We were also grateful that Hassan joined us on one of the days, it was a pleasure to meet him, and we really appreciated that MOBT team members checked in with us regularly during the trip.

Finally, the accommodation selected by MOBT could not have been better. Every hotel/riad was comfortable, beautiful, had incredible service, and was easy to find in the medina.

Travelling to Morocco:
If you’ve not been to Morocco before, do not hesitate to plan your visit. I would recommend researching and preparing well, understanding a little about the culture beforehand, and you will have a brilliant trip.

Whatever your interest, you will find something that you will enjoy and find beauty in. For me, as an avid reader and history buff, Morocco was a treasure trove of incredible sights and meaningful discoveries. It was really a transformative experience, and we now understand a little more about the world than we did before – something that you should take away from every new place. It’s hard to name a highlight - the whole experience was fantastic from start to finish - but I think getting up early in the morning to listen to the call to prayer and watch the sunrise for the first time in Marrakesh was one of the most moving memories I have.

Thank you to Yassine, Hassan, of course Ismail, and everyone at MOBT for helping us have an amazing adventure. We will be returning to Morocco, there is so much more to explore!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Hello Nadia,

Thank you for your detailed review. I am so happy to hear that your time in Morocco was so special to you and that you found the history, culture and travel experience so meaningful. I appreciate your insight about booking with us versus some other agents in Australia. I try my best to be responsive and honest, and I am glad that it worked so well for you.

We are so thankful to have such great staff and drivers, and Ismail is one of our best! He truly enjoys meeting people from... read more

Hello Nadia,

Thank you for your detailed review. I am so happy to hear that your time in Morocco was so special to you and that you found the history, culture and travel experience so meaningful. I appreciate your insight about booking with us versus some other agents in Australia. I try my best to be responsive and honest, and I am glad that it worked so well for you.

We are so thankful to have such great staff and drivers, and Ismail is one of our best! He truly enjoys meeting people from around the world, and it shows in his hospitality. Also, it is good to know that your guides were able to navigate you so well through the cities to make your visit more enjoyable. Hassan was also very glad to have met you both.

Again, I am so thankful for your thoughtful review and feedback about your trip. I’m glad to hear that you will be coming back to Morocco again, and hope that we can plan your second visit! Take care.

Warmest regards,
Yassine

Morocco
Morocco | Apr 14 - Apr 23, 2019

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Wayne P.
Womelsdorf, PA | Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

I must say we had a wonderful trip. Yassine made sure that we were scheduled to do and see everything that we wanted to. All our guides were great. Well-informed with good English. Particularly good was Hakim, our guide in Fez. Knowledgeable, with a great sense of humor. He was helpful in finding quality places to shop, but allowed us to be in charge of what we were interested in looking for. Our driver, Nabil, was always cheerful and helpful. Having a driver really helped us to visit the... read more

I must say we had a wonderful trip. Yassine made sure that we were scheduled to do and see everything that we wanted to. All our guides were great. Well-informed with good English. Particularly good was Hakim, our guide in Fez. Knowledgeable, with a great sense of humor. He was helpful in finding quality places to shop, but allowed us to be in charge of what we were interested in looking for. Our driver, Nabil, was always cheerful and helpful. Having a driver really helped us to visit the maximum number of places, with the minimum amount of stress. We also had a good balance of leisure time to educational time. If you are considering a trip to Morocco, don't miss out on camping with the Bedouins, and the camel ride into camp. The scenery is amazing. Your friends will all be jealous. I have only 1 suggestion: it seems that all of the riads that we stayed in put us on the 3rd floor. I'm not sure why. The problem is that I have knee issues. They are not TOO bad, but the steps in Morocco seem to be higher than the steps elsewhere. The first riad in Fez, I had to climb the steps on my hands and knees. (not too dignified) Luckily, they moved us for the second night. So I suggest asking your clients about knee issues, and booking rooms accordingly. BTW, every riad we stayed at was photograph worthy. Good job!!!! Eileen & Wayne & Eileen


Wayne

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on May 08, 2019

Hello Wayne & Eileen

Thank you for your review! It’s detailed reviews like yours that help us celebrate our wins and continue to improve where needed. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip, and that having a driver made you’re your time in Morocco relaxing. That is one of the biggest advantages of having a private driver, and we are very lucky to have such a great driver as Nabil. That is so good to hear that you enjoyed your time in the Sahara Desert! Also, thank you for your... read more

Hello Wayne & Eileen

Thank you for your review! It’s detailed reviews like yours that help us celebrate our wins and continue to improve where needed. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip, and that having a driver made you’re your time in Morocco relaxing. That is one of the biggest advantages of having a private driver, and we are very lucky to have such a great driver as Nabil. That is so good to hear that you enjoyed your time in the Sahara Desert! Also, thank you for your feedback on Hakim. I am happy to hear that he guided you in the medina but did not take control of your shopping experience.

I must apologize about the riads. I am curious as to why you were scheduled on the top floor of every one of them. I will follow up to see how this happened. I am however happy that Dar Roumana was able to accommodate.

Again, I appreciate your thoughtful words and feedback. If you are ever in the market to travel to Morocco again, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would be more than thrilled to plan your next trip with you again. Take care.

Warm Regards,
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Apr 3 - Apr 10, 2019

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Eileen S.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Thanks to kimkim and Yassine, who organized a wonderful trip for us to Morocco's imperial cities of Marrakesh, Rabat, Meknes, and Fez, along with visits to the coastal city of Essaouira and the commercial hub of Casablanca. Planning our trip was a breeze. Once I told Yassine we were particularly interested in food, history and culture, he recommended places to visit. I did some research and we settled on an itinerary. Although we spent a bit of time driving between destinations, that was an... read more

Thanks to kimkim and Yassine, who organized a wonderful trip for us to Morocco's imperial cities of Marrakesh, Rabat, Meknes, and Fez, along with visits to the coastal city of Essaouira and the commercial hub of Casablanca. Planning our trip was a breeze. Once I told Yassine we were particularly interested in food, history and culture, he recommended places to visit. I did some research and we settled on an itinerary. Although we spent a bit of time driving between destinations, that was an interesting experience in itself, seeing the rich farmlands and remote villages. Yassine selected several beautiful riads, bed & breakfasts which are elegantly refurbished homes located in the middle of the old city Medinas. The riads, with their central courtyards and lovely detailed tile work and wood carvings, were a quiet oasis and gave us a genuine feeling for Moroccan history and culture.

We began our journey with a few hiccups, arriving late to our connecting flight from Casablanca to Marrakesh. Our driver, Muhammed, coordinated to have us driven instead of waiting 4 and 1/2 hours for the next flight. When we weren't able to retrieve our luggage, we waited two days before it caught up to us. In the meantime, Muhammed was terrific. He was warm, friendly, flexible, and completely reliable. He patiently took us back to the Marrakesh Airport several times until the luggage finally arrived.

Although we enjoyed our entire trip, we particularly loved walking through the Kasbah of Rabat, the bustling Medina of Fez, and visiting the beautiful beaches of Essaouira. Our guides in Marrakesh, Rabat and Fez all gave us wonderful historical background on each of the cities and a sense of present day Morocco.

Our only regret is that we didn't have more time to explore this beautiful country. We will definitely use kimkim and Yassine to plan our next visit!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on May 27, 2019

Hello Eileen,

I am so happy to hear about your wonderful time in Morocco. Your feedback about your trip is so important to us, and I thank you for being so detailed in your comments. I am glad to hear that Mohammed did such a good job for you and that your unfortunate airline delay ended up working out in the end. I will surely give him your feedback.

I am also glad that you enjoyed your accommodations and their locations in the medinas. This is the best way to experience Morocco and with... read more

Hello Eileen,

I am so happy to hear about your wonderful time in Morocco. Your feedback about your trip is so important to us, and I thank you for being so detailed in your comments. I am glad to hear that Mohammed did such a good job for you and that your unfortunate airline delay ended up working out in the end. I will surely give him your feedback.

I am also glad that you enjoyed your accommodations and their locations in the medinas. This is the best way to experience Morocco and with your comments on how much you enjoyed walking through the cities, I can see that you experienced this.

I am thankfully that you decided to travel with us, and so happy that you enjoyed your trip. When you can come back in the future, please reach out. I would greatly enjoy planning your trip with you again.

Warm regards,
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Mar 12 - Mar 21, 2019

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Randall S.
Gastonia, NC | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Our entire experience with KimKim was effortless. From the initial and follow-up planning with Yassine to the final follow-up was a great experience. We were met at the Marrakesh airport by a young man named Ismael. We could not have asked for a better person to be our driver and to spend the trip with. He was engaging, courteous, helpful and a very cautious and competent driver. Interacting with him was one of the highlights of our trip. We checked into the Riad Melhoun which was... read more

Our entire experience with KimKim was effortless. From the initial and follow-up planning with Yassine to the final follow-up was a great experience. We were met at the Marrakesh airport by a young man named Ismael. We could not have asked for a better person to be our driver and to spend the trip with. He was engaging, courteous, helpful and a very cautious and competent driver. Interacting with him was one of the highlights of our trip. We checked into the Riad Melhoun which was beautiful and the staff was very accommodating. The next morning we were met by our tour guide, Mohammed. He spent the entire day taking thru Marrakesh and showing us the highlights, along with some very local spots such as the community baker and community Tagine oven and caretaker. He also introduced us to local craftsman who made ironwork, leather products etc. He ended the day with us at the main square in Marrakesh awaiting sunset. The next day we headed to Ouarzazate, the drive was very scenic and kept our interest. We stopped for a pleasant lunch and then climbed to the ancient village, Ait Benhaddou. The views were spectacular from this ancient village. We stayed out Le Temple Des Arts which had “themed” suites. Once again, the staff was very kind and accommodating and we had a very nice dinner at the restaurant there. The next morning we were off to Merzouga for our camel trip into the Sahara. Along the way we stopped at Dades Gorge which was very scenic and a nice walking break. We had lunch in the local village just outside the Gorge. We arrived in Merouza around 5:15 to begin our camel ride for our overnight stay in the Sahara. The ride was about two hours and our guide into the desert was personable and he took great photos for all of us. We stopped before reaching camp so we could enjoy the sunset. We arrived at Luxury Camp Chebbi, and everything was set up for us. After a nice sit around a fire, we were ready for dinner. The dinner was amazing, and our favorite was a tomato, eggplant and goat cheese dish cooked in a tagine. We decided we wanted to take the chef, Omar, back to the USA so we could have his delicious food again. The next morning we went back to Merouza via 4 wheel drive since we had a long drive to Fes. We wanted to ride the camels back but the two hours would have made that difficult to arrive at a decent time. Along our journey, we stopped at a local weekly market that had all kinds of produce, fruit, etc. We never knew there were so many different type of dates. It was very interesting to see how the locals come to these weekly markets to get their goods. We later stopped in Ifrane which is a completely different, but was a nice stop for a coffee and a stroll around town. Later in the day we arrived in Fes and went to Dar Roumana to check in. This Dar is absolutely beautiful. Later that evening we were taken to a local restaurant, Dar Hatim. This restaurant served us perhaps the best Moroccan salad and a lamb tagine that was so tender and tasty. The next morning we met our guide, Hakim, to begin our tour of Fes. We first took a drive to see the Medina from above and then went back so we could start walking thru town. We went thru the blue gate and wandered thru the souks and stopped at the tannery (use the mint leaves), then later stopped at a weavers store. The craftsmanship was amazing to see. We later went to a tile shop/school where they make the most beautiful pottery, mosaics, vases, etc. This place was also a school that trained locals to become artisans. Our guide then took us back to Dar Roumana around 6 pm. The staff arranged for a guide to get us the Clock Cafe where they had some local music and a nice dinner on the top terrace. The alleys and streets with the Medina of Fes are overwhelming and easy to lose your way so we appreciated the assistance, otherwise we might still be wondering around Fes. The next morning we departed to head to Chefchaouen. Our first stop was at Meknes to take a look at the ancient stables where they had 12,000 horses. We then motored along to the the Roman ruins, Volubilis and walked around the area for a while looking at the layout. The area was very scenic and had great views. Our next stop was Moulay Idriss. We checked into a very charming place called Dar Mez which was very quaint and colorful and had absolute great views of the city. We then wondered around the beautiful Medina of Chefchaouen till around 10 pm. We the tried to make our way back to the Dar but were hopelessly lost. Our young local man kindly guided us back to the Dar. A tip to him was money well spent! The next day we wondered back thru the Medina and souks. The shop keepers in Chefchaouen are much more laid back then Fes and Marrakesh so that made browsing a bit easier. We had a nice lunch in town before heading back on the road again. We headed to Rabat and once we arrived we checked into Riad Ziena. We walked the area again and then headed out to eat at Dar Nani Medina. We then continued walking the markets and stopped at an outdoor pastry shop for a couple of sweet desserts to celebrate my birthday. This time we actually found our way back to the Riad without assistance. A major victory for us. The next day we headed to Casablanca to visit the Hassan II. The traffic in Casablanca was the worst we experience but as usual Ismael handled it effortlessly. The mosque is absolutely beautiful and spectacularly large. The mosaic work around the mosque was worth of many pictures. We then headed back to our final destination, Marrakesh for another night. We stopped for a nice lunch along the highway before reaching the final accommodation, Palais Khum. We immediately, left to visit the square on more time, get lost in the Souks and enjoy one more meal overlooking the square. We lingered long into the night and reluctantly headed back knowing we would be leaving the next morning. The next morning before Ismael picked us up we wondered the local alleys and shops. Ismael met us at 11:30 am for our ride to the airport. We sadly said our goodbye is Ismael.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Hello Randall,

Thank you so much for your detailed account of your Moroccan adventure! I am so happy to hear that your trip was a success and that your time in Morocco was unforgettable. I see that you enjoyed your accommodations. Thank you for giving me feedback about the staff at each of them so I can follow up with these businesses. I know that they will appreciate your kind words.

It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed you time with Ismael. We are very lucky to have him on our team and... read more

Hello Randall,

Thank you so much for your detailed account of your Moroccan adventure! I am so happy to hear that your trip was a success and that your time in Morocco was unforgettable. I see that you enjoyed your accommodations. Thank you for giving me feedback about the staff at each of them so I can follow up with these businesses. I know that they will appreciate your kind words.

It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed you time with Ismael. We are very lucky to have him on our team and shining reviews like yours reinforce that fact! These reviews surely help us improve, and it is great to be able to go back to your guides, driver and accommodations to tell them your comments. It is unfortunate that you were not able to sneak Omar back home with you, but I hope that you remember your meal with him for many years to come!

Thank you again for traveling with us, and I hope that our paths cross again in the future. If you are ever looking to travel again to Morocco, please reach out to me! I would be more than pleased to plan your trip again. Take care.

Warmest regards,
Yassine

Best Things To Do In Morocco
Morocco | Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2019

Alissa
Alissa H.
San Antonio, TX | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Trip was wonderful. The contacts were responsive and super-helpful. Our arrival time changed and it was easy to contact both Yassine and Ali and adjust accordingly.

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Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Apr 02, 2019

Hello Alissa,

Thank you for your feedback! I’m glad that your trip went smoothly and that we were able to help you with the changes during your arrival to Morocco. We were very glad to have you travel with us, and so happy that it all worked out well. Take care!

Regards,
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Mar 12 - Mar 21, 2019

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Mary A.
Anchorage, AK | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

The trip was excellentl. The Riads were First rate, The guides were knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Our driver, Mohamed Samouk, was one of the best parts of the trip. He became our friend, part of the family!

We will recommend KimKim and Off the Beaten Path to anyone wishing to explore Morocco.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Apr 02, 2019

Hello Mary,

Thank you so much for the kind words! I am thrilled that you enjoyed your accommodations and that our guides were top notch. Mohamed told me about how close he became with you all and he is so happy to have met you. Please let me know if you ever want to visit the Kingdom of Morocco again, and thank you for the shining recommendation!

Warm Regards,
Yassine

Morocco for Photographers
Morocco | Feb 4 - Feb 11, 2019

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Lucy K.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

This trip was like a dream, everything went just perfect and as planned. Yassine was incredibly patient and accommodating, he listened to us, responded to every question we had and made sure we would be happy with our finalized itinerary. Our trip started in Casablanca, our flight was more than four hours delayed due to bad weather in Montreal, our driver Mohammed was patiently waiting for us and it was a relief to see him there and greeting us with a smile, we immediately felt welcomed and... read more

This trip was like a dream, everything went just perfect and as planned. Yassine was incredibly patient and accommodating, he listened to us, responded to every question we had and made sure we would be happy with our finalized itinerary. Our trip started in Casablanca, our flight was more than four hours delayed due to bad weather in Montreal, our driver Mohammed was patiently waiting for us and it was a relief to see him there and greeting us with a smile, we immediately felt welcomed and safe. He drove us all the way to Fes with a quick stop at Rabat. We spent two nights in Fes, our guide Hakim was super knowledgeable and funny, we had a great day of learning and exploring the medina. We then drove all the way to Marrakesh via Casablanca. One tip for next time, I would avoid Casablanca all together, we just spent a few hours there but with traffic in the city it was more than needed and not worth it. In Marrakesh we spent three nights but only two full days, we had an amazing time and our guide Ali was super fun to be with, he was also very accommodating with our last minute itinerary changes and just adapted to our pace. On our second day we went to Agafay desert in the afternoon, this was definitely a highlight of our trip, if you have the chance, don't miss it! From Marrakesh we drove to Essaouira, we only spent one night there and I wish we had more time, it was one of my favorite places of all. One tip is, buy all your souvenirs there, its way cheaper than any other place and they have everything. Definitely don't miss Essaouria. On our last day we drove back to Casablanca and had dinner at a fancy restaurant our driver Mohammed suggested, we had an amazing time and the food was delightful! Well, food was amazing every single day, from the most cheap to more pricey places!
All of our accommodations were unbelievable nice and charming, it was definitely a huge part of our whole experience, we mostly stayed at riads, which were the perfect selection for us. We were provided with a small cel phone for anything that we needed at any time. Our driver Mohammed was incredibly helpful and friendly, and most importantly, drove us with professionalism and great skills all around Morocco, which involved a lot of driving!
I will definitely will be using kimkim services again and would recommend to anyone planning their next adventure!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Mar 14, 2019

Hello Lucy,

Thank you so much for your kind words! It delights me that you had such an amazing time and that your trip was exactly what you wanted it to be. I appreciate your feedback on Mohammed, Hakim and Ali. I will be sure to pass your praise on to them! Thank you for the tip about bypassing Casablanca on the trip from Fez to Marrakesh; I think this will be a recommendation moving forward. It was surely my pleasure to plan and host you, Anda, Ute and Jamie! I hope that you come to... read more

Hello Lucy,

Thank you so much for your kind words! It delights me that you had such an amazing time and that your trip was exactly what you wanted it to be. I appreciate your feedback on Mohammed, Hakim and Ali. I will be sure to pass your praise on to them! Thank you for the tip about bypassing Casablanca on the trip from Fez to Marrakesh; I think this will be a recommendation moving forward. It was surely my pleasure to plan and host you, Anda, Ute and Jamie! I hope that you come to Morocco again, and we can show you the northern part of the country and more into the majestic Atlas and Rif Mountains! Take care and keep in touch.

Warm regards,
Yassine

Morocco for Photographers
Morocco | Feb 4 - Feb 11, 2019

Anda
Anda P.
Canada | Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

From beginning to end, we were extremely well taken care of. From our first communication, Yassine patiently helped us prepare an itinerary that was perfect for our group. Once we arrived in Morocco, everything was seamless and well organized. Our driver Mohamed was polite, helpful and charming. He helped make the long drives between cities enjoyable, and assured that we were always comfortable. We were quite pleased with the selection of riads; all three were beautiful and special, each in... read more

From beginning to end, we were extremely well taken care of. From our first communication, Yassine patiently helped us prepare an itinerary that was perfect for our group. Once we arrived in Morocco, everything was seamless and well organized. Our driver Mohamed was polite, helpful and charming. He helped make the long drives between cities enjoyable, and assured that we were always comfortable. We were quite pleased with the selection of riads; all three were beautiful and special, each in their own way. Guides were polite and well-informed. Ali in Marrakech did a great job choosing restaurants for us, and we had a few memorable and delicious dining experiences thanks to him.

All in all, we had an excellent trip, and were extremely satisfied with the level of service from KimKim. We would do it all over again if we could.

Thank you for an wonderful experience!!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

Hello Anda,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review about your trip. I'm glad to hear you had a good time in Morocco and that you enjoyed your accommodations. Your pictures are fabulous. Thank you sharing them with us. I see that you were able to catch some goats in Argan tree too!

I appreciate your feedback on Mohamed and your guides. This is very helpful for me and I will make sure to share your kind words with them. Also, I'm glad to hear that the dinning... read more

Hello Anda,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review about your trip. I'm glad to hear you had a good time in Morocco and that you enjoyed your accommodations. Your pictures are fabulous. Thank you sharing them with us. I see that you were able to catch some goats in Argan tree too!

I appreciate your feedback on Mohamed and your guides. This is very helpful for me and I will make sure to share your kind words with them. Also, I'm glad to hear that the dinning recommendations worked so well for you. I'm very happy that we were able to take you on this trip and I hope to be able to plan future Moroccan adventures with you!
Warm regards!
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Jan 14 - Jan 20, 2019

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Ashley G.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Jan 27, 2019

Our trip was great and well planned by Yassine. Our driver Nabil was wonderful and very responsive. He gave us a little phone that allowed us to easily contact him when we needed. We couldn't have asked for better help in a land that we were unfamiliar with.

Our trip was seven days and packed, we were in Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fez, Casablanca and Marrakesh. Admittedly, we should have narrowed down the places we went to, to allow for our type of travel which is a little more leisurely.

We... read more

Our trip was great and well planned by Yassine. Our driver Nabil was wonderful and very responsive. He gave us a little phone that allowed us to easily contact him when we needed. We couldn't have asked for better help in a land that we were unfamiliar with.

Our trip was seven days and packed, we were in Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fez, Casablanca and Marrakesh. Admittedly, we should have narrowed down the places we went to, to allow for our type of travel which is a little more leisurely.

We stayed at 3 star locations and most were great! Riad RK in Marrakesh was great, the fact that they had a Hammam in the location made unwinding much easier. Our Riad in Chefchauouen was also very beautiful and the staff there were very helpful.

On the downside, our riad in Fez (Dar Malika) was nice enough and in a central location but we had a less than ideal situation while there. They are admittedly under transition and do not have a person who works there that stays overnight. This makes it very difficult to talk to someone when the water isn't working (which it didn't for us). The house was very cold outside of the room we stayed in and the second day the groceries went on strike so our breakfast was only a little bread and yogurt. Going to the tannery and not being able to shower was a huge miss. This is the one place I would not stay at again.

The tours that Yassine booked and the guide in Fez was also wonderful. The only downside is that we started to feel like we were only being taken places to spend money instead of simply to admire the culture and choose to buy things if we wanted. We started to feel like the tour was very planned to only go to places that would eagerly show us things only to get us to buy very expensive items. I could do without all the shopping that seemed to be most of the tour, it was very repetitive and didn't allow for much downtime or peace.

There were so many good things and a lot of lessons learned. I will vocalize more about what I'd like in the future and also be sure to know that less is more when booking. Thank you Kimkim, Yassine, Nabil and all of the staff at Morocco off the Beaten Path, you were wonderful!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Feb 05, 2019

Hello Ashley,

Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback. I am so thrilled that you had a great time in Morocco. Your comments and review are so important for my business, and I appreciate your candor in all your communications with me.

I have followed up with the owner of Dar Malika to inquire the situation when you were staying there. They are going to work on adding more heaters in the hallways and make it easier to get in contact with the attendant whom lives next door in... read more

Hello Ashley,

Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback. I am so thrilled that you had a great time in Morocco. Your comments and review are so important for my business, and I appreciate your candor in all your communications with me.

I have followed up with the owner of Dar Malika to inquire the situation when you were staying there. They are going to work on adding more heaters in the hallways and make it easier to get in contact with the attendant whom lives next door in emergency situations. Unfortunately, some construction in the area caused the water to be shut off for a bit. I have also followed up with your guide in Fez to reiterate our policies and instructions on how our tours should be ran. We have gone over ways to modify a tour to meet their traveler’s needs, whether it be more cultural or more touristy, and how to solicit feedback during the tour.

Again, I am very thankful for your review and the information you have provided me, and to others considering going on a fantastic trip to the Kingdom of Morocco. If you are ever interested in coming back, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and kimkim. Take care.

Warmest regards,
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Jan 12 - Jan 19, 2019

Hilda
Hilda S.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

First of all, a big thank you to Yassine and the other members of his team: Hassan, Mohammed & Nabil as well as Chris and Kellie from Kimkim who all worked together to arrange this trip for us. A special thank you to Mohammed, our driver, who drove us all over Morocco, covering great distances. He was an extremely safe and responsible driver who knows the roads and traffic conditions of his country very well.

Ever since I saw the BBC documentary " Sahara" presented by British Actor Michael... read more

First of all, a big thank you to Yassine and the other members of his team: Hassan, Mohammed & Nabil as well as Chris and Kellie from Kimkim who all worked together to arrange this trip for us. A special thank you to Mohammed, our driver, who drove us all over Morocco, covering great distances. He was an extremely safe and responsible driver who knows the roads and traffic conditions of his country very well.

Ever since I saw the BBC documentary " Sahara" presented by British Actor Michael Palin, many years ago, I wanted to visit Morocco and the Sahara desert. And in January 2019, the day finally came. Before our Morocco tour started, my husband and I have been travelling in Southern Spain for a week. On 11 January, we took the FRS ferry from Tarifa in Spain across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier. We spent one night in Tangier and our driver, Mohammed, met us the next morning on 12 January to start our Morocco of the Beaten Track tour.

Our first stop on the tour was Chefchaouen. The winding road from Tangier to Chefchaouen through the Rif Mountains was very picturesque and a great way to see the greener countryside of Morocco. People often think of Morocco as mostly a dry desert landscape, but the route from Tangier to Chefchaouen is very green and beautiful. Chefchaouen was one of the highlights of our trip. The accomodation at La petite Chefchaouen in the heart of the old town on the hill was great. This small boutique hotel is run by two young brothers who were always extremely kind and professional. The decorations were modern and stylish and practical, similar to small boutique hotels in Australia and Europe. The breakfast was great and the wifi always reliable. The town itself was lovely and the locals very friendly. We always felt really safe walking around on our own. A shop keeper invited us up to his roof terrace to show us the spectacular view and meet his ginger kitten. It was great that he genuinly just wanted to show us the view and was not trying to sell us something. In Chefchaouen in general, we felt more relaxed and not so hassled by every second person as in Fes or Marrakech. When you walk around the Medinas of Fes and Marrakech, everybody wants to sell you something or be your guide. The Moroccans are great sales people, but not all toursits want to constantly buy things, so it can be quite exhausting to keep saying no. If you do not want to buy something, the 2 most useful phrases to learn and to say firmly but always with a smile are: La Shukran or Non Merci!

From Chefchaouen we drove to Fes, again with spectacular views over the Rif and Middle Atlas Mountains and rows and rows of olive plantations. En route we stopped near Moulay Idriss to see the Roman Ruins of Volubilis. For people with an interest in history and museums and archaeology, these ruins are a must see. The views over the surrounding countryside and Moulay Idriss from the ruins are great. Since the trip involves a lot of time on the road, it can sometimes be hard to find a clean restroom, so even if you are not that much into ancient ruins, I would highly recommend a stop at Volubilis, to stretch your legs and walk among the ruins and it also has very clean toilets. Just make sure you have enough coins to tip the cleaning ladies.

We then stayed in Fes for 2 nights at a beautifully old renovated 300 year old house in the Medina, called Dar Mallika, owned by an Australian writer, Susanna Clarke. In winter it is quite cold in Fes and the house was very cold, but the room had heating and airconditioning and the electric blankets on the beds were great. It was also good to have a choice of different high quality English Breakfast and other Teas as well as several international News Channels in any language of your choice, to stay up to date with what's going on in the world while on holiday. There was also a selection of music to listen to while having breakfast, from classical, jazz to Arabian pop! Si Mohammed, the Riad manager was also a great host, very well organised, helpful and professional. Fes was a fascinating city and a journey back in time. It was great to see the intricate hard work and centuries of tradition at the pottery workshop and handmade carpets. The guided tour of Fes was great, however a bit too long for me. I would have preferred a half day tour, but that depends on the type of traveller you are. I think some people will enjoy having a guide all day and don't feel comfortable exploring on their own and prefer the guide to make restaurants recommendations or shopping recommendations for them. I personally am very independent and like to explore on my own and make my own restaurant choices, so for people like me, a half day tour would be better. Nevertheless, the guide was excellent and we learnt a lot from him about the history of Fes.

The drive to Merzouga from Fes takes about 8 hours, so if you want to do the camel ride around 5pm in order to reach the desert tented camp by sunset, you really need to leave Fes no later than 8 am and it is not practical to have too many stops. We left at 8 am and since it was only my husband and I and our driver, we told Mohammed we don't want to make many stops, we prefer to get to the desert early. But for older travellers who may need more stops and rests, I think it may be a good idea to rather stay 2 days in the desert, first night in the desert hotel, and then do the camel ride the next day without having to rush. We had limited time in Morocco and only 1 night in the desert, so for us, leaving Fes early and driving without many stops worked well. That said, it is important to make a few short stops to give the driver a break. It's such a great distance to travel and the roads are not easy, I think all people doing a tour should be considerate towards the driver, as he has a massive task to drive everyone from point A to B safely and deserves to have lunch and tea breaks too. We had a late lunch in Erfoud at a cafe I would like to recommend. It's not that easy to know which restaurant or cafe to pick on the road in this remote part of Morocco, but we were lucky to find the Cafe Restaurant Dakar Erfoud. The cafe had seating outside on a terrace and inside. It was very clean and the young men who ran the cafe spoke very good French and made us feel at home. We didn't want to have a big sit down meal. Just a quick sandwich or pizza, and since they are a pizza place, they made us a Moroccan flavoured pizza from scratch and within 35 min, we were on our way to the desert. The pizza was delicious and the cafe also had wifi and even features in a French Spy novel (we found out later when we did some research about the cafe). Here is their website, have a look.
https://www.restaurantdakarerfoud.com

We arrived at the Hotel on the edge of the desert around 4:30pm, and reached our tented camp after a 1 and a half hour camel ride on two camels called Aslan & Anlal, lead by their master Yussuf who only spoke Arabic, Berber and a few words in Spanish! Yussuf was great, he knows the camels and the desert very well and he was very friendly and an enthusiastic photographer. He took many photos of us on our camels. We watched the sun set over the dunes and reached the camp just after sunset. The dinner at the camp was nice, although a bit cold. One thing I would say about doing a desert safari in winter, is be aware that it gets very cold in the desert at night. It was -1 degrees celcius. So if you travel in winter, or if you are an older traveller with health issues or not the outdoor camping type, make sure to pack enough warm clothes, the kind of clothes you would pack if you go camping on an alpine mountain hike in cold weather!

We left the desert the next morning on the same camels with Yussuf leading the way. This time we saw the sunrise. We met our driver back at the main desert hotel and started our drive to Ait Ben Haddou through many dusty little mud brick . We stopped to see some fossils as well as stops in the Todra & Dades Gorges. We had a great walk through the Todra Gorge, took some great photo and had lunch in a town on the edge of the Gorge, called Tinghir. This town was really pretty and a great tourist stop with many hotels and good restaurants. Since it is such a long drive, I would suggest especially for older travellers to stop in this town for lunch or even one night, before continuing the journey to Ouarzazate or Ait Ben Haddou as it is a very tourist friendly town, you can take beautiful pictures of the gorge and do some shopping. I saw some great inexpensive rugs and clothes and other souvenirs in this town, much better value that what I saw in Marrakech. We ate at a restaurant called Inass, popular with tourists. The food was good and they also have an indoor and outdoor seating area and very clean toilets. Again, run by a group of young Moroccans. I really enjoyed seeing the young moroccans running B&B's and restaurants. They seem to know what tourists want and these guys could also speak very good English and French.

After a quick stop in Ouarzazate, the film studio town of Morocco, we arrived in Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a famous movie setting: Gladiator, The Mummy, Laurence of Arabia and many more were filmed here. We stayed at the beautiful Riad Caravane, owned by a French artist who bought a ruined Kasbah and after 5 years of renovations and art collected from all over Africa & Asia, turned it into a 1st class small boutique hotel with very professional staff and fine dining. The Riad also has a rooftop and small splash pool with panoramic views over Ait Ben Haddou. Although we only stayed 1 night in Ait Ben Haddou, I think it is a town where one could spend more time, especially after travelling such long distances.

On Day 6 of our trip we left Ait Ben Haddou for Marrakech. Although Marrakech is not really that far from Ouarzazate or Ait Ben Haddou, the journey takes a long time due to unfinished road works on the Atlas Mountains. We saw some spectacular scenery driving through the Atlas mountains, but the road is quite scary and unfortunately the only way to get to Marrakech by road from the desert. However Mohammed did an excellent job always driving slowly and very carefully.

We arrived late in the afternoon in Marrakech and that is where we spent out last 2 nights in Morocco. I liked Marrakech, the red (dark pink) city . The Riad in Marrakech was nice, again very friendly helpful staff. This one was very traditionally decorated and also had a spa & hamman. Marrakech highlights for me were the Marjorelle Gardens, Bahia Palace and Koutoubia Mosque. The Jemma al Fna square was interesting to see and a must see especially on a first visit, but too many people. The Marrakech Medina is good for restaurants and shopping but I found it hard to walk there with vespas and motorcycles coming from all directions and also too many people for me. By this time we also did not want to buy anything else as we’ve already done all our shopping. I think staying in the Medina is interesting and gives you a true feel for the place, but it is also quite exhausting to keep saying no to everyone who wants to sell you something and if you don't like crowds, like me staying outside the medina might be more peaceful.

Our guide in Marrakech, Nabil was great. He has a lot of knowledge about the city and showed us some interesting places. He was also easy going and flexible, so when we were tired, we could take a break. I would definitely visit Marrakech again, 2 nights and 1 and a half day was not enough to properly explore the city and I can see there is a lot more to Marrakech than the historic medina. Now that I know the medina, next time I would prefer to stay in the area near the Marjorelle Gardens outside the medina, where it is a bit calmer, less motorcycles and people and more open spaces. But that is just my personal taste. If you like staying in the buzz of everything, a road in the medina is definitely for you!

Now that I know the country a bit better, I think 7/8 days is not enough to see all the things we wanted to see and next time I would make it at least 10 days and spend more time in the smaller towns like Thingir, Ait Ben Haddou and Chefchaouen and also try to see more of the coast.

All in all it was a great first visit to Morocco and we are very grateful to Yassine and his team for this excellent introduction to Morocco. The tour was very well organised and they always took such good care of us. It was always easy to communicate with Yassine and his team and they were there to help 24/7! I would recommend them to anyone who would like to to visit Morocco! Just be clear about what you want and what you like and they can arrange it for you!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

Hello Hilda,

Thank you so much for your detailed review and amazing photographs! I am so happy that your trip was a success and that you enjoyed it so much. It has been wonderful having the chance to go through your photographs and seeing the places that were special to you both.

Your guides, driver and our staff all had such nice things to say about you, and all our communication during your trip was so pleasant and understanding. I greatly appreciate you both and have enjoyed the... read more

Hello Hilda,

Thank you so much for your detailed review and amazing photographs! I am so happy that your trip was a success and that you enjoyed it so much. It has been wonderful having the chance to go through your photographs and seeing the places that were special to you both.

Your guides, driver and our staff all had such nice things to say about you, and all our communication during your trip was so pleasant and understanding. I greatly appreciate you both and have enjoyed the opportunity to plan a trip that was the perfect match for you.

Your accounts of the destinations and what it was like to traverse between them is so helpful for me and other travelers. It really gives a sense of what it is like to travel across the diverse landscapes of Morocco. Your feedback about guides and accommodations validate the work that we put in to make sure you have the best time in the best way, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is information like this that encourages me to be the best I can be, and to share my home country with people around the world!

I sincerely am excited to plan your next trip to Morocco so you can spend some time exploring quieter locales and get some time on the beach! Take care and keep in touch.

Warmest regards,
Yassine

Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2018

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judy P.
Cambridge, MA | Reviewed on Jan 02, 2019

First we were very pleased with our trip. This is our third one arranged by your company. We went to Croatia last summer and the last winter to Portugal. I'm going to divide my comments into two categories: The first will be the positives, the second will be some weaknesses.

Positives:
Everyone was punctual and right there to meet us and pick us up as scheduled.
Our driver, Nabil, who was with us the whole trip was exceptional. He was good humored and an exceptionally safe driver.
The... read more

First we were very pleased with our trip. This is our third one arranged by your company. We went to Croatia last summer and the last winter to Portugal. I'm going to divide my comments into two categories: The first will be the positives, the second will be some weaknesses.

Positives:
Everyone was punctual and right there to meet us and pick us up as scheduled.
Our driver, Nabil, who was with us the whole trip was exceptional. He was good humored and an exceptionally safe driver.
The cooking class that you scheduled us was terrific.
Our guide in Fez, Mohammed, was superb.
Our guide in Marrakech was very supportive and helpful, but he could have provided more information about what we were seeing. I did love that he added a trip to a Berber Village on our way to our hike.
We loved going to the desert. Riding a camel to the luxurious tent camp was a highlight of the trip.

Negatives:
The first night's accommodations in Fes were outstanding. The other riads were less pleasing due to the fact that we had signed up for four star accommodations. Since we one triple and one double room, we found them to be the same size with an extra bed thrown into the double which made it very tight. My understanding was that the Riads that we were booking would be giving us nicer than standard rooms when I questioned the travel agent about some of the very cheap prices which I saw online for the accommodations.
It would have been good to have received more information on the driving distances. Our third day was horrific and we were exhausted and irritable by the time we reached Fez. I wish the agent might have suggested that we skip Chefchalquin, although we loved it, as it was just too much driving.
I wish that we could have spent time in the Berber museum at Marjorelle Garden in Marrakech.
In retrospect, it would have been good to have more suggestions that would have made for a more relaxing trip. In the end, we canceled our accommodation in Eousoura (sorry for spelling) as it seemed to just far to go to the Casablanca Airport on the day that we would be leaving on an 8 hour flight home. We ended up going to Eousoura as a day trip from Marrakech. Our accommodations on our last night were paid for by us which was fine, but the riad, Riad Zanibar, was a bit rundown and it is a place that I would not have recommended. I understand that the last minute request probably had something to do with it.

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki
Yassine
Yassine Echcherki
Local specialist in Morocco & Cleveland, Ohio | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Hello Judy,

Thank you for your detailed review of your trip. All your comments, positive and negative, are helpful and valuable to me. I am so happy to hear that you were pleased with your trip, and that both of your guides and driver were so exceptional! I will be sure to share your comments with them as they will greatly enjoy hearing it.

I do have to say that I am surprised and saddened about your feelings on some of your accommodations. I appreciate your opinions and will revisit them... read more

Hello Judy,

Thank you for your detailed review of your trip. All your comments, positive and negative, are helpful and valuable to me. I am so happy to hear that you were pleased with your trip, and that both of your guides and driver were so exceptional! I will be sure to share your comments with them as they will greatly enjoy hearing it.

I do have to say that I am surprised and saddened about your feelings on some of your accommodations. I appreciate your opinions and will revisit them myself to check the quality they are providing and to make sure that their cost is worth the star-rating that they advertise. It sounds like some of them have lowered their standards since we last used them. Also, thank you for your comments about the long driving distances on your trip. Unfortunately, some of it cannot be helped when traveling across an entire country, but I will be sure to be extra clear moving forward and provide more feedback when I believe there are too many days driving in a row.

Again, I so appreciate your feedback from your Morocco trip. We will be able to grow and become better with your help. It has been a pleasure working with you, Judy, and being able to welcome you and your family into my home country. I hope that we will be able to work with you again, and that I will see you back in Morocco in the future!

Warm regards,
Yassine