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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 my company 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?

"I started Morocco Off the Beaten Track 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 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 found a 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 start this company and how to create and facilitate outstanding programs for my 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
Casablanca Round Trip: Imperial Cities & Berber Villages
Explore Morocco: Imperial Cities to Berber Villages - 11 Days

On this 11-day tour of Morocco, you’ll begin and end your travels in Casablanca, home to the famous Hassan II Mosque. Your trip takes you through all four imperial cities–Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech. Take in daily life in each town at the lively medinas. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe Moroccan life among the farms in the Berber villages on this well-rounded Moroccan journey.

Aït Benhaddou
Moroccan Tour: Chefchaouen, Fes, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, & More - 12 Days

This 12-day Moroccan tour will take through major cities, like Fes and Marrakech, and over the Middle Atlas Mountains to Merzouga–where you’ll ride a camel through the sand dunes and camp in the Sahara Desert. While on the road, you’ll pass through Berber villages. You’ll also stop in the costal town of Essaouira, as well as Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco, before ending your travels in Casablanca.

Sahara Desert, photo taken by Yassine Echcherki
Grand Morocco Tour: Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fez, Marrakesh, & More - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Morocco, you will explore the country’s ancient history and adventure through the desert. In Casablanca, visit the Hassan II Mosque & Hassan Tower–one of the largest in the world–and then, explore Chefchaouen, the iconic blue-hued city. Go camping in the Sahara Desert and discover the ruins in Fez. The epicenter of each city is its very own medina, where you can experience the colorful local cultures up close.

Moroccan Tour
Moroccan Tour: Atlantic Coast, Imperial Cities, & Sahara Desert - 13 Days

On this 13-day trip plan, explore all aspects of Morocco–the coastal city of Essaouria, the imperial city of Few, and the Merzouga area of the Sahara Desert. Beginning and ending in Marrakech, stroll the bustling square of Jemma El Fna, then visit Hassan Mosque II in Casablanca, with one of the tallest towers in the world. Hike in the scenic Rif Mountains and get lost in the blue-hued city of Chefchaouen. Enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine and culture along the way.

Venture to the Sahara Desert
Fes to Casablanca: Sahara Desert & Atlantic Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day tour of Morocco is filled with adventure, history, and culture. Begin in Fes, and learn about crafts and artisans. Then, trek into the Sahara Desert by camel, and experience the sand dunes and camping under the stars. Next is a trip to Ouarzazate to visit movie sets in "Moroccan Hollywood," followed by Marrakech, where the Jemaa el Fna is bursting with culture. End the trip with some coastal exploration in the town of Essaouira before departing from Casablanca.

Inside the Al-Attarine Madrasa in Fes
Moroccan Cities from Coast to Coast - 14 Days

Discover Morocco's ancient and historic cities on this complete two-week itinerary. You'll cover three imperial cities, Marrakech, Fes, and Meknes, as well as less-traveled cities like Beni-Mellal, Moulay Idris, and Tetouan. You'll wander maze-like streets, participate in a cooking class, drive through the Atlas mountains, and explore ancient Roman ruins.

Recent trip reviews for Yassine

Pj

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

Traveler: Pj W. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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 Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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!

Janine

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

Traveler: Janine M. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Bob S. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Johanna

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

Traveler: Johanna I. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Helen D. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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 Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: March J. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Nicole B. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Emily

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

Traveler: Emily F. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Fiona L. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Jim M. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Jordan

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

Traveler: Jordan A. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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.

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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

Traveler: Patricia J. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Jay R. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Christine L. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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... read more

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.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Nadia G. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Wayne

Morocco · Morocco - Apr 14 - Apr 23, 2019

Traveler: Wayne P. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Eileen S. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Randall S. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Alissa

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

Traveler: Alissa H. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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 Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Mary A. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Lucy K. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Anda

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

Traveler: Anda P. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: Ashley G. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Hilda

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

Traveler: Hilda S. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Traveler: judy P. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

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.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Janelle

Trip to Morocco · Morocco - Nov 15 - Nov 26, 2018

Traveler: Janelle M. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

We had a fantastic time in Morocco. We visited seven cities in a span of 12 days, accompanied by our Morocco Off the Beaten Track driver, Mohammed. We began our tour in Chefchaouen, then Fes, Merzouga, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Essaouira, and ended in Casablanca. Each city was uniquely different from the last and we were greatly pleased with the beautiful accommodations secured for us by the MOTB team. We met some wonderful locals while we were there, and felt so welcomed in a place so far away from home.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am so happy to have welcomed you both to Morocco for your special occasion! It was a pleasure getting to tour you around the country, and we are happy to hear that you so greatly enjoyed your accommodations. Please feel free to reach out to us with any other feedback and I hope to see you both traveling with us again!

basic morocco culture · Morocco - Oct 17 - Oct 24, 2018

Traveler: Linda D. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

We enjoyed an unforgettable introduction to Morocco. The places we stayed were, without exception, all very lovely and well located, with full, nice breakfasts and excellent staff. Our driver was nothing short of wonderful. He was extremely helpful, offered what turned out to be excellent advice when requested, and took outstanding care of us. We realized the driver could not substitute as a professional guide, and there were a few times he could not provide answers to our questions,... read more

We enjoyed an unforgettable introduction to Morocco. The places we stayed were, without exception, all very lovely and well located, with full, nice breakfasts and excellent staff. Our driver was nothing short of wonderful. He was extremely helpful, offered what turned out to be excellent advice when requested, and took outstanding care of us. We realized the driver could not substitute as a professional guide, and there were a few times he could not provide answers to our questions, because of language difficulties, or just lack of really specialized knowledge. Yassine and his colleagues made certain that we were always well cared for, and they were genuinely concerned that we enjoyed ourselves.
If there were one aspect we would have done differently, knowing now what we do, we would have covered less, or else lengthened the trip. It was impracticable to cover the distances we did and still arrive at our destinations with enough time to do any exploring. We definitely needed another full day in Chefchaouen. We thought Essouaria was more important to visit than Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, or even Rabat. Ifrane was better just to pass through than visit. We spent proportionately more time in the car than we wanted. We did rely on the trip planners to know how long it would take to reach a given city, and travel times in general; despite cutting down on some of our original plans, we still could not cover everything.
In Fez, our cooking class was very enjoyable; we did not get as much benefit from the professional tour guide as we had hoped, however. He repeatedly remarked that he could not show us what he wanted to because we had come to Fez on a "holiday" (Friday), and that we needed to visit on a different day to see more activity. That was hardly anything we could have known in advance. He also disappeared whenever he "delivered" us to merchants he thought we should shop from. We loved the goats and the argan cooperative; Todra Gorge was excellent; we enjoyed the hammam in Marrakesh; and our overnight in the Sahara was probably the single most important experience.
Overall, the special attention we received throughout our trip, and particularly in Marrakesh, made us very glad we chose Kimkim and MOTB/Yassine and his team to make our arrangements.

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for traveling with us and your kind words Linda! I am so happy that you enjoyed your trip overall and that your interactions with your driver were so positive. I appreciate the feedback on the driving times and will make sure to be extra clear with other travelers in the future. I’m saddened that your tour guide in Fez did not met not only yours, but our expectations as well. This will be addressed with other tour guides that we work with in the future. I am so happy that you were... read more

Thank you for traveling with us and your kind words Linda! I am so happy that you enjoyed your trip overall and that your interactions with your driver were so positive. I appreciate the feedback on the driving times and will make sure to be extra clear with other travelers in the future. I’m saddened that your tour guide in Fez did not met not only yours, but our expectations as well. This will be addressed with other tour guides that we work with in the future. I am so happy that you were able to visit the Sahara Desert and stay in the tent! Your kind words are truly beneficial and mean a lot to all of us. I hope to see you visiting Morocco again in the future!

Trip to Morocco · Morocco - Sep 21 - Sep 30, 2018

Traveler: Marion P. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

We were a party of 6 from Australia. The booking experience with Kim Kim and Off the Beaten Track was 1st class. A great team effort congratulations to Yassine and his team.

When we arrived in Tangier the pickup details had not been detailed and I was surprised to find a driver whom I had not been given his name. Nabil - a lovely man. Nothing was too much trouble for him even though his command of English was patchy at times.

I will address each part of the trip keeping in... read more

We were a party of 6 from Australia. The booking experience with Kim Kim and Off the Beaten Track was 1st class. A great team effort congratulations to Yassine and his team.

When we arrived in Tangier the pickup details had not been detailed and I was surprised to find a driver whom I had not been given his name. Nabil - a lovely man. Nothing was too much trouble for him even though his command of English was patchy at times.

I will address each part of the trip keeping in mind one of our party had been unknown to 4 of us prior to the trip. (not a great idea) This man had not been forth coming with his health issues and the fact he suffered from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) meaning his ability to walk any distance or climb was severely impaired.

Accommodation: The accommodation was excellent in every stop - Tangier, Fez, Desert, Quarzazate, Marakesh and Casablanca. The Riads in Fez and Marakesh were beautiful and the hosts wonderful. Our Fez host went out of her way to help our impaired traveller. The desert speaks for itself and an experience all should have. Ait-Ben-Haddou in Quarzate is 6th century with the whole area under restoration. Sadly we arrived here after sunset and the "getting there" was a little troublesome in the dark. The property has no electricity and lit by candles - not that that is a problem however, not having been able to orientate ourselves in daylight did put a dampener on the night's experience. Next morning was a whole different scenario - a fabulous area and I could not recommend it more highly - just get there in daylight. Our unhealthy traveller just could not make it there and the host went out of his way to arrange alternate accommodation. The host himself was horrified that we arrive after dark.

Meals: All meals provided were great with hosts providing lovely meals on our arrival. Breakfast everywhere excellent

Travelling by Car: Nabil was an excellent safe driver. The 4x4 vehicle comfortable and well maintained. Our travel times were challenging for him time frame wise. Arrival times were really impossible given the state of the roads in some areas and the trucks, buses etc filling the roads. ( I might say some of this was my fault as I had tried to put so much into the trip and Yassine has gone out of his way to accommodate this - in retrospect I had been a little ambitious - an extra day would have made so much difference especially Fez to the desert) We were due to drive Marrakesh-Casablanca on the Saturday morning for a 11.45am flight to London. This truly was not possible - the road over the Atlas mountains is being rebuilt and consequently slow. I didn't know this at the time but given the time it had taken to get everywhere else I cancelled the last day in Marrakesh and added an extra night in Casablanca. The Kim Kim team did this effortlessly for us - thankyou it was the right thing to do.

Guides: The local guides in Fez *** , Quarzate *****, Marrakesh ****** Desert Experience ******
My only comment is that travellers need to understand the driver is not a tour guide as well sadly
and as a result we travelled a long way with no local commentary which would have been very nice. Nabil did his job so well and this comment is in no way a mark against him. He could not have done more.

The Experience would I do it again = Most definitely I could not recommend it more highly

Well done Kim Kim and Morocco Off the Beaten Track
Marion Patrick

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for such kind words Marion! It is truly our desire to make a trip valuable and an experience unforgettable, and I’m glad that we were able to do that for you. I will address the driving times for future travelers a little bit clearer, and I appreciate your feedback. I’m so happy that your experience in the desert was so wonderful, and even though there were so situations that none of us could control, I appreciate your flexibility with us as well. I surely hope to have you travel with us to Morocco again in the future!