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Morocco Off the Beaten Track

Morocco Off the Beaten Track is a Moroccan based travel company. Our philosophy in developing private cultural tours is to focus on providing a true Moroccan experience for our visitors through homestays, social interactions, and guided tours. These experiences can be customized to meet the wants, needs, and expectations of our visitors.

Morocco Off The Beaten Track is made up of expert local and foreign staff who know Morocco best. A number of our team are former Peace Corps staff with extensive expertise in cross-culture education and leadership. Our staff is intent on providing the most meaningful cross-cultural experiences for our program participants through reflection and individual growth.

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A blue-painted alley in Chefchaouen
Moroccan Cities: Tangier to Marrakech - 6 Days

This quick trip takes you through Morocco's best cities. Start in the north in Tangier and work your way south to the blue-painted streets of Chefchaouen, passed Roman ruins in Volubilis, and through the medieval medina in Fes. Carry on west to Morocco's capital, Rabat, before reaching modern Casablanca and finishing in lively Marrakech.

Boumalne Dades and the Dades Valley
Morocco Grand Tour: Tangier to Casablanca via the Desert - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary combines culture, history, and adventure. Begin in northern Morocco in Tangier and Chefchaouen before working your way south to Fes, through the desert, and over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Finish in the commercial capital of Casablanca with a trip to the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque.

Jemma el-Fna Square comes alive at night in Marrakech
Moroccan Cities: Casablanca, Fes, Rabat & Marrakech - 5 Days

Sample Morocco's most popular cities, including Casablanca, Fes, Rabat, and Marrakech on this 5-day trip starting in Casablanca and ending in Marrakech. Venture back in time as you explore the medieval medina of Fes. Spend a night in the capital city of Rabat before finishing in vibrant Marrakech. Leave charmed having experienced Morocco's exceptional architecture, ornate artisanship, delicious food, and bustling souks.

Recent Trip Reviews for Morocco Off the Beaten Track

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.

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.

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.

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

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!