Extraordinary Morocco Adventure
Sep 14 - Sep 20, 2023
Our trip to Morocco this past September exceeded all our expectations. We knew from the very start that we had a great company because our Morocco Immersions contact, Sharon, not only lives in Morocco and knows the country very well, but she treated us like ‘old friends.’ She worked with us in a very collaborative manner, asked questions, and listened carefully to our ideas. She came back with a very unique and reasonably priced 7 day itinerary.
When we first arrived in Casablanca, we were picked up at the airport by Hicham who was both an incredible and personable tour guide (as well as a very competent and safe driver). He stayed with us our entire visit, from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the High Atlas Mountains, the Dades Valley, the impressive Todgha Gorge and into the dunes of the Sahara (albeit via Camel), staying at a luxury desert camp where we watched the sunset and enjoyed dinner and lively local music. Following our trek into the Sahara, we continued into the High Atlas Mountains and then into the Middle Atlas, driving through the lush cedar forest and home to the Barbary Apes (who eagerly ate the apples we offered). We then found ourselves in the mountain village of Ifraine ("Little Switzerland) where we stopped for a coffee/tea and sweet. Our tour wasn't finished (and it's only day 3!). Days 4 and 5 found us in Fes where we had a tour of the old Jewish Quarter and the Medina where we wandered around the very colorful Souk, had an amazing lunch and explored the various artisan sections (I bought a beautiful scarf made from the Agave plant!). That evening two of us enjoyed a Turkish bath called a Hammam. Unfortunately our trip was winding down with Hicham taking us through the Rif Mountains and to the UNESCO Heritage City of Volubilis dating back to 3rd Century BCE. From there we found ourselves in the wonderful Blue City of Chefchaouoen where we had another great accommodation and delicious meal while listening to the evening Call to Prayer.
Our itinerary was busy and fulfilling and we were so grateful to Hicham who answered an incredible number of questions regarding the cultures and history of Morocco. He guided us through beautiful scenery, suggested unique and satisfying meal options, and helped us navigate the Moroccan ATM machine. The Riads were perfect, the hosts very accommodating, and our visit to the Sahara and luxury camp an experience we will never forget.
We had such a great time because of the personal care given us by everyone involved. My only regret is that I didn’t give Morocco Immersions more days so that we could have seen more!