Trip of a lifetime in the beautiful kingdom of Morocco
Morocco | Jun 29 - Jul 10, 2022

Louis
Louis U.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

This was a trip of a life time. Morocco is a beautiful country and the people are friendly.

We could have not planned a better trip on our own, and we’re grateful for Original Travel and KimKim for an excellent itinerary. Over 12 days we visited many cities with nights in Casablanca, Chefchaouen via Rabat, Fes, Merzouga, Boumalne Dades, Marrakech, and Essaouira.

Our driver, Tarik took care of us the entire trip, and we never felt unsafe. And our booking manager, Said was very... read more

This was a trip of a life time. Morocco is a beautiful country and the people are friendly.

We could have not planned a better trip on our own, and we’re grateful for Original Travel and KimKim for an excellent itinerary. Over 12 days we visited many cities with nights in Casablanca, Chefchaouen via Rabat, Fes, Merzouga, Boumalne Dades, Marrakech, and Essaouira.

Our driver, Tarik took care of us the entire trip, and we never felt unsafe. And our booking manager, Said was very responsive to our needs and made immediate adjustments to ensure our comfort. Original travels exceeded my expectations.

The highlight of our trip was all our stays at Riads inside the old medinas, our overnight camping in the desert at Erg Chebbi, dune racing on ATVs, and the sunrise camel ride.

Our drive over the Atlas Mountains into Marrakech was memorable.

Pros
- Moroccan hospitality is top notch.
- Rich culture, architecture, and history.
- UNESCO world heritage sites
- Varying geography
- The King. Everyone loves the him.

Things to look out for
- The breakfasts in the Riads are all the same, carb heavy—breads, crepes, pastries, only eggs for protein, no meats, no variety. Hotels offer better breakfast variety.

- Request for vans with functioning seat belts in advance, if important to you. Be specific about the temperature you want at all points during the trip. Depending on when you visit Morocco during the summer, it’s very hot and heat can lead to exhaustion very quickly.

Hotel Reviews
Desert Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Camel ride at sunrise was a magic experience.

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Odyssee Center Hotel
Casablanca
Authenticity & Character
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Location is the not the best.
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Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene

Lovely riad, and the only one with a pool that was usable.

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Hotel Xaluca Dades
Boumalne

Beautiful hotel with unique decor. Great buffet style dining and a pleasant break from the same, boring Riad breakfasts we experienced. The hotel pool is great.

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Riad Salam Fes
Fes
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Riad Pachavana
Marrakech

Our worst stay in Morocco overall. It was only staffed by a single person. The accommodation was not to standard compared to other Riads. We had to get our room switched. There was a cockroach floating in the pool at the courtyard and the attendant could care less. Bees harassed us at breakfast everyday.

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Riad Perle D'Eau
Essaouira

Overlooks the ocean. Get an ocean view room and sleep with the windows open at night. Breakfast on roof deck.

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Activity Reviews
Transfer to Erg Chebbi via the Middle Atlas Mountains & Camel Ride
Morocco

Enjoyed the ATV sand dune and camel ride at sunrise.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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The SUV ride into the desert camp was very aggressive and I almost hurt myself in the back.
Hammam & SPA Experience
Marrakech

The women working at the Hammam weren’t very friendly and it was not a relaxing experience from that perspective.

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Self-Guided Visit to the Majorelle Gardens & Yves St Laurant Museum
Marrakech

OMG. This is one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve visited anywhere. The variety of cactus and the setting of the YSL home is picturesque.

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Transfer to Dades valley via Todra Gorge
Morocco
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Transfer to Marrakech via the Dades Valley, Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou
Morocco
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Sights & Colors of Marrakech: Guided Private Tour
Marrakech
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Guided Sightseeing in Chefchaoeun
Chefchaouen
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Transfer to Chefchaouen via Rabat
Morocco

Beautiful views of the Hassan V mosque. Casablanca was our least favorite city.

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Half-Day Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes

We enjoyed this visit overall. It just felt like we were being herded from one shop to the next, so we could get fleeced. To be clear, we were never forced into a purchase, but there are too many planned stops to buy things.

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Essaouira to Casablanca via Eljadida Coastal Route
Morocco
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Chefchaouen to Fes via Volubilis & Meknes
Morocco
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Marrakech to Essaouira
Morocco
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Local specialist: Ali Moujane
Ali
Ali Moujane
Local specialist in Atlas Mountains | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Hi Louis,

We would like to thank you for sharing this awesome review!!

We are extremely happy that you had a great experience in our gorgeous country exploring its fabulous sights and enjoying its magical beauty. Your precious words are highly appreciated and push us to maintain an excellent standard of service to our guests and live up to their expectations. We pride ourselves on receiving your kind review and we are thrilled that we had the chance to be part of this beautiful experience... read more

Hi Louis,

We would like to thank you for sharing this awesome review!!

We are extremely happy that you had a great experience in our gorgeous country exploring its fabulous sights and enjoying its magical beauty. Your precious words are highly appreciated and push us to maintain an excellent standard of service to our guests and live up to their expectations. We pride ourselves on receiving your kind review and we are thrilled that we had the chance to be part of this beautiful experience for you in our country.

We count ourselves lucky for customers like you and we look forward to working with you again in the future!

Best,
Ali