Whirlwind Morocco - Nov 9 - Nov 20, 2019

Traveler: Cindy S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

The whole Morocco trip was a memorable - from its rich history to the sensory delights, my travel buddy and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there. This itinerary was good for a taste of Morocco - we would recommend taking local walking tours and while you're at it, pester your guide for history and local anecdotes. And where they would eat, while you're touring the Souk. ^_^

We mostly stayed in the Medina to allow ourselves to be immersed in old Morocco (as opposed to life in the new cities). The desert camp was probably our most spectacular memory: Where else would you experience utter silence, or moon so bright that you don't need a torch to walk in the middle of the night, or sky so clear that you see galaxies and shooting stars (when the moon isn't so bright, that is!) The Riads we stayed in were all comfortable and full of character. We also experienced the local Hammam (traditional bath) - unforgettable! Definitely ask for the full traditional version if you can.

Our driver was Karim from Original Travel, he was warm and friendly throughout the tour. As a glutton for knowledge I personally hoped for more information though - eg we'd have pitstops and quite often we just got out of the car to take photos, with little or no explanation of the significance of these locations. Our local walking guides however were well-versed in local knowledge and history, knew the Medina like the back of their hands and were able to answer any questions we threw at them.

We had amazing memories of Morocco ... The tour was fairly standard in terms of itinerary - some of my friends who went to Morocco over 10 years ago said they pretty much did the same tour. For the uninitiated - it is not for beginner travellers, especially if you're not expecting the rampant aggressive pestering while in the souk. Having a guide helped a bit, as we received less pestering while walking with a local. Will I return? Yes, though will likely do it on my own, and have longer stays in one location to really take things in.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cindy,

I am very glad you enjoyed your trip. The team will be delighted to hear your impressions. As for the remark regarding Karim's knowledge, I am grateful for that and i will let him know so as he can make some improvements in this regards! This is much appreciated.

Thanks again and looking forward to welcoming you again in the future for another journey in our amazing country!

All the best!
Abdellah
Original Travels