8 day trip around Morocco
Jun 26 - Jul 3, 2022
We really enjoyed our 8 day trip around Morocco! It was extremely helpful to have Abdellah plan our itinerary. He listened to our priorities and made adjustments when we asked him to. I also appreciated that he helped us make some last minute restaurant reservations once we were already on the trip. We also really liked our drive, Soufian, who was really friendly and punctual throughout the trip. All of the guides in each location were knowledgable and made exploring more interesting. We didn't really think we needed a guide for the day hikes, but it actually made the experience much more interesting as we learned a lot about the local villages (we also would have likely gotten lost without them!). Out favorite part of the trip was hiking in the Atlas Mountains!
This hotel is absolutely stunning, with boutique style rooms and an amazing view over Chefchaouen. The only thing to consider is that there are a LOT of steps to get up to the hotel and it's pretty exhausting. As a younger couple it was totally with it for the view (plus a hotel staff member carried our luggage), but if you have any issues with steps, it would be a challenge.
This riad is really great, with totally extravagant decor! The courtyard and restaurant are also both lovely. The only down side was that they only offered two menu items for dinner, which was disappointing as they have a full menu posted online. The food was tasty though!
I adored this riad. It is in a great location in the medina, but feels totally tranquil once you are inside the walls. It is a bit of a walk to the car drop off, but that's part of the fun (and they will carry your bags for you). The rooms were really stunning with clean, earthy style. The rooftop restaurant is gorgeous. We had a private dinner on the roof and they cooked one of the best meals we had on the trip (we opted for a bunch of vegetarian small plates, which were so good and a nice variery from other food we had been served on the trip).
We generally really enjoyed this property, thought there were a few things that could have been improved. On the good side, it' a stunning location with a lovely pool. The staff was so kind and cooked us a delicious meal (though we only had one option of tagine, which luckily was good). We were the only ones staying there, which was a little odd, but we got a lot of attention from the staff which was nice! We felt the room could have had better amenities - the shower flooded and there weren't any bath products supplied. For a lovely hotel, those small details were a bit of a disappointment. All and all it was nice though!
The Desert Camp is a really interesting experience. We really enjoyed the glamping tent and were happy to have a private bathroom and A/C. The staff were very kind and they did a traditional music performance at the end of the night, which was fun. The food was also good, though only one dish was offered. Unfortunately the tranquillity of the desert was ruined by a neighboring camp (also owned by Inara), which was hosting a loud dance party until at least 4am. There was also a noisy group playing music in the main area of our own camp until late. I wish there was an expectation of peace and quiet after midnight or so, especially since the whole vibe is very tranquil during the day.
This is a long drive... but it was necessary!
We enjoyed this tour and there was a lot to see! It was nice to be in a private tour (we saw other group tours which looked way less fun). We modified the day a bit to spend less time in the Souks, since it was similar to what we saw earlier in Fes. We really enjoyed the tour of the palace and Madrasa.
The gardens were nice, but we did a self tour (the guide had us explore on our own, which was fine!)
We loved this hike and our guide was great. We did get lead into a local rug shop, which was lovely, but as always made us feel some pressure to buy something. We didn't anticipate needing a guide for a hike, but it was really nice to have a local's knowledge of the villages we walked through.
We enjoyed the Roman ruins - the tour was very in depth! We didn't see much in Meknes as much of the town was under construction.
We really liked our guide and enjoyed seeing the Medina. The only down side was the pressure to purchase items from the artisans who gave demonstrations. It's easy to feel a bit trapped after they spend a lot of time showing you their work.
We really enjoyed our hike this day - it was quite different then the hike the day before. The one was a lot steeper, but also really scenic. We also loved having lunch by the river.