Emily

2 weeks in morocco with family, Morocco - Aug 7 - Aug 24, 2019

Traveler: Emily F. - Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

Everything about this trip including planning it with kimkim and Yassine was great from start to finish.

I liked that kimkim allowed me to peruse multiple 5- to 10- to 15-day itineraries for Morocco prior to engaging with my local specialist, Yassine, so that I could get an idea of what was feasible in what amount of time and familiarize myself with all options which enabled me to better brief Yassine.

Yassine (from Morocco Off the Beaten Track) was wonderful to work with from Day 1 - prompt, accurate, friendly and patient. Our trip was complicated - we were three parties flying in from separate international locations, we were planning to stay in Morocco during Eid holidays (everything is closed), and we had very strong preferences in the group - the trip he planned exceeded our expectations and went off without a hitch.

Mohammed, our driver throughout the trip, was an indispensable member of our travel crew - he was everything you'd wish for in a driver (prompt, polite, safe, reliable, flexible) but also far and beyond: he was incredibly open to sharing stories and information about life in Morocco, we always laughed together on drives and he made great impromptu recommendations. Plain and simple, we would not have enjoyed our trip nearly as much without Mohammed.

Similarly, all of our guides (we had guides in Rabat, Marrakech, and Imlil) were very knowledgable, enjoyable, showed us hidden gems (where locals buy argan oil, neighborhood bakers, etc.) and gave us great context to the cities we were visiting. Our guide, Hicham, in Rabat kept us busy all day (bring sunscreen!) and kept us laughing with his great story telling skills - we left feeling we had really seen Rabat's history and learned the "fun facts". In Marrakech, we had a Moroccan cooking class, and the ladies of Cafe Clock were extremely friendly, warm and had wonderful knowledge to share on Moroccan food from selecting ingredients, to cooking, to the dishes orgins, etc. Our guide, Ibrahim, in Imlil welcomed us into his home for a meal with his family and guided on us on an unforgettable hike through Toubkal National Park (truly an amazing experience, we'd highly recommend).

All of our Riads were beautiful and different - difficult for me to say which was my favorite, except that I'd recommend staying in a few different ones so you can experience the variety. All were clean, comfortable and had excellent service, though varied in modernity and spaciousness. Same to be said for all our hotels - everything was lovely (all 5-star rated, so not surprising, but neither did they disappoint).

All there is left to say is THANK YOU to Yassine at Morocco off the Beaten Track and kimkim for planning an amazing trip for my family and I!

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Yassine Echcherki, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Emily,

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback about your trip! I am so happy to hear that your trip went as planned and that you all enjoyed it so much. Your feedback is so important for us to constantly improve and ensure that we are working with the best in the industry. Mohammed is a gem, and we are so happy to have him on our team. Having that private driver on your trip is certainly worth it and makes for the trip to be so much more special. I’m glad that you all got along... read more

Hello Emily,

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback about your trip! I am so happy to hear that your trip went as planned and that you all enjoyed it so much. Your feedback is so important for us to constantly improve and ensure that we are working with the best in the industry. Mohammed is a gem, and we are so happy to have him on our team. Having that private driver on your trip is certainly worth it and makes for the trip to be so much more special. I’m glad that you all got along so well and enjoyed your time together.

I will most definitely follow up with Hicham, Ibrahim and Café Clock about your comments. They will be so happy to hear that their expertise and hospitality made your trip so special. The same goes for your accommodations. I couldn’t be happier that you enjoyed your time in each and that they met your expectations. One of my favorite parts of travel is staying in different types of accommodations, and it is good to hear that your selection made the trip interesting and unique.

Again, thank you so much for your kind words and feedback. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us when you want to travel to Morocco again and see a different part of the country. We could focus on the northern parts next time. Take care, and safe future travels!

Warm regards,
Yassine