March 15th, 2017
Great tour With Moroccoview.com
I would like to thank Best Moroccoview.com for a wonderful experience in Morocco. Morocco is such a beautiful country. From the start communications with SAID were really good. SAID was very prompt with replies and organised a great tour for me. Being a 65 years old woman with my husband, I needed to feel safe and know that things were properly organised. I felt the tour was great value for money, well organised and we visited some great places in Morocco. The tour was 6 nights and included exclusive use of the car with English speaking driver/guide, accommodation, breakfast and dinner.
The tour started with an 8am pick up at the Al Rimad riad in Marrakech by my guide/driver SAID was a wonderful guide throughout the tour. He was extremely kind and considerate and I highly recommend SAId. We started through the Atlas Tizi N’tichka pass which was closed when we arrived but after a short wait the pass was opened for traffic. There had been snow storms on the mountain which certainly made the pass beautiful. I was so pleased we were able to get through the pass and not have to reroute the journey. We had a great visit to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou which was beautiful. There was an older man playing music as we walked to the top of the Kasbah. Just stunning. The following day we drove through the Valley of Roses. SAID took me on a lovely walk down to the bottom of the Dades gorge. We saw a huge herd of goats heading to the water in the gorge. Lunch was at the wonderful Auberge Panorama at Dades Gorge where we had a tasty tagine sitting on the terrace in the warm sunshine with the most gorgeous views. It was so beautiful and quiet. A wonderful place. We visited a beautiful riad in Todra Gorge also called the Panorama riad where the owner Hmed, a friend of SAID my guide, offered us mint tea and we sat and looked at the magnificent views of the gorge. A truly lovely little slice of Berber charm and hospitality. We stayed overnight in a riad in Todra Gorge Darayour which was very quaint with very friendly staff. It snowed overnight on the mountains so my view was quite different in the morning with the snow covered peak! SAID explained a little about the Berber way of life and the history which was very interesting.
We travelled through the interesting country side to Merzouga where we started our camel ride into the Sahara Desert. I must admit I didn’t know what to expect after hearing so many different stories about the desert and was a bit hesitant however it was such a wonderful experience with the camel ride (didn’t get sore) and the amazing Berber tents. The accommodation was wonderful. A really warm Berber tent covered all over with carpets so you felt all warm and cocooned. The tent was really large with a good comfy bed. There were 2 toilets for our little camp which consisted of about 8 or 10 large tents. There were about 17 people sleeping at our oasis. We had a very tasty targine for dinner and the staff entertained us with beautiful Berber music. There was a full moon so we could see really well at night but still see the beautiful starry sky. Then we hopped on our camel in the morning and rode back to a hotel to have a shower and breakfast. The night in the desert exceeded my expectation. It was fabulous.
At Azrou in the Cedar forest we found the Barbary apes. It had just snowed in the area and the monkeys were so cute just sitting around in the snow or sitting in the trees. They were very placid monkeys with a beautiful calm nature (unlike other monkeys I have seen). It was a great spot to just watch them playing. The horses were beautifully done up with very colourful saddles too. I found we had about 4 changes of scenery in a short time with the desert, snow and cedars, then the sunny Switzerland countryside and then the flat dry countryside again. A beautiful country.
In Fes a guide took me around the medina which was fascinating and a step back in time with all the little shops and alley ways. The tannery was not operating when I was there as they were waiting for the King to visit and inspect the site. The Blue Sky Hotel in Fes was fantastic with the best breakfast I have had in Morocco. The staff were so lovely and helpful too. I would highly recommend the hotel to anyone.
The visit to Chefchouen was a high point too. I really loved Chefchouen. It was so quaint with the beautiful blue colours and doorways. I had a really lovely time roaming the streets just looking at all the gorgeous alleyways. Thanks SAID for being so patient as I wandered around. You were marvellous! I was a bit tired after the trip and the wonderful staff at Blue Sky suggested I sit on the roof terrace and they bought me water and mint tea. It was a beautiful evening. After the trip from Fes to Marrakech my tour had ended but I have such great memories of Morocco and the wonderful people and the truly amazing countryside. I loved the mint tea! Thank you so much SAID,
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