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Highlights Of Morocco DMR
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Highlights of Morocco
What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour
As Explore tour devotees we thought we might sample a Premium class holiday and were so pleased we choose Morocco for this. The traditional Riads and Kasbahs in which we stayed were delightful, of distinctive character and very well appointed and the itinerary allowed sufficient time to enjoy their ambience.
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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
Ali was very competent. From an Atlas mountain family and educated in Marrakesh he had a wide knowledge of the country of which he was proud but was also content to defer to local guides who joined us many times on our journey.
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
The climate can be clear and very refreshing but don't be fooled. It is still very hot and you may spend more time under the direct sun than usual which can be very debilitating. There are opportunities for many good nights sleep; take them and drink plenty of water, more than you think you need.
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We had planned to arrive early to spend time at Riad el Yacout, reading it to be so well appointed, and were then reluctant to leave Fes after a four night stay. However our group (four couples from the UK, a pair from the States and ladies from Canada, Spain and Aus.) had gelled well and, having taken in the sites of Menkes and Volubilis, were ready for an overland adventure together. We travelled across the Anti and High Atlas in the safe hands of an expert driver and assistant who, with Ali our Tour Leader, completed our motley party. The scenery was breath-taking and the short walks, through verdant pastures and gorges that punctuated the tour were very refreshing. The varied accommodation never disappointed.
Having enjoyed the pleasures of sleeping under the stars on previous Explore trips, we opted for the Saharan 4x4 drive with a sumptuous buffet and a comfortable bed in Kasbah Tombouktu. No regrets there but we understand the desert camp and camel trek were great experiences.
We were disillusioned upon first arrival at the coast. Agadir is a heaving metropolis with modern tourist beach hotels and apartments showing every sign that Morocco can boast the same excesses as beach holiday resorts anywhere in the world. A bizarre evening spent in a noisy sea-front restaurant drinking second rate wine whilst waiting far too long for an average western-style meal prompted the group to agree an early start for Essaouira the following morning. What a difference that was! A picturesque fishing port retaining all its character from the past. Riad Mimouna, hidden within the town walls with sea views and just a short walk (no cars) from the centre of the Medina, was very special and an excellent point from which to enjoy everything this unique resort offers.
The Muslim Festival of Ede was approaching and the Essaouira market, to us, had the expectant air of Christmas Eve about it, a wonderful atmosphere in which locals happily sourced their festive fare. However, on the day of the Festival itself our drive into Marrakesh was abnormally quite with no traffic jams as the population joined in early prayer and family celebrations for the day. Our visit to the souks in Marrakesh was unique. They were deserted! Every shop and stall was closed save a few near the Medina entrance still unable to resist the potential of tourist trade. We must have the only photos of the bazaars without people. In complete contrast we visited again on a second day and, thankfully, chaos ruled once more.
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
A range of wildly differing memories. From busy souks, ancient monuments, rain forest in the mountains, the heat of the Sahara desert, the cooperatives making oil and saffron, goats in trees and the Atlantic coast. Most memorable was the hotel in Essaouira, with the best view from any hotel I have ever seen.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Really good. Friendly, very knowledgeable, considerate of all the guests, and recommending things to do and see.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Take something warm to wear for when you get back to the UK!