All I can say about our experience with Destination Morocco was that it was Exceptional. It was AMAZING going with a private tour guide and not having to worry about finding transportation, hotels, or group tours.
My husband and I went on the 10 Days Morocco Cultural Tour. Upon landing in Marrakech, our driver immediately found us and whisked us to our hotel. On our first full day we went to the Saadian Tombs. The tilework in the mausoleums were breathtakingly intricate and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. In the afternoon we went through the Marrakech Souk. The woven reeds overhanging the stalls were like something you see out of an adventure movie. This market had EVERYTHING! Stalls selling lamps, leather shoes, dentures, snake charmers, and SO many colourful spices. It’s chaotic like a rabbit warren, but there was so much vibrancy and interesting things to see that you don’t feel claustrophobic. My husband ended up buying a gorgeous ceramic plate and we snacked on pastries called “gazelle horns”. I’m not sure what was in them, but they were delicious! Our last day in Marrakech was spent in some charming gardens and was much more relaxed.
The second part of our trip was in Essaouria. I think this was my favourite place. It’s similar to Mykonos, but the blue-and-white buildings are much more vibrant than anything I saw when I travelled to Greece. It was very tranquil. The fish market is authentic-right next to it we saw boats being repaired. Expect stalls to have upturned boxes with sardines being soaked in salt, and seeing squid, red snapper, prawns, crazy-looking eels being grilled.
On Day 8 we went to the High Atlas Mountains where Ali, our guide, took us to a Berber village. We went to a lunch hosted by a Berber family. I thought this was a gimmick, but it was REAL. We ate outside at a small round table and met three generations of the family. Our gracious host first gave us some bread. After that we had slow-cooked Moroccan tajine. You don’t eat with cutlery but instead use the bread like a spoon. It was so delicious and a very intimate moment that I’m glad we got to share with the family we met. We also went to a foundation that helps educate children and teaches skills to women, which I appreciated. Ali also suggested some hiking trails we could take that were the right level of challenge for us.
We did so much more on this tour, like visiting the El Badi Palace and the Amal Association in Gueliz, but I wanted to share our highlights. Everything was above and beyond our expectations.
The absolute best part of this trip was that we felt completely at ease due to our fantastic tour guide, Ali. We were afraid that we wouldn’t be able to get the most out of our trip without speaking Arabic, but Ali was so knowledgeable, patient, and kind. Šukran! We hope to be back soon!