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“The highlight of my trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marrakech By Air

Marrakech By Air
351 Av Agdal, Masmoudi | Targa, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
+212 652-129721
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We had an amazing time! An absolute must do for those visiting Marrakech. The whole trip was managed perfectly and we were so well looked after. The pilot is fantastic and has a great sense of humour! We loved the berber breakfast and camel ride too. Worth every penny :)
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Dinas Powys, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“The highlight of my trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Nothing to dislike, Great balloon flight with Hamid (Pilot\Comedian). Hamid will keep you entertained and point out things of interest but the amazing views will last with me forever. Hamid even managed to land the balloon in the back of the trailer.

We started off with coffee and croissant before the flight, Then off for a Berber breakfast after the flight and then the Camel ride before heading back to hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

Visited July 2014
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“Amazing and inspiring visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This visit has made our holiday. The attentive, friendly and humorous staff made this activity a "must do" trip. They showed us many sights, answered many questions an more importantly provided us with many laughs along the way. The views of the Atlas Mountains were simply spectacular with us able to watch the sun rise over Marrakech, a sight many would miss. The scenery and company was fantastic with a trip that was well paced and gave much time to relax and enjoy. We were alongside like minded adults and were able to enjoy a feast for breakfast with a variety of different traditional food. We were then escorted to a camel trek which again provided us with entertainment and different experiences. This trip is well worth a few spare hours out of anyone's trip to Marrakech!

Visited July 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Unforgettable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you can you really must see the sunrise over the Atlas mountains from the peace and tranquillity of a hot air balloon. Hamid, the pilot, is very charismatic and good-humoured and absolutely makes the experience what it is. To say any more would be to give too much away...!

Also included is pre-flight coffee and croissant and a fantastic post-flight Berber breakfast with mountains of Moroccan breads and fruit. There is also a token camel ride, it's only a few minutes but we had great fun with the camel-herder and our fellow balloonists.

Pick-up and drop-off back at your hotel/riad are all included. Definitely take a camera and a sense of humour!

Visited June 2014
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Paris, France
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“balloon trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Have just got back from a wonderful trip to Marrakesh which was capped
by a beautiful balloon ride, everything about it was wonderful, will
never forget the stunning and magical scenery.

Visited June 2014
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“Balloon Ride- Great; Camel ride- Heinous”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I wish I could rate this trip in 2 separate areas: hot air balloon ride and camel ride. The hot air balloon ride was enjoyable. Hamid was hilarious (though if you are initially afraid, he will certainly play on those fears with some unrelenting, yet innocent teasing). I felt in very capable hands and the sunrise was beautiful. Afterwards, we were driven back to where we started and had breakfast. Breakfast was just that, a Moroccan breakfast: multiple types of bread, jam, honey, and fruit.

This is where the trip began it's downward trajectory. Here we are, in the countryside anticipating a camel ride, when we are ushered back in the land rover and taken back to civilization. Cue furrowed brow. We drive into an area called the Palmeraie, which if you look it up is where anyone who is anybody lives - the wealth of Morocco in all it's splendor. Nestled in between gated mansions we pull in to an empty lot filled with sad looking camels tied to their spots. Once we were all assisted onto these pity-evoking animals, a man led us around (did I mention he was walking and leaded with a rope, or what I might call a leash) for about 15 minutes. Now to be fair, if you simply want to say that you rode a camel then this may be perfect for you; however, if you want an even remotely authentic experience, this will make you cringe.

Visited June 2014
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Sarahroeck, Gérant at Marrakech By Air, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Dear Lindsey,

We are so glad that you have enjoyed your balloon ride in Marrakech with us. However, as you said that you didn't like the camel ride, we would like to explain that our activity is ballooning and the camel ride is just an extra service that we provide to our passengers for free.

10 years ago when we started our company, we had no camel ride in our program, but each time on our way back with the 4X4 for the drop off in Marrakech city , our passengers were asking us to stop for taking pictures of camels in the Palmeraie of Marrakech. Since then, we thought that offering a camel ride after, would be just great for our passengers.

Please note that thanks to this extra service, the camels are getting all the care they need: good food, vaccination on time,medical service...and for safety reasons we make the ride with tied camels.

Please note that you did not rate us on our main activity which is hot air ballooning!

we hope that this explanation satisfies you and please understand that all what we tried to do is just please our customers and in the mean time helping also those animals.

Kind regards from Marrakech!
Sarah
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