My husband and I booked two tours with Berber Space: "Valley of 'Ourika" and, because we did not have time for a longer trip, a customized "Taste of the Desert" tour. I am so glad we booked with Berber Space. Hassan is a knowledgeable and passionate tour guide. He is very proud of his Berber heritage, and he not only revealed, but shared, a new world with us.
Berber Space is a family business. Youssef and Hassan take customer service and satisfaction very seriously, and Hassan regularly inquired about to our comfort and happiness. Hassan even took us to his brother's home where his mother and sister-in-law served us a delicious Moroccan lunch. Hassan told his mother that I liked her hot sauce and she sent me home with a jar of this delicious condiment.
On the Valley of 'Ourika tour we visited with a Berber family and experienced the warmest hospitality and mint tea ritual. The vistas on the tour are unbelievably gorgeous. We had no idea Morocco was so breathtakingly beautiful.
The Taste of the Desert tour also included beautiful scenery, but the highlights were the camel ride and desert camp. The desert camp is clean and comfortable. Berber rugs cover the sand and a large fire warms the chilly night. I asked if I could have an extra blanket, and Hassan brought me four! Our camel driver, Mohammed, was very nice and a talented musician who showed great concern over the satisfaction of his guests. Riding the camel was an experience not to be missed!
We had a spot of confusion over tipping etiquette as we left the desert, and Hassan solved the problem immediately and with the highest level of concern for all involved. I also appreciated that Hassan did not run us through a gauntlet of friends and associates with something to sell. He recommended one merchant, and it was glaringly obvious that his inventory was, for the most part, genuine and high quality work.
Upon returning us to our hotel, Hassan insisted that we let him take us to the airport in two days. He refused to drop us at Departures, and left us only when he was sure we had cleared security.
Traveling to Marrakech has been a dream for many years. Forget Marrakech. Go with Berber Space.
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