My husband and I went on a very rush 1-week vacation in Morocco back in late December 2012. When we planned this trip almost half a year ago, we had requested for quotes from many tour agencies and finally we picked Colours of Morocco mainly for its fair price (almost half price of what other agencies quoted us) and the very good review mentioned here related to Mohammed. When we first arrived at the airport being picked up by the driver, we were a little bit upset that it wasn't Mohammed, but afterall December is a busy season for most tour agencies and we understand that there were only 2 of us so it is understandable that Mohammed could be leading a bigger group happening at the same time. So we weren't that unhappy about it, and met this young driver named Ahmed. He was very accommodating throughout the trip, although his english skills are fairly limited in our expectation so a bit difficult to maintain a fair conversation. But he tried to answer most of the questions that we had throughout the trip. He kept mentioning to us the car was ours, we can stop and take pictures whenever we liked to.
The highlight of the trip was definitely 1-night stay at the Sahara Desert and the 2-hours camel ride from sunset to pitch darkness in the middle of the desert. The moonlight landscape was very beautiful and definitely unforgettable. However, we feel a little unprepared for the night of stay at the desert, because we weren't told in advance to pack only 1 night of clothes. So we were rushing to get all the clothes and stuff we need for that night just when we arrived at the hotel where we started the camel ride and made us forgot to bring our down-jacket and tuque that we did bring along in the luggage. End up that night was pretty cold (almost 0C) and we could have enjoyed more if we had those items with us. Other than that, the sunrise the next morning was again a very sensory experience. At the tent, we were waiting for the guide to bring us to a good spot to see the sunrise, but we waited for awhile and still didn't see anybody, until we saw a group was already walking on the huge sand dunes behind the tent to reach the top just in time for the sunrise. We went running on the sand trying to catch up with them, but couldn't make it to the top because it was very tiring especially running on the sand. So we were again a bit disappointed because the guide didn't wait for us! And the sunrise was supposed to be the HIGHLIGHT of the entire trip, to me at least!
I read some reviews about driver taking you to buy souvenirs (fossils, rugs, robes, tagine, etc) throughout the trip, but we were okay with that as part of contributing to the economy. I also want to mention about lunches. Each day we were brought to nice restaurants for lunches, we were okay on the first day, but then we wanted to try some local food. We later understand that we were on the road, so it was not easy to find safe and clean local foods. If you really want to try local foods, save it for Marrakech.
After the 4 day road trip back from the desert, we had 1 day at Marrakech. A tour guide named Zubida was arranged for half a day of the tour. She mentioned that Mohammed had treated us to take the carriage from the main square to Jardine Majorelle. So we feel very pleased as although he couldn't take us personally on the tour, but he did something to make up for it!
Overall, the trip was very good, but I couldn't give full 5 stars given the reasons above. But definitely the scenery from Marrakech to the desert through the Atlas mountains was amazing...you will see mountains in different colours, transition ranging from very green, to few trees, 1 tree, then no trees, and then pure sand and rocks, very fascinating! A must-see country!
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