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“Perfect” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Discover Morocco Day Tours

Discover Morocco Day Tours
Hilane Boutouil 184 | Marrakesh, Marrakech 40030, Morocco
+212 661-675032
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Owner description: Discover Morocco Tours :is a full service travel company based in Marrakech, Morocco. The company was created to show our clients worldwide the authenticity of Morocco that is deeply rooted in culture and history. Our experienced native guides are fluent in English, Berber. Our goal is to provide our customers with quality services and excellent experiences. Our services include arrangements for accommodations, transportation, and guided excursions throughout Morocco. Whether you are traveling solo or in a group, and/or looking for a cultural or adventurous experience, we are here to work with you in customizing the perfect itinerary for your holiday.
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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“Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

As two disorganised girls travelling alone in Marrakech we were very lucky to have some people staying in our Riad that had already booked this tour. They gave me the info and I rang Rachid who put us straight on the tour for the next day! We went on the 2night/3 day Marrakech to Merzouga trip that included an overnight stay in another Riad in the Dades gorge and an overnight stay in the desert. Everything about this trip was perfect. Our guide, Kamal was extremely helpful, happy and friendly. He also turned out to be a pretty good driver as he navigated his way around lorries on the mountain roads and kept us all safe in the car! We travelled in a 4x4 as there were only 6 of us on the trip which also meant that we could drive across a river and up to a few view points to get some good photos. The Riad was also good. The only thing I could say that was bad about it was that we had no hot water in our room but the staff were very friendly and we were serenaded after dinner by some Berber boys playing the drums. We then travelled towards the desert and got to have a swim in a pool before getting on our camels to ride into the desert at sunset. The Berber camp that we went to was great: friendly men and a fun camel ride with great pictures. We also had a good tagine and couscous dinner. We then travelled back to Marrakech the next day which was a long drive (10ish hours) but Kamal stopped enough times along the way to have breaks etc. I would recommend this tour to anyone and after doing some research into it, it looks like it's a pretty good price (120€) each. Kamal was a great guide and the company was very trustworthy. We had a great time and it really made our trip to morocco a bit more special.

Visited June 2014
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Richard s, Owner at Discover Morocco Day Tours, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Hello ,

Thank you so much for your review and we are so glad to hear enjoyed the trip with us.Also we are so sorry about hot water at the shower because during the summer some hotels don't use hot water.


and i hope to see once again then we will be so happy to show you the rest of Morocco.


Thank you so much,

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“Excellent trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This trip was excellent, got to see the real Marrakech, the souks and medina's were excellent, the souks are definitely great to see, you name it, it is for sale, the tour guides were excellent and the restaurant that we visited for lunch was beautiful and the food excellent.

Visited May 2014
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Richard s, Owner at Discover Morocco Day Tours, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Hello,

Thank you so much for everything you wrote about our company and i am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with us.

and we always happy to help more poeple :)


Thank you so much :)
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“Marrakech & Merzouga Desert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This was our first visit to Morocco and Discover Morocco Tours made it such a memorable trip. We had only a few days and wanted to see as much as possible. Rachid put together an itinerary and made sure that every last detail was taken care of for us.

MARRAKECH:

We flew into Marrakech and Rachid was at the airport waiting with transportation to our riad (primary form of accommodation: equivalent to a b&b or guest house). We stayed in the heart of the medina (which was amazing) but vehicles can only take you so far. When we reached the gates Rachid had arranged for someone to meet us with a hand-pulled cart for our luggage. We were very grateful for this as it was still a good 10 minute walk through the narrow busy streets/alleyways of the medina to reach our riad. He gave us a little time to settle into our accommodation then arranged for an orientation city tour of Marrakech with a local guide who specialized in Marrakech walking tours. This was a good way to start the trip. We were able to see the different areas of the city, visit the palace, learn some history, see some of the local handcrafts in progress and shop in the market. If we hadn't taken this tour we would most likely not have ventured outside the medina on our own so it was great to see a little more of the city.

Our time in Marrakech was amazing but the primary reason we chose Discover Morocco Tours was to see more of Morocco and visit the desert. Rachid met us at our riad early in the morning and off we went on our road trip! He had arranged a driver with a spacious van. We left Marrakech and began our adventure over the Atlas mountains into the desert.

ROAD TRIP ACROSS MOROCCO:

We chose the Merzouga desert trip because of the red sand. This was the Sahara we had always pictured. The Merzouga desert is almost twice the distance from Marrakech compared to the Zagora desert (the other option with white sand / smaller dunes). So the itinerary we were interested in is usually a long excursion. That said, we only had a few days in Morocco. Rachid was amazing and worked with us to put together an excursion that would allow us to visit Merzouga in our timeframe and budget. The downside would be a lot of traveling in a short time (hundreds of miles in a matter of days) but we were prepared to deal with that and Rachid did his best to break it up for us.

Considering how far we had to go we still saw so much! It's incredible how different the mountains, villages and deserts are from the Morocco we experienced in Marrakech. The stops that Rachid chose gave an incredible taste of the country. It was a really good balance of known attractions and "real Morocco". At most of the stops Rachid accompanied us as the guide but for some sites he arranged a local guide to take us around. These local guides rely on tour companies to bring visitors to see their villages so we were happy to learn from the locals.

DESERT CAMPING:

It took two days to get to the red desert. Rachid arranged accommodation at a hotel just outside the Dades Gorges for us the first night (which was excellent). When we reached Merzouga the next day we established base at a desert hotel. The camels and desert camping excursions are all associated with hotels just outside the dunes so that there is a place for the drivers to stay while visitors are in the desert. This arrangement also permits visitors to lock up their belongings and allows use of the facilities (showers) when visitors return which we were very grateful for. Merzouga is actually the name of the town where these hotels that offer desert excursions are located. The dunes themselves are called Erg Chebbi.

The desert was worth every second spent on the road to get there. We were met at the hotel by one of the Berbers from the camp. He had a camel for each of us and led us over the dunes into the Sahara. About an hour into the camel trek we stopped to watch the sunset. We were already deep enough into the desert that nothing but dunes could be seen whichever direction you looked and the sun hitting the red sand is like nothing I could ever describe. I can't imagine anything in our lifetime will compare to the half hour spent on top of that dune. Ever.

When we were ready we continued our trek into the desert. It was another hour before we reached camp but when you are on a camel trek in the Sahara you take in every minute. The sky was so clear that the moon and the stars provided plenty of light. In fact when we reached camp we spent the first half hour laying in the dunes watching shooting stars.

Dinner was delicious. Typical Moroccan tagine: bread, meat, potatoes and vegetables with fruit for dessert. After dinner a campfire was built. There were five other groups from all over staying at the camp so we all tried to introduce ourselves. Then the berber men joined the campfire and performed traditional berber music for about an hour. They got us up dancing and even passed their instruments around for everyone to try. It was fantastic.

We did not know what to expect from the camping experience but it was very enjoyable. Sleeping tents were all together and faced inward to a communal area. We had our own tent complete with cots dressed in blankets and pillows. Dinner was served in a large tent at the front of camp decorated in beautiful moroccan textiles with tables and chairs. And there were outhouse-style toilets just outside the tents. It definitely exceeded our expectations.

On the morning we left our camels were waiting for us outside of camp. I will admit that this second camel ride was felt far more than our first. Despite the padding from the blankets on the harness, riding camels will leave it's mark on your inner thighs. But despite a little discomfort the views of the Sahara were no less spectacular on the way out.

Because of our limited timeframe we had to head directly back to Marrakech from Merzouga. It was a long drive (12+hrs) but the views along the way were incredible. When we arrived Rachid walked with us to our riad, making sure we found it in the dark. The following morning he met us for breakfast where we marked our travels on a map bought in the market and he arranged transport back to the airport in time for our flight. Rachid walked with us all the way to the check-in desk. By this time we were saying goodbye to a friend, not just our guide. You will not get an experience like this with any old tour company.

If we are fortunate enough to return to Morocco in the near future we wouldn't think twice before booking with Discover Morocco Tours again. We had such a fantastic experience. Thank you Rachid!!!

Visited April 2014
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Richard s, Owner at Discover Morocco Day Tours, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Hello,
Thank you so much for all you wrote about our company and i am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with us.

and this is what i love hear in my life just to see people glad with us and i hope to see you once again then we will be so happy so show the best of Morocco.

as we always here for everyone who wants to discover Morocco and the team of discover morocco day tours is one of your family at morocco ,as we always here for help.


Thank you so much for you pretty word.

Rachid :)
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Sydney, Australia
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“Zagoura Desert trip - 1 Night 2 Days”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We were very fortunate to have taken one of the tours offered by Discover Morocco Tours. I can quite easily say it was the best part of our time in Morocco. We were picked up by Kamal who was our host for the two days. Kamal was a fantastic tour guide. He was easy going, had a great sense of humour and always made sure we were comfortable. We stopped at a number of different places to explore and take photos. He was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any questions we had. I would highly recommend Kamal to anyone thinking about doing a tour with Discover Morocco Tours.

If you have 4-5 days in Marrakesh, this tour is perfect. We were joined by another couple from Britain which we got on with very well. The landscape on the way to Zagoura is truly breathtaking and the people were friendly wherever we went. We eventually reached Zagoura and were picked by the Berbers who provided the camel ride and night in the desert. We stayed in the Berber camp and had a great time. The dinner, atmosphere and morning sunsets were all fantastic. The next day Kamal picked us up and we commenced the journey back to Marrakesh.

Many thanks to Kamal and the team. You guys provided a memorable experience.

Shane and Nicola
Sydney, Australia

Visited May 2014
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Richard s, Owner at Discover Morocco Day Tours, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Thank you so much for everything you wrote about your travels with us and we are so happy to hear that enjoyed the 2 desert trip into Zagoura desert with our guide Kamal.

and we hope to see once again and we will be so happy to show you more about Morocco and the best of Our service.

Thank you so much guys and thanks a lot too for our guide kamal.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Trip to Ourika valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This trip was excellent. Rachid was very quick to respond to email and was very helpful. First we went to a traditional Berber house - had a lovely breakfast and saw how to make mint tea. Then we stopped for a camel ride which was good fun. We then stopped off to see how Argan oil is made which was very interesting and a chance to purchase some products. We then hiked for an hour and a half in Ourkia valley to a wonderful waterfall (this was tough work in the heat but well worth it!). The day finished with a great lunch by the river. Our driver and tour guide were very kind and helpful - they also played some great music on the drive between stops! We very much enjoyed the day and highly recommend this tour company.

Visited May 2014
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Richard s, Owner at Discover Morocco Day Tours, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Hello,
Firstly thank you so much for everything you wrote about your trip with us into ourika valley.
we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip with our guide and i hope to see you once again than we will be so glad to show you more about Morocco.
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