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Sheherazad Ventures

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Marrakech, Morocco
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About Sheherazad Ventures
SheherezadVentures is an English-Moroccan registered travel company based in Marrakech. We offer private tours, excursions and day tours from Marrakech, Ouarzazate and M'Hamid el Ghizlane. On our day tours you can discover the High Atlas Mountains, trek with mules, ride a camel in the Sahara, hike Morocco's highest waterfall, go off-road in the great Southern oases, drink tea with nomads and much more. You can start a trip in Marrakech or Casablanca or any other arrival point in Morocco.
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DBL wrote a review Apr 2020
Phoenix, Arizona2 contributions
I participated in the Sheherazad ventures SV010 ( Marrakech to Fes, via great southern valleys and Sahara. The. Best. Trip. Ever. The accommodations were wonderful. The food was flavorful. The architecture was amazing. The trip was modified as shortly after my arrival, borders began closing due to the spread of the coronavirus. Rachel was in contact daily and kept me updated on restrictions with the country of Morocco. In the end, a mad sprint from the Sahara desert to Marrakech was necessary. I was the last American emergently evacuated from Marrakech. There was so much that I missed. I plan to return in a year or 2. Had a great driver, Moustapha, who safely returned me to Marrakech. Thank again Moustapha.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Response from RachelBlech, Owner at Sheherazad Ventures
Responded Apr 11, 2020
Hi Donna Thank you for taking time to write this review and I am so glad you managed to get on the last flight out of the country. I am glad to say that we are all safe and well, and all of us are free from the virus. I have checked that Mustapha managed to get back to his family OK too, It is a shame you saw the country as it went into total lockdown. On another note, perhaps, you could get a chance to explain to your friend Don Kushner, that you in fact used all the transportation that he had paid for (and more) and that our driver went above and beyond to assist you getting to safety. While we were very happy to have you here with us and ensure your safety, the ongoing dispute and withholding of payment to us from Mr. Kushner has left us with a very bitter taste and also considerably out of pocket! If we are still in business in two years, you, personally, are welcome to come and travel with us again! Inchallah. Please stay well. Regards, Rachel Blech
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Jah2006 wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada67 contributions17 helpful votes
As corona ambushed everyone this March, we were so lucky to be with the Sheherazad crew. The creativity, efficiency and calm they gave us on our introduction to Morocco under stressful conditions was very fine. Despite the growing world chaos we managed to have some very lovely days. Abdeljalil was our amazing, calm , cool and good humoured driver navigating across some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. His tireless alertness, energy and humour was delightful. Ibrahim our tour assistant, was unfailingly thoughtful, witty, quietly watchful and very creative in a constantly changing situation . Rachel, back at mission control, did her best to to keep track of how we were doing under extraordinary conditions. The deeper into southern Morocco we got the more haunting and surreal things became requiring more and more creativity. We slowly became some of the few remaining travellers, having places like Telouet, Atlas Studios, the Kasbahs, Ait Benhaddou and Erg Chebbi to ourselves. As the uncertainty built up, Ibrahim and Abdeljalil did their best to find what was still open and what was not, changing plans from moment to moment as we moved along. Grace under pressure is probably the ultimate thing you wish for if you go on a guided private trip. The Sheherazade folks granted us this wish without batting an eye. Putting aside the obvious privilege of being in a comfy SUV and not having to fret about maps and language, we got a profound sense of daily life in our short time. Morocco is a remarkable country and the style of our introduction from Sheherazad was a memorable treasure. We could tell everyone was worried, about health, losing jobs and how things would ultimately turn out. But the fine sense of solidarity at every moment all around was very moving. Our night in the dunes of Erg Chebbi was haunting. Time meditating on the high dunes of the Sahara is a cure for the stress of the world. Camels are wonders. I still feel a bit guilty as a weight on my fuzzy friend. But she stopped for two grass snack breaks and was tolerant as I shifted my stiff inexperienced behind. My son is obsessed with space and we wished we had a telescope to look more closely at the glittlering sky of billions and billions of stars. The guys running the camp amidst the howling winds singing just for us, and we singing for them was unforgettable. As the country began to lock down we made an epic drive over the Middle Atlas. We paid our respects to the Barbary Apes living under the 700 year old cedar trees with a fine picnic since all restaurants were closed. We meditated on all the strong brave people going about their lives on their farms and pastures, under the sheltering sky. Fes was being locked down as we went out with our official guide Mohammed. I cannot praise the official guide system enough. They have enormous respect from all local people around and get you access to things you didn't know existed. In our circumstances the creativity was high as Mohemmed coordinated with Abdel by cell phone to pick us up as we wandered though the time machine maze of the medina in an elaborate circle. The police were anxious, but Mohammed told them we would not be long . Many of the souks were closing but enough were open to give a good sense of what a remarkable time machine Fes remains, with 300000 proud, tough inhabitants. There seemed to be an ironic sense of ancient humour in play. The craftsmen in the furniture souk were working . A couple of fine coffins were on sale. I said I would be back later. Creativity conitinued as Abdel wisked us up on the hills above town and Mohammed phoned ahead for access to a tile workshop full of wonders. Moroccon artisans are global treasures. My wife broke out in tears at the utter beauty of what they do. Our day in Fes was cut short as we finally won the international corona flight cancellation lottery. Fifth time lucky, my wife beside her self playing airline reservations like a very bad cellphone video game. We contacted Ibrahim and Abdel with a hours notice and we rushed througn the night to Marrakech. We tried to take pictures of the sign for Casablanca. We will see your super mosque wonder, and art deco weirdness another time , inshalla! "Here's looking at you kid." Rachel back at mission control booked us into a deserted Riad. And Abdel and Ibrahim got us there at midnight.We did not sleep much and dear Abdel picked us up again at 7:30 for the airport, letting us know he was on call if we did not make it through the chaos. I need to go back to Marrakech and find an extra large version of Abdeljalil's wool jellaba, with the fantastic peaked wizard hood. I want to be a Berber Pasha wizard just like him. I think I have said enough but can't really say enough under the circumstances. Many thanks to Abdel and Ibrahim ....from the Pasha (still rolling out of vehicles), from the young Prince wide eyed at the sky, and from She Who must be obeyed crying at the art of Morocco ....thankfully, she is no longer playing stress poker with vanishing airlines. ....how do I say chicken again? fooloofloos? Also many salutes to Rachel at mission control. We came very close to taking up the fine offer of staying in her apartment and driving her crazy as house guests in wonderful Morocco for a longer time! May you all be doing your excellent work again asap, with the damn virus just a bad memory, and the world a more just, intelligent and united place. Inshallah until we meet again! Thank you.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from RachelBlech, Owner at Sheherazad Ventures
Responded Apr 1, 2020
Hi Jim, Isabel and Timothy! Well, I don't know about the arts and crafts of Morocco bringing a tear to the eye of Isabel, but your lovely thoughtful report of the closing down days of Morocco certainly made me feel emotional. Thank you for being so supportive! I hope you stay safe and well and that one day we will all be back here again together to continue the adventures that started off so positively. Best wishes Rachel, Ibrahim, Abdeljalil and all our team
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Julia C wrote a review Mar 2020
Richmond, Virginia24 contributions10 helpful votes
We just (barely) returned from Morocco after travel restrictions forced us to wake our guide, driver, and Rachel to discuss a 7 hour drive in the wee hours across the Atlas Mountains to catch the only plane leaving Casablanca for the US that day. I mention this because it speaks to the very high level of commitment, care, communication, and competence that Rachel and her team (in our case Mustapha and Ibrahim) show for their travelers. My husband, 18 year old son, and I have only wonderful things to say about the trip they arranged for us and the manner in which they organized and executed it. We hated to cut it short, as we were truly having the trip of a lifetime. However, we promise to return, and Rachel is the first and only person I would contact to arrange it - and we certainly hope that Mustapha & Ibrahim will be available to accompany us! We send our very best to them, as we know this high season is turning out to be very problematic because of the virus. We also send you prayers for some rain to help with the drought!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from RachelBlech, Owner at Sheherazad Ventures
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Hi Julia and everybody, So kind of you to take time to write this and also send us updates about your progress home. I glad you got home safely and can now focus on your own family and keeping healthy. We would dearly love to see you all back here to continue your explorations of Morocco, perhaps next year. I wonder how the world of travel will look after this virus pandemic is brought under control. Will any of our small hotels still be in business? There have been massive lay-offs and closures this week throughout the country and there is no social welfare system to speak of. We are in such frightening and uncertain times and and I just hope we can tread water for long enough till tourism opens up again. We pull together to support each other as much as we can wherever in the world we are! On a positive note, we did have some rain near the coast last night and we are happy about that!! Maybe there will be some crops. Please keep in touch and please enjoy your memories of your time with us. I will pass you greetings to Mustapha and Ibrahim - they are out now on the road with more guests who are possibly stranded here!!! Best wishes, Rachel
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alipinski wrote a review Jan 2020
Thessaloniki Region, Greece9 contributions1 helpful vote
This tour was wonderful organized, set up. We spent a lot of time in the car, because we wanted to see a majority of the country (Marrakesh, Ait Benhaddou, Zagora, Rissani, Sahara and Fes). Places I never expected to see turned out to be some of the most amazing. Driving through the various typography from Merzouga to Fes was one of the highlights, as well as exploring the old Kasbah's during daily drives, the Sahara, and all our wonderful tour guides, during day trips and throughout our entire visit. Mustapha, our driver, was wonderful; he had an extraordinary wealth of knowledge, he was always timely, didn't pressure us to keep any time stamps when driving and never hesitated to give us the best experience. One exemplary example of this was when we were looking for an area to dig for fossils. Mustapha kept stopping to ask locals to get the best information on where to dig! He made our trip everything it was and more.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from RachelBlech, Owner at Sheherazad Ventures
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Hi Ali, Thank you so. much for your review. Somehow TripAdvisor seems to have deleted my earlier response to you and then accidentally it posted the wrong response here - one that I had written for a different guest who travelled in March. Apologies. So - anyway, thank you to all of the Zicht family and friends for choosing to travel with us and we do hope you are enjoying your fossils and many sandy memories. Best wishes, Rachel, Mustapha and Khalifa and all the team
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Pathfinder728940 wrote a review Nov 2019
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Our trip to Morocco was unbelievably fantastic thanks to the careful planning of Sheherazad Ventures. Rachel and her team ensured we enjoyed an authentic journey of what is a beautiful country. Our driver and guide, Mustapha, was professional and patient. He really helped make the trip memorable. If you plan on seeing Morocco, see it with the help of Rachel.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from RachelBlech, Owner at Sheherazad Ventures
Responded Nov 24, 2019
Hello Bob, Jack, Cindy and Lesley (aka pathfinder???) It was great to have you all on board for your tour of Morocco. Mustapha sent me a couple of photos by WhatsApp that you took in the desert! And he told me there were emotional tears when he dropped you at the airport at the end of your holiday. You or him? I hope your Moroccan carpets arrived safely with you back in the US and that you fly many more magical miles on them. Thanks for putting your faith in us, Rachel and all the SheherazadVentures team
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