I had booked this tour 3 weeks prior to my trip to Marrakech through a tour company called Sabor Services via Getyourguide.com. I initially thought that I was in for the worst day of my life as for:
1, the tour company was late by 40 minutes
2, he did not apologise
3, he sped off walking down the street (as we were in the heart of the medina, no car can get down) and we nearly lost him.
4, after picking up the final people, while stationary he tapped me on the leg and told me to get out the bus like I had done something wrong, and told me that I had not paid when I had. After a slightly heated plea of proving that I had, he told me to get back in.
For that, I won't be using this company again due to its unprofessionalism and the fact that I got a bit intimidated by it. Apart from that the rest of the tour was amazing, and I assume that the tour is not just exclusive to this one company, so I recommend that you use someone else.
Given like any other tour you have to accept that there will be a little time for dropping you off at their friend's shops to buy stuff - however, the first stop was very interesting. We were dropped at a place that grew and sold various herbs and spices including Argan oil. The guide showed us the processes of making the oil, and also went through other products and their health benefits. We were even offered a neck massage with the oil given by a student masseuse for 30dh, it was well worth it for around £3 (Only 3 of us in the group did it, their loss!). Naturally, we had time to buy overpriced things which you can easily buy for a lot cheaper in the souks in Marrakech, but obviously you're in the moment so you have to...
Next stop was visiting a traditional Berber house further along the road. This was pretty interesting to see how it looked and how people lived, I can however only assume that it was staged and a model, or the family who lived in the house were tied into a deal. I personally wouldn't want hundreds of tourists traipsing through my home, I also wouldn't have a shop attached to my home either. Interesting nevertheless!
Finally we stopped for lunch, which was at another tourist trap because all the buses were being dropped here. The food was very good and by the river, but there was limited choice on the menu with a fixed 3 course 120 dh. After lunch we had a 1-1.30 hour trek up the mountain to see a beautiful waterfall with fantastic views of the valley. The trek was not that difficult but it is very steep with some light climbing on slippery rocks - I personally ripped my jeans from the crotch when proving how flexible I was (the joke was on me). I think the trek by itself was worth the money paid!
On the way back, you stop by a layby and have the option to ride a camel. The price is vague so haggling is probably worth doing before you get on it. My girlfriend went on and paid after so I think she had no option but to pay 100dh. There was only 2 people that rode the camels, so it is entirely up to you. They are lovely creatures, but I'm not so sure that they get treated the way they should - there was one in particular which looked very stressed and had its foot tied to the floor so couldn't move very far.
Tour in itself was great!
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