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“Unforgettable street food tasting tour through the Fezs Souks”
Review of Plan-It Morocco

Plan-It Morocco
Ranked #86 of 360 Tours in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Plan-it Morocco creates inspirational experiences and unique culturally immersive adventures in Fez and throughout Morocco. Book activities or full itineraries tailor-made especially for you.
Reviewed March 24, 2014

We did the Souk tasting trail with Gail of Plan-it-Fez and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our Moroccan family vacation. Not only does the tour serve as a good orientation to the often confusing jumble of the Fes souks, but Gail’s knowledge, insights and clear love for Moroccan street food is virtually impossible to replicate by yourself. Not only does she show you the nooks and cranny’s of the food stalls within the medina, but gives you clear guidance and peace-of-mind on what you can eat (safely) and whom you can photograph, after she always politely obtains permission, something not to be underestimated in Morocco in general and the Fes souks in particular.

From steamed lambs head, to camel mince- meat, and lamb livers, the adventurous carnivore will be able to partake of Fes’ street food safely interspersed with lots of witty humor and glances into Moroccan lives. There are lots of vegetarian stalls as well and a particular highlight is Gail’s demonstration of Moroccan honey, some of the best in the world. We got to taste around a dozen honeys and it was not unlike a serious wine tasting, I kid you not. There were notes of chocolate, tobacco and leather.

Another highlight was buying a bunch of little tidbits from various stalls and going into a hole-in-the-wall eating place that specializes in Fava bean soup, sitting around a communal table with locals and eating the soup and other stuff we had picked up, truly an unforgettable experience and one we would never have dreamed of doing on our own. The local bread baking establishment, where households that live in the vicinity send their own bread to be baked, was yet another highlight as was the man in a secret location that sits for 17 hours a day feeding wood into a stove that supplies heat for a hammam, and also moonlights by baking/roasting anything for you perfectly including a whole lamb.

Strongly recommended. An expensive outing but you really do get what you pay for.

4  Thank AKR1
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

This was a fantastic tour that really gave us a deeper understanding of Morocco - life at home, culture, agriculture, history and the foods. We went through the souk and Gail, our guide, explained the different foods/products-how they are used, how they are made, customs. The rose and orange flower man with his essence distillers to rent, why do they have turtles, etc.

Gail knew everyone and they let us take photos, try things, ask questions. She was very open to questions-it didn't feel like a canned recitation. It was like taking a tour with your next-door neighbor.

She took us to a vendor with 12 kinds of honey to try-we went back and bought the fig and grape honey. For lunch, she bought foods from several food stalls (with our consent as to whether we'd like to try them) and we ate at a soup stall. We went back to that soup stall several times-it was so good. Though we went as a couple, this tour would be good for families or anyone traveling in Fez.

Thank Julie T
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

My husband and I recently enjoyed a full day cooking course with a local family, arranged by Plan-It Fez. After being welcomed in to their home, we had a full day of activity, from shopping in the market, baking bread, preserving lemons and preparing a feast! We felt so welcomed by the family, and our translator made it possible to for us to get to know them over the course of the day. It can feel hard to break outside of the tourist madness in Morocco, and this was a wonderful taste of day-to-day life, not to mention great to learn some great recipes to take home. If you're looking for a unique experience, this is it.

My husband and I also took a half-day tour of the Medina. We found it very helpful to get some guidance around this maze of a city, and to hear more about this history! Be warned, we had to be firm in pushing back about too much shopping. We were clear about our hopes/expectations and found the guide to be responsive. We found a half day to be sufficient with a guide and then were ready to strike out on our own.

If you have to choose, the cooking class was a much more special experience!

1  Thank Caitlin P
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Booked this from home based on all the great reviews I saw online (and the fact that it was available as an evening class). Everything was exactly as promised. We were picked up right on time from our hotel by Siham from Plan-It Fez, who was our translator for the evening. We went to the family's home in the heart of the Medina, where we selected our menu for the evening, Next we went out to the markets to pick up our meat, vegetables, grains, and cheese and honey for dessert. We made our own bread (well our host actually did most of the skilled work) and took it to the local bakery to be baked. It was a great experience to be with a family, making dinner together, and then sharing a meal together, very much like my own family does back home. My husband, who does most of our cooking back home, had a fun time with the challenge of not having his fancy knives and cutting boards!

The meal (couscous with lamb, moroccan salads, and cheese and honey for dessert) was delicious, and the host family did an excellent job in showing us all the steps of making this great meal.

Siham was a great translator and very smart and knowledgeable. She was very attentive and both an interesting person herself, and obviously very interested about the world in general.

Having spent so many days eating out, it was nice to enjoy a delicious meal in the warm hospitality of a family at home.

Thank EBY_NYC
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

note that we only did the day-tour with Plan-it Fez, so this is not a comment on their other offerings. that said we were not compelled to do other tours with them.

we selected a full day tour in the old medina as we had read about how messy and labyrinthine it can be. first impression was rather pleasant - guide picked us at our riad at agreed time, spoke good english, good spirits and all that. indeed the rest of the day was also OK-ish, and when we concluded the tour we gave our guide with a reasonable tip.

why the 'poor' review then? let me enumerate

- overpromise then underdelivering. their website promised a whole list of historical and cultural sites to visit, we barely covered half of them
- on the ones we saw (by see I mean a blitz visit), our guide's knowledge is almost rudimentary for someone who claimed 20 years as a professional guide, limited to occasional comments about islam, moroccan culture and info that one can glean from wikipedia
- half of the tour was spent on sales visits - to tannery, pottery section, antiques stores, where he passed us to the salesmen to work their magic
- pottery/tannery/antique shops we visited were way overpriced, even for fez. how did we know? when wandering the medina during the rest of our trip, we saw much of the same merchandise offered at a fraction of our first visit
- when we remarked this to plan-it fez, they completely ignored us. guess they don't need our repeat business
- for an elderly muslim gentlemen, he delighted in touching and hugging my girlfriend

In retrospect, perhaps the fault lies with i) our guide ii) us not telling him exactly what we wanted to see/understand. that said, for a premium-priced service like Plan-it Fez I would have expected more quality control

the guides seemed also to have keyed onto the idea that tourists do not like to be 'sold' stuff, since that makes us feel stupid, even if the absolute amount may not be huge. so every shop we visited our guide told us not to worry, nobody would force us to buy, the salespeople were very professional, etc. while mostly true, and while we were not compelled to spend any of our cash on things that we did not want, it is easy to see how tourists could be gently coerced to part with their cash in shops we never wanted to enter in the first place. until the culture of commission sharing (we hear up to 50% of sales) between shops and guides change, this will always be a risk tourists have to bear

all things considered, i suspect other local guides will do the same, but hey, if that is the case why not just get a cheap one from elsewhere/your riad?

9  Thank bubblegummy
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