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“Amazing, a must do in Marraceck”
Review of Marrakech By Air

Marrakech By Air
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Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and...
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We had an amazing time! An absolute must do for those visiting Marrakech. The whole trip was managed perfectly and we were so well looked after. The pilot is fantastic and has a great sense of humour! We loved the berber breakfast and camel ride too. Worth every penny :)
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uk england
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Amazing, a must do in Marraceck”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

This was the highlight of our trip to Marraceck, from the moment we were picked up it was laughs all the way. It was an amazing experience to see the sun rise over the atlas mountains,priceless and worth every penny. The driver Mustafa and the pilot Hamid were real characters, and you can see they enjoy there job, Hamid had us in stitches with his jokes! Joking aside you felt completely safe and Hamid is an experienced pilot, he managed to land us on the back of his truck, with the help of the guys on the ground, he even manoeuvred the balloon over the side of the mountain scraping the bushes below. This whole experience was shared with some fantastic people. Don't hesitate to book this trip.

Visited January 2013
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

This was the first hot-air balloon excursion I have done, and although you could do this in most countries, Marrakech by Air made this one an exciting cultural excursion as well as an amazing hour in the hot-air balloon.

We were picked up at 6am at an agreed meeting place, not far from our hotel, and driven into the beautiful countryside, at the foothills of the Atlas mountains. After a 20 minute stop at a Berber (mountain people) village for pan-au-chocolate and mint tea, we were off again to find a clear spot to start our balloon ride. Once we had a suitable area, out came the basket and the balloon, and, as I was snapping away with my camera, I was invited to assist in setting up our balloon. As it was early, it was pretty cold, so make sure you bring a coat!

As I stepped into the basket, I felt absolutely terrified, wondering what on earth I had got myself into! However, it wasn't in the least bit scary, much more gentle than I expected. We were in the air for about an hour, although I would have liked to spend a bit more time up there. Our pilot made it a morning to remember, constantly keeping us entertained and informed, and presenting us with a certificate and a CD of african music after we had landed.

After landing, we took a short walk to the same Berber tent in which we had our pan-au-chocolate, but this time there was a full Moroccan breakfast (a selection of breads and pancakes, hard boiled eggs, tea and coffee) waiting for us.

After breakfast, we were given a guided tour around the traditional Berber house, which was fascinating and informative, and then we were driven to a palmerie for a camel ride.

Having done camel rides before, I have to admit that I didn't feel particularly safe on this one. We had 6 camels, and just 2 guides, and I felt that there should have been one guide to lead each camel. Instead, all the camels were tied together in a long line, and whenever we stopped, my camel was trying to pull free!

We were back at our hotel before midday, so we had plenty of time in the rest of the day for more sight-seeing or shopping.

It was a fantastic experience! It cost 1990 dirhams for a public tour (roughly £150, including pick-up, breakfast, camel ride, and drop-off), so I think it was excellent value for money. Highly recommended.

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“The highlight of our trip to Morocco!”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

After traveling for 3 days in Morocco and then spending our first day in Marrakech being overwhelmed by the Medina, we were picked up on our second day at 9:00 am and whisked away to the outskirts of Marrakech. After a quick snack of hot chocolate, coffee, and croissants, we were driven to where the balloon, piloted by Hamid, was just touching down after his first flight of the day. As the basket was being held down by his team and the first group got out, our family of 5 got in and away we went! Hamid was an excellent pilot as he demonstrated a "touch and go" as he brushed the top of a large bush and then rose into the air again, but the best part of the trip was his hilarious, out-going personality! He had us laughing the entire time as we floated above the wheat fields and grazing areas. Although it was a little hazy, we still saw the High Atlas Mountains in the distance and Marrakech. He landed the basket in the back of his truck as it was guided into the truck bed by his team. As we watched the balloon being deflated and bundled for transport, we were given certificates of our flight. We had a wacky drive to a compound where we had a Berber breakfast and mint tea. We had a nice conversation with Hamid and his wife Lina, who arranges the tours via email. On our way back to our riad we stopped at the Palmeraie, but we opted only to have a photo shoot with the camels as we already had ridden them in the Sahara desert during our 3-day tour. Many thanks to Hamid and Lina - maybe we'll see them in California this summer!

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Best day in Marrakech”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We spent 4 days in Marrakech over Xmas and the balloon ride with Hamid on the second day was the best day of our trip. We got picked up early so that we could get there for breakfast, get everything set up and saw sunrise over the Atlas Mountains - was quite spectacular. However, what really makes the trip more than just the balloon ride is Hamid! Hamid is a character and immensely entertaining.. he could have his own comedy show!
There were two balloon rides that day and there was space in the balloon the second time round and I was able to get a second free ride which was great!
I also put some videos up of our experience on YouTube, you can see them here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAkOl-U8SQkLHTxLEJKbu4_A30_THZid2

Visited December 2012
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Malmo, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Exhilarating Fun”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Great Fun, not only the balloon ride, but the whole experience. Hamid is a character (and he knows it...:) ). Pick up in the dark, quick tea/coffee, watch the balloon fill with air, UP we go (too short a ride and not high enough though), land and pack, breakfast in the tent, off to the Camel ride. Good solid fun with great people and very touristy.....

Visited December 2012
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