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“Best part of our trip to Morocco”

Colours of Morocco Day Tours
Ranked #117 of 822 Tours in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Colours of Morocco tours organises and offers a variety of tours and excursions all around Morocco. Imperial cities, Atlas mountains , camel trek in the Sahara , berber trail, the atlantic coast ( Agadir , Essaouira ) and the north of Morocco ( Tangiers,Chefchaouen)..a colourful landscape With it's people, their traditions and customs are presented to you to make your own tailor-made trip ..to experience , to live real colours of Morocco.
Los Angeles, California
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“Best part of our trip to Morocco”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Mohamed was an incredible guide. Three friends and I took the three valleys tour through the Atlas Mountains with him. We only had four days in Morocco, but this was definitely a highlight. Mohamed was incredibly knowledgable about the history of Morocco, the Berbers, the landscape, etc. He was also quite funny and personable. Every story was tinged with a personal anecdote that brought the color to the colours of Morocco tour.

I've been on more than a dozen tours in a dozen countries, but Mohamed was the best guide I've ever had. And WHEN I go back to Morocco, I will take another tour with him for certain.

It was clear to us that Mohamed didn't just know the area, he loved it. Kids rushed up to the car to say hi - not to ask for anything - but just to see that he was there. Of course, he was generous with them, even going to the market to get a soccerball for a kid he had made a promise to on a previous trip. He was a part of the community and welcomed us into it as well.

Some of the highlights: mint tea at a Berber home, incredible colors of the doors and buildings, stunning variations in the colors of the red clay, green hills and white mountains; the smiling faces of the children we met, the hustle bustle of the Berber market (just for passing through not buying the goods), seeing stunningly beautiful visages of Morocco far from the image that you had in your head before you took the tour.

Definitely bring your camera. You could take pictures for days. Also, bring some snacks. You will stop for lunch, but having a few bites along the way will help.

Visited March 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews
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“Amazing experience”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Using Colours of Morocco was the highlight of my trip. A friend and I spent two days in Marrakech by ourselves and were feeling a bit overwhelmed and done with Morocco. However the experience was completely reversed by Mohamed's expertise and hospitality. His English is fantastic and he is even kinder and more generous than you would ever expect a tour guide to be. He is personable and knowledgable about everything. He had the perfect balance between conversation and quiet, just letting us absorb the scenery and beauty of the places we went. He helped us find places to eat and even negotiated and picked a guide for us at the Cascades of Ouzoud. My friend and I felt like we were leaving a friend behind when we left. If I ever go back to Morocco, I will only be going on Colours of Morocco tours. Thank you Mohamed!

Visited February 2013
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Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco
1 review
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Our trip to Morocco was unique. We fully enjoyed our two weeks. We did many km with Colours of Morocco and we appreciated every moments. They are professionals, interesting and educationals. We would go back soon to see more of that country. Thanks for the memorable experience!

Visited July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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“Very memorable experience!”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

My husband and I went on a very rush 1-week vacation in Morocco back in late December 2012. When we planned this trip almost half a year ago, we had requested for quotes from many tour agencies and finally we picked Colours of Morocco mainly for its fair price (almost half price of what other agencies quoted us) and the very good review mentioned here related to Mohammed. When we first arrived at the airport being picked up by the driver, we were a little bit upset that it wasn't Mohammed, but afterall December is a busy season for most tour agencies and we understand that there were only 2 of us so it is understandable that Mohammed could be leading a bigger group happening at the same time. So we weren't that unhappy about it, and met this young driver named Ahmed. He was very accommodating throughout the trip, although his english skills are fairly limited in our expectation so a bit difficult to maintain a fair conversation. But he tried to answer most of the questions that we had throughout the trip. He kept mentioning to us the car was ours, we can stop and take pictures whenever we liked to.

The highlight of the trip was definitely 1-night stay at the Sahara Desert and the 2-hours camel ride from sunset to pitch darkness in the middle of the desert. The moonlight landscape was very beautiful and definitely unforgettable. However, we feel a little unprepared for the night of stay at the desert, because we weren't told in advance to pack only 1 night of clothes. So we were rushing to get all the clothes and stuff we need for that night just when we arrived at the hotel where we started the camel ride and made us forgot to bring our down-jacket and tuque that we did bring along in the luggage. End up that night was pretty cold (almost 0C) and we could have enjoyed more if we had those items with us. Other than that, the sunrise the next morning was again a very sensory experience. At the tent, we were waiting for the guide to bring us to a good spot to see the sunrise, but we waited for awhile and still didn't see anybody, until we saw a group was already walking on the huge sand dunes behind the tent to reach the top just in time for the sunrise. We went running on the sand trying to catch up with them, but couldn't make it to the top because it was very tiring especially running on the sand. So we were again a bit disappointed because the guide didn't wait for us! And the sunrise was supposed to be the HIGHLIGHT of the entire trip, to me at least!

I read some reviews about driver taking you to buy souvenirs (fossils, rugs, robes, tagine, etc) throughout the trip, but we were okay with that as part of contributing to the economy. I also want to mention about lunches. Each day we were brought to nice restaurants for lunches, we were okay on the first day, but then we wanted to try some local food. We later understand that we were on the road, so it was not easy to find safe and clean local foods. If you really want to try local foods, save it for Marrakech.

After the 4 day road trip back from the desert, we had 1 day at Marrakech. A tour guide named Zubida was arranged for half a day of the tour. She mentioned that Mohammed had treated us to take the carriage from the main square to Jardine Majorelle. So we feel very pleased as although he couldn't take us personally on the tour, but he did something to make up for it!

Overall, the trip was very good, but I couldn't give full 5 stars given the reasons above. But definitely the scenery from Marrakech to the desert through the Atlas mountains was amazing...you will see mountains in different colours, transition ranging from very green, to few trees, 1 tree, then no trees, and then pure sand and rocks, very fascinating! A must-see country!

Visited December 2012
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Our trip to Morocco was one of the most enjoyable and fascinating vacations that we have ever taken. We have traveled extensively in the U.S., Caribbean and western Europe, but Morocco was well beyond what we could have imagined. It is very different and incredibly beautiful. We probably have more than 1,000 pictures of the scenery, the villages, and the markets, etc. Our trip was highlighted by a camel trek into the Sahara Desert and an overnight stay in a nomadic tent. Morocco was an excellent travel destination and Mohamed El Mouwahidi of Colours of Morocco was a fantastic guide. As Americans, we felt completely comfortable and safe throughout our visit, and would highly recommend this trip.

The Colours of Morocco tour service and its owner Mohamed El Mouwahidi provided an outstanding tour from start to finish. We have taken many guided bus tours with the large companies (Globus, Trafalgar, etc.) and enjoyed them. But having a private guide was a completely different and superior experience. We found Colours of Morocco through Trip Advisor and even contacted some of the reviewers just to get a comfort level with the destination and guide. Then we contacted Mohamed with our tentative plans and he provided several tour itineraries. Based on our flight times, Mohamed adapted a 4-day trip to fit within our schedule. You’ll never get that type of accommodation from a big tour operator.

Mohamed personally picked us up at the Marrakesh airport and arranged a local guide for the afternoon/early evening in Marrakesh. (Tip: we sent a picture of ourselves to aid in meeting at the airport.) Our guide walked us through the extensive and chaotic souk (marketplace located in the Medina area, which is the old Roman city area). The market featured all kinds of products for sale, from clothing, leather goods, metal works, and almost anything else. Within many of the alcoves along the very narrow alleys, you could see the workers and artisans working hard making the various goods that were offered in their shops. We really appreciated the labor involved in creating the items that were for sale. The open market area had food vendors and entertainers, including animal acts with snakes and monkeys. The whole experience was a bit overwhelming. It was very clear after our first evening that our visit to Morocco would be unlike any trip we had ever taken.

From Marrakesh, we headed east across the Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and Merzouga and various points in between. You may want to consult a map at this point to get a sense of the geography. We traveled in a Toyota Landcruiser and were joined by another guest, our new friend Gena from Canada. The mountain scenery was breathtaking, although parts of the drive on narrow switchback roads were a bit unnerving. The roads are similar to what you might find in the American Rockies. We made numerous stops along the way including highlights such as the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and the Dades Gorge (featured in the Cadillac commercial). . With a group of 3, we had the flexibility to stop anytime to take pictures or to visit a roadside vendor.

Since we covered a fairly long distance in just a few days, we did spend a great deal of time in the car, although since the scenery varied so much along the way, the hours went by quickly. Mohamed had a great selection of music to play ranging from classic American and British tunes to local and Middle Eastern music. The terrain included deserts, steep gorges, lush valleys and villages of every size. The car was roomy and comfortable; however, at this point, it’s probably fair to note that if you have car sickness issues, this may not be the tour for you. On the other hand, Mohamed is able and willing to provide off-road and more extensive tours for guests that are more adventurous and have more time than we did.

Besides being mesmerized by the natural beauty of Morocco, we were captivated by the people and the architecture. The most surprising thing about Morocco was the blend of primitive and modern. You will often feel like you have stepped back in time, but at the same time, you’ll see ample examples of how even the most remote areas are touched by 21st century technology, with modern conveniences and the accompanying problems. We could go on, but it’s best that you discover it all for yourself.

Our tour included the overnight accommodations, which were surprisingly luxurious. While exotic, the hotels offered spacious comfortable rooms, lovely common areas and grounds, excellent meals, and conveniences such as WIFI and international TV. The tour also included breakfasts and dinners, which were either buffets or fixed menu items in the hotels. All were excellent, even for some of us who don’t eat just everything. Be sure to sample the orange juice, which was the best ever. I also recommend the Moroccan Whiskey – Mint Tea. We stopped for lunches along the way at interesting restaurants. We ordered off the menus and paid for these meals directly. The offerings generally included some form of chicken or lamb, vegetables and rice. The food was well-seasoned, but not too unusual. We are used to an American diet and found the food to be very good.

While we really enjoyed all of the tour, the highlight of the trip was an overnight in the Sahara Desert. We reached our camp by camel, which was very cool. Note that riding on a camel for a long distance is not as easy as you might think. We were greeted by our Berber hosts who served us a great meal and even sang and played drums for us. The night was clear and cold. Mohamed told us that Morocco is a cold country with a hot sun, which made perfect sense after our night in the Sahara. We were there in mid-November so it was very cold overnight. Other times of year might be warmer. Just be prepared with layers of clothing. The bed in the tent was more of a firm mat than a mattress. Honestly, we didn’t sleep too well that night. Regardless of any discomfort, we were amply rewarded with an indescribable night sky full of endless stars. We rose early to watch the sun rise. The Sahara Desert is exactly like you would imagine, incredibly vast with enormous mountains of soft colorful sand. Truly, this was an experience of a lifetime. We rode the camels back to a beautiful resort where we were able to shower and have breakfast.

As mentioned, we spent a lot of time in the car. During the ride, we learned much about Morocco, the Arab culture and the Islam religion. These discussions enriched our experience. Mohamed is knowledgeable, well-educated, and demonstrated a great deal of national pride. Overall, our trip to Morocco and our guide were great. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Visited November 2012
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