We recently returned from 11 days in Morocco with our two teenaged sons.
We are not sure where to begin in expressing just how impressed we are with the entire experience. From the initial communication, to meeting our driver Houssain in Casablanca, our amazing accommodations, the sights, the sounds, the food.....everything was just about as perfect as it could be. Who knew that Morocco was such a wonderfully diverse country, with such friendly, beautiful people? You should be very proud of the tours that you organize as ours was awesome. We felt very privileged to have such knowledgeable private guides to help us in discovering each city and site. Our guides were so accommodating of all of our many questions. They were extremely professional, we can’t stop raving about all of them. We especially liked Azzadine (sp?) in Fez. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable, he wasn’t afraid to share his opinions about religion, politics etc. We had some wonderful discussions with him. Overall, we can’t believe how much we learned about Moroccan history, culture, religion and even a little Berber, and Arabic thrown in too!
Most of all, we feel like we have a new family member in Houssain. He was gracious, flexible, and always friendly. We could not have asked for a better person to guide us on our discovery of this beautiful land. We enjoyed hearing about his family and especially meeting some of his seven sisters, his mother, and various nieces and nephews. He always had a smile and no request was a problem, from arranging for us to go to a traditional hammam, to changing up the itinerary when we were too tired to drive any further, and even finding out from Alecia where we could have sushi in Marrakech (a little bit surreal but lots of fun!) We truly miss him.
We would like to share with you one of our favourite moments from the trip. It occurred as we were leaving the tent after visiting and having mint tea with a lovely Berber nomad family. Our 16 year old son Graydon turned to us and said “Wow! What a beautiful home.” He got it. Home isn’t about having a grandiose place in which to live, rather its about a feeling of love and belonging. That’s what we hope traveling will do for our children - open their minds and hearts to a different way of life, a different culture, and to embrace, not judge, other people not only for their differences but also for our similarities.
On the entire trip we always felt safe and welcomed wherever we were. By taking a private tour such as we did, we were able to avoid most of the "touristy" restaurants and we feel that our culinary experiences were about as authentic as we could get.
Travelling in August in Morocco is admittedly very hot. It was fine but you do need to account for this. Bottled drinking water was easy to find but next time time I will take some rehydration powder or tablets such as Gatorade or Nuun.
I would highly encourage ANYONE to travel here, it was the perfect way to expose our children to a different culture/religion/way of life.
Book with Alecia at Travel-Exploration and you will have a magnificent trip!!
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