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“A Great Family Experience”

Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours
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Owner description: Uncover the cultural diversity of contemporary Morocco on a Travel Exploration Tailor Made Private Tour or Day Tour. Visit breathtaking Architectural sites and Berber Villages, Jewish Heritage sites, Majestic palaces, and Glorious houses of worship and opulent gardens. You will eat exceptional cuisine and view traditional Moroccan crafts being made by local artisans and shop in enticing marketplaces. When you travel with us you will experience the authentic. We specialize in custom-design private, Morocco tours for couples, families and small. Travel Exploration Morocco donates 5% of our proceeds to Berber Villages through our charity organization called Project Feed.
Reviewed September 10, 2013

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!!

3  Thank Richard K
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moroccotraveler, Owner at Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

Hosting your family was and participating in everyone having an enriching cultural and educational experience was the pleasure of our staff and our agency representatives. We are thrilled that the personal touch of our expert driver, the guides and seeing how Nomads live in the Sahara first hand left an indelible memory on everyone, particularly your son.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Alecia planned the most amazingly seamless Moroccan trip for us.From the initial email and phone conversations to the airport pickup and exquisite Riad in Marrakech ,then out to the Sahara and back.Every component was well thought out and executed perfectly.Our driver Tahar was the sweetest ,most thoughtful man,a real pleasure to be around., our Marrakech guide Karim was what my daughters called the perfect boyfriend.... Took us to all the shops ,waited patiently and carried all our parcels.From my point of view he took us all over town,into so many interesting sites,with a very expansive knowledge.of each one.interactive history lessons.
One of the impressive features of Alecia's tour was the way it all flowed,everyone always on time,tickets purchased ahead of so no waiting in line,and the car magically appearing just when you wanted it.....always with lots of cold water available, choice of Riads were beautiful, well located and restored with exquisite detail.A real highlight was having lunch with the Berber family, to actually see how people live in different cultures and countries is always so interesting,so to go in their house was a real treat.
Also as a woman travelling with her daughters,we always felt safe.Both Tahar and Karim really took care of us ,we were never harassed or pestered by vendors ,
I cannot recommend Alecia's company highly enough,and I would travel with her again anytime
Thank you Alecia, Tahar and Karim

Sincerely M Campbell

2  Thank Mary C
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

My husband and I recently returned from a 9-day holiday in Morocco organised by Alecia at Travel Exploration. We had left our plans to the last minute and I was worried about hotel and guide availability. Alecia was nonplussed by our disorganisation and dealt with all of our flight changes with ease. She responded to my emails immediately and customized a trip to suit our interests. Alecia also organised our hotel bookings and was even able to find me a riad with a gym when I told her that I was a gym junkie! It seems that no request is too hard for Alecia to accommodate.
The guides that Alecia arranged for us in Fez, Marrakech and Essouira were knowledgeable and spoke English well. Our driver, Ismael, was particularly fantastic. He was with us the entire trip and we became fast friends from the moment he met us at the airport. Knowledgeable about the history and politics of Morocco as well as the country’s geography, Ismael offered us keen insight into Moroccan culture and the rich diversity of Muslim and Berber influences. Our trip would not have been the same without him.
Alecia’s restaurant recommendations were spot on. She was able to steer us away from the tourist traps and towards Morocco’s best restaurants, mixing traditional Moroccan homestyle fare with high-end fusion restaurants.
With only 9 days, we did not have time to get to the Sahara. When we return to Morocco (soon, I hope), I will not hesitate to get in touch with Alecia and have her arrange that trip. For anyone planning a trip to Morocco, I would highly recommend getting in touch with Alecia to help with the planning.

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I contacted Alecia after spending weeks trying to plan a trip to Morocco on my own and feeling confused and uncertain where to visit, for how long, and what to see. Immediately she made me feel comfortable. Her enthusiasm, kindness, confidence, patience, and professionalism during our initial phone conversation, and then her immediate comprehensive follow-up email with itinerary and lots of explanation was so appreciated it sealed the deal. It's a bit scary leaving your plans to a thrid party, but after we spoke, we knew we were in good hands. Her practical knowledge of the country and her honest responses to our questions was exactly the advice we wanted. She always responded within hours. We had a magical and exotic 2-week journey through Morocco. Our driver, Tahar, was friendly, funny, outgoing and caring. We could tell that he wanted us to love the country as much as he does, because not only did he share his life experiences along the way, and take us to have tea and treats with his family, but he often stopped to get us treats like apricots and cactus fruit, or to pick almonds with women in a small village. And the local guides that were pre-arranged at each city were top-notch, highly educated and extremely informative. While there were a few glitches along the way, Tahar was always there to take care of any problems, and Alecia was only a phone call away. We highly recommended planning your trip with Alecia Cohen at Travel Exploration Morocco.

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moroccotraveler, Owner at Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

Thank you for the high recommendations. It was a pleasure to be able to create a customized tour that pleased your entire family and which gave you all an opportunity for both Imperial City and rural discovery in Morocco's villages and beautiful countryside. Travel Exploration prides ourself on the service of being just a phone call away during our guest visits. We're pleased to receive your genuine acknowledgement for what we offer.

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had considered several other tour companies before being recommended by our friends, two sisters, who had gone alone on a trip with Travel Exploration some four months previously. From the start, Alecia was responsive to all our requirements and built up a comprehensive itinerary for our 8 day trip that met and exceeded our expectations. Being based in the tourist capital, Marrakesh also gives the company an edge as they are familiar with the changing tourist scene.

As four of us were travelling together, we had a comfortable Land Cruiser 4 WD which was able to take us off-piste to visit exciting places such as nomads' caves and to enjoy the picturesque scenery in the High Atlas mountains. The riads we stayed in were very charming and comfortable with a few having swimming pools, one set into the side of a steep mountain. It was so lovely to be able to cool off after a long day's drive, especially in the July heat. All the hosts at the riads were very welcoming and accommodating of our needs and food requirements. At Ait Benhaddou we enjoyed having mint tea at the home of an engaging Berber guide who had played as an extra in the film 'Gladiator' and was friends with the actor Russell Crowe. He even had pretend sword fights with us in his house.

Of course, much of the success of the trip was dependent on our accomplished and knowledgeable driver Mustapha, who, besides being a good driver, organised all the local guides such that they were always there to greet us when we arrived at each location and the riads that we were staying at were always expecting us, such that our arrivals were always efficiently handled. This included taking care of our excessive luggage gathered along the way on our 4 week European trip prior to Morocco.

All the local guides were excellent, giving us a good understanding of the area, history and culture. The camel guides were also wonderful, one of them being such an excellent photographer, handling a number of our cameras including a complex SLR camera, that captured the magic of the Sahara at sunset.

Mustapha also had an interesting collection of music that we were able to copy so as to relive the magic of the trip from Marrakesh, through the Dades and Todra Gorges, to Erg Chebbi, the Sahara dunes, Fes, the blue city of Chefchaouen (one of our favorite places), Tangiers, and ending up with a memorable last dinner at Rick's Cafe at Casablanca.

We would definitely use Travel Exploration again, if we are so fortunate to have the chance to visit Morocco again. Thank you Alecia and Mustapha for such an exotic, interesting and enjoyable holiday!

Thank Helen I
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moroccotraveler, Owner at Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

Thank you Helen for your kind review. Travel Exploration feels fortunate that we have been able to please your friends and intern you decided to book with our company and had a wonderful time! We appreciate you following through on a referral and most of all that you loved Morocco as much as our agency enjoys customizing trips for others like you.

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