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“Incredible trip thanks to Alecia Cohen and Karim”

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 October 10, 2013

My husband and I just returned from a phenomenal trip to Morocco organized by Alecia Cohen.We are seasoned,independant and intrepid travellers but we knew we needed the expert guidance of a professional and thankfully we chose Travel Exploration Morocco based on the reviews of other Tripadvisor contributors.

Alecia Cohen absolutely exceeded our expectations in terms of professionalism and knowledge about Morocco.As an American living in Marrakech for the last 10 years,she knows the pulse of Morocco but also understands perfectly what a western client is expecting in terms of comfort and safety as well as compatability with a driver/guide that you will be spending many days with.

We were very fortunate to have had Karim as that very special person to look after us for 12 wonderful days.Karim is a warm,engaging,extremely bright individual and we could not have ever felt safer or more comfortable than when we were with him.From the moment he met us at the airport we knew we had the right match for our great journey in Morocco.He is an expert driver in a country that requires skill,precision and knowledge of other drivers habits.Avoiding donkey pulled carts travelling alongside huge trucks on highways takes a person that is nonplused by anything that's in his way.He made it all seem so easy.He was our family and guardian angel in Morocco.

Alecia was a joy to work with and from my first contact with her I knew I had the right person to organize this trip.I had already booked flights to Morocco and she worked around that seamlessly by asking a few questions about ourselves,our travel style,what we enjoy on our travels and she coordinated a perfect trip.What impressed me the most about Alecia was that she responded to any questions I had within a few hours with detailed answers so that I was perfectly clear about any situation I threw at her.As I expressed an interest in going to the desert,possibly overnighting in a tented camp,she convinced me that I would be extremely comfortable in the luxury Bivouac that she uses and she was quite right.The highlight had to be when we drove into the desert in the very comfortable Land Cruiser that we had for the entire trip and there waiting for us were our 2 camels and camel guide who took us for a great ride to see the sunset on the top of a dune and then led us to this Arabian Nights camp that was straight out of central casting.And to complete the fantasy,the local musicians were already playing beautiful music as we rode in and dismounted.We were entertained,wined and dined and treated like royalty.It could not have been more magical.There was only one other couple there as this is an intimate camp but with full private facilities.

The riads and restaurants that Alecia recommended were superb.They were charming, intimate,where we always received warm welcomes and all had pools so that we could relax a bit with a drink and a swim after an adventurous day out.

The local guides we had in Fez and Marrakech were also superb,with impeccable language skills and knowlege of customs,religion and history as did Karim who is also a licensed guide and gave us an intimate and though knowlegde of Morocco and guided us through smaller towns and occasionally hooked us up with a guide on a spontaneous half hour stop to see a souk that few travellers would go or into a remote kasbah.He seemed to have a LIttle Black Book of special guides on speed dial.Everyone was always on time and waiting for us so that no time was wasted.

Through Alecia and Karim we saw the passion they have for Morocco and they instilled in us that same passion and for that we are forever grateful.We hope to come back to Morocco and it would be our pleasure to work with Alecia and Karim again.

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We can't thank Alecia enough for planning the most amazing adventure to Morocco. Our driver, Tahar, was truly wonderful, it was such a joy to spend 11 days with him. We had so many incredible experiences each and everyday, meeting local people, exploring souks, visiting ancient sites, watching the stars in the desert, and then relaxing at night in the most gorgeous riads. We are already planning our next trip to Morocco. It is truly an enchanting country filled with the most lovely people, and beautiful sites. We never hire tour companies but I unequivocally recommend Travel Exploration and Alecia and Tahar, they are truly the best.
Amy T.

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We wish to recommend Travel Exploration Morocco for an amazingly well orchestrated "5 Day Great Sahara Tour". The Sahara dunes on a camel with music under incredible stars was magical. Our driver, Lahcen, was well organized and knowledgeable about his country as well as being a very good, safe driver. The accomodations were excellent -- our favorite was Ksar Ighnda in Ait Ben Haddou-- due to the setting and the exquisite French food. The meal at Alicia's family in the south was an insight into the true Moroccan family life. Although there did need to be a fair amount of driving on mountain roads, the beautiful scenery made up for it. The many different coloured soils and interesting geology were only second to the fascinating cultural and friendly people of Morocco.
On the negative side, the souks in Marrakech were a bit frustrating as there were no prices and it was difficult to have any idea of were to start barganing. The plastic garbage and lack of recycling was disappointing.
Overall, it was a great trip and Travel Exploration and Lahcen did an amazing job.
Kathy and Glen

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We researched a few travel companies before deciding to book our Moroccan trip with Travel Exploration. The company already had a good reputation before we spoke to Alecia, but the two main reasons we chose go to with Travel Exploration were Alecia’s attention to detail, and her deep understanding of what Morocco had to offer in terms of historic and cultural diversity. Alecia bent over backwards to meet our needs: she accommodated every small detail we requested and even arranged our trip-planning phone calls to comply with our schedule even though it was very late in the evening (Moroccan time) during her holiday season. Planning our 11-day Moroccan adventure was easy and fun only because of Alecia.

We had knowledgeable guides in each city we visited and a private driver for the duration. He picked us up at the airport, circumnavigated the entire country (Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes/Meknes/Villobous, Merzouga, Ouezerzate, Marakech) and then dropped us off at the airport at 4:30 am the day we left. Your driver will be with you for the lion’s share of your trip and, understandably, we were apprehensive about this: what if our personalities weren’t a match? Our concerns were allayed within our first minutes on the road: Ismail was amazing. He has 20 years of experience and his English is excellent (and, I can only assume, his French, Arabic and Berber are as well). He is insightful and knowledgeable about Moroccan culture. Ismail taught us the Arabic we needed to get by and continually brought new perspectives the areas we visited: our questions were unending and his patience was limitless. We cannot speak highly enough of Ismail, who started off as our driver and quickly became our friend, and we would whole-heartedly recommend him as a guide through the beautiful country of Morocco. His guidance made our trip amazing.

Date of experience: September 2013
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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!!

Date of experience: August 2013
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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