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.
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