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Perfection in Morocco by Alecia and Travel Explorations!!!

Words cannot express our awe of and gratitude to Alecia Cohen, our driver, Mustapha, and all the... read more

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We have recently returned from a great 10 day trip through Morocco from Chefchaouen to Marrakech. Our driver, Mustafa, was professional, a very safe driver, punctual and a great tour guide. The trip went very smoothly. We stayed in beautiful riads in Fes, Ouarzazate and Marrakech. We had the opportunity to experience a dromedary ride at sunset, a night in a Berber tent, and a sunrise ride. This is a well run company and we would not hesitate to recommend it to other travelers.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

1  Thank Casey M
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