“Thank goodness for a local guide!”

Our trip was amazing!  Our driver Ali Ben Haddouch (Ali to us) was terrific and managed every aspect of the trip with amazing skill.  It seemed that no matter where we went, everyone knew Ali!  He picked the best local guides in the medinas at Fes and at Marrakech, the pottery excursion in Fes, the Roman ruins at Volubilis.  And he chose fantastic local restaurants (when we ate outside our hotel/riad). 

We especially liked Dar Roumana in Fes (the architecture was beautiful, and the food was fantastic – I will attach a photo from inside there) and Restaurant Bagetelle in Marrakech, which was a local neighborhood gem that people from nearby obviously loved and frequented.  The Morocco drivers are quite aggressive, and the traffic is heavy.  Being in the “round-abouts” that had 2 lanes but 5 cars (and even some motor scooters) trying to get through was quite an experience!  But Ali kept us safe and not a scratch or dent on the SUV.

The service from Morocco Tours was exceptional.  The quality of the hotel (Casablanca) and riads (Fes and Marrakech) was fantastic.  We loved staying in the riads, as we love local, authentic-to-the-area lodging when we travel. Our suite at riad La Maison Arabe in Marrakech was outstanding – had our own private courtyard and a very large room & bath adjacent to the lounge but there was absolutely no noise from the lounge in our suite. 

The fact that we were able to customize our trip with a cooking class in Fes and a balloon ride from Marrakech made the trip even more enjoyable.  We enjoyed the spice market in Marrakech, the tannery in Fes, and all of the markets in both medinas.  Thank goodness for having a local guide, as the medina in Fes especially is quite foreboding, with its 10,000 streets and alleys…we could have been lost for years!  Here are some of our photos.  Thank you, Morocco Tours, for planning and executing a fantastic journey!  We strongly recommend your agency.

– Regena P. (Feb, 2024)