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4.7
31 reviews
Teddy
5
Morocco
Couple
We began our trip with a few days in Marrakesh, followed by some trekking through the Atlas Mountains. We were driven to the Sahara desert, stopping to see Ait Ben Haddou, Dades and Todra Gourges...and many more delightful stops along the way. After two nights in the desert, we retraced our steps to Marrakesh before returning home. Morocco was a land that had been calling me to it - without explanation - for years. Despite the amazing natural landscapes and tremendous food experiences, my lasting impression of Morocco was how warm and kind the people were. Perhaps the best examples of which we found in our local travel agent, Nawfal and our local driver, Mohammed. Nawfal had deep knowledge of Morocco, but more importantly, a mastery of human connection and relationships. We had only a rough idea of what we hoped for on this trip, but no idea if our hopes were achievable. Nawfal treated us with utmost respect as we went back and forth together over weeks identifying options. Along the way, Nawfal discovered the way that we liked to travel, what was most important to us...even the style of accommodations that fit us personally. We went through an embarrassing number of iterations to design our dream trip. Throughout the planning process, Nawfal met every change with grace and understanding - there seemed to be no end to his patience! Our trip to Morocco validated how well Nawfal had listened to us throughout every conversation. Taking careful note of our every concern and preference. The accommodations and experiences seemed hand-tailored to fit us perfectly. My only regret is that Nawfal isn't available to plan and arrange our trips to other countries as well. I can't imagine a better ambassador than him to welcome us on our first trip to Morocco and our first trip with Evaneos. Mohammed - our driver - was brilliant at tending to our every need along the way. He always found the balance between giving us space when we needed it and engagement when we needed that. He offered us choices along the way that were too small to make a guide book, but surprised and delighted us every time! He quickly got to know us and our preferences for how we liked to travel...stopping for any reason: coffee, food, carpet shopping, taking pictures of goats along the side of the road. He had our playlists streaming from the van speakers and made sure that we ate at the best places we would have never found by ourselves. He kept a close eye on our safety and comfort, stepping in delicately before language or currency could become a problem. He provided us tips and cultural explanations that helped us navigate and understand every day. At the end of our trip, he felt like a distant friend or relative that we hope to see again one day.
Best parts:
Marrakesh was everything I had hoped for - a sensory explosion that delighted the eyes, ears and nose. While there we enjoyed a brilliant cooking class, wandering the medina, markets, searching for handmade treasures and deep exotic spices. Each night we fell asleep in our gorgeous Riad and spoiled every morning by its attentive staff with delicious rooftop breakfasts. We were not disappointed. Dades Gorge was stunning to walk through, and small enough to have it all to ourselves - perhaps we were lucky, but it felt like a fantasy of nature, red rock, blue sky and vivid colors on intimate display for just the two of us. Our accommodation there was home to one of the most impressive culinary experiences of the trip...and we had many great meals. It was such a surprise to find a meal in such a remote location that would compete well against some of my favorite restaurants in capital cities around the world. The Sahara desert offers some magical moments at sunrise, sunset and if you're lucky...when the sky darkens to reveal a million sparkling jewels above. I will not soon forget staring at the stars from the top of a dune, with a belly full of lamb tajine, while listening to the sounds of tribal musicians and camels in the distance.
Worst parts:
We didn't click with our guide in the Atlas mountains. Nawfal made it very clear that he would arrange another one if we had any problems - but we decided to give our guide another chance. We felt comfortable and safe, but his English language skills and personality were not a good fit for us.
Beautiful Morocco
5
Morocco
Private group
This was an amazing trip to see the many facets of Morocco! Enjoyed working with Brahim and Nalfal from the planning to execution of the trip. Appreciated the way they handled issues during the trip and would definitely recommend them highly. One day, we will come back to visit Morocco again!
Best parts:
We are a group of 20 lifelong friends on this wonderful 14 day tour of Morocco. Thanks to both Nalfal and Brahim, for putting together such a great itenary that included many of the highlights of the country. We enjoyed learning the history, culture and customs Morocco as well as visiting the wonderful landscapes, historical sites and the bustling markets and food adventures! The best part of the trips is that all of us were together on our designated bus with our designated driver and tour leader, which made the even longest bus travel days filled with songs and laughter! Since this was our first time in Morocco and with the language barrier, it was paramount that we had a reliable, effective and trustworthy tour leader. Lahson, our tour leader, was just that! We did have a couple of small 'glitches' with two of our accommodations, but Lahson communicated timely and effectively with Nalfal and had the issues resolved.
Worst parts:
Some parts of the trip feel 'rushed ', like the night on the Sahara desert, wished that we had more time there.
Evaneos
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moebius
4
Morocco
Solo
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It had a rough start. The driver who picked me up in Tangier seemed lost in Chefchauen and kept asking for directions and turning around. He dropped me off at the wrong gate in Chefchauen. He told me to ask the nice people for directions to the riad. One of the locals said he didn't know where the riad is, so I asked him to call the riad for directions. It turns out that the riad is located at a different gate. So I had to take a taxi to the correct gate. I didn't have the same problem with the drivers who picked me up in Chefchauen and Fes. They made sure there was someone to help me get to the riad. The guided visits were informative, especially when it came to showing me the way back to the riad without getting lost. It was the right length, so that I have time to explore on my own. I was 2hrs late to the guided tour of Ait Ben Haddou and half an hour late to the guided tour of Marrakesh. I have no problem being late as there are extenuating circumstances that prevents from arriving on time. However I was not pleased with the fact the guides were not informed of this. I told the driver to call the hotel that I will be late. I don't know if he did or not. But what I did know is that guides were waiting at the hotel until I arrived. All the riads I stayed at were exceptional, especially the one in Chefchauen. I felt like I was living like a queen.
Best parts:
Chefchauen is a uniquely beautiful town. Being able to sample many of the delicious local foods like tagine, sandwiches from a cart, and pastilla. Staying at the riads. Spending the night in the Sahara desert and the camel ride Public bath in Chefchauen Food stalls at night at Jemaa el-Fna Tannery in Fes Colourful souks Beautiful scenery from Fes to Marrakesh
Worst parts:
I was dropped off at the wrong gate in Chefchauen by the driver from Tangier to Chefchauen. I was late to two of my guided tours in Ait Ben Haddou and Marrakesh, which is fine, but the guides were not notified of this.
Evaneos
Dear moebius, Thank you for your feedback! We are more than happy that you enjoyed your trip to Morocco and we are looking forward to see you again soon! Yours sincerely, Your Evaneos Team!
Solo bliss
5
Morocco
Solo
The places I visited in Morocco were so interesting. I loved learning about the culture and history. I visited Casablanca, Marrakech and Essaouira. Each offered a unique perspective and an opportunity to interact with a variety of people. I especially appreciated stopping at the women's cooperatives. I also enjoyed the tours and activities such as walking tours, cooking and cycling. While participating in those, I was told about other places to visit and other things to do. For instance I never would have tried Hammam bath and massage if not recommended by one of the guides.
Best parts:
The top three best parts were 1. the organization of the trip from the accommodations to the transport to the activities. 2. The communication with the agency. 3. The quality of the guides who were so knowledgeable, passionate about their work and their multi-lingual abilities. And they were fun to be around!
Worst parts:
I can't think of anything that I did not like about my trip. It was incredible and I loved every moment. Here are a couple of things I can think of that I learned. I regret that I did not follow the written advice about bargaining in the souks. As a solo female traveler, I would also like to see more women or their businesses utilized.
Evaneos
Dear Solo bliss, Thank you for your feedback! We are more than happy that you enjoyed your trip to Morocco and we are looking forward to see you again soon! Yours sincerely, Your Evaneos Team!
Steve
5
Morocco
Couple
As mentioned, we enjoyed all of the places we visited, Chefchaouen, Fes, Meknes, Vollubilis, Merzouga, Ait Ben Haddou, Imlil and Marrakech. They were all unique in one way or another. Talking to the locals was especially enjoyable. It was easier to do in the high Atlas than the big cities.
Best parts:
We especially enjoyed the treks in Chefchaouen and Imlil which allowed us to see the beautiful countryside and interact with the local people in a relaxed setting. Meeting people was a highlight of the trip. We had an especially enjoyable interaction with a man working at Ait Ben Haddou who showed us his Unesco sponsored renovation work and invited us to relax in an area with a marvelous view.
Worst parts:
We enjoyed seeing all of the locations but in retrospect might have spent less time in the Fes Medina. It was interesting to see it but it was also very commercial.
Evaneos
Dear Steve, Thank you for your feedback! We are more than happy that you enjoyed your trip to Morocco and we are looking forward to see you again soon! Yours sincerely, Your Evaneos Team!
LRA
4
Morocco
Family
The trip was fantastic and we loved the journey. Our favorite day was a hike up in the Atlas mountains, eating lunch in a Berber house and a fantastic guide that day.
Best parts:
The best part of our trip was our driver. He was so easy to talk to, friendly and extremely helpful along the way to make little adjustments and translations to help our family.
Worst parts:
The worst part was being over scheduled, trying to do too much in one day. Our tour organizer should have taken travel time, hotel check in and time to eat breakfast into our daily plan.
Marisol
5
Morocco
Solo
I did a road tip from North to South of Morocco. I landed in Tangier, went to Chefchaouen, Fes, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, the Sahara desert, Kashbah Ait be Haddou, Mekness and Marrakesh.
Best parts:
I can not express my gratitude Nawfal my trip specialist. Everything work out so well and on schedule. I felt safe the whole trip with the drivers, mostly Mr. Mimoun that was also a guide as well. As a single female, it was imperative to have someone with me and guiding me since it does get overwhelming in Morocco and the men are aggressive, but I was so glad that I had good company and they went the extra mile to protect me. The young people that guide me in each of their cities were so friendly, knowledgeable and kind. I never felt alone, actually it felt that I was with friends the whole time. The night in the desert was definitely an experience of a life time. The group at the camp were also fantastic. The accommodations were beautiful and coming from a story book. Most places had breakfast or their own restaurant that served authentic Moroccan food which was amazing. Everything was planed perfectly by my local agent to the smallest detail, even to the point of sending a specific handbook to teach me about currency, how to dress, how to tip, and culture differences. I am so happy. I will definitely book my next trip with Nawfal and I will recommend him to my friends that are already asking since I uploaded my pictures on Facebook and it has been very well received. Keep up the great work. That is what made my trip unforgettable.
Worst parts:
I would recommend an extra guide for the evening in some of the cities such as Marrakesh that can be a little dangerous for a single woman to be walking by herself.
Evaneos
Dear Marisol, Thank you for your feedback! We are more than happy that you enjoyed your trip to Morocco and we are looking forward to see you again soon! Yours sincerely, Your Evaneos Team!
Byga
5
Morocco
Solo
I choose Morroco and Essaouira to travel because I really want to practice Kitesurf and I heard it was a really good spot to practice it. I stayed 4 days and really enjoyed everything during the travel.
Best parts:
I loved my stay at Essaouira, and the Kitesurf lesson. The hostel was perfect and matched perfectly to my expectations. The organization was perfect and Nawfal was perfect too.
Worst parts:
The late plan to my arrival
HikerDocs
5
Morocco
Family
No one will ever know your travel style! It changes due to airline availability, level of food and board, adventure style, number of people traveling, timing... Get my drift? Evaneos.com recommended travel expert Brahim for us. From the first inquiry  Brahim who spoke and wrote perfect english was on it. We started planning our journey and while we had read a little he knew so much more. You're planning in summer? Please postpone, it can be 120s south of the mountains, desert and valleys. Multiple family members from different global positions, no worries, he'll plan the pickups, overnight accommodations and departures.Enjoy adventure and personal/family time,lol, he will include them. Guides, done. All was easily communicated and updated with links to a grander travel plan allowing modifications, and personal nuances.     One thing we couldn't realize we're the distances from point-to-point.  Our carefully selected driver Rashid spoke English having been educated in Morocco and desirous to explain and explore the uniqueness of his country with tourism in mind. A 7 seat spotless minivan for the 4 of us to sleep or watch the tiered verdant valleys, rough Rif mountains, valleys, plains and buttes, desert oases and gorges ending in the majestic peak of the Atlas mountains was perfectly selected. Not one 'control-stop' by the 'guardians' of the state in this King led monarchy occured to check the vehicle or personal papers occured. Timing for stops for coffee or tea and typical Moroccan egg sandwiches, salads and tagine lunch's; exploring lively ancient Medinas, saharan Berber and Muslim kasbas, scarf shopping before our camel ride (and sand storm), who to visit and where; Imperial cities and holy towns, Roman ruins, Imperial Cities and hikes over the Rif, through Toda oasis, Toudra and Dades Gorge, over the Ziz river oasis, tiny clean and modest dars, splendid riads, magnificent kasbahs, guided tours of cities, medinas, suggested restaurants and eateries, cautions and so much more were  choreagaphed by Brahim and his talented Band of Brothers! Brahim or a cohort was available to arrange modifications as needed due to personal tastes, delays and just life among the great mix of Berbers, Muslim, Christians and Jews with African, Middle Eastern, Maghreb and Iberian-Moorosh blends emanating from the first born homo sapiens of our 'modern' (70,000) year anthrocene.  Brahim and all the layers he worked with above and below him were great. We recommend him and his recommendations without reservation. 5 stars plus!
Best parts:
Based on our very adventurous desires, we we're met everywhere with enthusiasm, smiles, humility and hard work in a blended culture and land disrupted by 50 plus thousands of years of turmoil. Each day was met with a very focused but flexible itinerary created by Brahim of Orien Trek and his capable staff. Learning the geography, history, language and personal stories were great.
Worst parts:
The long car rides while reasonably comfortable in our spotless 7 seater van made many days tough, but the stops along the way were helpful.
Alex
4
Morocco
Couple
We arrived in Marrakech for 2 days and then we went to Imlil to hike a bit. Then we went to Essaouira to surf and enjoy the beach.
Best parts:
The landscape, the food, the jardin Majorelle, Jardin secret, Atlas, Essaouira
Worst parts:
People who are always trying to rip us off just because we are tourists.
McMoracco
3
Morocco
Couple
Loved Morocco, was certainly not disappointed and already want to go back. The part of the trip we planned was our favorite (Tangier, to Fez and Marrakech). The goal with Eveanos was to get us safely and comfortably from Fes to Ait Benhaddou and on to Marrakech with visits to places with geologic and cultural interest. We arrived safely and that was the most important thing, and the canyons and old kasbahs were stunning. We did come away thinking that for the price we could have had a more comfortable car, better accommodations in the desert and a driver with a little better English, though he was truly an excellent driver.
Best parts:
The Riad F*** was spectacular. The driver was very good and responsible; loved the Riad T*** (which we had chosen) in Ait Benhaddou, even though there was no hot water in the morning.
Worst parts:
The C**** H***. As near as I can figure that was where I got bitten by bed bugs; the room was large but not comfortable. Arrived too late for a message and the dinner and breakfast was not great. Again, plentiful but low quality. The car was roomy but not all that comfortable. Other than the Riad F**, we thought the price a bit steep for the quality of the package.
schulema
5
Morocco
Friends
None of us really knew what to expect from our time in Morocco but we were pleasantly surprised by how safe we felt every single minute of the day. Of course we had heard the stories of the markets..... how crowded and out of control they could feel, but perhaps we chose a great time of year - never once did we feel scared, worried or upset. We loved every minute of the market and the country. Marrakech provided us with what we felt was the most ancient part of Morocco, Fez a bit more modern - but still very ancient and finally Casablanca provided us with a view of the modern side of the country. The topography surprised us - from dessert like, to pure dessert with the Sahara to groves of pines trees and very green Fez. In all of that we saw Nomads, sheep herds wandering the fields, agriculture on a small scale and larger scale. A beautiful country, offering beautiful views, and incredible history and wonderful people.
Best parts:
We liked every minute of our trip through Morocco. From the moment we connected with Evaneos and Brahim connected with us, we felt that our trip was in good hands. Brahim was responsive to our wants and questions. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Marrakech to the checking in at the hotel in Casablanca we were happy. We wished we had more time along the way but the time constraint was ours so that is our problem. Our accomodations in the Riads inside the Medina's were amazing.. who knew what was behind those doors - an oasis and wonderful service and staff. Our guides through the markets in Marrakech and Fez were knowledgeable about their country and the people. We could have never learned what we did on our own. Our driver for 3 days deserves an extra special mention - Rachid... he was kind, generous, full of knowledge, had a great sense of humor and was a great driver. We felt safe in his care. To top it all of he is also an great photographer and we got many great pictures of our time together from him.
Worst parts:
Nothing was bad. If I had to pick one thing it would be that we were disappointed that we were the only 4 people in the camp in the dessert. We had hoped to meet other travellers and the entertainment put on by the staff after dinner would have been way more fun for them and us if there were more people. I am sure that was out of our tour planners control however.
Cymro
5
Morocco
Couple
The whole experience.
Best parts:
The trip was exceptional, we have traveled extensively and this was one of the best experiences. There was no part of the trip that did not excite us.All guides, drivers, Riads the desert were fantastic. Would I recommend you? You bet. My thanks to the team especially Nawfal who helped me with the lost baggage which had nothing to do with you.
Worst parts:
Leaving Morocco.
Carole
5
Morocco
Couple
The journey in the desert was one of the best part of the trip. I also enjoy the visit of the gorge, the visits of the kasbas. We had the best transporter Rachid. A safe driver, polite, punctual and educated.
Best parts:
I liked everything. The courtesy, the professionalism, the ponctuality of the guides and transporters. Every place place we slept were clean and very welcoming. The food was excellent! Always felt safe.
Worst parts:
Nothing
Le Maroc, un pays de rêves
5
Morocco
Couple
My favorite moment was the camel ride in the desert 🐪
Best parts:
I liked all the places that we visited, especially the Atlas studio
Worst parts:
Everything was GreatI