Kate Hogan review 8 Dec 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
I thought it a very good program overall. I loved the Palace Bahai in Marrakesh but also Rabat was a pleasant surprise.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be prepared for a lot of chicken and salad..... very little variety in meals.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Only in a limited sense.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
The destinations and sites were very good and the driver was excellent. However, the tour guide was the source of frustration for the whole group due to the very extended rest (cigarette) breaks. A 15 minute break would become 30 minutes. The 500 km trip from Fes to Marrakesh had four hours of breaks. Also,
having three different language groups represented in the tour group meant extended periods of time at sites as the guide had to repeat all information. The guides knowledge was comprehensive.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for your feedback. I'm pleased you enjoyed your tour. Thank you also for your notes about the rest stops. We do need to break the long journeys for both the driver's benefit and that of the passengers. However, they should not be elongated for smoking breaks, and we are following up on this in Morocco.
We do explain in advance that we use a multi-lingual guide on this tour and that explanations may be given in different languages. It's rare that this ends up being 3 though - it's more normally just English if we have enough English speakers to make their own group, or one other language. This one of the distinctions that we make on our Shoestring level trips to help keep the costings down. Our Small Group tours have much smaller maximum group sizes, don't offer different hotel levels, and are only run in English. I'm pleased that you found the guide's knowledge was extensive, but I'm sorry if the extra explanations caused any delays or issues for you on the tour.