2 independent reviews for Cycle Morocco in 14 days, small group vacation

Reviews for Cycle Morocco in 14 days, small group vacation

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review 29 Oct 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Leaning about the culture, meeting Moroccans, and interacting with quite a few Moroccans. Seeing how the school system works and kids being kids was quite enjoyable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Pharmacies close on Wednesdays until 5p, open for 1 hour, then close again. Pharmacies are closed on Sundays. There is this behavior, only in big cities, where a Moroccan will act friendly, tell you (unsolicited or solicited) information or guide you someplace and then expect to be paid for the service. After a while, it makes a visitor suspect anyone who befriends the visitor of duplicity when in a few cases it is not warranted. A majority of Moroccans speak French and in northern Morocco Spanish is fairly common. The western equivalent of High School is called College in Morocco and the Western equivalent of Collage is called University in Morocco.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our visiting certainly benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We discussed this topic as a group during the tour. Everyone stated that they probably received as good an overall exposure to Morocco as was possible for price of the tour. I am surprised that there is no request for process improvement, but I have 2 suggestions: 1 - Make and enforce a rotation system for riding the bus (we had people that claimed the best seat(s) for the entire ride and even if I put my gear in a seat first, they would move my gear when I went to fill my water bottle (for example), they fully knew what they were doing). We had people complain to the Guide about this issue and he said that our group had to figure that amongst each other. That aspect of the tour was totally un-cool! 2 - Another suggestion is to use the Mercedes tour buses or vans, the van that we had was a tired old sole (worn seats, maybe 4 seat belts operated correctly) that had to turn off the air conditioning in order to climb a hill, it only had enough overhead space to store each persons helmet. BTW, each person wanted to carry their helmet because the bike carrier solution was to throw all the varied personal helmets into one net bag and throw that bag into the back of the bike carrier, that too was very un-cool. Except for the matter of these two suggestion-issues, we had a wonderful experience on this tour.

review 26 Mar 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The final day ride up the Atlas mountain as it was the most scenic and also conversation with the Berber Cave girl.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

As this trip covers areas fro the coast to the mountains, we experience all the 4 seasons so sufficient warm clothings is important as it was -4 C one morning at Ait Benhaddou.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Most local people directly involved with this tour benefitted but we are disappointed the operator no longer support the Horizon organization as stated in the itinerary.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Enjoyable and felt safe with the professional organization of Saaid the tour leader. Although felt too much time spend at the shopping stop although there was no pressure to make any purchases. This took away the time to spend at the places we visited.

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