4 independent reviews for Moorish Spain to Marrakech by rail

Reviews for Moorish Spain to Marrakech by rail

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review 6 Jan 2019

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

The trip to the Atlas Mountains (self organised, rather than the one on offer by the tour manager)

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

Take a mini heater to deal with inadequate air conditioning in Morocco. Be prepared for cold showers and generally inadequately maintained hotels.

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

To some extent, yes.

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

Spain good (4 stars), Morocco poor (1 star). I would be happy to comment at greater length. It seems to me that the Moroccan hotels just do not do basic things such as unblock shower heads, make sure air con units are regularly checked and serviced, replace light bulbs when needed and especially when asked!

review 29 Apr 2014

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

Traveling through Morocco was wonderful and it would be difficult to choose just one part, but the trip to the High Atlas is definitely one of the most impressive.

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

Nothing to be worried about, just enjoy the tour and go along with your new friends.

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

We used only local guides, visited local craftsmanship places and used local transportation.

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

Excellent

review 23 Apr 2009

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

Trekking in High Atlas mountains; ferry across from Algeciras to Tangiers; the Medina in Fez; Semana Santa in Malaga.

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

Read your guidebook in advance - sometimes it was hard keeping all the info from the guides straight and we got lots of different versions of what stuff was/ meant etc. Be prepared to carry luggage up and down steps a lot and lift it up and down from high racks on the trains. The hotels were very very basic. No hot water in Fez a lot of the time. Food can be pretty samey - especially the breakfasts - lots and lots and lots of bread!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

It benefited local guides, hotels etc in Morocco. I would have liked to have had a female guide to get a different perspective. We passed the school where the tour operator are sponsoring two girls which was interesting. I think the train travel definitely had a minimal impact. Also guide quite often had us walk between station and hotels, sending our luggage ahead in a taxi - which minimised the number of minibuses/taxis we used (and probably had more to do with keeping the tour operatorís costs down than the environment!) We did eat in quite a few local restaurants, out of the way spots which was lovely.

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

A lovely varied experience. Lots of travel and things to do and see.

review 29 Sep 2008

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

The train journeys, the excursion to volubilis roman town.

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

Although this vacation doesn't require any trekking it is a quite demanding one for the train journeys and walking tours with no time to rest.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, we have used family run hotels and minimise taxi rides and of course this vacation is by train and ferry with no internal flights.

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

Great for cultural contrasts and for unusual itinerary but quite tiring.

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