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This Morocco private tour will capture the dramatic contrasts of the imperial cities and the breathtaking scenery of the Atlas mountains and the Merzouga Dunes of the Sahara desert. Abundant imprints left by ancient civilizations offer a fascinating look at the uniqueness of Morocco.
Highlight Cities of This Tour: Casablanca | Rabat | Fes | Merzouga | Dades Gorge| Ouarzazate | Marrakech | Essaouira
This luxurious private journey highlights the beauty, history and living culture of Morocco. Visits to legendary antiquarian sites are complemented by visits to modern architectural triumphs. Accommodations range from elegant hotels to intimate Riads.
Highlight Cities of This Tour: Casablanca | Rabat | Voluvilis - Meknes |Fes | Merzouga | Dades Gorge | Ouarzazate | Marrakech | Essaouira
The Moroccan Jewish Community has always been, and still is, one of the largest in the Arab World. Its heritage and history are little known abroad although every part of the Kingdom records an important Jewish legend. We are rediscovering this Jewish heritage
Highlight Cities of This Tour: Casablanca | Rabat | Meknes |Fes | Merzouga | Dades Gorge | Ouarzazate | Marrakech
Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the Imperial Cities. Abundant imprints left by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Byzantines, Romans and Vandales enable you to explore the vestiges of ancient civilizations. The extreme contrasts and splendor of the region make...
Highlight Cities of This Tour: Casablanca | Rabat | Voluvilis - Meknes | Beni Mellal | Fes
Marrakech and Sahara is one of our most popular tour itineraries for decades. This tour stars from Marrakech and ends in Marrakech blends the antique and modern with vital, cosmopolitan energy. Heading towards Ouarzazate, you will enjoy breathtaking scenery of the Kasbah's and Berber Villages
Highlight Cities of This Tour: Marrakech | Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah | Ouarzazate | Todgha Gorge | Merzouga
Let the enchantment of Morocco touch your hearts. Lose yourself in the romance of this exotic kingdom and discover each other as never before. From luxurious Riads to the magic of ancient Kasbahs and dreamy nights under the stars on the Sahara, Morocco offers a beautiful destination of a lifetime.
Highlight Cities of This Tour: Casablanca | Rabat | Chefchaoun | Meknes |Fes | Merzouga | Dades Gorge | Ouarzazate | Marrakech | Essaouira
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We were so lucky to find Gateway2Morocco online. They were efficient after I made a mistake with the booking. They also sent us a guide that by far surpassed our expectations.
WHAT A MAN!!!
He is knowledgeable and very gentle, friendly and efficient. We loved spending the day with him while he shared his knowledge of life in Morocco. His love for the country is infections.
The tour is well managed. And we got more than we were expecting by being taken to places on route.
Morocco has crept into my blood.
The tour was perfect and highly recommend it. Our guide, Abdul Aouragh, was the best. His lighthearted nature made a four day road trip pleasant and fun... What follows is a more detailed, blog-like account of why one would want to go on a trip like this and what we did/found...
This was my wife's and my second trip to Morocco and the perfect segue from our initial visit. We came back here already possessing a language with which to describe Morocco, thus we had fairly high expectations. They were exceeded. Three themes marked this trek: Landscape, Berbers, architecture.
We are not the sort of traveler who likes extravagant/luxurious amenities. We go more for a rich, earthy-organic experience; sunrises in the Dades Valley versus 5 star, Four Seasons-like amenities/pampering. For those who do like that style of travel, Morocco definitely has that in spades. It’s just not our thing. This trip nailed exactly what we were looking for. It was just the two of us, the open countryside, and our driver, Abdul Aouragh. I mention his name because he made the journey that much more rewarding. When we return to Morocco, we will be asking for him again. I strongly recommend him for those seeking a driver who is lighthearted, unpretentious, flexible and whose knowledge of Morocco approaches that of an officially designated guide. In retrospect, my nonstop questions to him now seem like those of a four-year-old incessantly barraging his parents on all topics, but it speaks volumes of the camaraderie we had with him travelling 4 days together.
The first day went from Marrakech to the Dades Valley. This was a classic road trip through breathtaking scenery. The government is improving the road to near-interstate quality in many places. The excursion through the High Atlas Mountains was its own geology course. Every turn yielded a new example of plate tectonics at work. After the hubbub of Marrakech, it was also a subtle introduction to the hard and ancient lives of the Amazigh (Berber) - a recurring theme alongside the changing landscape. The vast majority of the 30+million Moroccans are of Berber descent, and their nomadic identity not only still continues but becomes more and more apparent the further one travels into the countryside. In land which must be unbearable for at least half the year, shepherds and their families, occasionally accompanied by camels, still populate the old caravan routes of their ancestors.
If blindfolded and dropped here, one could almost think they were in Sedona, AZ, New Mexico or some of the drier stretches of Utah. For artists, this trip will forever define your warm color palette. Just like Eskimos having 100 words for “ice”, you will come away from here feeling the same way about the reddish colors of earth in the landscape. Each valley and gorge as uniquely spectacular as the one before it.
Further east, the land becomes progressively drier and flatter. The prevalence of green glaze on the local pottery indicates the presence of silver; the numerous roadside stands testimony to the abundance of trilobite and ammonite fossils. The reward for our long roadtrip… the dunes of Erg Chebbi at Merzouga, and a well-timed, near-sunset camel ride to our camp. The extent of our eastward trek ends here just miles short of the Algerian border. After spending time watching the scenery change along our way, and with these hypnotic sand dunes … I now get why T. E. Lawrence spent so much time writing about the landscape in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Campfires with songs led by Berbers, nights here are stunning. Recommend doing this trip so as to wind up here with as near a new moon as possible. The sheer amount of stars one can see when no other light source competes with the Milky Way is otherworldly.
& a silence…
like you have never heard...
Coming back west one goes through the Draa Valley, with scenery so remarkable, the area is given the name “the Hollywood of Africa”. Dozens of movies have been filmed in places like Ouarzazate, Ait Benhaddou along with the surrounding mountain passes and open plains. Movie studios line the road approaching Ouarzazate. UNESCO has designated Ait Benhaddou a World Heritage Site.
The last day from Ouarzazate to Marrakech went back over the High Atlas. A stop at Telouet could easily be overlooked but is a must see. The Kasbah of Pasha Glaouie is a poignant tale of late Moroccan history and the centerpiece of the trek’s architectural tour. Here, in a nondescript surrounding exists an oasis of hidden Zellij tilework and astounding naht – the uniquely Moroccan, delicately hand-cut ornamental plasterwork. That this structure is only partially shielded from the elements, with much of it slipping slowly towards the sad fate of many now-familiar kasbahs all over Morocco, reminds one that time and beauty are both fleeting.
There is an abundance here which is ancient, contemplative and mostly silent. Here, expect to be stirred more by the smell of frankincense, the patterns found in Berber weaving, the handiwork of Almoravid and Almohad builders, or the dune-like undulations of Arabic calligraphy.
My husband and I booked the 10-day Exotic Morocco Tour and had a wonderful time. Our tour guide, Abdel, served not only as an abundant source of information about Morocco, but he was also our chauffeur, picking us up from the airport in Casablanca and driving us around the country. All of the hotels chosen by Gateway2Morocco were clean and charming, and most of the proprietors and/or their employees were very helpful.
One of the hotels even provided us with a cell phone when we went out on our own in case we got lost! Abdel went above and beyond what we expected of a tour guide. When we rode camels in the desert and my husband didn’t have a scarf to protect his face from the sand, Abdel gave lent him his own scarf.
On the last day of the trip, when I lamented not being able to enjoy the hotel's beautiful pool since I needed to go buy souvenirs for family/friends, Abdel offered to do my shopping for me. All in all, a great guide and a great company! If you are thinking of booking a Morocco tour, but would prefer not to go with a large group, Gateway2Morocco is an excellent choice.
My friend and I wanted to see Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Volubilis, the Sahara, Dades Gorge, Todgha Gorge, Ourzazate, Essaouira, Marrakech. No package tour hit all of these exactly and spent the right amount of time in each without a few long days in a bus, so we booked a private 2 week tour. It was great.
We had a driver/guide, supplemented by local guides in areas like Volubilis and Fes, or site guides at Mosque Hassan II in Casablanca. It was the perfect mix of guiding vs. having alone time to walk around/enjoy the sites and take photos or shop. The Riads and hotels were lovely, as were the recommended or included restaurants.
Our guide/driver was great – treated us like world travelers, unlike guides in many countries who are afraid for you to go anywhere without them. Booking the tour was quite easy via email, and they were happy to provide advice when we couldn’t decide between destinations. The only thing to prepare for is to pay 100% via paypal if you’re uncomfortable carrying cash to pay the balance upon arrival in Morocco. We had a few minor hiccups along the way not due to the fault of G2M, but they sorted them out immediately so our trip was not affected.
I would highly recommend using G2M for booking private tours ; they listen to what you want, how you like to spend your time, and focus guides/highway breaks between destinations on your areas of interest.
We just got back from a great 10-day tour of Morocco with G2M. Brahim in Canada was extremely responsive and always helpful and flexible, which made planning the tour extremely easy. Once we arrived, our guide was terrific and the entire trip went smoothly. I can highly recommend the company for being honest and well-connected in Morocco. We always felt safe and well taken care of. I would definitely recommend both the country and the company!
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We had a wonderful trip to Morocco in April 2017. The weather was great and tolerable. We had booked a private tour with our great driver Jamal. He made it great and comfortable for us. He would stop anytime we wanted. I recommend him to anyone!
The price was as is. No rip offs. They driver/guides at Gateway 2 Morocco were very knowledgeable. The memories are engraved in our mind and hearts. Thank you Jamal and Brahim for this wonderful trip!
My friends and I recently got back from a tour in Morocco with this company - I don't often leave feedback unless I was blown away or extremely disappointed, but this tour left us extremely happy and felt I should share my experience to others! They were able to accommodate any of our requests and provided us with fantastic suggestions as well.
It was extremely exotic, educational, and fun. We were right to choose high-end Riads: they were delightful, wonderfully furnished, and the staff in each one were attentive, helpful and charming. Each Riad was unique and it was clear to us that the owners were determined to make us feel welcome and comfortable. For us, the riads were an important part of the Moroccan experience, and much more enjoyable than international hotel chains. We did end up staying in hotels but they were a great selection of boutique hotels. The driver recommended and arranged for us to stay at the Tombuctoo in Merzouga rather than driving back to (and then back from) the Xaluca in Erfoud, which turned out to be a great decision. The itinerary was well balanced - not changing hotels every day, and giving us enough time to see quite a lot in the big cities (Fes, Marakesh). Everything went smoothly and there were no unpleasant incidents. Our driver was very helpful, protective and easy to talk to, although we spoke French most of the time as he was more comfortable in that language. He drove well, was courteous, and looked after us attentively.
The local guides were well informed, helpful and friendly. We were particularly pleased about being able to get close enough to the guides and the driver to be able to learn much more about Islam and its importance in Muslim life – a real education that most westerners, like myself and my friends, could benefit from these days. It left us with considerably greater respect for the people and their religion.
We were particularly interested in the interior decoration – such as carvings, mosaics etc. in the mosques, riads and mausoleums. We also really enjoyed the visit to a Berber home - it was fascinating. Also, the Djemmaa-el-Fna Square was a high-point, especially arriving in the dark in the evening, with the overwhelming vitality of the scene – the crowd, the food, the smells, sounds, lights, music and general vibrance.
The Moroccan food was excellent, but the repetitiveness of it was tiresome. In virtually every arranged meal, the menu was the same: an array of "Moroccan salad" dishes, followed by tagine and couscous, with the only variation being the occasional addition of a bastilla. These meals were individually well prepared and well presented, especially in the high-end restaurants (Yacout, Maison Bleue), but having the same menu so often was a little disappointing. We found ourselves always looking for a varety of food such as fish or European cuisine. The shopping was excellent - it was nice knowing that we were able to contirbute to the Moroccan economy, especially in the textiles sector. We would happily have missed the Fantasia production at Borj Bladi: the whole thing was like a parody, with the staff and performers clearly uninterested and unmotivated. We left as quickly as possible.
But all in all, we had a great time, despite the inevitable digestive troubles! And I took hundreds of photos, which is very unusual for me. Many thanks for your help in putting the trip together.