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“Desert Dream with Family Closeness Vibe”

Morocco Countryside Tours
Ranked #1 of 347 Tours in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Morocco Country Side Tours is a company formed by highly trained guides with an experienced professional staff, that organizes trips throughout Morocco. Our expert native guides have a deep knowledge of all the areas and will help you discover the authentic customs and culture of our country.Morocco Country Side Tours offers you the opportunity to do many activities during your trip to Morocco. Some of the activities that can be customized for you are: visiting local Berber families, having a cup of tea with nomads in their cave dwellings, enjoying a Berber wedding, visiting local cooperatives, camel rides, sleeping in Berber tents in the Sahara Desert, Berber homestays with local families, trekking, sand boarding, henna paintings and much more...Our professional staff will be available 24 hours 7 days a week to provide you with all the details to help you organize a wonderful trip.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an incredible time doing a 4-day 3-night trip from Marrakech to Fes via the Atlas Mountains and the desert with Youssef and Mohommad who picked us up promptly from our Riad. Youssef, our guide, felt like family quite quickly and we felt comfortable with him immediately. Our driver was nice as well but didn't speak much on the trip - though we appreciated his careful driving. Youssef spoke French and English very well (we were travelling from Vancouver Island in Canada and practicing our French), of course he also speaks Berber and Arabic combined. They were both SO kind and engaging with our 6 year old daughter. This really was the best part. Youssef was always looking out for her in situations like crossing streets or in the busy Souks and she felt totally at ease with him which helped us relax too. We had a great time with them and really appreciated being able to hear about the local Berber history, the politics of the region, the customs and about the Moroccon culture as well. Our daughter loved Youssef so much that on the last day she cried saying goodbye. There were some really sweet moments as well like meeting Mohommad's mum when we stopped in at a local kindergarten she helps run and looking at some of the incredible gardens made from spring water coming straight out of the desert. We asked to skip a few more commercial things and Youssef was very accommodating. The highlight was going into the desert to stay in the plushest luxury tents built by Said, the owner of the business who is also an incredibly gracious, kind and energetic host. Our daughter loved playing in the sand dunes and riding on the Dromedary (camel) and I was given the option to walk for the entire 1.5hr trip back to our driver and guide the next day which I really appreciated. Our favourite place we stopped for a meal was a small chicken rotisserie snack stand where mostly Moroccans were dining and was much better than food served at the spots where large tourist groups were stopping (I didn't even get food at those restaurants). I would have liked to skip those all together. We made it clear that we were interested in history and geography rather than shopping and Youssef was very keen to give us what we wanted. The only time we went anywhere that had actual shopping was a Moroccan Souk that had people selling dates, fresh veg + fruit, was not at all geared to tourists and even had a parking lot for donkeys! Our daughter really loved that. I was in awe of the sights/sounds and loved how affectionate strangers were with our daughter offering her food, smiling at her, speaking to her and tolerating her silliness at different times too! All of Morocco was very kid friendly actually and it only deepened our affection for Moroccan people as well as their culture.

3  Thank Sharmeen M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hey,
Just wanted to say thank you so much for making our Morocco trip a memorable one. We enjoyed it thoroughly.
Hemmi was the perfect guide/driver/friend. He made us feel very comfortable; felt like home.
However bit disappointing with our guide in Fez-yusuf. He was too keen to take us to shops rather than showing medina properly; specially tennary- we didn’t get to see the proper view of it.
But at Marrakech- guide Abdul Latif was very knowledgable and organised.
Highlight of the tour was the desert!
Thanks again for welcoming us with warmth; felt like a family away from home :)

4  Thank jontrona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I booked the 3 day 2 night private tour from Marrakech to Fez. Our guide Aziz Karaoui was an absolute delight. He went out of his way to make me comfortable, especially when I got car-sick. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and explained things well. He drove carefully and even slowed down when I was feeling sick. The tour brought us to great places - the Kasbah, the gorge, and the desert were definitely highlights. The accommodations were very luxurious, the hotel owner was extremely nice and the desert camp was gorgeous. Said went above and beyond to accommodate me when I was sick after riding the camel (I get motion sickness very easily), bringing our food into the tent, bringing me kumin and water, and even doing a traditional Berber medicine rite. Overall the trip was a once in a life-time experience. Highly Highly recommend both Aziz and Morocco Countryside Tours

3  Thank Gabriella R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The desert tour was the best part of our Morocco trip! They were very very helpful and nice that we were very happy we had them or else it would be a completely different experience in Morocco!

3  Thank Vanessamcm
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trust all the other positive reviews – they are true: Morocco Countryside Tours (MCT) are a professional, helpful, reliable, honest company.

They arranged a week-long tour starting and finishing in Fes, which went perfectly to plan despite Royal Air Maroc, doing what they could to ruin it by losing our luggage for 3 days. Said, who runs MCT, suggested a solution which involved their driver Mahjoub making a detour from Marrakesh to Casablanca the previous day, taking us to the airport to find our bags, then drive us back to Fes, arriving at 2am. Full marks to MCT.

Trust Said’s advice – he suggested a variation on a standard tour, to take in Chefchouen, which turned out to be a highlight of our trip, even though it involved much more driving and was a detour from our original plan.

Mahjoub quickly learned and understood where our interests lay and did what he could to tailor our trip to suit us best. He provided information when it was needed or asked for but gave us the space to feel we were travelling independently instead of being crammed into a set tour mould. He ensured we learned a lot about Moroccan life and culture by filling gaps in our knowledge, and gently correcting any misapprehensions. We wish him well.

Accommodation provided was generally excellent, in clean, comfortable hotels, Riads and Guest Houses, but the Desert Camp was infinitely better than planned as Said had just set up his own faultless camp. Superbly equipped spacious tents, better furnished than most hotel rooms, have their own en-suite bathrooms, with lovely soft towels. The beds are excellent and everywhere is carpeted. Food at the camp was equally superb – indeed everything was the highest quality. If you are able to include the Desert Camp in your tour you won’t be disappointed.

Unlike many tour operators, MCT take a very small initial deposit and only asked for the balance on the last but one day. Almost all the workers come from the same family so have an investment in ensuring that customers have the best possible experience.

We are travel journalists with 30+ years experience in almost 50 countries and have experienced tour companies who range from hopelessly disorganised, through moneygrabbing con-men and at the top of the pile Morocco Countryside Tours, which are by a country mile the best tour company we have had the pleasure to use. Their customer service and communication both pre-trip and during is the best - the polar opposite of Royal Air Maroc’s.

We would certainly use them again – and again.

2  Thank travelib
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