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Mohamed M
Mohamed M
Amazing Experience Our family decided to go to Morocco this summer for 2 weeks to tour the country, visit the Sahara, and see the Atlas and Reef mountains. We are a family of six and our kids’ ages range from 24 to 14. I tried to plan for the trip on my own and reserve hotels, adventures, and stays over the internet. After a long search, I did not know exactly what I was doing, and I was not satisfied with my results. I consulted a Moroccan friend who connected me with Mohammad from Yamina Tours. The least impression that I can share about our experience with Yamina Tours is “Amazing”. Mohammad crafted a full 12-day excursion in Morocco from the time we landed to the time we departed. I negotiated few changes, and they accommodated all our requests. The whole price was also amazing as we were still during COVID19, and tourism was slow in Morocco (and all over the world). Sallam was waiting for us in Marrakesh airport with his air-conditioned van. He dropped us off at our Riad (traditional hotel) in downtown Marrakesh just in front of the Souk (largest traditional market in the city). They had already arranged for all our guided tours. That same evening, a tour guide picked us up from the Riad and toured us through the market and the main landmarks of the city. We spent the next day in the city cruising through local shops and restaurants In the morning, Sallam picked us up to start our 3-day Sahara trip. We went through astonishing scenic views through a whole day trip, venturing through the Atlas Mountains where we visited the old city of Ait Ben Haddou, passed through Daddes Valley, and visited the rose oil manufacturing plant. We spent the night in a Riad in a village on the way then proceeded with our trip to visit the famous Moroccan Canyons, Toudgha Gorges, where we could not help but wade into the small river that is going through it. Two hours before sunset, we arrived at Merzouga where the caravan was waiting for us. Each one was able to ride his/her own camel and we had a true camel-ride trip through the dunes of the Sahara till we reached our camping site. After dinner we pulled our mattresses out of the tents, and we all slept under the sky. I was dreaming of this night to count the stars. Unfortunately, it was a full moon, and we were able to see only the brightest. The moon was amazing though! We had another camel ride back to the city where we started our trip to the city of Fes. This was very long and exhausting trip. We had to stop few times to rest and eat. We spent a wonderful couple of days in Fes. We visited several ancient places including an original clay factory for mosaic and pottery. After the demonstration, our kids had the chance to make pottery (in the old-fashioned way) and we were able to buy souvenirs. We walked through to Al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest university of the world. Next day we visited Meknes, another ancient city, then headed north towards Chefchaouen, the mountain city. On our way we visited the large roman ruins, the more than 2000-year-old city of Volubilis. From the blue city, we proceeded to visit Tangier on the Mediterranean Sea where we spent a half day on the beach, then to Rabbat, the capital of Morocco, and ended in Casablanca where we headed back home. We don’t have the words to describe how much we were impressed by the hospitality of everyone who took care of us during this trip, from Sallam our driver and personal companion through the trip, Ouleid in Daddes valley, Mustafa and Mohammed in the Sahara Desert, Ezzidein in Fes, and so on. This was a trip of a lifetime.…

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