From Marrakech to the Nile (10 Days)
Explore the two gems
of North Africa--Morocco and Egypt--on this 10-day .
Grand African Tour ( 24 Days)
Experience The Best of South Africa, Egypt and Morocco , all in 24 days
. Start in South Africa and including
African Tour : From North To South Africa : 32
Tour Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia
. In a Grand 32 Day African Tour .
it’s off for a walk to a market. Pretty soon, you’ll adjust
your gait to your clothing, and shuffle rather than stride. You’ll
pick up cues from those all around you. Leave the backpack at your hotel
. we’ll hand you a straw basket or cloth bag in which to carry
you be taken for a local, offered the prices that natives pay, be able
to enter unobtrusively and unobserved? Well, let’s just say that
you won’t stand out like a tourist in shorts and a Hawaiian shirt
with red face and arms bared. You’ll go farther into the local
ways than you would have otherwise. When you sit down for a cup of tea
with a merchant, you’ll fell more genuinely part of the experience,
and bargaining for the best price of a work of art, a rug or a homely
teapot will come that much more easily. And just as you learn about
different cultures through their food and language and manners, you’ll
surprise yourself at how far you get and what you pick up by dressing
up in the local manner.
most of all, it’s fun! We’ll lend you everything you need
for a half-day outing. Chances are, you’ll want to buy a robe
yourself and set out again on your own. Please
book at the time your reserve your tour with us.
other guests say about our service in Morocco
Lebes (Berber greeting) or sbah ikheer (Arabic for good morning)!
Spring break is about over and it's back to work tomorrow. It will be
a shorter week at CAS for me because on Thursday I'll be leaving for
the Optimal Match Conference (SPED and Technology) in Rabat. Last year
attended the conference in Madrid, Spain. I'm eager to see if the teachers
from Rome, Paris, and Barcelona who I met last year will be attending
this year. It is great to network with other teachers and find out about
their programs plus hear about new and innovative strategies. The presenters
are from the US.
Paul is currently enroute between Casablanca and Amsterdam with arrival
due in the US at about 5:30 tonight and then back to work for him tomorrow.
We had a fantastic week of touring and seeing more of
Morocco - a truly remarkable country with beaches, mountains, deserts,
and everything in between in a relatively small area. Paul will send
from his email account a number of pictures which might give you an
our experiences this past week.
Trekking in the Amizimiz area while seeing the Atlas Mountains with
its picturesque landscapes and Berber villages was quite remarkable.
Our guide Said served us Moroccan tea and a lamb tagine for lunch in
home. As you can see from the photo they also decided to dress us up
in the typical Berber attire for lunch.
We continued on with the drive through the High Atlas Mountains crossing
through the Tizi N' Tichka Pass and descended down through the Draa
Valley stopping to see ancient Kasbahs (fortified palaces) and to the
caravan-town of Ouarzazate (movie site of The Mummy, Black Hawk Down,
Babel, Syriana, Lawrence of Arabia, etc.). Enroute we stopped to hike
up Ait Benhaddou and up the sandstone hill which has been the site for
a variety of movies including Gladiator. People still live in this UNESCO
World Heritage village including Uemna and her husband. She invited
us in to see her cave dwelling in the side of the hill and shared delicious
Our next two nights were spent in the desert. The first night was at
Zagora and in the middle of a sandstorm. Paul thinks that I probably
have never been so grouchy upon awaking in the morning after a night
spent trying to breathe while attempting to sleep in our nomad Berber
tent amongst a haze of blowing sand. I think that the sand is all out
of our ears by now. The next night after some fun camel riding we enjoyed
a night on the Merzouga Desert in a deluxe tent under the stars.
Both nights we had our own private concert with talented musicians and
dancers entertaining us with traditional Gnaouan music and delicious
It was interesting to study the information displayed on Paul's GPS
in the mountains, deserts, etc. In the photo you can see our Moroccan
friend and Paul discussing the merits of such equipment. We read in
of the tour books that it is difficult for tourists to locate their
reserved auberges (lodging accommodations) or tent sites and that they
are encouraged to call ahead for the GPS coordinates in order to locate
the correct place in the Sahara Desert.
Riding out into the golden dunes near Merzouga on camels to see the
sunset was so much fun while watching four-wheel-drive vehicles zipping
up and down the sand dunes (some in preparation for the Dakar Rally).
All too soon it was time to start the travel back to Casablanca via
On one of our stops we fed peanuts to the Barbary apes near Ifrane.
Staying in the Riad Dar Al Andalous was an experience of seeing more
of the history and culture of Fez. Here we had one more example of the
challenges of communication in a foreign country. Paul asked if he should
pay for a Coca Cola and before he knew it he was being enthusiastically
escorted into the kitchen to meet the 'cook' (Coke).
Living and visiting in an international setting is truly an exciting
and stimulating experience.
A week after leaving Casablanca via train we arrived back in Casa with
our very informative and helpful driver Hamid. Now, we have the memories
and the pictures (and a few souvenirs) to enjoy of this
adventure in another area of incredible Morocco.
Our time in Morocco is fast approaching an end with one last trip
before returning home to Minnesota. At this point we are thinking of
exploring more of Spain and the Moroccan coast of the Mediterranean.
M'a ssalama (goodbye - Arabic)
Paul and Dixie
Trip Review on Trip Advisor :
reviews: 5“ Travel In Style tours (San Francisco) is fantastic
May 27, 4:56 PM
We just completed a month long deluxe trip to Morocco, Egypt and Jordan
and used Travel In Style, San Francisco, for all three countries. Their
services were extra-ordinary. They work closely with you to tailor the
trip to your specifications and are very flexible. In each country we
were met promptly at the airport -- in Egypt and Jordan even inside
customs! -- by a tour representative and taken to our car for transport
to our hotels. Guides and drivers were personable and knowledgeable.
When a small glitch arose in Cairo and I e-mailed the local rep and
Omar at Travel In Style in San Francisco, the local Cairo rep called
me twenty minutes later! Omar had received the e-mail and immediately
telephoned the local agency to make sure everything was handled promptly
and to our complete satisfaction. We are experienced travelers, but
I am still amazed at the level of service we received. Highest recommendations.