Independent travellers will agree, there are times when it just makes sense to hire a local tour guide. This is especially true when you are short of time, visiting a country where the culture and language differs from your own, or when you are in an extremely popular place and want a local to take you off the beaten path. In this instalment of my Local Guide Series, I’ll introduce you to local Morocco tours.
Whenever you travel with a tour group, I recommend you arrive at least a day early to explore on your own. Hiring a local tour guide is a great way to orient yourself, and see places not scheduled in your pre-packaged tour. This is when YOU get to be in charge. If you want to take a photo tour, or a foodie tour, you name it, and your guide will oblige. Not tied to the rules of a large corporation, your local guide is often an entrepreneur, and is happy to be flexible with the itinerary.
But how do you know which guide is the best, and how do you trust you’ll get the best service? This is why I decided to write a series of posts dedicated to my personal experience with some of the most incredible guides in the industry. I have not compared them with others, but I simply know these people to be honest, VERY knowledgable, and personable. I would recommend these guides to my friends and family, and of course to you.
Moroccanguides.com provides private guided Morocco tours. They are a team of certified Moroccan guides, and will organize tailor-made tours, or standard tour itineraries in Morocco. They can provide day trips from Marrakech for groups, couples and families.
I highly recommend their day trip to Essaouira, a 10-hour tour to one of my favourite places on earth. Essaouira is a small fishing village along the Atlantic coast, and is full of rich traditions and history. The medina is authentic with no tourist trappings. This place is unique, and far-removed from other places you’ll visit in Morocco. The cost is about $100 Canadian per person for the entire day, and is even cheaper if there are more people in your group. For example, if there are eight of you, the price goes down to and incredible $43.00 per person!
For a lone traveller, a city like Marrakech can be very loud and intimidating. You can’t visit Marrakech without stopping at Jemaa El Fna, especially at night. Alive with music, smells of Moroccan cooking, and touts all hoping to grab your attention, this market is both incredible and overwhelming. With Moroccanguides, you can have a 5-hour tour for $28.00 pp to $72.00 pp depending on your group size. Your guide will make sure you have the best experience, and can also help you bargain with the local artisans.
Nour (the one with the guitar). was my guide in Morocco, when I travelled there with G Adventures. He graduated from the Mountain Guide School in Ait Bouguemez and has worked as a freelance client advisor and Morocco tour leader since 2005. He’s talented, very down to earth and a lot of fun. Nour loves his country with a passion and his pride is contagious. He’s always smiling, and is one of the most genuine and respectful people I know.
Whether you plan to add a day or two to your Morocco group tour, or plan to travel there solo, enhance your experience and get in touch with moroccanguides.com
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This post was written based on my personal experience and/or knowledge of the brand. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and other than my affiliation with G Adventures, I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein.