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15 days, 5 walks, 4 medinas, 3 gal of mint tea, 2 camel rides, one Morocco!

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Jul 3rd, 2014, 02:49 PM
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We are thinking of doing a similar trip. In order to cut down on the cost of the daily guide/driver, we think we will try to take the train from Rabat to Fes and the bus up to Chefchahoen and then back to Fes as you all did. The we want to engage a guide/driver and do a similar trip to the south with hiking etc. The current price for guide/driver seems to range from 120E to 220E! We speak no Arabic or French so it seems to present some obstacles. Your report is giving us "courage".
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Jul 17th, 2014, 11:37 AM
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You will love Morocco, zinfanatic, so take the plunge. Glad this report is providing some encouragement. We did find the costs high for the 5 day trip from Fez to Marrakech, but I didn't have much time for research back then. I think you'll find more options if you dig around some more.

Have a great trip!
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Jul 30th, 2014, 07:53 AM
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Just wanted to come back to report, for those who read through my report, that Sukaina, the girl we met on the train to Fes on our first morning in Morocco and who my husband Ajit helped with the Fulbright scholarship and business school essays and interview prep, will start her MBA program at UC Berkeley this fall. Very exciting for her of course and for us as well!

Hope you're all having a good summer.
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Jul 30th, 2014, 01:00 PM
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seemaskt, i must have read your TR numerous times trying to digest and get inspired by it! I'll be placing a reservation with Dar Seffrine, got to! Just bought our airline tickets today. We are a family of four (DD & DS both work and live in NYC; my husband and I in NJ). I hope you don't mind my asking how much does your 5-day trip cost? I just want to get an idea so I will have a number to compare it with. Re guides, how you find them? Through the riad ? Again, an idea please on how much do they charge/day. If you are uncomfortable giving the #'s here, let me know and we can exchange emails privately. Thank you.
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Jul 30th, 2014, 01:08 PM
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zinfanatic, we are planning to do a Marrakech-Sahara-Fes trip, too this coming Nov. would you please let me know where you got the driver/guide info? Right now, I just have quotes from three tour companies which include half board, accommodations and car (+ driver/guide). I am considering Around Morocco, Journey Beyond Travel, and Blue Men of Morocco. If anyone had used any of the tours above, would appreciate it if you can share your experience and possibly the cost (if not comfortable to publish in the forum, we can exchange emails privately). Thank you.
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Jul 31st, 2014, 09:10 AM
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We use Morocco Countryside tours for a similar trip (Fes - Sahara - Marrakech) and they were great. See posts under my name for details, costs, etc.

http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...rip-report.cfm
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Jul 31st, 2014, 10:17 AM
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Love Love your gorgeous photos!!! We photographed some of the same doors in Chefchaouen!
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Aug 1st, 2014, 12:15 PM
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nina88 - How exciting for you and your family. I hope you love Dar Seffarine as much as we did. My husband and I reminisce often about our stay there, such lovely memories. Do say hi to Mohammed, Alaa and Kate.

Our 5 day trip cost about $2600 for the car, driver, all lodging, most meals, guides for the hikes and tips. I picked the hotels and the hikes that I wanted to do and Thomas/Fazia were very easy to work with. JBT is more expensive than other companues like Desert Majesty for example. But, I wanted more flexibility and the option to design my itinerary (since we don't typically do tours and I like to be in control and JBT fit the bill.

Have a great trip!

pattyroth - Thank you! I do remember talking about our shared passion for photographing doors on another thread. And, I think we've been to some of the same places in Asia in recent years. Where are you off to next?
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 11:15 AM
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seemaskt, thank you very much for the info. Dar S. requires to prepay the 1st night so they can hold our reservation for the rest of the stay. I sent my credit card info to pay but they are having a hard time processing it. Wonder why it did not go through when our Marrakech charge did. How did you handle the 1st night deposit/payment?
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 03:26 PM
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Nina, I checked my emails and it doesn't look like we prepaid at DS. They took my cc details in case of cancellation but I wasn't charged until after our stay. Why don't you ask DS what they recommend if they're having trouble charging your card? Good luck.
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Aug 5th, 2014, 01:56 PM
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seemaskt, thanks... turn out nothing to do with my cc; they wanted paypal which means I will incur various charges; they are now able to accept my cc to confirm reservation and as you said in case of cancellation.
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Aug 5th, 2014, 03:10 PM
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Nina88 we are on vacation now. Typing and internet connection difficult. Can I answer your question via email or in general terms here when I return. Plans changed a bit. Had a great deal of difficulty getting replies to my requests for custom tour by several companies. Others twice the money and some were not accommodating with my wish NOT to pay for guide and driver when I did not need one in Marrakech for four days at end of trip. More later or via email.
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Aug 6th, 2014, 09:38 AM
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Thanks, Zin, whichever and whenever you can is OK. But I think posting here is better so others can benefit.
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Aug 6th, 2014, 09:43 AM
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Zin, here's my email address if it's going to be easier for you, plus I also wanted to finalize this part of our travel/tour asap and move on to the fun parts (restaurants and sites): [email protected]. Thanks a lot.
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Aug 6th, 2014, 04:25 PM
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seemaskt, would you please give me an idea on how much to tip the following: driver/guide (per day or at the end of the tour?), porter (going to the riads in Marrakech & Fez, etc.), kasbah, when visiting a house of local family, when taking pictures, etc. Don't have any idea as we only took 2 short guided tours in our 18 years of travelling and since Morocco seems to be tips driven country. Thank you very much.
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Aug 15th, 2014, 05:33 AM
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Fabulous report, still to look at the photos. I am going solo, hopefully next year and have just started researching. I am thinking of combining a tour, which isn't usually my thing with some free time on my own, so will devour all the suggestions.

No doubt I will have some questions...
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