Morocco: drivers, mini-tours, desert trips

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Feb 3rd, 2012, 11:24 PM
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Morocco: drivers, mini-tours, desert trips

Hello friends!

Considering about three weeks in Morocco. Was in Tangiers briefly many years ago. Have traveled elsewhere extensively, so I'm not "afraid" of going on my own, but as a woman alone, I prefer some kind of driver-car situation, even if it's city-by-city. Possibly a very small and short tour group for something specialized. A "make your own" would be great.

I speak French well, if it matters.

Given that I'm arriving mid-March I was thinking it would be better to start toward the south and move north?

Also interested in a "spend a night in a tent in the desert" kind of thing -- looking for something a more authentic than luxurious.

Would also like suggestions on authentic people/village/culture kind of thing -- I can only do so many temples or other buildings -- no belly dancing either -- but a home-stay, or tiny village somewhere, that I would enjoy.

And, of course shopping and food tips!

Looking for mid-level budget in general, tho willing to spring for a night or two that's wonderful, but not just for a fancy hotel that could be anywhere.

Many thanks!

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Feb 4th, 2012, 01:10 AM
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sea61.com/morocco usually self guide do tours at great prices
boots on thegrounf booking on line I always pay with CC never
wiremoney manytouts scammers.

www.merzouga-tours.com/en/marrakech.html

Good personal exp in past have fun!
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Feb 4th, 2012, 05:24 PM
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Thanks again Qwo!

sea61 doesn't seem to exist, at least at that web address, but I will check out the other.

I don't particularly want to be stuck with a guide the whole time, but I do want it to be "easy" -- and guides do that.

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Feb 4th, 2012, 05:55 PM
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You'd think someone who spent all their time posting web addresses would manage to get them right. What qv should have written was seat61.com/morocco
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Feb 4th, 2012, 09:13 PM
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ROFL. I went to their website, can you tell me what is special about them?

thanks!
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Feb 5th, 2012, 04:18 AM
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Be aware he is the same one suggesting that Tour, just post it on google and see people who used it, you will not get any news about so such tours are really scaring me, put someone here to encouraging the users to use them and get the commissions for it, i warn you, just use the Lonelyplanet threads, or the Tripadvisor forums and you will see the correct and the right aanswer for all your enquiries.
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Feb 5th, 2012, 04:28 AM
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hey again,
You can travel yourself in Morocco using public transportation, Easy than Tours stuck with the guide taking you to shops, and harrassing you all the time, skip that option and take it alone you will meet other travellers wanding Morocco themselves so will be easier for you, other wise ask for advice for single woman alone in Morocco and you'll find many threads already discussed here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntre...9&keywordid=35
good luck.
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Feb 5th, 2012, 06:50 AM
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planetraveller - the editors have been notified several times about this particular poster - they choose not to do anything about it - and, as you'll soon see, delete any negative posts about him.
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Feb 5th, 2012, 07:38 AM
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dogster - maybe we should start a petition. It's getting beyond annoying. Enough that I'm thinking of finding a new site.
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Feb 5th, 2012, 08:27 AM
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Me too.

There is a modus operandi, as I'm sure you've noticed. He targets new posters, almost exclusively. You can follow his progress every day by doing what he does: click on the New Posts list on each forum page. Click, every post - there he is, usually top of the list. He has recommended insuremytrip.com more that 700 times in the last twelve months. No that is not a typo - seven hundred times.

He never returns to a post or involves himself in ongoing discussion. He never answers a question or elaborates. Just continues to flog the same sites and offers dated, misleading information which, to a newbie, read like real suggestions.

Nothing will happen - of course, these posts will be deleted. His will remain.
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Feb 5th, 2012, 08:52 AM
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Kind of amazing that Lonely Planet's thorntree (!) booted him but Fodors won't.
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Feb 5th, 2012, 09:14 AM
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They know all about it so have clearly made a conscious decision to let him continue. I guess he fits their agenda.

Let's see how long our posts last... indeed, let's see how long we last. In 24 hours it was be as if nothing was ever said.
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Feb 5th, 2012, 12:05 PM
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i agree with thursdaysd, true the lonelyplanet make every suspected topic down, and kept the spammers away but this one does not, so hopefully they can stop it or we can just following them always, to criticise in every topic suspected, so we can get them back.
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Feb 5th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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I just wonder what's the reason to let Qwovadis always posting his spams here, does not he work, does he love Morocco in his first time, one time will not let you know the reality of those tours, you can just check out if they have helpful reviews in many search engines you can find helpful info about them, otherwise use the Lonelyplanet threads and the Tripadvisor Forums to guiding you to the right and the correct one.
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Feb 6th, 2012, 12:29 AM
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SO are y'all saying I can't believe a word he says, or just to do my checking myself? That particular tour group, Merzouga, has a three day tour that is just what I want to do...

Can anyone recommend a car and driver company?

I am looking to sprinkle a couple of tours in along with my own travels. But still hoping to get some basic info about what to see and what to skip...

I know I want to go to Marrakesh and Essaouira and Fes for the -- do I also want to do Casablanca? Meknes?

Many thanks!

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Feb 6th, 2012, 04:39 AM
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Rabat rather than Casa. Meknes was OK, Volubilis a bit too ruined.
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Feb 6th, 2012, 04:59 AM
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hey, you can check out yourself no need to another's touts, why should he suggest that, did you read something helpful about it, it could be his website only to attract you as a group of nomads guides, anyway; you can find tours and transportation companies, on the Tripadvisor, or ask through the Lonelyplanet they will guide you exactly to what will suit your travel needs, avoiding all of this mirage which will damage your trip.
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Feb 6th, 2012, 09:01 AM
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It is unfortunate that the Fodor's editors don't understand or care that it is very likely that quovadis gets paid for every hit sent to a site from his posts on Fodor's.
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Feb 6th, 2012, 10:03 AM
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he always report everyone's post when some traveller posting a helpful trip report he report it to the guidelines to remove it and they did so unfortunately so he can do his job here, to post his touts, anyway be aware from QUOVADIS, he is a spammer he is not a real traveller who gives the advice, he is only old member here and using his skills to cheat you and get commissions and work through your plans to go to Morocco, anyway; this an Alert for that Member posts and he is spreading his touts in North african Countries no only Morocco's forum so does he know well about all this countries? NO WAY.
Please if you feel that there is something suspicious in his replies use the Lonelyplanet, or Tripadvisor's forums for help to get good tips, and avoide the people who ask you to arrange your trips through yoour riad that is a big and huge mistake to do and totaly wrong wrong wrong, thos members who ask you that, they are the owners of many riads hotels in Marrakech or Fes and they arrange day trips or even tours, which means they put the travel agencies in bad situation, do not do that because those riads rippping you off will take you to the shops, and make a big deal in your pocket as they could offer you a day trip for free or even for a small amount of Money for not even discovering the stealing point, take a tour company to arrange your trip, as it's better to take a local Tour which will give you a good care, because they are afraid for their reputation, so they can give you a good trip, pass you through many good spots where you can have good lunch, good accommodations, and good shops where they will not ripp you off as you can take things with a local price, i hope all this tips will help you in your travels, and i hope that Fodoor will keep it and save it for everyone plans to go Morocco.
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Feb 7th, 2012, 05:55 AM
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dogster, since we're still here, interesting thread on Lonely Planet on qv: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntre...readID=2082034

Some highlights:

If you hanker for this drivel have a look on the Fodor's site.

Some answers were breathtakingly wrong.

There is another prolific poster who is a bit more upfront about being a travel agency but who also gets a lot of answers wrong.
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