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Abdellah El Asely

My wish is to make you live your best trip. This is why all my choices of meetings, discoveries or accommodation are guided by this desire to transmit to you, through the Original Travels circuits, all the authenticity that a country can offer. 

During my stays, I take the time, in each city, to visit hotels, lodges, and homestays. I only select those who have a particular soul, those who combine comfort and authenticity. In the desire to offer responsible tourism, I always favor small structures on a human scale to large hotel complexes.

In addition to the essentials, I would like you to discover preserved places, little known to foreigners. During my reconnaissance trips, I take the time to visit places off the beaten track to give you a different experience. The locals will welcome you as friends and will be happy to interact with visitors from around the world.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We run tours in the following areas; Atlas mountains, Sahara deserts, imperial cities.
We specialise in Hiking trips, 4WD tours, luxury travels, Mountain biking, Family holidays, cultural tours, culinary trips."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Having grown up in the Atlas Mountains, my passion for adventure travel was kindled at an early age. I began my career in tourism industry since 2006, leading groups in the Atlas mountains and Sahara, then i started working as product manager for several local Tour operators before I decided to found OT. Voyages. Being a travel agent is inspiring others to explore new places, discover a new culture, and meet different and wonderful people."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Climbing the Mont M'Goun (4068m) in the Atlas mountains. My first ascent, an unforgottable experience!

When i was 14, i joined a hiking group in my area in the Atlas mountains, after hosting them for several days in my village, we started hiking towards the giant M'goun mountain range. from our base camp at 2905, we started an early ascent to the M'goun peak, which, as a child, i always considered as the highest mountain in the world.

The ascent took 10 hours and was really challenging considering my age, and i ended up laying on a mule back on the way to the main camp. However, the views from the summit were amazing, everyone was happy to be on the top of this giant windy summit. In the afternoon, we were invited by a family of Berber nomads for a mint tea in their tent, which was an unforgottable moment for all the group members. We spent the afternoon playing with their kids and learning about their way of life and traditions, the family joined us for diner in our camp, and we shared family-like moments playing local Berber music and dancing under the starry sky of the Atlas mountains.

As a child, this experience made me fall in love with the high mountains and the great outdoors. "

Abdellah is part of the following groups: Morocco Travel Agents
 Cross the dramatic dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel
Luxury Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakech via the Desert - 8 Days

This all-encompassing 8-day tour introduces you to the treasures of Morocco in grand style. Starting in Casablanca, you'll loop your way through ancient cities, arid deserts, and high mountain passes, exploring countless cultural highlights and hidden gems in between. Get lost in the magical blue alleys of Chefchaeoun, spend a night amid the sand dunes in a luxury desert camp, and discover the vibrant flavors of Marrakech on a street food tour.

Taourirt Kasbah, Ouarzazate
Morocco's Cities, Coast, Mountains & the Desert - 14 Days

From Casablanca to Essaouira and all the imperial cities, Roman ruins, and Sahara excursions in between, this two-week adventure offers an excellent introduction to Morocco. You'll explore—and get lost!—in historic medinas, ride camels to a desert camp, hike in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, and visit with locals to learn their customs. In Marrakech, learn to cook like a Mar'rakshis, cool off in the impressive Todra Gorge, and try kiteboarding in hippie Essaouria.

The Sqala du Port, a square defensive tower in Essaouira
South Morocco Adventure: Marrakech to Essaouira - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary takes you on an exciting adventure through the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Fly into Marrakech and explore its gardens and spice markets before heading to the High Atlas for hiking and great views. Then cross into the desert to wander through kasbahs and oases. Loop back toward the coast to check out the artsy, breezy town of Essaouira before finishing off with a hammam experience and food tour back in Marrakech.

Camel Caravan near Merzouga
Marrakech to Casablanca: Sahara Desert & Fes - 6 Days

This adventure-packed trip showcases Morocco's highlights, including Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, and the desert. Start in Marrakech for colorful markets and architecture, then head inland to explore kasbahs and sleep under the stars in a desert camp amid the Sahara dunes. Visit Fes' narrow streets and the medieval medina before ending the trip in Casablanca to see the Hassan II Mosque and the world's tallest minaret.

Decorations of the Zawiya of Moulay Idris II in Fes
Explore Northern Morocco: Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Rabat & Casablanca - 7 Days

This seven-day itinerary takes you through the sprawling cities, markets, and gardens of northern Morocco. Start with a wander through the port city of Tangier and the blue streets of Chefchaouen before heading to Fes, Morocco's cultural capital. Take a tour of the historic medina before heading to Rabat to enjoy its signature white architecture. Make your way to Marrakech with an afternoon stop in Casablanca to end your trip amid its humming streets.

Grand Moroccan Tour
Grand Moroccan Tour - 13 Days

This 13-day tour covers a wide range sites and experiences that, together, provide a well-rounded view of Morocco. The tour begins with the imperial cities of the northern area (Casablanca, Rabat, Tanger, Fez, and Meknes), and also includes the charming blue-painted town of Chefchaouen. The trip continues toward the Merzouga area of the Sahara, with the classic Erg Chebbi sand dunes all around. Then, stop in vibrant Marrakech and experience its lively square before heading back to Casablanca to depart.

Recent trip reviews for Abdellah

Fatima

Amazing and memorable adventure for new parents and 6 month old · Morocco - Jun 3 - Jun 14, 2022

Traveler: Fatima J. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We had an amazing time in Morocco. My husband and I travelled with our 6 month old for 12 days. Throughout the trip planning Abdellah was very accommodating and gave us a wealth of events, activities, and recommendations to create an amazing itinerary. Abdellah was also taking care of my brother who was traveling on overlapping dates to Morocco. He made sure to maximize the overlap of our itinerary with that of my brother's to make both of our trips memorable.
We were well taken care of from... read more

We had an amazing time in Morocco. My husband and I travelled with our 6 month old for 12 days. Throughout the trip planning Abdellah was very accommodating and gave us a wealth of events, activities, and recommendations to create an amazing itinerary. Abdellah was also taking care of my brother who was traveling on overlapping dates to Morocco. He made sure to maximize the overlap of our itinerary with that of my brother's to make both of our trips memorable.
We were well taken care of from the start till the very end of the trip. Our guide Karim was terrific. He was knowledgeable about landmarks, local customs, and the historically significant sites which made the adventures even more enjoyable. He was remarkably patient with us while we attended to our young one. Karim always accommodated our requests to change our daily plans. There was absolutely zero pressure to stick to a plan and we always comfortably moved at our own cadence which made the traveling effortless.
Unfortunately, due to my brother's flight delay our itineraries no longer overlapped. However, at our request Abdellah gracefully changed a significant part of our itinerary during the trip. Within the span of an evening he rebooked hotels in the different cities, rescheduled activities, and events to overlap our itinerary with my brothers itinerary. We were beyond grateful with how well he took care of us!
We are absolutely looking forward to our next adventure in Morocco and can't recommend our local specialist Abdellah and our guide Karim enough!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Fatima,

Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our company to other travelers.

We are thrilled that you had an amazing time in the magic kingdom of Morocco and found our service to be remarkable, accommodating and friendly. Our entire staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. It really makes our day to hear such valuable feedback from you and learn that your journey was a memorable one with your driver Karim. At Original Travels, we... read more

Hi Fatima,

Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our company to other travelers.

We are thrilled that you had an amazing time in the magic kingdom of Morocco and found our service to be remarkable, accommodating and friendly. Our entire staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. It really makes our day to hear such valuable feedback from you and learn that your journey was a memorable one with your driver Karim. At Original Travels, we always work hard to craft great trips for our guests and make them fell home as members of family, not as strangers or outsiders. We were more than excited to serve you and your brother and we are really unfortunate that your trip didn't overlap with your brother's even if we did our best to do so.

Our entire team would be happy to welcome you and your brother back to Morocco and hope your next visit to be scheduled on overlapping dates.

Wish you safe travels always!!

Best,
Abdel

Our Tour of Morroco · Morocco - May 23 - May 30, 2022

Traveler: Jihad S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We had a great tour of Morroco! Our tour was 7 days from Marrakech to Casablanca with stays in Ourzazate, Desert, Fes and beautiful Chefchaouen. Abdellah was very responsive and accommodated all our requests. Our driver, Samir, was very nice and was always sharing tips and pointing points of interest, restaurants, and other places that we inquired about. He was always on time and was never irritated We had planning if one of us was late. When we raised a concern to Abdellah and team related... read more

We had a great tour of Morroco! Our tour was 7 days from Marrakech to Casablanca with stays in Ourzazate, Desert, Fes and beautiful Chefchaouen. Abdellah was very responsive and accommodated all our requests. Our driver, Samir, was very nice and was always sharing tips and pointing points of interest, restaurants, and other places that we inquired about. He was always on time and was never irritated We had planning if one of us was late. When we raised a concern to Abdellah and team related to one of our stays they resolved it immediately by moving us to a great Riad that we really loved. All in all excellent service and we highly recommend planning your Morroco tour with Abdellah.

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Lina Ryad & Spa

Chefchaouene

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This Riad is absolutely lovely!! We stayed one night there but I really wish we had planned to stay there more than one night. The rooms and the lobby are beautiful and the terrace was spacious and multi level with panoramic view of the town. The breakfast was delicious. Highly recommend and we'll definitely stay there if we visit Chefchaouen again.

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Tiziri Luxury Camp

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This camp is eco friendly, the food was delicious, the tents were spacious and well fitted. The best we part was the Camel Ride experience in the desert. It felt like an out of this world experience. What we loved most about Tiziri Luxury Camp was the staff who were so much fun and had excellent service!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jihad,

We are so thankful for your awesome review which is highly appreciated.

It's our pleasure to learn that you have enjoyed your journey with Original Travels to the fullest, that really makes our day!!! Our staff always do their best to provide the best possible service to our guests and live up to their expectations, and we are glad that this commitment was reflected in your visit. I will pass on your kind words to the team to make them know that their hard work is rewarded.

Thanks again for your review and looking forward to having you once again in Morocco.

Best,
Abdel

My husband and I had an amazing adventure thr... · Morocco - May 8 - May 15, 2022

Traveler: asma m. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

My husband and I had an amazing adventure through Morocco with our driver Karim for a bulk of our trip (consider yourself lucky if you get him, he's incredibly knowledgeable and so familiar with the region!) We also had Hanan guiding us in Marrakesh for local visits and sightseeing in the area (reach out to her in you're looking for a great experience in Marrakesh complete with local color and a knowledgeable guide to all the local attractions).
Our trip was 8 days beginning in Casablanca... read more

My husband and I had an amazing adventure through Morocco with our driver Karim for a bulk of our trip (consider yourself lucky if you get him, he's incredibly knowledgeable and so familiar with the region!) We also had Hanan guiding us in Marrakesh for local visits and sightseeing in the area (reach out to her in you're looking for a great experience in Marrakesh complete with local color and a knowledgeable guide to all the local attractions).
Our trip was 8 days beginning in Casablanca and ending in Marrakesh with amazing sights and experiences along the way. Using kimkim was so amazing and made our trip hassle-free as we didn't have to research local hotels or search for activities, as plenty of great activities were scheduled and suggested for the journey. We certainly plan to use this service for our next adventure!

Hotel Reviews

Tiziri Luxury Camp

Merzouga

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The Tiziri Luxary camp is amazing!! It truly exceeds all expectations. It's a fully sustainable camp with an amazing team, incredible food, and a great atmosphere.

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Hotel Dar Mounir

Chefchaouen

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This hotel sits in a beautiful location, with an incredibly helpful staff. Very comfortable and authentic, awesome nearby food

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Riad Ghita

Fes

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This Riad is truly beautiful!! An amazing staff. Breakfast is incredibly delicious, clean and fantastic location

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Dar Rihana Dades

Douar Ait Ouffi

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This hotel was so comfortable and pretty! The balcony area is stunning, the food is great and the staff is incredibly helpful - the young man at the front desk was incredibly helpful and a great guide to local suggestions

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Riad Passali

Marrakech

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Casablanca for Early Arrivers

Casablanca

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Transfer to Fes via the Roman Ruins of Volubilis & Meknes

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Half-Day Guided Tour of Fes Medina

Fes

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Transfer to Erg Chebbi via the Middle Atlas Mountains & Camel Ride

Morocco

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We rode with Hamid! He was wonderful and we had an amazing ride. We were able to catch sunset in the Sahara, the view of a lifetime!

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Guided Visit to the Majorelle Gardens

Marrakech

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Transfer to Boumalne Dades via Tinghir & Todra Gorge

Morocco

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Transfer to Marrakech via the Dades Valley, Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou

Morocco

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Sights & Colors of Marrakech: Guided Private Tour

Marrakech

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Asma,

Thank you so much for devoting some time to leave us such a positive feedback.

It really means a lot to us that you had a great experience with our company, and we made you feel welcome in our gorgeous country. Morocco is one of the most hospitable countries in the entire world and it always opens Its doors to guests like you to enjoy its beauty and have memorable moments. It fills us with pride when we get such compliments from our guests and know that they are satisfied with... read more

Hi Asma,

Thank you so much for devoting some time to leave us such a positive feedback.

It really means a lot to us that you had a great experience with our company, and we made you feel welcome in our gorgeous country. Morocco is one of the most hospitable countries in the entire world and it always opens Its doors to guests like you to enjoy its beauty and have memorable moments. It fills us with pride when we get such compliments from our guests and know that they are satisfied with the service we provide. All the members of our team will be happy to read your kind words especially your driver Karim.

Looking forward to serving you again in our Moroccan Kingdom.

Best,
Abdel

Beautiful vast country with varied topography that can take you from old madinas to desert to high mountains and Forrest’s and beaches. · Morocco - May 17 - May 25, 2022

Traveler: Rima T. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

What I learned on this trip is that prices for the trip could vary depending on the local specialist you end up getting through Kim Kim. A friend of mine decided to visit Morocco the same time I was going. So she reached out to Kim Kim, got a different local specialist ended up with the same itinerary, same selected hotels, her stay was even slightly longer by two days as she also visited Casablanca and her cost was lower than mine. She also got superior accommodation than we did in terms... read more

What I learned on this trip is that prices for the trip could vary depending on the local specialist you end up getting through Kim Kim. A friend of mine decided to visit Morocco the same time I was going. So she reached out to Kim Kim, got a different local specialist ended up with the same itinerary, same selected hotels, her stay was even slightly longer by two days as she also visited Casablanca and her cost was lower than mine. She also got superior accommodation than we did in terms of rooms she was provided at the different hotels/riads that we stayed at. The following is my attempt to provide the readers with things we have learned that may help them in planning their trip a little bit better by learning from what we experienced.

Marrakesh: stayed at Palais Sebban. Beautiful Riad and highly recommend it. Just be aware that most rooms require going up some steps but staff were attentive to bringing up the luggage for us as it would have been challenging on our own. However, when it came to our tour guide assigned to us in Marrakesh he appeared not to know or be interested in sharing anything about the history of the country. The tour basically consisted of having our driver bring us to the majorelle garden, the madraseh and then the rest of the time walking through the market and peeking at bakeries and sampling local food. The main site that people visit in Morocco the Bahia palace he did not take us to and told us we can go there on our own and told us we can go there around 5pm as it takes one hour to tour until it closes at 6. Well we went there at 5 and apparently it closes every day at 4! How can a tour guide not know that? So we missed seeing one of the main sites in Marrakesh as we were leaving in the morning the next day.

when we complained to Abdel and Said, they were very apologetic. They booked dinner for us that night In Marrakesh as an apology. Said also wanted to upgrade our accommodation at our next stop but I wish he did not. The hotel he moved us to la perle du dades in Boumalne was run down. It it a beautiful property but must has gone through disrepair during covid. Our room had small ants on the bathroom counter. The other room we had for our kids the air conditioner did not work. The chaise lounges around the pool must has seen better days. I have to admit when I told our driver Ilyas that we did not like the Riad and wanted to go to our originally booked accommodation in this area he immediately complied with our request.

Boumalne Dades via Ait Benhaddou and ouarzazate: this was listed as a 6.5 hour drive from Marrakesh but please be prepared that does not include stops. So the trip really took us closer to 8.5 hours. We stopped at the Ouarzazate to tour the movie studio which was pretty lame. Not worth the time or money spent. The studio tour provided by a local guide was lame. As mentioned earlier this is the stop that we had the unfortunate experience of changing our original hotel to la perle du dades. However, the hotel that we originally had booked and ended up staying at was hotel xaluca dades. Very nice hotel. We highly recommend it. Beautiful views from the pool area and beautiful pool.

Merzouga and orient desert camp: this is another 4.5-5 hour drive to get to our meeting point to the people who run the desert camp. This was the highlight of our trip. Our guide got us mounted on our camels and led us through beautiful dunes to the camp which is about 1-1.5 hours. Then you dismount and wait on the dunes to watch the sun set. Absolutely beautiful!

Merzouga to Fez drive and stay at Riad Salam Fez: this apparently is the longest drive. It said on the schedule as 7.5 hour drive but keep in mind that does not include stops along the way. So we asked our driver to limit the stops so we skipped viewing the smaller of the two gorges we were supposed to see. It took us about 8.5 hours to get to fez. Riad salam fez was beautiful. We just rested that night. Next morning we were met by a guide who took us to a pottery ceramic shop for a demonstration as fez has the best clay for pottery. Then took us to the tannery and carpet place.

Chefchaouen and Lina read and spa: this was another 4.5 hour drive with no stops. But we stopped at the Roman ruins of Volubilis so it took a bit longer than that. The ruins were interesting to see. You pick up a local guide at the entrance for about 150-200 dirham ($20) for a 45 minute walk through the ruins. Recommend doing that otherwise you would not know what you are looking at. Chefshaoun is absolutely beautiful with its blue bldg. colors. Hiked up to the Spanish mosque for the sunset which I highly recommend. We did not have a tour guide scheduled here although our friends who used a different Kimkim local specialist had a tour guide assigned to them who took them through the town in the morning and gave them a bit of history and background. So we did not get that. It just reflects the some variations in the local specialists way of doing things.

Last stop was Algiers which was a 2.5 hour drive. We stayed at hotel farah which is a nice modern hotel that we just needed to decompress from the trip and did nothing but lay by the pool and enjoy the view. Our driver took us to the Hercules cave and the point where the Mediterranean meats the Atlantic. Very nice.

As you can see from the long review this was way too much packed into a 9 day emtrip. My advise is don’t do this break neck trip at the pace we did. If I was to cut something out I would cut boumalne dades and maybe Tangier and extend stays at Marrakesh and fez so to unwind from the long drives.

Last but not least our driver Ilyas was the best part of our trip. He was very accommodating and professional and dealt with the hiccups as best as he could.

Hotel Reviews

Lina Ryad & Spa

Chefchaouene

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Just be prepared for Lots of stairs. Saw few elderly people struggle with the stairs

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Palais Sebban

Marrakech

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Beautiful and clean Riad with friendly staff and good breakfast

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Hotel Xaluca Dades

Boumalne

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Orient Desert Camp

Merzouga

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The tents are beautiful but be prepared they could be hot as there is no air conditioning or fans in the room

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Hotel Farah Tanger

Tangier

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Modern hotel with beautiful pool overlooking the water

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Away from everything else so we ended up just staying at the hotel

Riad Salam Fes

Fes

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Beautiful hotel and rooms but our room had some odor to it and that is why only 4 stars. Our kids room was fine so if I could I would have given this Riad 4.5 stars. Everything else was excellent

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Transfer from Merzouga to Fes via Ziz Valley, Midelt and the Middle Atlas

Morocco

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Fes to Chefchaouen via Meknes, Moulay Idriss & Volubilis

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Amazing scenaryt

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Sights & Colors of Marrakech: Guided Private Tour

Marrakech

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Our guide did not take us to the main site Bahia palace and did not seem to be knowledgeable in history

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Marrakech to Boumalne Dades via Ait Benhaddou & Ouarzazate

Morocco

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Very long drive

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There was no guide provided so some of the climbs we did going to the sites we were accosted by locals who wanted to guide us in sketchy way
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Boumalne Dades to Merzouga via Erfoud, Rissani & Sunset Camel Ride

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Half-Day Guided Tour of Fes Medina

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rima,

Thank you very much for making time to provide us with your feedback. It's really important as it helps us to enhance our guests' experience.

We’re really sorry for the inconveniences you have experienced. We will check with the hotels you have mentioned and know the reason behind these issues and make sure to avoid any similar situations in the future.

Your local guide in Marrakech is professional and has considerable experience accompanying group tours in Marrakech. It’s... read more

Hi Rima,

Thank you very much for making time to provide us with your feedback. It's really important as it helps us to enhance our guests' experience.

We’re really sorry for the inconveniences you have experienced. We will check with the hotels you have mentioned and know the reason behind these issues and make sure to avoid any similar situations in the future.

Your local guide in Marrakech is professional and has considerable experience accompanying group tours in Marrakech. It’s really strange of him that he didn't guide you to visit the Bahia Palace in the red city. I have contacted him and he promised that such a situation wouldn't take place again.

Concerning your drives, we always provide our guests with comfortable transportation to make their trip restful and safe. As you may know, the distances between the destinations you had in your trip are a little bit long as it covered many different regions of our vast country, and we have provided you with the drive distances before your journey has started to make sure you are aware of the routes and distances.

To answer to your note regarding our pricing, kindly note that each company and local specialist have their own way of dealing with their guests and price offers. Here at Original Travels we always give the best value for money for our guests' trips and we believe our prices are fair as you can see from our guests reviews, the majority of our travelers agree and we haven't received any complaints about the prices at all. We certainly value your comments, but we also believe in the value of the service we provided you, we have invested a lot of time in your trip planning and it took us around 4 months to plan your trip, answer your questions, and make the adjustments you have requested any time, efficiently, and quickly. So, we hope you appreciate the value of our service in terms of organizing all the reservations and transportation, providing 24/7 on-the-ground support, and, most importantly, focusing rigorously to provide you with a great overall experience.

Thank you again for your comments and apologises for any inconveniences.

Best,
Abdel

Amazing experience in every respect · Morocco - May 17 - May 28, 2022

Traveler: Peter C. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Amazing experience, and something we'd never be able to coordinate ourselves without the Kim Kim team's local knowledge and detailed planning.

Our driver, Tarik, was brilliant. He adjusted the itinerary on the fly, helped us find the best coffee (critical!) every morning, even played with our kids and kept them entertained when they needed a break from tours and experiences.

Morocco isn't an easy place to travel around yourself (especially with three kids under 10) so Kim Kim was... read more

Amazing experience, and something we'd never be able to coordinate ourselves without the Kim Kim team's local knowledge and detailed planning.

Our driver, Tarik, was brilliant. He adjusted the itinerary on the fly, helped us find the best coffee (critical!) every morning, even played with our kids and kept them entertained when they needed a break from tours and experiences.

Morocco isn't an easy place to travel around yourself (especially with three kids under 10) so Kim Kim was perfect to take the research and detailed planning out of it, and let us just relax and know we were doing exactly what we should be doing.

Thanks Abdel, Tarik and team!

Hotel Reviews

Tiziri Luxury Camp

Merzouga

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Where to start! The camp is like something out of a magazine, but what make it even more special is the team. We were treated like family, looked after at every turn and even when a sand storm hit and the tents were being battered, we were still served a four course meal which was delicious. A must-do in Morocco!

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Riad Ghita

Fes

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Beautiful Riad, and the food was delicious. Perfect spot, close to the heart of the medina.

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Kasbah Titrit

Ait Ben Haddou

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Amazing spot! A hidden oasis.

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Riad Villa Midelt

Midelt

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Rooms were basic but spacious and comfortable. Pool was a hidden gem! Also food and beers / wines hit the spot after so much travel!

Riad Passali

Marrakech

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Beautiful riad, great location. Very helpful and friendly staff. Rooms were big, air conditioning a bonus.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Peter,

We are so thankful to have such an awesome review.

It was an exceptional pleasure meeting you and planning this trip with you; knowing that you have enjoyed every detail of this journey and that we were part of creating such memorable moments for you means the world to us! Such reviews are what keeps us on progress and pushes us to offer more to our precious travelers. Our company always seeks to satisfy our guests' needs and make them enjoy their journeys to the fullest. All... read more

Hi Peter,

We are so thankful to have such an awesome review.

It was an exceptional pleasure meeting you and planning this trip with you; knowing that you have enjoyed every detail of this journey and that we were part of creating such memorable moments for you means the world to us! Such reviews are what keeps us on progress and pushes us to offer more to our precious travelers. Our company always seeks to satisfy our guests' needs and make them enjoy their journeys to the fullest. All the staff will be thrilled to hear that you had a great experience and everything went as planned.

Looking forward to guesting you again in our gorgeous country.

Best,
Abdel

Fun in Morocco · Morocco - May 9 - May 16, 2022

Traveler: Eliza W. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

The Kimkim team made our trip to Morocco seamless and so FUN. All our questions were answered patiently and informatively by Abdel and Said, and we had lots of questions! They honored our reservation for 2 years while Covid closed Morocco's borders. Our driver Ilias picked us up at the airport and continued to take care of us with a smile. He is a very good driver and escorted us with ease, laughter, joy and grace throughout our journey. Hennan gave us a wonderful tour through the Medina,... read more

The Kimkim team made our trip to Morocco seamless and so FUN. All our questions were answered patiently and informatively by Abdel and Said, and we had lots of questions! They honored our reservation for 2 years while Covid closed Morocco's borders. Our driver Ilias picked us up at the airport and continued to take care of us with a smile. He is a very good driver and escorted us with ease, laughter, joy and grace throughout our journey. Hennan gave us a wonderful tour through the Medina, gardens, and Bahia Palace. She was so kind and knowledgable and also very patient as we took extra time everywhere taking pictures and really soaking in the sites. Mohamed is an infectiously joyful and spiritual man who had us laughing and enjoying our hike through the George. Lunch with his family was very sweet as we ate delicious tagging and shared photos of our american home towns. Once in the desert, Hmad gave us a ride to a nomad family so we could learn about this kind of life. Hmad grew up with his nomadic, very wise grandmother and learned to revere nature and the rhythm of the desert.I loved talking philosophy with him. He runs the Tiziri Luxury Eco Camp where we stayed for one night. A magical sunset and full moon camel ride brought us to warm, inviting tents with very cosy, comfortable beds. the camp makes minimal impact as it recycles the water and uses solar energy. Hmad and the crew are amazing musicians and after a gourmet and surprising dinner, we enjoyed the drums and tunes floating through the desert air. Thank you Kimkim for understanding my familys interests and creating the perfect trip for us!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Eliza,

It was a great pleasure serving you and your family. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and give us a five star review.

We are glad you had a wonderful experience exploring the stunning beauty of Morocco and immersing yourself in its inspirational cultures. It’s something we’ve worked hard on and we’re pleased our efforts resonated with you. Your positive comments make our day and push us to keep providing exceptional services to our guests and host... read more

Hi Eliza,

It was a great pleasure serving you and your family. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and give us a five star review.

We are glad you had a wonderful experience exploring the stunning beauty of Morocco and immersing yourself in its inspirational cultures. It’s something we’ve worked hard on and we’re pleased our efforts resonated with you. Your positive comments make our day and push us to keep providing exceptional services to our guests and host them warmly in our gorgeous country.

Thank you again and Looking forward to welcoming you back in Morocco.

Best,
Abdel

Jeanice

An incredibly intimate and special tour of Mo... · Morocco - May 16 - May 22, 2022

Traveler: Jeanice S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

An incredibly intimate and special tour of Morocco that took us into small towns and to the shared tables of several local families. We selected luxury level and requested stylish hotels and jammed packed days. Each guide, our driver for the week, and everyone in between were top notch. So grateful to have discovered KimKim who connected me to Abdullah in Morocco!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jeanice

Thank you for devoting some time to write about your recent journey with us.

We really delighted to hear that you had a positive experience with our company and you were satisfied with our work. Our entire team is committed to providing high-quality services for our guests and making their trips unforgettable. I'll make sure to share your awesome review with my colleagues to ensure we continue to improve on delivering exceptional services.

Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best,
Abdel

Amazing family adventure in Morocco · Morocco - Apr 16 - Apr 22, 2022

Traveler: Jason S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Our family of 5 took the A Taste of Morocco: Northern cities, desert experience, Atlas Mountains & Marrakech. What an unforgettable trip! Morocco was a perfect destination, reasonable flight time from the east coast, exotic yet approachable, and safe - we felt at ease with our kids (6, 9 and 12).

Our driver Ilyas was a big part of the success of the trip - so friendly and personable, great with our kids, and always made sure we were set at the hotel/restaurant/tour. There were a couple... read more

Our family of 5 took the A Taste of Morocco: Northern cities, desert experience, Atlas Mountains & Marrakech. What an unforgettable trip! Morocco was a perfect destination, reasonable flight time from the east coast, exotic yet approachable, and safe - we felt at ease with our kids (6, 9 and 12).

Our driver Ilyas was a big part of the success of the trip - so friendly and personable, great with our kids, and always made sure we were set at the hotel/restaurant/tour. There were a couple of long driving days to get to the Sahara and back, he was unflappable, even when the kids got raucous in the back.

Our kids were looking forward to our time in the Sahara, and it didn't disappoint. The camel ride at sunset, glamping in "tents", berber music after dark around the campfire, sandboarding on the dunes, and dune bashing in the landcruiser. When we had a hot afternoon, the camp host arranged for us to cool off at a hotel pool in Merzouga!

Two of my favorite highlights were food related. The "Food Tour in Marrakech" - Hanan our local tour guide took our taste buds on an adventure through the market, sampling olives, berber pizza, pastries, fresh fruit juice... and even snails.
We also had a wonderful time in Fes at the "Dinner with a Local Family in Fes". Said and his wife emerged with dish after dish of food. The chicken tagine was probably the best tagine we had in Morocco. I only wish I knew how much food we were in for, I would have tried to save some more space early on for the later courses. While it was set up as a dinner they truly invited us into their home. There were a few generations present, and the youngest had fun playing with our kids even though they didn't share a common language.

The pre-trip organization from Abdellah went so smoothly. We booked the trip only about a month in advance, he was always quick to reply to any followup questions and requests, and the hotels they put us in were top notch.

I can't recommend highly enough the entire team at Original Travels.

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Riad Salam Fes

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This Riad had so much character. Rooms were luxurious and comfortable. Stained glass windows in our room lit up the ceiling with color in the morning. A rooftop patio to watch the sunset over the medina.

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Private Food Tour in Marrakech

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jason,

Thank you so much for sharing your travel experience you had with our company.

We really love to hear that the trip suited you perfectly and you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we designed for you with your beautiful family. The team at Original travels always endeavor to go above and beyond to ensure that our guests have memorable moments and experiences in our beautiful kingdom. Morocco is known for its hospitality and generosity and it always opens its doors to... read more

Hi Jason,

Thank you so much for sharing your travel experience you had with our company.

We really love to hear that the trip suited you perfectly and you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we designed for you with your beautiful family. The team at Original travels always endeavor to go above and beyond to ensure that our guests have memorable moments and experiences in our beautiful kingdom. Morocco is known for its hospitality and generosity and it always opens its doors to guests like you to explore its scenic beauty and embrace its cultures. Your driver Ilyas and all the members of our company will be more than thankful to hear such valuable feedback.

Looking forward to having you again in our gorgeous country.

Wonderful trip to Morocco! Oct 2021 · Morocco - Oct 1 - Oct 10, 2021

Traveler: Kristina S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Thank you, Abdel, for organizing a trip of a lifetime! We are a well-traveled, adventurous couple seeking the perfect mix of culture and hiking. Abdel worked with us over email to arrange that perfect trip, which spanned 10 days and four locations - Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, and Casablanca. The trip planning process couldn’t have been easier. Abdel was always very responsive and able to tailor the trip to exactly what we were looking for. Our wonderful driver, Mohamed, expertly... read more

Thank you, Abdel, for organizing a trip of a lifetime! We are a well-traveled, adventurous couple seeking the perfect mix of culture and hiking. Abdel worked with us over email to arrange that perfect trip, which spanned 10 days and four locations - Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, and Casablanca. The trip planning process couldn’t have been easier. Abdel was always very responsive and able to tailor the trip to exactly what we were looking for. Our wonderful driver, Mohamed, expertly transported us from place to place and also served as an excellent DJ for the longer drives between cities. Our Marrakech tour guide, Hassan, was incredibly knowledgeable about the city and its history and went out of his way to make sure we hit all the highlights. He even stayed with us as we negotiated the purchase of some beautiful rugs for our home. During our hikes in the Atlas Mountains with our guide, Ismail, we stopped for lunch in local villages and experienced the beauty of the mountains at our own pace. Our driver and guides spoke English well, so we had no trouble communicating and felt very secure the whole time. The hotels were also absolutely lovely. We highly recommend Abdel for trips to Morocco and plan to use KimKim for future travels abroad.

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La Maison Arabe Hotel

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Private Tour of Marrakech, the "Red City"

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Hassan is the best! Extremely knowledgeable, flawless English, and also a really delightful person.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kristina,

Thank you for finding the time to share the details of your recent visit.

We are delighted to learn that you found our company to be remarkable and our guest service to be accommodating and friendly. Our team strives to provide a full-value experience for our valued guests, so happy to know that we have delivered this commitment to you. It sounds like you had such a fantastic trip because of the unparalleled services we provide to our guests.

We wish to serve you again in the future and design another great trip for you in our beautiful country.

Best,
Abdel

A GREAT family trip! · Morocco - Apr 29 - May 7, 2022

Traveler: Andrea S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We had such a wonderful trip! Abdellah and Said were our trip planners. They took into account the ages of our children (2, 9, 10) when helping us plan and were very willing to make change after change until we found it to be the right fit.

Ilyas was our driver and he was such a great fit for our family! He was professional, but fun, serious, but laid back. He was great with our kids and we really enjoyed traveling around with him. We were so thankful for his great English and his... read more

We had such a wonderful trip! Abdellah and Said were our trip planners. They took into account the ages of our children (2, 9, 10) when helping us plan and were very willing to make change after change until we found it to be the right fit.

Ilyas was our driver and he was such a great fit for our family! He was professional, but fun, serious, but laid back. He was great with our kids and we really enjoyed traveling around with him. We were so thankful for his great English and his knowledge about Morocco. He quickly became a friend!

Muhammed was our guide in Fes. He was very knowledgeable and we were grateful he agreed to work on Eid.

The trip to the Tiziri dessert camp was absolutely fantastic! The crew that we met upon arrival were so attentive to detail. It was a once in a lifetime experience!

Hamman was our guide in Marrakech. She was fantastic! We were pretty tired by this day and she was so accommodating. She was very sweet with our children and understanding when they weren't interested in doing or seeing things. She was extremely knowledgable and her English was great! The Food Tour was an incredible experience with her, as well. You could tell she really likes what she does and she is good at it!

All of the riads and hotels were wonderful! We especially loved Lina Riad in Chefchaoen. We wish we had a few more days there. It was a lovely town. The least liked hotel was the one in Boumalne Dades. The only reason being that all the meals were buffet style and they were one star meals compared to everywhere else we ate.

We have recommended this to so many friends already and we only hope that we can get back to Morocco again to enjoy your beautiful country.

Thank you!

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Tiziri Luxury Camp

Merzouga

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I can't say enough good things about this place! The attention to detail was fantastic! How is it possible in the middle of the desert that we had some of the best meals of our trip!? We had a private concert by their lovely crew and they even showed us how to sandboard the nearby dunes. I wish we had had more time here, hopefully we can go back someday!

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Sights & Colors of Marrakech: Guided Private Tour

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Hamman is a fantastic guide! She is great for families. So happy we were with her for our incredible tour!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Andrea,

Happy customers make us happy so this is fantastic to read!!

We are so thankful that you shared your experience with our service and gave us such a great review. Glad to hear that we designed a wonderful trip for you and have memorable moments in our beautiful country. We pride ourselves on the professional service we provide, and we will make sure to keep satisfying our guests to the fullest. Such valuable feedback helps us to continue improving on the aspects that matter most to our guests.

Thanks again and I hope to have you again in Morocco.

Best,
Abdel

Arsalan

Trip of a lifetime · Morocco - Apr 9 - Apr 17, 2022

Traveler: Arsalan M. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We just returned from a 9 day trip to Morocco. We traveled as a family of four including myself, my wife and our 10 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Planning the trip was easy and straightforward with Abdel. He answered our questions promptly and with lots of detail. He adjusted the trip to meet our specific needs multiple times. Once locked in, he made all the booking for us and kept us in the loop if there were any changes.
Upon arrival, our guide Karim picked us up from the airport... read more

We just returned from a 9 day trip to Morocco. We traveled as a family of four including myself, my wife and our 10 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Planning the trip was easy and straightforward with Abdel. He answered our questions promptly and with lots of detail. He adjusted the trip to meet our specific needs multiple times. Once locked in, he made all the booking for us and kept us in the loop if there were any changes.
Upon arrival, our guide Karim picked us up from the airport and welcomed us like family. He was punctual, professional, courteous and kind to us throughout. He offered himself and his country to us from his heart and by the end, we felt that he became a part of our family.
We have traveled across the world on our own and in retrospect, we could have easily done the tour of Morocco on our own but it would not have been even close to the same as the trip we experienced with Original travel and especially with Karim. His local knowledge and personal touch made all the difference. We traveled during Ramadan when most restaurants esp in the remote areas are closed for lunch but Karim made sure we were taken care of every single day including lunch with a berber friends family (who welcomed us with open arms) in a small town and a unique Moroccan barbeque by the river. He showed us details we would never have found and through a perspective only a trained local tour guide can offer.
I hope to book another trip to Morocco using Original travel and especially with (my brother) Karim in the future. For those considering this journey, Book with confidence and then prepare yourself for a trip of a lifetime where all you will need to do is to keep an open mind.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Arsalan,

We really appreciate the time you took to leave such a thoughtful review about our service.

We're happy that you spent a wonderful time in Morocco enjoying its fabulous sceneries, historical monuments and cultural diversities. We pride ourselves in hearing that our staff have taken good care of you, and our service fit in with your expectations. Original travels always tries to design wonderful trips for the guests and welcome them warmly, so we are so grateful that this... read more

Hi Arsalan,

We really appreciate the time you took to leave such a thoughtful review about our service.

We're happy that you spent a wonderful time in Morocco enjoying its fabulous sceneries, historical monuments and cultural diversities. We pride ourselves in hearing that our staff have taken good care of you, and our service fit in with your expectations. Original travels always tries to design wonderful trips for the guests and welcome them warmly, so we are so grateful that this applied to you. Your driver Karim is really a very kind person, the smile never parting his face, and he always does his best to meet our guests' needs. Your upcoming trip in Morocco for sure will be with Karim, and you will discover together other spectacular sights that are worth visiting.

Looking forward to guesting you again in our gorgeous country.

Best,
Abdel

Candice

We waited 2 years to take this trip and it was PERFECT · Morocco - Mar 5 - Mar 14, 2022

Traveler: Candice E. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

This past March, my husband and I toured Morocco with Original Travels. Prior to the trip, I corresponded with Abdellah, who managed every detail of our trip through Morocco. Original Travels a Moroccan-owned tour company. Our tour guide was Samir. He was kind, knowledgeable, and easygoing. Samir picked us up at the Casablanca airport and we began our drive through Rabat and arrived at the Lina Riyad in Chefchaouen. The Lina Riyad was the perfect place to land after nearly 24 hours of travel.... read more

This past March, my husband and I toured Morocco with Original Travels. Prior to the trip, I corresponded with Abdellah, who managed every detail of our trip through Morocco. Original Travels a Moroccan-owned tour company. Our tour guide was Samir. He was kind, knowledgeable, and easygoing. Samir picked us up at the Casablanca airport and we began our drive through Rabat and arrived at the Lina Riyad in Chefchaouen. The Lina Riyad was the perfect place to land after nearly 24 hours of travel. It was spacious, quiet, and cozy. The food was utterly delicious. I booked a spa experience that included a hammam, massage, and facial, which erased all of the aches and pains from travel. Samir picked us up in the morning and gave us a walking tour of Chefchaouen, taking photos of us and explaining the local culture. He drove us to Fes and we made some stops along the way. In Fes, we stayed at Riad Salam Fes for 2 nights, which featured great food and gorgeous accommodations. The city of Fes is enchanting. We went on a walking tour of Fes, stopping at the tannery, a ceramics studio, the Qarawiyyin mosque, and several craft shops. The next leg of our tour brought us to the desert. We drove through snowy mountains in the morning and then arrived at the golden desert by late afternoon. We spent 2 nights at Tirizi Camp, which was the absolute highlight of the trip. Samir drove us through the Dades Valley, where we bought some goods from the rose collective. We stayed at Hotel Xaluca Dades. The accommodations were nice, but the food wasn’t very good. Samir picked us up in the morning and we found a guesthouse in the Dades Valley where we had a lovely breakfast and a breathtaking view of the landscape. Samir led us on a trek through the kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou. Along the way to Marrakech, we stopped at an argan collective, where we learned how cosmetics and culinary products are made from argan oil. We arrived at Marrakech and spent 2 nights at Riad Pachavana. It was a beautiful Riad with an extraordinarily hospitable staff. The only strange thing was the the bathroom didn’t have a door. There was an 8-foot long hallway separating the bathroom from the bedroom, which offered very little privacy. For that reason, I’d seek a different Riad for my next trip to Marrakech. Abedellah joined us in our walking tour of Marrakech and we lunched at a local restaurant. He arranged for us to get COVID tests at the hotel, in preparation for the flight back to the US. Samir drove us back to Casablanca, and we stayed at the Odyssee Center Hotel.
All in all, we had a lovely trip. Our driver, Samir became a friend to our family, and we are still in touch with him. If an individual person could embody all of the good that Morocco has to offer, that person is Samir.

Hotel Review

Lina Ryad & Spa

Chefchaouene

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This was my favorite riad in Morocco. In fact, when I return to Chefchaouen, I would stay here again. It was quite, spacious, very comfortable. The food was exquisite. Throughout my 10-day trip in Morocco, I compared every other hotel, riad, and dining experience to the Lina Ryad.

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Definitely eat at the hotel and do have a hammam and massage.

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Transfer to Chefchaouen via Rabat

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Candice,

The team of our company is grateful for the lovely review you shared with us. We are so glad that you enjoyed your journey and appreciated our friendly staff.

We strive much hard to provide our guests with the best service possible and make them satisfied with the trips we designed for them. We will make sure to pass on your recognition to all the members of our company and your driver Samir in particular. It was a pleasure meeting you in the red city, and discovering the Bahia... read more

Hi Candice,

The team of our company is grateful for the lovely review you shared with us. We are so glad that you enjoyed your journey and appreciated our friendly staff.

We strive much hard to provide our guests with the best service possible and make them satisfied with the trips we designed for them. We will make sure to pass on your recognition to all the members of our company and your driver Samir in particular. It was a pleasure meeting you in the red city, and discovering the Bahia palace together. During your whole trip, we kept in touch with Samir to make sure that you are having a great time and every single aspect of comfort is provided.

We are, however, sorry to hear about your experience with the food. We have recommended this hotel for many years and no client has ever complained about their food service. It is the first time to have such an issue; we will contact them to know the reason behind this inconvenience and avoid any similar situation in the future. Riad Pachavana is also one of the best recommended riads in Marrakech. It sounds strange to have a bedroom without the door, which doesn't really offer the privacy as you mentioned. The safety and privacy of our guests are of the utmost importance to us, so we appologize that your room was not what you expected. We have implemented a new communication system for our booking manager to assure that no room should be booked until we make sure that it equipped with all equipments required.

We are sincerely sorry for the inconveniences and looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Best,
Abdel

Wonderful Trip to Morocco · Morocco - Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2022

Traveler: Marnie T. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

This was my first trip to Morocco and have fallen in love with the culture and the genuineness of the people. Abdel was our trip coordinator and answered all of questions and catered our trip to us. Our driver Karim picked us up at the airport and was with us for our entire trip. He was so knowledgeable and proudly shared information about his Berber culture. He was friendly and kind never hesitated to make us feel welcome!
The riads we stayed in were stunning and the staff were all... read more

This was my first trip to Morocco and have fallen in love with the culture and the genuineness of the people. Abdel was our trip coordinator and answered all of questions and catered our trip to us. Our driver Karim picked us up at the airport and was with us for our entire trip. He was so knowledgeable and proudly shared information about his Berber culture. He was friendly and kind never hesitated to make us feel welcome!
The riads we stayed in were stunning and the staff were all accommodating. We had no issues checking in or out of them.
Our tour of the handcrafters in Fes was remarkable. We were told we were under no obligation to buy however we did feel some pressure to make purchases. We got good value at the Tannery but just know the prices were considerably less at the market in Marrakech.
We had a great time with Said and his family for dinner. The food was delicious and it was fun to meet the family and do a little dancing in traditional Moroccan costumes.
Our tour guide Hannan in Marrakech was top notch. She was knowledgeable, patient, kind and a fabulous photographer for all of your Instagram pictures!
The Inara Camp in Agafay was more than we could hope for! The accommodations were comfortable and the staff went above and beyond to meet our needs.

Hotel Review

Riad Salam Fes

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The hotel was stunning! Gorgeous decor and comfortable accommodations.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Marnie,

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience and write such a detailed review!

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the hospitality provided by our team, and you had a fantastic time in our country. Our staff will be happy to know that their performance met your expectations, and we’ll make sure that they receive your recognition. We’re glad that our driver Karim made you feel welcome during the whole trip and he will be more than thankful to... read more

Hi Marnie,

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience and write such a detailed review!

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the hospitality provided by our team, and you had a fantastic time in our country. Our staff will be happy to know that their performance met your expectations, and we’ll make sure that they receive your recognition. We’re glad that our driver Karim made you feel welcome during the whole trip and he will be more than thankful to hear your positive comments.

Thanks also for sharing your notes about your experience in Fes. As you may know, Shopping is part of the guided tours and sometimes prices may depend on the quality of the products. The prices in Fes are a little bit higher than Marrakech's because of the high quality Fez's products offer. Our guide in Fes is one of our best guides and has considerable experience providing high quality sightseeing tours and recommending shops with reasonable prices for our guests; it's the first time to have such an issue. I had a discussion with Hafid and he promised me that there will be a fewer shopping tours in the future and he will focus more on cultural visits in this beautiful city of Fez.

Looking forward to hosting you again in our gorgeous country.

Best,
Abdel

NgocBich

Private tour of Morocco is the only way to go! · Morocco - Mar 22 - Mar 29, 2022

Traveler: NgocBich L. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We’re a family of 4 with our first trip to Morocco. The entire experience was fantastic, starting and ending with Abdel. He was very patient, trying to customize our trip to meet our expectations and extremely accommodating as our travel plans changed several times due to canceled flights. He took the time to meet us in Marrakech which added a personal touch and felt we were friends meeting for coffee. Samir was our assigned driver. Samir is kind, knowledgeable about the sites and also very... read more

We’re a family of 4 with our first trip to Morocco. The entire experience was fantastic, starting and ending with Abdel. He was very patient, trying to customize our trip to meet our expectations and extremely accommodating as our travel plans changed several times due to canceled flights. He took the time to meet us in Marrakech which added a personal touch and felt we were friends meeting for coffee. Samir was our assigned driver. Samir is kind, knowledgeable about the sites and also very patient fielding our endless questions over 8-days. He continued to check on us post our departure from Morocco to ensure we arrived to our destination safely. Overall, the riads, hotels, restaurants, tour guides, and excursions met our expectations and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Our favorites were the Tiziri Camp riding camels and ATV through dunes of Sahara Desert , the Souks of Fes, and the Tangia in Marrakech cooked by the Chef of former King.

Hotel Review

Riad Salam Fes

Fes

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Riad is absolutely breathtaking! As it’s a Riad in the Médina, be prepared for unpleasant sewage odor and hearing the noise from the hotel and Street. But definitely worth it to experience the Riad.

Tips for future travelers

Cover drains to minimize odor and bring ear plugs.

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Inside Médina is great!
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Very clean but not comfort not comparable to modern hotels
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Very kind and attentive
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Full-Day Guided Sightseeing in Fes

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Mohamed or “Momo” has 30-yrs of experience and understood the history of Fes extremely well. He helped to negotiate prices which was super helpful and hopefully fair for all.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi NgocBich,

Thank you so much for your feedback! We’re really glad to hear that you loved the experience with us and enjoyed your trip in Morocco with Samir who is one of our best drivers.

Your satisfaction is our priority, and as affirmed by your review, we are so grateful that we made this journey a success and catered to your interests. Such compliments push us forward to keep our exceptional work and meet our guests' wishes.

Thanks again for the review and for being such a great costumer.

Best,
Abdel

Great Trips Begin Here! · Morocco - Mar 20 - Mar 27, 2022

Traveler: F S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Working with Original travels was a pleasure. They took great care of us from the airport pickup till the drop off a week later.

During the trip planning process, Abdullah was amazingly accommodating to every single one of our needs and requests. We were traveling with an eighteen month old which made things a bit complicated. Abdullah planned everything beautifully, and we had a crib already placed in every room we stayed at. The hotels and riads he picked were great both from hospitality... read more

Working with Original travels was a pleasure. They took great care of us from the airport pickup till the drop off a week later.

During the trip planning process, Abdullah was amazingly accommodating to every single one of our needs and requests. We were traveling with an eighteen month old which made things a bit complicated. Abdullah planned everything beautifully, and we had a crib already placed in every room we stayed at. The hotels and riads he picked were great both from hospitality as well as value for money standpoint.

Abdullah catered well to our interests in history, culture and most importantly, the sumptuous Moroccan food. Our itinerary was packed specifically with stuff we were interested in. But most importantly, the personal touch, responsiveness and adeptness at trouble shooting is what set these guys apart. We plan to recommend them to all our friends planning a Morocco trip.

Feysel our driver was with us for the whole week. He was punctual, courteous, knowledgeable and very friendly, especially with our infant son. He always went the extra mile, being a personal shopper, interpreter, local banker and most importantly a friend. He truly made us feel at home, and even though we were with him for just a week, he feels like an old friend.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Fizza, Little Prince Ali & Hussein,

Our team is truly grateful that you enjoyed your week in Morocco with your family on this great journey that met your expectations, it was such a pleasure meeting you during your tour in Marrakech, and hearing those kinds of words from you has made the day so special for the whole team.
Thank you so much for your 5-star review! I will share this with our team to let them know to keep up the amazing work, and we are so lucky to have such a friendly... read more

Hi Fizza, Little Prince Ali & Hussein,

Our team is truly grateful that you enjoyed your week in Morocco with your family on this great journey that met your expectations, it was such a pleasure meeting you during your tour in Marrakech, and hearing those kinds of words from you has made the day so special for the whole team.
Thank you so much for your 5-star review! I will share this with our team to let them know to keep up the amazing work, and we are so lucky to have such a friendly person and a great driver like Faysal with us.

We hope to see you here again in the future, as there are some more magical places that need to be discovered in this great kingdom,

Best Wishes.
Abdel.

Nadia

You Must Book a Trip to Morocco with Original Travels! · Morocco - Mar 12 - Mar 20, 2022

Traveler: Nadia H. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Faissal, our driver, and Abdellah from Original Travels made my mother and I's first trip to Morocco exceptional. Faissal is friendly, helpful, and well-informed on the different regions in Morocco. We arrived in Casablanca and went to Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Boumalne Dades, Marrakech, and departed from Casablanca. All of the cities were unique and different from one another. They are all must sees. I especially loved having dinner at Said's house. His family is the sweetest and the food... read more

Faissal, our driver, and Abdellah from Original Travels made my mother and I's first trip to Morocco exceptional. Faissal is friendly, helpful, and well-informed on the different regions in Morocco. We arrived in Casablanca and went to Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Boumalne Dades, Marrakech, and departed from Casablanca. All of the cities were unique and different from one another. They are all must sees. I especially loved having dinner at Said's house. His family is the sweetest and the food is exceptionally good. Faissal is very skilled in driving and we felt very safe in his hands. I have been to several other countries, but Morocco is something unique. On our trip in March, we saw snow and rain in the mountains and sun in the Sahara desert in one day. The people are very welcoming, hospitable, and friendly. The artwork and architecture is gorgeous and totally worth the visit. The hotels we stayed at were clean, and had friendly and helpful staff. Moroccan cuisine and the mint tea is delicious too. The trip being as wonderful as it was is due to having Faissal as our driver. He really went above and beyond to make our trip the best we have ever had. I promise if you book you will not regret visiting the beautiful country of Morocco and having Faissal, the friendliest driver ever!

Hotel Review

Dar Rihana Dades

Douar Ait Ouffi

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Boumalne Dades is such a gorgeous city and Dar Rihana Dades is a beautiful hotel. The staff was very hospitable and the food was absolutely delicious. The scenery surrounding the hotel is out of this world. The rooms were very clean, as well. Highly recommend!

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Everything is wonderful at this hotel!

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Dinner with a Local Family in Fes

Fes

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Said and his family were wonderful. My mother and I felt at home when we visited. They are extremely friendly and hospitable. The food was also very delicious! Highly recommend!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nadia,

All the members of our team are thankful for your 5-star review and your positive words which are highly appreciated.

Having guests like you in our beautiful kingdom is an honor for us. we are more than grateful that you enjoyed this wonderful journey in Morocco and discovered its fabulous sceneries and gorgeous sights with our kind driver Faissal. Your wonderful review means much to us and pushes us to maintain high-quality service and live up to our guests' expectations.

Thank you again for your feedback, and we look forward to having you again in our country.

Best,
Abdel

Alvaro

I traveled with my wife to Morocco and found ... · Morocco - Mar 5 - Mar 14, 2022

Traveler: Alvaro F. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

I traveled with my wife to Morocco and found it to be the best vacation I ever had. We did the taste of Morocco which covered Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Volubilis, Moulay Idris Zarhoun, Meknes, Middle Atlas, Midelt, Erfoud, Merzouga, Tinghir, Todra Gorge, Boulmane Dades, Dades Valley, Ourzazate, Ait Benhaddou, Marrakesh and Casablanca. All the people were amazing. Abdellah from Original Travels hand picked everyone based on what we told him we wanted to experience. He was also kind... read more

I traveled with my wife to Morocco and found it to be the best vacation I ever had. We did the taste of Morocco which covered Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Volubilis, Moulay Idris Zarhoun, Meknes, Middle Atlas, Midelt, Erfoud, Merzouga, Tinghir, Todra Gorge, Boulmane Dades, Dades Valley, Ourzazate, Ait Benhaddou, Marrakesh and Casablanca. All the people were amazing. Abdellah from Original Travels hand picked everyone based on what we told him we wanted to experience. He was also kind enough to meet with us on our day in Marrakesh. In Fes we had Alami Mohammed. He was amazing and arranged a private tour of the tannery for us. I’m Marrakesh we had Othman Dadda. He taught us a lot of the history in Marrakesh and was always joking and jolly. We learned a lot about the Berber Culture because of our guide, Samir. Samir was an amazing guide. He was always concerned about our well being and it came from a genuine place. We were never cheated in the market place because the guides that were with us were always ensuring we were getting the best prices. All the people that were chosen in those cities had a deep knowledge of the culture. We were able to see the Touareg and they also shared with us their culture. There was never a moment we ever felt unsafe and with Samir we always felt that we were with our brother. The most difficult part of the trip was when we had to part ways with Samir. I felt quite emotional on that day particularly because I felt like I was leaving my brother who I would not see for a long time. But I am sure I will go back and when I do it will be with original Travels. Their service was excellent and I am sure no other place can come close to their professionalism and care for top quality customer service.

I would recommend the same guides we had. They are great. As for the driver, all I have to say is Samir, Samir, Samir !!!!
He was amazing and I really felt like I left family in Morocco.

Hotel Review

Lina Ryad & Spa

Chefchaouene

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Everything. Lina’s food was top notch and the quietness of the Riyad really made it feel like home.
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Transfer to Chefchaouen via Rabat

Morocco

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Samir was amazing.
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Samir was an amazing driver. Very safe and very knowledgeable of his country.
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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alvaro,

Thank you so much for your valuable and precious words; we really appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us and leave us 5-star review.

It has been an honor for us to organize your trip, and it's such a great pleasure meeting with you in Marrakech and exploring the Medina and the beautiful Bahia palace together. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your journey with your driver Samir, he is one of our best drivers and we are so lucky to have him in our team.

Looking forward to seeing you again in our beautiful kingdom.

Best,
Abdel

14 Days - Honeymoon Adventure · Morocco - Nov 16 - Nov 29, 2021

Traveler: Veronica N. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Words can’t describe the amazing time we spent in Morocco. We are truly thankful with Abdel, who helped us every step of the way to create the perfect trip. We had an amazing driver, Karim, who took us to the hidden gems and magical places in Morocco (we highly recommend him!!!). We had tea with Nomads and ate delicious food with the locals, having experienced that is priceless. I loved every single city and ALL the guides were really knowledgeable and super friendly!
Mohammad, our guide in... read more

Words can’t describe the amazing time we spent in Morocco. We are truly thankful with Abdel, who helped us every step of the way to create the perfect trip. We had an amazing driver, Karim, who took us to the hidden gems and magical places in Morocco (we highly recommend him!!!). We had tea with Nomads and ate delicious food with the locals, having experienced that is priceless. I loved every single city and ALL the guides were really knowledgeable and super friendly!
Mohammad, our guide in Fes took good care of us in the that busy Medina. Hassan in Marrakech showed us everything we needed to see in the red city. I forgot the name of the guide in Dades but will always remember the delicious Tajine his wife made for us and how welcoming he and his family were, made us feel right at home. Thank you Original Travels Team for making this Honeymoon an unforgettable one.
Veronica and Javier

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Veronika.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this 5-Stars review while you still traveling in Egypt. The team Original travels are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with Karim. He is funny and knowledgeable and we really loved that everything was as you expected for your honeymoon trip in our beautiful land of morocco.
Best wishes in your future together and thanks for Letting us share part of you honeymoon with Original Travels family :)”

Best.
Abdellah.
Original travels.

Unforgettable Adventure, Discovering Morocco · Morocco - Nov 5 - Nov 13, 2021

Traveler: Aneta N. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Where do I begin?
My husband and I have never been to Africa and we decided to start in Morocco. From inception we knew this would be an amazing trip. Abdellah did a great job coordinating the perfect trip and was extremely responsive and listened/executed on what we requested.

We landed in Casablanca on Friday Nov 5th, 2021 with plans on hitting up Chefchaouen (Blue City), Fes, Merzouga (Sahara Desert), Boumalne Dades (1,000 Kasbahs), Marrakech and Casablanca. We covered more than 2,000... read more

Where do I begin?
My husband and I have never been to Africa and we decided to start in Morocco. From inception we knew this would be an amazing trip. Abdellah did a great job coordinating the perfect trip and was extremely responsive and listened/executed on what we requested.

We landed in Casablanca on Friday Nov 5th, 2021 with plans on hitting up Chefchaouen (Blue City), Fes, Merzouga (Sahara Desert), Boumalne Dades (1,000 Kasbahs), Marrakech and Casablanca. We covered more than 2,000 kilometers in 9 days and wrapped up on Sunday Nov 14th.

Immediately when we arrived we were greeted with a kind smile from our guide and now good friend Karim. This trip couldn’t have been so great without Karim. His knowledge, love for his culture, country and people was very clear and he took us on this journey that would ultimately change both my husband and I forever.

Karim was always there for us and treated us like his family. He shared details about his family and how he grew up in the Atlas Mountains. His work ethic was also pretty incredible and admirable. He always made sure that we were comfortable and that if we ever needed something he would go out of his way to make sure we were pleased (like I did wanting to pet every cat, lamb, sheep and donkey in Morocco:)).

As the days past we became closer and closer to Karim. He went from guide to host and good friend quickly. This journey with Karim was unique because we were able to experience sipping mint tea with the Amazigh in the Mid-Atlas Mountains, feeding monkeys in the Atlas Mountains, having the best fresh kofta in small villages as we traveled throughout Morocco, relaxing and enjoying a fabulous Moroccan dinner with a true local family, to staring at the stars in the Sahara Desert while a fire kept us warm at night.

I would also like to add that the local guides in each city were amazing as well. Many thanks to Ahmed in Tiziri Camp (Sahara Desert) for being such a great host and for the great Tuareg music around the fire pit, Hassan in Marrakech for giving us so much knowledge about the region and it’s history, Hafid in Fes for his passion about Morocco’s culture and medinas, and Majid in Volubilis for giving us such a detailed description of the Roman ruins and the Roman influence in that part of the country.

For those of you looking at this I would HIGHLY recommend working with this company and amazing group of people, especially Karim our dear friend. One day both my husband and I plan on returning to this beautiful country and it’s people, inshallah!!

Anita (NYC)

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Aneta,

Thank you so much for leaving us this 5-Stars review. The Team Original travels are so happy to hear those wonderful words from you.
We are so happy that your first trip to Africa was as you expected, and we really loved that you have such unforgettable memories with this beautiful country.
Karim and the Original travels team are lucky to design this trip for such a best guest like you. our hope is wishing to welcome you for another adventure for more discovering of our beautiful land of morocco.

Kind regards.
Abdellah.
Original travels.

Mohamed was a wonderful tour guide and he mad... · Morocco - Nov 22 - Nov 25, 2021

Traveler: Heather T. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Mohamed was a wonderful tour guide and he made our trip truly memorable. We visited so much of Morocco during our tour, and he was very knowledgeable and kind. We would not have been able to do everything that we did without his guidance and expertise.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Heather,

Thank you so much for leaving us this 5-Stars review. The Team Original travels are so happy to hear those wonderful words from you.
We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed your journey with your driver Mohamed, he is one of our best drivers. I'm pleased to share your review with him and we all hope to see you again in our beautiful Morocco :).

Best,

Abdellah.

Amazing week in Morocco · Morocco - Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2021

Traveler: Timothy N. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

All of our guides were incredible, most notably our driver, Faisal, who was an absolute joy to be with for the week. Not only was he always on time and incredibly flexible when we were not on time, but he was so much fun to ride with, including great music. He quickly picked up on our travel style and interests and was able to cater our trip well to what we enjoyed most. He went above and beyond time and time again, even looking for more camel milk for us in his free time. We are definitely... read more

All of our guides were incredible, most notably our driver, Faisal, who was an absolute joy to be with for the week. Not only was he always on time and incredibly flexible when we were not on time, but he was so much fun to ride with, including great music. He quickly picked up on our travel style and interests and was able to cater our trip well to what we enjoyed most. He went above and beyond time and time again, even looking for more camel milk for us in his free time. We are definitely looking forward to coming back as soon as possible and will absolutely recommend this trip to our friends and family.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Timothy,

Thank You for leaving us this fantastic review. Hearing that you had a great experience is the best thing we could hope for!

It’s so nice to hear that our driver Faysal has helped to make your experience such a positive one. Your recommendation means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing kimkim and Original Travels and we look forward to welcoming you again into our beautiful country :)!

Best regards,
Abdel.

Unforgettable Adventure, Discovering Morocco · Morocco - Nov 5 - Nov 13, 2021

Traveler: Marcello A. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Where do I begin?
My wife and I have never been to Africa and we decided to start in Morocco. From inception we knew this would be an amazing trip. Abdellah did a great job coordinating the perfect trip and was extremely responsive and listened/executed on what we requested.

We landed in Casablanca on Friday Nov 5th, 2021 with plans on hitting up Chefchaouen (Blue City), Fes, Merzouga (Sahara Desert), Boumalne Dades (1,000 Kasbahs), Marrakech and Casablanca. We covered more than 2,000... read more

Where do I begin?
My wife and I have never been to Africa and we decided to start in Morocco. From inception we knew this would be an amazing trip. Abdellah did a great job coordinating the perfect trip and was extremely responsive and listened/executed on what we requested.

We landed in Casablanca on Friday Nov 5th, 2021 with plans on hitting up Chefchaouen (Blue City), Fes, Merzouga (Sahara Desert), Boumalne Dades (1,000 Kasbahs), Marrakech and Casablanca. We covered more than 2,000 kilometers in 9 days and wrapped up on Sunday Nov 14th.

Immediately when we arrived we were greeted with a kind smile from our guide and now good friend Karim. This trip couldn’t have been so great without Karim. His knowledge, love for his culture, country and people was very clear and he took us on this journey that would ultimately change both my wife and I forever.

Karim was always there for us and treated us like his family. He shared details about his family and how he grew up in the Atlas Mountains. His work ethic was also pretty incredible and admirable. He always made sure that we were comfortable and that if we ever needed something he would go out of his way to make sure we were pleased (like my wife wanting to pet every cat, lamb, sheep and donkey in Morocco:)).

As the days past we became closer and closer to Karim. He went from guide to host and good friend quickly. This journey with Karim was unique because we were able to experience sipping mint tea with the Amazigh in the Mid-Atlas Mountains, feeding monkeys in the Atlas Mountains, having the best fresh kofta in small villages as we traveled throughout Morocco, relaxing and enjoying a fabulous Moroccan dinner with a true local family, to staring at the stars in the Sahara Desert while a fire kept us warm at night.

I would also like to add that the local guides in each city were amazing as well. Many thanks to Ahmed in Tiziri Camp (Sahara Desert) for being such a great host and for the great Tuareg music around the fire pit, Hassan in Marrakech for giving us so much knowledge about the region and it’s history, Hafid in Fes for his passion about Morocco’s culture and medinas, and Majid in Volubilis for giving us such a detailed description of the Roman ruins and the Roman influence in that part of the country.

For those of you looking at this I would HIGHLY recommend working with this company and amazing group of people, especially Karim our dear friend. One day both my wife and I plan on returning to this beautiful country and it’s people, inshallah!!

Marcello (NYC)

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Marcelo.

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing review and lovely pictures from your trip, we appreciate this, as it helps us to grow our small business and make more efforts to provide high-quality services to our guests. It's really great to hear that you had such a good time with our driver-guide Karim and that you felt you were well looked after, and It is great that you shared wonderful memories with him and other people you have met along this beautiful journey.

Thank you... read more

Hello Marcelo.

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing review and lovely pictures from your trip, we appreciate this, as it helps us to grow our small business and make more efforts to provide high-quality services to our guests. It's really great to hear that you had such a good time with our driver-guide Karim and that you felt you were well looked after, and It is great that you shared wonderful memories with him and other people you have met along this beautiful journey.

Thank you again for traveling with us and supporting our local business, and we hope you’ll visit us again in the future!

All the best
Abdel
Original travels.

Cindy

Most Amazing Adventure in Morocco! · Morocco - Oct 23 - Nov 5, 2021

Traveler: Cindy K. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Although we have traveled extensively, I felt that Morocco was a destination that would require a driver and guidance from local experts. When I discovered Abdellah and Original Travels on KimKim, it seemed clear that he was more than qualified to plan our trip. I just turned it over to him, and set very few parameters. We wanted to be immersed in local culture, to understand the people and their rich history, the way of life past and present. Abdellah was happy to suggest an itinerary,... read more

Although we have traveled extensively, I felt that Morocco was a destination that would require a driver and guidance from local experts. When I discovered Abdellah and Original Travels on KimKim, it seemed clear that he was more than qualified to plan our trip. I just turned it over to him, and set very few parameters. We wanted to be immersed in local culture, to understand the people and their rich history, the way of life past and present. Abdellah was happy to suggest an itinerary, to help us navigate through Covid challenges in the fall of 2021, and to lay out a detailed trip plan. He was very responsive at every step. When we finally arrived in Casablanca and found that some of our luggage was still in LA, he stepped in and navigated the process of getting it delivered to another airport close to our next destination. For the next 2 weeks we were blessed to have Karim as our driver, our guide, and our friend. Karim was attentive, understanding, and patient with us every step of the way. We were intensely curious about Karim's background as he was raised with a nomadic family in the Atlas mountains. He openly shared his life, his family, and his goals with us, and took us to see people and places we would have never discovered on our own. After two weeks in Morocco, we felt sad to leave Karim, our new friend. We could not have hoped for a better experience in this country so rich in history and tradition. I cannot emphasize enough that you will be in great hands if you turn over your trip planning to Abdellah and Karim. They are absolutely the best. We will be forever grateful to them for sharing their country with us.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Cindy,

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us a 5-Star review, Thanks for sharing your rating with us and the community, much appreciated!

I am really happy to hear that you have enjoyed the trip I designed for you and It is great that you shared wonderful memories with our amazing driver Karim. I agree he is a wonderful driver-guide and we are really lucky to have him on our team :)

I will be more than happy to organize a future trip for you, your friends,... read more

Hey Cindy,

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us a 5-Star review, Thanks for sharing your rating with us and the community, much appreciated!

I am really happy to hear that you have enjoyed the trip I designed for you and It is great that you shared wonderful memories with our amazing driver Karim. I agree he is a wonderful driver-guide and we are really lucky to have him on our team :)

I will be more than happy to organize a future trip for you, your friends, or your family in Morocco and discover other corners of this beautiful land.

I wish you all the best!

Best regards,
Abdellah
Original Travels

Not for high-end travellers. · Morocco - Sep 25 - Oct 11, 2021

Traveler: Pedro S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Abdel and his team were efficient and fast, but we got in touch with them by answering an ad that promised “the ultimate in luxury travel in Morocco”, and this, it was definitely not.

Most of the high-end hotels we wound up staying in, we came up with ourselves.

We asked for a guide specialised in Moroccan culture, history, food and art.
The guide that Abdel chose for our 16-day trip throughout Morocco was a wonderful person – warm-hearted, honest, committed and diligent – but his specialty... read more

Abdel and his team were efficient and fast, but we got in touch with them by answering an ad that promised “the ultimate in luxury travel in Morocco”, and this, it was definitely not.

Most of the high-end hotels we wound up staying in, we came up with ourselves.

We asked for a guide specialised in Moroccan culture, history, food and art.
The guide that Abdel chose for our 16-day trip throughout Morocco was a wonderful person – warm-hearted, honest, committed and diligent – but his specialty are trekking expeditions in the Atlas Mountains and “budget travellers” (as he himself admitted). He had no clue about the best restaurants in the towns we visited, and he had never seen most of the hotels we stayed in. Some of the museums we most liked, he had never heard of.

The car that was used for our travel, was comfortable and at all times impeccably clean, but the driver hardly ever spoke a word with us (even when we tried to interact with him) and, importantly, he was not familiar with some of the parts of Morocco we visited, leading to us having to use our own GPS to guide him.

Abdel, the owner, was ultra-fast in the initial stages. His responses became a little slower once we had paid for the trip in full, and he didn’t bother saying hello or asking how we were, until well into the second week of our trip. He and his team requested upgrades for us in two of the hotels we stayed in (the second time at our explicit request), but he falsely claimed that “we will offer you a free upgrade” at one of the locations, when in fact it was the hotel that offered us this upgrade, not Abdel’s company.

We were very disappointed that on the last day, Ahmed, the company representative in charge of taking us to the airport, did not even bother asking us how we felt about the trip or if we had any feedback, even though we volunteered to give this information to him. It seemed more important for Ahmed, an otherwise pleasant and kind man, to give us a present (which we appreciated) and to remind us to “give our company a good review”.

So we really can only recommend Abdel and his team if you’re on a tight or mid-range budget and want efficient service. If you want a more high-end experience, we think you should look elsewhere.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pedro,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Your feedback is important and we rely on hearing from our guests to ensure we’re doing a great job. However, we are so sorry to hear that you did not have a positive experience, sincere apologizes! While I wish you had a better experience, it‘s a feedback that we learn from to improve our services. I had a meeting with our guide Lahcen and talked to the service suppliers involved to discuss the issue and avoid any similar... read more

Hi Pedro,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Your feedback is important and we rely on hearing from our guests to ensure we’re doing a great job. However, we are so sorry to hear that you did not have a positive experience, sincere apologizes! While I wish you had a better experience, it‘s a feedback that we learn from to improve our services. I had a meeting with our guide Lahcen and talked to the service suppliers involved to discuss the issue and avoid any similar situations in the future.

I went through our conversations and, throughout the trip planning process, i have answered all your questions very quickly (always within 24h) and the only late response from my side was while checking with the local authorities regarding the PCR test for vaccinated travellers, this took me more time than usual as I wanted to provide accurate information for you to avoid any complications on your arrival. Sorry that it took so long to answer you and for not letting you know that this would take us more time than usual. I didn’t keep in touch with you during the first days of the trip, but I personally was in permanent contact with the guide to ensure everything was running well, I avoided bothering emailing you during the tour as i wanted you to enjoy your time in Morocco to the fullest.

Your guide Lahcen Massri, has been working as a mountain guide for only 2 years, then more than 16 years as a national tour guide, he knows all the historic sites, fauna and flora, history and customs of the country etc. Lahcen has a degree in French literature, he speaks many languages and he knows Morocco as his pocket. I had a meeting with him to discuss your comments and I understood that he got the impression that your interest was maybe more oriented for Jewish heritage culture which unfortunately was not his specialty, if we knew it before you book the trip, we could have arranged another guide with more knowledge on Jewish heritage culture. If that’s not the case, we sincerely apologize that he didn’t meet your expectations in terms of culture and history knowledge.

Your driver Abderrahim has over 25 years of experience as a driver, he knows every corner of the country. I shared your comments with him and he said that he only used the GPS in Tangier as it was the first time he takes guests to Villa Josephine. As you know, there are hundreds of hotels in each town and guides/drivers and even travel agents wouldn’t know them all. Unfortunately Abderrahim doesn’t speak English and we use him only when there is a tour guide with our guests, that’s the reason he didn’t interact with you that much during the trip. We take our guest feedbacks seriously and I assure you that after my call with our transport supplier today, they confirmed that they will only use drivers who speak fluent English starting from January next year, this will allow more interaction and communication between our drivers and guests.

For accommodation upgrades, we have offered free upgrades in Tanger (Suite Junior) Ouarzazate, Kasbah Tamadot (Berber tent) and Riad El Fenn (Medium & Large Rooms) in Marrakech, I personally called the manager of El Fenn to ask for an upgrade before you land in Morocco and 2 days before you reach the property (i can share with you by e-mail screenshots of messages exchanged with my operations team on ROCK space regarding this issue). When you phoned me asking about the possibility of changing El Fenn in Marrakech to Villa des Orangers, I was ready to satisfy your needs even if it was too complicated to get a refund from the original riad after your check-in.

Our representative's mission was to thank you for traveling with us and ensure your airport transfer is on time and well arranged for you and get feedback from you about your trip, and I sincerely apologise if he didn't ask for your feedback on the trip, this is a question he should have asked and I will make sure he will act more professionally in the future.

Thank you, again, Pedro, for taking the time to share your review with us and i hope the above helped to address your concerns. Feel free to contact me any time, if you have any questions and i really hope you will give us another chance to serve you better in the future.

Best,
Abdel

Yves

A wonderful trip to Morocco thanks to Abdellah and Karim! · Morocco - Sep 25 - Oct 9, 2021

Traveler: Yves L. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

If you're ever thinking of taking a trip to Morocco, I would highly recommend using Abdellah and his company. The trip was very well organized and customized to our every need. Our guide, Karim, was absolutely fantastic and I know we will keep in touch. He was super friendly, very accommodating (especially flexible when our luggage did not make it on time, rescheduling and moving things around), and great company!!! We had booked this trip at the last minute and everything was organized... read more

If you're ever thinking of taking a trip to Morocco, I would highly recommend using Abdellah and his company. The trip was very well organized and customized to our every need. Our guide, Karim, was absolutely fantastic and I know we will keep in touch. He was super friendly, very accommodating (especially flexible when our luggage did not make it on time, rescheduling and moving things around), and great company!!! We had booked this trip at the last minute and everything was organized according to plan. Both sights and accommodations were awesome, and we even learned a little bit of Arabic and Berber. We have great memories and lots of beautiful pictures from this wonderful country!

Shukran Abdellah and Karim!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Yves,

Thank you for your amazing review. It makes us so happy that you have enjoyed the trip that we organised for you.

We know that we are very lucky to have such wonderful and dedicated people like Karim working with us and it is great that you have had the chance to share an amazing time with them during your trip.

Maa Salama !
Abdel
Original Travels

Lisa

Impactful, beautiful experience touring Morocco · Morocco - Jul 24 - Jul 29, 2021

Traveler: Lisa S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

My 20 year old son and I spent a wonderful week with Karim touring Morocco. Karim's pride in his country and passion for the history, traditions and sharing his knowledge were exactly what we were looking for. We enjoyed the week with him: the beautiful scenery, the lovely towns, the traditional food, the regional music, the Berber history, perspective on being from a nomadic family and the overall education we received on matters Moroccan, Arab, Islamic and more. This was truly the... read more

My 20 year old son and I spent a wonderful week with Karim touring Morocco. Karim's pride in his country and passion for the history, traditions and sharing his knowledge were exactly what we were looking for. We enjoyed the week with him: the beautiful scenery, the lovely towns, the traditional food, the regional music, the Berber history, perspective on being from a nomadic family and the overall education we received on matters Moroccan, Arab, Islamic and more. This was truly the experience of a lifetime which expanded our world view considerably. Our favorite part of the trip was the visit to Erg Chebbi and the stay at the Tiziri Desert Camp. The ATV ride was a blast and the beauty of the area was beyond compare. This time in the Saharan dunes was impactful and absolutely stunning. We also loved the Riad stays and in particular appreciated the ambiance and location of our Riad Palais Sebban in Marrakesh.

As a whole, this was a fabulous tour with an excellent guide. It is also important to note that Karim made this trip so easy for us ensuring whatever we needed was handled including finding ATMs, Covid testing, etc. We highly recommend using Abdel and his team for arranging your unforgettable trip to Morocco.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Lisa,

Thanks for travelling with us and also for the amazing review! that's really great to hear that you had such a good time with your driver-guide Karim and that you felt you were well looked after. It was absolutely our pleasure to organize your Morocco trip, we hope to see you here again, Inchallah :)!

All the best,
Abdel.

27 days in Morroco · Morocco - May 21 - May 27, 2021

Traveler: Ann H. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

27 days in Morocco

After 30 years traveling solo, I knew a good driver/guide with a powerful vehicle was all I needed for the Morocco trip.

With Karim, ——the happy flexible guide/driver/assistant/DJ/playmate/dinner-mate all in one, came to my side, I realized that I could instantly enter into the self-indulgent age of innocence. Easy going and charming, Karim was a good sport. His car turned into our magic Moroccan carpet (with music soaring), carried me to the villages/valleys/madinas... read more

27 days in Morocco

After 30 years traveling solo, I knew a good driver/guide with a powerful vehicle was all I needed for the Morocco trip.

With Karim, ——the happy flexible guide/driver/assistant/DJ/playmate/dinner-mate all in one, came to my side, I realized that I could instantly enter into the self-indulgent age of innocence. Easy going and charming, Karim was a good sport. His car turned into our magic Moroccan carpet (with music soaring), carried me to the villages/valleys/madinas /high mountains and clouds… spirits soared; we became just kids, having fun and being silly, everyday and everywhere…. The ultimate joy a traveler could only hope for.

As adults, we all know that none of these wondrous moments could be possible without someone doing the careful preparation and provides solid back office support. I have to praise that Karim’s years of experience and dedication to make me happy, these were keys to create such a successful trip, and all the logistic and safety issues became invisible and he handled them seemingly effortlessly; so was his boss Abdel’s impeccable professionalism which I found truly world class and impressive. Although virtual (the biggest regret of the trip was that we never get to meet), Abdel was personable and could always make one feel understood, cared about and protected; and his support will always be there for you, whenever necessary.

Abdel and Karim, thank you for indulging me. I am grateful for everything you did for me. I wish you the best and my fond memories will be ever lasting.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Ann,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I am more than happy about your kind words. As a team, we are trying our best so you can make the best memories with us!

I know how much you were looking forward to it, and it was a great pleasure for me to plan it for you! I would love to hear from you again in the future if you ever get the urge to uncover more of our country!

All the best,
Abdel

EXCELLENT service · Morocco - May 21 - Jun 1, 2021

Traveler: Sehriban D. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

I have to say this was one of the best trips. The itinerary completely curated by Abdellah was fabulous and our driver Faysal was the definition of professional with a side of humor! Morocco was made even more beautiful through the kindness of the tour guides and people Abdellah organized for us to meet. I also would like to add that I felt quite safe COVID wise as all the hotels that were picked were very clean (and beautiful). Don’t hesitate and book with this wonderful team!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sheriban,

So nice to hear from you! Thank you very much for your kind words and wonderful review!

It was my pleasure creating this trip for you and your mom and I’m so glad we hit the mark for you !

I hope we will see you returning to our country soon!
Best,
Abdel

We had a fantastic trip to Marrakech thanks to Abdel · Morocco - May 10 - May 15, 2021

Traveler: Nicole T. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We had a fantastic trip to Marrakech, very much thanks to our guide Abdel. He planned a great itinerary for us and had really listened to what we were looking for. The recommendation of everything from the Riad (Palais Sebban!) to restaurants and our local guide Hassan were such a good match for what we wanted. The best part of the trip was going with Abdel to the Atlas Mountains for hiking and meeting people in the villages around Imlil.
Thank you Abdel and Original Travels for an amazing trip!! We will be back!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Nicole,

Many thanks for the great review! It was really wonderful to both work with and meet you and the other group members. You have been a fantastic group and it was a pleasure meeting you, being your guide and showing you around Marrakech and the beautiful Atlas Mountains.

Again, thank you so much for your kind thoughts, and I hope to be able to help you out again in the future.

Kindest regards,
Abdel

A triumphant return to travel · Morocco - May 10 - May 15, 2021

Traveler: Kelsey W. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Our trip to Marrakech and Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, planned and guided by Abdel from Original Travels, was a spectacular (!!) return to travel for a group of vaccinated expats coming from Abu Dhabi.
We started out with a very smooth transfer from Casablanca to Marrakech with our wonderful (and safe!) driver, Samir, then had dinner at our gorgeous riad, Palais Sebban, a solid recommendation from Abdel. Our first morning, we took a super fun and informative cooking class at Maison Al Arabe... read more

Our trip to Marrakech and Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, planned and guided by Abdel from Original Travels, was a spectacular (!!) return to travel for a group of vaccinated expats coming from Abu Dhabi.
We started out with a very smooth transfer from Casablanca to Marrakech with our wonderful (and safe!) driver, Samir, then had dinner at our gorgeous riad, Palais Sebban, a solid recommendation from Abdel. Our first morning, we took a super fun and informative cooking class at Maison Al Arabe then met up with our laid-back and kind local guide Hassan, for a loop through the Medina where we learned a lot about the culture and daily life of Marrakech and shopped for carpets, leather goods and argan oil.
The following day we were driven to Imlil in the Atlas Mountains for unforgettable hiking, visits with local Berber families for lunch and tea and a night of stargazing and some of the best tajine of the trip from Khasbah du Toukbal. Then it was back to Marrakech for our last two nights. We booked hammam treatments at the Royal Mansour, one of the city's prettiest hotels, a stop at the Majorelle Gardens and YSL museum and a final loop through the souq.
Phew!
We are a relatively well-traveled group and I have to say this was a trip of a lifetime, thanks to Abdel. He was so responsive and helpful in planning and leading us, but also patient and sweet when it came to giving us time to relax and do our own thing.
If you're looking to be a tourist, and I mean that in the very best sense of the word of experiencing and learning and feeling awe and gratitude for this big world, Original Travels is how to do it. Thank you, Abdel!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Wow, amazing photos Kelsey! Thank you kindly for the wonderful detailed review and for always being a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process. I'm so happy that we were finally able to make this trip happen for you and I'm glad that you did enjoy it, and were also able to make it back home safely.

Wishing you the best,
Abdel

Abdellah and he´s team did a great job showing us around Morocco · Morocco - May 10 - May 15, 2021

Traveler: Lucas T. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Amazing and well planed trip. Abdellah did a great job showing us Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. Abdellah and he´s colleagues made everything to make our trip perfect!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lucas!

Thank you so much for your comment! I´m glad that you had a great time with us in Morocco.

Keep us in mind if you want to visit Morocco again :)
Take care,
Abdel

Fantastic week in Marrakech! · Morocco - May 10 - May 15, 2021

Traveler: Kyle P. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Fantastic week in Marrakech!

Abdellah was incredibly responsive, organized, flexible and fun. Considering the limitations imposed by Covid, we had to make multiple changes to our itinerary. Abdellah was quick to adjust and constructive in helping us pivot our plans. Each day he planned was fun without being too overwhelming. It was a smooth week all-around, and his help in planning our agenda was the difference maker! Anyone looking to enjoy Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains should not hesitate to use his team!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Kyle,

Thank you so much for your kind review!

I don't have words to describe the feeling after reading your review, nothing is more rewarding than knowing we got it right and offered our guests a unique and memorable trip!

It was a real pleasure having you in Morocco and being your guide, and I am looking forward to seeing you again next time you decide to visit.

All the best,
Abdel

Our new extended Amazigh family! · Morocco - May 7 - May 14, 2021

Traveler: Martin T. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

"One of our first trips since the pandemic and Abdel made great arrangements for us. Karim was our driver and friend throughout the tour. Mohanned was a wiz at weaving us through the medina in Fes and Hamdan had great insights in Marrakech. We had the entire place to ourselves in Skoura and a wonderful view from our terrace in Chefchouen. We'll definitely go back again since we were limited due to Eid Al Fitr. Glad to have had this experience and wish I had more time...."

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Martin,

Thank you so much for for your nice review! It means everything to our team of local guides, our driver Karim and myself to deliver what we have promised and more. Every single person you mentioned will be happy to read your kind words, for which I sincerely thank you.

I look forward to help you plan your next visit to Morocco 🇲🇦

Best regards,
Abdel

We had an absolute wonderful time using Abdul & karim.. · Morocco - Mar 22 - Mar 29, 2021

Traveler: Amani A. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We had an absolute wonderful time using Abdullah & Karim through Kim Kim Travels. Our trip was last minute and our arraignments were partially done when I found Abdullah. His level of flexibility, expertise and execution for our visit in Morocco are well worth it! We had a beautiful journey that started off in Marrakech and through the Sahara dessert, Fes, Chefchaoun, and lastly, our departure from Casablanca. Our driver Karim was very pleasant and easy going and always willing to be flexible with our decisions of where we were traveling. Would highly recommend to all my friends and family!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Salam Amani,

I am so happy you enjoyed the tour with our driver Karim and I really appreciate you taking the time to write us this great review! This is exactly what we strive for here at Original Travels and Kimkim. To be at service for our travelers and make sure they enjoy every moment of their journey through our beautiful country :) !!

Hope to see you back one day in Morocco or in another KimKim destination! Inchallah!

All the Best,
Abdel.

Betsy

Unforgettable Morocco 🇲🇦 · Morocco - Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2021

Traveler: Betsy K. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We miss Morocco and our amazing guide Abdel and Karim, our always smiling driver! Abdel arranged a magical trip for us, a true experience and not simply a prescribed list of sights. The highlight of our trip was our 2-nights camping in the Sahara at Tiziri Camp. The camp is run by Akmed with his team of friendly helpers/amazing musicians. After delicious dinners we would sit around the fire listening to live music played by Akmed and his crew. Fantastic! We had many memorable discussions... read more

We miss Morocco and our amazing guide Abdel and Karim, our always smiling driver! Abdel arranged a magical trip for us, a true experience and not simply a prescribed list of sights. The highlight of our trip was our 2-nights camping in the Sahara at Tiziri Camp. The camp is run by Akmed with his team of friendly helpers/amazing musicians. After delicious dinners we would sit around the fire listening to live music played by Akmed and his crew. Fantastic! We had many memorable discussions under the starry sky and I happily celebrated an unforgettable birthday there. We also visited a nomad home and rode camels at sunset, heard the music of Mali... thank you Akmed! We have visited Morocco before but this trip taught us a great deal more and deepened the experience immeasurably.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Betsy,

Thank you so much for your lovely review, I'm overwhelmed by your comments and it was a pleasure to arrange all the services for you and to select unique hotels for your stay to make it more memorable. I will let Karim and Ahmed about your praise and lovely words, they will be glad to hear that you and Richard enjoyed the tour.

I hope you would visit us again, you are always welcome!
Thanks again,
Abdellah

What can I say? Words just don’t do an experi... · Morocco - Nov 17 - Nov 22, 2020

Traveler: Kelly F. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

What can I say? Words just don’t do an experience like we had any justice. It was a breathtaking, sweeping view of a beautiful country rich in religious, cultural, historical and geographical wonders. Abdellah, our guide, and Mohamed, our driver (more importantly our good friends) took us on the trip of a lifetime. With Covid, the flights were a little tricky and we missed the first day of our scheduled tour. They were super flexible and accommodating and fixed our tour without any issues.... read more

What can I say? Words just don’t do an experience like we had any justice. It was a breathtaking, sweeping view of a beautiful country rich in religious, cultural, historical and geographical wonders. Abdellah, our guide, and Mohamed, our driver (more importantly our good friends) took us on the trip of a lifetime. With Covid, the flights were a little tricky and we missed the first day of our scheduled tour. They were super flexible and accommodating and fixed our tour without any issues. When we arrived they were both there to greet us with smiling faces and a nice air conditioned car. We went to Chefchouen, the blue pearl of Morocco, Fes, Skoura Oasis, the Sahara Desert and Marrakech. (We had to skip Casablanca because of our flights.) We drove the whole way to each place. Abdellah and Mohamed pointed out all the details along the way and answered all of our questions. We ate amazing local food and experienced life like it is for the locals. Our Riads (little bed and breakfasts made out of old homes that are like mansions) were amazingly beautiful and unique at each stopping point. If you choose to go to Morocco, you have to go to the Sahara. It’s a must. We stayed at TIZIRI camp and were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves. It was magical. Please use Oroginal travels for your plans. A trustworthy company that will make your trip exactly what you want and need. Thank you guys. 🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦❤️❤️❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Kelly & Edgar,

Thanks for this amazing 5-star review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your trip with Original Travels.
Our entire team makes it a point of honor to ensure that the Moroccan experience is for the best, in accordance with the wishes, desires, and expectations of our travelers.

Thank you again for choosing us, and we will be happy to assist you with your future travels to Morocco, Inshalah!

All the best,
Abdellah
Original Travels

We had a wonderful time until Corona19 came.... · Morocco - Mar 9 - Mar 19, 2020

Traveler: Sheila A. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We had a wonderful time until Corona19 came. Pleased with the the way our change was handled. Our driver Samir was wonderful and so kind.. Loved the 3 cities we were able to visit. Did not like the accommodations in Fes but the food was great and the staff were spectacular. Would recommend the company to anyone( very efficient)

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Babar,

Thank you very much for your nice review. We are very happy to learn that you enjoyed your Moroccan adventure. We take into account your comments to improve our upcoming trips.

Maybe see you soon for your next trip !
Best regards,
Abdel

Amazing trip to Morocco! · Morocco - Feb 15 - Feb 22, 2020

Traveler: Nisha S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We had a fantastic trip to Morocco thanks to Kimkim! They provided us with luxury accommodations and a wonderful driver, Faissal, who was with us for the entire trip! Faissal was extremely friendly, spoke English well, and helped us quite a bit with our interactions with locals. The tour provided an excellent taste of Morocco and I feel that we really did get to experience everything we wanted in just 8 days. We enjoyed our time in the Sahara the most as it was such a unique experience, but... read more

We had a fantastic trip to Morocco thanks to Kimkim! They provided us with luxury accommodations and a wonderful driver, Faissal, who was with us for the entire trip! Faissal was extremely friendly, spoke English well, and helped us quite a bit with our interactions with locals. The tour provided an excellent taste of Morocco and I feel that we really did get to experience everything we wanted in just 8 days. We enjoyed our time in the Sahara the most as it was such a unique experience, but really every stop was quite memorable. I highly recommend using Kimkim for planning this vacation and taking all the stress away!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your kind words, Nisha! We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us and other Kimkim travelers—We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and see us soon.

Cheers!
Abdellah
Original Travels

The organization and schedule met our request... · Morocco - Feb 13 - Feb 21, 2020

Traveler: Juan M. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

The organization and schedule met our requests. Abdellah perfectly understood whate we wanted and organized everything accordingly. The places we visited were magnificent. The roads and hotels we stayed in surpassed our expectations in most cases. Our driver, Karim, was great. He was very professional, respectful and with a great attitude. He made our long trips enjoyable. Also, he is a very good driver and has a lot of patience. Thank you for making this an unforgettable trip.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Juan,

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are glad that you and your family loved our services, our dedicated staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise, it will provide them with great encouragement to keep doing a great job and help to make the travelers' dreams come true.

Its customers like you that make our job wonderful and we look forward to welcoming you again into our beautiful land!

Kind wishes!
Abdellah.
Original Travels

Lydia

Easy to plan and communicate with our travel ... · Morocco - Jan 30 - Feb 8, 2020

Traveler: Lydia E. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Easy to plan and communicate with our travel specialist- he was quick to respond and organized an itinerary suited to our preferences. Would book through KimKim again!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your feedback, Lydia!

We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us— At Original Travels we always want every experience to be “five stars” and i we are glad to hear you are happy with our services.

We look forward to serving you again in the future!

All the best!
Abdellah
Original Travels

George

Trip of a lifetime to Morrocco · Morocco - Jan 3 - Jan 11, 2020

Traveler: George D. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Trip of a lifetime to Morrocco

We wanted to take a holiday with our three children to visit a new country to experience the culture, people, history and experience new things.

KimKim delivered a tour/trip that could not have been better. Abdel’s local experience in Morocco coupled with his honest, caring and hard-working attitude paved the way for this trip to become a reality. We did not have to worry about a thing once on the ground due to his colleague Samir. Samir took care of our... read more

Trip of a lifetime to Morrocco

We wanted to take a holiday with our three children to visit a new country to experience the culture, people, history and experience new things.

KimKim delivered a tour/trip that could not have been better. Abdel’s local experience in Morocco coupled with his honest, caring and hard-working attitude paved the way for this trip to become a reality. We did not have to worry about a thing once on the ground due to his colleague Samir. Samir took care of our family like they were his own.

When we venture out again and look to explore another part of the world, we will trust KimKim to handle every detail. They are experienced, professional and above all, honest and realistic about the details and expectations.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Salem George,

Thank you so much for your great feedback!
We are all excited here at Original travels to read your review and are glad that your vacation in Morocco was a great experience for you and your family.

We will be glad to welcome you again to our country for another great adventure in the future.
All the best to the entire family.
Abdellah
Original Travels

Miriam

Christmas in Morocco · Morocco - Dec 21 - Dec 30, 2019

Traveler: Miriam T. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We did a 10 day trip around Morocco over Christmas and it was an unforgettable experience. Abdellah helped us plan the trip and helped us understand which parts were not worth missing (he was right). We loved our driver Karim who drove us around, pointed out things and helped arrange guides for us when needed. We loved visiting the Hassan II mosque, exploring Fes with a lovely guide named Mohammed who showed us traditional carpet and tile making. and wandering the ancient ruins of Volubilis... read more

We did a 10 day trip around Morocco over Christmas and it was an unforgettable experience. Abdellah helped us plan the trip and helped us understand which parts were not worth missing (he was right). We loved our driver Karim who drove us around, pointed out things and helped arrange guides for us when needed. We loved visiting the Hassan II mosque, exploring Fes with a lovely guide named Mohammed who showed us traditional carpet and tile making. and wandering the ancient ruins of Volubilis on our own. But most of all we loved staying in the desert (did 2 nights there). It was so quiet, the stars were so clear and our hosts were really kind people. We went for the more luxury tent experience and our tents had hot showers and flushing toilets inside (what a treat). We also loved getting to meet Berber people along the way and stopping at some unbelievable roadside views. Getting to see the countryside change as we drove through the landscape was so wonderful. All round it was an amazing trip.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Miriam,

Thank you for sharing this great review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us. We will be sharing your feedback amongst our team. Thanks a lot and please come visit us again one day :)!

Kindest regards,
Abdellah
Original Travels

Wonderful one-week survey of Morocco · Morocco - Dec 6 - Dec 13, 2019

Traveler: Larissa L. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Our specialist, Abdellah, put together a great trip for us. We only had a week and wanted to see as much of Morocco as possible. Abdellah worked with me to design the exact itinerary we needed, and he set up all good hotels/riads. He also chose a great driver, Karim, for us. Karim couldn't have been more helpful. He took great care of us from the time he picked us up at the airport until the time he dropped us back off a week later.
We spent time in Marrakech, the Sahara Desert, Fes,... read more

Our specialist, Abdellah, put together a great trip for us. We only had a week and wanted to see as much of Morocco as possible. Abdellah worked with me to design the exact itinerary we needed, and he set up all good hotels/riads. He also chose a great driver, Karim, for us. Karim couldn't have been more helpful. He took great care of us from the time he picked us up at the airport until the time he dropped us back off a week later.
We spent time in Marrakech, the Sahara Desert, Fes, Casablanca, and many smaller places in between. We had a half-day city tour in Marrakech with a terrific young woman named Chama. She was a ray of bright sunshine - knowledgable, personable, and so excited to show us around. Another major highlight was our night in the Sahara in a luxury camp. From the camel ride out to the beautiful accommodations to the music under the stars, it was a night we'll never forget.
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to book through Kimkim again, nor would I hesitate to recommend Abdellah and his team to anyone wanting to visit Morocco. I'm grateful to all of them for a safe, smooth, and memorable trip!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Larissa,

We're happy you had a fantastic time with us! Thanks for your trust, we're thankful for amazing customers like you.

Yes, Chama is a great guide and we are really proud to have her as part of our team, she is a brilliant and passionate person, and she is really happy to hear that you have enjoyed exploring Marrakech with her :).

We hope to see you again one day!
All the best,
Abdellah
Original Travels

Our trip to Morocco was so amazing! · Morocco - Nov 23 - Nov 29, 2019

Traveler: Megan P. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Our trip to Morocco was nothing short of amazing. We have never traveled with a guided tour and now I'm questioning why we haven't. Abdellah was awesome from the very beginning, communicating everything we needed to do in order to prepare for our trip. He was available anytime we needed him throughout our vacation as well which meant so much to us. I had left a precious luxury item at Tiziri camp which was rather far from where we were headed yet Abdellah and Karim made sure I had it in my... read more

Our trip to Morocco was nothing short of amazing. We have never traveled with a guided tour and now I'm questioning why we haven't. Abdellah was awesome from the very beginning, communicating everything we needed to do in order to prepare for our trip. He was available anytime we needed him throughout our vacation as well which meant so much to us. I had left a precious luxury item at Tiziri camp which was rather far from where we were headed yet Abdellah and Karim made sure I had it in my hands before I left for the states. I can't say enough amazing things about this team as they made my family's trip very memorable. While Abdellah worked behind the scenes to ensure everything went smoothly, Karim executed everything beautifully and pretty much made our entire trip so memorable. If you decide to go to Morocco, staying overnight at Tiziri Luxury camp is a must, especially the camel trek to the site. The experience was surreal and unlike anything else. One thing I would change about our itinerary would be the hotel/riad accommodations. If you're used to luxurious, western hotel rooms, I would suggest staying at a riad for the experience 1-2 days then request a 5-star hotel the rest of the trip. Although the riads were stunning, I prefer hotels but hopefully next time (soon)! I would definitely book another trip with KimKim again! Thank you for your excellent customer service, Abdellah and Karim!

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Megan, wow! Thank you so much for this great 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a loyal customer and helping to share the word about us. We’re here for you anytime.

Chokrane!
Abdellah
Original Travels

Awesome 9 days in Morocco · Morocco - Nov 21 - Dec 1, 2019

Traveler: Rita B. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Our trip was wonderful. Our driver Faysal was by our side throughout the trip. Other than in Casablanca, all our hotels and Riads were exceptional. Riad Lina in Chefchaouen and Riad Passali were the best. Every day was planned well, with time to tour and rest. Faysal was very attentive and helpful. He knew the roads, ATM's well. His took us to a store to get scarves and water before the nights in the Sahara. Cannot thank him enough for everything he did for us.
This is one of the best trips we have had.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Rita,

We would like to thank you for this amazing review. Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing you and everyone else who visits Morocco with only the best there is to offer. It’s so nice to hear that our driver Faysal has helped to make your experience such a positive one, we wish you safe travels in 2020 and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best regards,
Abdellah
Original Travels

Whirlwind Morocco · Morocco - Nov 9 - Nov 20, 2019

Traveler: Cindy S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

The whole Morocco trip was a memorable - from its rich history to the sensory delights, my travel buddy and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there. This itinerary was good for a taste of Morocco - we would recommend taking local walking tours and while you're at it, pester your guide for history and local anecdotes. And where they would eat, while you're touring the Souk. ^_^

We mostly stayed in the Medina to allow ourselves to be immersed in old Morocco (as opposed to life in the new cities).... read more

The whole Morocco trip was a memorable - from its rich history to the sensory delights, my travel buddy and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there. This itinerary was good for a taste of Morocco - we would recommend taking local walking tours and while you're at it, pester your guide for history and local anecdotes. And where they would eat, while you're touring the Souk. ^_^

We mostly stayed in the Medina to allow ourselves to be immersed in old Morocco (as opposed to life in the new cities). The desert camp was probably our most spectacular memory: Where else would you experience utter silence, or moon so bright that you don't need a torch to walk in the middle of the night, or sky so clear that you see galaxies and shooting stars (when the moon isn't so bright, that is!) The Riads we stayed in were all comfortable and full of character. We also experienced the local Hammam (traditional bath) - unforgettable! Definitely ask for the full traditional version if you can.

Our driver was Karim from Original Travel, he was warm and friendly throughout the tour. As a glutton for knowledge I personally hoped for more information though - eg we'd have pitstops and quite often we just got out of the car to take photos, with little or no explanation of the significance of these locations. Our local walking guides however were well-versed in local knowledge and history, knew the Medina like the back of their hands and were able to answer any questions we threw at them.

We had amazing memories of Morocco ... The tour was fairly standard in terms of itinerary - some of my friends who went to Morocco over 10 years ago said they pretty much did the same tour. For the uninitiated - it is not for beginner travellers, especially if you're not expecting the rampant aggressive pestering while in the souk. Having a guide helped a bit, as we received less pestering while walking with a local. Will I return? Yes, though will likely do it on my own, and have longer stays in one location to really take things in.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cindy,

I am very glad you enjoyed your trip. The team will be delighted to hear your impressions. As for the remark regarding Karim's knowledge, I am grateful for that and i will let him know so as he can make some improvements in this regards! This is much appreciated.

Thanks again and looking forward to welcoming you again in the future for another journey in our amazing country!

All the best!
Abdellah
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charles

Amazing Moroccan Itinerary (October 13 - 25, 2019) · Morocco - Oct 14 - Oct 25, 2019

Traveler: charles c. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Our experience with Kimkim was excellent. We began researching our October, 2019 trip to Morocco in March of 2019 and came upon Kimkim. We have never used a travel company in the past. Instead, we do all of the planning ourselves. However, due to the amount of driving, language issues, and general lack of familiarity with Morocco, we decided to consider taking a different approach. From the very beginning, our communications with Abdellah were prompt and informative. He was quick to... read more

Our experience with Kimkim was excellent. We began researching our October, 2019 trip to Morocco in March of 2019 and came upon Kimkim. We have never used a travel company in the past. Instead, we do all of the planning ourselves. However, due to the amount of driving, language issues, and general lack of familiarity with Morocco, we decided to consider taking a different approach. From the very beginning, our communications with Abdellah were prompt and informative. He was quick to outline an itinerary that would get the most out of our 13 days in Morocco. We were able to adjust the itinerary ahead of our trip so that it included everything we wanted to see and do. Abdellah was even very helpful during the trip when we had a minor issue that needed to be resolved. The communication from Abdellah was one of the most impressive things about Kimkim. The other was our guide, Ayoub Nibil. There is no question that he made our trip extra special! He was friendly, thoughtful, knowledgeable and eager to share everything he could about his country. He is also a talented musician and we shared many conversations around our common love of music and introducing each other to some of our favorite artists. Ayoub and his big smile were always there to greet us each morning. He and our driver Mohammed took great care of us. We strongly recommend Kimkim, especially if you are traveling to a country where you haven’t been before and need some assistance with planning and executing an exciting itinerary. Our advice is to be as specific as possible with what you want out of your vacation and get all of your questions answered in advance. That way, they can tailor the itinerary to you and surprises will be minimized. We will look to Kimkim in the future when we need their expertise to help get the most out of our vacation.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Charles,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and kimkim travelers. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction and it sounds like we achieved that goal with you. We want every experience to be “five stars”! Glad to hear you you had such a wonderful time in Morocco, Ayoub and the team will be thrilled to hear your feedback!

Respectfully,
Abdellah
Original Travels

Driving tour around Morocco · Morocco - Oct 29 - Nov 7, 2019

Traveler: Joanne B. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We truly loved our driving tour around Morocco with our ever helpful and friendly driver and guide, Karim. Everything was organised seamlessly by Abdellah, staying in lovely riads, a posh cave room and an even posher desert tent. It was fascinating to visit diverse and vibrant cities such as Marrakesh, Fes, Tangier, Casablanca and Rabat where we felt very welcomed. The landscape of Morocco was endlessly engaging: high mountain peaks, rolling slopes of olive groves, oak and cedar forests,... read more

We truly loved our driving tour around Morocco with our ever helpful and friendly driver and guide, Karim. Everything was organised seamlessly by Abdellah, staying in lovely riads, a posh cave room and an even posher desert tent. It was fascinating to visit diverse and vibrant cities such as Marrakesh, Fes, Tangier, Casablanca and Rabat where we felt very welcomed. The landscape of Morocco was endlessly engaging: high mountain peaks, rolling slopes of olive groves, oak and cedar forests, desert and plains, and a beautiful coastline. Activities never before carried out included traditional drumming sessions ( addictive), and evening and early morning camel treks (happily with a night for the legs to recover in between). We are already planning to return and explore further and would not hesitate to use Kim Kim and their specialist Abdellah, who organised such a brilliant trip and was always contactable and responsive.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Joanne,

Thank You for leaving us this fantastic review. Hearing that you had a great experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your recommendation means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing kimkim and Original Travels and we look forward to welcoming you again into our beautiful country :)!

All the best,
Abdellah.
Original Travels

Amazing Morocco Experience · Morocco - Oct 18 - Oct 29, 2019

Traveler: Emily J. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We are two 27 year old girls who traveled to Morocco in October 2018 and used KimKim at the recommendation of friends. We are so glad we did! We worked with Abdellah who was amazing in planning before the trip, and responsive throughout the trip when questions or small concerns arose. We wanted an adventurous cultural immersion trip and he provided just that. We did multiple private tours throughout the whole country...which we never would have been able to plan / organize on our own, and... read more

We are two 27 year old girls who traveled to Morocco in October 2018 and used KimKim at the recommendation of friends. We are so glad we did! We worked with Abdellah who was amazing in planning before the trip, and responsive throughout the trip when questions or small concerns arose. We wanted an adventurous cultural immersion trip and he provided just that. We did multiple private tours throughout the whole country...which we never would have been able to plan / organize on our own, and were able to get a true feel and understanding of the country. Our driver Karim was excellent, safe and knowledgable and everyone with interacted with throughout the trip made it spectacular. We especially loved our day tour in Fes, our time in Tangier and our time in the Sahara at Merzouga (luxury camping under the desert stars was an experience we will never forget and recommend to everyone!).

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Emily,

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are glad that you and Caroline loved our services, Karim and our dedicated staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise. They work very diligently and it will provide them with great encouragement to keep doing what they are doing.

All the best,
Abdellah.

Circumnavigating Morocco for two weeks in October · Morocco - Oct 3 - Oct 17, 2019

Traveler: Diane Z. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

We discovered Kimkim while looking for a driver for a 2 week trip to Morocco in October of 2019. I completed the form asking what our interests were, and happily heard from Abdellah, who suggested hotels and an itinerary before we even made a commitment to using the service. Until that point, we had been trying to coordinate all the details on our own (just google riads in Marrakech and you will rapidly see the thousands of choices.) It was so much easier to be guided by an expert in Morocco... read more

We discovered Kimkim while looking for a driver for a 2 week trip to Morocco in October of 2019. I completed the form asking what our interests were, and happily heard from Abdellah, who suggested hotels and an itinerary before we even made a commitment to using the service. Until that point, we had been trying to coordinate all the details on our own (just google riads in Marrakech and you will rapidly see the thousands of choices.) It was so much easier to be guided by an expert in Morocco who really listened to our concerns and helped shape the trip. Abdellah connected us with our driver, Karim, who made even the longest days of travel smooth and comfortable.

We started in Rabat, then went to the blue city of Chefchaouen in the Rif mountains, then to Volubilis, Meknes, Fes, Erg Chebbi in the Sahara, through the High Atlas to Marrakech and finally, Essaouira.

We may have tried to squeeze in too much for the length of our trip, not quite understanding that 2 nights in any one location really meant less time there due to travel times, but nonetheless, it was great to cover so much ground and see the mountains, the cities, and most of all the desert.

Abdellah arranged 2 half day tours in Fes and Marrakech, which helped us understand the history of those places. Be forewarned that all stops may involve an opportunity for shopping, so be clear if that is not your interest. The natural beauty of the desert, the mountains, the oases was the highlight of our trip, and I wish we had planned more time for hiking. As it happened, the weather in a Morocco was much hotter than expected, reaching 100 degrees in Marrakech, thanks a lot, climate change.

The Kimkim platform made it easy to communicate at all stages of trip planning, including while on the road. We also used WhatsApp smoothly throughout the trip. Overall, I can highly recommend working with Abdellah and a Kimkim again.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Salam Diane,

Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion on our service with other Kimkim travellers. We take pride in giving outstanding service every customers and we're overjoyed to recieve your compliments and appreciation. We hope to see here again and please bring all your friends and family. We will ensure they all enjoy the same quality of service as you have.

Chokran and best wishes!
Abdellah.