Morocco Culture & Trekking – Delight of Discovery

A recent client compliment from their Moroccan Journey reminded me of my own exotic adventure too many years ago and has rekindled setting a date for a visit next year.

“Gwen – Thanks for arranging our incredible trip in Morocco.  The hotel you proposed in Marrakech, in the heart of the Medina (the older city), was perfect for us. We were in the middle of everything, from snake charmers to the bustling shops, but able to escape to the calm of the hotel rooftop to see it all from distance. Also, the guide for our trek days in the Atlas Mountains was amazing. A local of the Berber community, he seemed to know every trail, mule driver and village.  Fantastic.”  John R.

These clients stayed in the cultural mix of the medina, the old walled city, which we feel adds to the experience, as you can walk everywhere. Then whisked out to the high Atlas Mountains for trekking and a luxurious stay in a hotel Berber Tent, where you can soak up the views on your private deck equipped with sun loungers and space for outdoor dining, some suites have their own Jacuzzi. After a day of mule trekking through Berber villages, a jacuzzi is the perfect reward!

Marrakech Morocco

Morocco is a land of legends and fascination, despite its closeness to the European continent, its soul lies in the cradle of its North African coastal home. A historically independent nation, it has always been a multi-cultural historic crossroad for trade, ideas and migratory people.

Snake charmer on the famed square.

Shaded respite in the gardens of a private cooking school.

An awe inspiring country with a strong sense of culture. Open air vendors will tempt you with their colorful wares, snake charmers do exist on the famed Jamaa el Fna  Square, in the medina quarter. Marrakech’s Marjorelle Garden is a must visit, designed in 1920 by famed French painter Jacques Majorelle. Historic museums, surfing on the coast and trekking in the great Atlas Mountains are only a few of the exotic and authentic offerings.

Local woman making breakfast bread.

Moroccan cuisine has gained massive followers among food connoisseurs. Staples of most meals include lamb, fish and fowl, including pigeon, which is considered a delicacy when baked in pastry, the b’stillah is a national favorite. Vegetables including tomatoes, eggplants and onions are typically served with the well known and loved couscous. Bread, or Khob, as in many Middle Eastern and North African countries is considered a deep cultural symbol as well as a daily staple. Crusty, round flattish loaves are often baked on a girdle over an open flame or earthen ovens.  Mint tea is served everywhere in dainty tulip glasses. An ancient Moroccan proverb:  “manage with bread and butter until God sends honey”.

Morocco  is an enchanting exotic location and has been a favorite of our clients for many many years- we can add authentic tents in the desert, camels to climb the dunes…let your imagination be boundless!

Can we tempt you to discover the rich emblematic and colorful nation in Spring or Fall?

Client Compliments – Slice of Sicily and Mesmerizing Morocco

Thrilled to receive compliments from clients, and even more thrilled when it is a first time client! Our long time clients are usually completely uninvolved in Journey planning, they understand we know what they love and we execute it down to reserving all meals. They trust us!

Monreale Cathedral Sicily

Recent quote from new clients: “Gwen, thank you for arranging a fantastic trip to Morocco and Sicily! From our fabulous riad in Marrakech to the Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains to our Palermo villa with its butler and house manager catering to our every whim, the accommodations and meals were unique and spectacular. We hiked the Atlas mountains with our Berber guide, stopping in his village to eat homemade bread and honey. While driving in Sicily, Paolo educated us about Sicilian culture and agriculture.

Our Palermo guide, Marcella, was a delight. She was informative and passionate about the art/architecture/history/landscape she showed us. Perhaps the most memorable experience of the whole trip was the private visit to Monreale Cathedral. We have been to many cities and cathedrals and this was without a doubt one of the most beautiful experiences we’ve ever had. Marcella arranged for us to enter the cathedral when it was unlit, and then had the lights turned on very slowly, so that the effect was like a sunrise – all accompanied by music from an organist who was arranged for our experience. It was breathtaking! Thanks for an unforgettable adventure. ”
Nicole Lederer and Larry Orr, Palo Alto

Kasbah Tamadot Atlas Mountains Morocco

Nicole and Larry were very involved in planning, to the point, I decided we should include a conference call with one of my team providers. Sadly, I can’t visit each and every delightful global location each year, thus I have personally interviewed and hand selected my ‘partner experts,’ who specialize in working with our high level, sophisticated and bright travelers. It’s vital to know the correct answer to every question, and I hadn’t mule trekked in the Atlas mountains of late. Trekking in the Atlas Mountains has been very popular this year with our clients.

I loved Nicole and Larry’s enthusiasm and exuberance and how they so understood each others unique ‘travel musts’, truly a couple who have survived travel together, which is a fine art!  Larry sent me some of his amazing  photographs after they returned home.

Grateful to have a client take the time to send a note!