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Trains and sunshine, colour and contrast

Travelling by train; staying in lovely riads hidden away in silent medina alleys; bustling souks and markets; dazzling tiles; exquisite, intricate carved plaster on walls; mediaeval medressas and minarets; cafes, couscous and kasbahs; Roman ruins .... twelve nights in mid-January, time enough only to get a taste of all that Morocco has to offer. Winter days were short, mornings and evenings were more than a little chilly, daytime temperatures were ideal for sightseeing and the sun was always shining. Trains were a great way to get around - clean, comfortable, always running to time. With Abdullah, our local travelling companion, with us from arrival to departure, on hand to arrange taxis and train tickets, see to luggage, introduce us to our local guides (when we had them) and other practicalities, we also had plenty of time to explore at our own pace and also to sit in the sun, people-watching and taking in the local scene. Just the sort of holiday we like.

Lesley and Julian, from Australia

Visited Morocco in

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What was good about our local partner based in Morocco ?

Mohamed was extremely helpful and wonderfully patient during the planning stages of our trip, always answering promptly. The final itinerary suited us very well and we were very pleased with all they did for us.

What could our local partner based in Morocco improve on?

There was no feature of the organisation of this tour that did not meet our expectations or requirements. It all worked very well.w

What did you think about the guides or drivers on your trip?

Abdullah, who accompanied us throughout, did a great job. He was always courteous, helpful and a most pleasant travelling companion. Generally, the local guides also provided an excellent service, the exception being our guide in Fez who seemed somewhat disinterested, putting in a fairly minimal effort and making little effort to accommodate my need to walk slowly and carefully as I had injured my knee and was walking with a stick. In contrast, Abdullah and our guides in Meknès (Nureddin?) and Marrakech (Mustafa), and the site guide at Volubilis, were engaging, informative, very aware of how I was getting along and always ready with a helping hand which was greatly appreciated.

What advice would you give to other travellers planning a trip to Morocco?

This was a winter holiday, decidedly chilly mornings and evenings but generally pleasant daytime temperatures, ideal for sightseeing - and glorious blue skies every day. Generally speaking, tourist numbers were really low, there were times we had places to ourselves. With only one exception, getting a table in our chosen restaurants was never a problem. The exception, Saveur de Poisson in Tangier, was well worth the chilly 45 minute wait in the street - no bookings taken. With hindsight, we would have liked to have an extra day in Tangier. As it was, with a full day trip to Chefchaouen on our second day, we only had the afternoon we arrived there from Rabat to enjoy what was perhaps the city we liked most.

What was the most memorable part of your trip?

We particularly enjoyed the very different characters and look of each of the places we visited. Roman Volubilis was a real highlight, as was the huge granary in Meknès.

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