Beim Buchen des Trips sollte man bedenken, dass man für den Preis von 95 Euro keinen wirklichen Luxus erwarten kann. Man sitzt tatsächlich sehr lange Zeit in einem klimatisierten Minibus mit 10-14 Mitreisenden. Unser Fahrer sprach leider kein Englisch, war aber sehr freundlich und fuhr angemessen schnell. Genügend Stopps für Fotos und Toilettengang waren gegeben. Die Ausflüge nach Ait Ben Haddou und in eine Teppichweberei waren jeweils mit englischsprachigem Reiseführer. Erwähnen sollte man, dass sich die zusätzlichen Kosten tatsächlich im Rahmen halten, für ein Mittagessen zahlt man ca. 5-10 Euro, für die Führungen ca. 2,50 Euro. Das Hotel, in dem wir die erste Nacht verbrachten, war sehr spartanisch, Zimmer und vor allem Badezimmer waren recht rudimentär gehalten.
Highlight war mit Sicherheit der Ausflug in die Wüste. Jeder bekam sein eigenes Kamel, auf dem man dann ca. eine Stunde in den Sonnenuntergang ritt. Im Berbercamp angekommen, gab es eine reichhaltige Mahlzeit unter dem Sternenhimmel. Der Abend wurde dann am Lagerfeuer bei typischer Berbermusik ausklingen gelassen.
Am nächsten Morgen ging es dann auf dem Kamel wieder zurück zum Abholort, wo dann eine zehnstündige Busfahrt bevorstand.
Ein Reisekissen und gute Reiseliteratur, besser vielleicht noch ein Hörbuch, damit man auch die Landschaft bewundern kann, sollte über die lange Zeit im Bus hinwegtrösten.
Trotz der langen Fahrt und dem fehlenden Luxus war der Ausflug für mich und auch für die Mitreisenden, mit denen ich gesprochen habe, mehr als gewinnbringend, vor allem die Nacht in der Wüste wird mir lange in Erinnerung bleiben. Somit eine klare Empfehlung an Reisende, die für wenig Geld ein wenig mehr von Marokko sehen möchten, als nur die Stadt Marrakesch.
the ride in the van is long, AC worked well, at the begining its a curvy road, i was getting almost sick, but the driver stops few times to stretch your legs ,use bathroom, etc. the best part is the night in the desert, what a magestic place! we picked the luxury tent, and it was worth it! we played drums at night around a fire, and we had a fun group. next day wake up early and see the sunrise, it was awesome. Going back to Marrakech is a long drive, again, be prepared. the agent from ANDO travel was great also, he always answer when contacted, and was corteous always.
In general a good trip, but a few negatives:The minibus was full and rather cramped. You have to spend rather a long time in the bus. First night Hotel Bougafer was Ok, but not great and bed was very hard. Next day a visit to the big Kasbah which was great but you get taken to the usual man who spends 45mins trying to sell you carpets. Next night was in the desert. The camel ride was great (but sore). We paid for tor the upgrade at the desert came which was worth it. But the upgrade is only the camp, not the hotel. Next day is a very very very long and uncomfortable drive back to Marrakech. The driver who was supposed to also be our guide, whilst friendly, said pretty much nothing on the trip.
It was definitely worth it driver Mohammed was extremely nice, first hotel stay was good, but the first tour to the movie set uniesco village where they shot gladiator and GOT the guide was total ripoff. He barely gave any tour and took so much tip from us... The second tour guide for Berber village on the 2nd day was extremely funny and nice though.
We just did this tour a couple of weeks ago. Our tour was managed by Ando Travel. We loved everything about the Marrakech tour to Erg Chebbi. We did spend the extra for the luxury camping. It is a long trip and you are in a minibus for many hours over the 3 days but the trip is broken up with many stops along the way. Our driver Louis would make stops for everyone to accommodate bathrooms, ATM, shopping for Argan/Olive oils, rose water, cofffee etc. We booked the tour to take the camel ride and camp in the desert. I was not expecting the breathtaking and stunning views throughout the Atlas Mountains. Ait Benhaddou kasbah where Games of Thrones is filmed was also a unique stop. The Todra Gorge was also spectacular! The terrain and scenery throughout this tour was such a pleasant surprise. The hotel for the overnight stay was ok. We did AC and private amenities. The stop at the Berber village where we saw local's farming, learned about the agriculture, and saw a carpet demonstration were engaging and great learning experiences. Finally we made it to the Sahara for the camel ride to camp. The sunset over the desert was beautiful and the color changes of the sand in the light was simply magical! The desert was AMAZING! Our tent was also more than expected! So glad we paid for the deluxe. It was so nice! We had a quick sleep and we were back up and off to see the sunrise and trek back on the camels to meet the van. The last day was spent driving back to Marrakech. We had plenty of stops for lunch, bathroom, and shopping along the way. All along our tour, the guides were so knowledgeable and friendly. I cant say enough good things about them. The spoke so many languages and made it fun for everyone. And the food was delicious! I have a deep respect and appreciation for the Moroccans who worked to cook and feed us all during Ramadan! That could not have been easy! I guess the only regret is that I wish we had booked two nights in the desert to really experience the Sahara! It was not long enough to enjoy the beauty given the long drive. Lastly, I would not let the touristy aspects deter you from this trip. The scenery is worth every minute. You dont have to shop and buy things in the stalls that they take you to, and you can also go eat at different locations from the places you are taken. Food wasnt so expensive as some other commenters stated. Lunch for 10-15 US/pp is quite reasonable especially given that there were several courses. Just have alot of small change in Dirhams to pay for bathroom stops and tips. Enjoy!
Tour bus driver did not speak English or French, through no fault of his own. He was a polite and competent driver, but nothing more and didn't provide any information. The restaurants they take you to are tourist only, anticipate spending about 80-120 MAD per meal for very mediocre food with few options. The stops/tours often require a tip, I wouldn't believe any language that says the money goes to any particularly good cause for the local population but we were responsible tourists and tipped generously regardless. The vehicle itself was a minivan of 7 passengers, 2 of which had two be seated in very uncomfortable middle seats. The scenery in the desert is spectacular but go ahead and book a cheaper tour while in Marrakech. We paid extra due to all the positive reviews but had a very mediocre experience.
If you did your research you will find there are many tours like this one. The classic traps apply to this one as well: the places they take you for lunch are as expensive as they get in Morocco, there will be other short visits during the day with guides which mandatory tip is not included and you will do a lot of driving. However, if you know these are the rules, everything will be absolutely perfect with this trip.
I am not here to describe it, many people already did it, only to say that Guillaume our diver was fantastic. He stopped every time we asked him to, he was nice, a very good driver, an excelent company and did his best to make us have the best time.
Regarding the company: if you provide your Rhiad location they will contact you one day before telling you when you will be picked up. It's pointless to contact them before that, you will only get a generic answer.
If you are reading this and are unsure to hire this one or the same trip provided by another company, there is really no reason for not hiring this one.
This was a great experience, I went with my girlfriend and we were joined in the 7-seater car by a couple of groups of tourists also visiting Marrakech. Our driver Hisham was brilliant - very friendly and laid back and from the traditional Berber people himself. The tour involved lots of driving as there was alot of distance to cover over the 3 days. The stops for toilets and drinks were frequent enough - just be warned that at every single comfort stop there will be a Berber person trying to sell you their wares of rocks, clothes, pottery etc! Once you get the hang of bargaining then it can be quite fun if you see something you truly fancy.
Alot of the meal stops were at very touristic cafes at which the food was quite disappointing and the portions a bit on the small side.
We spent the first night in a hotel which was made with traditional methods with clay walls which we found a bit chilly, however there was plenty of thick blankets on the bed so we slept very well. The second night spent in the Sahara desert was pretty fun as we sat in a circle around the fireplace singing berber songs and banging drums. The guides made sure to get everyone involved which unfortunately subjected my fellow travellers to my awful singing voice!
Highlights of the trip for me were seeing the incredible valleys and mountains, visiting the Western Sahara and experiencing the hospitality of the Berber people. The camel ride to our camp was disappointing - they were really slow and uncomfortable so it was a relief to arrive at the camp.
All in all we had a great time and made wonderful memories, but we both agreed that 3 days was enough time to do so much driving and sight-seeing.
First of all logistic part went well and we had no any issue with picking us up or dropping us at the location we needed. The vehicle should be checked as when I saw the tyres, was a bit concerns. I understand that in this kind of country they wont pay attention on these things as we used to in Europe but maybe Viator should iniciate the quarterly check as the trip is not short and if the vehicle is doing this trip twice a week, there should be some quarterly check of the vehicle conditions.
Food: for 3 days we have been fed by tajin- lunch, dinner- always tajin. I have been told that Morocco has an awesome cuisine but I swear, I won't eat tajin again soon. The trip is made to eat at touristic spots, where the food is very expensive. Me, as vegetarian, have paid for couscous with vegetable 10 Euro per meal this price we are even not paying in Europe for this kind of meal so be ready, that the trip is very expensive in regards to food and restaurants they are taking you to. Plus, be ready, that you will eat tajin all 3 days along. We have been traveling with one couple and they wanted to share the meal but the waiter told them that is not possible and they can go to eat somewhere else. He was very rude! Then they needed to order meal for both of them, I felt sorry cos she wasnt hungry at all but this was the last restaurant we stopped at.
Sahara- once we reached Sahara, was quite late and we jumped on the camels but unfortunately we were not able to experience the sunset and took some pictures. very next day, we woke up early morning and drove our camels back to resort. When I have raised my concerns that I want to stop at some point where I can see only sand and take pictures, the guy won't allow us to do so. So then other people raised their voices that we havent been coming from Marrakesh just for that and we want to take some pictures. At that point the guy stopped our caravana and we had 15 min to take some pics.
in general, we didnt like the trip and i wont recommend it to anyone. When I have been spoken with the guys from our trip as well, they had the same opinion. If you want to do this trip, you are able to rent a car and do it by your own. this is the way what i recommend