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“The benefit of a good guide you see what you want”

High Atlas Tours - Day Tours
Ranked #337 of 758 Tours in Marrakech
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Owner description: Tour Guide Marrakech is expanding southward! Now my focus is on day trips from Marrakech, as well as joining a day tour with a vehical in the city with a second day with the same driver in the High Atlas. Having seen the bustling souks of Marrakech, where the energy is full on, you can then relax to the tranquility of the Atlas, avoiding the heavy tourism in favor of a higher path. Here you can relax to the tranquility of the High Atlas and experience how people really, which to a great extent is much like it has been for centuries.. The path above Setti Fodma leads to trekking adventures going south (should you have more than a day to spend in the Atlas Mountains), and northward - a fairly level 25 minute hike - you can visit my village and have couscous on the terrace of my Berber house, the High Atlas Retreat, as a part of your day trip exploring the villages of the High Atlas.High Atlas Retreat is definitely a place to wind down with a view that is truly spectacular! I envision travellers coming to get an intimate view of village life where few westerners go even though it is just over an hour's drive from Marrakech; and others come in search of a place where there are discussions, as well, about East/West issues and where our world is going in this juncture where not only can you experience a thriving, indigenous culture and seek new ways to see our own lives outside the confines of globalization. And...the High Atlas Mountain Retreat is a great place for birdwatching!
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“The benefit of a good guide you see what you want”
Reviewed 20 March 2011

We spent 5 days in Marrakesh in March and whilst the weather was not good Tod had been booked and we were able to underake two tours with him. One around the Medina and Souks which was exactly as we wanted no reall shopping but a phototour and he had teamed up with Kasim who added to Tod s Knowledge and what a day of fun and laughter was had by all. Went to many areas of the souk that were fansinating and had a great lunch in a wonderful cafe also took in the a museam, and the Koranic school and literay cafe. Saw bread being made, the Artisan and Jewish quarters. Alos had a great explanation of all the rugs and how they are made with little pressure to buy.

The second day we visited a village home with the bread being made and watched the mint tea being created with tremendous views of the country side, then on to the mountain Village where Tod is buying a house and then on to a village where we had a traditional meal which superb and then back down the mountain to a 100 year old water mill that is used communially to grind their corn.
A fasinating trip if a lttle wet!!

Visited March 2011
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North London
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8 reviews
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“A Guide for walking in Marrakech and for visiting the High Atlas Mountains”
Reviewed 8 March 2011

We were a party of four visiting Marrakech February/March 2011.

Tod was our guide for a full day walking tour of the city, then a full day tour by minibus up into the High Atlas mountains. We discussed the itinerary ahead ahead of our trip, and he was happy to tailor the tours to concentrate on the things of most interest to us, He was also willing to adjust the schedule during the course of the day, at our choice, to spend a bit more time here and a bit less there to fit in the things we wanted.

If you want lots of detailed facts and dates then Tod may not be the guide for you. However, if you want a born English speaking guide who will not only take you round the usual sites/sights but from experience can also tell you about what it is like to live in Marrakech and up in the mountains, take you to some of the less travelled parts, and not make detours into lots of shops (unless you ask) then we can wholeheartedly recommend him.

A special mention too for Tod's helpful and knowledgeable colleague and driver Shaboob, who drove us safely along tracks where I would have given up long before!

A few words of advice - if you are going on the High Atlas tour and have any mobility problems do let Tod know as some of the walking was a little strenuous. Also, if you are on a tight schedule again do tell Tod as some of the timings were a little elastic. A final tip - the culinary argan oil at the co-operative where we stopped seemed at the time expensive at 400 dirhams per litre, but is still fhalf the price payable in London

Visited February 2011
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Stuttgart, Germany
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14 reviews
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“To tour the High Atlas is one thing, but to do it with Tod is an experience beyond your expectations.”
Reviewed 22 February 2011

To tour the High Atlas is one thing, but to do it with Tod is an experience beyond your expectations. Starting with a brief stop at a local home, with the most terrific view, it only really begins there. The hike, the lunch, the experience of true life is beyond words. He is the only tour guide you will want on your next visit to the High Atlas. M. Chiboub and Tod were the best guides

Visited February 2011
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Excellent shopping guide!”
Reviewed 5 February 2011

I was looking for a shopping guide to accompany my mother and sister in law while in Marrakesh. They are very put off by haggling and I wanted them to have a relaxing time while discovering less touristy shops. Todd knows the souks very well and his relationship with merchants helps to ensure no pressure shopping and straight forward transactions. (We bought a large carpet, completely stress-free, had it shipped, and it arrived on time.) My family was really pleased with their experience. Additionally, as Christmas is high season, I was having a terrible time booking restaurants and services from abroad. Todd was indispensable as my man on the ground to ensure all went smoothly once we arrived.

Visited December 2010
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Stowe, Vermont
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26 reviews
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“Lightweight, Casual tour of marrakech souks and sights”
Reviewed 9 November 2010

Tod was our private tour guide for 4 adults for the day in Marrakech. He guided us through the medina, bahia palace, medersa, and jewish cemetary with ease. He was easy going and made sure to listen to our input. It was like having a friend take you through a city. We started the day with coffee/tea in a beautiful art cafe and then made our way through the more interesting souks - not ever feeling any pressure to stop or buy anything. Lunch was also a highlight. We all had a nice time with Tod and enjoyed the day. .

On the negative side - this was not a history tour, so don't expect a lot of historical insights. Also, Tod shared some of his personal life/struggles which started to get old by end of the day for 4 people enjoying their vacation. All that being said - you will have a nice time with Tod - especially if you give him clear guidance.

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