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“Unforgettable Memories of Marrakech”

High Atlas Tours - Day Tours
Ranked #454 of 1,002 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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Tod is a perfect, friendly guide and fount of wisdom on Marrakech. Guided tours are a must as Tod and the guides he finds are extremely knowledgeable and interesting, showing hidden areas difficult for tourists to find. Also being a lone female knowing he was available to contact made me feel much more at ease. Riad Africa was a great location near the centre of the Medina.

All the senses are assailed; so much to see, smell, touch, hear and taste – all so very exotic. I marvelled at the craftsmen in all trades and hope the traditional ways will not be lost. This is a photographers dream location, especially as the quality of light is so special and Tod is able to point you in the right direction for those unique shots.

I would highly recommend contacting Tod if you wish to visit Marrakech and the surrounding areas. As I only had a brief visit, I hope very much to return and be shown further afield by Tod and his guide friends.

Lorna, Bournemouth

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MoroccoTod, Owner at High Atlas Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2012

Many thanks for your review! I also thoroughly enjoyed taking you around to see the hidden places around Marrakech. Once one leaves the 'tourism triangle' (the streets between the Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Yousseff and Bahia palace) the original Marrakech remains - complete with some great new additions - that has existed for centuries, definitely a photographer's dream location. Marrakech is not only a historical place but continues on as a city always looking forward into the future.
Thank you so much for sending me a CD of some of your quality frames. They are more than snapshots but convey a narrative of your stay and how you felt about the place while respecting its sacred aspect. I hope to welcome you back one day, hopefully at such a time I fit a guest room into my 2-story mud flat in the High Atlas.
Shukron jazilan. Many thanks.

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Reviewed 25 January 2012

This past November, our family had the great experience of touring Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains with Tod Zankert. Our Marrakech explorations with Tod enabled us to get to know the city and to eventually feel at one with the surroundings. Because of Tod's history as an American who has chosen Marrakech as his home, he can offer insights into the culture that are easily understood by visiting foreigners.

Our trip to the Atlas Mountains with Tod was an exceptional experience for our family. Tod is restoring a house in a mountain village so he is able to expose the visitor to local culture from an insider's perspective. We were able to trek along the hillsides and eventually experience Atlas hospitality when dining at a remote mountain family's home. Tod's Atlas Mountain tour is a "not to miss" experience when visiting Marrakech.

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Reviewed 8 June 2011

Tod is an excellent tour guide! We learned of Tod's services on Trip Advisor and scheduled 2 tours of Marrakech with him. The tours were personalized, informative and paced to our liking. He showed us many areas that we would not have seen on our own or with regular guided tours. Definately is a great find if you like 'off the beaten path' sites. We saw the non touristy areas and were fascinated by the local culture. Our advance requests to Tod included culture, history, food and shopping - he successfully covered all areas.

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Reviewed 30 May 2011

Tod arranges a personalised tour of city to suit your tastes. We did a day tour and were guided through the labyrinthe of alleyways and mazes with personal observations and anecdotes. City was still a little tense post-bombings: Tod recognised the issues and expertly guided us away from the more volatile spots. Tod - along with the attendant local guide- gives a fascinating and somewhat eclectic viewpoint.

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Reviewed 27 March 2011

A MUST if you are going to Marrakesh, Morocco. A friend recommended booking a trip with Tod. We took him up on the recommendation and couldn’t have been happier. Todd offers a peek into Moroccan life that you simply don’t see on your own. We booked the Old Town tour and the High Atlas tour and both were amazing. In the old town tour, Tod shows you the little streets, shops, and alleys, which you don’t see on your own. Doing the old town tour of Marrakesh is a great way to start a Moroccan trip. The high atlas tour was breathtaking. Tod and his colleague Sheboub take you up into the mountains to see a snapshot of daily Berber life. Walking through the High Atlas Mountains and visiting several Berber’s houses while enjoying tea and lunch will be an experience you will never forget. We were also able to meet a local artist who will write your name in Arabic for a great price! The whole day was such a memorable event that we’ll be telling our friends and families about for years to come! Tod was incredibly accommodating and was able to personalize our trip to exactly what we wanted. He exceeded our expectations and his customer service was top notch! Don’t second-guess taking any of Tod’s tours. This is an absolute must for your Moroccan experience!

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