Excellent tour with well informed and passionate guide with a good sense of timings and organisation. Only negative comment concerns New Year Eve where we were advised that restaurants would not be open and that we should eat at our hotel (Northern). Service was appallingly slow, cold and served out of order ie main before soup. Very limited staff-hotel should not have offered food if they were unable to adequately provide. Otherwise, we thoroughly enjoyed our time and the slight disadvantages of New Year travel and closures were offset by seeing the celebrations.”
Aziz and Hassan the driver were excellent - Hassan one of the most considerate drivers that we have ever come across - his patience was really pushed to its limit on the day we drove from Zagora to Oulad Berhill - we had left riad at 0900, visited the Koranic school/library, pottery and then as it was market day had a lovely wander through there - eventually getting to Riad Hida at around 1800, lovely countryside etc, a variety of overnight stops (!) and all in all very interesting. If only there was somewhere suitable to stay between Zagora and Oulad Berhill tucked up in the mountains as that would possibly have made it a perfect tour.
The one big impact on the tour, and indeed on our total holiday, was the serious lack of tourists. Our hotel in Marrakech might have been 5% occupied, Petit riad was 80%, the one in Zagora about 70%, we were the only occupants at Oulad Berhill (by the way you can not get alcohol there!) and Palais Salaam would have been just us if there hadn't been a parachute jumping group. Essaouira was fairly busy in the town itself though our hotel was barely above 5%. The French, have, apparently, really stopped going there and so it would seem have the British etc, though for a country where tourism is the second most important business it must be incredibly worrying for them. Thank you On the Go and Hollie for arranging a lovely trip for us.”