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We recently completed a 15-day trip to Morocco (March 31-April 15, 2024) and couldn’t be happier. Working with Helen Wilson was such a pleasure. She lives in Marrakech and therefore is incredibly knowledgeable about Morocco. We spent a lot of time at the beginning discussing our interests, likes and dislikes — and she came up with the perfect itinerary. I especially appreciated how responsive she was, which is very important to me.

We wanted a guide with us the entire time we were there and Helen assigned Saaid Daoudi. He was fantastic. I can’t recall ever asking him a question that he couldn’t answer. His English was excellent and he had a great sense of humor, to boot. Our drivers were all fully capable and pleasant to be around. We always felt safe and well cared for.

Morocco is such a beautiful country and the people are so welcoming. There were many highlights, but glamping in the Sahara at Erg Chegaga surely had to be one of them. It’s a real schlepp to get there, but it is worth it! You are literally in the middle of nowhere and feel like an extra in Lawrence of Arabia. The dunes are spectacular.

Another highlight was a day trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains to have a superb lunch at the beautiful and exclusive Olinto property. We met the owners, who are friends of Helen, and they took us on a tour of the property. Stunning and serene. And Helen surprised us by treating us to lunch, which we were not expecting.

We chose hotels from among those Helen suggested and were not disappointed. They were all wonderful, but we were particularly happy with the Kasbah Tamsna in Ouarzazate. Our balcony overlooked the countryside and the suite was perfection.

If you are contemplating a trip to Morocco, do it! And have Helen Wilson be your planner. You won’t be disappointed.

Helen was great, especially on such short notice. She chose a beautiful riad for us within walking distance of the Medina. We also spent a few nights at the Oberoi (my choice because I didn’t know how frenetic the city would be). Knowing what I know now, I would have stayed at the riad the entire time. It was stunning—La Sultana. The guide we had was great and the activities she suggested—a tour of the Medina in a side car, a cooking class outside the city, and the hike in the Atlas Mountains—were all really enjoyable. The only thing I would not give a 10 to was the lack of good restaurant recommendations. Our last meal at the Villa des Orangers was delicious, but I found the rest of our meals on the “meh” side. Many of Helen’s restaurant suggestions seemed to require fancy/dressy clothing—see-and-be-seen-type places. My husband and I had completed a bike trip in Portugal prior to flying to Marrakech; therefore, we didn’t have proper attire, as we were attempting to pack light. Perhaps that’s why the other restaurants weren’t so great? Otherwise, Helen was attentive and available while we were there and very pleasant and fun to coordinate with.

We had a fabulous trip to Morocco over the holidays with our four children. Our travel planner, Helen, has worked with us over the past 3 years and we have had to cancel twice due to COVID, so we were thrilled to finally get to go. Everything was seamless from the airport pickup to the beautiful hotels, but the highlight was our guide, who had extensive knowledge and a great personality. Helen was able to incorporate our interest to see the Jewish sites of Morocco into our itinerary, which made it very personalized. We liked it so much we are hoping to return next year to spend time in the desert, which we did not do on this trip.

This was our first visit to Morocco. Helen arranged for our wonderful guide and driver (both named Saaid) for two amazing weeks exploring this fascinating country—2,000 kilometers taking us to cities and villages, desert and ocean, forested mountains and lush agricultural valleys. We were there in October, when the weather was perfect.

We usually travel independently, but it was a great luxury to be driven by such a skillful and careful driver and escorted by a Berber (Amazigh) guide who spoke flawless English and knew the country and its history intimately. Some of the most memorable experiences for us included wandering the souks in the médinas of Fez and Marrakech, hiking in the old-growth cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains with a naturalist guide, and spending a night camping in the Sahara. We happened to be in Fez at the beginning of their annual Festival of Sufi Arts and Culture and were able to get tickets for a marvelous concert of Azerbaijani music. We enjoyed delicious food and delightful accommodations everywhere we went.

Helen planned everything for us so meticulously that we always felt safe and comfortable, even pampered.

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