Travelogue: Morocco, Part 4

October 2023
Tour: Insight’s “Best of Morocco”
Tour Hotels:
Grand Mogador City Center (Casablanca)
Marriott Jnan Palace Fes (Fes)
Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud (Erfoud)
Le Berbère Palace (Ouarzazate)
Kennedy Hospitality Resort (Marrakech; we left the tour and went to the Four Seasons)
Atlas Essaouira & Spa (Essaouira; we left the tour early and did not experience Essaouira)

  • Day 7: Onward to Ouarzazate
    • Another day, another bus ride!
    • We had a horrible breakfast at the hotel in Erfoud and about 30 min into the bus ride… uh oh.  No bathrooms on the bus and I HAD TO GO. Luckily, by the grace of god, we had a scheduled stop and I was able to find a very sketchy bathroom. I was never so happy to see a bathroom. I knew that I wouldn’t survive Morocco without some sort of GI incident — and I’m happy to say that this was my only day of not feeling great. Just sharing cause you’re getting the good, the bad, and the ugly with these recaps.
    • Also, Imodium is one of the best inventions of all time.
    • We stopped for lunch at a kasbah (Hotel Kasbah Lamrani), where the kabobs of chicken were partially raw.  Luckily I wasn’t feeling well to start with, so I didn’t eat any. WHEW!
    • We stopped for tea at another kasbah (Kasbah Ait Kassi). Mint tea isn’t really my jam, but it was nice to be able to get off the bus for a while.
    • We finally arrived at the Berber Palace in Ouarzazate (pronounced “war-za-zat”) and this was by far our most modern and lovely hotel of the trip. It was a breath of fresh air — just to be in a hotel room that felt normal (to us) and not so unfamiliar.
    • Dinner was another buffet, nothing notable there.

Another day, another cat.
The kasbah where we stopped for lunch.
The kasbah where we stopped for tea.
Our modern and lovely hotel!
Ouarzazate is famous for its roses — the Valley of Roses is nearby.
*and breathe*