North Africa , Morocco
NEXT STOP ON THE WORLD TOUR: MOROCCO!
Join Sonya Lowery's World Next Door for this MAJESTIC 7th Adventure Vacation to MOROCCO!We'll spend 13 magical days discovering the sights, sounds and flavors of this destination steeped in rich history. Make your reservation today!
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DATES: March 2-14, 2017
TOUR PRICING & PAYMENTS:
• $2750 per person (double occupancy)
• $499 single supplement
• $169 optional travel insurance
1. Deposit: $300 per person payable by check to secure spot on the tour – nonrefundable and due within 7 days of making reservation
2. Second Payment: $300 per person payable by check or money: Due Sep 15, 2016
3. Final Payment: Balance Due Dec 2, 2016
*All payments must be made by check to keep the rates listed above. Credit card may be used for final payment but rate will increase by $100 per person if traveler chooses to do so.
Cancellation charges per person are:
Up to 90 days before departure: $600
89-60 days before departure: $1000
59-45 days before departure: $1500
44-30 days before departure: $2000
29 days or less before departure: No refund.
All cancellations must be received in writing.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
• Round-trip airfare from IAD via Royal Air Maroc (Direct Flights!)
• Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
• Intra-Morocco ground transportation and transfers
• Accommodations at First Class four star hotels
• 18 meals: 11 full buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D)
• Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
• Experienced English speaking Tour Director throughout
Day 1 – March 2: Depart USA.
Your unforgettable journey to visit Morocco begins as you depart this evening (9:10 PM) on your direct flight to Morocco.
Day 2 – March 3: Arrive Casablanca.
A morning arrival in Casablanca (9:30 AM), one of the largest and most important cities in all of Africa, where you’ll be greeted at the airport by your tour director. With its origins dating back to 7th-century BC, Casablanca is the economic and cultural capital of Morocco and home to a wide variety of influences – from French to Spanish to Portuguese to Arab to British. After departing the airport, enjoy a guided tour, starting with a visit to exterior of the enormous and ornate Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in North Africa and the third largest in the world. Travel through Casablanca’s residential areas on your way to city center where you’ll see some of the city’s other highlights, including Mohamed V Square, the Habous quarter, and the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Then, arrive at your upscale hotel where you will have an orientation meeting followed by a welcome dinner. Novotel Casablanca City Center Hotel (D)
Day 3 – March 4: Casablanca/Marrakesh.
After a sumptuous breakfast, travel to Marrakesh, the “Red City”, a majestic place filled with palaces, gardens, markets, and mosques. Your afternoon tour of the city starts with a visit to the 16th-century Saadian Tombs, where approximately 60 members of the Saadi Dynasty found their final resting place. Your fascinating city tour will also include the Koutoubia Mosque with its iconic minaret, the stunning Bahia Palaca, and, of course, the opportunity to shop for world-famous Moroccan spices and herbs. You’ll then enjoy one of the highlights of any trip to Marrakesh – walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Medina with its palm readers, snake charmers, acrobats, and musicians before arriving at the spectacular Jemaa El Fna. Evening at leisure. Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel (B)
Day 4 – March 5: Essouira Excursion
This morning, after breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to Essaouira, a charming and exotic seaside town on the Atlantic coast. En route to Essaouira, visit the Marjana Cooperative where you’ll observe the extraction of Argan Oil, the demand for which has increased significantly due to its use in both cosmetics and western cuisine. Essaouira, with its beautiful fortified walls and busy fishing harbor, is known as the “Windy City of Africa” and has preserved a truly Moroccan charm. You’ll walk along the city walls north of Moulay Hassan Square and then continue on Skala de la Ville where you will enjoy an unmatched view of the city’s port and its beautiful collection of bright blue fishing boats. Explore the Medina, where artists continue to hone their crafts just as they have for centuries and merchants in the many souks (or markets) will have plenty to offer, including spices and jewelry. Return to Marrakesh for an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 5 – March 6: Marrakesh
Enjoy a day at leisure in Marrakesh to explore at your own pace. You may wish to join a half-day optional tour where you’ll learn to make the traditional Berber dish, couscous.
Tonight enjoy an included ride through the streets of Marrakesh on a horse-drawn carriage followed by an authentic Moroccan dinner with live music and belly dancing. (B,D)
Day 6 – March 7: Marrakesh/ Boumalne Dades
After breakfast, bid farewell to Marrakesh and journey across the High Atlas Mountains and the spectacular Tichka Pass on your way to Boumalne Dades. Stop for a brief tour of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A giant fortification, it is a unique example of pise clay architecture and one of the filming locations for several films and TV shows, including Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Enjoy lunch in Ourzazate on your own before arriving in Dades, located at the edge of the Sahara Desert, where you’ll be swept away on your orientation tour by the magnificent canyons and breathtaking landscapes. Arrive at your upscale hotel where you’ll enjoy an included dinner. Xaluca Hotel (B,D)
Day 7 – March 8: Boumalne Dades / Erfoud
Today, travel to Erfoud, widely described as an “oasis” in the Sahara Desert. Along the way, marvel at one of Morocco’s most visited natural sights, the lush Todra Palmeraie Gorge, with dramatic 985-foot high walls that will make for spectacular photographs along your walking tour, so be sure to have your camera ready! Continue on to Erfoud, the gateway to the desert, where you’ll check in and relax with dinner at your deluxe hotel. Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Maadid Erfoud (B,D)
Day 8 – March 9: Sahara Desert Experience
After breakfast, enjoy an unforgettable, full-day included excursion through the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand desert in Morocco. You’ll begin by discovering the town of Rissani, formerly a caravan center and still an important commercial center in the region, with a large and vibrant souk at its center. Then, head into the desert via a 4×4 caravan and discover various small villages until you reach Tissardmine, a serene village where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before ascending to the peak of Erg Chebbi. This stunning view of the vast surrounding desert will take your breath away, and you’ll trade automobiles for camels for the authentic Moroccan travel experience. One of the highlights of the trip, a journey through the Merzouga dunes on camelback, should leave you with memories that will last a lifetime (and amazing pictures as well)! Return to your upscale hotel after sunset and enjoy an included dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 9 – March 10: Erfoud/ Fez
Today, journey through the beautiful Middle Atlas mountain range, with its thick woods filled with lush cedar and oak trees en route to Fez. Along the way, you’ll pass through Ifrane, a picturesque ski town, and Azrou, known for its cedar wood handicrafts. As you enter Fez, there is a breathtaking view of the ancient city from a hill overlooking the medina. Barcelo Hotel (B)
Day 10 – March 11: Fez
Enjoy a half day tour to exploring Fez, the capital of Morocco for more than 400 years and the oldest of the imperial cities. With the help of a local expert, tour the Fez el Bali Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Life here takes place as it did centuries ago in one of the largest and best-preserved medieval fortified cities in the world. Wander the famous souks known for authentic Moroccan carpets and ceramics. Dine at a traditional riad for a light lunch within the medina. The rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Fez on your own or relax by your hotel poolside. (B,L)
Day 11 – March 12: Fez/ Rabat
After breakfast, drive to Rabat, Morocco’s capital and fifth largest city. En route, visit Meknes and see the magnificent Bab Mansour gate, featuring marble columns taken from Roman ruins and ornate zellij mosaics. You’ll also visit the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its wonderfully-preserved original mosaics, Roman Road, and city layout. The balance of the day at leisure. Le Diwan Rabat Hotel (B)
Day 12 – March 13: Rabat
Following breakfast, spend the morning touring the many fascinating historic sites in Morocco’s coastal capital of Rabat. You’ll see the 19th-century Royal Palace and the city’s “Gate of the Winds” (also known as Bab Rouah). Visit Hassan Tower, the minaret of an incomplete mosque that was originally intended to be the world largest. Construction started in 1195 and then came to a halt in 1199 after Sultan Yacoub al-Mansour passed away. Continue on to the picturesque Kasbah of the Udayas, built in the mid 12th-century, where you’ll walk through the French-colonial gardens and explore the fortress built to shield royalty from attacks. Your tour of the capital city will conclude at Chellah, a necropolis and the site of the ruins of Roman town known as Sala Colonia. The balance of your day is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group. (B,D)
Day 13 – March 14: Depart Morocco, Return USA
Enjoy your last morning and early afternoon at leisure in Casablanca. Transfer to the airport in Casablanca for your return non-stop flight (departs 3:50 PM). Your memorable journey comes to an end as you arrive back in the USA later today at 8:40 PM. (B)
Optional Tour - Day 5 in Marrakesh:
Couscous Cooking Demonstration and Museums, Palace, & Gardens with Lunch
$69 per person, includes lunch
On this half-day optional tour, you’ll learn to make the traditional Berber dish, couscous. We recommend a half-day optional tour where you’ll learn to make the traditional Berber dish, couscous. Prior to the cooking demonstration and included lunch, visit the Marrakesh Museum located in the 19th-century Dar M’Nebhi Palace, known for its spectacular variety of Jewish, Berber, and Muslim artifacts. You’ll also visit the Majorelle Gardens, designed by French expat Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s when Morocco was a protectorate of France.
Casablanca: Novotel Casablanca City Center Hotel
Angle Zaid Ouhmad Rue Sidi Belyout
Casablanca, Morocco 20190
Marrakesh: Le Meridien N’Fis Hotel
Avenue Mohammed VI
Boumalne Dades: Hotel Xaluca Dades
Boumalne Dades, Morocco
Erfoud: Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Erfoud
Route D’Errachidia Km. 5 Bp
Fez: Barcelo Fez Medina Hotel
53 Angle Hassan II, PO Box 30000
Rabat: Le Diwan Rabat Hotel
Place de L’Unite Africaine