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Morocco's In-Depth

from $2275(Land Only) $3500(Air & Land)

Escorted Package Includes

- Roundtrip airfare New York/Casablanca

- Meeting and assistance upon arrival

- All transfers during trip

- Escursion to the Sand Dunes/Bivouacs by 4x4

- 13 nights at Four Star Hotel/Escorted

- Three Meals Daily (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

- 1 Dinner with family in Fez

- Dinner at Chez Ali/Fantasia Dinner

- Escorted Tour Guide

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New York OR Washington DC

To CasablancaDepart this evening on your transatlantic flight on Royal Air Maroc's direct flight to Casablanca. 6 hours, 45 minute flight from JFK, New York



Casablanca

To RabatUpon arrival, you will be met and assisted by a representative of our local Oussaden Tour Office. A 60 mile drive brings to Rabat, the present capital of Morocco and official residence of King Mohammed VI. Check into your hotel. Afternoon tours will include the walking to the bustling Medina, followed by a visit to the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the Great Mosque, the Hassan Tower and the magnificent Mohammed V Mausoleum. You will drive past the ramparts and the walls of Mechuoar that encompass the royal palace. Overnight in your hotel.



Rabat

, Moulay Idriss, Volubilis, Meknes, FezYou will begin your exploration of the Imperial Cities this morning with a stop at the Holy City Of Moulay Idriss where the founder of Islam is buried. Continue on to the archaeological site of the Roman ruins at Volubilis. From here you will travel to Meknes where after lunch, you will drive throughout the walls and numerous Gates of Bab El Mansour, the Shrine Mosque, the Tomb of Moulay Ismail, Dar Jami Palace and the Royal Stables. You will end your day in Fez, the first Imperial City which was built in 790 A.D. by Moulay Idriss II. (B, D)



Fez

A full day to explore Morocco's most fascinating city and the world last surviving Medieval city. Start the day by traveling downtown to visit King Palace. After walking through the Arab and Jewish sections, you will see South King Palace. Continue along the river for a panoramic view of the Old Town Medina. You enter the city through one of the main gates for a walking tour highlighting the Karaouine university which is one of the oldest school in the world, the Mederassat Al-Attarine, Bouanania Religious School, Najarine Fountain and you will end it with an optional lunch. Later, you will visit Moulay Idriss Mausoleum and a famous tannery where skins are cured and dyed in cnormous vats



Fez, Beni Sadden

Fez This morning, depart to a Beni sadden , a berber village where you spend enjoying time with a berber family 



Fez, Ifrane, Azrou, Midelt

ErfoudDepart for the day's viewing of Morocco's magnificent mountains. We cross both the middle and high Atlas ranges on our way to the Sal1ara with our first shop in the Berber enclave Qf Azrou, then travel along forests of giant cedars to the Beni Mguild Berber Capital of Midelt. In the late afternoon, we arrive in ErEoud



Fez, Erfoud, Merzouga

Continue our journey, following the ancient Bedouin trading routes parallel with the Middle Atlas and passing series of the fortified villages with outstanding pre­Saharian architecture. We will start our excursion in 4- wheel driver to the sandy dunes of Merzouga and spend the night in the edge of the Sahara under a tent. Dinner will be a feast in the desert.



Merzouga, Ouarzazate

Before breakfast we will see the sunrise over the Sahara. We will then depart to Tinghir where we will visit the kashahs, and pass through sandstone fortresses, remote oasis ans the grand and colourful Todra Gorges with cliffs over 300 metres vertically around you. Luncl1 . Continue to Ouarzazate. Dinner & over night hotel in Ouarzazate. 



Ouarzazate, Taroudent

After breakfast, we travel from Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Morocco) through the valley of thousand Kasbahs to Morocco"s most iconic Berber village of Taroudant. Enjoy the scenic view of Jbel Siroua from Tizin Taghatine and Tizin Lakhsan. En route, we will stop in Taliouine, a humble Berber village in the heart of the Anti Atlas mountains. Continue our drive trip via the orange and palm groves in the surrounding to Taroudant. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 



Taroudent, Marrakech

Depart early this morning to Marrakech,"The 'Pearl of the South" via Tizin'test crossoing many bereber villages ; Ouled Berhill, Imlil, My brahim,then Tahanout. As we draw closer to Marrakech, you wil! notice the abundance of the pink mud-btick buildings amid this tree-filled dty which its hospitable climate and superb location it has been a get­a-way location for Moroccans and europeans alike .. Dinner & Ovemight and dinner. 



Guided city

Tour in MarrakeshDepart for the monuments of Marrakech with visits to the 16th century grandiose saadien tombs, the balIia palace, a splendid example of Moorish Andaloussian architecture. Later, visit the word famous Djemaa EI Fna, a spectacular open theatre with story tellers, fire-eaters, snake cl1armers and palm-readers. Tonight, special treat in a dinncr party with typical Moroccan entertainment, including folklore music and skilled horsemen. Over night at hotel. 



Marrakech

Free day to relax or explore on your own. (optional excursion in Marrakech extra charge)



Marrakech, Essaouira

Depart this morning for Essaouira, a picturesque port of an 800-year-old city, which shows traces of Iberian influence in its forts and towers. During the road, you will find a women's associations for Argana; a stop to see the activities done by women. We suggest you have lunch outdoors' (not included) at Chalet de la Place, seafood dishes are highly recommended optional. Dinner and overnight in hotel.



Essaouira, Casablanca

Depart this morning, to Casablanca. Sightseeing includes United Nations Square, Royal Palace, Central Market and Anfa Residential area. Once here you Will visit the mosque of Hassan II, which is the largest in the Moslem world after the one in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Continue to your hotel for overnight.



Casablanca, New York

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and you will be assisted with customs for your safe return flight home.

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CURRENCY

Moroccan Dirhams (DH) are the local currency. The current rate of exchange (Sep 96) is one U.S. Dollars equals approximately 9.5 Dirhams (exact exchange could vary). The exchange rate fluctuates daily. U.S. Currency, Travelers's Checks and Credit Cards are accepted at most major establishments.

CLIMATE

A moderate climate prevails in most of the country.

CLOTHING

Dress is casual throughout the country, although jackets and ties are expected in the finer hotels, like La Mamounia, for dinner. In the winter months visitors should pack a light coat or raincoat. In the spring and summer lightweight clothes should be worn. Shorts, except for beach resorts, are not encouraged.

CUISINE/FOOD VEGETARIAN

Hotels feoture internotionol cuisine with emphosiso n FtenchI,t olion, Sponisho r typicolly Moroccon meols con be found ot mony restourontsT. roditionoiM orocconm eolss hould not be missed:t he renownedc ouscousb, isteelc (floky postry stuffed with chicken, eggs ond onions)M, echou(l crispr oostedlo mb),o r horiro (o rich soup). Morocco olso produces good ond inexpensivwe ines.M int teo is the notionold rink, olthough coffee is olso extremely populor. Ordinaryt op woter is drinkobleb, ut it is odvisoble for visitors to purchcse inexpensive minerol woter.

TIPPING

Tips for the hotel and restaurants are not included in your itinerary. For any restaurants not included it is recommended to leave the waiter an extra 10 Dirhams per person, as there is usually a service tax on the bill. Taxi cab drivers do not expect a tip, but please be sure to ask how much the trip will Cost before you get into the cab. For each person wishing to photogragh camel drivers, snake charmers, water carriers, etc, expect to tip 5 dirhams each. Be sure to keep change handy for unexpected photo opportunities . Hotel porters should be given 5 dirhams per bag. Please check the inclusions listed on your Itinerary to see exactly what is included, but don't hesitate to give an extra few Dirhams for good service. The small amount of money is more beneficial to them. Your guide can advice you in these situations. Tips to your guide and driver are expected , if you are satisfied with their services, They are already included in your tour. Please check "inclusions" on your itinerary. A good amount to Tip is $7 per day per person for the guide and $7 per day per person for the the driver, sometimes There is a driver's assistant, who keeps the bus clean and guards your valuables while you are out On walks, etc. He can be tipped $4 per day. These people are a very important part of your trip and should be considered. Please don't hesitate to give an extra few dirhams for good service anywhere, It is much appreciated.

HOIEIS&SERVICE

The government rates hotels according to the "star system, the four star hotels listed in this brochure are among the best quality available in the cities visited. Visitors should be aware however, that facilities and service provided in Morocco, as in many developing countries, might not be equivalent to U.S. Or Western European standard.

ENTERTNNMENT

Casino gambling is found in Marrakesh and Tangier, and ultra-modern discos abound in all major cities and resorts. Traditional Moroccan Folklore shows and belly dancing can also be found in all major cities and resort areas.

SHOPPING

Morocco has an abundance of fine handicrafts at bargain prices: some of which included rugs, leather ware, brass, copper, silver, spices and old markets known as souks.

RELIGION

Morocco is a predominantly Sunni Muslim country with small Jewish and Christian minorities. The culture of Morocco has been strongly influenced by Berbers, Arabs, Moors, Jews and the French, and is tolerant of differences. While Moroccans are hospitable to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, most Islamic religious monuments are closed to non-Muslims. There are, however, notable exceptions to this custom, enabling visitors to enter some of Morocco's most formidable shrines such as the newly-built Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Festivities marking the seasons and the various types of harvests are held throughout Morocco. Those held in honor of holy men are known as moussems. Participating in traditional celebrations is an excellent way to experience local customs and culture. The celebration may include fantasias, where horsemen demonstrate their skills, as well as dancing, singing and feasting. Many of the most religious holidays are combined with feasting and fireworks and other entertainment. The most holy religious holiday is Ramadan, the month set aside for fasting to commemorate God's revelation of the Koran to the prophet Mohammed. The month is welcomed with fasting during the day, but rejoicing in the streets at night. Cafes stay open in the major cities until 3:00am.

HOLIDAYS

During certain local or national holidays some restaurants, museums, and other attractions may be limited. If you feel your enjoyment might be diminished ,we suggest you contact the Moroccan Tourist Board at (212) 557-2520 or (407) 827-5337 for further information and guidance.

ELECTRICITY

European style outlets. Visitors should bring an adapter.

SPORTS

There are golf courses in Marrakech and Tangier.

REGIONS

Geographically, the county divides into five basic zones: the coast, Mediterranean and Atlantic; the great cities of the plains; the Rif and Atlas Mountains; and the oases and desert of the Sahara. The three ranges of the atlas, with the Rif a kind of extension in the north, cut right across the interior, physical and historical barriers, and inhabited for the most part by the indigenous Moroccan Berbers.

HEALTH

Morocco is a healthy country however, a certain number of minimal precautions should be taken, particularly in the south. Avoid water from Wadis and water sellers. Drink bottled water only and be sure when in a restaurant that when you order water, that the bottle is opened in front of you. Take precautions against insect bites and sunburn. Bring bug repellent and sunscreen. No inoculations are required; however, we suggest that you speak to your physician.

LANGUAGE

Moroccan Dirhams (DH) are the local currency. The current rate of exchange (Sep 96) is one U.S. Dollars equals approximately 9.5 Dirhams (exact exchange could vary). The exchange rate fluctuates daily. U.S. Currency, Travelers's Checks and Credit Cards are accepted at most major establishments.

CURRENCY

The official language of Morocco is Arabic. The everyday language is a dialectal Arabic, as well as Berber are spoken in the Atlas and Rif regions. Most Moroccans speak French.

PASSPORTS

Travelers to Morocco must have a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your day of travel. Visas are not required for American tourists traveling to Morocco for fewer than 90 days. . For further information on entry/exit requirements for Morocco, please contact the Embassy of Morocco at 1601 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, telephone (202) 462-7979 to 82, fax 202-462-7643, or the Moroccan Consulate General in New York at 10 E. 40th Street, New York, NY 10016, telephone (212) 758-2625, fax 212-779-7441. It is a good idea to make a photocopy of your passport, carried separately, in case of any emergency.

BANK

There's a wide range of banks available for changing money and cashing traveler's checks and credit cards. Generally, it's quick and easy with rates varying little from bank to bank. Probably the best of the banks is the Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur (BMCE). ATM's are available throughout Morocco and perhaps your best way of exchanging money. Each ATM machine will charge about 1.5% of your withdrawal. It is suggested that you carry a small amount of USD and make large purchases with your credit card.

Guides Per Day

Guides Per Day: $5.00 - $7.00

Motor Coach Drivers Per Day: $2.00 - $3.00

Portage (although already included): $1.00 per bag

PACKING

Dress in Morocco is casual. Light, cotton or linen pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, and long sleeve shirts will help ensure you have a pleasant travel experience. It's also a good idea to pack such items as a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, backup medical prescriptions, a Swiss Army knife, earplugs, and a good book (English-language books can be difficult to find in Morocco.)Many travelers bring a few colored pens, or hard candies, to give to children who may lead you through a village or otherwise approach you.

CASABLANCA

The principal city of Morocco, Casablanca is a metropolitan city with a European flavor as it was designed by the French during their occupation to resemble Marseilles. One of the most wonderful sites of Casablanca is the Hassan II Mosque which is stark white and sits besides the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In some areas the floor is made of glass and reveals the blue ocean. It is the second largest mosque after Meca.

WATER & ALCOHOL

Excellent bottled mineral water is available everywhere. Alcohol is available to buy in Super Marches (super markets) and a few bars and lounges are sprinkled around the big cities of Marrakech, Agadir and Casablanca. Morocco also produces it's own beer and wine.