Project Description

 Magical Morocco

~ Women’s Only Tour ~

Travel Dates: October 4 – 18, 2020

 Contact tours@tyw.ca or 780 739 2245 for travel dates and prices.

Morocco is a world apart, with a character all of its own.

Medieval alleys of ancient medinas, packed with donkeys and traders. Elegant boulevards &  sophisticated cities to mud-built forts towering over Saharan dunes with Berber villages dotted along the Atlas Mountain range. 

Explore, enjoy and relax as you complete your experience with a taste of Morocco including the aromatic slow-cooked tagine, a national speciality. 

ITINERARY

Day 1  – Sunday, October 4, 2020 – International flight to Casablanca

Overnight: On board flight     Meals included: TBA

Day 2 Monday, October 5, 2020 – Rabat

Overnight: Rabat     Meals: D

Bonjour Casablanca! Arrive into Mohamed V Airport

Meet your TYW representative for your private transfer to Rabat, the capital city of Morocco.

Day 3 – Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Rabat to Fes

Overnight: Fes      Meals: BD

This morning enjoy a guided tour Rabat ~ the charming city with its historical heritage, see the famous Hassan tower, the old minaret mosque built by Yacoub el-Mansour. Later, continue inland to Meknes and visit Jamai Palace, a big residence constructed in the last age and converted recently to a museum of superb silversmithing’s pieces. Bab el Mansour, one of the most famous northern African gates that represented for Moulay Ismaïl the coronation of his work as a founder. You will also discover the old imperial city, Moulay Ismaïl Palace, its stables, Héri Es Souani.   Late in the afternoon, continue towards Fes, the spiritual and intellectual city of Morocco.  

Day 4 – Wednesday, October 7, 2020 – Volubilis

Overnight: Fes Meals: BD

After breakfast visit of the Roman site of Volubilis and its famous mosaic classified as a worldwide inheritance by UNESCO & the saintly city of Moulay Idriss which terraces its white and cubic houses on two rocky spurs. It is an important place of pilgrimage, as it shelters the shrine of Moulay Idriss, the founder of Idrissides dynasty. End this day with a visit of a renowned vineyard. 

Day 5 – Thursday, October 8, 2020 – Fes

Overnight: Fes Meals: BD

Today, you will discover a city founded by Moulay Idriss II in 800 AC, it is the most ancient among all the imperial cities. Visit Bab Bou Jeloud, the monumental gate leading to médersé Attarîn and Bou Inania, known by the richness of its interior  decoration, to the apogee of merinide art, the place and Nejjarine fountain and the andalous area. Walk in the souk (Traditional market) with the fragrant and multicoloured spices, boilermaker souk who drums on boilerworks and trays and chisel, teapots and vases, dry cleaners souk. Experience the tanners area where leather is coloured offering an impressive spectacle. 

Day 6 – Friday, October 9, 2020 – Atlas Mountains to Errachidia

Overnight: Errachidia Meals: BD

It is a long, but beautiful day as you drive across the famous cedar forest, to the alpine style resort of Ifrane, founded in the 1930’s, through Azrou (the Moroccan Little Suisse) south of the Middle Atlas, through rocky plateau into Midelt, capital of the Moroccan carpets.

Midelt ~ The city of Rocks and the centre of Morocco, located on the high plains between the middle and the high Atlas Mountain range. Well known for its tremendous Moroccan Berber Tagine cuisine. 

It is here you will find great markets where the farmers produce a variety of fruit such as pomegranates, walnuts, apples, plums and apricots, as well as wonderful wool products and a large range of local handicrafts.

Continuation south to Errachidia, formerly known as “Ksar Es Souk” the city was renamed Errachidia around 1975 in honor of the second son of Hassan II, Moulay Rachid.,birthplace of the Alaouite’s royal family dynasty.

Day 7 – Saturday, October 10, 2020 – Erfoud to Merzouga Dunes

Overnight: Merzouga Dunes Meals: BD

This morning depart for Merzouga, via Erfoud, for a visit of the lovely oasis town located in the Sahara Desert.

Continue your adventure to Merzouga with an overnight at a Berber Desert Camp ~ Head out into the dunes by camel to sleep like a Bedouin in the Sahara Desert. Drink mint tea, eat delicious traditional fare, and listen to stories about life under the desert sun, then climb to the top of the dunes for unforgettable views at sunset. Enjoy a quiet night sleeping beneath the starry desert skies.

Day 8 – Sunday, October 11, 2020 – Zagora

Overnight: Zagora Meals: BD

This morning enjoy your camel ride at sunrise. After breakfast continue as you drive across the desert and oases to reach Zagora. Named after the nearby mountain, Zagora was once a stronghold of the Almoravid people, and their legacy can still be seen in the surrounding hills. With few signs of modernization, it’s a great place to experience traditional Moroccan life in outstanding scenery among some incredibly unique sites, palm trees and gardens filled with over 40 different types of dates.

Day 9 – Monday, October 12, 2020 – Ouarzazate

Overnight: Ouarzazate Meals: BD

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.

Continue today to Ouarzazate, (the film capital of Morocco) through the Draa Valley with its skours or walled adobe villages,  oasis’s and palm groves. The name Ouarzazate comes from the Amazigh for ‘quiet place’, and compared to many of its fellow Moroccan towns and cities, there is a certain calm to be found here. Inside its walls you’ll find new hotels and complexes, plus film studios which have made the most of their photogenic location.

Movies filmed in Ouarzazate: Mission Impossible ~ Rogue Nation, The Prince of Persia, Babel, Alexander, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, The man who would be King, Lawrence of Arabia…

Day 10 – Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – Marrakech

Overnight: Marrakech Meals: BD

This morning your tour takes you to visit the Kasbah de Taourirt, a citadel set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. As far as fortifications are concerned in Morocco, this is one of the most impressive of its kind. With almost 300 rooms and a true maze of passageways, steps, and key lock doors, it’s easy to feel lost within this immense structure that only connects to the outside world through a narrow entrance doorway.

Continue on to the Unesco World Heritage of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a traditional administrative building made from mud and straw and is considered to be among the most impressive of its kind. End this day driving across the high Atlas mountain range by its highest road pass, the tizi N Tichka were it leads to more dramatic and different landscapes, from the mountains to a tapestry of red ochre.You may recognize Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, from the Games of Thrones. In the late afternoon arrive in the red-coloured imperial city of Marrakech, the most fascinating of all Moroccan cities,  where we may have time to explore the famed Jemaa el-Fna Square before dinner.

Day 11 – Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – Marrakech

Overnight: Marrakech Meals: BD

Today enjoy your guided walking tour of the Medina (old town) including the Bahia Palace (palace of the beautiful, the brilliant). This nineteenth century palace covers eight hectares and is one of the masterpieces of Moroccan architecture. The rest of the day is your to explore the magical Red City of Marrakech and her souks . These souks (or markets) are  the markets that have provided Marrakchia with all their needs for over one thousand years. Vibrant colours, rich aromas, music, art, merchants in djellabas, street chefs in white hats, whatever you can imagine of the exotic is what you can find it in Marrakech.

Day 12 – Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Marrakech

Overnight: Marrakech Meals: BL

 A relaxing day to enjoy your surroundings or maybe take in some Christmas shopping.

*Optional Experience:  After a relaxing morning, prepare for your private Culinary workshop. Today you will learn & prepare your lunch, taught by a Moroccan chef.  The remainder of the day is yours to explore and play.

*Arrangement can be made to experience a hammam ~ a traditional Morroccan ritual

Day 13 – Friday, October 16, 2020 – Essaouira

Overnight: Essaouira Meals: BD

This morning depart for Essaouira, a UNESCO World Heritage site and your seaside resort, located on the windy Atlantic coast.  Swerah, as locals call it, or by it’s old Portuguese name Mogador, is well known for its wind, bright colours & many artists. With its long beach, calm harbor and friendly locals, Essaouria has developed into one of the more tranquil spots in Morocco. Fun Fact: If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you will recognize Essaouira as the backdrop from where Daenerys Targaryen purchased her army of Unsullied soldiers.

Day 14 – Saturday, October 17, 2020 – Marrakech

Overnight: Marrakech Meals: BD

A relaxing day to enjoy your surroundings or maybe take in some last minute shopping or just hang out by the pool. 

*Optional Experience: A visit to the Association for Women in Crisis where we learn the secret recipe of Moroccan pastries during our culinary class. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant owned & managed by the Association for Women in Crisis where we can also enjoy the best views in town.   *Arrangement can be made to experience a hammam ~ a traditional Morroccan ritual

Return to Marrakech for your last night.

Day 15 – Sunday, October 18, 2020 – International flight to Canada

Overnight: Marrakech Meals: B

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your international flight.

B – Breakfast    L – Lunch   D – Dinner

This tour is based on the following hotels ( or similar)

Rabat ~ Dar El Kabira Salam – 1 night

https://www.darelkebira.com/en/

 Fes ~ Hotel L’Escale – 3 nights

 http://www.hotelescale.ma/

Errachidia ~ Le Riad at Errachidia – 1 night

 http://www.hotelleriad.com/ 

Merzouga ~ Camp Kanz Erremal

https://www.kanzerremal.com

 Zagora ~ Kasbah Sirocco  – 1 night

http://www.kasbah-sirocco.com/

 Ouarzazate ~Les Jardins -1 night

 http://hotel-les-jardins-de-ouarzazate.com/

 Marrakech ~ Hotel El Andalous – 3 nights

http://www.alandalousmarrakech.com/

 Essaouira ~ Riad Al Medina ​- 1 night

http://riadalmadina.com/  

INCLUSIONS

  • 12 nights accommodation in 4 and 5 *
  • 1 night in a Riad
  • 1 night under the stars in a Khaimah tent
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 12 dinners
  • All private transfers by coach and camel
  • One mountain and one desert English speaking professional and licensed guides
  • Your private TYW full time tour director with guides in Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes and Marrakech

Entrance fees to:

  • Oudya Gardens, Rabat Hassan Tower, Royal Mews in Meknes, former Koranic School in Fes and the Bahia Palace in Marrakech
  • Culinary workshop including lunch organized by the chef in his own garden
  • Moroccan pastry workshop arranged with a local women’s  association in Marrakech
  • Vineyard and wine tasting
  • Camel ride in Merzouga

EXCLUSIONS

  • International Air  – Group airfare will be available
  • Mandatory travel insurance
  • All gratuities
  • All meals not mentioned in your day-to-day itinerary and all beverages
  • Travel Visas (if applicable)

PACKAGE PRICE 

$3,650.00 – Land Only

$4,950.00 – Land & Air from Edmonton

Based on 15 travellers in shared accommodations

Single Supplement: $TBA

For alternate air quotes and reservations please contact  tours@tyw.ca  | 780.739.2245

TRAVEL FACTS:

Countries visiting: Morocco

Visas: Not needed for Canadian passport holders

Vaccinations: *Recommended that all immunizations should be up to date 

Climate for Spring: Highs of 23° and Lows of 11°

Currency: Moroccan Dirham

IMPORTANT NOTES:

This is a quotation only and neither reservations for services nor hotel bookings have been made. Availability of all services is guaranteed upon confirmation of first deposit. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and hotel availability and the number of travelling participants. Therefore, quoted rates might change accordingly.

Booking Conditions

Applications and Confirmation: ALL TYW documents as: 1) Application, 2) signed waiver, and 3) Payment agreements, must be completed and handed in by the due date to ensure your place and confirmation. 

Application Due Date: March 2, 2020

Payments

All deposits are to be made to Travel Your World International Ltd. Your first deposit is non refundable by TYW.

Late Payments: All payments 1 – 15 days past due will result in a 10% late payment penalty. All payments 16 – 29 days past due will result in a 15% late payment penalty. If the scheduled payment and penalty amount(s) are not received within 30 days from a scheduled payment date, TYW assumes the participant will not be travelling and refunds will be subject to Travel Your World’s cancellation policy. Should the participant still wish to travel on the tour, this must be communicated clearly in a written format to Travel Your World and the full outstanding amount(s) plus penalties must be paid within 24 hours of providing notice. Please visit www.tyw.ca for our Terms & Conditions.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is not included in your quoted tour package, however, is mandatory for all TYW customized tours. For more information on Travel Insurance or to receive a quote today, please kindly reach out to TYW’s Registered Travel Insurance Specialist, Jackie – jackie@tyw.ca   780.862.5430

Other Cost Considerations

Beverages & Lunches: TBA

Gratuities: TBA

Contacts

Gillian ~ Application package and administration enquiries gillian@tyw.ca 

Jackie ~  Insurance related information jackie@tyw.ca

Cindy ~  Itinerary related information and enquiries cindy@tyw.ca 

Janice ~  Payments and financial matters janice@tyw.ca

*Please note: This tour is subject to final edits and changes

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