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Splendours of Morocco

19 Amazing Days - Departs 18 April 2018

Visiting Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Volubilis, Meknes, Erfoud, Merzouga, Ouarzazate, Marrakech & Essaouira

Splendours of Morocco Discover all that exotic Morocco has to offer, from the historic cities in the north to the mysterious desert • Experience the Sahara in style when you sleep under the stars at a luxury Desert Tented Camp amid the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes. • Stay in the fascinating “Red City” at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech, your home for three nights • Visit Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, a garden created by an artist and later restored by design legend Yves SaintLaurent. • Explore Meknes and Volubilis, both UNESCO WorldHeritage Sites, to unveil Morocco’s unique culture and past • Embrace life like a local with a ride on camel back and by horse and carriage

Highlights From the undulating sands of the Sahara, the snow capped High Atlas mountains, the hustle of the souks, rose coloured palaces and date palms - this tour will immerse you in the culture and heritage of this beautiful country. A country more exotic and enticing is hard to find. Morocco blends the best of Arab civilisation with an appealing climate and some of the world’s most beautiful hotels. On this journey, we take in the fascinating history of imperial Fes, the mysterious Kasbahs of the Dades Valley, stay in a luxury desert camp and enjoy the charms of Marrakech. With its ancient imperial cities, spectacular landscapes, bustling souks full of treasures, beautiful handicrafts, a mouth-watering cuisine and a fascinating blend of cultural and historic influences. Morocco promises a wealth of exotic experiences. You will soon be soaking up this fascinating history and colourful culture.We visit the dramatic snow-capped peaks, rugged hillsides and fertile valleys of the nearby Atlas Mountains. We also visit the port town of Essaouira with a sojourn at the charming fishing village of Qualida with its stunning lagoons and dramatic landscape. The ancient port of Essaouira, a charming whitewashed town on the Atlantic coast, is one of the country’s most picturesque places, with a thriving fishing industry, harbour front restaurants and a wonderfully relaxed pace of life. CASABLANCA Casablanca’s famous Hassan II Mosque RABAT AND VOLUBILIS Rabat – founded in the 12th century – its strategic position as a fortress, presents an interesting blend of old and new . We visit the famous City Gates and Tomb of Moulay Ismail. The Imperial Complex and Stables. Volubilis, the Roman ruins are among the best preserved ruins of the Roman Empire and was a regional capital in the 3rd century. MARRAKECH Marrakech - set within lush green gardens, olive groves and palm trees on the edge of the Sahara desert. The main square, Djemaa el-Fna Square , is the heart of the city, literally translates as “The”Mosque or Assembly of Death” in reference to the custom of displaying the heads of vanquished rebels. Today it is a square where at sunset the real image and charm of Moroccan folklore gather story tellers, snake charmers, acrobats, bands, and food stalls. Meknes - built by Moulay Ismail in the 17th century contains the Sultan’s Palace and a wonderfully preserved medina filled with easily navigated souks. FEZ The imperial city of Fez is the capital of traditional Moroccan culture. Old Fes is famed for its labyinthine souks, where traditional craft techniques are still practised. Fes, home to the oldest university in the world, and is the country’s cultural and spiritual centre. Wandering the medina in this medieval city with its high walls and narrow streets will enchant you. The entrance to Fes’s historical area, the Bab Bouiloud (Blue Gate) constructed by the French in 1913 using blue Fassi tiles in patterns of swirls and stars on the outside which switch to green on the inside. We participate in a cooking class at a local riad. The weaver’s souk in the medina in Fes is believed to be the world’s largest car-free urban area THE SAHARA DESERT With some of the most beautiful, spectacular and dramatic scenery in the world, we enjoy a quintessential Saharan experience – on our slow march across the sands astride a carmel. ESSAOUIRA 16th Century fortress town, popular for its magnificent beaches, charming souk, colourful boats and seafood. Pick your seafood from the ice cart and watch as it is cooked in front of you. Essaouira is pronounced as es-Sweera in Arabic


DAY 1 - Wednesday 18 April Brisbane, Dubai to Casablanca This evening we join our Emirates flight to Dubai and onto Casablanca. DAY 2 - Thursday 19 April Arrive Casablanca We arrive into Casablanca at 1pm this afternoon. Remainder of day at leisure. Accom: Four Seasons Hotel Meals: Inflight meals

ministries. See the Kasbah of the Oudayas, and visit the unfinished Hassan Tower and Mosque, and the distinctive and elegant Mausoleum of Mohammed V, revered former King and grandfather of the present King Mohammed VI. Continue to FES via Meknes & Volubilis We Tour Meknes, the imperial city known as “Moroccan Versailles”, was founded in the 17th century by King Moulay Ismail. Meknes is famous for its 25-mile long walls. Located near Meknes, in one of the most fertile lands of Morocco, the ruins of Volubilis have been qualified by UNESCO as ‘an exceptionally well-preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Roman Empire’. The massive gate of Bab Mansour, The Bassin de L’Agdal a massive 400m x 100m pool dating back some 300 years. The Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail is one of only three Moroccan shrines that nonMuslims can visit. Volubilis started in 3rd Century BC as a Phoenician settlement. Under Roman dominion as from 1st Century AD, it developed very quickly, witholive growing as the motor of its economy. It had temples, a triumphal arch, and a basilica, as well as public baths and beautiful mansions and villas. Accom: Riad Fez hotel Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

DAY 3 - Friday 20 April Casablanca Today, we start with a panoramic tour. This city is the chief port, the financial, commercial and manufacturing centre of the country. A modern city with office buildings and big-city traffic, it will not remind you of the eponymous film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman! The population has grown from approximately 20,000 in the early 1900s to more than four million today (including the suburbs), and is the largest city in Africa. Drive along the wide boulevards, United Nations Square, the residential area of Anfa and Ain Diab, and then to the Mosque of Hassan II. Situated on the edge of the Atlantic in the easternmost point of Morocco the mosque is truly an architectural masterpiece. Accom: Four Seasons Hotel Meals: Breakfast DAY 5 - Sunday 22 April Fes - City tour DAY 4 - Saturday 21 April After breakfast, we have a guided city tour, discovering Casablanca – Fes some of the monuments and history of the medina Today we drive to the Imperial “garden city” of as well as the modern area. Rabat. The well-planned city consists of broad One of the most important centres of learning in tree-lined avenues, a landscaped central park, and the world during centuries, and home to the oldest impressive quarters for the foreign embassies and university in History, Fes was founded by Idriss I in

The Al-Karaouine University, founded in 859 by Fatima Al Fihri, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, as part of a complex including the mosque and madrasa of the same name, the Al-Karouine university became very soon a major centre of intellectual activity in the world of its age, not only amongst Muslims, but also amongst Christians; Pope Silvester II, who is credited with introducing Arab numerals and the use of zero in Europe, was a student in the institution and no doubt learnt about them there. The most beautiful of Al-Karaouine’s residential colleges is the Madrasa Bou Inania, built in 1357, and regarded as one of the finest examples of Merinid architecture; inside the building, elegant calligraphy graces the ceramic tile walls. The marble floors, sculpted cedar, and carved stucco walls, have held up since this masterpiece was The principal monuments of the medina date from built; still in use, non-Muslims must leave its premises that period. The Merinids started the building of a during prayer time. new town outside the walls, which was called Fes Jdid, new Fes – and the old part became Fes El Bali, Bab Boujeloud Built in 1913 by French resident or ancient Fes. general Lyautey under the Protectorate, Bab (which 789. It started as two separate cities or medinas, stretching on both banks of the river Jawhar, facing each other. They were made into a single one in 1070 by the Almoravids, who erected the city ramparts that can be seen today, and built bridges across the river Jawhar in order to connect both sides. The arrival to power of the Almohads, and the settling of Andalousian expatriates expelled from Spain, brought an important development to Fes, which became the largest city in the world during the second half of the 12th Century, with an estimated population of 200,000 souls. But it is under the rule of the Merinids, in the 13th and 14th Centuries, when Fes would reach its height, replacing Marrakech as capital of the empire.

Today, Fes el Bali (meaning Fes the ancient) is an UNESCO Heritage Site, and probably the largest carfree urban area in the world. It is well known because of the skills of its artisans, who are outstanding in trades such as metal and leather working, ceramics, wood, silk, and tapestries. Despite the political capital of the kingdom being transferred to Rabat in 1912, Fes is still regarded by Moroccans as the spiritual centre of their country. Highlights of Fes include: La Nouvelle Ville Built by the French at the beginning of the 20th Century, la nouvelle ville or new city provides a startling contrast with the labyrinthine alleys of Fes el Bali. Wide and elegant avenues are lined with numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops.

means ‘Gate’) Boujeloud is the most beautiful entry point into the medina. One thousand years younger than the buildings behind it, the gate was designed in Moorish style and it integrates effortlessly into the surrounding urban landscape, always lively with street vendors and other local characters.

Nejjarine Square Located close by the Souk Nejjarine (Carpenter’s souk), where the scent of cedar is everywhere, this little square boasts a splendid fountain and a typical foundouk (roadside inn) dating from the 18th Century, which is now home to the Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts.

The Mellah It was the Jewish quarter of the medina, placed under the personal protection of the Sultan. The name comes from ‘al mallah’, which means, in Arabic, saline area, as the quarter was built on a site of this nature. With time, the term would apply to all Jewish quarters in all the cities of Morocco. Although Jewish communities existed in the country since Roman times, the Mellah of Fes was the first one officially built in Morocco, in 1438, by the Merinids; its main street is especially interesting with its balconies and Art Deco zellij mosaics. One of the Mellah’s synagogues, Ibn Danan, dating from the 17th Century, was recently restored, and we pay a visit. Souks Are located in the ancient city centre, the medina. The main plaza is planted with trees and provides a shaded haven from the warm sun. Accom: Riad Fez hotel Meals: : Breakfast/Dinner

Discover the world of spices and their uses and the secrets of the male-oriented domain of the tea den under the guidance of a culinary leader and storyteller. Cooking class at riad Fes: Moroccan cuisine is often considered one of the best in the world. It is known by a wide variety of dishes, couscous, different tagines, pastilla and barbecue. Fez is said to be par excellence the gastronomic city of Morocco. Our chef invites you to share her passion and secrets in a friendly and warm atmosphere. Provided in the main kitchen of the Riad, workshops are organized by groups of 2 to 4 people to ensure each participant a personalized welcome in a nice ambiance. We will learn how to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert. We will begin with a visit of the souks with our chef and a guide to buy good and fresh products. At the end of each session, we will taste the dishes we have prepared during a friendly DINNER in the DAY 6 - Monday 23 April dining room of the Riad. A list of recipes dedicated Morning: Half day Tasting tour in FES by our chefs will be given at the end of the course Afternoon: Cooking class at riad FES to share a grain of Morocco at home, with family or Tasting tour: Today we wind our way through the friends. alleys and souks with a Fez food expert. Those interested in the knowledge of Moroccan We’ll visit three different food souks allowing the wines can also enjoy a tasting in the Wine Bar with chance to try traditional Moroccan street food one of the sommeliers. This will be the opportunity including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, to discover the world of great wines from Morocco spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, olives and which are all great but unknown outside the borders more. At the honey souk we’re able to taste an array of the country. of delicious wild honeys, discuss their flavors and Accom: Riad Fez hotel health-giving properties and find out why honey is so Meals: Breakfast/Dinner important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture. We’ll investigate traditional cooking methods by DAY 7 - Tuesday 24 April visiting a furnatchi where the water for the communal Fez – Erfoud - Merzouga bath house ‘hammam’ is also heated, and a 400 year After breakfast, transfer to Erfoud crossing Ifrane old ‘furan’ or communal oven and bakery. known as the Moroccan Switzerland, the cedar

woods of Azrou and the Middle Atlas Mountains, through Midelt, before reaching the plains of the Ziz River which lead to Erfoud city at the fringes of the Sahara Desert. We will be picked up from from Erfoud to Merzouga by 4x4 of the Erg Cherbbi desert with the highly esthetical pink sand high dunes (Merzouga area). Enjoy a picnic lunch at the oasis and a camel tour at sunset upon arrival at the camp. The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach a height of up to 150 meters in places and altogether it spans an area of 50 kilometers from north to south and up to 5–10 kilometers from east to west lining the Algerian border. Erg Chebbi special feature is its beautiful unique orange colored sand. This is a region of nomad Berbers. Accom: Desert Luxury Camp in Tent Meals: Breakfast/Dinner DAY 8 - Wednesday 25 April Merzouga – Skoura After breakfast, private transfer to Skoura. En route, visit Todra Gorges with its impressive stone walls that rise to great heights, overlooking a narrow valley full of palm trees and fields, in total contrast with the aridity of the Sahara. Skoura is a beautiful Oasis, 35km east of Ouarzazate in the ‘Valley of a thousand Kasbahs’ as it is known. Its ‘claim to fame’ is the long line of Kasbahs, both whole and ruined, running along the edges of its two seasonal rivers. Accom: Ksar el Kebbaba Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

DAY 9 - Thusday 26 April Skoura – Imlil Transfer to Imlil, in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. This is a journey through the High Atlas Mountains and Ouarzazate, where we enjoy a tour of Kasbah Taourirt, former property of the once powerful Glaoua family rulers of the South and Atlas during the French Protectorate. We also visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a fine example of the typical southern morocco earth arquitecture still inhabited by a few families and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has impressive scenery that has not gone unnoticed to many film directors of Hollywood who use it often for their works, including famous films such as Gladiator, Alexander and the very famous series Game of Thrones. Accom: Kasbah Toubkal. Meals: Breakfast/Dinner DAY 10 - Friday 27 April Imlil with activities – Marrakech After breakfast, take in the beautiful landscape and fresh air during a half day walk around the village of Imlil. Lunch at Kasbah du Toubkal. Time to rest and enjoy the scenery from the Kasbah. We transfer to Marrakech in the afternoon. Late afternoon we visit of the Majorelle Gardens: This enchanting place, filled with bougainvillea, coconut, banana, bamboo and palms, was created in the 1920s by the French painter Jacques Majorelle. At the heart of lush vegetation, he built a large workshop, pergolas and arbors completely covered with bright blue colours. Neglected after the painter’s death in 1962,

the property was restored a few years ago by fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and used as his residence. At the end of the tour, we will explore the ramparts of Marrakech: The ramparts dominate this medieval city with their characteristic red stone walls and superb nine gates dating back to different eras with rich history that is both surprising and unseen. A very old 19 Kms flanked by 202 towers. Evening: Discover the magic of the Medina: explore Djama El Fna Square, the beating heart of the city. Dive deep into the soup of fantastic sights and smells of a Moroccan folklore! Day and night, the excitement is palpable. Here comes the snake-charmers, storytellers, fortune-tellers, potion vendors, Gnaoua musicians, henna artists, monkey performers, acrobats, and transvestite dancers ! Try a bowl of snails or maybe sheep’s head. Or buy some water from that elaboratelydressed vendor. Watching sunset from one of its terraces when the call to prayer from the Koutoubia minaret fills the air is one of these ‘zen’ moments that Morocco offers – do not miss it! Despite its lack of significant monuments, Djemaa el Fna became an UNESCO Heritage Site in 1985, as one of the last places in the world where old oral narratives are still enacted. We can enjoy soft drink or mint tea on the terrace overlooking the square. Accom: Four Seasons Hotel Meals: Breakfast

Marrakech was founded in 1062 by one of the chieftains of the Almoravid king Youssuf ibn Tashfin. The Almoravids were desert warriors, very much attached to their Islamic religion; the original garrison developed very quickly into a city where numerous mosques and madrasas (Koranic schools) were built. Andalousian craftsmen built and decorated several palaces, merging their style with the Saharan and African traditions, which gave the city a distinctive architectural flavour. The Almoravids also erected the city walls, and created a complex system of underground irrigation canals to bring water from the High Atlas, the khettara – a system still in use to water the several gardens of the city.

DAY 11 - Saturday 28 April Marrakech Full day to explore the red city with our guide. Marrakech enjoys a legend status which conveys the ideas of mystery, sensuality, and exoticism. Its influence and fame has been so strong and intense in the history of Morocco, that as a matter of fact the country was named after the city.

Nowadays, Marrakech is a vibrant city which exhibits a curious blend of the ancient and the modern, allowing travelers the chance to experience the genuine medieval atmosphere of the old medina, and visit the trendiest bars, art galleries and restaurants, in the French Quarter, Guéliz, built at the beginning of the 20th Century, all in one day. Highlights of our visit will include: The Koutoubia Mosque Built

At its height, Marrakech was the capital of the Almoravid empire, which stretched as far as Senegal, most part of Spain, and Algiers. In 1147, the Almohads, tribesmen from the High Atlas Mountains who practised orthodox Islam, sacked the city, replacing the Almoravids as rulers of the empire, and destroying many of the palaces and mosques of their predecessors. New ones were built soon, though, including the famous Koutoubia mosque, which dates from this period. Ever since, alternate ages of splendour and decline sculpted Marrakech’s unique and charming character once decadent and full of life.

by the Almohads in the late years of 12th Century. The Koutoubia Mosque, and specially its minaret, is the most important landmark of Marrakech, and a symbol of the city itself. The minaret served as model for the Giralda in Sevilla and the unfinished Tour Hassan in Rabat, all three being designed by the same architect. Koutoubia means ‘booksellers’, as the trade of books was concentrated in the neighborhood during the Middle Ages. The minaret of the Koutoubia, 77 meters high, is visible from almost any point of the city – an old ordinance, still in force, forbids any building of Marrakech to surpass the Koutoubia minaret in height.

colleges which concentrated also all scientific and philosophic knowledge of their age, providing both lodging and education to students. The Madrasa Ben Youssef was founded by Merinid sultan Abu-al-Hassan in the 14th Century, and the geometric patterns of its decoration have attracted the attention not only of artists but also of mathematicians, as they exhaust the catalogue of all possible geometric figures. Its 130 student dormitory cells once housed as many as 900 students, and cluster around a courtyard richly carved in cedar, marble and stucco. This masterpiece of Islamic art was in use for centuries, until it closed in 1960.

Saadian Tombs: Built in the 16th Century as mausoleums for some Saadian rulers and their families, the Saadian Tombs were unknown until they were discovered by the French in 1917, thanks to aerial photographs. The site comprises more than one hundred graves, distributed in 3 mausoleums whose decoration exemplifies Islamic architecture with floral motifs, calligraphy, zellij and carrara marble, and finely worked cedar wood and stucco. Outside the buildings are a garden and the graves of soldiers and servants.

The Souks: Filling the alleys north of Djmaa el Fna is the souk, or traditional market – the largest one in Morocco. It is, in turn, subdivided in some 18 souks, each one of them devoted to a specific trade or craftsmanship – from spices or ironwork, to the ingredients necessary for casting magic spells. The number of shops – often not much bigger in size than a closet - is overwhelming, and in them Moroccans can indulge in one of the activities that they enjoy most: bargaining. Cunning, patience, sense of humour, and strategy are needed for the game. Accom: Four Seasons Hotel Meals: Breakfast

El Bahia Palace Built in the late 19th Century, and decorated by the best artisans of Morocco at the time, this palace – intended to be the most magnificent of its age – features an exquisite blend of Andalousian and Moorish styles. Specially interesting are the harem apartments, the trapezoidal garden, and a huge tiled courtyard with fountains. The Madrasa Ben Youssef Ancestors of modern universities, the ancient madrasas were theological

DAY 12 - Sunday 29 April Marrakech COOKING LESSON WITH CHEF TARIK One of the most pleasant aspects of Morocco is its closeness to nature. Our cookery experience takes place in the Amizmiz Valley, populated by Berbers who still stick to their traditional way of life. Just a short ride from Marrakech, this valley has been little

affected by tourism and modernity. Chef Tarik has a long experience running the kitchens of many well reputed hotels and restaurants, both inside and outside Morocco; his elegant eco-farm is set amongst 15 hectares of olive groves, vegetable gardens and orchards, in a traditional Berber hamlet (Berber hamlets are called douar, which means simply ‘houses’) with the imposing silhouette of the High Atlas Mountains dominating the landscape. Seizing on the knowledge transmitted to him by the elders, Tarik is an expert on aromatic herbs. According to him, they never display their true potential unless they are skilfully cooked. Seasoning is an art more complex than it seems, and you will learn about this (and much more) using the ingredients you yourself have selected from Tarik’s gardens, preparing a typically Moroccan two courses’ meal, and even baking your own bread. Afterwards, enjoy the food you yourself have prepared under the shadow of the trees, served in style, accompanied by some excellent Moroccan wine. We also walk around the village, where we will have the chance to share a mint tea with a local family, and this is the perfect final touch for this day trip into nature. Accom: Four Seasons Hotel Meals: Breakfast DAY 13 - Monday 30 April Marrakech Today you can choose to join an exciting Hot Air Balloon excursion. You will be collected at 5am, for a short drive north to the launch site. (Optional, extra cost US$290 per person.) You can observe the preparation of the Balloon.

before joining your balloon for around 50 minutes to one hour of sightseeing from above. After the Hot Air Balloon ride, a traditional breakfast awaits. You will return to the hotel around 10:30am. Remainder of day at leisure. Late afternoon we transfer to the desert of Agafay village and to La Pause for dinner. A site about 30 Kms Southwest of Marrakech, in the arid area of Agafay also known as the “Desert of Marrakech”, a oasis located at the edge of a small river, it is a haven of peace. This remarkable location was discovered by the French owner quite by accident when his horse, in need of a drink, took him to the stream that flows in a hidden ravine. He was so entranced by the location he found the land owner and bought what is now called La Pause. Dinner at La Pause is a special experience as you dine in comfort under a Berber tent. The cuisine is excellent as is the service, the 400 lamps are lit creating a magical experience. Fires are lit and dinner and drinks are served (drinks are extra). As there is no light pollution at all, star gazing takes on a new meaning. After the hustle of Marrakech, the silence is “deafening” at La Pause. Accom: Four Seasons Hotel Meal: Breakfast/Dinner

DAY 14 - Tuesday 1 May Marrakech to Essaouira with visit to Argan factory A 3 ½hr. drive takes us west to Essaouira, on the Atlantic coast. En route, we stop to visit a women’s argan oil co-op, producing culinary and beauty products from this indigenous nut. Long known as Mogador, from the Phoenician word migdal, or lookout tower, Essaouira has been home to Phoenicians, Romans, Portuguese, and a large Jewish population, including the father of Benjamin Disraeli and a current advisor to the King. The Romans were interested in the purple dye extracted from local shellfish. Pliny the Elder wrote of the dye’s power to pacify the gods, and describes its use with gold in ceremonial dress reserved for the use of royalty. Essaouira is also the location where Orson Welles’ “Othello” was filmed, and has long been a destination for artists and musicians from all over the world.

come in, have coffee or mint tea in the squares to watch the world pass by, lunch on fresh seafood in one of the many open-air restaurants near the harbor, shop in the stalls and stores offering clothing of the local swiri cloth that drapes beautifully, handmade slippers, antiques, jewelry, rugs, paintings, CDs with all kinds of music – or perhaps stroll through the small souk and admire the beautiful displays of spices and fish fresh from the port. Photo opportunities abound! If you’re a cat lover, this is the place for you, especially at the fish market. Or join the guide to visit a silver jewelry workshop and a thuya wood (unique burled wood indigenous to this area) workshop, still with plenty of free time afterwards. Accom: Riad Mimouna Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16 - Thursday May 3 Agadir Before checking into our delightful hotel, we can Today we have a full-day, tour to Agadir from enjoy a delicious seafood lunch along the oceanfront, Essaouira. We visit a hilltop kasbah with views of the where we may see windsurfers enjoying the waves. Atlantic coast, then explore Berber culture at the Essaouira is charming: a clear blue sky accents the Amazigh Heritage Museum. white shops and houses; motorized traffic is not permitted in most of the narrow streets. We’ll stroll We begin the 2.5-hour drive to Agadir in a private, through town and along the colorful harbor, stopping air-conditioned vehicle with a personal driver/guide. to admire the plethora of crafts spilling out of tiny We take in views of Berber villages and the Middle shops and the many art galleries. Atlas Mountains as we wind down the isolated Accom: Riad Mimouna Atlantic coast. Upon arrival in Agadir, we get our Meals: Breakfast bearings in the city’s hilltop kasbah, one of the few historic landmarks to survive a 1960 earthquake that devastated the city. We walk the perimeter of the DAY 15 - Wednesday May 2 outer wall, where we can make out traces of former Essaouira homes, along with historic inscriptions in Arabic You have the whole day to explore on your own. We and Dutch. We continue to the modern quarter to suggest you get up early and watch the fishing boats see the Earthquake Victims Memorial Wall, then

immerse yourself in Berber culture and history at the Amazigh Heritage Museum. Pause for lunch, then plan the perfect afternoon for your interests, with independent time to soak up the sun on the beach, browse Agadir’s shops for souvenirs, or try your luck at one of Agadir’s three casinos. At the end of the afternoon, meet back up with your driver at roughly 5pm for the return trip to Essaouira, driving back to your hotel as the sun sets over the Atlantic coast. Accom: Riad Mimouna Meals: Breakfast/Dinner DAY 17- Friday May 4 Essaouira - Casablanca After breakfast, we leave this charming town and drive north along the coast towards Casablanca. We stop for lunch at a delightful restaurant on the beach; where you can find the best oysters in the world, and indeed they are raised right there. The colorful garden is worth the stop, and a wonderful spot for a group photo! We arrive in Casablanca late afternoon, allowing time for last minute organizing and packing. Accom: Four Seasons Hotel Meals: Breakfast DAY 18 - Saturday May 5 Casablanca - Departure Today we leave the hotel and transfer to the airport for our return flight via Dubai to Australia, taking with us memories and new friendships that will last a lifetime. Meals: Breakfast DAY 19 - Sunday May 6 Arrive Australia

YOU ARE VERY WELCOME TO STOPOVER IN DUBAI IN EITHER DIRECTION From Dubai, you could choose to visit Abu Dhabi, Oman, Jordan and other destinations before returning to Australia. Our team of Consultants will be happy to discuss options and costs with you.


Riad Mimouna

Waterfront hotel featuring ornate furnishings and panoramic sea views.

Desert Tented Camp

A nomad-styled desert camp with en suite facilities.

Riad Fez

Intricate Moorish and baroque-style carved interior courtyards.

Kasbah du Toubkal

A luxury eco lodge in Imlil, at the base of the High Atlas Mountains.

Ksar Elkebbara Skoura

Located in the heart of Skoura palm grove, and made with centenary old stones

Cost & Inclusions Cost Twin/Double Share - $12,720 with air from Australia flying Emirates Single Supplement - $1,830

Inclusions Economy Class air travel, Australia – Casablanca return, with all taxes, accommodation and meals as stated above, vehicle with air conditioning, water in the car (2 bottles per day per person), english speaking guide, half day tasting tour in FES, cooking class at riad FES, monument fees according to the itinerary, 4x4 for transfer from Erfoud to Merzouga dunes, camel ride in the dunes, VIP treatment in the tent, Gnawa music in the camp, tea with berber family, cooking class at chef tarik, vip dinner at la pause with folk troup & drinks, tips at the restaurant & luggage handling, All local taxes.

OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENSIONS If you would like to extend your holiday in Africa, Europe, or the Middle East, please let us know. Some suggestions could include :

ROCK OF GIBRALTOR, Fly from Casablanca to Gilbraltor. 4 days/3 nights MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE EGYPT, cruise the famous Nile PORTUGAL, SPAIN and other European countries DUBAI STOPOVER - extend to Abu Dhabi, Oman or Jordan The list is endless. Our team of experienced Travel Advisers look forward to assisting you.

Meet Your Tour Manager Your experienced Tour Manager is Beth Malcolm. Beth has organised and led many tours to the world’s most interesting destinations. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience – and a passion for people and places of different cultures. You’ll find Beth will take every opportunity to make this tour one of life’s most outstanding memories. Contact Beth, 0418 287 283.

General Tour Information CLOTHING AND LUGGAGE Our visit is in Spring so days should be cool to warm and evenings cool to mildly cold. Comfortable, casual clothes are the general rule. Clothes should be mostly light and loose fitting. Good walking shoes are a must, and you will need a warm jacket and a light raincoat (just in-case!) For the cooler nights. Both men and women are requested to wear long slacks or skirts (light of course) Women are requested not to wear revealing clothes. The international Economy luggage allowance is strictly 23 kilograms. Please restrict your luggage to one average size suitcase and one carry bag of no more than 5kg. Porterage is for one average size suitcase (max 23kgs), All hand luggage is your personal responsibility at all times. PASSPORT AND VISAS You must be in possession of a passport with 6 months validity beyond the end date of this tour. If you are not using an Australian Passport please let us know so that we can advise you of your visa requirements. HEALTH AND VACCINATIONS Anyone requiring wheelchair assistance at any time is not considered suitable Morocco. Currently no vaccinations are required for this Morocco tour. However this could change at any time and we suggest you contact your Doctor for the latest advice. CURRENCY We recommend that you take cash in USA dollars, (at least some of it in smaller denominations). Travel Masters is happy to organise your cash requirements for you – ask for advice. We recommend that you only use credit cards to pay for hotel bills. Torn, old, damaged or marked notes will not be accepted in Morocco. ATM’s are sometimes available. ELECTRICITY The voltage for Morocco is 220 volts. TIPPING Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters and waiters are a necessity in Morocco. To avoid any embarrassment or problems, and help make your holiday "hassle free", we have included all necessary tips for all activities and meals included in the itinerary. Your tour escort will manage the tipping funds for the group whilst on tour. ITINERARY CHANGES From time to time, changes may be required to the advertised itinerary. If this is required, it will be communicated to you by the Tour Escort who will make the decision in conjunction with our operators. TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Insurance with a Travel Masters recommended Insurance company is compulsory. This is a comprehensive insurance which covers cancellation charges in the event of illness preventing you from travelling, overseas medical and hospital expenses, personal baggage, accidental death, personal liability and much more. Credit card insurance is not advised, as is does not cover full cancellation charges in the event ill health forces you to cancel. DEPARTURE TAXES International and local taxes as known at time of tour preparation are included in your tour cost. However, should new government taxes or tax and fuel increases be imposed these will be advised to you at time of final payment or at the time of their imposition. MEDICAL INFORMATION It is a good idea to travel with a small personal medical kit containing…. Headache pills, antiseptic cream, cold & flu tablets, remedy for upset stomachs, laxatives, non-liquid mosquito repellent and throat medication. You should take whatever is necessary with you. Just in case your reading glasses are lost or damaged, take a spare pair with you – you never know what you might need.

CANCELLATION FEES If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, notification of cancellation must be received in writing. Cancellation Charges will apply: up to 8 weeks prior to departure - loss of deposit. 7-4 weeks prior - up to 50% of tour cost, and less than 4 weeks - up to full tour cost. No refund is available for cancellation of tour or any service not used after commencement of tour. Cancellation fees will also apply as required by Airline Tariff Regulations. DEPOSITS AND FINAL PAYMENT A deposit of $1000 per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is then required by 20 January. We have striven to keep the tour costs as low as possible and the tour price quoted is a cash / cheque or direct deposit price. Should you choose to pay by credit card, fees apply. CLIMATE We have chosen the best and most rewarding time of the year for this tour – the country will be full of life, flowers in bloom, fruit in season, activity is at its best. The days should be mostly warm. Days should be sunny and evenings cool. NATIONAL TOUR GUIDE Our tour group will be accompanied by a National Guide who accompanies the group throughout the duration of the tour, thus avoiding any language difficulties. Our National Guide works in support of our Tour Escort. In addition, we have local guides who have specialised knowledge of their own areas in each of the places visited. SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT The single room supplement is $1,530. In the event that you are a sole traveller and would prefer to share we will do our best to arrange a twin-share companion, but this cannot be guaranteed. BUSINESS CLASS AIRFARE UPGRADES Upgrades are Subject to availability on the International flights (Brisbane – Casablanca – Brisbane) ADVERTISED PRICE EXCLUDES Meals other than specified, insurance, additional gratuities as required, items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, phone calls etc and any optional excursions. All costs are subject to surcharges which may occur in connection with Governmental action, currency exchange fluctuations or increase in supplier's costs i.e. scheduled air fares, entrance fees etc. Should the minimum number of 10 persons not be attained, we reserve the right to cancel, amend or re cost the tour program. PLEASE NOTE – DEGREE OF FITNESS All Travel Masters itineraries are carefully planned and well paced to maximise the passenger experience, while at the same time ensuring a level of comfort is maintained at all times. Given the nature of the journeys and cultural experiences etc, any person/s of a reasonable general fitness level will have no problems in gaining total satisfaction from the trip. Should any person however, have significant walking difficulties or be likely to find it necessary to require wheelchair assistance at any time, it is unfortunately considered that participation on this tour would not be appropriate.


FINALLY…. We hope this information will assist you plan for your holiday. We would be delighted to have you join our Travel Masters escorted holiday tour. Our tours are recognised as the best deluxe tours of their kind – especially designed for Australians who want high quality accommodation, especially selected dining experiences, the best possible smorgasbord of sightseeing and cultural experiences, and the highest quality English speaking guides available. Do not hesitate to telephone or call in if we can be of further assistance. We want to make this a very memorable holiday for you.

MOROCCO 2018 BOOKING FORM FIRST PASSENGER Title: ________________ Surname (as shown on passport): ______________________________________________________________ First Name(as shown on passport): ____________________________________ Preferred First Name: ____________________________ If sharing what would be your room preference? TWIN / DOUBLE Do you require single supplement? YES / NO Would you like us to keep an eye out for a possible twin-share on your behalf? YES / NO (Please note that Single Supplement will be payable if we are unable to assist with a suitable twin-share for you) Do you require Premium Economy airfare? YES / NO

Do you require business class airfare? YES / NO

Are you a Qantas/Emirates Frequent Flyer Member? Member No: ___________________________________________________________ Do you have any dietary or seating requests: __________________________________________________________________________ Do you hold an Australian passport? YES / NO

If No, please state the nationality: _________________________________

Passport Number: _________________________________ Date of Issue: ______/______/______ Date of Expiry: ______/______/______ Date of Birth: ______/______/______ Place of Issue: _______________________ Occupation: _____________________________ Email Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ SECOND PASSENGER Title: ________________ Surname (as shown on passport): ______________________________________________________________ First Name(as shown on passport): ____________________________________ Preferred First Name: ____________________________ If sharing what would be your room preference? TWIN / DOUBLE Do you require single supplement? YES / NO Do you require Premium Economy airfare? YES / NO

Do you require business class airfare? YES / NO

Are you a Qantas/Emirates Frequent Flyer Member? Member No: ___________________________________________________________ Do you have any dietary or seating requests: __________________________________________________________________________ Do you hold an Australian passport? YES / NO

If No, please state the nationality: _________________________________

Passport Number: _________________________________ Date of Issue: ______/______/______ Date of Expiry: ______/______/______ Date of Birth: ______/______/______ Place of Issue: _______________________ Occupation: _____________________________ Email Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ PASSENGER/S CONTACT DETAILS (Please attach details separately if Second Passengers Contact Details are different) Street Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Suburb: __________________________________________________ State: ___________________ Postcode: ____________________ Postal Address (If different from Street Address: ________________________________________________________________________ Suburb: __________________________________________________ State: ___________________ Postcode: ____________________ Home Tel: ______________________________ Work Tel: ______________________________ Fax: ____________________________ Mobile No: ______________________________ Email: _________________________________________________________________ TRAVEL INSURANCE It is compulsory and in your interest to carry travel insurance for health, loss of luggage/belongings and in case of cancellation. Would you like us to send a travel insurance brochure to you? YES / NO

EMERGENCY CONTACT (Person to contact should there be an emergency while you are overseas) Complete Name: _________________________________________________ Relationship: ____________________________________ Street Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Suburb: __________________________________________________ State: ___________________ Postcode: ____________________ Home Tel: ____________________________ Work Tel: ____________________________ Mobile No: ____________________________ I have read and understand the responsibility section detailed below on this form and the General Information and Booking Conditions and accept them on behalf of myself and my party. I declare that I/they are not travelling against any medical advice. Signature: __________________________________________________________________

Date: ______/______/______

Signature: __________________________________________________________________

Date: ______/______/______

Payment Options 1.

Direct Deposit into Travel Masters bank account. Please call for account details.


Mail – Enclosed is a cheque deposit (Please make cheque payable to Mistvale Pty Ltd)


Credit Card – Please debit my:

Visa / Mastercard Card No: ___________________________________________________________

Expiry: ______/______/______

Cardholder’s Name: __________________________________________________ Cardholder’s Signature: _______________________________________________ (Payments by credit card will be subject to a 2% Merchant Administration fee)

Please also complete both sides of this form and then send it to your travel consultant, or to:

Group Tour Co-ordinator, PO Box 5038, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218

Your Consultant _________________________________

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the tour cost and will be fully refunded if the arrangements cannot be confirmed or the tour is cancelled by Travel Masters. A detailed invoice is sent out to all passengers booked on the tour, approximately two weeks prior to due date of the final payment. Final payment for the tour needs to be received by the 20 Jan 2018. CANCELLATION FEES If it is necessary for you to cancel your holiday, notification of cancellation must be received in writing. Cancellation charges will apply: up to 8 weeks prior to departure – loss of deposit; 7-4 weeks prior – up to 50% of tour cost, and less than 4 weeks – up to full tour cost. No refund is available for cancellation of the tour or any service not used after commencement of the tour. Deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. PASSPORT AND VISAS

It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure that they posses the necessary travel documentation for the tour, such as a valid passport and any required visas. In general, a passport should be valid at least 6 months beyond the end of your journey and have two clear pages to allow for entry and exit stamps en-route or for any visas applicable for countries in your journey. Australians do not require a visa for Morocco. PRICES

Tour prices stated on the tour brochure have been calculated on the basis of exchange rates and tariffs valid at time of print (Aug 2017) and are subject to change up until final payment for the tour has been received. Should you decide to cancel your tour on the basis of a change of price, then normal cancellation charges will apply. TRAVEL MASTERS Group (Travel Masters) PO Box 563, Nerang QLD 4211 Phone: (07) 5596 0511 / 1800 672 988 Email: (The Travel Studio) PO Box 5038, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: (07)5572 7272 Email: Visit our website:

RESPONSIBILITY Mistvale Pty Ltd trading as Travel Masters and/or its associated Companies or Agents, act only in the capacity of agents for the passenger in all matters of transportation, tour operation and other services. All receipts, tickets, vouchers, coupons or exchange orders are issued subject to the terms and conditions under which transportation and other services are provided. Travel Masters and/or its associated companies or Agents assume no responsibility for loss, injury, accident, delay or damage or irregularity that may be caused to person or property, however caused arising before commencement and/or during any tour under its management, sponsorship, procurement or otherwise. It is the responsibility of the passenger to make sure he/she is in possession of the proper visas and other travel documents and that they are in compliance with current government and transportation companies’ regulations. The right is reserved to modify the itinerary in any way considered necessary or desirable, or to change any reservation, hotel feature and/or means of conveyance, without allowance or refund but the extra cost (if any) resulting therefrom must be paid by the passenger. The right is also reserved to cancel or withdraw any tour, to replace any tour leader with another, to cancel or withdraw any booking made for a passenger, or to decline to accept any person as a member of a tour. The transportation companies or firms shall be exempt from all liabilities in respect of any detention, delay, loss, damage, sickness or injury however and by whomsoever caused and of whatever kind occurring of or to the passenger at any time when the passenger is not on board a carrier or conveyance used or operated by the transportation companies or firms. The contract of passage in use by the transportation companies or firms concerned shall constitute the sole contract between transportation companies or firms, and the purchase of these tours and/or passenger. All tickets, deposit tickets, coupons or orders are furnished and issued subject in all respects to those terms and conditions under which the means of transportation or other services provided there by are offered or supplied by owners, public carriers, or managing agents. The issuance and acceptance of receipts, tickets, vouchers, coupons, or exchange orders shall be deemed consent to the above conditions. The tour is based on flights as detailed in the itinerary, however any other IATA or non-IATA carrier may be used for tour co-ordination.






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