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April 16, 2020

Day 1: Friday, April 17 - Arrive Casablanca - Rabat
Upon arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel  in Rabat. This evening meet your guide in the lobby for a full tour briefing followed by a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight Le Diwan by M Gallery or similar. (D)
Day 2: Saturday, April 18 Rabat (1 hour).
Morning panoramic city tour of Rabat. Sightseeing of the "Imperial Garden City" begins with the Kasbah of Oudayas, Hassan Tower and walls of the Mechouar surrounding the Royal Palace.  Overnight Le Diwan by M Gallery or similar (B)
Day 3: Sunday, April 19 - Rabat / Fes  (4 hours)
After breakfast we depart for Fes arriving in midafternoon. Check into your hotel. In the late afternoon your guide will take you on an orientation walk   Overnight Riad Yacout or similar. (BL)
Day 4: Monday, April 20 - Fes - City Sightseeing
Full day explorative journey of Fes: the oldest cultural and spiritual Imperial City in Morocco. Begin with the medina where you visit the many hidden treasures that only the inhabitants know about. Fes served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to the Nejjarine Fountains and Women’s Embroidery Cooperative. Visit the embroidery cooperative where you can see how women make traditional indigenous Fasis designs of reds and blues woven together in seamless intricate patterns. Visit countless Souks, including food/spice souks and a communal bakery. (OPTIONAL: Luxury hammam experience). Overnight RIAD EL YACOUT (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, April 21 – Free Day or OPTIONAL Volubilis / Meknes  Tour.
Discover Volubilis, the amazing roman archaeological site excavated in the early 20th century revealing the Roman Empire’s most remote city. Here we will admire the beautiful, well-preserved mosaics, as well as different Roman monuments such as the capitol and triumphal arch. Meknes is one of the Imperial Cities as it was built and became prosperous in the 17th century under the rule of a powerful sultan. Moulay Ismail with tireless passion and an indomitable will, undertook to make this Meknes a capital with its palaces, mosques, fountains, terraces, gardens, stables, and shops.
 Lunch included in the optional tour  (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, April 22 - Fes / Ifrane / Azrou / Midelt / Erfoud
Depart by way of the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages and the ski towns of Ifrane and Azrou which look more like Bavaria than Morocco! Continue to Erfoud, with a stop in Midelt and Errachidia along the way. Continue to Erfoud. Overnight at KASBAH CHERGUI or similar. (BD)
Day 7: Thursday, April 23 - Erfoud / Rissani / Merzouga
Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon travel to Rissani: The capital of the Tafilalet where the Alaouites dynasty ancestors are buried. Visit the 17th century Kasbah and the imposing ruins of Ksar Abbar. Enjoy the stunning landscape and continue through the gorges to Ifra N Ismikh to meet with nomads herding flocks of goat and camels, a moving tribe living under tents, explore this ancestral way of life. Sit for a picnic lunch and share a glass of tea with nomads. In the afternoon, you will carry on the adventure to get to the stunning dunes of Ouzina and its lovely oasis where a semi-nomadic tribe started to settle down and farm a variety of crops under the shady date trees. Explore the village and drive a pretty dirt road portion through desert plateaus, acacia trees and arid mountains to the town of Taous and cover the last leg to our camp where we will enjoy a tour highlight as we set out on a camel ride over the beautiful high sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. In this enormous silence you will watch the sunset over the desert as you ride camels at a slow pace. Camp staff will be welcoming us for a unique experience in the Moroccan Sahara Desert. We will be accommodated for the night in comfortable tents with all the necessary facilities. A traditional dinner will be served with local music. We then return to Erfoud, or OPTIONAL overnight at a  Berber-style tented camp:.Those that do not wish to overnight in tents will return to the hotel in Erfoud. (BLD)
Day 8: Friday, April 24 - Merzouga / Todra Gorge / Ouarzazate
Early in the morning, witness the unique sunrise: watch the pink disc of the sun appearing over the gigantic dunes of Merzouga. Mid-morning departure via Tinejdad and Tinghir, on the "Road of 1,000 Kasbahs". Stop at Todra Gorge - the highest, narrowest gorge in Morocco. We will meet locals and learn about the culture and geography. Continue to Ouarzazate via El Kelaa and M’Gouna. Overnight at BERBERE PALACE HOTEL or similar. (BD)
Day 9: Saturday, April 25 - Ouarzazate / Marrakech 
Morning visit to Kasbah Taourirt, which was the capital of the local dynasty in the early 20th century when the French foreign legion built their base here. Travel to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and served as a backdrop for filming international movies. This afternoon continue to Marrakech traveling across the Tichka Pass (7.730 ft.). Along the way we will visit a local women’s run Aragon oil cooperative. Dinner at the hotel Overnight HOTEL KENZI MENARA PALACE or similar. (BD)
Day 10: Sunday, April 26 - Marrakech - City Sightseeing
Today we will start exploring Marrakech "the red city of Morocco". Your guide will ensure that you see the sites of historical and cultural interest. Begin the city tour with a visit to the garden and the pool of Menara, a famous summer residence of Sultan Abderrahmane. The area is surrounded by orchards and olive groves, some of which are more than 100 years old. View Koutoubia Tower, landmark of the city, then visit the Saadiens Tombs dating from the 16th century, a necropolis richly decorated and discovered in 1917. Bahia Palace built in the 19th century, consisting of rooms decorated with stunning paintings and mosaics. This afternoon, explore the botanical treasures of Marrakech. Visit the famous Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French Artist, Jacques Majorelle in 1924, and purchased by Yves St Laurent in 1980. It contains some 300 species of plants from 5 continents. Afternoon visit Al Kawtar Women's Cooperative, primarily handmade linens, clothing. Also visit a local pharmacy to learn about traditional remedies and purchase quality oils, herbs and spices. This evening visit Jemaa Al Fina Square. Overnight HOTEL KENZI MENARA PALACE or similar. (B)
Day 11: Monday, April 27 - Marrakech - (Optional Essaouria Day Tour)
OPTIONAL Full day excursion to Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast (approx 2 ½ hour drive each way). Tour of the medina, the ramparts, the Skala, the marquetry craftsmen carving "Thuja" wood inlaid with ivory; the fishermen's port, the silver jewelers, the Mellah Jewish quarter, the art galleries and Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah museum. Enjoy some time by the golden beach before returning to Marrakech in late afternoon.
The farewell dinner will be at the authentic Moroccan restaurant, DAR YACOUT, including select wine and soft drinks Overnight HOTEL KENZI MENARA PALACE or similar. (BD)
Day 12 Tuesday, April 28 - Depart Marrakech - Casablanca
Transfer overland to Casablanca. Sightseeing to include Hassan II Mosque (inside tour)
and the medina
Overnight HOTEL NOVOTEL or similar(BL) 

Day 13 Wednesday, April 29   Casablanca/Home
Transfer to the airport for your flight home  (B)

Optional pre-tour: The Blue City – Chefchaouen

April 14 Arrive Casablanca
After clearing government formalities at Casablanca Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel (D)
Kenzi Basma or similar

April 15 Chefchaouen
Travel to Chefchaouen. "Chefchaouen" Hanging like a crescent from twin mountains, the town is a 15th century relic of the Muslim civilization of Andalusia. Check in at your Riad. This afternoon your guide will accompany you on a leisurely walking tour which includes the medina and the streets lined with craftsman and their wares. Overnight at Riad Lina or similar. (BLD)

April 16 - Chefchaouen - City Sightseeing
Full day city tour of Chefchaouen, which is called also Chaouen, known for the blue-washed buildings of its old town. Founded in 1471 by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami, Chefchaouen served as a Moorish fortress for exiles from Spain. Over the centuries, the city grew and welcomed Jews and Christian converts alike. Nestled into a fold of the Rif Mountains the walls of the town are painted a pale ochre to diminish the intensity of the sun. The roofs are covered with brown tiles and resemble those found in southern Spain. The alley ways climb to little squares often crossed by Andalusian arches. Visit "Rass El Ma" a waterfall, located on the top hill where local women gather to wash clothes. Overnight at Riad Lina or similar. (BD)

April 17- Chefchaouen to Rabat (B)
Transfer to Rabat to Join group

Post Tour La Mamounia Marrakech

La Mamounia Marrakech - A legendary palace that is part of the fabric of Marrakech, its history, colors and traditions. Boasting incredible views of the gardens, the Atlas Mountains and the Koutoubia Mosque, the rooms suites and luxury suites boast all the elegance of a 5-star palace hotel.

Day 12 April 29 Marrakech (B)
Midday transfer from your hotel to La Mamounia.
Indulge in all the hotel has to offer. The spa at La Mamounia offers guests an unforgettable journey into the senses. Hammam, sauna, ghassoul, argan…the stuff that dreams are made of! Walk up the Majorelle blue stairs and follow the dreamy glow of the Oriental lighting. A vast space is devoted to wellness, with massages, body treatments and more. Overnight La Mamounia

Day 13 April 30 Marrakech (B)
Private guided shopping in the souks. Overnight La Mamounia

Day 14 Marrakech/ Home (B)
Transfer to the airport in Marrakech for your onward flight
If you prefer, we can arrange an overland transfer to Casablanca Airport

2020 Tour Prices  
- Based on minimum 10 - 18 passengers 16 seat mini bus (10-14) 27 seat (15-18)
Land price based on double occupancy: CAD3,810 Per Person
Single Room Supplement: CAD1,200 Per Person
Please ask for prices for a small group of 6 travelers  
Land price based on double occupancy CAD250 per person additional
Single supplement CAD250

Volubilis/Meknes Tour

OPTIONAL PRE TOUR -The Blue City: Chefaouen

Land price based on double occpancy

Minimum 4 pax CAD1,325 (7 seat minivan)
6 pax - CAD1231 (16 seat minibus)
Single supplement CAD419

La Mamounia Marrakech Minimum 4 pax - CAD2,038
Single supplement - CAD1,519


WTG Cancellations:

Due to the special nature of the programs featured in this brochure, suppliers impose rigid cancellation fees; please be aware that SITA has no control over such fees and cannot make any exceptions to these charges. Note: All cancellations must be received by SITA in writing; cancellation/s will be effective when the written notice is received at SITA's offices in Encino, CA.

If a cancellation is received after SITA is in possession of the initial deposit, but more than 90 days prior to departure , the cancellation fee incurred will be CAD438 per person (a higher cancellation fee may apply to some tours). If cancellation is received between 89 and 61 days prior to departure the fee incurred will be 75% of the entire tour price. No refunds whatsoever will be made for cancellations received within the last 60 days prior to departure.

Airfares are subject to different rules and cancellation fees; some may be non-refundable. Details will be provided at the time of booking and are subject to change by the airline.

To protect against cancellation charges, we strongly recommend purchasing Cancellation Protection and Travel Interruption Insurance.

Main Tour Inclusions
  • Transportation in A/C 17 seat MINIBUS   for all transfers and city tour  as per the program
  • 12 nights’ accommodation at above-requested hotels on Standard Basis.
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Leader for the entire stay
  • Jeep for transfers from Erfoud / Merzouga / Erfoud (04 pax per jeep)
  • Camel Ride for sunset in Merzouga dunes
  • Entry fees to monuments:  Chellah Ruins in Rabat/ Medersa/Fes-  Kasbah Taourirt /Ozz Saadians Tombs+ Bahia Palace + Majorelle's gardens in  Marrakech
  • 04 Dinners included at Hotels + Welcome dinner April 17 &  Farewell Dinner at Dar Yacout restaurant in Marrakech
  • 02 Lunches included: 01 at Rick’s Café in Casa on Day 12  & 01 at Riad El Yacout in Fes on Day 3.
  • Bottle of water/ per day on the bus
  • Bottle of water at included meals
  • Taxes & our complete assistance.
Not Included:
  • 01 night Luxury Desert camp (quoted as separate upgrade)
  • Drinks during meals at restaurants and at hotels except at Dar El Yacout: Alcoholic and soft drinks are included
  • Tips for luggage porterage in/out Airport & at Hotels
  • Tips for the Tour Guide / driver and his helper
  • Optional Tours mentioned in the program
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