Colours of Morocco October 24-November 3, 2019 !


Colours of Morocco by Collette Vacations


Get to know the vibrant culture and colourful backdrops that are distinctively Morocco. Dine at Rick’s Café, the mythical saloon from the 1942 film “Casablanca.” Spend time in the capital city of Rabat. Explore Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world, on a walking tour in the Medina, where donkeys and mules laden with goods still walk the ancient market. Make your way through the Sahara Desert by jeep before boarding a camel for your ride to your nomad camp. Travel the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs” to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. In Marrakech, get a true taste of Moroccan hospitality during lunch and tea with a local family. End with dinner in a palace. Enchanting Morocco will dazzle you with its deep history, unique atmosphere and welcoming people.


This is a Collette Explorations Tour -you will share a variety of special moments with a small, tight knit group of 15 travellers on average, and never exceeding 19 guests!

Start date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Duration: 11 Days

End Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019

Single Occupancy: $3,859.00 CAD

Double Occupancy: $3,099.00 CAD


DEPOSIT : just $250 PER PERSON!!!! Final payment Aug 2019!

Flights:

Right now, return flights from Halifax with Air Canada are only $795!!

Halifax to Casablanca via Montreal return (we can get rates from other departure cities)


Tour Map:


DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Embark on a captivating Moroccan adventure featuring centuries-old customs and colourful culture.

Day 2 Casablanca, Morocco -Tour Begins

Your journey begins in Casablanca. See the city by night on your drive along the seashore to a welcome dinner at Rick’s Café, the mythical saloon from the film Casablanca.

Included: Dinner

Hotel: Kenzi Basma Casablanca, Casablanca

DAY 3: Casablanca – Rabat -Meknes- Fes

This morning tour the impressive Hassan II Mosque, a stunning, high-tech, architectural masterpiece. Then we are off to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and explore the Oudaya Kasbah. Continue to the imperial city of Meknes (UNESCO). Lush rolling hills studded with ancient olive groves await you in this cultural city where you will see Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis. Arrive in Fes in time for dinner prepared by local women, known as “dadas.” Taste traditional Moroccan delights passed down from generation to generation.

Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Riad Yacout, Fez

DAY 4: Fez

Discover Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world. Learn of its historical importance as a centre of government, philosophy, medicine and religion during a fascinating panoramic tour, including the Medersa Bou Inania, built in 1325. See the Jewish Quartre, the city ramparts and the gates of the palace. Set out on walking tour in the Medina. Founded in the 9th century, it is home to one of the world’s oldest universities. Amid the cobbled alleyways of this ancient market you’ll see donkeys and mules laden with goods walking alongside buyers. Spend time at the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vats exploding in brilliant colours.

Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Riad Yacout

Day 5: FES – Ifrane – Erfoud

Continue towards Erfoud. Along the way we pause in Ifrane for excellent views of the Middle Atlas Mountains and the surrounding villages. Overnight in a kasbah.

Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Kasbah Xaluca, Erfoud

DAY 6: Erfoud – Rissani -Sahara Dessert Expedition -Merzouga

Your day begins at Erfoud’s fossil factory and museum where they turn fossil rocks into decorative items. Next, travel to the Saharaoui town of Rissani. Enjoy a true taste of the region as you learn how madfouna (homemade stuffed bread with potato, meat, onion and Moroccan spices) is made. Jump into a 4x4 vehicle and stop in one of the nomadic villages of the Sahara before arriving at the edge of the dunes. Board your camel for a ride to a desert camp. Cross the stunning fine sands of Merzouga while the red sun slips toward the horizon. As night falls, listen to intoxicating Berber drums during the traditional pouring of mint tea followed by a delightful Moroccan feast. Sleep in a fully equipped Berber-style tent and experience an unrivalled sense of tranquility in the serene desert.

Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Hotel: Auberge Du Sud Hotel, Merzouga

DAY 7: Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Boumalne Du Dades

Enjoy amazing views of the sunrise as you return to the edge of the dunes via camel. Then, begin the journey to Todra Gorge.* Spend time in the Jewish quartre where you may sample some local favourites at a bakery. Arrive in vibrant Boumalne du Dades. Along its river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes light up in the desert sun.

Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Hotel Xaluca Dades, Boumaine du Dades

DAY 8: Boumalne Du Dades - Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou – Marrakech

Follow the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.” These fortress-like structures rise up like turreted sandcastles along the ancient trading route. Drive through the Valley of Roses, stopping en route at a local cooperative. Then, it’s on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou, an impressive feat of Moroccan architecture. Continue along the High Atlas Mountains following the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass. This scenic route brings you through lush oasis valleys, imposing mountains and several Berber villages before you reach the exotic city of Marrakech.

Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Opera Plaza Marrakech

DAY 9: Marrakech

Explore Marrakech and its ancient El Bahia Palace where today you’ll find a sentry of nesting storks standing guard. Enter the royal Saadian Tombs, explore the vibrant and historic Jewish Mellah, and see the majestic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Tour the ancient city wall, passing by the Royal Palace. Savour lunch and tea in the home of a local family and get a true taste of Moroccan hospitality. Then, enter the 9th-century walled Medina and enjoy time to mingle with locals and artisans as you shop at the ancient market. This evening enjoy time on your own to explore the city. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to join an optional excursion and dinner at Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech’s main square.

Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Hotel: Opera Plaza Marrakech

DAY 10: MARRAKECH

This morning select the ingredients for your culinary workshop that takes place at a local riad, a traditional Moroccan house. After lunch, experience another local custom at a henna workshop. Then it’s your choice! Visit Jardin Majorelle, one of the most beautiful gardens in Morocco; enjoy a tour of the gardens and the Berber Museum. Or, tour Marrakech by horse-drawn carriage. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for an unforgettable farewell dinner in a palace.

Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Hotel: Opera Plaza Marrakech

Day 11: Marrakech – Casablanca -Tour Ends

A morning transfer brings you back to Casablanca to connect to your flight home!

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Optional Excursions…

Marrakech by Night $134

Marrakech

Duration: 3 Hours

Your transportation is included

Jemaa el Fna, the main square and market of Marrakech, comes alive at night. Your senses will tingle as you walk through the square on a guided tour – smell the intoxicating culinary creations from the food stalls and listen to the rhythms of local musicians and entertainers. Storytellers often have crowds around them listening to ancient tales passed down from generations. Enjoy time on your own to explore the square. Perhaps you will visit one of the local fortune tellers to have your future told to you or listen to the hypnotic tunes of the snake charmers. Later, enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant off of the square and toast to your evening in Marrakech.

Pre and Post Night Stays:

Pre-Night: Kenzi Basma Casablanca

Standard double pricing - $340 per night

Post- Night: Kenzi Basma Casablanca

Standard double pricing - $340 per night

Arrival Transfer $50 per person

Departure Transfer $50 per person

Collette’s Travel Protection Plan: $395 per person

Collette’s travel protection plan offers you a full refund for the price of the tour, right up to the day prior to departure, minus the small cost of the waiver.






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