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17 Day Colours of Morocco

  • Explore Marrakech, Essaouira, Fez & More
  • Ride a camel in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes
Includes Return International Flights

A feast for the eyes; food for the soul. Morocco is a destination that ticks all the boxes and then some. From the desert kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou to the mosques of Casablanca, the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi to the colourful souks of Marrakech, every step reveals another wondrous sight.

Experience the rich history and unique natural beauty of Morocco on this 17 day highlights tour visiting Fez, Casablanca, Essaouira, Marrakech, and beyond. Explore the vibrant cities of Rabat and Fez; visit the famous desert kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou; feel dwarfed by Todgha Gorge in the Atlas Mountains; explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis; journey through the stunning Dadès Valley; travel to the real life oasis of Tinghir; enjoy a sunset camel ride through the Erg Chebbi sand dunes; and so much more! This incredible package includes return international flights, 14 nights riad and desert kasbah accommodation, English-speaking tour guide and more.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Casablanca, Morocco! Fly with Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Air France, KLM, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and codeshare partners (subject to availability). 


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your tour leader at Casablanca airport and transferred to your hotel in Rabat for the night (approx. 1 hour journey).

Overnight: Riad Dar Zhouour or similar, Rabat, Morocco
Meals included: Dinner

This morning enjoy a guided visit of the medina of Rabat, taking in sights such as the Royal Palace (Mechouar), the Kasbah des Oudayas, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and Hassan Tower. Drive to the imperial city of Meknes, the Ismaili capital, famous for its long walls (40 km). Visit Bab Mansour, the Royal Stables, and the Jewish quarter. After lunch at a traditional restaurant (not included), continue to the holy city of Moulay Idriss and then to the ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis. Visit the archaeological site and then continue onwards to Fez.

Overnight: Riad Salam or similar, Fez
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today is dedicated to exploring Fez, the spiritual capital of Morocco. A visit to the medieval medina includes the Madersa Bou Inania and Attarine, the Nejjarine fountain, and Karaouine University. Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant in the medina (not included). In the afternoon enjoy a visit to Fez El Jadid.

Overnight: Riad Salam or similar, Fez
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

This morning you will head towards the Middle Atlas Mountains. Both the climate and landscape will change as you drive into southern Morocco, which is brimming with stunning mountain lakes and Berber villages. Beyond Erfoud, the dunes of Erg Chebbi start to appear. Enjoy a camel ride and watch the sunset over the dunes. Spend tonight in a riad at the foot of the dunes.

Overnight: Riad Madu or similar, Merzouga (Desert Experience)
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today you will enjoy a camel trek discovering the breathtaking views from dune to dune. Stop for a picnic under the shade of a tamarisk tree. Here find your ‘ship of the desert’ waiting for you. You will clamber onto the back of your camel and gently plod into the sand dunes like a true desert nomad. The sensation of being surrounded by endless desert is incredibly calming and the silence is overwhelming. Arrive at your accommodation, nestled in between the sand dunes. Take a walk along the rim of the sand dunes as the sun begins to set. Later that evening savour a traditional meal followed by music and dancing by the campfire.

Overnight: Riad Madu or similar, Merzouga (Desert Experience)
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today you will leave Merzouga and journey onwards to Tinghir, walking through the beautiful palm grove and fields, and then visiting the famous Todgha Gorge. Walk in the real life oasis of Tinghir (approx. 1 hour). In the afternoon, continue to the famous Dades Valley, known for its beautiful kasbahs and fortified villages. This evening you will stay in a kasbah.

Overnight: Kasbah Xaluca or similar, Boumalne Dades
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today discover the beautiful Valley of Roses, famous for its beautiful rose gardens and adobe villages. Explore the village of Boutaghrar, known as the little ‘Moroccan Colorado’, at the foot of the Middle Atlas. Stroll through the village and meet the Berbers. Lunch today is with a Berber family in a local family home, a taste of local daily life. In the afternoon, continue to Ouarzazate, the Berber "Hollywood" and the Moroccan desert gate.

Overnight: Riad Dar Chamaa or similar, Ouarzazate
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy a morning visit to the famous kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most fascinating kasbahs of Morocco. Aït Ben Haddou has been the location for several big budget films including Alexander, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator. Through the mountains of the Anti-Atlas, head to Taznakht, a small town known for weaving Berber carpet. Have lunch (not included) in Taznakht before continuing to Taliouine, the capital of Saffron. Arrive in the afternoon at Taroudant.

Overnight: Riad Dar Zitoune or similar, Taroudant
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Visit Taroudant located at the intersection of the Souss valley and the mountains of the High Atlas. Often referred to as ‘Little Marrakech’, the city was the first capital of the Saadian’s dynasty during the sixteenth century, and a refuge for rebel princes. Nowadays it is a place for desert travellers to rest in the shade of its stunning ochre walls. Continue to Tafraoute, the city of almond trees, surrounded by impressive pink granite valleys that are beautifully illuminated by the sun.

Overnight: Auberge Kasbah Chez Amaliya or similar, Tafraout
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today leave the city of Tafraoute and travel through the beautiful volcanic landscape of the Anti-Atlas. Continue your journey to Agadir, travelling the road along the Atlantic admiring the stunning seascapes. Arrival in Essaouira, with free time to explore the city at your leisure before dinner.

Overnight: Riad Mimouna or similar, Essaouira
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today, be given the opportunity to see the medina of Essaouira, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The medina was once referred to as Mogador, meaning ‘small fortress’. Wind down with a magnificent sunset on the beach and meet local artisans in the local souk.

Overnight: Riad Mimouna or similar, Essaouira
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

This morning is free to enjoy the unique atmosphere offered by Essaouira. In the afternoon, head to Marrakech where you will check into your riad, and enjoy free time to visit the souks and the Jemaa El Fna square.

Overnight: Riad Nasreen or similar, Marrakech
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast this morning enjoy a guided visit of the main monuments of the city, including Badii Palace, the Koutoubia Minaret, the Saadian tombs and the Ben Youssef Madrasa. In the afternoon you will have free time to stroll through the souks.

Overnight: Riad Nasreen or similar, Marrakech
Meals included: Breakfast

Today depart for Casablanca, the economic and financial capital, and second largest port city in Morocco, which is endowed with a special charm. Visit of the Hassan II Mosque, an important religious and cultural site built on the sea and dominated by its 210m high minaret.

Overnight: Imperial Hotel & Spa or similar, Casablanca
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to Casablanca airport for you return flight. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before. 


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Experience the wonders of Marrakech, Rabat, Fez, Essaouira and more
  • Visit the medieval medina of Fez on a guided tour
  • Enjoy a sunset camel ride through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Experience the Atlas Mountains with a visit to Todgha (Todra) Gorge
  • Visit a desert oasis in Tinghir
  • Travel through the vast Dadès Valley
  • Explore the village of Boutaghrar, known as the ‘Moroccan Colorado’
  • Stop in Ouarzazate, the Berber ‘Hollywood’
  • Visit the famous kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou
  • Discover the Ismaili capital of Meknès
  • Travel to the holy city of Moulay Idriss
  • Explore the ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis
  • Visit the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower on a guided tour of Rabat
  • See Taznakht, known for Berber carpet
  • Witness the stunning ochre walls of Taroudant
  • Experience the scenic city of Tafraout
  • Discover the medina of beautiful Essaouira
  • Stroll through the wondrous souks of Marrakech on a city tour
  • Visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  • Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 14 nights riad and desert kasbah accommodation
  • Enjoy 28 meals including a traditional Bedouin camp meal in the desert
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 12th November 2019.
 
This Travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $840 applies.
 
Departure Dates 
2018: 
November: 13
November: 20 (SOLD OUT)
 
2019:
February: 12, 19
March: 5, 12, 26
March: 19 (SOLD OUT)
April: 16*
April: 30 (SOLD OUT)
May: 7, 28
May: 14, 21 (SOLD OUT)
June: *19
July: *16
August: 13, 20
September: 3, 12
September: 10 (SOLD OUT)
October: 22
November: 12
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $300 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Air France, KLM, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and codeshare partners (subject to availability).

 

Arrive early in Casablanca, Morocco 
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Casablanca, Morocco 
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/each way
Solo Traveller: $700 each way
Locations:
* Abu Dhabi or Dubai
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available
- Business Class: Buy now for $6699 per person.
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Accommodation Used


3-5 Star (self-rated)

- Rabat: Riad Dar Zouhour or similar

- Fez: Riad Salam or similar

- Merzouga: Riad Madu (Desert experience) or similar

- Boumalne Dades: Hotel Kasbah Xaluca or similar

- Ouarzazate: Riad Dar Chamaa or similar

- Taroudant: Riad Dar Zitoune or similar

- Tafraout: Auberge Kasbah Chez Amaliya or similar

- Essaouira: Riad Mimouna or similar

- Marrakech: Riad Nasreen or similar 

- Casablanca: Imperial Hotel & Spa or similar

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Rabat (Pre Tour): $229 per room including breakfast
- Casablanca (Post Tour): $229 per room including breakfast
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 6, maximum group size 16 per vehicle.

Optional Tours / Activities
*ERG CHEBBI:
- Jeep tour in the dunes (1.5 hours): €40 (Approx. $63AUD) 
 
*MARRAKECH:
- Horse-drawn carriage ride (1 hour): €15 (Approx. $24AUD) 
- Arabic calligraphy lesson (1 hour): €30 (Approx. $47AUD)
- Henna class: €10 (Approx. $16AUD)
- Fantasia dinner show: €60 (Approx. $95AUD)
Includes;
* Moroccan Cuisine Dinner
* Entertainment (Acrobats, Belly dancing etc)
* Transfers
* Traditional Folklore
* Fireworks display
Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is not a required for stay up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
- Recommended gratuities/tipping €40 euro (approx. $65 AUD) per person per package
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
Morocco:
Morocco's climate is very diverse, varying with the season and region. ... Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and the country is mostly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. In spring and Autumn, the cities are warm to hot (maximum daytime temperatures around 25 - 30C) with pleasantly cool nights. In the desert, the sun is strong and the nights can be cold. In the mountains, the air is cool and nights are cold.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
28 meals is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a basic level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader is €25 and driver is €15 per person, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



A Tourist visa for Morocco is not required for a stay of up to 90 days, if travelling on an Australian Passport. Please note: The traveller must hold a Machine Readable passport valid for at least six months on entry, with two blank visa pages.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
 
It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

- 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

- 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

- Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

- Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

- Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
- If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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