Magical Morocco with Rose Gray

October 6, 2021 to October 17, 2021

 

Join Rose Gray in Morocco! This engaging country is a colorful mix of Arabic and African influences. Spain and France have left their marks as well.  The bright labyrinths of its imperial cities contrast with the dramatic gorges and oases of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains and the solitude of the Saharan desert that lies beyond. Head to Casablanca and see the Hassan II Mosque and Corniche. Explore the Medina in Fes with your Local Expert and witness local artisans using long-standing techniques to create pottery and khobz. In Marrakech head to the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, through the Medina to Koutoubia Mosque, with its notable minaret. Come explore with us!

 

Your journey begins aboard an (optional) motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare (if applicable), where you will board your overnight flight to Casablanca.

On arrival at Casablanca airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore on your own. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for your Welcome Dinner.

Hotel: Grand Mogador City Center (or similar)
Meal: Dinner with Wine

Enjoy a day at leisure or join one of the optional experiences.

Hotel: Grand Mogador City Center (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

An exploration of the sights of Casablanca will show you the huge Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country. Venture to the très chic seaside strip known as the Corniche, which stretches to the west and is lined with trendy restaurants and
cafes. Depart for the capital of Rabat to see the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower and visit one of the few holy places open to non-Muslims, the lavish Mausoleum of King Mohammed V which is both an architectural marvel and a monument to a great ruler.

Travel to Meknes, one of the kingdom’s great imperial cities dating back to the 11th century; its surroundings have remained unchanged for centuries. Stand before the Bab el-Mansour, the monumental entrance to the imperial city and focal point of Place El-Hedim before continuing to Fes. You’ll be delighted with a superb Moroccan Highlight Dinner in an ancient palace at the entrance to the Medina. A colorful array of meze plates, aromatic tagines, exotic fruits and wine will be laid before you while you are entertained with a traditional folklore show. Enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere of belly dancers, drums and authentic music — a truly unforgettable experience

Hotel: Palais Ommeyad Suites & Spa (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Led by your Local Expert, wander the maze of streets that make up the ancient Medina. Pass one of the world’s oldest universities and see the hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. Continue through the souks where an array of vendors sell food, clothes, leather goods and beautiful lights. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making, witness age-old techniques of pottery making and learn how khobz, the traditional local bread, is made.

Hotel: Palais Ommeyad Suites & Spa (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave the bustle of the city behind and head for the spectacular snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. Pass through Ifrane before reaching the great cedar forests of Azrou. After stopping for lunch at Midelt, continue through the magnificent Ziz Gorges, past palm-fringed towns to Er Rachidia, built by the French at an important crossroads. Your destination is Erfoud, where the red sand buildings contrast against the patches of greenery and surrounding desert. In the evening, there is an Optional Experience to meet the nomadic desert dwellers and marvel at the glorious Sahara sunset on a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Hotel: Kasbah Hotel Xaluca, Erfoud (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Venture towards the oasis of Tinehir and explore the Todra Gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. At Boumalne-du-Dades you will encounter the dry, rugged Dades Valley that is dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and castellated mud houses hugging the slopes. Meet the locals of the region when you visit a traditional Nomad house to try authentic Berber tea. The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs concludes at Ouarzazate. It is known as the Film Capital of Morocco, with blockbusters such as Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars having been filmed here.

Hotel: Le Berbère Palace Ouarzazate (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ksar of Aït Benhaddou, one of the finest examples of South Moroccan architecture, boasting one of Morocco’s finest kasbahs. Your journey continues via the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass, before descending past charming mountain villages, dense woods and green fields to the ochre-colored city of Marrakesh. The rest of the day at your leisure.

Hotel: Hivernage Hotel & Spa Marrakech (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Meet your Local Expert in the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can take a moment to watch the dancers, snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats. Explore the Medina and see the Koutoubia Mosque, with its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline. Visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time, when it was built in the late 19th century. With time at leisure, you are free to continue exploring, try your hand at haggling in the souks or maybe visit a museum? In the evening, take a charming horse and carriage ride to a vibrant restaurant on Jemaa el-Fnaa Square where you will enjoy a slew of classic Moroccan dishes as you absorb the ambiance and watch twirling belly dancers balance plates of lit candles on their heads.

Hotel: Hivernage Hotel & Spa Marrakech (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Venture to the west coast of Africa to reach the laid-back fishing town of Essaouira. After checking into your hotel, why not spend the afternoon navigating the narrow alleyways, exploring the busy fishing port or maybe just relaxing on the beach? In the evening, you could sample the local seafood and wine at a waterside restaurant.

Hotel: Atlas Essaouira & Spa (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Once you’ve experienced the traditional charms of the country, Casablanca is a fascinating place to return to as it offers a unique insight into modern Morocco. In the evening ‘of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world’ there really is only one place to be. Availability permitting, join your Travel Director at Rick’s Café, recreated from the famous movie. Enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner with drinks and no doubt a rendition of ‘As Time Goes By’. Here’s looking at you kid!

Hotel: Grand Mogador City Center (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today your journey draws to an end. After breakfast you’ll transfer from the hotel to the Casablanca Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your (optional) motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meal: Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Casablanca, Morocco including current air taxes and fees in the amount of $529.29 per person (subject to change).
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Casablanca

Accommodations

Hotel accommodations for ten nights in 4-star hotels (includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling for one bag)

  • Two nights Casablanca (arrival) at the Grand Mogador City Center (or similar)
  • Two nights Fes at the Palais Ommeyad Suites & Spa (or similar)
  • One-night Erfoud at the Kasbah Hotel Xaluca, Erfoud (or similar)
  • One night Ouarzazate at the Le Berbère Palace Ouarzazate (or similar)
  • Two nights Marrakech at the Hivernage Hotel & Spa Marrakech (or similar)
  • One night Essaouira at the Atlas Essaouira & Spa (or similar)
  • One night Casablanca (return) at the Grand Mogador City Center (or similar)

Sightseeing Inclusions

  • Casablanca: See the Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche.
  • Rabat: See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.
  • Fes: Explore the Medina with your Local Expert. Walk through the souks and pass one of the world’s oldest universities. Witness local artisans using long-standing techniques to create pottery and khobz, the traditional local bread and a staple to any Moroccan meal.
  • Rabat: Visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan art and one of the very few Islamic religious buildings open to non-Muslims.
  • Meknes: Admire the Bab el-Mansour Gate on Place El-Hedim in the heart of the Medina.
  • Erfoud: Enjoy the beauty of this little oasis with the backdrop of the Sahara Desert whilst you explore the red walled streets.
  • Todra Gorge: Explore this fascinating ravine caused by a fault that has split the orange-colored limestone as deep as 300 meters.
  • Dades Valley: See the castellated mud houses and oases.
  • Ouarzazate: Learn more about this quiet town in a city orientation and see why it has been the backdrop to many films as you wander its red sandy streets.
  • Aït Benhaddou: The Ksar is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the finest examples of South Moroccan architecture. See the crowded houses within the defensive walls that are reinforced by the corner towers and explore one of Morocco’s finest kasbahs.
  • Marrakesh: Your Local Expert leads you from bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, through the Medina to Koutoubia Mosque, with its notable minaret. Built around a lovely inner garden, explore the Bahia Palace and see glimpses of a Moroccan kingdom’s former opulence.
  • Essaouira: See the beauty of this bohemian coastal town as you explore the many spice-scented streets of the medina.
  • Scenic Drives: Travelling Morocco is all about the senses. Take in the ever changing scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains, Azrou, the Ziz Gorges, Tinehir and the Dades Valley. Travel along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, Tizi n’Tichka Pass and the African North-West Coast.

Included Meals

  • Daily Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 7 Dinner experiences

Additional Inclusions

  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel *
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.

*A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Tour-Only

Arrange your own airfare to and from Casablanca
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $960.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person.
Final Payment Due:
No later than July 2, 2021

Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Pricing includes current air taxes and fees  per person which are to be determined when air schedules are released and are subject to change. A valid passport is required with a 6 month validity date from date of return.
Not Included: Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included but highly recommended. Ask your travel consultant about pricing and options.

Rose Gray

Rose Gray is the Business Relationship Director at Fox World Travel.

She is also the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the C T C program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants. During her 30 plus years in the travel industry she has traveled as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore. And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training.

Flight schedule is currently pending.

Flight schedules are subject to change and Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Airline tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Early Booking Discount: Deposit by September 4, 2020 and receive a $300.00 per person discount

Past Passenger Discount: $150.00 per person (subject to change at any time)

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify.

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Optional Motorcoach Transfer:

Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $45 per person each way ($90 per person roundtrip).

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to July 2, 2021: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • July 3, 2021 – August 2, 2021: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 3, 2021  – August 30, 2021: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 31, 2021 to 0 days prior to travel: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

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