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Fez Festival Tours

from $1640(Land Only) $2775(Air & Land)

Escorted Package Includes

Roundtrip Direct Air Transportation JFK/NY/Casablanca/JFK NY

- Meeting & assistance upon arrival

- All Transfer during trip via A/C Motorcoach, Mini Van

- All meals as listed in itinerary B=Breakfast,L=Lunch, and D=Dinner

- 13 Night hotel including breakfast & dinner daily

- All Concert Entrance Fees

- Excursion to Volubilis and Moulay Idriss

- Services of Escorted Tour Manager & local Guide throughout the Tour

- Lunch in one of the old houses in The Medina

- All taxes and Monument Fees included

Fez festival
Time

May 20
Air & Land

$2775
Single Supp

$575
Land Only

$1640


JFK/New York/Casablanca

Depart this evening on board Royal Air Maroc non-stop flight (8:30pm) and arriving Casablanca Mohamed VAirport 7:10am. Dinner and breakfastserved on board.



Casablanca / Rabat

Upon your arrival at Casablanca airport and after formalities, you will find your host waiting for you to greet you and then escort you to Rabat. Rabat is an imperial city with a rich history of kingdoms that have swept through it for many centuries; leaving behind a collage of different architectural styles and a unique legacy. Afternoon sightseeing will highlight the Mellah (Jewish quarter), the Mohamed V mausoleum, the Oudaya Kasbah and the Andalous gardens. Dinner at the Hotel.



Rabat / Meknes / Fez

Travel to Fez via volubilis, the roman capital of Northwestern Africa. Walk through the narrow streets of Moulay Idriss this venerated 8th century citadel (founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss Al Akbar) is considered to be the first Islamic city for the first Arab dynasty and the cradle of sufism to the Moroccan society .continue into the region on the Fez, exploring ramparts, gates and the Borjes (Moorish forts) upon your arrival to town.Dinner at the Hotel.



Fez

One travel writer has described Fez as the "most complete reaming medieval city in the world". We have a full day to discover the many wonders of the "Medina" (old city) with one of our knowledgeable guides who leads us through the labyrinthine narrow streets, introducing us to all sorts of craftsmen at work. You'll see a traditional tannery, koranic school and the Quaraouine mosque, which at one time was one of the oldest universities in the world. You'll have free time to visit the souks (Markets), renowned for their distinctive bronze, textiles and pottery. This evening is the grand opening of the festival. 8:30pm.Dinner and overnight in Hotel.



Fez / Moulay Yacob

This morning a short drive takes us to Moulay Yacoub, a picturesque Berber village in the rif mountains. There you'll have an opportunity to bathe in one of the natural hot spring pools at the spa. There are Festival events by 3:00pm — Batha Museum/ Evening at Bab Makina .Dinner and overnight in Hotel.



Fez

Today Full day exploring the city / 4:00pm — Batha Museum / Bab Al Makina. Dinner & overnight



Fez / Sefrou

Today we head south into the middle Atlas Mountains to the village of sefrou, situated in particularly fertile location. It was an important stop of caravans and supported a flourishing regional market and artisan community. Missionaries converted the local population to Judaism in the first century and the area still features ancient synagogues that will visit. Heading north, our next stop is Ait bahil, a village of distinctive troglodyte dwellings cut into the limestone hills a settlement begun by Christian elements of the Roman Second Legion. Festival events begin 4:00pm —/ 8h3Omp— Bab Makina Dinner and overnight in Hotel.



Fez / Moulay Idriss

Visit Moulay Idriss, the quaint, white-washed city that hangs dramatically on a mountainside. Only open to non-Muslims in the 20th Century, It is the holiest place in Morocco. The town takes its name from one of the great grandsons of the prophet Mohamed who founded the first Islamic Dynasty here. After a specially prepared lunch in a fine Moroccan restaurant, we'll visit Volubilis, the largest and best-restored roman ruins in the country. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.



Special Events by Scenic Tours with lunch

Join Scenic voyage for this exclusive event :.h00pm — Batha Museum 8h3Opm —Bab Makina. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.



Fez Region

Excursion throughout a beautiful countryside of the tomb of the suffi saints of Moulay Bouchta Elkhamar, shrime of the Sufi saint of the music. Return in the afternoon and enjoy the Festival 4h00 — Batha Museum / 8h30 pm — Bab. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.



Fez

Today we will walk through the Jewish section, mingling with the Moroccans, crossing the Fez El jadid, the Arab section, until we reach the south King Palace. The Festival events Batha Museum /h30pm — Bab Makina. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.



Fez/ Middle Atlas / Fez Walking tour

Morning at leisure. Festival 4h0Opm — Batha Museum 8h3Opm — Bab Makina.Dinner and overnight in Hotel.



Fez/ Marrakech

Breakfast. Crossing the middle Atlas Mountains, trough majestic cedar forests where the famous Barbary Apes are often seen. We make our way to Marrakech, with stops in Ifrane and Khenifra along the way.Dinner and overnight in Hotel.



Explore Marrakech

Marrakech, the fabled "red city", so named for its ochre buildings, is far more African and bustling in nature then Fez. We have a full day to unveil its secrets and mysteries. We'll visit: The Koutoubia mosque and minaret, the second largest in Africa: the Saadian tombs,a remarkably beautiful 16th century monument only open to non-muslims since 1917; the Bahia place, where some members of the royal family stay where the king is on town; and Dar Si Said, a stunning 19th Century house that has been transformed into an arts crafts museum. In the afternoon, we'll explore the medina (old walled city) full of amazing sights, sounds and smells, finishing the day in Jamaa El Fna, the vast central square, a daily carnival of musicians acrobats, fortune tellers, fire eaters and snake charmers. Our last evening features a sumptuous farewell dinner in a fine Moroccan restaurant in a beautiful old house in the medina, with live music and a belly dancer.Dinnerand overnightin Hotel.



Marrakech / Casablanca / Flight departure

We take a 10 minutes drive to the airport to catch the am flight to Casablanca, connecting with flight to home. All customs formalities are done in Marrakech: both boarding passes are issued there and your luggage is checked directly.

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CURRENCY

Moroccan Dirhams (DH) are the local currency. The current rate of exchange (Sep 96) is one U.S. Dollars equals approximately 9.5 Dirhams (exact exchange could vary). The exchange rate fluctuates daily. U.S. Currency, Travelers's Checks and Credit Cards are accepted at most major establishments.

CLIMATE

A moderate climate prevails in most of the country.

CLOTHING

Dress is casual throughout the country, although jackets and ties are expected in the finer hotels, like La Mamounia, for dinner. In the winter months visitors should pack a light coat or raincoat. In the spring and summer lightweight clothes should be worn. Shorts, except for beach resorts, are not encouraged.

CUISINE/FOOD VEGETARIAN

Hotels feoture internotionol cuisine with emphosiso n FtenchI,t olion, Sponisho r typicolly Moroccon meols con be found ot mony restourontsT. roditionoiM orocconm eolss hould not be missed:t he renownedc ouscousb, isteelc (floky postry stuffed with chicken, eggs ond onions)M, echou(l crispr oostedlo mb),o r horiro (o rich soup). Morocco olso produces good ond inexpensivwe ines.M int teo is the notionold rink, olthough coffee is olso extremely populor. Ordinaryt op woter is drinkobleb, ut it is odvisoble for visitors to purchcse inexpensive minerol woter.

TIPPING

Tips for the hotel and restaurants are not included in your itinerary. For any restaurants not included it is recommended to leave the waiter an extra 10 Dirhams per person, as there is usually a service tax on the bill. Taxi cab drivers do not expect a tip, but please be sure to ask how much the trip will Cost before you get into the cab. For each person wishing to photogragh camel drivers, snake charmers, water carriers, etc, expect to tip 5 dirhams each. Be sure to keep change handy for unexpected photo opportunities . Hotel porters should be given 5 dirhams per bag. Please check the inclusions listed on your Itinerary to see exactly what is included, but don't hesitate to give an extra few Dirhams for good service. The small amount of money is more beneficial to them. Your guide can advice you in these situations. Tips to your guide and driver are expected , if you are satisfied with their services, They are already included in your tour. Please check "inclusions" on your itinerary. A good amount to Tip is $7 per day per person for the guide and $7 per day per person for the the driver, sometimes There is a driver's assistant, who keeps the bus clean and guards your valuables while you are out On walks, etc. He can be tipped $4 per day. These people are a very important part of your trip and should be considered. Please don't hesitate to give an extra few dirhams for good service anywhere, It is much appreciated.

HOIEIS&SERVICE

The government rates hotels according to the "star system, the four star hotels listed in this brochure are among the best quality available in the cities visited. Visitors should be aware however, that facilities and service provided in Morocco, as in many developing countries, might not be equivalent to U.S. Or Western European standard.

ENTERTNNMENT

Casino gambling is found in Marrakesh and Tangier, and ultra-modern discos abound in all major cities and resorts. Traditional Moroccan Folklore shows and belly dancing can also be found in all major cities and resort areas.

SHOPPING

Morocco has an abundance of fine handicrafts at bargain prices: some of which included rugs, leather ware, brass, copper, silver, spices and old markets known as souks.

RELIGION

Morocco is a predominantly Sunni Muslim country with small Jewish and Christian minorities. The culture of Morocco has been strongly influenced by Berbers, Arabs, Moors, Jews and the French, and is tolerant of differences. While Moroccans are hospitable to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, most Islamic religious monuments are closed to non-Muslims. There are, however, notable exceptions to this custom, enabling visitors to enter some of Morocco's most formidable shrines such as the newly-built Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Festivities marking the seasons and the various types of harvests are held throughout Morocco. Those held in honor of holy men are known as moussems. Participating in traditional celebrations is an excellent way to experience local customs and culture. The celebration may include fantasias, where horsemen demonstrate their skills, as well as dancing, singing and feasting. Many of the most religious holidays are combined with feasting and fireworks and other entertainment. The most holy religious holiday is Ramadan, the month set aside for fasting to commemorate God's revelation of the Koran to the prophet Mohammed. The month is welcomed with fasting during the day, but rejoicing in the streets at night. Cafes stay open in the major cities until 3:00am.

HOLIDAYS

During certain local or national holidays some restaurants, museums, and other attractions may be limited. If you feel your enjoyment might be diminished ,we suggest you contact the Moroccan Tourist Board at (212) 557-2520 or (407) 827-5337 for further information and guidance.

ELECTRICITY

European style outlets. Visitors should bring an adapter.

SPORTS

There are golf courses in Marrakech and Tangier.

REGIONS

Geographically, the county divides into five basic zones: the coast, Mediterranean and Atlantic; the great cities of the plains; the Rif and Atlas Mountains; and the oases and desert of the Sahara. The three ranges of the atlas, with the Rif a kind of extension in the north, cut right across the interior, physical and historical barriers, and inhabited for the most part by the indigenous Moroccan Berbers.

HEALTH

Morocco is a healthy country however, a certain number of minimal precautions should be taken, particularly in the south. Avoid water from Wadis and water sellers. Drink bottled water only and be sure when in a restaurant that when you order water, that the bottle is opened in front of you. Take precautions against insect bites and sunburn. Bring bug repellent and sunscreen. No inoculations are required; however, we suggest that you speak to your physician.

LANGUAGE

Moroccan Dirhams (DH) are the local currency. The current rate of exchange (Sep 96) is one U.S. Dollars equals approximately 9.5 Dirhams (exact exchange could vary). The exchange rate fluctuates daily. U.S. Currency, Travelers's Checks and Credit Cards are accepted at most major establishments.

CURRENCY

The official language of Morocco is Arabic. The everyday language is a dialectal Arabic, as well as Berber are spoken in the Atlas and Rif regions. Most Moroccans speak French.

PASSPORTS

Travelers to Morocco must have a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your day of travel. Visas are not required for American tourists traveling to Morocco for fewer than 90 days. . For further information on entry/exit requirements for Morocco, please contact the Embassy of Morocco at 1601 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, telephone (202) 462-7979 to 82, fax 202-462-7643, or the Moroccan Consulate General in New York at 10 E. 40th Street, New York, NY 10016, telephone (212) 758-2625, fax 212-779-7441. It is a good idea to make a photocopy of your passport, carried separately, in case of any emergency.

BANK

There's a wide range of banks available for changing money and cashing traveler's checks and credit cards. Generally, it's quick and easy with rates varying little from bank to bank. Probably the best of the banks is the Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur (BMCE). ATM's are available throughout Morocco and perhaps your best way of exchanging money. Each ATM machine will charge about 1.5% of your withdrawal. It is suggested that you carry a small amount of USD and make large purchases with your credit card.

Guides Per Day

Guides Per Day: $5.00 - $7.00

Motor Coach Drivers Per Day: $2.00 - $3.00

Portage (although already included): $1.00 per bag

PACKING

Dress in Morocco is casual. Light, cotton or linen pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, and long sleeve shirts will help ensure you have a pleasant travel experience. It's also a good idea to pack such items as a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, backup medical prescriptions, a Swiss Army knife, earplugs, and a good book (English-language books can be difficult to find in Morocco.)Many travelers bring a few colored pens, or hard candies, to give to children who may lead you through a village or otherwise approach you.

CASABLANCA

The principal city of Morocco, Casablanca is a metropolitan city with a European flavor as it was designed by the French during their occupation to resemble Marseilles. One of the most wonderful sites of Casablanca is the Hassan II Mosque which is stark white and sits besides the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In some areas the floor is made of glass and reveals the blue ocean. It is the second largest mosque after Meca.

WATER & ALCOHOL

Excellent bottled mineral water is available everywhere. Alcohol is available to buy in Super Marches (super markets) and a few bars and lounges are sprinkled around the big cities of Marrakech, Agadir and Casablanca. Morocco also produces it's own beer and wine.