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Our Experience, Your Discoveries
We want to show you the world, and to have you truly inspired by it - exploring its breathtaking diversity. Our enthusiasm is stronger than ever to reach out and expand your horizons.
We hope you accept this invitation and join us on one of our journeys so that our experience becomes one of your many discoveries.
The History of Morocco
We invite you to join us on an adventure in “The Farthest Land of the Setting Sun.”
Exotic spices, narrow, winding streets lined with artisans, local people in long caftans and djellabas and others in Western dress, donkey traffic and modern cars — Morocco is a place of amazing diversity. It also possesses an unusually wide variety of terrain: stark, high mountains; lush green oases; the rugged Atlantic coast; cedar forests, where Barbary apes can be found; and the magical Sahara — this is truly a land of contrasts.
At the extreme northwest corner of Africa, Morocco lies on the westernmost edge of the Muslim world. Moroccans are highly aware of their unique situation, positioned between Africa and Europe, and also of the unique history and ethnic mix which distinguishes this from other Arab lands. Traditional ways of life are still practiced here; craftspeople today use techniques developed in ancient times. You will learn of Morocco’s culture, as well as its beautiful, intriguing architecture, cuisine, history and natural wonders. Hospitable people will welcome you as an honored guest. Good highways, comfortable hotels, delicious food and special activities — this will be a most memorable journey.
Day 1: Home
You will depart on an overnight flight to Casablanca.
Day 2: Casablanca - Rabat
On arrival in Casablanca you will be met by a local guide and driven to Rabat. Oudaia Kasbah is a delightful whitewashed Andalusian village built by refugees, combining winding city streets, public gardens and iridescent blue and white houses. Arriving at your hotel in time to freshen up before enjoying a welcome dinner. (L, D)
Days 3 - 5: Rabat - Volubilis - Fes
The ancient town of Volubilis holds beautiful roman ruins and tilework, some of the public buildings still remaining date back to the first and second centuries. You can stop to view the ruins before arriving to your hotel in Fes.
The next day will be a full-day guided tour of Fes, Morocco’s oldest imperial city and the center of culture and religious learning. Fes is arguably the symbolic heart of Morocco, as all the great dynasties have left their mark on the city; it has, however, retained its Arab identity. The medina, Fes el-Bali, is one of the largest living medieval cities in the world. Its narrow winding alleys and covered bazaars are intricate in their design and are awash of brilliant colors – a veritable assault on the senses as you squeeze past recalcitrant donkeys and submit to the sounds and smells of this jostling city. The dye makers, hills of spices, vats of tanners, and palaces of merchants will beckon us. During a visit to a tannery you can watch the tanners as they work in the varied colors of this land. (B, D)
Day 6: Fes - Erfoud - Sahara
it will be an early departure from Fes this morning, arriving in Erfoud this afternoon, where you will take four wheel drive vehicles to the dunes. there will be sunset photography in the Sahara with a camel ride either this afternoon or tomorrow morning before departure. Overnight Auberge du Sud (berber tents). (B, D)
Day 7: Skoura
Continuing west you travel through Dades Gorge to Skoura, relaxing on the hotel veranda, with views of the Atlas Mountains, or take a leisurely walk through a small palm grove leading to the gorgeous site of Amerhidil, a Kasbah located on the opposite side of the river. Overnight Skoura. (B, D)
Days 8 - 9: Marrakech
Leaving Skoura, you drive west to Ouarzazate, with an optional visit to Kasbah Taouirirt or Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, UNESCO World Heritage site. Driving on then to Marrakech, with a late afternoon visit to Djemaa – el- Fna square, stay for dinner and entertainment in the square. Marrakech follows the beat of an African drum. This imperial city has been almost continually occupied since Neolithic times, and was once the Berber capital. Traveling back in time 2,000 years, there are snake charmers, magicians, acrobats, and dancers, delighting children and adults alike.
Tomorrow morning you can have an optional visit to the exquisite Majorelle Garden, or visit more of the ancient souk in Marrakech, with its maze of vendors, selling Berber rugs, dried fruit, and spices. The garden is part of the former residence of French artist Louis Majorelle, now owned and beautifully renovated by couturier Yves St. Laurent. In among the floral smorgasbord is what was Majorelle’s deep-blue villa, which is simply breathtaking. Overnight Marrakech (B, D)
Day 10: Essouira
Today we continue west to Essouira(pronounced Esa-weera), the most popular of the coastal towns, with magnificent beaches and relaxed atmosphere. The fortifications of the old city are a mixture of Portuguese, French, and Berber military architecture, and their massiveness lends a powerful mystique. You will find narrow lanes, whitewashed houses with blue painted doors, tranquil squares, pleasant cafes, and artisans in tiny workshops carving away at fragrant thuya wood. spend this afternoon and tomorrow morning exploring this delightful place, with time to absorb the unique flavor of the old town, the harbor, and the friendly people. Essaouira is full of the irresistible angles and picturesque sights.
Day 11: Casablanca
Late this morning you will drive to Casablanca, in time to check in to the hotel, feshen up and enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 12: Casablanca - Home
You will be driven to the airport in time for flights home. (B)
Accommodations range from four and five star hotels in cities, to quaint traditional lodging in countryside, and an overnight stay in berber tents in the Sahara.
Tour land cost: $0 US Dollars based upon minimum of paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.
Single room supplement: Please contact us for more details about the single room supplement. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.
Note: The land costs on international tours is based upon current exchange rates. Although the rate has been relatively stable, should it change, there may need to be an adjustment in the land cost.
Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds
A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic programs) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.
Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities listed as optional, or those taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, film or processing, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.
Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties.
Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.
Fitness and Health
If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).
You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.
Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.
Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.
There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.
Subject to Change
This itinerary has been carefully constructed to assure participants the best this destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. Above is a summary of typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.