Ohlala - New Year's Eve in Morocco

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Ohlala - New Year's Eve in Morocco

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Close out 2019 and ring in 2020 with an unforgettable journey through Morocco! From an oceanside mosque to an 1100 year old medina to the red dunes of the Sahara, and so much more, you will find new adventures awaiting every day. With a wine tasting, cooking class, camel trek, and quads in the desert, this trip takes you beyond mere sightseeing.

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Dates:

Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020


Itinerary:

  • DEC 27 - CASABLANCA, FES

    • Arrive in Casablanca in the morning and meet your guide and driver.  Begin with a visit to the stunning Hassan II Mosque, perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.  Afterwards, enjoy Moroccan hospitality and home cooking with lunch with a local family. Continue on to Fes, where you will check into your riad.  Dinner at your riad. Overnight in Fes. (L, D)

  • DEC 28 - FES

    • Tour Fes with a private guide.  Begin at the Royal Palace, stroll through the Mellah, and take in the city from Borj Sud.  Tour the old medina, visiting the historic Al Quarawine university (sorry, non-muslims are not allowed to actually enter) and 1000 year old Fes tannery, as well as artisan workshops such as the silk weavers and mosaic makers.  Lunch included in the medina. Overnight in Fes. (L)

  • DEC 29 - MEKNES, FES

    • Head to Meknes where you will enjoy a tour and tasting at Morocco’s premier winery, Les Celliers de Meknes.  Enjoy lunch at the on-site boutique hotel. Return to Fes in the afternoon. Overnight in Fes. (L)

  • DEC 30 - ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MERZOUGA

    • Depart Fes after breakfast and begin your journey south.  Make a stop in Ifrane, the small ski resort town; visit the wild monkeys in the cedar forests outside of Azrou; stop in Zayda for lunch; take in the scenery as you cross the Atlas Mountains; and view the lush green date and almond trees filling the gorge in Errachidia.  Arrive in Merzouga in the early evening. Dinner at your riad. Overnight in Merzouga. (L, D)

  • DEC 31 - SAHARA DESERT

    • Head into the Sahara Desert for a one-hour quad excursion over the dunes.  Enjoy lunch between the dunes, followed by an SUV excursion through the desert.  Stop by the Gnawa village with its entrancing music, enjoy tea with a nomadic family, hunt for fossils, and ride up the red dunes.  In the late afternoon, meet your camels for a trek into the luxury camp. Dinner included at the camp, as well as live music, fireworks, and a New Year’s Eve champagne toast.  Overnight in the Sahara Desert. (L, D)

  • JAN 1 - BOUMALNE DADES

    • Depart camp after breakfast and journey west to Boumalne Dades, where you will enjoy a gentle hike through the Rose Valley.  Lunch along the way and dinner at your riad included. Overnight in Boumalne Dades. (L, D)

  • JAN 2 - OUARZAZATE, MARRAKECH

    • Continue west to Ouarzazate, where you will stop at Ait Ben-Haddou.  Continue on to cross the Atlas Mountains via Tichka Pass to reach Marrakech in the evening.  Dinner at your riad that night. Overnight in Marrakech. (L, D)

  • JAN 3 - MARRAKECH

    • Tour Marrakech with a private guide, visiting the Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, and Jemaa el Fna.  After a light lunch, learn to make traditional Moroccan dishes with a cooking class, which you will enjoy for dinner. Overnight in Marrakech. (L, D)

  • JAN 4 - MARRAKECH

    • Free day to explore the city, wander the souks, indulge in a traditional hammam, or just enjoy the city.  Overnight in Marrakech.

  • JAN 5 - DEPARTURE

    • Morning transfer to CMN for departure flight


Cost:

$2,490 per person, based on double occupancy; $300 single supplement applies


Includes:

  • Ground transportation via minibus

  • English-speaking group guide

  • 9-nights accommodations in four-star riads (and one luxury camp) with breakfast

  • Eight lunches (L)

  • Six dinners (D)

  • Professional city guides in Fes and Marrakech

  • Professional hiking guide in Boumalne Dades

  • Entrance to all included sites and monuments

  • Wine tasting at Les Celliers de Meknes

  • 1-hour quad excursion in the Sahara Desert

  • Camel Trek

  • Cooking class at La Maison Arabe (counts as one dinner)


Does Not Include:

  • Flight ticket

  • Beverages

  • Meals not noted as included

  • Snacks and incidentals

  • Hotel services, such as room service or laundry service

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Travel Insurance