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New Year Celebration

from $2575(Air & Land)

- Roundtrip airfare New York Casablanca

- Meeting and assistance upon arrival

- All transfers during trip by A/C Motorcoach

- 7 nights Hotel

- Two Meals Daily (breakfast And dinner)

- Special Family Dinner Dec 30

- New Years Dinner Dec 31

- Lunch at Beni Mellal enroute to Marrekech

New Year Marrakech
Air & Land

$2575
Single Supp

$510
Land Only

$0000


Dec 26- To Casablanca From New York

Depart this evening on your transatlantic flight on Royal Air Maroc's direct service to Casablanca.



Dec 27- Casablanca to Rabat

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by our representative. A 60-mile drive brings you to Rabat, the present capital of Morocco. Check in to your hotel. Afternoon tours will include the walking to the bustling Medina, followed by a visit to the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the Great Mosque, the Hassan Tower and the magnificent Mohammed V Mausoleum. You will drive past the ramparts and the walls of Mechouar that encompass the royal palace. Dinner and overnight in Rabat.



Dec 28- Rabat, Moulay ldriss, Volubilis, Meknes, Fez

You will begin your exploration of the Imperial Cities this morning with a stop at the Holy City of Moulay ldriss where the founder of Islam is buried. Continue on to the archaeological site of the Roman ruins at Volubilis. From here you will travel to Meknes where, after lunch, you will drive throughout the walls and numerous gates of the city. Visit the famous Gate of Bab el Mansour, the Shrine Mosque, the tomb of Moulay Ismail, Dar Jamai Palace and the Royal Stables. End your day in Fez, the first Imperial City which was built in 790 A.D. by Moulay Idris II.



Dec 29 - Fez

A full day to explore Morocco's most fascinating city and the world's last surviving Medieval city Start today by traveling downtown to visit King Palace. After walking through the Jewish and Arab sections, you will see South King Palace. Continue along the river for a panoramic view of the Old Town Medina. You enter the city through one of the main gates for a walking tour highlighting the Karaounine University - the oldest in the world, the Mederssa Attarine, Bouanania Religious School, Najarine Fountain. Later visit Moulay ldriss Mausoleum and a famous tannery where skins are cured and dyed in enormous vats. There will also be time to shop for some of Fez's famous handicrafts.



Dec 30- Fez,Beni Mellal, Marrakesh

Depart early this morning and travel through the Middle Atlas Region of lmouzer Kender, through Berber villages to the delightful ski resort of Ifrane. Continue to Azrou, a Berber village known for its handicrafts and carpet weaving. Traveling through wooded and mountainous scenery brings us to Beni Mellal for optional lunch. Travel on to Marrakesh-the "Pearl of the South".



Dec31 / Jan 1 - Marrakesh

Two full days of sightseeing today in Marrakesh. You will visit the Tombs of Sandra King, Dars Said Museum, the Aguedal and Menara Garden, where you will see some of Morocco's best art work. At the ruins of Elbadi Palace you will see the tanners and dyer's quarters. Later, visit the world-famous Djemaa Elfna, a spectacular open theater with storytellers, soothsayers and fire-eaters.



Jan 2 - Marrakesh, Casablanca

Depart this morning for Essaouira, a picturesque fighting port of an 800-year-old city which shows traces of Iberian influence in its forts and towers. We suggest you lunch outdoors at Chalet de la Place, seafood dishes are highly recommended. Continue back to Casablanca. Sightseeing includes United Nations Square, Royal Palace,Central Market and Anfa Residential area. Once here you visit the mosque Hassan II, which is the second largest in the Moslem world to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight.



Jan 3 - New York

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and assisted with customs for your return flight home, arriving New York the same day.

    Hotel: Golden Tulips

    City: Rabat

    Nights: 1
    Hotel: Merinid

    City: Fez

    Nights: 10

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    Hotel: Riad Mogador Menara

    City: Marrakesh

    Nights: 2

On request.

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 feature international cuisine with emphasis on French, Italian, Spanish or typically Moroccan meals can be found at many restaurants. Traditional Moroccan meals should not be missed: the renowned couscous (flaky pastry stuffed with chicken, eggs and onions) Mechoui (crisp roosted lamb), or harira (a rich soup). Morocco also produces good and inexpensive wines. Mint tea is the nation old rink, although coffee is also extremely popular. Ordinary top water is drinkable, but it is advisable for visitors to purchase inexpensive mineral water.

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.

HOTELS 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.