EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: March 31, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Learn the history and vibrant culture of Morocco’s Imperial cities as you trace the path left by ancient civilizations. On this escorted tour, begin in the capital of Rabat, visit Meknes en route to Fez and revel in the architecture, tradition and colours of Marrakech and Casablanca. Morocco’s distinct landscape and heritage offer an unforgettable journey into the heart and soul of North Africa.

Day 1     Depart CANADA
Day 2     Rabat, MOROCCO                     Hotel Stay
Day 3     Rabat, MOROCCO                     Hotel Stay
Day 4     Fez, MOROCCO                         Hotel Stay
Day 5     Fez, MOROCCO                         Hotel Stay
Day 6     Merzouga, MOROCCO              Hotel Stay
Day 7     Ouarzazate, MOROCCO            Hotel Stay
Day 8     Ouarzazate, MOROCCO            Hotel Stay
Day 9     Marrakech, MOROCCO             Hotel Stay
Day 10   Marrakech, MOROCCO             Hotel Stay
Day 11   Marrakech, MOROCCO             Hotel Stay
Day 12   Casablanca, MOROCCO           Hotel Stay
Day 13   Casablanca, MOROCCO           Hotel Stay
Day 14   Depart for CANADA

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Day 1 –  Sunday / March 31, 2019                                                DEPART CANADA
Meet your host at the Toronto airport for your overnight flight departure from Canada to Casablanca, Morocco.

 Day 2 – Monday / April 1                                                                CASABLANCA – RABAT
Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival in Casablanca, we will be met by our local guide and travel up the coast towards Rabat and stop for lunch.   After lunch, we will transfer to our hotel.  This evening, we gather for dinner at our hotel. Accommodation: CANTOR HOTEL or similar – 2 Nights.    (L/D)

Day 3 –  Tuesday / April 2                                                               RABAT
After breakfast at the hotel, tour the capital of Morocco visiting the Hassan Tower, the remarkable Mohamed V Mausoleum, the Kasbah of the Oudayas and the Medina.  After lunch, we will return to our hotel.  The rest of your day is at leisure.  (B/L)                   

Day 4 –  Wednesday / April 3                                                        RABAT – FEZ
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart to visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis.  We will then proceed to Meknes, the city formerly known as the Moroccan Versailles.  After lunch at a local restaurant, we will continue to Fez, the famous walled city and medieval capital of Morocco.  Dinner will be at our hotel.   Accommodation: HOTEL BARCELO or similar – 2 Nights.   (B/L/D)                                    

Day 5 – Thursday / April 4                                                              FEZ
After breakfast, enjoy a full-day tour of Fez, the oldest cultural and spiritual city of Morocco. Visit the medieval Medina of Fez, the religious Islamic centers and schools known as Medersas.  See the Karaouine Mosque and the famous Nejjarine Fountain. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the medina and spend your afternoon at leisure.  Enjoy dinner at our hotel.    (B/L/D)         

Day 6 – Friday / April 5                                                                    FEZ – ERFOUD – MERZOUGA
After breakfast, depart early for Merzouga. Travel through Midelt (enjoy lunch), the Ziz River and a series of fortified villages before you arrive in Erfoud, one of the largest oases in Morocco. Transfer by Land Rover to Merzouga for your excursion to the desert dunes. Enjoy dinner and a magical stay overnight under the stars in a deluxe caïdal tent.    Accommodation: MERZOUGA LUXURY DESERT CAMPS AT BELLE ETOILE or similar.  (B/L/D)

Day 7 –  Saturday / April 6                                                             MERZOUGA – AÏT BENHADDOU                                                  After breakfast, drive to Tinghir via Rissani. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the ruins of Ksar Abbar and then continue to the Todgha Gorge, a canyon in the Eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. Drive along El Kelâa M’Gouna and the Dadès Valley. Arrive in Aït Benhaddou to check in and overnight at your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.   Accommodation: HOTEL RIAD KSAR IGHNDA or similar – 2 Nights.    (B/L/D)                                                                                                           

Day 8 – Sunday / April 7                                                                 AÏT BENHADDOU – OUARZAZATE
After breakfast, tour Aït Benhaddou village to see the ruins of this ancient Kasbah, used as a backdrop for many Hollywood films where we will visit one of the studios.  After we will drive to Ouarzazate, the largest town in Saharan Morocco for an introductory tour of the town and have lunch.  Enjoy dinner at our hotel.   (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Monday / April 8                                                                AÏT BENHADDOU – MARRAKECH
After breakfast at the hotel, depart to Marrakech via the Tizi n’Tichka mountain passage and the charming Berber village of Taddert.   Then on to Marrakech, offering unique historical and architectural sites and of course, its souks.  Check into your hotel.  Enjoy dinner at our hotel.   Accommodation: HOTEL OPERA PLAZA or similar – 3 Nights.   (B/D)                                              

Day 10 – Tuesday / April 9                                                             MARRAKECH
After breakfast, your entire day will be devoted to sightseeing in Marrakech, the second oldest Imperial City, also known as the Pearl of the South. Founded by the Almoravides at the end of the 11th-century, Marrakech sits in a lush oasis nestled at the foot of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Visit the famous Saadian Tombs, Menara Gardens, Koutoubia mosque and Bahia Palace. After lunch at a local restaurant in the medina, continue your sightseeing at the souks and the famous Jemaa El Fna square. Tonight, enjoy dinner at an impressive restaurant “Jad Mahal”.  (B/L/D)                                                                                                             

Day 11 – Wednesday / April 10                                                    MARRAKECH
After breakfast, enjoy your day at leisure to discover this beautiful city on your own.  This evening, a Diffa Fantastia dinner served under caïdal tents while enjoying the performance complete with belly dancers, as well as camel and horse shows.    (B/D)               

Day 12 – Thursday / April 11                                                         MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA
After breakfast, drive to Casablanca and visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, the Mohamed V and the United Nations Squares, the central market, the Habbous Quarter and the ancient residential area of Anfa.  Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.  After lunch, you can stroll along the Aïn Diab seaside with its swimming pools and restaurants. Enjoy dinner at our hotel.   Accommodation: HOTEL NOVOTEL CITY CENTER or similar – 2 Nights.  (B/L/D)                                                                                                        

Day 13 – Friday / April 12                                                               CASABLANCA
After breakfast enjoy your day at leisure.  Tonight, we gather for our farewell dinner.  (B/D)                                                               

Day 14 –  Saturday / April 13                                                         CASABLANCA –  CANADA
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the International airport for your flight back to Canada.  (B)

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Double Occupancy $5,195                       Single Occupancy $6,195
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All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person based on double occupancy and include:

Return airfare from Toronto, from Ottawa please add $100 pp other departure cities upon request
12 Nights in first class hotel stays
All gratuities for local guides and drivers
Breakfast daily and most meals are included
All departure taxes/fees and surcharges
Locally fully guided tours as per our itinerary
Fully hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*