17 Days | 10-26 Sept, 2018
$AUD6218 per person, twin share, ex Casablanca.

MoroccoSue invites you to visit textile and carpet workshops as well as potteries in the High Atlas Mountains and Fez, and your own beading workshop in the ancient souk of Marrakesh. Explore a range of important architectural and World Heritage listed ancient sites and museums. Visit mud built Kasbahs on the old desert trade routes followed for centuries by traders and their camels.

Stay the night in the desert to experience Berber hospitality and spectacular night skies.

The program is fully escorted, travelling in a comfortable vehicle, and staying at traditional riads and kasbahs, reflecting the hospitality and style of old Morocco. Many meals are included and these delve into the rich and expansive Moroccan cuisine featuring gentle spices, tangy lemons, nuts and dried fruits as key ingredients. An excellent cooking class is available.

Visits to local markets are a highlight with time to explore or shop. Sue creates her jewelry from beads bought in the souks. At a special workshop in Marrakesh guests can produce their own Moroccan jewelry – a unique memory of this journey.

Dates and Cost
17 days| September 10 – 26, 2018 | $AUD6218 per person twin share.

Joining in Casablanca, concluding in Casablanca. Minimum 08 people, maximum 14 people.

Highlights

  • Visit the World Heritage sites found in Fez, Marrakesh and other locations.
  • Be stunned by the magnificent palaces, mosques and madrassas.
  • Meet artisans and visit inspiring galleries.
  • See traditional village crafts and textiles.
  • Travel in comfortable vehicles along the ancient trading routes from kasbah to kasbah.
  • Enjoy comfortable riads and havelis selected for their charm and location.
  • Spend a night under the Saharan sky when hosted by our Berber friends.
  • Participate in Sue’s beading workshop.
  • Enjoy our Moroccan cooking class.
  • Wander about local villages and markets.
  • Indulge in fabulous fresh meals.
  • Be charmed by our local guides and drivers.

Itinerary

Day 1 – 4: Casablanca to Rabat and Chefchaouen
Monday 10 September to Thursday 13 September

travel in Morocco

Arrival and Northern Morocco. Sightseeing in Rabat. Discover pirate enclaves. Walk to nearby vantage points and explore the Spanish mosque. Enjoy small towns, cafes, and participate in a traditional hammam.

Day 5 – 7: Fez and Region: Chefchaouen to Fez
Friday 14 September to Sunday 16 September

Drive south to the Roman ruins at Volubilis and on to Fez for three nights. Explore Fez’s souks, medinas, ancient palaces, schools and mosques. Participate in a cooking class with a local family.

Day 8 – 9: South to the Sahara: Fez to Merzouga

Monday 17 September to Tuesday 18 September

Drive over the scenic Atlas Mountains to reach the expansive Sahara. Overnight in Merzouga and travel from the fringe of the desert into the true dunes for a night in a traditional Berber tent. We enjoy the desert people’s hospitality with delicious meals, dancing and music.

Day 10 – 13: The High Atlas: Merzouga to Skoura.

Wednesday 19 September to Saturday 22 September

Rose Valley and the Road of 1000 Kasbah’s in the high Atlas range is where we spend the next few days. A chain of stunning Kasbahs and oases are dotted through this region. Our stop at Skoura is one such place. Explore Skoura and Berber culture. Travel to Ait Benhaddou. Explore attractions.

Day 14 – 16: Drive to Marrakesh

Sunday 23 September to Tuesday 25 September

Explore all the highlights. Participate in Sue’s beading workshop.

Day 17: Depart from Casablanca

Wednesday 26 September

It always happens – great vacations conclude.
Transfer to airport for flights home, or onward or additional travel.

The trip  price includes:

  • All accommodation in delightful riads and havelis with private bathrooms and breakfasts on a twin share basis.
  • All breakfasts, six dinners and a lunch.
  • Transport in comfortable air-con vehicle.
  • Services of well-qualified English speaking local guides.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Cooking class and bead workshop.
  • All sightseeing and visits.
  • Sue Buckle as your Escort.
  • Comprehensive information kits.
  • Prices are in Australian dollars.

Items not included are:

International airfares, airport and government taxes, visa fees; travel insurance; health costs; personal expenditure, communication expenses and shopping. Single rooms available at a reduced supplement.

What We Provide

Accommodation

Includes personally selected Moroccan style riads and havelis. Our selection criteria include central location, charm, cleanliness, cultural integrity, uniqueness, and standard of service. All rooms have private western-style bathrooms and comfortable beds. Some have pools while others have pleasant gardens. Where choice is limited we select the most appropriate accommodation for our guests.

Meals

Dining on our programs are an enjoyable experience as we explore regional delicacies and patronise some of the great restaurants and local cafes. We don’t include all meals, as we prefer our guests to have as wide a choice as possible.

Road Travel

We use comfortable air-con vehicles and endevour to provide more seats than guests. Road conditions vary and some are in excellent conditions while others may be similiar to those found in remote regions of Australia.

International  Air Travel

Both Emirates and Etihad fly via the Gulf to Casablanca. There are regular flights and you can enjoy a stopover en route, if you choose. Alternatively, there are other choices if you are coming from, or continuing to Europe. Intentionally Different Travel has excellent fares so please contact us for details.

Our Style

We aim to excel when it comes to personal attention and relevant information. This includes information on where to dine, where to purchase textiles and other products, explanations on ethnic minorities and their craft practice along with answers to the myriad of other questions our guests pose.

Apart from good and relevant information, and excellent hands-on experiences, we include attractive accommodation, good sightseeing opportunities, plenty of ‘getting-to-meet-the-locals’ encounters and of course, great dining opportunities from exquisite restaurants to quaint local cafes. We don’t hold your hand all the way so there are ‘free time’ periods to allow you to rest, explore on your own, or simply visit a café for a coffee.

Past guests have found our ‘style’ very much to their liking and we trust you will also.

Should you join this program?

Firstly, if you enjoy crafts and textiles you should join. However, as there is much more included in the program, others with a general interest in Moroccan history and culture would also enjoy this tour. There is opportunity for short to medium walks throughout, so a reasonable level of fitness is an advantage. While this is not an ‘outdoor/adventure’ trip, a ‘sense of adventure’ is required for the trip. As this is a Study Tour with comprehensive notes and information provided, some guests may receive a tax concession. Check with your financial advisor.

Additional Travel

Extra nights can be reserved, either pre or post‐tour but you MUST advise us well in advance. If you would like to Europe or other destinations please let us know, so we can develop an individual travel program for you. We have designed exciting itineraries for our clients throughout the region for many years.

Reservations

Email to: robert@intent.id.au with any questions you may have.

To secure your place, please email your intention to join Sue. You will then receive a reservation form to complete. Your option is held for seven days secured by receipt of a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person. Deposit is refunded if minimum numbers are not reached.

‘The Paperwork’

Your deposit will be acknowledged. We keep you informed as to the status of bookings and advise you when minimum numbers are reached. Then, we send you a confirmation kit and invoice. Final payment is due 60-days prior departure. When our group is complete and after final payment, air tickets and travel documents will be sent out. Then it is only a short time before your wonderful textile experience begins!

Your Expert Your Host

“For me Morocco is Colour. A rich and varied palette that changes each day. From the earthy tones of spices in traditional markets, ancient mud walled Kasbahs and desert landscapes to the clarity of blue skies, and the bold colours of the traditional mosaics, textiles and jewellery. The winding alleyways of the ancient souks full of texture, colour and movement and the spectacular desert sunsets and night skies all enrich your travel experience in Morocco.”

Sue Buckle, Tour Host

Sue Buckle is your Tour Host and facilitator. Sue, together with our local Guides and Driver, ensure a smooth trip and are available to assist each Guest with individual interests. Sue loves travel and finding new places, back lanes of interesting markets, discovering the quirky café as well as scanning every shopping opportunity for those unique crafty items that reflect the culture of the places visited.

Travel is in the blood and Sue has accompanied programs to Vietnam, India, Myanmar, Lao, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Mekong River cruising. This will be her third visit to Morocco including a one month stay.