THE Royal TOUCH of Morocco Speciallypreparedfor Renaissance Travel November06–20,2021 Click here for flyer brochure-low-res.pdf SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 06 –Depart San Francisco with Tap flight # 236 nonstop to Lisbon, leaving at 4:40pm.SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 07 – CASABLANCA (D) Arrive Lisbon at 11:40am. Connect with Tap flight # 1442 nonstop to Casablanca, leaving at 1:35pm and arriving Casablanca Mohammed V Airport at 3:55pm. You will be met by a Ya’lla Tours USA Morocco representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight. Our hotel, VAL D’ANFA, is a 4-star property in Casablanca’s most prestigious residential neighborhood, situated between the sea and Mount Anfa, just 5 minutes from the city center. Facilities and services include air-conditioning, restaurant, free wireless internet in public areas, free cabled-internet access in guest rooms, spa, outdoor swimming pool, gift shop, hair salon, business center, conference rooms, laundry, dry cleaning, and room service. www.valdanfahotel.comWelcome dinner is at the Basmane restaurant. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 08 – FES (B,D) Start with a visit to Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city. Your tour includes the old medina; Place Mohamed V, a busy shopping street lined by residential blocks dating from the 1930s; United Nations Square, designed by French architect Joseph Marrast; the League of Arab States Park, which was built in 1925 and offers a large area of greenery with palm trees, arcades, pergolas and cafés with shady terraces. Finally, visit the impressive Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world. Drive 1½ hours to Rabat, capital city of Morocco. See the old medina; the picturesque Kasbah of the Oudayas and the Oudaya Gate, built during the Almohad dynasty. Also see the well-preserved Hassan Tower and the Chellah, which were built by the Merinids in the 12th and 13th centuries. Walk into the Mohamed V Mausoleum, the burial place of the present King’s grandfather. Continue to Fes for overnight at the hotel. Our hotel, PALAIS MEDINA & SPA, is centrally located between the medina and the new town in Fes. Spacious guest rooms all have unrestricted views of either the medina or the Andalusian gardens that surround the property. Rooms are equipped with air- conditioning and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Hotel facilities and services include three restaurants, a piano bar, a large garden terrace, the world-class Daniel Jouvence Spa, massage, fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, business center, hair salon, gift shop, wireless internet, room service, currency exchange and laundry. http://palais-medina-fes-spa.hotel-rn.com/rooms.htmDinner tonight is at the unique Maison Blanche Restaurant. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 09 – FES(B,D) The whole day is devoted to an in-depth visit of Fes, founded by King Moulay Idriss in the 9th century. Flat and comfortable shoes are a must for the visit of the Medina and its winding, cobblestone alleys. See the old Koranic schools and the Quaraouyine Mosque (from the outside only), the largest university in the world in the 13th century with over 3,000 students. In the afternoon visit modern Fes, including the famous potters district. Continue to the Arts Museum of Batha. This Hispano-Moorish palace dating from the late 19th century houses some admirable collections of the traditional art of Fes. Sculpted wood and plaster, wrought iron and other decorative materials are works of art in their own right. Embroidery, carpets, jewelry and coins compete for the visitor’s attention. Return to your hotel for overnight. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner show at the La Palais Medina restaurant. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 – FES (B) Drive to Meknes, founded in the 9th century by Zenata Berbers. A visit of this former Imperial City includes the old ramparts; the Agoudal Basin, once used to water the royal gardens and amuse the favorite concubines; and the Moulay Ismaïl royal stables, granaries and House of Water (Dar El Ma), built in the 17th and 18th centuries to house, feed and water the sultan’s twelve thousand horses. Finally, see Bab El Mansour, one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco; and the Moulay Ismaïl Mausoleum, one of the very few holy sites in Morocco which may be visited by non-Muslims. Continue to Volubilis, a flourishing Roman trading city in the 2nd and 3rd centuries selling oil, corn and wild animals. The Berbers, who had been converted to Christianity, occupied Volubilis until the 8th century. The earthquake of 1755 destroyed the city. Excavations began in 1887 and continue to this day. A visit of the ruins begins with a tour of the ramparts, 5 ¼ feet wide and 1 ½ miles long, with no fewer than forty bastions and eight 2nd-century gates. Return to Fes for overnight. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – MERZOUGA(B,L,D) At 8:00am, set out for Erfoud through the Middle Atlas Mountains, the village of Immouzzer du Kandar and the ski resort of Ifrane in the heart of a cedar forest. Stop at Midelt for lunch at Taddart Restaurant. Continue through the Ziz Gorge and Er Rachidia. Erfoud, situated amongst impressive Sahara dunes, is one of the largest oases in Morocco. From Erfoud, travel approximately 1 ½ hours to Merzouga and from Merzouga, a short drive will take you to your Berber camp for dinner and overnight The site is surrounded by torches and the ground is covered with antique Moroccan rugs. Sleeping Tent: 8x4 meter sleeping tents are furnished with comfortable mattresses (double or twin), sheets, Berber blankets, a small table, 2 chairs, bottled water on arrival, 2 glasses, candles and matches. Sanitary: In each sleeping tent, the shower and toilet are separated from the sleeping area by a thick curtain. The shower is separated from the toilet by a plastic wall. The washbasin is in a corridor facing the sleeping area. Food facilities: 1 kitchen tent, 1 restaurant tent, a small area for the bar For dinner, you can choose between two menus. Restaurant: The restaurant tent is furnished with tables with tablecloth, traditional plates, a silver set for the Tea Ceremony, Tas Ouidou for the traditional hand washing, mejmar (kettle on high stand), incense burner, mrach traditional rosewater sprinkler and poufs. Breakfast menu: freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, tea, eggs, cereals, cheese, yogurt, honey, 2 different kinds of jam, fruits, croissant, Moroccan bread & pancakes Staff: 1 cook, 3 waiters, 1-night watchman Entertainment: a party of 4 local singers. You can play the drum, sing, and dance if you want to join in! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 – OUARZAZATE (B,D) End your desert adventure with a camel trek to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Return to the camp for a Champagne breakfast. After breakfast at the camp, board your 4x4 to drive back to Erfoud. Board your touring bus and drive through Tinejdad, Tineghir and the Todra Pass in the beautiful 1,000 Kasbah Valley to El Kelaa des Mgouna and Skoura. After Skoura, palm trees are replaced by orchards and irrigated gardens. Roses for making perfume are the specialty of El Kelaa des Mgouna. Paris, the famous perfume by Yves Saint Laurent is made from the extract of these roses. You will find some nice shopping here for rose products such as rose water, body milk, dried petals etc. Continue to Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight. Stay in a Deluxe Room Our hotel, BERBERE PALACE, is a 5-star property located on 27 acres in the center of town. It has 220 rooms decorated in traditional Berber style, 3 restaurants serving Moroccan and international cuisine, piano-bar, night club, shops, swimming-pool, 3 tennis courts, ping-pong, volley ball and a fitness club. www.hotel-berberepalace.com SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13 – MARRAKECH (B) This morning visit Ouarzazate’s 17th century Kasbah Taourirt which served as the home of the Pacha Glaoui. Continue for a visit of the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, an impressive 11th century structure which has been declared an historical treasure by UNESCO.Drive through mountainous and semi-desert landscape, over the High Atlas Mountains at Tizi N’Tichka Pass (7,400 feet) and across the fertile countryside of the Haouz Plain to the pink city of Marrakech for overnight. Our hotel, 2 CIELS LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA, is ideally located in the heart of Marrakech, surrounded by the exclusive Hivernage and the Gueliz, a short walk from the legendary Jemaa El Fna Square, the heart of the medina. The exclusive design is chic and refined, combining Art Deco style with contemporary Moroccan elegance, enhanced with the handiwork of local artisans. Each of the 85 guest rooms is equipped with deluxe facilities such as air-conditioning, free WiFi, and LED flatscreen TV with satellite channels. Hotel facilities and services include a restaurant, a sky lounge, a bar, a traditional hammam steam bath, exclusive spa treatments and a beauty center. http://2ciels.com/ SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 – MARRAKECH (B) Today we have a full-day city tour of Marrakech. Begin at the Menara Gardens, with its Saadian Pavilion and olive groves. Continue to the Old Medina with its exotic old-world charm. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the fascinating labyrinth, with a stop at the foot of the famous Koutoubia Minaret. Continue to the Bahia Palace, with its lush Moorish garden. After lunch, visit the Majorelle Garden, with a large variety of trees, plants and flowers from different countries. Stroll through the colorful souks of the medina and then experience the famous Jemaa El Fna Square, an ancient meeting place of North African tradesmen, entertainers, musicians, snake charmers and storytellers. Return your hotel for overnight MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – MARRAKECH(B,L,D) Depart Marrakech for the Ourika Valley in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, just 40 miles from the city. The mountains are the traditional home to the indigenous Amazigh, better known as the Berbers. The Atlas also claim the highest peak in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal. Visit the local country market, where butchers and barbers, vendors of vegetables, cereals, and olive oil, blacksmiths and medicine-men gather under canvas and reed shelters, along with a number of small restaurants scattered around in the open air. This is an enchanting landscape, with lazy meandering rivers and Berber villages hanging on the slopes. The tranquility of Berber village life provides the perfect contrast to the hubbub of the city. Continue to the village of Imlil. Footpaths and mule tracks mount through lush, irrigated terraces, apple orchards and walnut groves to other villages, where the way of life has changed little for centuries and traditional values and hospitality are unaffected by the outside world. The Kasbah is perched on a great rock outcrop above the main village with a panoramic view of the mountains, valleys and waterfalls. You will have about an hour to explore the area. Return to Marrakech and your hotel around 4:00pm. Farewell dinner is at the very special La Maison Arab Restaurant.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 -(B) You will be transferred to Marrakesh Menara Airport for your Tap flight # 1451 to Lisbon, leaving at 12:45pm and arriving at 1:25pm.No further services provided in Lisbon by Ya’lla Tours USA. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 – Take Tap flight # 237 to San Francisco, leaving at 10:00am and arriving at 2:50PM. Price per person in a double room: $4,995 Price per person in a single room: $5,695
Prices are GUARANTEED in USD for November 2021 PRICE INCLUDES: Round trip, economy airfare from San Francisco to Casablanca and return from Marrakesh on Tap Portugal Airlines. Departure and fuel taxes ($236 based on June 03, 2020 tariff and subject to change until the final invoice isissued). 9 nights of accommodation with breakfast daily. 6 dinners and 2 lunches as peritinerary. Champagne breakfast on November 11 at the Saharacamp. 8 days of touring in a private, air-conditioned bus with a licensed, English-speakingguide. Entrance fees as peritinerary. Short camel trek in the SaharaDesert. Private transfers as per the itinerary. Bottled water in the touringbus. Baggage handling at airports andhotels. Service fees and localtaxes. Tips for driver, guide, restaurants andhotels. Ya’lla Tours USA exclusive Morocco information kit and a travelbag. PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Any services in Lisbon. Meals except whereindicated. Drinks of any kind at lunches and dinners. Personal expenses. Travel Insurance ($408 per person in a double room, $447 in a single room), highlyrecommended. IMPORTANT NOTE: * You must have a U.S. passport to enter Morocco (valid at least 6 months past your return date.) Price per person in a double room: $4,995 Plus $408 pp travel insurance Price per person in a single room: $5,695 plus $447 pp travel insurance Prices are GUARANTEED in USD for November 2021 DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT POLICY: A deposit of $800 plus $408 for travel insurance per person is due upon registration. Final payment is due 90 days prior to the group departure on August 08, 2021. By paying the insurance with the deposit you get the waiver for the pre-existing medical conditions and terrorist benefit. It is NOT cancel for any reason. THAT is almost double the premium than the regular one. It does not cover if canceling less than 72 hours prior to beginning of trip. It pays only 75% of the cost of the trip.The travel insurance is 100% NON-REFUNDABLE once a payment for it is made. IMPORTANT NOTE: * You must have a U.S. passport to enter Morocco (valid at least 6 months past your scheduled return date). * An $800 per person deposit is required upon booking plus travel insurance.* The deposit is fully refundable up to 90 days prior to departure. * Final payment is due on August 08, 2021. * All funds paid to Ya'lla Tours USA Inc. are held in a trust account until paid to our suppliers. TERMS AND CONDITIONS PRICE: * The price of the tour is: $4,995 per person in a double room based on a minimum of 10participants in the tour. The price is guaranteed but if due to unforeseen circumstances beyond Ya’lla Tours USA Inc.’s control, our suppliers increase the price, Ya’lla USA Inc. will adjust the price accordingly. * Price of the airfare portion of the tour is subject to change until the air ticket has been issued. * Should a single traveler wish to share a room with another traveler, and Ya'lla Tours USA Inc. is unable to match him/her with a roommate, the single room supplement will apply. * Should the number of participants, 90 days prior to departure, be lower than the published minimum number of participants to operate the tour, the price will be adjusted accordingly, or the tour will be canceled. CANCELLATIONS & REFUND: * For cancellation of 89 to 15 days prior to departure, a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost will apply. * For cancellation of 14 days and less prior to departure, a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost will apply. * No refund will be paid for unused services such as: transfers, sight-seeing, meals, hotel accommodation, entrance fees, and others that are listed in the tour program.