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explore Morocco

CASABLANCA  |  RABAT  |  CHEFCHAOUEN  |  MEKNES  |  FES  |  MARRAKESH

With a $500 Deposit

AUGUST 21 - 28, 2022

Explore the magnificent royal cities and beautiful sites of Morocco, a country that formed part of the medieval Islamic West along with Al-Andalus (modern Spain and Portugal). The North African country has coastlines along the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans, fertile agricultural zones and mountain ranges, and includes part of the Sahara desert. Its people represent a mix of Berber (Amazigh) and Arab cultures, along with French and European influences from the colonial era. Starting from the nation’s most populated city Casablanca and passing through the capital Rabat, our tour will include a stay in the blue mountain village of Chefchaouen. We will give special attention to Fes, with its incomparable madina, and Marrakesh, an oasis that features numerous souks and street food stalls. Shop for ceramics, leather works, Berber carpets, and other handmade goods. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, try unique cuisines, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes that will transport you to another world.

Itinerary in MOROCCO

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TOURS

Bayan has been offering faculty-led tours to world heritage destinations since 2017, with previous tours to Southern Spain, Malaysia & Singapore, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Now in 2022, we are excited to be able to renew our line-up of tours we had hoped to offer in 2020, but were interrupted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Our hope is that with appropriate precautions, we can once again venture forth and explore various regions of the globe and be enriched by new religious and cultural experiences.

 

WHY JOIN A BAYAN TOUR?

Tours offered by Bayan cater to the diverse interests and needs of families, while offering an exceptional educational and cultural program. Each tour is led by one or more faculty members who provide daily background lectures and insights about the historical and contemporary contexts. Local guides are utilized as well at various points in time. The itinerary is crafted by experienced personnel to maximize your enjoyment and satisfaction. While the scheduled program is robust, ample time is provided to explore on your own, shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs, and enjoy some leisure activities. Bayan’s tour group size is generally kept to 20-30 participants.

MOROCCO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Casablanca

  • Hassan II Mosque

  • City tour

 

Rabat

  • Tour Hassan

  • Mausoleum of Muhammad V

  • Kasbah des Oudayas

 

Chefchaouen

  • Kasbah

  • Town Square

Meknes

  • Bab al-Mansour

  • Imperial granaries and horse stables

 

Fes

  • Panoramic city view

  • Al-Qarawiyyin masjid

  • Madrasa Al-Attarine

  • Souks of the old madina

  • Handicraft workshops

 

Marrakesh

  • Koutoubia Mosque

  • Souks of the old madina

  • Djemaa El Fna public square

 

Along with visiting these sites, we will encounter the people and make friendships, sample various cuisines, appreciate cultural programs, and enjoy the natural landscapes that we pass through.

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TOUR INFORMATION

Tour Pricing 

All pricing is double-occupancy.

 

Adult                              $2,195

Additional Adult          $1,995

Minors (8-17)               $1,495

 

Single supplement:       $250

Land Package Inclusions

  • Airport transfers in Morocco

  • 7 nights hotel (4* in most cases)

  • Ground transportation  by private A/C coach

  • Entrance fees for sites

  • Breakfast + lunch or dinner (2 meals/day)

  • Gratuities for group transport, meals, activities

  • Daily lectures/discussions with readings/handouts

 

exclusions

  • International airfare to Morocco (budget about $1,400 round-trip per person from US gateways) and applicable baggage fees

  • Tourist visa if required (US and EU citizens do not need a visa)

  • Travel insurance

  • Covid-19 testing costs (if required for entry or return to country of origin)

  • Additional meals/beverages, personal items

  • Hotel incidental charges, hotel porters and other individualized services

International Travel Arrangements

 

Booking Your Flights

Numerous airlines provide service to Morocco, including Royal Air Maroc. Participants joining only the Morocco tour should book flights to arrive in Casablanca (CMN) on Sunday, August 21 and depart from Casablanca (CMN) on Sunday, August 28. This is a round-trip booking. Participants who wish to remain in Morocco after the tour concludes should make whatever arrangements they deem appropriate for departure date and location.

 

Participants intending to join the Morocco tour following the Spain tour should book their return flight from Casablanca (CMN) rather than Malaga. This is a “multi-city” booking, rather than round-trip.  A separate booking for transportation between Spain and Morocco on Sunday, August 21 will be handled by Bayan Tours, and is included in the tour price.

Once you’ve paid your deposit to Bayan Tours, you should book your flights as soon as possible to obtain better pricing. You can use your own travel agent or check airline websites and other booking sites and select the flight legs that are best for you, taking into consideration any layovers you may wish to arrange.

Arriving to Morocco

Travelers from the US should depart from their origin city on Saturday, August 20 to reach Casablanca on Sunday, August 21. Travelers from other origin points should also plan to arrive in Casablanca on August 21. You can plan your travel to add extra days in transit before reaching Casablanca, but the transfer from airport to hotel is only available to those arriving on August 21. The tour program will officially start at 5:00pm on August 21 with a group orientation meeting in the Casablanca hotel.

 

Departing from Morocco

On Sunday, August 28, participants will be provided transportation from the hotel to the Casablanca airport for flights to the US directly or through other transit points (ex. Madrid, London, Paris, etc.). Those planning to stay longer in Morocco should make their own arrangements for further lodging, transportation, and departure.

HOTELS

Our tour group will stay at the following hotels, or ones of comparable quality:

 

  • Casablanca: Hotel Sofitel (1 night)

  • Chefchaouen: Dar Echchaouen (1 night)

  • Fes: Royal Mirage (2 nights)

  • Marrakesh: Hotel Opera Plaza (2 nights)

  • Casablanca: Hotel Sofitel (1 night)

With a $500 Deposit

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