Type Land & Air
Departure Date Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
Return Date Friday, January 17th, 2020
Final Payment Date
Sunday, November 24th, 2019
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Departure from JFK with AIR FRANCE flight # AF023 leaving at 4:35 PM from terminal 1. Checking at Air France counter should be no later than 2:00PM
Connection at CDG airport, Paris with AIR FRANCE flight # 1896 leaving at 7:10 AM and arriving Casablanca at 10:20 AM
Assistance on arrival. Meet your coach and guide.
Brief orientation tour of Casablanca, the business capital of the country: Mohamed V Square, The United Nations Square, the Mahkama (Morrocan Law Court), the Habbous Quarter, Notre Dame de Lourdes Church and the outside view of Hassan II Mosque.
Continue towards Rabat. (55 miles, a little over 1 hour drive). Check-in at hotel for 1 night.
Afternoon visit of Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco; it is known as the “IMperial Garden City”. Your tour includes Hassan Tower, the Royal Palace from outside only, Mohammed V Mausoleum, Chellah and the Kasbah of Oudayas,
Welcome group dinner.
Morning drive to Volubilis (120 miles / 2 ½ hour drive).
Visit the Roman city founded in the 3rd c BCE. Volubilis was an outpost of the Roman occupation. Many of the remains are showing a large mixture of Mediterranean civilizations including Libyan, Moor, Punic and Arab-islamic cultures.
Proceed to Meknes, the Moroccan Versailles (22 miles, 45 minutes drive)
Meknes became capital when the legendary ruler Moulay Ismail, a contemporary of Louis XIV, chose the place for his capital in the 17th c. Among its treasures you will find Bab Mansour, a huge gate with arches and mosaic tiling which leads into the former imperial city and inside the city is the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. The remparts with bastions and towers. are pierced by 20 fortified gates, El Hedim Place is a large area giving access to the souks. At dusk, a vast market comes to life with merchants. storytellers, acrobats, fire eaters and other performers filling the place to entertain the crowd.
Proceed to Fez (40 miles, 1 hour drive) and check-in at your hotel for 2 nights.
Full day visit of Fez, the oldest of the Imperial Cities
Since 1981, Fes Medina is listed as part of the Universal Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Surrounded by 15 miles of walls, it has the largest medina in the Arab world. Inside you will find 176 mosques, 83 mausoleums, 11 madrasas, 40 Hammams and no less than 9500 homes. Blocks of walls are hiding magnificent palaces and gardens. Stucco, carved cedar, zelliges and arcades, wrought iron gates, marble fountains, sculptured wrought iron galleries are endless decorations of many monuments and residences. Passed the austere gate of the houses you will find the jealousy kept treasures of the habitations. Many buildings date from the Marinid dynasty and survived the centuries.The Mellah, or Jewish community date from the 16th c. and the houses differ as they look on the outside. The main monument of Fes is the Royal Palace setting on a vast esplanade. Walking around, you will see all sorts of craftsmanship which have been passed from father to son: carpenters, boilermakers, coppersmiths. You cannot miss the renown tanners working standing up in the ciment vats where the pelt of leathers are dyed.
Last but not least are the thermal springs and the hammams for your health and beauty plus the special delicious fassi cuisine, such as the Khli”i considered the favorite dish of people in Fes or the Bastilla which is served in Fassi home to welcome guests.
Continue to discover and explore the famous souks where craftsmen still labour in the age old oriental traditions
Transfer to airport for an afternoon flight to Marrakech.
Upon arrival transfer to the Agaray Desert by jeep to experience a night in the rocky desert, Tonight, you will ride a camel at sunset, dine under the stars and sleep under a comfortable tent to live as a “Bedouin”.
Return to Marrakech in the morning the fourth and most exciting of the Imperial Cities. Check-in at your hotel for 4 nights (check-in time is at 2:00 PM)
Start the visit of this legendary city: the Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, the Menara Garden, the Palaces, the Medina and the souks.
Evening walk to the extraordinary Place Jemaa El Fna
Sparkling with life, Marrakesh is unique. Its luxurious palaces and trendy hotels have attracted artists and celebrities for decades. It is a “People” place where “People” love to return.
The Koutoubia is the symbol of the city; built by the Almohads it’s just majestuous.
Jemaa el Fna Square is spectacular. Meeting point between performers and spectators the entertainment is an experience like never seen before. It is listed as Oral & Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Storytellers, fortune tellers, acrobats, serpent charmers are joining the famous Gnaouas dancers and musicians who are performing African ancient spiritual songs and poems. The Ben Youssef Madrasah is a work of art made of marble, stucco, tiles and cedar wood. The Museum of Marrakech has taken place in the well restored MeNebhi Palace and shows of contemporary art and cultural heritage are exhibited.
Full day excursion to the Atlas Mountains. You’ll leave the city to go to Tahanoute and visit the Tuesday local souk. Then, passing through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains you will reach Tassa Ouirgane where you will have lunch in a Berbere family home, enjoying their local tagine or couscous and their warm hospitality. You will see how they prepare mint tea and tanourt, the local bread.
After lunch you will have a choice:
• either take a mule ride with muleteer, to go down to Marigha (supplement of $30 applies and must be booked ahead), or•
• explore the village before going down by car to Marigha
From Marigha, we’ll drive to Aguergour to a nice Kasbah restaurant to enjoy a sunset tea with a great view over the Aguergour Valley.
Return to Marrakech around 8 or 8:30 PM
The visit of Marrakech continue in the morning: the 14th c. Saadian’s Tombs are a Royal Necropolis with Italian marble columns and a carved cedarwood dome; and the “Palace of Beauty”, Bahia Palace, from the 19th c., remarkable for its architecture, its fountains and shady courtyards.
Afternoon at leisure or optional cooking class for those who wish to learn some of the famous recipes of the delicious Moroccan cuisine. Reservations must be made in advance: supplement $70
This morning will allow more visits to some of the hidden treasures of the “Red City”, Lose yourself in the maze of the souks among perfumes and colors like nowhere else in the world. Visit Dar El Said Museum, the Majorelle Gardens and Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
Afternoon at leisure for more shopping or a nice spa treatment or a hammam.
Morning at leisure until it is time for your transfer to the airport. Check in is around 11:00AM. Air France flight AF#1077 leaves at 1:35PM for CDG, Paris, connecting with flight AF#008 departing 6:10 PM and arriving at JFK at 8:50PM
RABAT . 1 night
RIAD KALAA & RIAD KALAA 2 are 2 beautiful beautiful properties a couple of minutes apart. Riad Kalaa is a1815’s property, in the peace of the old Medina. With over 1000 sqm for only 11 rooms and suites, Riad Kalaa is here to offer you Rabat like you have never seen it…Welcoming mint tea and traditional sweets, natural amenities, Rooftop pool, complimentary wifi access, Andalusian patio, panoramic solarium.Moroccan restaurant, summer snack & delights on rooftop terrace, traditional hammam, aromatherapy massages.
The sister property, Riad Kalaa 2 offers 9 rooms and invites you to a journey through Morocco. Each room has its own personality The terrace of Riad Kalaa 2 offers panoramic views over the rooftops of the medina. There, you can enjoy the tranquility, colors, fragrances but also the incredible daylight of Rabat. The pool and solarium will provide unforgettable moments.
FES 2 nights
RIAD EL YACOUT
Nestled in the Old medina of the imperial city fez, Riad El Yacout is an ancient private residence of a rich merchant that was restored by a group of talented Fassis craftsmen to its former glory. When you arrive, you will be mesmerized by the serenity and tranquility that reign in the Riad and by the chanting of the birds and water sounds coming from the marble fountain that is gracefully centered in the courtyard.The winter garden exhales soft and refreshing scents. Take time to taste the mint tea in the comfort of the Moroccan living tradition.Admire the Arabo-Andalusian architecture which detects an art of refined living. Columns and arcades set up meticulously with floral and cursive sculptures marvellously engraved on Plaster and cedar doors.Discover the Moroccan gastronomy and enjoy the delights of the rich and varied Moroccan art of cooking. Our dishes are prepared with the finest spices and organic ingredients to give our guests a taste of the real and authentic Fassi cuisine.The meals can be served in patios, Moroccan living room, terraces or in intimacy of your residence according to your choice.
AGARAY DESERT – 1 overnight at Inara Camp
We’ve set up our camp INARA CAMP (formerly known as AGAFAY CAMP) in the magical setting of the stony desert of AGAFAY. In the middle of a vast field of 10 hectares, the camp consists of two parts. The high part including the restaurant, which welcomes our passenger guests for an exceptional lunch. Down below the bivouac part welcomes you to live the unique experience of a night in the desert. Consisting of 10 luxury tents of 30m² giving on a splendid overview of the desert, each with inside king size bed, living room and separate bathroom with shower (hot water) and toilet, the camp keeps intimacy, and respects the tranquility during the realization of each one’s desert dream.
INARA camp offers 7 tents with panoramic view, known as ‘emotion’ tents, 1 tent known as discovery tent and 3 luxurious suite tents with canyon views, called ‘INARA’ tents. All tents offer an ultimate level of comfort and are fitted with electricity outlets.
MARRAKECH . 4 nights
OPERA PLAZA HOTEL
With a stay at Opera Plaza Hotel Marrakech, you’ll be centrally located in Marrakech, steps from Theatre Royal and minutes from Harti Garden. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Palais des Congres and Place du 16 November. Djemaa el Fnaa Square is 1.6 miles away.
Make yourself at home in one of the 114 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and plasma televisions. Rooms have private furnished balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and bidets.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a nightclub, a health club, and an outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Hot and cold buffet breakfast is served daily from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
• Round trip air fare with Air France via Paris, from JFK into Casablanca, returning from Marrakech
• One way flight between Fes and Marrakech
• 8 nights accommodation, double occupancy at 3 and 4 star Riad Hotels
• Breakfasts daily at the hotels according to the program.
• Welcome and farewell dinners
• 1 dinner at the Agaray desert
• 1 lunch in the Atlas with a Berber Family
• A professional English speaking Moroccan Guide throughout
• Entrance fees to museums and sites according to this itinerary
• Luxury, private coach for the transfers and excursions
• Daily city tax at the hotels
• Assistance of Celestial Voyagers representative throughout
• Single room supplement + $680
• Optional cooking class + $65.
• . Optional mule ride + $25.
• 3% merchant fee on any amount paid by credit card
• Passport & visa fees if you are not an American citizen
• Cost of personal items: phone, drinks, etc.
• Trip cancellation & medical travel insurance (highly recommended)
Price $3295 per person, sharing a double room
Single supplement + $680
|Departure Day||Departure Date||From (airport/terminal)||Departure Time||Flight #||To (airport)||Arrival Time (local time)|
|Wednesday||01/08/2020||JFK||4:35 PM||AF 23||CDG||5:50 AM+1|
|Thursday||01/09/2020||CDG||07:10 AM||AF 1896||CMA||10:20 AM|
|Saturday||01/17/2020||MAR||1:35 PM||AF 1077||CDG||5:05 PM|
|Saturday||01/17/2020||CDG||6:10 PM||AF 008||JFK||8:50 PM|
CelestialVoyagers Terms and Conditions relate to specific contracts with various suppliers.
The policies and regulations below must be strictly enforced.
• $500 deposit to pay at the time of registration
• Balance payment due by November 7, 2019; mail a check or phone Celestial Voyagers for credit card payment
• For registration made after October 1st, 2019 the full amount of the trip is due.
All changes and cancellations must be provided in writing. In case of cancellation the following penalties will apply:
• Processing fees $150
• $350 if cancellation is received between September 1 and October 8, 2019 + processing fee of $150: Total $500 penalty
• 50% of the total trip cost between October 8 and November 24, 2019
• 100% of the total trip cost after November 24, 2019 or in case of no-show
• Should you provide a replacement with your cancellation only the processing fee applies + $250 name change if it applies before December 7, 2019
We advise all travelers to purchase travel insurance in case of any unforeseen circumstances and if you are no longer able to travel. We offer the following insurance policies through Allianz Travel Insurance: Basic, Classic, and Classic with cancel anytime. Prices vary with age and amount insured.
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Everyone needs a passport valid until July 17, 2020. If you are not an American citizen, a visa may be required. A Green Card or equivalent is compulsory.
Saturday January 10, 2020 Fes to Marrakech Schedule to be advised