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Moroccan Discovery
Commences Casablanca 02 Oct and ends Casablanca 12 Oct 2017

  • Djemma el-Fna Square - Marrakech
    Djemma el-Fna Square - Marrakech
  • Traditional Boats along the Beach in Rabat
    Traditional Boats along the Beach in Rabat
  • Ancient Roman site of Volubilis  
    Ancient Roman site of Volubilis  
  • Atlas Mountains
    Atlas Mountains
  • Moroccan Spice Market
    Moroccan Spice Market
  •  Water Sellers - Marrakech
    Water Sellers - Marrakech
  • Royal Palace - Fes
    Royal Palace - Fes
  • Moroccan Lamps
    Moroccan Lamps
  • Program Status Guaranteed Departure
  • Price $ 7,180
  • Program Code GCTMD17
  • Single Supplement $ 450
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader Jone Gaillard

Tour Itinerary

  • 10 Nights
    • 2 - Casablanca 
    • 1 - Rabat 
    • 2 - Fez 
    • 1 - Middle Atlas Mountains 
    • 3 - Marrakech 
    • 1 - Casablanca 

Commences Casablanca 02 October and ends Casablanca 12 Oct 2017

Tour Highlights

  • The imperial Moroccan city of Fes with mosques, medersas and medina
  • The Roman city of Volubis and the impressive imperial Meknes
  • The Moroccan capital, Rabat with its royal palace, Hassan Tower and mausoleum of Mohammed V
  • The most Moroccan of cities, Marrakech with its palaces, tombs and World Heritage Djemma-el Fna Square
  • A field trip into the Atlas mountains to meet the local Berbers
  • The historic port of Casablanca with a visit to the impressive Hasan II mosque

Tour Overview

For those wishing to extend their stay in Europe by crossing to North Africa or just to explore this fascinating country on its own, Morocco is a microcosm of the ancient Arab world. From the Djemma-el-Fna Square in Marrakech with its barbers, snake charmers and water carriers to the labyrinths of the Fez Medina, Morocco gives a memorable experience of ancient and modern North Africa. Standing at the Western extremity of the Arab and Muslim world, it was from Morocco that Islam's most successful penetration of Western Europe, the occupation of Spain, was launched. Separated from Europe by the narrow 15km Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is both a crossroads and a frontier state, one which has long held a romantic allure for the Westerner. For many, its greatest charm lies in the great imperial cities: Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat. Morocco is home to an astonishingly rich architectural tradition from its mediaeval cities and its ancient Roman ruins to its Berber fortresses and Islamic monuments. We travel through the diverse countryside with the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains clearly visible from Marrakech. Here, in North Africa, we explore many facets of Morocco from its rich and colourful history to the diversity of its peoples. 

Tour Inclusions

  • Including return economy class international airfare
  • 10 nights en suite hotel accommodation
  • 10 typical local breakfasts and 09 dinners
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
  • Lectures and field trips as indicated
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
  • Services of a program leader
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet
 

This is our first 2017 tour announcement. Combinations will be advised soon.

Golden Compass Tour Leader Dr Jone Gaillard
Dr Jone Gaillard

Your Italian expert is Dr Jone Gaillard. Dr Gaillard was brought up in Florence, Italy, but has lived in Melbourne for more than 30 years. She is a social historian with a doctorate in Italian Opera Libretti and lectured for many years in Italian studies at La Trobe University. She speaks fluent Italian, French, and Spanish.

Jone has a degree in Politics and Social Science from the University of Florence, a postgraduate diploma in Politics from the Centre of European Studies, Nancy (France), an MA and a PhD from Melbourne universities. Jone has taught Italian Language and Culture in Florence and as Affiliate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. She has published many scholarly articles related to Italian social history and literature.

Jone is the author of a book of fiction as well as short stories published both in Italy and the USA. Her doctoral thesis on opera librettos has also been published in the USA.

Jone is the ideal Program Leader to introduce you to Italy or Spain and the Italian or Spanish way of life.

Moderate

This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Make an Enquiry

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.