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Date: May 26 - June 9, 2022
Duration: 15 Days
With: Kris Vierra

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Price per person:
Twin share: $4,650
Single supplement: $995
Deposit: $500

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  • This tour introduces you to a rich textile heritage as it follows a route through the some of the country’s most exotic destinations. In the blue haven of Chefchaouen, visit an NGO where artisans create cloth for traditional robes, known as Jelaba and Kashaba. In Fes, famous for brocades, experience how artisans create highly detailed and textured lampa cloth on a hand-operated pull-out loom. In Marrakech, visit the Musée Berbère to see Yves Saint Laurent’s collection of North African textiles. Additional textile highlights include demonstrations of rug making and wool dyeing, a tour of a dyeing district, hands-on embroidery and natural dyeing workshops, and practice making a needle-woven cherry button--those delightful small buttons found on garments throughout the region.
    Views of the majestic landscape and trips to fascinating medinas provide a complete cultural experience. Markets, called souks, offer the chance to bring home a wealth of textile goods as well as the opportunity to enjoy the rich blend of cultures that comprise the lifeblood of Morocco.

  • Day 1    Thu   May 26      Arrive Casablanca
    Arrive in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco for transfer to hotel. Check in and after time to refresh take a short walking tour. Welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

    Day 2    Fri   May 27        Casablanca-Rabat-Chefchaouen
    This morning visit the Hassan II Mosqe before leaving by coach for Chefchaouen. En route, stop at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, to enjoy the beauty of this coastal city. Continue travel to Chefchaouen for overnight. (B, L, D)

    Day 3    Sat   May 28       Chefchaouen
    Explore the many small streets of the medina in this lovely town known for its rich blue color. Its multicultural heritage arises from its varied inhabitants, including Berber tribe people, Muslims, Jews, and Moors. Spend the afternoon at an NGO where craftspeople card, spin, and weave wool into fabric for Jelaba and Kasaba garments, traditional long, loose-fitting, outer robes. (B)

    Day 4    Sun   May 29      Chefchaouen-Fes
    Travel to Fes with en route visits to Volubilis and Meknes. (B, D)

    Day 5    Mon   May 30     Fes
    Take a walking tour of Fes and enjoy a visit a tannery to see how colorful leather is produced at the continent's largest such facility. Next, attend a cactus silk weaving workshop. Cactus silk is loomed by hand, from fibers found in the Agave Cacti in the Sahara Desert. This beautiful Moroccan textile is a crowd favorite due to its distinctive silky touch and the intricate, natural way it is traditionally assembled. (B, D)

    Day 6   Tue   May 31      Fes
    Visit Medersa Bouaanani, an outstanding example of Marinid architecture. Then visit weaving and embroidery workshops before heading to the Cherry Button Cooperative to practice making needle-woven buttons. Then explore nearby Bhalil, a village known for cave houses and the making of djellaba buttons. (B, D)

    Day 7    Wed   June 1      Fes-Afourer
    Cross the Middle Atlas through the city of Ifrane, known as Little Switzerland because of its rooflines and almost perpetual snow on its moutain peaks. En route to Afourer, visit Khenifra, Kasbah Tadla and the city of Beni Mellal. (B, L, D)

    Day 8   Thu   June 2        Afourer-Marrakech
    Depart for Marrakech. En route, visit a Berber village where Berber people live in mud brick houses. See rug making and rug wool dyeing demonstrations. Arrive in Marrakech in the late afternoon. (B, D)

    Day 9    Fri   June 3          Marrakech
    Start the day with a visit to Jardin Majorelle, a breathtaking, enclosed garden created by French painter Jacques Majorelle that was 40 years in the making. The property was once owned by Yves Saint Laurent, whose collection of North African textiles is at the Musée Berbère. (B, D)

    Day 10  Sat   June 4         Marrakech
    A guided tour provides an introduction to Marrakech, called "the pearl of the south." Historical sightseeing includes the late 19th century Bahia Palace, Medersa Ben Youssef, Saadian tombs, and many other treasures. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the dyer district. (B, D)

    Day 11   Sun   June 5       Marrakech-Tameslouht-Essaouira
    Travel the short distance from Marrakech to the village of Tameslouht. Meet the ladies of the village cooperative who will lead embroidery classes. Later travel to the coastal city of Essaouira. (B, D)

    Day 12   Mon   June 6     Essaouira
    Travel south of Essaouira to attend a full-day Natural Dye Workshop. (B)

    Day 13   Tue   June 7       Essaouira
    Enjoy a city tour of this Portuguese fortress dating from the 18th century. It is a beautiful destination on the Atlantic coastline. Along the way, visit a jewelry cooperative. (B)

    Day 14   Wed   June 8     Essaouira-Casablanca
    Travel to Casablanca with an en route stop at Safi, famous for ceramics and textiles. It is the Moroccan capital for pottery and home to the largest tagine in the world. Continue via El Jadida for a tour of the Portuguese citadel. Upon arrival in Casablanca, check into hotel. Enjoy farewell dinner. (B, D)

    Day 15  Thu   June 9        Depart Casablanca
    After breakfast, group transfer to Casablanca International Airport for onward flight. (B)

    Please note: tour itinerary may be subject to change.

     

  • Dates:  May 26 - June 9, 2022

    Price per person:            

    Twin share:  $4,650
    Single supplement: $995
    Deposit: $500

    Inclusions:

    • Group arrival and departure transfer
    • 14 nights twin-share accommodation at 4 or 5 star hotel or Riad with private bath or showers
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinners as stated in the itinerary
    • Visits and experiences as stated in the itinerary
    • An English-speaking guide accompany the group throughout the trip
    • Private chartered coach transfer
       

    Not included:

    • International airfares 
    • Travel insurance
    • Porterage and gratuities
    • Items of a personal nature and anything not mentioned

     

    Fitness to participate:
    In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, a reasonable level of fitness is required. You will need to be able to walk for a few hours at a gentle pace; use combined shower/bath facilities (it is impossible to guarantee walk-in shower facilities); undertake walking tours of 1-2 hours duration, including using stairs, walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces; stand for long periods in museums and other sites; embark/disembark coaches, trains and other methods of transportation without assistance; and handle your own luggage.

  • For hotel details, please contact Opulent Quilt Journeys 877 235 3767 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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