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SENSES of MOROCCO 2016!
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Trip Theme: the theme on this trip will be …
Energy & Spirituality!
When?: February 13 to 20, 2016
Morocco is one of the most diverse and magical countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coastline, and the winding alleyways of ancient medina cities and souqs. From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for travellers. The varied terrain may inform your dreams, but it shapes the very lives of Morocco’s Berbers, Arabs and Saharawis. The nomadic southern ‘Blue Men’ brave the desert’s burning expanses in robes and turbans, with mobile phones in hand. Likewise, traditional life continues – with tweaks – in the techniques of Berber carpet makers, in date cooperatives, in medina spice trading, and in the lifestyles in mountain hamlets and medieval desert kasbahs, like in Ouarzazate. When you hit town and join the crowds, you follow a fine tradition of nomads and traders stretching back centuries. Unesco has bestowed World Heritage status on the Fes medina, the world’s largest living medieval Islamic city, and on the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh, both cities being respectively the starting and ending points of our magnificent itinerary.
I first went to Morocco in 1981. I didn’t plan it, but it was one of the happiest accidents of my life. I got wonderfully lost in the medina in Fes, discovered the majestic Sahara desert, the largest desert in the world, and got sunburn in the breathtaking huge and golden desert dunes in Merzouga and Erg Chebbi and hypnotised by the grand spectacle of Marrakesh’s Djemaa el-Fna and the splendor and glamour of one of the best and most exotic hotels in the world, La Mamounia. Most importantly, it inspired me to come back.
Meeting the Moroccan people involves nothing more than sitting in a cafe and waiting for your mint tea to brew. The trick is to leave enough time to watch the world go by with the locals when there’s so much else to fit in: hiking up North Africa’s highest peak, learning to roll couscous, camel trekking, shopping in the souqs, getting lost in the medina, and sweating in the hammam. Between other activities that we will experience, you can sleep in the famous riads, relax on panoramic terraces and grand squares, and mop up tajines flavoured with saffron and argan. Get ready for another magical and unforgettable adventure with “The Seekers” to experience “The Senses of Morocco”!
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Welcome to Morocco with “The Seekers”
The Prosper Ventures Way!
Arrival & Departure:
- FES (FEZ) | February 13 | Afternoon or the day before
- MARRAKESH (RAK) |February 20 | Leave in afternoon
Among other cities, connections to Fes and from Marrakesh can be made via Casablanca (CMN) or Madrid, Spain (MAD), using airlines like Royal Air Maroc, Iberia or Ryanair. When using Ryanair pay to check heavy luggage when you are booking the flight in order to avoid high extra charges at the airport.
Itinerary might be changed due to hotels, transportation and time availability or other major constraints. Download pdf itinerary in English or Chinese at the end of this page (下载PDF格式的行程在中国这个页的末尾。)
Day 1, February 13: Arrival to FES
- Arrival pick up from airport and transfers to our Hotel in Fes in the afternoon/evening (or the day before – we will get group rates for extra night). We will pick-up, transfer and welcome and register “The Seekers” as they arrive. The transfers times will be communicated in due time. Those not willing to wait for their transfer please take a taxi on your own and let us know.
Fes: Dynasties and booms have all come and gone in the city’s 1200-year existence, and Fez is since known as the spiritual capital of Morocco. For visitors, the Medina of Fès el-Bali (Old Fez), UNESCO World Heritage, is the city’s great drawcard. It’s an assault on the senses, a warren of narrow lanes and covered bazaars fit to bursting with aromatic food stands, craft workshops, mosques and an endless parade of people. Old and new constantly collide – the man driving the donkeys and mules that remain the main form of transport is likely to be chatting on his mobile phone, while the ancient skyline is punctuated equally with satellite dishes and minarets. The trick is to dive straight in. It is initially overwhelming, but once you adjust to the pace of the city, Fez reveals its charms in most unexpected ways. Seemingly blind alleys lead to squares with exquisite fountains, filled with the rhythmic hammer-music of copper beaters. Getting lost in Fes is where the fun really starts.
- Reception and welcome: during the afternoon-evening we will make a presentation of the trip and conferences program. We will have a free dinner this day. In our Welcome reception we will review the program for the week: activities, trip theme, mastermind, transformational NSA sessions, etc.
- Hotel Sahrai, Fes (http://www.hotelsahrai.com/): 5 Star or similar: rest for an early start on “The Seekers” 2nd day in Morocco!
TRIP THEME: the theme on this trip will be … Energy & Spirituality!
- Before breakfast we will have a healthy and uplifting Yoga & Meditation session, and then:
- Visit and lunch at “Old Fes”: Old Fes and Medina, a UNESCO world heritage site, oozes the charm of millenarian history. Indeed, the old medina is rich in heritage. Ramparts, castles, mosques, streets full of scents, its souks which are found nowhere else. We can thus get around the city through the gates of Bab El legendary Guissa north east, Bab Ftouh east on the road of Taza, which also leads to the thermal baths of Sidi Harazem, Bab Jdid, the nearest entrance to access the souks. These two streets lead to the souks of al Attarine (spice market and henna), as well as to the neighborhood where we can see the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss the founder of the city (second king of the Idrisid dynasty, descendants of Mohammed), and also the world famous Tanneries. The Mosque el Kairouine, very large mosque and known around the world, is in the middle of the souks of the medina. The old medina is crossed by a legendary river that divides the city into two parts called Aadwa. The Fassi house is distinguished by the quality of its architecture and professionalism of the craftsmen. Indeed, these traditional houses, centuries-old for some can no longer be maintained and often remain in ruins. Visitors are amazed at these walls supported by large beams in the vicinity of mosques Quaraouyine district and Moulay Idriss. An official Fes guide will help us to explore the UNESCO protected Fes of Medina. Fes is made up of 9,000 roads and alleyways and it’s best to explore it with an expert. Fes Medina is the oldest and most beautiful in Morocco, almost unchanged since the Middle Ages and declared World Heritage of Humanity in 1981. The doors lead us to a tangle of narrow streets and alleyways around the mosque Kairouine. Its university is the oldest in the world. Visit the neighborhood of the tanners and discover a terrace overlooking the tannery. Landmark sites will include the Al-Karouine University (founded in AD 859), the 11th century Chouwara Tannery, the Nejjarine Museum of Woods and Crafts, the souks and artisans at work plus a short drive to a pottery cooperative and that all-‐important vantage point for
panoramic views of the city.
- After lunch there will be some free time in the afternoon to spend at your leisure, either in the
Medina or in the ‘new town’ of Fès with its fashionable shops and chic cafés..
- Moroccan Dance Show and Valentine’s Day Dinner.
- Return to our hotel.
- Hotel Sahrai, Fes (http://www.hotelsahrai.com/): 5 Star or similar
Day 3, February 15: FES – ERRACHIDIA – MERZOUGA
- Before breakfast we will have a healthy and uplifting Yoga & Meditation session, and then:
- Transfer by charter flight to Errachidia (TBC): Established as a military garrison for the French Foreign Legion, Er-Rachidia is still home to a sizeable military population stationed here to keep an eye on the nearby border with Algeria. Much like Ouarzazate, it is an expanding modern town staking out ever larger residential suburbs thanks to being the main entrance for tourism to the majestic Sahara desert.
- 4 Wheel Drive to Merzouga Desert Camp: Upon arriving to Errachidia we will be take our 4×4 vehicles to start a unique drive through kasbahs and berber villages to Merzouga, a town on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert, taking the same routes used by the legendary Camel Caravans. We will get a picnic lunch on our way. Once through Rissani the terrain changes dramatically. And with ‘civilization’ well behind us we’re now in what is best described as a lunar landscape as we head for our penultimate destination of Merzouga – and where the tarmac ends! With Merzouga at the edge of the desert and the dunes within touching distance, our 4x4s now take to the Sahara. Climbing and gliding through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. When a wealthy family refused hospitality to a poor woman and her son, God was offended, and buried them under the mounds of sand called Erg Chebbi. So goes the legend of the dunes rising majestically above the twin villages of Merzouga and Hassi Labied, and for many travellers fulfill Morocco’s promise as a dream desert destination. But Erg Chebbi’s beauty coupled with Merzouga\’s accessibility has its price. Paved roads across the Middle Atlas from Midelt and east from Ouarzazate mean that desert tourism is booming. To best experience Erg Chebbi\’s ethereal beauty, plan carefully and come out of season. The end of November, and January and February are the quietest times and some of the best weatherwise. The desert expedition also provides a fascinating opportunity to spend time in the wilderness with our professional guides and learn about the flora and fauna, discover how to find water, follow the stars and learn about desert survival skills. By late afternoon we arrive at the Erg Chebbi Luxury Desert Camp where guests will be shown to their accommodation in private tents. Shortly after, your camel guides invite you to mount up and enjoy a Sunset Camel Trek amid some of the most amazing scenery on the African continent.
- A traditional evening meal prepared by your Berber hosts, music and entertainment awaits for a spectacular night under the stars, Berber music and delicious food prepared specially for you. A night you will not forget.
- Erg Chebbi Luxury Desert Camp, http://merzougaluxurydesertcamps.com/
- After an early breakfast, we will return by camel to the 4×4’s and head back to Erfoud, not before seeing the breathtaking sunrise over the golden Sahara sand dunes. From Erfoud, we set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Todra Gorges, the most impressive canyon in Morocco, having a picnic lunch on our way. We will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorge, with sheer cliffs of 985 feet high. The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. Then continue our journey towards another impressive gorge, Dades Gorge and Valley, passing by the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills. Nomad crossings, rose valleys and two-tone kasbahs: even on paper, the Dadès Valley stretches the imagination. From the daunting High Atlas to the north to the rugged Jebel Saghro range south, the valley is dotted with oases and mud brick palaces that give the region its fairytale nickname – Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. Some of the best views are only glimpsed on foot, on hidden livestock tracks between the Dadès and Todra Gorges and nomad routes across the Saghro.
- As the local saying goes, the wind has a son who lives in Boumalne, which is why he rips down this valley to visit him in winter. Sitting in the rain shadow of the Central Atlas, the Dadès Gorge presents a dramatic landscape: ancient rust-red and mauve mountains stripped back to zigzagging layers of strata and knobbly rock formations reminiscent of Utah. A rush of springtime water puddles in the valley where irrigation channels siphon it off to fields of wheat and orchards of fig, almond and olive trees. A series of crumbling kasbahs and ksours line the valley in the Berber villages. Nomads still live in the surrounding mountains with their herds (you can see some of their troglodyte caves from the Berbere de la Montagne campground) and use the valley as a seasonal livestock between their High Atlas summer pastures and their winter home in Jebel Saghro. In spring and autumn, if you’re lucky, you’ll see them on the move with laden camels and mules. The road is sealed all the way to Msemrir (63 km north of Boumalne de Dadès), but you’ll need a 4WD beyond that – especially for the piste that leads southeast into Todra Gorge.
- Mid afternoon we will arrive to our hotel in Dades for another yet unforgettable Moroccan night.
- Hotel Xaluca Dades Kasbah, http://www.xaluca.com/en/hotel/dades/
- Before breakfast we will have a healthy and uplifting Yoga & Meditation session.
- After breakfast we will set off towards the High Atlas Mountains via Ouarzazate in Authentic morocco. Tucked away in the High Atlas Mountains, one of the jewels of Morocco is Kasbah Ait Benhaddou – one of the many iconic images of Morocco. Granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1987, Aït Ben Haddou is nothing short of spectacular. A setting that hasn’t gone unnoticed by movie producers. The high, defensive walls, narrow passages, earth and clay construction and exotic landscape surrounding, have been the location backdrop for numerous blockbusters including Lawrence of Arabia, The Living Daylights, Indiana Jones, Prince of Persia, Gladiator and most recently for the TV series Game of Thrones. If time and energy allow, the climb to the very summit of the ksar will reward you with memorable views across the valley and the neighbouring kasbahs. Alternatively, you can explore some of the original dwellings, which have been converted, into makeshift shops selling handmade goods and local artwork. But from November to March, be prepared for the icy winds that can come whipping down from the High Atlas.
- Prepare for another well deserved magical Saharan desert dinner and a good night rest at our surprisingly splendorous Ouarzazate hotel.
- Le Berbere Palace, Ouarzazate, (http://www.hotel-berberepalace.com/): 5 Star or similar
Day 6 – February 18: OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH
- After breakfast we will get our transfer by charter flight to Marrakesh (TBC) to fly over the highest Atlas peaks to our finale! No one come close to that of spending a few days in the Red City of Marrakech!
- After checking in our majestic hotel we will have a tour of the landmark sites of Marrakech in the company of professional guides. Discover more about the history, the architecture, the craftsmanship and the fusion of cultures that has made Marrakech such a magnet for tourists, artists, rock stars and film stars for generations. Become a part of living history in the North Africa’s largest market square: Djemaa El Fna. If the snake charmers, storytellers, acrobats and the overall carnival atmosphere of the square do not ignite your senses, then head straight into the most exotic, mysterious and vastest Souks in Africa. A labyrinth of winding paths (watch out for donkeys and mopeds!) almost tempt you to lose your way as you explore and bargain with the time-honoured artisans and shop-keepers. Guaranteed that it will attack all your senses in the most exhilarating way!
- You will discover the Palace of Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures. After lunch, you will continue the tour to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous square Djemaa el-Fna, one of the spectacular attractions of Marrakech. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the Souk (market) filled with mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets, ceramics, hand-made leather goods, and tantalizing food stalls.
- We will have some free time in the afternoon for relaxing or having a hammam or spa at our luxury hotel, shopping or strolling around this magical town of Marrakech.
- Free Dinner.
- Hotel La Mamounia, Marrakesh, (http://www.mamounia.com/en/marrakech.htm): 5 Star L or similar.
- We will have the morning free for relaxing in the pool or having a hammam or spa at our hotel, shopping or strolling around this magical town of Marrakech. From the moment you arrive in Marrakesh, you’ll get the distinct feeling you’ve left something behind – a toothbrush or socks, maybe? But no, what you’ll be missing in Marrakesh is predictability and all sense of direction. Never mind: you’re better off without them here. Start at action-packed Djemaa el-Fna and head north into Marrakesh’s maze of souqs, where Berber tribes once traded slaves, gold, ivory and leather, and where modern tourists scour people-packed alleys for carpet bargains and babouches. If you look carefully, you’ll also spot a number of creative new boutiques and galleries. They signify the evolving face of the medina as a new generation of craftsmen and artists try to connect the city’s hankering for modernity with its traditional craft heritage. Beyond the souqs, the medina is an ideal place to explore private palaces and riad mansions, many of which now provide the city’s most atmospheric accommodation. But it’s worth leaving the old city occasionally for dinner, drinks and art galleries in the ville nouvelle (new town), mountain bike rides in the palmeraie (palm oasis) or horse-riding and weekend retreats in the Agafay Desert and Ouirgane.
- Next Prosper Venture Announcement, Global Partners Presentation and wrap-up of our partners sessions!
- Farewell Moroccan Dinner & Party: during which we will experience a unique traditional Moroccan night.
- Hotel La Mamounia, Marrakesh, (http://www.mamounia.com/en/marrakech.htm): 5 Star L or similar.
Day 8, February 20: MARRAKECH & FAREWELL
- After breakfast we will have some time free to relax in our magnificent hotel, stroll again though the souk or make some last minute shopping before getting our Transfers to the Marrakech Airport for our flights back home. End of another “The Seekers” unforgettable journey! See you again soon!
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MEDITATION – SPIRITUALITY, REIKI & YOGA.
NETWORK CARE – Body Energy sessions, by the experienced top certified practitioner Dr. Aaron Wilkerson.
Optional BUSINESS MASTERMIND! Valuable business insights and connections on round-table sessions, with follow-up Mentoring and Coaching.
- 5 Star Luxury Hotels and Desert Camps, where available, on shared Double Room: $1,095 Supplement for single room occupancy.
- All meals, except 3 night dinners on free time.
- All visits and activities. Visits and activities might change due to time availability.
- All air and land transportation within Morocco, except getting in and out at the end of the trip or any extension. Availability of the 2 transfers flights still to be confirmed.
- Company Travel insurance. It is highly recommended that participants have their own personal travel insurance coverage in addition to our agency’s.
- NOT INCLUDED: Private NSA sessions, flight tickets in and out of Morocco, tips and personal expenses (laundry, meals, drinks, telephone, etc).
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