• Chamber Trip 2019: Morocco

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    February 05, 2019
    The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that our annual Chamber Trip destination this year will be Morocco. Our departure date is Friday October 4. 
    Annually since 2011, the Chamber has been able to offer group travel options and some very impressive prices. Previous destinations have included China, India and Ireland. We work in co-operation with our Chamber colleagues across the country and throughout the USA, along with a select group of tour brokers, to bring travel opportunities to our community that have value for business and pleasure. 
    For 2019 we have crafted a custom 9-day itinerary to Morocco. We depart Toronto on Friday October 4 and return on Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday October 12 – a bonus that gives most folks a 2-day window to readjust. 
    Our group will see ancient Roman cities, experience the bustling and bright markets of Marrakech, and explore mosques, tombs, fortresses and royal palaces. Morocco is truly a vibrant and historic destination and we will see it all in a package we call The Treasures or Morocco with stops in Casablanca, Rabat, Fez and Marrakech. 
    One price includes return international airfare, highway coach bus travel to/from St. Thomas and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, lodging in 4-star+ hotels including the Novotel Casablanca and the Barcelo Medina Fez, 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners and one lunch (including tips), entrance fees to all attractions in our itinerary, professional multi-lingual tour guides, air conditioned vehicles, luggage handling, and all taxes.  
    Our Member price this year is $2775. That price is for anyone from any business or organization that is a current Member of the St. Thomas & District Chamber, and extends to immediate family members, retirees and travel companions sharing the same accommodation. Our non-Member/Public price for the tour $2975 per person. Single supplement in either level is $699.
    TOUR ITINERARY:
    OPTIONS:
    Full Board Supplement $165 CAD per person
    Fantasia Dinner Show: $90 CAD per person
     
    DAY 01: FRIDAY                       CANADA - CASABLANCA
    Highway coach service from St. Thomas to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport then board your flight for Casablanca. Dinner and Overnight on board flight. (D)
     
    DAY 02: SATURDAY                  CASABLANCA ARRIVAL
    Arrive at Casablanca Mohamed V Airport. You will have a brief review of the tour during your transfer to the hotel. Check in, dinner and overnight in Casablanca. (D)

    DAY 03: SUNDAY                      CASABLANCA - RABAT (95 KM)
    Visit the economic capital of Morocco, bustling central market, Habous district and Royal Palace. Continue to Mohamed V square, the residential area of Anfa and the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque. If taking the full board option: Enjoy a fish lunch at a local seafront restaurant. Continue on to Rabat, the administrative capital of the country, for a city tour including the Royal Palace, (Mechouar), the Mohamed V Mausoleum, Oudaya Kasbah and the Hassan Tower. Dinner and overnight in Rabat (B, D)
     
    DAY 04: MONDAY                     RABAT - MOULAY IDRISS - VOLUBILIS - MEKNES - FEZ (220 KM)
    Depart to Meknes and see the Ismalian capital famous for its 40 km long walls. Visit Bab Mansour, widely considered North Africa’s most beautiful gate. Don’t miss the Royal stables and Jewish quarter. If taking the full board option: Enjoy lunch at a typical Moroccan Restaurant. After lunch continue on to the holy city of Moulay Idriss, via the best-preserved Roman city in North Africa, Volubilis. Continue to Fez for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
     
    DAY 05: TUESDAY                     FEZ
    The whole day is devoted to the city-sightseeing of Fez. The religious capital of Morocco includes medieval Medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas; the Nejjarine fountain, Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and Karaouine mosque. If taking the full board option: Enjoy a Moroccan lunch at a traditional restaurant in the Medina. In the afternoon visit Fez Jdid. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Fez (B, D)
     
    DAY 06: WEDNESDAY                FEZ - BENI MELLAL - MARRAKECH (485 KM)
    Depart to Marrakech via Meknes, Adaroch passing by Mriret, Khenifra. If taking the full board option: Enjoy a relaxing lunch in Beni Mellal, one of the agricultural centers of Morocco. Enjoy lunch and a moment of relaxation. Arrive in Marrakech, known as the “Red City” in the late afternoon. Check in to the hotel, dinner and overnight in Marrakech. (B, D)

    DAY 07: THURSDAY                  MARRAKECH
    Visit historical Marrakech, the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. Enjoy the Menara garden, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in Marrakech. Enjoy lunch at the hotel and in the afternoon visit the famous Djemaa El Fna, a square and market place in Marrakech’s old quarter. If taking the full board option or as an Optional: This evening, enjoy dinner with a cultural fantasia show. Overnight at Marrakech (B, L)
     
    DAY 08: FRIDAY                       MARRAKECH - CASABLANCA (220 KM)
    Enjoy your morning at leisure. If taking the full board option: Enjoy lunch at a Moroccan restaurant before returning back to Casablanca. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Casablanca (B, D)

    DAY 09: SATURDAY                  CASABLANCA – CANADA
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport with departure assistance from our representative.
     
    For any and all trip information, contact Ineke Palmer at Elgin Travel & Cruises. As our exclusive agent for this tour, Elgin Travel will handle all booking and payment details. Visit their office in Elgin Centre (formerly Elgin Mall) at 417 Wellington Street or call 519-633-6300.
    Contact:
    Bob Hammersley
    519-631-1981 Ext 524