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					      T HE B ROWN T RAVELERS
               presents
Moroccan Discovery
FROM THE IMPERIAL CITIES   TO THE   SAHARA




                                 This tour is provided by
                                Odysseys Unlimited, one
                                of Travel & Leisure’s 2008
                               World’s Best Tour Operators.




          March 7 - 20, 2009
        A Small Group Tour for
 Alumni & Friends of Brown University
   and the University of Pennsylvania
Tour membership limited to 24 travelers


MOROCCAN DISCOVERY
FROM THE IMPERIAL CITIES TO THE SAHARA
14 days from $4,395 — air & land inclusive

        his land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins

T       and sacred mosques, endless desert and striking mountains, imposing
        kasbahs and spirited souks. As we travel from the imperial cities of
Rabat, Fez and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open our
eyes and hearts to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture and genuinely hos-
pitable people.
                                                                           Day 1: Depart U.S. for Casablanca, Morocco
       Destination                                 Mediterranean Sea
       Motorcoach
       Entry/Departure
                                                                           Day 2: Casablanca/Rabat After arriving in
                                                                           Casablanca, the commercial center of Morocco
                               Rabat         Fez                           (and of all North Africa), we travel to Rabat,
                Casablanca                                                 where we check in at our hotel near famed Hassan
                                                                           Tower. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a
Atlantic Ocean
                                                                           local restaurant in Rabat’s Old Town. L,D
             Marrakech
                                                    Erfoud/Sahara Desert   Day 3: Rabat One of Morocco’s four ancient
                         Ouarzazate                                        capitals, or imperial cities, Rabat is again the
                                                                           country’s capital, at once historic and contem-
                                                                           porary as we discover on today’s tour. We visit
  Avg. High (°F)             Feb           Mar                Apr          the fortified Kasbah of the Oudaias, the peace-
  Rabat                      65            68                 71
  Marrakech                  68            74                 79           ful Andalusian Gardens and the necropolis of
                                                                           Chellah, built on ancient Roman ruins. Then
  Your Small Group Tour Highlights                                         we cross the river to Sale where we tour Musée
 Private Sahara sunset excursion and camel ride
                                                                           Belghazi, Africa’s largest private museum, and
 on the dunes ... Visits to five UNESCO World
                                                                           enjoy a private lunch. Late afternoon we
 Heritage sites ... Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes,
                                                                           return to our hotel, where we enjoy dinner
 Fez, Marrakech ... Ancient ruins of Volubilis ...
                                                                           tonight. B,L,D
 Home hosted dinner in Fez ... Scenic “Route of a
 Thousand Kasbahs” ... Dramatic Todra Gorges ...
                                                                           Day 4: Rabat/Meknes/Volubilis/Fez This
 Spectacular Atlas Mountain scenery ... Kasbah of
                                                                           morning we depart Rabat for Fez, stopping
 Ait ben-Haddou ... Home visit with Berber family
                                                                           along the way in Meknes, Morocco’s youngest
 ... Marrakech’s medina and Djemaa el Fna Square
                                                                           imperial city (and UNESCO World Heritage
 ... Storied Casablanca and Hassan II mosque ...
                                                                           site). We visit the Bab el Mansour gateway and
 Outstanding accommodations
                                                                           the ruins of the imperial stables before lunch in
                                                                           a local restaurant. Then we continue on to the
 Day         Itinerary     Hotel                     Rating
 1           Depart U.S. for Casablanca
                                                                           ancient Roman ruins at the UNESCO site of
  2-3        Rabat            La Tour Hassan         Sup. First Class      Volubilis, known for its intricate and colorful
  4-6        Fez              Sofitel Palais Jamai Deluxe                  mosaics; and at the holy town of Moulay Idriss.
                              Kasbah Hotel                                 Late afternoon we reach Fez and our elegant
  7-8        Erfoud                                  First Class
                              Xaluca                                       hotel adjacent to the medina (old city), another
  9          Ouarzazate       La Berber Palace       First Class           UNESCO World Heritage site. B,L,D
  10-12 Marrakech             Sofitel Marrakech Deluxe
                              Le Royal Mansour Deluxe                      Day 5: Fez Today we explore Morocco’s old-
  13         Casablanca       Meridien
  14         Depart Casablanca for U.S.
                                                                           est imperial city, considered the “Athens of
                                                                           Africa” for its wealth of cultural, educational
 Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel
 industry standard reference.                                              and religious institutions. We begin with a
Cover photo: We see traditional kasbahs and welcoming oases as we travel through the Atlas mountains.
On Day 8 we take a sunset Sahara excursion.


walking tour of Fez’s fascinating medina, a          noon as we set out on a sunset excursion to the
UNESCO World Heritage site, focusing on              breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes at Merzouga
the artisans’ quarters, the 14th-century Koranic     on the edge of the Sahara. In the enormous
schools and Al Karaouine, the medieval theolog-      silence we watch the sun set over the desert as
ical university. We return to the hotel for lunch    we take a camel ride along the dunes. B,D
and some time at leisure then mid-afternoon
tour the old mellah (Jewish quarter) and its 17th-   Day 9: Erfoud/Tinehir/Todra Gorges/
century synagogue, the royal gates and the           Ouarzazate Our destination today is in the
Museum of Fez. Tonight we enjoy a private            snow-topped High Atlas. The day features one
dinner in the traditional home of a Fez fami-        beautiful scene after another, including the vil-
ly. B,L,D                                            lage of Tinehir, a stunning mountain oasis rising
                                                     on a series of riverside terraces lush with palm
Day 6: Fez This morning we visit a Berber            trees; and the spectacular 984-foot Todra
village where residents live much as their ances-    Gorge, home to a variety of rare bird and plant
tors did centuries ago. We share tea with a local    species. Following lunch here we visit El Kelaa
family in their cave dwelling then continue on       des Mgouna, known for its roses, then set out on
to whitewashed Sefrou, an old Jewish town at         the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” ancient
the foot of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Returning    caravan route, a region of fortresses with elabo-
to Fez, we stop at the renowned pottery facto-       rately decorated façades. Late afternoon we
ries. The remainder of the afternoon is free for     reach the town of Ouarzazate (the “door of the
independent exploration. B,D                         desert”), where we spend the night. B,L,D

Day 7: Fez/Midelt/Erfoud Traveling inland            Day 10: Ouarzazate/Ait ben-Haddou/
today, we cross the fertile plains beyond Fez and    Marrakech En route to Marrakech today, we
continue through the Middle Atlas mountain           stop first at uninhabited Ait ben-Haddou, a
range. We stop in the small town of Midelt for       UNESCO World Heritage site and one of
lunch. Continuing on we cross the Ziz River,         southern Morocco’s most scenic villages that is
passing rows of sky-scraping palm trees and for-     often used as a location for fashion and film
tified villages before reaching our kasbah-style     shoots. Its old section consists of deep red kas-
hotel in Erfoud late in the day. Dinner tonight      bahs packed together so tightly they appear to
is at our hotel. B,L,D                               be a single unit. Then as we begin our descent
                                                     from the High Atlas, we pass through typical
Day 8: Erfoud/Rissani/Merzouga This                  villages with fortified walls and stone houses
morning we visit the city of Rissani, with its       with earthen roofs. In Tizi N’Tichka, we tra-
18th-century ksar, a virtually impenetrable war-     verse the Pass of the Pastures (alt. 7,415 feet),
ren of alleys; then continue on to the ruins of      where life is much as it was centuries ago: shep-
Sijilmasa. We enjoy a tour highlight this after-     herds bring their flocks to the high pastures
every summer, then return with them to their
villages in autumn. We arrive in Marrakech                    BROWN FACULTY LECTURER
late this afternoon and dine tonight at our                On this program, as on all Brown Travelers trips, a
hotel. B,L,D                                               distinguished member of Brown’s faculty will
                                                           accompany our group, adding a unique and
Day 11: Marrakech Once the capital of                      memorable perspective to this truly extraordinary
southern Morocco, the imperial city of Marrakech           trip. The faculty lecturer will design and present
is an alluring oasis with a temperate climate,             an informative educational program, including
distinct charm and fascinating sights. Our day-            lectures, discussions and suggested advance read-
long tour includes the beautifully proportioned            ings. As this brochure goes to press, the faculty
                                                           member who will accompany the program has
Koutoubia Mosque, with its distinctive 282-foot
                                                           not yet been confirmed, but we wanted to mail it
minaret visible from miles away; the beautiful
                                                           in time for you to participate. Brown Travelers
Andalusian-style El Bahia Palace (part of which            often cite the faculty member as the reason they
is still used by the royal family); and the Palace         continue to travel with Brown.
of Dar Si Said, a museum housing Moroccan art
and artifacts. After lunch at our hotel, mid-
afternoon we embark on a walking tour of the
medina, ending at Djemaa el Fna Square, a
UNESCO site and the heart of Marrakech,
crowded with snake charmers, entertainers, sto-
rytellers, musicians, barbers and sellers of fruit,
water and spices. Dinner tonight is on our own
in this exotic city. B,L

Day 12: Marrakech This morning we travel
by horse-drawn carriage from Menara Park to
Majorelle Gardens, a private botanical garden
with some 15 species of birds native to North
Africa and known for its cobalt blue accents.
The afternoon is at leisure before dinner tonight
at a local restaurant in the city’s Old Town. B,D      Stunning architecture of the Moroccan Blue Gate.


Day 13: Marrakech/Casablanca We leave                    Tour Departs: March 7, 2009
Marrakech this morning by coach for storied
                                                          New York                                  $4,395
Casablanca, Morocco’s largest and most cosmo-
politan city. Highlights of this afternoon’s city         Baltimore, Boston,
                                                                                                    $4,695
tour include the harbor area and central market,          Washington, DC
the Royal Palace, Habous Quarter (“New Medina”)           Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago,
and the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, Morocco’s                                                     $4,795
                                                          Detroit, Miami, Pittsburgh, Raleigh
only functioning mosque open to non-Muslims.
Tonight we celebrate our Moroccan adventure               Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas,
                                                                                                    $4,895
                                                          Denver, Houston, Los Angeles
at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B,D
                                                          Phoenix, Portland,
                                                                                                    $4,995
Day 14: Depart for U.S. After breakfast this              San Francisco, Seattle
morning we transfer to the airport for our
                                                          Land Only                                 $3,995
return flight to the U.S. B
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 • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all     rately on your invoice.
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     Dear Graduates, Parents and Friends of Brown,
     We are thrilled to announce a special 14-day tour to the enchanting country of Morocco. Join us in
     this diverse land of deserts, mountains, lush tropical oases and modern cities. Our small group of
     travelers will experience warm hospitality, rich historic culture and striking landscapes. And you will
     be accompanied by a distinguished member of Brown's faculty, who will suggest advance readings,
     lecture and lead discussions that will add a unique perspective to this fascinating trip.

     Our tour features outstanding accommodations and visits to five UNESCO World Heritage sites
     including Meknes, Morocco’s youngest imperial city; Volubilis, with its ancient Roman ruins; and
     Fez, Morocco’s oldest imperial city. A tour highlight is a sunset excursion by four-wheel drive
     vehicles to towering sand dunes at the edge of the Sahara. We’ll follow a fabled ancient caravan
     route in the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, see spectacular Todra Gorge and visit Ait ben-
     Haddou, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Our journey takes us through lush desert oases,
     precipitous mountain canyons, dozens of kasbahs and souks (markets) and villages where life pro-
     ceeds much as it has for centuries. With three nights in alluring Marrakech there's ample time to
     explore before concluding our tour in lively Casablanca.

     The total group size will be limited to just 24 guests. We will share this adventure with alumni and
     friends from the University of Pennsylvania, so please call today to reserve your space.

     Sincerely,



     Beth Goldman Galer '88
     Director of the Alumni Travel Program

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If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon our receipt of your written noti-
fication. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: Cancel 95 days or more
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any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaran-
teed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be
charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.
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event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible
for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.
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other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these sup-
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We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes
as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommo-
dations of the same or better quality. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited,
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Please note that the Faculty Lecturer's participation is contingent on a minimum number of travelers.
We cannot guarantee the size of the group.                                                                                    UNIQUE JOURNEY TO MOROCCO!
Physical Requirements                                                                                                       Guaranteed Small Group: Limited to 24 Guests
This trip involves full days of sightseeing and significant amounts of walking. You should be in
relatively good physical condition to enjoy the tour to its fullest.

				
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