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           Of Medinas and Kasbahs

           May 7 - 23, 2011
           Host: Anne Wolever
                                                                                                          In the Valley of the Kasbahs

                 HIGHLIGHTS                                                                                 AT A GLANCE
   • Marvel at the architecture of the IMPERIAL                                                  May 7/8 - to CASABLANCA: Fly to
     CITIES of Rabat, Fes, Meknes and Marrakech,                                                 Casablanca; transfer to our hotel. Welcome
     whose ancient medinas are protected by                                                      Dinner. (Kenzi Tower Hotel, 1nt, D)
     UNESCO.                                                                                     May 9 - via RABAT to FES: Visit the Grand
   • Explore medieval WALLED CITIES with their                                                   Mosque Hassan II (one of few open to non-
     narrow lanes where shops display carpets,                                                   Muslims); drive to Rabat; tour this ancient
     ceramics, copper work and many other artisan                                                walled city. Special lunch at a private winery.
     creations.                                                                                  Continue to Fes. (Les Merinides, 1nt, B, L, D)
   • Experience the utter qUIET AND SOLITUDE                                                     May 10, 11 & 12 — FES & AREA: Walk
     OF THE SAHARA DESERT from our private,                                                      the labyrinth of lanes in Fes’s medina. Visit
     deluxe tented camp in the dunes!                                                            the imperial city of Meknes and the Roman
                                                                                                 ruins of Volubilis. May 12 at leisure.
   • Drive through      the   VALLEy OF THE
                                                                                                 (Les Merinides, 3nts, 3B, 2L, 2D)
                                                                                                 May 13 & 14 — to THE SAHARA: Drive
   • Stay in a charming retreat in the foothills of
                                                                                                 to the edge of the desert. May 14: travel by
     the HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS. Walk to a
                                                                                                 4WD vehicles to our deluxe tented camp;
     Berber home for tea with views of Mt. Toubkal,
                                                                                                 sunset camel ride. (El Chergui Kasbah
     Morocco’s highest peak.
                                                                                                 Hotel 1nt; Exclusive Desert Camp 1nt, 2B,
   • Enjoy the rich flavours of MOROCCAN                                                         2L, 2D)
     CUISINE.                                                                                    May 15 & 16 — OUARZAZATE: Scenic
   “CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS” bring us                                                               drive via Todra Gorge, the Valley of the
   closer to Berber life.                                                                        Roses and the Valley of the Kasbahs. Visit the
  Visit unique HISTORIC SITES and UNESCO                                                        centuries old settlement of Ait Ben Haddou.
  WORLD HERITAGE SITES.                                                                          (Le Berbere Palace, 2nts, 2B, 2L, 2D)
                                                                                                 May 17 & 18 — HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS:
                                                      Marrakech                                  Drive into the foothills to our mountain
    Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca
                                                                                                 retreat; walk to a village to experience Berber
                                                                                                 life. (Domaine de la Roseraie, 2nts, 2B, 2L)
                                                                                                 May 19, 20, 21 & 22 — MARRAKECH:
                                                                                                 Drive to Marrakech; afternoon at leisure.
                                                                                                 Two days of touring in the medina (see
                                                                                                 palaces, museums, the souks & bustling
                                                                                                 Djemaa el Fna square) and more. May 22 is
                                                                                                 a free day. Special Farewell Dinner. (Riad Si
                                                                                                 Said & Riad Bab Ferdaous, 4nts, 4B, 3L, 2D)
                                                                                                 May 23 — HOMEWARD: Fly via homeward.
                                                                                                 Option: extend to seaside Essaouira. (B)

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           What is a 4 paw rating?                                                 your Guides
 • Your adventure will be hosted by Anne Wolever of Civilized                   Our guides are highly trained and native to Morocco. They have a deep
   Adventures.                                                                  love of their country are they will do their utmost to welcome you to their
 • Accommodation is at the first-class or luxury level including a 4- and       country. They will enthusiastically share their extensive knowledge and
   5-star hotels a private luxury tented camp in the desert,                                     bring Morocco to life for us as we discover this special
   a luxury mountain retreat and a riad in Marrakech.                                            place and meet its warm and friendly people.
 • Most meals are included.                                                                         Glossary
           How difficult is the trip?                                                           Bab: a city gate
 We rate this as “active”. While we travel between                                              Dar: house
 destinations by air-conditioned vehicle, much of our                                           Erg: expanse of sand or ridge of dunes
 touring will be on foot since alleys and laneways in the                                       Fondouk: in the past, hostelry for travelling merchants,
 ancient medinas which do not allow for vehicle traffic.                                        their beasts of burden and their merchandise
 Walking is at a leisurely pace. Streets may be uneven and/                                     Jbel: mountain
 or cobbled and in places like Fes most streets have some                                       Kasbah: fortified house with 1-4 crenellated towers
 incline. During our 2-night stay in the Atlas Mountains we                                     Ksar: fortified village surrounded by solid walls
 plan an excursion in the mountains, including a special                                        Medersa: Koranic school with resident students
 picnic lunch as guests of a Berber family. Some clients                                        Medina: traditional Arab town enclosed by ramparts
 may wish to use collapsible walking sticks. The fitter you                                     Mellah: Jewish quarter of a medina
 are, the more you’ll enjoy your trip...but please remember                                     Riad: traditional residence organized around a
 that we try not to rush through anything!                                                      courtyard planted with trees and flowers
                                                                                                Souk: market, laid out according to the various goods
           your Transportation                                                  and services that the stall holders offer
 Driving will be done in an air-conditioned vehicle suited to the size of the   Tizi: mountain pass
 group. Other modes include a camel-back excursion.                             Zellij: geometric tilework
 Kenzi Tower Hotel                      telephone, mini-bar and safety          provided with hot water). There        Set in the foothills of the High Atlas
                                        deposit box.                            is a large dining tent. Enjoy the      Mountains on 60 acres of gardens
                                                                                peace of the desert!                   and olive groves, rooms have
                                        El Chergui Kasbah Hotel
                                                                                                                       ensuite bathroom, satellite TV,
                                                                                Le Berbere Palace
                                                                                                                       telephone, mini-bar and hair-dryer.
                                                                                                                       Enjoy French or Moroccan cuisine
                                                                                                                       at the pool terrace, the dining
                                                                                                                       room or the lounge. There are 3
 A luxury 5-star hotel in the                                                                                          swimming pools and the Pinewood
 business district of Casablanca.                                                                                      Center offers spa services.
 Facilities include a spa, indoor
 swimming pool, hot tub, sauna,                                                                                        Riad Si Said (4 suites)
                                        This newly constructed 4-star                                                  Riad Bab Ferdaous (1 suite +
 fitness room, 24-hour concierge        hotel is on the outskirts of Erfoud                                            4 deluxe rooms).
 and room service, high speed           and 60km from the dunes at
 internet connection in rooms and       Erg Chebbi. Rooms are simply            This 5-star hotel is set on a
 Wi-Fi in public areas; hairdresser,    furnished and each has air-             hillside overlooking the town of
 gift shop and laundry service as       conditioning, TV, mini-bar and          Ouarzazate. Rooms are stylishly
 well as a brasserie, a restaurant,     telephone. The hotel has a              decorated with local motifs, tiled
 and a bar with panoramic views.        swimming pool, Hammam Spa,              floors topped with rugs, and
                                        and restaurant with indoor and          coordinated painted furniture.
 Les Merinides
                                        outdoor buffet serving traditional      Each is air-conditioned with
                                        Moroccan and European cuisine.          satellite TV, safe box, hair-dryer,
                                                                                mini-bar, and either a terrace or
                                        Exclusive Desert Camp                   a patio. Features include three
                                                                                                                       These two luxury riads of the
                                                                                                                       Angsana group are only 50m apart
                                                                                dining venues, a poolside bar and
                                                                                                                       and are near the Bahia Palace within
                                                                                a piano bar; plus a hammam, hair
                                                                                                                       the walls of Marrakech’s medina.
                                                                                dresser, and tennis courts.
                                                                                                                       The quality of accommodation at
                                                                                Domaine de la Roseraie                 each is very similar. Our aim is to
                                                                                                                       offer our clients the chance to stay
 Perched on a hill overlooking the                                                                                     in a true riad and since most riad’s
 medina of Fes, this hotel offers                                                                                      only have a few rooms we have
 three dining venues, a swimming        Set in the dunes of the Sahara,                                                chosen two adjacent properties.
 pool, 24-hour concierge and room       this luxury camp has 10 tents,                                                 Each unique room offers: ensuite
 service, Wi-Fi internet access,        each with comfortable beds. Two                                                bathrooms,       laundry    service,
 and a newsstand. Rooms are air-        tents will share a toilet tent and a                                           restaurants, wireless internet, air-
 conditioned with satellite TV, IDD     shower tent (bucket showers are                                                conditioning and spa services.

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                                                    DETAILED ITINERARy - MOROCCO
  May 7/8 - to CASABLANCA: Fly via                                                                           known as the Valley of the Kasbahs. We
  Montreal or possibly Europe to Casablanca,                                                                 reach our hotel in time to freshen up before
  arriving there on May 8. You’ll be met by                                                                  dinner.
  our local team and transferred to our central
                                                                                                             On May 16 we explore the surrounding area,
  hotel. We meet later for a Welcome Dinner.
                                                                                                             visiting the sprawling Kasbah Taorit and
  (Kenzi Tower Hotel, 1nt, D)
                                                                                                             astonishing Ait Ben Haddou - a fortified
  May 9 - via RABAT to FES: We visit                                                                         settlement still in use after many centuries.
  Casablanca’s most splendid site: the Grand                                                                 After exploring this vast hillside ksar we go on
  Mosque Hassan II. One of few Moroccan                                                                      a valley walk to a Berber house where we are
  mosques open to non-Muslims, this is the                                                                   welcomed with freshly made Berber bread and
  world’s third largest mosque, after Mecca             Spice seller, Fes.                                   tea. (Le Berbere Palace, 2nts, 2B, 2L, 2D)
  and Medina. Incredibly ornate, it took 35,000         is the superb mosaic floors that are considered      May 17 & 18 — ATLAS MOUNTAINS: On
  workers 13 years to complete.                         to be the city’s greatest treasures.                 May 17 we drive over the Tizi n’Tchika pass
  We continue along the coast (~1 hr) to                May 12 is set aside for your own explorations.       and into the Ourika River Valley, where villages
  the capital city of Rabat, whose trading              Wander down Tela ‘a Kbira street with its many       cling to the valley walls. We enjoy lunch at an
  history goes back to Phoenician times.                shops, stop for a cup of mint tea or visit other     organic farm that also produces items for well-
  Within its 12th century medina walls we               sites. Option: join a guided half day trip to        being, such as aromatherapy oils. We drive
  find many historic influences mingling with           Sefrou, formerly inhabited by the Ahel Sefrou,       on into the Ouirgane Valley in the foothills of
  a modern cosmopolitan city. We see a few              a Jewish tribe of Berbers. (Les Merinides,           the High Atlas Mountains. This peaceful area
  sites, including Oudaya Kasbah on a bluff             3nts, 3B, 2L, 2D)                                    offers glorious mountain vistas, including Mt.
  overlooking the Atlantic. Within the walls, in a                                                           Toubkal (Morocco’s highest peak), as well as
  former palace, we find a craft museum and an          May 13 & 14 — to THE SAHARA: We depart               a unique glimpse into traditional Berber ways.
  Andalusian garden.                                    early and climb into the Atlas Mountains,
                                                        passing through Ifrane (a ski resort town)           On May 18 we set off on a walk in the
  After a special lunch including a wine cellar visit   and a beautiful cedar forest, crossing a high        mountains to visit a Berber village, where we
  and a tasting of Moroccan wines, we continue to       plateau, and finally following the Ziz River into    will be guests in a Berber home for lunch
  Fes, termed the intellectual heart of Morocco.       Erfoud on the edge of the Sahara. Our journey        and a traditional tea ceremony. We return to
  We settle into our hotel, on a hill overlooking the   is punctuated by several stops for photos,           our hotel to enjoy the gardens and the views
  sprawling medina. (Les Merinides, 1nt, B, L, D)       leg-stretching and lunch. We settle into our         and perhaps an optional spa treatment.
  May 10, 11 & 12 — FES & AREA: On                      kasbah-style hotel and enjoy the quiet of this       (Domaine de la Roseraie, 2nts, 2B, 2L)
  May 10 we explore Fes with our guide. Fes is          remote part of Morocco.                              May 19, 20, 21 & 22 — MARRAKECH: We
  the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities.              We begin May 14 exploring the oasis city of          descend from the mountains to the imperial
  We step back into the Middle Ages as we               Rissani. We’ll learn about oasis agricultural        city of Marrakech. You can enjoy the afternoon
  explore the 9th century Fes El Bali, or Old           methods, visit a kasbah, and the mausoleum           at leisure or join our guide on an informal
  Fes, on foot. This cultural heart of Morocco          of Moulay Ali Sherif, founder of the current         orientation walk of old Marrakech.
  has some 9000 narrow lanes, alleys and                ruling dynasty. After lunch, 4WD vehicles take       On May 20 & 21 we tour the sites. We’ll see
  souks. At its heart is the Karaouiyine Mosque,        us to the dunes of Erg Chebbi where camels           the deserted el-Badi Palace and Bahia Palace,
  one of the oldest and most illustrious in the         take us into our exclusive desert camp site.         both set in the Mellah (Jewish quarter), the
  western Muslim world, as well as Morocco’s            As the day wanes, we mount our camels and            Ben Youssef Medersa (a Koranic school built
  first university. Next to it is Attarine Medersa (a   set out to enjoy a very special sundowner.           around 1570), Koutoubia mosque with its
  Koranic college). The 14th century Hispano-           (El Chergui Kasbah Hotel 1nt; Exclusive              12th-century minaret (the most perfect Islamic
  Moorish building is considered to be one of           Desert Camp 1nt; 2B, 2L, 2D)                         religious structure in North Africa); and of
  the wonders of Moorish architecture.                  May 15 & 16 — OUARZAZATE: On May 15                  course the famous souks.
  We explore the 13th century Fes el Jedid              we cross the country, stopping at the stunning       The souks of Marrakech are a jumble of shops
  or “New” Fes - the royal city of the Almohad          Todra gorge. After lunch we continue along           selling textiles, clothing, leather goods, carpets
  dynasty of rulers. Here we’ll see the Royal           the Dades Valley. Part of the valley in this         and a host of other Moroccan handicrafts.
  Palace, mosques, souks, the city wall and the         section is known as the Valley of the Roses          We end our explorations at Djemaa el Fna
  Mellah, or old Jewish Quarter, characterized          as it is the site of rosewater production. This is   square where street artists compete for space
  by its unique architecture. At Nejjarine Square       harvest season, so we may see some activity          with stalls selling everything from dried fruit
  we see (and hear) coppersmiths pounding               associated with this. Approaching Ouarzazate,        to freshly pressed orange juice. As the sun
  out their wares. Nearby we explore the                we see why this section along the river is           begins to drop, restaurant stalls set up, filling
  completely restored Fondouk el-Nejjarine                                                                   the air with the scent of grilled meats and other
  (now a carpentry museum), and the Dar                                                                      spicy dishes.
  Batha Palace museum with its collections of
                                                                                                             May 22 is set aside for your own explorations.
  ceramics, books, leatherwork and textile work.
                                                                                                             We reunite for a special Farewell Dinner at Ksour
  On May 11 we go beyond Fes and visit the                                                                   Agafay in the Medina. (Angsana’s Riad Si Said
  imperial city of Meknes where we discover                                                                 and Riad Bab Ferdaous, 4nts, 4B, 3L, 2D)
  a city built to rival the court of Louis XIV of
                                                                                                             May 23 — HOMEWARD: Fly via Casablanca
  France. We continue to Volubilis, the
                                                                                                             homeward. Option: extend to seaside
  largest and most well preserved Roman ruin
                                                                                                             Essaouira. (B)
  in Morocco. Arches and basilicas remain, but it        Near Erg Chebbi

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                                                                        Cost (per person, sharing)                                Starts in Casablanca; Ends in Marrakech
                                                                                                                                         10 -14 guests              15 -17 guests

                                                       Adult (using deluxe room, Angsana, Marrakech)                                      CA$ 6,650                   CA$ 6,400
                                                       Adult (using suite, Angsana, Marrakech)                                            CA$ 6,750                   CA$ 6,500
                                                       Single Room Supplement:                                                     CA$ 1,475 [$1,525 for a suite at Angsana]
                                                       All quoted prices and itinerary effective at time of publication (Mar. 24 ‘10). Itinerary is subject to change due to
                                                       improvements or changes in local conditions; prices are subject to change.

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                                              (max. group size is 17 + trip host)                                      • International return flights (see right).
                                              Please complete a booking form and waiver, available                     • All items of a personal nature.
   Anne Wolever has worked in                                                                                          • Optional travel insurance (see below).
                                              from our office or online at, and
   adventure travel for most of her 22                                                                                 • Gratuities to local guides/drivers etc. (~CA$220 pp).
   years in the industry and she has          return them to us with your deposit. We accept Visa and
                                              MasterCard, or to receive a 2% discount on your                          • Any activities and excursions not specified.
   been with Civilized Adventures
                                              payment, please make cheques payable to: Civilized                       • Any camera fees that might be charged at some
   for over 15 years. Anne loves to
                                              Adventures Inc. All payments are non-refundable once                       sites.
   explore, and her travels have taken
                                              received. Please consider insurance.                                     • Visas to enter Morocco (not required for Canadian
   her all over the world, including
   train trips across Europe, overland        • Deposit: CA$ 1,500 plus your travel insurance will                       citizens).
   journeys through SE Asia, safaris             reserve your seat                                                     • Any increases due to circumstances beyond our
   in Africa, and expeditions to the          • Installment: CA$ 2,500 is due Mon., Dec. 20, 2010                        control (i.e. entrance fee increases, fuel surcharges,
   Arctic and Antarctica. She has             • Final payment is due Mon., Feb. 8, 2011                                  currency fluctuations)
   hosted a small group to Borneo,            Please note: if you book after an installment date, you
   where everyone was thrilled with           will be responsible for all past-due amounts at time of
   fantastic sightings of Orang Utans         booking.
   and other unique wildlife, was part                                                                                 FLIGHTS
   of the leader team on our Royal                                                                                     One of the more direct routings is via Montreal where
                                              INCLUSIONS                                                               you connect with a Royal Air Maroc flight right into
   Astronomical Society “Star-faris”
   to Turkey and northern China, and          • Complete pre-departure information and meeting                         Casablanca. Other routings will take you via London,
   in November 2010 she hosts her               (held in Calgary).                                                     Frankfurt or another European point, which may make
   third small group trip into Indochina.     • Trip Handbook and miniguide.                                           it easier for you should you wish to extend and tour in
   Anne is intrigued by different             • All accommodation on a twin-share basis.                               Europe. We invite you to discuss your plans with us so
   cultures and their relationships             Single? You can have your own room for a single                        we can work out the best fare and routing for you.
   to one another, and by how they              supplement.
   emerge into the modern world               • All meals as listed (15B=breakfast, 12L=lunch,
   while maintaining their links with           10D=dinner).
   tradition. In April 2009 she explored      • Orientation on arrival, welcome and farewell dinner.                   TRAVEL INSURANCE
   Morocco (seen here at Ait Ben              • All transfers as per detailed itinerary.                               Non-refundable payments can be insured for full
   Haddou). She enjoyed it so much            • Services of professional local guides and drivers.                     refund providing that you have purchased adequate
   that on her return she designed            • All tours and entrance fees for included sites.                        travel insurance at time of deposit. This assumes no
   this trip, our first group trip into the   • Tipping for hotel porters and restaurants.                             pre-existing medical conditions, and that any possible
   area. She is confident that you will       • Escorted by Anne Wolever of Civilized Adventures                       cancellation is due to an emergency reason that is
   be amazed by Morocco and she
                                                with a minimum of 10 guests.                                           covered by the insurance policy.
   is looking forward to sharing this
                                              • Civilized Adventures carry-on “daypack”.
   journey with you.                                                                                                   “All Inclusive” plans cover trip cancellation prior to
                                                                                                                       departure, and trip interruption/curtailment after
                                                                                                                       departure, emergency medical coverage while abroad,
                                                                                                                       and limited baggage and accident coverage. Certain
                                                                                                                       exclusions may apply, particularly related to pre-existing
                                                                                                                       medical conditions. When purchasing insurance, you
                                                                                                                       must indicate if a pre-existing medical condition exists
                                                                                                                       so we can quote, and cover you, properly. Please call for
                                               Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakech                                          a copy of the policy and details of coverage.

                                                                                                                              All Inclusive                      Trip Cancellation &
                                                        SAMPLE INSURANCE PREMIUMS
                                                                                                                           0-59 years             $418(2)       Interruption Select(4)
                                                     Trip cost up to $8000 and up to 23 days(3)
                                                                                                                           60 years               $484(1)      0-59 years      $360 (1)
                                              We offer insurance through TIC(1) as well as TravelGuard(2),                 61-64 years            $532 (2)     60-64 years     $430 (1)
                                              and RBC(3); each may have different coverage and                             65 years               $563(1)      65-69 years     $495 (1)
                                              premiums for different age groups. Premiums can be                           66-70 years            $607(1)      70-74 years     $572 (1)
                                              adjusted for extensions and other adjustments (3). Assumes                                                       75+ years       call for quote
                                                                                                                           71-74 years            $761(1)
                                              you have adequate private medical coverage (4).                              74+ years         call for quote

                                              ADVISORY: We strive to deliver a quality “Civilized Adventure”. Travellers must understand that they are visiting developing countries and must
                                              be prepared to deal with unusual occurrences, local inadequacies, and unpredictable events. If you are flexible, curious about new people,
                                              places and environments, and have a positive attitude, we welcome your participation. This type of travel is rewarding if you can embrace the
                                              inherent challenges . Please call us if you have any questions or concerns. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that you get the most out of your
                                              travel experience.                                                                                       All captioned photos: Anne Wolever

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