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IVY TRAVEL:
Morocco
October 5 - 9, 2018

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IVY African Coast Adventure, Morocco

October 5 - 9, 2018
(optional extension to October 12, 2018)

IVY is returning to the desert, and we couldn’t be happier for it.

Seek and you shall find in this kaleidoscopic land where the ocean meets sand dunes and mountains loom on the horizon, where past and present converge to create a sense of foreign familiarity. 

From hypnotic sunset camel rides on the beach and old-world hamman bath-houses, to the labyrinthine streets of Marrakech and cocktails at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca, we’re going to feast on the splendor that is Morocco with a mesmerizing itinerary through mystical cities and breathtaking landscapes. Whether you wish to join us on four unforgettable days or can stick around for a three-day extension over the Atlas Mountains and into the mighty Sahara, the IVY x Morocco: African Desert Adventure will evoke a childlike sense of wonder and awake the adventurer within us all. 

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Day Zero, Friday

Travel to Africa

  • Depart on an overnight flight (direct from NYC or DC) to Casablanca.

 

Day One, Saturday

Arrive in Morocco for a Casablanca Welcome

  • Arrive in Casablanca this morning and meet our private guide and IVY hosts at Mohammed V International Airport.
  • Take a brief overview tour of the famed city of Casablanca, the chief port of Morocco, where we will be granted access to Hassan II Mosque, one of the most important and beautiful structures in the country.
  • Enjoy your first tastes of Morocco at a welcome lunch at Rick’s Cafe, a recreation of the bar made famous in the classic movie Casablanca featuring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, now a city institution nestled in the walls of the Old Medina.
  • Settle into our coastal Casablanca quarters for the night, the Hôtel Casablanca Le Lido Thalasso and Spa, right on the beach. Take a siesta from the overnight flight, enjoy one of the numerous pools at the hotel, enjoy a walk along the beach, or perhaps enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment.
  • Spend the late afternoon and sunset at the nearby beach club with VIP reservations, complete with sunset cocktails, multiple plunge pools, and surfing lessons for the brave. Here, the beats get started early and go late. We’ll have our opening night reception and party along the crashing waves and amid wafting African coastal tunes.
  • The after-party continues at the dance club next door with Morocco rhythms. Besseha! (To your health!)

 

Day Two, Sunday

On to Marrakech

  • After a late breakfast and a final dip in the ocean, we will head on to one of the most mystical cities in Morocco: Marrakech.
  • On the way, take in the vastness of the countryside, and peek into small hanouts that sell sugared peanuts and all the necessities to make Moroccan mint tea, used as a form of welcome in every home.
  • Arrive to Marrakech as the midday sun glints off the city’s orange trees. Our IVY home and headquarters will be one of the oldest riads, or Moroccan guesthouses, in the middle of the medina, or old city.  
  • Enjoy a welcome lunch and sample pastille over views of the stunning Jemaa el-Fnaa, a bustling square in the center of the city.
  • The most magical part of the medina is getting lost within it. We’ll start with an overview tour, making sure everyone knows how to ask for directions, and then we’ll get properly lost in the winding streets before making our way home. Encounter endless markets, mosques, crafts, foods, teas, and countless other discoveries along the way.
  • Freshen up for a celebratory rooftop feast.
  • After dinner, meet the snake charmers, magicians, and local artisans that populate Jemaa el-Fnaa square late at night.
  • From there, we’ll head out to hear rooftop beats and dance the night away.

 

Day Three, Monday

Farewell with a Sunset Camel Ride

  • After breakfast, spend the morning at the 14th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa, an Islamic college whose exceptional stucco work and exquisite zellij tiles provide some of the most vibrant art and architecture in the city.   
  • Lunch is with local students to discuss life in this vibrant and ever-changing city.
  • In the early afternoon, we’re headed to one of the best hammams in the medina for the cultural experience of a scrub, steam, and full-on wash to get you refreshed and relaxed for our evening together.
  • After recovering from the most relaxing afternoon ever and getting ready for our last big night out, we will head for a sunset camel ride in the desert palm groves of La Palmeraie.
  • Marvel over memories from our Moroccan adventure during a final farewell dinner, before we wander and dance through decorated squares of extemporaneous street performers and our own IVY after-party.

 

Day Four, Tuesday

Bon Voyage! Or… Rock the Kasbah on the Optional Three-Night Extension

  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and go for a short wander and last spin around the medina before we head home, or outwards to the Sahara. Those not continuing on for more camel rides will depart for the Casablanca airport from here.
  • For IVY travelers wanting to immerse further, we’ll head out early for a once-in-a-lifetime journey, beginning our trek over the peaks of the High Atlas and through the famous Tizi n’Tichka pass. Stop to take in views at 7,415 feet.
  • We’ll continue on to enjoy lunch at the ksar, or fortified village, of Ait-Ben-Haddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most famous Kasbah, or fortress, in Morocco.
  • Finish the journey at Ouarzazate, where we’ll enjoy a dinner with locals and stay at a Kasbah.

 

Day Five, Wednesday

Onward to the Dunes

  • Drive out to the Sahara, the largest hot desert in the world.
  • After breakfast, the trip continues to the village Agdz. We’ll visit Kasbah Tamnougalt, the oldest Kasbah in the Dra'a Valley, before taking the ancient caravan road that wanders between rivers and the Atlas Mountains.
  • En route, pass many small villages and gardens, and meet with locals to gain a better idea of the way of life in the sands.
  • Stop for lunch in the town of Zagora, a trove of relics from a nomadic past, with views of the mountain from which it got its name.
  • Arrive in the afternoon to M’Hamid, the gateway to the Sahara. At the foot of giant dunes, mount your camel for the two-hour camel trek to the highest dune in the region. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset, likely seeming like a mirage.
  • Spend the night in a nomad tent, enjoying music and unparalleled stargazing with locals who have lived most of their lives in the desert.

 

Day Six, Thursday

Camera Ready

  • After breakfast, we’ll rinse off the sands, and get photo ready, heading to the Hollywood of Morocco: Atlas Studios. See the dramatic sets of Lawrence of Arabia, Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones!
  • Swap your dromedary for something speedier; we’ll take a four-wheel ride around the Fint Oasis and some of the most beautiful vistas you’re likely to see in Morocco. Put on your Touareg Turban and apply some sunscreen as you zoom through the sands.
  • Tonight, take a soak in a hammam and then enjoy a final feast in our Kasbah, listening to African beats poolside as we toast to our favorite Moroccan memories.

 

Day Seven, Friday

Bslama and Besseha (Goodbye and to your health)

  • After breakfast, say goodbye to our hosts and the beauty of this north African Kingdom before we depart for an early morning flight from Ouarzazate to Casablanca, and then onward towards our home destinations, or stay the weekend and enjoy some exploration of your own!

 

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Payment Terms & Conditions

PAYMENTS: CORE Program
Deposit $250Charged Immediately
Final Payment $2,100Charged the Friday following your RSVP
Total Trip Cost $2,350 

 

PAYMENTS: CORE + 4-Day Extension
Deposit $250Charged Immediately
Final Payment $3,099Charged the Friday following your RSVP
Total Trip Cost $3,349 

 

What's Included?

  • All in-country transportation, including shuttle to and from the airport
  • All meals, drinks, and activities on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified)
  • Shared accommodations; a limited number of single rooms are available for an additional cost of $299, charged immediately upon request
  • Travel Insurance

 

Members are Responsible For:

  • Airfare to and from Mohammad V International Airport. Please plan to arrive in Casablanca by 9:00 AM local time on Saturday, October 6 and depart after 2:00 PM local time on Tuesday, October 9 or Friday, October 12.
  • Any meals, drinks, and activities NOT listed on the itinerary
  • Souvenirs


 

IVY Travel Terms & Conditions

IVY Booking Policies

  • Your deposit must be paid immediately upon booking (refundable where canceled within 24 hours of booking)
  • 100% of the total cost of the booking must be paid by the first Friday following your reservation
  • All payments will be charged to the default card on your IVY account, any failed payments may result in your reservation being forfeited

 

IVY Cancelation Policies

  • If canceling within 24 hours of placing your booking you will receive a full refund of your deposit
  • Cancellation after this period incurs cancellation fees
  • All payments are non-transferable

 

Cancelation Fees (as a percentage of total trip cost)
If you cancel...

  • Within the first 24 hours of RSVP – deposit is fully refundable
  • From 24 hours after RSVP until the final payment is charged – deposit is non-refundable
  • Thereafter, until 60 days before trip (01/21/18) – the cancellation fee is 40%
  • Thereafter, until 30 days before trip (02/20/18) – the cancellation fee is 70%
  • After 02/21/18 - the cancellation fee is 100% (ie. non-refundable)


*All room supplements are non-refundable once requested and paid*

CANCELLATION FEE BREAKDOWN
If Cancellation Date is...Within 24 Hrs of your RSVPUp until the first Friday following your RSVPUp until 60 days before trip departure
8/6/2018
Up until 30 days before trip departure
9/5/2018
Less than 30 days before trip departure
9/6/2018
Trip Start Date 10/5/2018
Cancellation Fee
(% of total trip cost)
Deposit RefundableDeposit
Non-Refundable
40%70%100% 
Total Amount Paid to Date:$250$250$2,350$2,350$2,350 
Refundable Amount$250$0$1,410$705$0 
*Cancellation fees are based on a % of total trip cost
*All room supplements are non-refundable once requested and paid

FAQs

Are Guests Allowed?

  • YES! We are able to accommodate a limited number of guests for this trip. Please email us at morocco@ivy.com if you are interested in bringing a guest and we will be happy to walk you through the process.

 

What is the Accommodation Situation?

  • Shared Occupancy: This trip includes double occupancy accommodations, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • Requesting a Roommate: Please indicate on your reservation or email us at morocco@ivy.cm if you would like to request a roommate
  • Single Room Supplements: A limited number of single rooms are available for $299 upon request, supplements are charged immediately and are non-refundable and non-transferable

 

Why is Airfare not included?

  • Airfare is an added cost due to the varied home destinations of travelers. If you need help reserving a flight please reach out to the IVY Flight Concierge with your ideal dates, airports & departure times via concierge@ivy.com

 

 

IVY Recommended Flights

Core Package

  Summary Airline Departure Time Arrival Time Cost* Link
NYC Direct, Non-stop flights available!
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $964 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Tuesday Oct 9th, 3:30pm Tuesday Oct 9th, 6:20pm
BOS Round-trip flight from Boston with a layover in NYC
BOS - JFK Jet Blue Friday Oct 5th, 4:35pm Friday Oct 5th, 5:59pm Round Trip Economy $1,207 Details
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Tuesday Oct 9th, 3:30pm Tuesday Oct 9th, 6:20pm
JFK - BOS Jet Blue Tuesday Oct 9th, 11:03pm Wednesday Oct 10th, 12:13am
DC Fly to NYC and take the overnight non-stop flight. Pro-tip: Book your flights to NYC separately to avoid a long layover!
DCA - JFK Delta Friday Oct 5th, 2:00pm Friday Oct 5th, 3:30pm Round Trip Economy $210 Details
JFK - DCA Delta Tuesday Oct 9th, 7:35pm Tuesday Oct 9th, 9:04pm
 
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $964 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Tuesday Oct 9th, 3:30pm Tuesday Oct 9th, 6:20pm
MIAMI Fly to NYC and take the overnight non-stop flight. Pro-tip: Book your flights to NYC separately to avoid a long layover!
MIA - JFK Delta Friday Oct 5th, 3:25pm Friday Oct 5th, 6:16pm Round Trip Economy $246 Details
JFK - MIA Delta Tuesday Oct 9th, 7:29pm Tuesday Oct 9th, 10:47pm
 
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $964 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Tuesday Oct 9th, 3:30pm Tuesday Oct 9th, 6:20pm
CHICAGO Fly to NYC and take the overnight non-stop flight. Pro-tip: Book your flights to NYC separately to avoid a long layover!
ORD - JFK Delta Friday Oct 5th, 2:55pm Friday Oct 5th, 6:33pm Round Trip Economy $370 Details
JFK - ORD Delta Tuesday Oct 9th, 11:03pm Wednesday Oct 10th, 12:13am
 
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $964 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Tuesday Oct 9th, 3:30pm Tuesday Oct 9th, 6:20pm
LOS ANGELES Round Trip from LA with a layover in NYC
LAX- JFK Jet Blue Friday Oct 5th, 10:10am Friday Oct 5th, 6:42pm Round Trip Economy $1,290 Details
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Tuesday Oct 9th, 3:30pm Tuesday Oct 9th, 6:20pm
JFK - LAX Jet Blue Tuesday Oct 9th, 9:27pm Wednesday Oct 10th, 12:40am
SAN FRANCISCO Fly to NYC and take the overnight non-stop flight. Pro-tip: Book your flights to NYC separately to avoid a long layover!
SFO - JFK Jet Blue Friday Oct 5th, 7:00am Friday Oct 5th, 3:35pm Round Trip Economy $353 Details
JFK - SFO Jet Blue Tuesday Oct 9th, 9:47pm Wednesday Oct 10th, 1:16am
 
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $964 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Tuesday Oct 9th, 3:30pm Tuesday Oct 9th, 6:20pm
*Flight costs as of trip launch date

 

Core Package + 4-Day Extension

  Summary Airline Departure Time Arrival Time Cost* Link
NYC Direct, Non-stop flights available!
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $964 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 12th, 3:30pm Friday Oct 12th, 6:20pm
BOS Round-trip flight from Boston with a layover in NYC
BOS - JFK Jet Blue Friday Oct 5th, 4:35pm Friday Oct 5th, 5:59pm Round Trip Economy $1,180 Details
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 12th, 3:30pm Friday Oct 12th, 6:20pm
JFK - BOS Jet Blue Friday Oct 12th, 11:03pm Saturday Oct 13th, 12:13am
DC Fly to NYC and take the overnight non-stop flight. Pro-tip: Book your flights to NYC separately to avoid a long layover!
DCA - JFK Delta Friday Oct 5th, 2:00pm Friday Oct 5th, 3:30pm Round Trip Economy $288 Details
JFK - DCA Delta Friday Oct 12th, 7:35pm Friday Oct 12th, 9:04pm
 
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $964 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 12th, 3:30pm Friday Oct 12th, 6:20pm
MIAMI Fly to NYC and take the overnight non-stop flight. Pro-tip: Book your flights to NYC separately to avoid a long layover!
MIA - JFK Delta Friday Oct 5th, 3:25pm Friday Oct 5th, 6:16pm Round Trip Economy $257 Details
JFK - MIA Delta Friday Oct 12th, 7:29pm Friday Oct 12th, 10:47pm
 
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $972 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 12th, 3:30pm Friday Oct 12th, 6:20pm
CHICAGO Fly to NYC and take the overnight non-stop flight. Pro-tip: Book your flights to NYC separately to avoid a long layover!
ORD - JFK Delta Friday Oct 5th, 2:55pm Friday Oct 5th, 6:33pm Round Trip Economy $370 Details
JFK - ORD Delta Friday Oct 12th, 7:25pm Friday Oct 12th, 9:29pm
 
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $972 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 12th, 3:30pm Friday Oct 12th, 6:20pm
LOS ANGELES Round Trip from LA with a layover in NYC
LAX- JFK Jet Blue Friday Oct 5th, 10:10am Friday Oct 5th, 6:42pm Round Trip Economy $1,290 Details
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 12th, 3:30pm Friday Oct 12th, 6:20pm
JFK - LAX Jet Blue Friday Oct 12th, 9:27pm Saturday Oct 13th, 12:40am
SAN FRANCISCO Fly to NYC and take the overnight non-stop flight. Pro-tip: Book your flights to NYC separately to avoid a long layover!
SFO - JFK Jet Blue Thursday Oct 4th, 7:00am Thursday Oct 4th, 3:35pm Round Trip Economy $353 Details
JFK - SFO Jet Blue Friday Oct 12th, 9:47pm Saturday Oct 13th, 1:16am
 
JFK -- Casablanca Nonstop Overnight Flight Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 5th, 9:00pm Saturday Oct 6th, 8:50am Round Trip Economy $964 Details
Casablanca -- JFK Nonstrop Royal Air Maroc Friday Oct 12th, 3:30pm Friday Oct 12th, 6:20pm
*Flight costs as of trip launch date

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