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Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

20 Nights featuring Casablanca, Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, Lisbon, Sintra and Belem

Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Start Date: November 6, 2021
(Sailing November 14, 2021)

About This Journey

At the gateway to the Mediterranean is a region steeped with maritime history and a passion for exploration. On this Journey through Morocco, Portugal and Bermuda, you will discover the cultural centers of these ancient trade routes. Your Journey starts in Morocco, where the Sahara meets the Atlantic. At every turn is a true feast for the senses, a burst of color and fragrances. Marvel at the intricate mix of architecture found throughout the cities, including French Colonial, Gothic, Moorish, Islamic and Art Deco. Visit the third-largest mosque in the world, towering above Casablanca’s Atlantic coastline, and admire the intricate and colorful mosaics for which the Moroccans are known. Discover the hidden sites of “the red city,” Marrakech, while walking through winding souks lined with Moroccan lanterns. At the edge of the Sahara Desert, visit a local village and experience life on the Atlas Mountains. Learn family recipes, create a ceramic masterpiece and bake yourself a loaf of traditional-style bread. Then, travel to Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, to explore extravagant palaces, fairytale forests, grand city squares and awe-inspiring monasteries. Try your hand at local artistry, sample local delicacies, and enjoy Portugal’s famous wines and ports. After this remarkable land program, embark the Azamara Quest for a 12-night cruise back to the U.S. Prepare to be inspired-ancient ruins, grand palaces, busy street markets and historical marvels await you on this incredible 20 night Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon.

Visits: Azamara Quest, Sintra, Belem, Bermuda, Miami, Atlas Mountains; 100120A

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

Itinerary

Start Date: November 6, 2021
(Sailing November 14, 2021)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Casablanca – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Casablanca – Tour of Casablanca and Rabat
3 Casablanca – Transfer from Casablanca to Marrakech
4 Marrakech – City and Cultural Tour
5 Marrakech – Tour to a Village in the Atlas Mountains
6 Marrakech to Liston – Welcome Dinner
7 Lisbon – City Tour and Tiles Workshop
8 Lisbon – Belem and Sintra Tour
9 Lisbon – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 6:00 PM
10–16 Cruising
17 Hamilton, Bermuda 9:00 AM
18 Hamilton, Bermuda 3:30 PM
19–20 Cruising
21 Miami, Florida 6:00 AM

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive in Casablanca

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers and Enrichment Journey Guide for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Casablanca, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one nights to your Casablanca hotel stay.

Day 2 – Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque

After breakfast, you will visit the Hassan II Mosque. This is arguably the most impressive architectural achievement in Morocco over the last few generations and reflects the beauty and the intracity of Moroccan traditional arts. After this rich introduction to Morocco, you will continue to Rabat, and elegant city that has been serving as the capital of Morocco and the official residence of the king since the early 20th century. The capital maintains traditional Moroccan character like all the historical cities of this country. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon tour of the fortified town of Kasbah Oudaya and the 17th-century royal residence, including its impressive Andalusia style garden. Take in the sights of Mohamed V Mausoleum – a masterpiece of Moroccan arts and crafts. Standing nearby is the medieval Hassan Tower that was built in the late 12th century. See remnants of Sala Colonia at the Kasbah Chellah as well as many other Roman relics. Finally, arrive at the museum of Moroccan Contemporary Arts, revealing what modern Moroccan artists have created since 1914. After a short break, you will return to Casablanca to enjoy your evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 3 – Casablanca to Marrakech

Souks

Souks

Enjoy breakfast before checking out of the hotel. Begin your journey to Marrakech across the agricultural plains south of Casablanca. Once in the “red city” of Morocco, begin your walking tour to the “hidden sides of Marrakech”. For a truly immersive experience, take time to explore artisan quarters and the colorful Souks. Afterward, discover the secret garden before strolling into the square which the city is so famed: Jemaa El Fna. This famous plaza is where hundreds of locals and tourists come to spend the end of the day watching jugglers, dancers, fortune tellers, storytellers and traditional musicians. Tonight, you will enjoy a “1001 Nights” dinner show that features traditional dishes, lively acrobats, belly dancers, horseman and more at the Fantasia of Marrakech. (B, D)

Day 4 – Marrakech

Majorelle Garden

Majorelle Garden

This day we will enjoy a cooking class and Berber Museum at La Maison Arabe. It starts with a comprehensive introduction highlighting the importance of cooking in Moroccan society. Learn a variety of recipes created by Dadas (traditional female cooks) who have perfected their fare over centuries for special occasions such as marriages, holy days, and family festivals. Your instructor will enlighten you on the most traditional recipes such as pastilla, couscous, and the broad variety of tajines (stews usually made with lamb or chicken), while reviewing some of the basic pillars of Moroccan cuisine, such as a ‘spice and herbs’ technique of cooking. Next, you will visit a nearby spice market and communal bread oven, where neighborhood families bake their bread.

In the afternoon, you will meet your guide and “caleche” driver for a charming tour around the majestic ramparts of Marrakech. Ride through the crowded streets of the Medina to enchanting Majorelle Garden. The sedate pace of the horses and the clip-clop sounds of their hooves provides a relaxing way to experience the city. Take your time in the famous garden created by the orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle. The Garden houses a collection of plants from the four corners of the world which flourishes amidst elegant ornamental ponds and an Art Deco villa of which the special shade of bold cobalt blue is named after the artist, ‘Majorelle blue’. The garden is home to more than 15 bird species that are endemic to North Africa and boasts an amazing collection of cacti. Since 1980, the garden has been owned by the estate of the late Yves Saint Laurent. You will visit the beautifully designed Berber Museum displaying Yves Saint Laurent’s personal collection of Berber antiques. Here you can learn some fascinating facts about the Berber people of Morocco and admire his marvelous treasure of local antiques. After the visit, you will return to your hotel to relax. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 5 – Marrakech and Atlas Mountains

Ourika Valley

Ourika Valley

Today we will venture out of the city and head towards the Atlas Mountains. Driving through the Ourika Valley and dramatic landscapes, we will arrive at an authentic mountain community to experience the daily life in the Atlas Mountains for ourselves. Try your hand at baking bread and preparing a local tagine dish in the kitchen of a village family and get to know them better over a pot of traditional mint tea – made by you! The conversation will start to flow, with a little help from your guide! While lunch is simmering, roll up your sleeves and use your hands to mold wet clay during a ceramics workshop. Later on, try your hand at weaving a colorful kilim with the local women behind their prized ancestral looms, and walk the farm terraces to see the work that goes into ancient irrigation and subsistence farming methods. You’ll meet the community’s youngest members at the charity pre-school center, where little Berbers learn Arabic in preparation for elementary school. Note: an authentic, interactive experience is guaranteed, but specific activities ae subject to change based on availability. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Marrakech to Lisbon

Fado singers

Fado singers

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lisbon. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy some free time before re-joining the group. This evening, we will enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal in the heart of the city. While dining, enjoy the ambiance of the cozy restaurant while professional Fado singers showcase their unique style of music. Fado is on UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. (B,D)

 

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe, predating Rome by about 400 years. Historians believe that it was settled by the Phoenicians around 1200 B.C. From its historic tradition as a maritime center to its modern-day culture and art, Lisbon is a lively city full of passion and history. This morning we will learn about Lisbon and Portuguese culture as we tour the downtown neighborhoods. Keep your cameras out – around each corner is a postcard scene of fountains, arches, tile panels and beautiful river views.

After lunch, take a ride on a tuk-tuk for an exciting experience through small roads and cobblestone streets not accessible by bus. End the city tour at the National Museum of Glazed Tiles, where you will learn about this unique local art. You’ll have the opportunity to paint a tile yourself and learn about the different techniques used in the process. (B, L)

Day 8 – Lisbon

Jeronimos Monastery

Jeronimos Monastery

Today begins with a visit to Belem. Here, you will see the monument to the Portuguese explorers during the Age of Discovery and make a photo stop at the Belem Tower, built in the early 1500s and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then visit the Jeronimos Monastery, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The current building replaced a smaller church on the same site, as its location allowed the monks to aid seafarers from the nearby harbor. This prominent example of Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) style architecture is the final resting place of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a Portuguese favorite, Pastel de Belem (“Pastry of Belem”).

Pena Palace

Pena Palace

After lunch, travel by bus long the coast toward the romantic Pena Palace, located on a hilltop overlooking the town of Sintra. Constructed in 1842 as a summer home for the Portuguese Royal family, today is a national monument as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace was built in such a way as to be visible from any point in the park, which consists of a forest with over five hundred different species of trees originating from the four corners of the earth. (B, L)

Day 9 – Lisbon Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Quest for a 12-night cruise to Miami. (B)

Day 10–20 – Cruising onboard the Azamara Quest(see below for cruise highlights)

Day 21 – Miami Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Quest and transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Casablanca, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one night to your Casablanca hotel stay.

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Bermuda

Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda: Hamilton has its own unique style, and is full of pastel-hued historic buildings, lush parks, gardens, and golf courses—all set alongside a natural harbor and pink sand beaches. Front St. is the pulse of Hamilton, and many Victorian buildings have been converted into shops, boutiques, and restaurants where you can dine on fresh seafood or sip a dark and stormy, Bermuda’s official drink.

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 5-night pre-cruise land program in Morocco
    • Casablanca, Morocco: 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner
      • Full-day city tour of Casablanca and Rabat
    • Marrakech, Morocco: 3-Night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour
      • Full-day city and cultural tour
      • Full-day tour to Atlas Mountains
      • Evening dinner and show
  • 3-night pre-cruise land program in Portugal
    • Lisbon, Portugal: 3-night hotel stay
      • Welcome dinner and performance
      • Full-day Lisbon city tour
      • Full-day tour to Belem and Sintra
  • Tour Leaders throughout Morocco and Lisbon land programs and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night sailing aboard the Azamara Quest
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • AzAmazing EveningsSM event
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottle water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
      • Self-service laundry
      • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
      • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
      • Much more!

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

Enjoy all the relaxing days at sea during your cruise. While in Bermuda, you may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersions and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. In Morocco, there are many historical sites that may be difficult to visit for clients with mobility restrictions, including wheelchairs. In Portugal, Lisbon is similar to San Francisco in that there are many steep roads and walkways that may transform a short walk into a strenuous one.

Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.  Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

The program in Morocco will include intimate cultural experiences such as visiting a home, interacting with locals in a small village, watching neighbors bake bread together at the communal oven, culinary experiences, folkloric dancing and much more. The program in Portugal will include a performance of Fado music, artistry of tile painting, historic architecture and culinary delights. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

In Morocco and in some religious sites throughout Europe it is expected (and sometimes required for entry) that you dress conservatively (no shorts, covered shoulders, etc.). If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

Transportation while on tour:

Casablanca to Rabat: 2-hour coach transfer

Casablanca to Marrakech: 3-hour coach transfer

Marrakech to Lisbon: 1-hour 45-minutes flight

Lisbon to Sintra: 40-minutes coach transfer

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

1-night Casablanca Extension

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Casablanca a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $120 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Casablanca with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

Dates & Prices
11/6/2021 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
10 Inside $7,332 $5,499 $1,833 CALL FOR DETAILS
8 Obstructed – Oceanview $7,532 $5,649 $1,883 CALL FOR DETAILS
V3 Club Veranda $7,999 $5,999 $2,000 CALL FOR DETAILS
P3 Veranda Plus $8,265 $6,199 $2,066 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Pricing including Airfare is $4,599 per person.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $300 Toronto $250 Seattle $450
Boston $200 John F. Kennedy $200 San Francisco $300
Dallas-Ft. Worth $300 Los Angeles $350
Detroit $350 Miami $0
Newark $400 Chicago $250
Washington – Dulles $400 Phoenix $400
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.

Accommodations
Avani Avenida Liberdade

Rua Júlio César Machado 7/9, 1250-135 Lisboa, Portugal

Telephone: +351 21 359 1000

Discover Lisbon’s charm from the perfect setting. Where contemporary style meets peace of mind. AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel is an oasis in the heart of Portugal’s capital, conveniently close to shopping, attractions and more. Culture, romance and adventure right at your fingertips.

Azamara Quest

Cruise Line: Azamara

Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With the hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touring, Azamara will not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.

Amenities Included

  • AzAmazing Evenings℠ event
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Ship: Azamara Quest

Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Quest is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where the attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with Verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

Journey to Casablanca, Marrakech and Lisbon

Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of August 2020, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone will NOT have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) until January 1, 2022. Since this program visits Europe prior to this date, you should NOT be required to obtain an ETIAS. However, this is subject to change and Enrichment Journeys recommends all travelers to double-check this information as it gets closer to departure. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three-pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

Morocco uses the Moroccan Dirham (dh or د.م.), currency code MAD

Portugal uses the Euro (€), currency code EUR

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Lisbon 59/46 61/48 66/52 68/54 72/57 79/63 82/64 82/66 81/64 73/59 64/54 59/48
Casablanca 66/49 67/51 71/54 73/57 77/62 82/67 87/71 87/72 83/68 80/64 72/57 68/53
Marrakech 66/43 69/46 74/50 74/50 83/58 91/63 99/69 99/70 90/66 82/60 73/51 67/45

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some key words and phrases:

Morocco: Arabic

  • Marhaban: Hello! Welcome!
  • Salam!: Hi
  • Shokran (jazellan): Thank you (very much)
  • Na’am: Yes
  • Laa: No
  • Ma’a salama: Goodbye
  • Alma’derah: Excuse me (to pass by)
  • Kam howa thamanoh?: How much is this?
  • Esmee …: My name is …
  • Hal tatakallamo alloghah al enjleziah: Do you speak English?

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/arabic/ for more phrases with sound.

Portugal: Portuguese

  • Oi (oy): Hello
  • Tchau (chow): Goodbye
  • Sim (sing): Yes
  • Não (now): No
  • Por favor (PAWR-fah-VAWR): Please
  • Obrigado(a) (obri-GAH-du or obri-GAH-da): Thank you
    • If you are a male, say Obrigado (regardless of who you are speaking to)
    • If you are a female, say Obrigada (regardless of who you are speaking to)
  • Casa de Banho (KAH-zah deh BAH-nyoo): Bathroom

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/portuguese/ for more phrases with sound.

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Morocco

  • Morocco’s largest and arguable most well-known city is Casablanca, but its capital is Rabat.
  • Morocco is the largest producer and exporter of sardines in the world.
  • Morocco’s national animal is the Barbary lion.
  • Casablanca, the film named after the Moroccan city, won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1942. However, no part of it was filmed in Morocco.

Portugal

  • Lisbon is the westernmost capital city in continental Europe and, with 2700 years of history, is one of the oldest cities in Europe.
  • Portugal has had the same defined borders as it does now since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe.
  • In 1755 a massive earthquake, known as the Great Lisbon earthquake, led to a tsunami and a conflagration that burnt down most of the city. It led to the birth of modern seismology and earthquake engineering. It also transformed the look and architecture of Lisbon as old buildings were replaced by new ones and small streets were replaced by big squares and large avenues.
  • Portugal abolished its monarchy in 1910, establishing a Republic. In 1974, Portugal became a free democracy, and in 1986 it joined the European Union.
  • The population of Portugal is approximately 10 million people.
  • Be sure to try bacalhau, salted cod, which is a beloved staple in the Portuguese diet.
  • Portugal is the proud home to quite a few vinho verde (“green wine”) vineyards and wineries.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Morocco: Marrakech by Design by Maryam Montague
  • Morocco: A Month in Marrakech: Recipes from the heart of Morocco by Andy Harris
  • Morocco: The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco by Richard Hamilton
  • Morocco: The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco by Richard Hamilton
  • Portugal: Port and the Douro by Richard Mayson (an interesting history of port wine)
  • Portugal: Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago

Travel Guides

Films

  • Morocco: although the film Casablanca (1942) was not filmed in Morocco at all, other films set in Egypt and Iraq, like The Mummy (1999), Alexander (2004) and American Sniper (2014), were actually filmed in Morocco.
  • Morocco: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
  • Portugal: Fados (2007)

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