Opulent Journeys

Moroccan Textiles, Gaudi's Barcelona

27 August - 13 September 2017

From (AUD)

$4,955

18 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights

Landing in the famous city Casablanca to start your amazing journey of Morocco is just the start of this adventure. We will see many traditional crafts such as embroidery, carpet and cloth weaving. Plenty of hands on workshops in embroidery, needle weaving and bead jewellery making as well as Moroccan cooking lessons. Wander the markets and see the mounded spices, intricate carpets, traditional patterns and incredible colours of Morocco. Then we fly to Barcelona for a few days to explore the beautiful architecture of Anton Gaudi and sample delicious Spanish food and cultures.

 

Dates & Prices

Tour Prices                                    

                               

Per person, twin share (Land Only )*                              $4,955
Single room supplement $855

*Land Only: Tour starts in Casablanca and finishes in Barcelona.

About your tour leader - Lisa Walton

Internationally awarded textile artist, teacher and author Lisa Walton has travelled extensively, taught, lectured and toured for over 25 years. As a quilter, textile artist and (ex) chef/passionate foodie, Lisa created this perfect Textile & Food focused tour to appeal to those who especially appreciate traditional crafts and foods. As an experienced tour leader, she gives her fellow travellers an exceptional and unforgettable experience.

 
Post Tour to 23rd European Patchwork Meeting
Fly from Barcelona directly to Strasbourg on Wed 13 Sep. Transfer to Hotel ibis Saint-Die-des-Vosges where accommodation is for 4 nights (Wed 13 Sep  - Sun 17 Sep) including breakfast and city taxes.
A 4 day unlimited pass is included to the exhibition and return transfers on the 3 days (Thu 14 Sep - Sat 16 Sep) have been organized from Hotel ibis Saint-Die-des-Vosges to Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines.
 
Post tour price:
Per person twin share: $1,190
Single room supplement: $308

 

What's Included
Inclusions:
  • Intra-region transport including private coach and flight from Casablanca to Barcelona
  • 17 nights twin-share accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as stated in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with English speaking local guide

Not included:

  • International flights to and from Morocco
  • Travel insurance
  • Porterages at hotels
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above

 

To enquire or book this tour, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au

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As all our tours are bespoke, we aim to provide a seamless, individual service to you. We are aware you may have many questions about the tour and individual flights, and are very happy to assist, so please contact us directly. Once your booking form is completed, we will be in contact with you.

Itinerary

Arrive in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you will check in and after some time to refresh take a short walking tour. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

(Meals: D)

After breakfast, we will visit the Hassan II Mosque before leaving by coach towards Chefchaouen, the blue city in the Rif Mountains, established to protect religious refugees. On route, stop at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, we will have some time to enjoy the beautiful coastal city. Continue travel to Chefchaouen for overnight.

(Meals: B, D)

This morning we will explore the many small streets of the medina. The town is home to Berber tribe people, Muslims, Jews and Moors and this is reflected in a rich cultural heritage. In the late afternoon we will leave Chefchaouen for Fes visiting the Roman city of Volubilis on the way.

(Meals: B, D)

After breakfast we travel into the Middle Atlas Mountains to the village of Azrou for the weekly market. Meet with women who are still weaving carpets by hand. Discover age-old techniques and perhaps try your skills. Return to Fes in the evening for dinner.

(Meals: B, D)

After breakfast we will begin a guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled in cities. Explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. While deep in the ancient medina, we will visit a family cooperative that is weaving local cloths. See the bright colours of Morocco, as well as patterns used for traditional religious materials. Spend time at the dyers market and tanneries.
(Meals: B, D)
During the morning we will visit the Artisanal Ensemble training centre. Meet the students and teachers and see the different crafts being taught. Later in the day we will visit embroiders and a cactus silk weaving workshop. The Jardin des Biehn hotel and cafe is our next stop to view the private collection of textiles and artifacts belonging to the owner Michel Biehn.
(Meals: B, D) 

Leave this morning on a day trip to Sefrou, a village of many textile related activities and women’s cooperatives for handicrafts. We will visit the Cherry Button Cooperative where you can learn to make needle weaving buttons. Lunch is with the women at the cooperative. We will see more of Sefrou before returning to Fes in the evening.

(Meals: B, L, D)

After an early breakfast we will depart for Marrakech on a beautiful drive up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and along the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Once in Marrakech, check in to the hotel then make our way to the famous Djemaa el Fna, the centre square of the medina and one of the main attractions of Marrakech. Coming alive at night with local storytellers, entertainers and mouth-watering barbeque pits, the square is well worth a visit. A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular aerial view of the bustling square.
(Meals: B, D)
A Moroccan cooking class is included this morning. Morocco, and Marrakesh in particular, is a perfect destination for cookery classes. Its cuisine is rich, both in terms of history and the breadth of ingredients. At root Marrakeshi cuisine is Berber in origin, and flavoured with a host of spices from the Indian subcontinent. In the afternoon we will take a guided tour of Marrakech, the second oldest Imperial city called “the pearl of the south". Our historical sightseeing includes the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, Medersa Ben Youssef and many other treasures. Dinner will be in Djemaa el Fna.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Travel a short distance from Marrakech to the village of Tameslouht to meet with the ladies of the village cooperative. There will be classes in embroidery and jelleba bead jewellery making for us, along with lunch. Return to Marrakech with free time before dinner.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Join in a Day in the Life of the Berber cultural experience. Spend a day with a Berber family and discover the culture and customs of native Moroccan life. Bread is truly the staff of life among the Berber people of Morocco. We will learn about rural Moroccan Berber life including preparing a Berber Tagine and baking bread over a traditional oven. Visit a Wool Cooperative where we will see how Berber Tents are made, noting the differences in various types of work and quality. In the late afternoon, return to Marrakech.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Morocco has the most amazing needlepoint work and in the morning we will see a demonstration of the technique and have the opportunity to try it for yourself. In the afternoon we will explore the various souks selling many items. Time to try out your bargaining skills! You may also decide to take an optional visit to the local hammam and spa.
(Meals: B, D)

In the morning we will visit Les Jardins Majorelle, a striking cobalt blue oasis once owned by Yves St Laurent. See his collection of North African textiles at the Musee Berbere. Later we will explore the Tiskiwin Museum, the Musee Boucharouite and see the dyer souks in the medina.

(Meals: B, L, D)

After breakfast, we set off to the coastal city of Essaouira, a picturesque fishing town lying on the southwest coast of Morocco. With an exquisite beach to the south, Essaouira has become one of Morocco's most popular coastal towns. Many of the country’s wood carvers and artists make Essaouira their home.

(Meals: B, D)

During the morning we leave Essaouira for Casablanca with a stop in Safi, famous for its ceramics and textiles. Drive along the coastline to El Jadida and tour the Portuguese citadel and see the underground cistern. Continue our journey to the airport in Casablanca for flight to Barcelona. Upon arrival in Barcelona, met and transfer to your hotel.
(Meals: B)
These days are at your leisure. Explore or relax in the enchanting city of Barcelona. Discover the beautiful architecture of Anton Gaudi, eat delicoious Spanish food, soak up the Spanish culture and enjoy what this magnificent city has to offer.
(Meals: B)

Our tour ends after breakfast. 

(Meals: B)

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