Morocco Tour To Launch In 2009

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First-ever Morocco Tour for Tauck.

Tauck World Discovery will launch its first-ever Morocco tour next year. The in-depth, 9-day journey (from $3,790 per person plus international air) will explore the North African nation's rich culture, from the coastal cities of Casablanca and Rabat to the rugged Ourika Valley and city of Marrakech in the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains.

Highlights of Tauck's new Morocco tour include a visit to the ancient Roman town of Volubilis, today a UNESCO World Heritage site, whose ruins include communal baths, beautifully preserved mosaics and no fewer than 55 olive presses. Tauck guests will also visit the souks (shops) and medinas (historic areas) of Fes and Marrakech, home to the world's oldest university and the ornate twelfth-century Koutoubia Mosque, respectively, and both UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well.

Tauck has also included a rich assortment of authentic cultural experiences highlighting the history, cuisine and customs of Morocco. Guests will enjoy a traditional tea ceremony during a private home visit with a Berber family, a lecture on Moroccan customs, and a riad (indoor garden) dinner. They'll also view the ramparts of Marrakech during a ride in a traditional horse-drawn caleche, and even be treated to a lesson in common Arabic sayings.

Included in the price are lodging at four luxury hotel properties, 21 meals, airport transfers, all sightseeing and entertainment, admissions fees, gratuities to local guides, service charges, taxes and more. Departures are scheduled from January through April, and from September through November.

GROWTH IN TRAVEL TO EXOTIC DESTINATIONS
The launch of Tauck's new Morocco tour reflects the popularity of the company's "Exotics" collection of journeys to non-North American and non-European destinations. Bookings for the Exotics collection are up in double-digit percentages for 2008 compared to last year, and 2009 bookings are running ahead of bookings from two years ago by 80%. The company's 2009 Exotics collection will include 27 itineraries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific. For more information on Tauck's tours, contact your local travel professional, call 1 800 468 2825, or visit http://www.tauck.com.

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