Two new itineraries to Morocco and Brazil are being added to Tauck’s Exotics collection - bringing the total of its portfolio of hand-crafted, guided tours and cruises to 29, exploring Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand.
The operator's new ten-day 'Magic of Morocco' itinerary begins with an overnight stay in the capital city Rabat, where guests gain an understanding of the country’s political legacy during a visit to the mausoleum of former king Mohammed V, and at Dar al-Makzhen, Morocco’s royal palace and residence of its current king. Travelling on to Fez, guests visit the city’s traditional tanneries, attend an exclusive lecture highlighting daily life in Morocco from a woman’s perspective, and can choose one of three themed walking tours.
Guests will also experience the Roman ruins at Volubilis and, while en route to Casablanca, visit the mausoleum and palace of 17th century sultan Moulay Ismail in the walled city of Meknes. An overnight stay in Casablanca includes visits to the imposing Hassan II Mosque and Rick’s Café, inspired by the classic Bogart-Bergman film set in the city. The journey concludes with a three-night stay in Marrakech, with visits to the city’s souks and a theological college founded in the 14th century. Guests will tour the 16th-century Saadian Tombs, visit the Gardens Majorelle, once owned by designer Yves Saint-Laurent, and travel into the desert for an afternoon and evening of Berber culture, including camel rides, tea with a local and traditional music and entertainment in a tented setting.
Meanwhile, the operator's new 12-day Brazilian itinerary, 'Rhythms of Brazil: Rio to Iguacu Falls' begins in Rio de Janeiro with a three-night stay at the Belmond Copacabana Palace overlooking Copacabana Beach. Guests then travel to Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill, and the summit of 1,390ft Sugarloaf Mountain, to take in views of the city and surrounding area.
Guests then fly to the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais for a two-night stay in the 18th century gold rush town of Ouro Preto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its Baroque architecture. A guided walking tour features the Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Pilar church, two cultural museums and the city’s opera house, followed by a lunch prepared using centuries-old techniques.
An overnight stay in the capital city of Brasilia highlights its modernist architecture and includes a tour showcasing its unique cathedral, Presidential Palace and the country’s Supreme Court. A flight to coastal Salvador and a subsequent three-night stay there explores African influences in the city’s music and Candomble religion and reveals its Portuguese colonial architecture. The journey concludes in Iguacu National Park, where guests will experience its waterfalls from a helicopter sightseeing flight above the falls and during a jet boat excursion to the base of the cascade.
Included in the price of both new itineraries are all lodging and ground transport, sightseeing and admission to attractions, most meals and gratuities and airport transfers. 'Magic of Morocco' leads in at £3,540 and has departures in February, March, April, November and December next year, while there are seven 'Rhythms of Brazil: Rio to Iguacu Falls' departures in March, April, May, September, October and December 2017, with prices from £3,960.
For further information see tauck.co.uk