Travel

Your ATS Dance Holiday package does not include airfare.  Participants should arrange their flights to arrive in Marrakech on Saturday, May 7, 2011.  We plan to have a Welcome Dinner party of traditional Moroccan foods at the Riad (guesthouse) that evening.  The cost of round trip ground transportation between the airport and the Riad is included in your vacation package and will be arranged for you prior to your arrival.  Participants should arrange their flights to depart Marrakech on Saturday, May 14, 2011.  Riad check-out times are usually at noon, however, luggage may be stored for a few hours if your transfer to the airport doesn’t occur until later in the day.  
 
When researching your flight options, keep in mind there are many different routes available when flying to Marrakech Menara airport (RAK).  Unfortunately, the last time I checked, the big name North American online travel websites offer a limited selection of flight times at ridiculous prices as well...so don’t use them!

 

I have discovered one quick and simple approach is to book all your flights with Royal Air Maroc For Canadian participants, they offer direct flights from Montreal, Quebec to Casablanca, Morocco with connecting flights to Marrakech.  For American participants, there are direct flights from New York's  JFK to Casablanca as well. 
 
If you are the organized, patient type you likes to hunt for a deal, you could spend some time online trying to  coordinating flights using numerous carriers.  You basically need one aircraft large enough to accommodate your trans-Atlantic flight, plus a smaller regional airline to get you to Marrakech.  It would be wise to allow 3 to 4 hours inbetween your arrival flight and your connecting flight when using two different airlines. 

 

Important Note:

A minimun number of participants are required for the holiday to occur and December 31, 2010 is the deadline for this to be achieved.  Reserving your space early is important but please DO NOT financially commit to your flights until you have received email confirmation, indicating there are enough registered participants.  All reservation deposits will be refunded in full, should there not be enough participants. However, should a registered participant choose to withdraw from the holiday before departure, their $225 reservation deposit will not be refunded.