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Take a trip through North African history and the sights of Morocco on a June 16-22 tour organized by RTT Tour Escort in Ramstein, Germany.
As you travel, you explore the country’s religious history, learn about its preservation of trades and crafts and visit the mosques, markets, ancient ruins and castles of its small towns and imperial cities.
Highlights include visits to these cities: Agadir, the "Miami Beach of Africa"; Essaouira, the "White Pearl on the Atlantic"; the pottery port of Safi; lively Casablanca; the capital, Rabat; imperial Meknes; the ancient World Heritage city of Fes; the market center of Beni Mellal; and the exotic "1001 Arabian Nights" city of Marrakech.
The price is 1,059 euros for adults, double occupancy, and 899 euros for children 6 to 11 years old (not recommended for children younger than 6). The price includes round-trip flight between Frankfurt and Agadir, seven nights accommodation in middle-class hotels with breakfast, seven dinners, transfers in Morocco, a welcome drink, excursions by bus, sightseeing fees, the services of an English-speaking guide and RTT Tour escort.
Find more details on this and other tours by calling DSN 480-6330 or civilian (+49) (0)6371-463650. The company Web site is www.rtttravel.com.
Golf and basketball camps
Does your budding basketball or golf pro want to improve his or her skills? Scherer Tours has organized two sports camps in Germany this summer for athletes who want to get better at their sport.
• Basketball players ages 11 to 19 can attend the annual Basketball Camp Würzburg. The camp provides instruction by a top international staff in a facility that includes seven indoor full courts and two half-court areas, plus two outside full courts, a track, weight-and-conditioning room and on-site accommodations and restaurant.
The daily program includes conditioning, station drills, scrimmages, stretching and an evening program. Participants play the equivalent of nine games at each session.
Two five-day sessions run July 31 to Aug. 4 and Aug. 4-8 and cost 250 euros each. A nine-day session runs July 31 to Aug. 8 and costs 475 euros. The price includes basketball instruction, use of the facilities, supervised accommodations (separate for boys and girls), full board, medical supervision, T-shirt, jersey, training handbook and personal evaluation.
• Golfers 10 to 18 years can attend the Golf Camp at Golfclub Kitzingen. Directed by PGA professional Stephen Thomas, the international team of instructors uses a technique-oriented program to improve golfing skills and emphasize the social aspects of the game.
The daily program includes conditioning, stations and play and an evening program of games and theory. On the departure day, a modified Ryder Camp competition is held.
Two five-day sessions, Aug. 16-20 and 20-24, cost 435 euros. The nine-day session runs Aug. 16-24 and costs 795 euros. The price includes golf instruction, use of the club’s sports facilities, supervised accommodation (separate for boys and girls), full board, video analysis, camp competitions, camp T-shirt and personal evaluation.
To find out more about either camp, contact Scherer Tours at (+49) (0)931-409046, or e-mail email@example.com.
Best betsGERMANY: With a focus on environmentally friendly technologies, Hanover’s 2009 CeBIT welcomes California as its official partner state. This is the first time a state has had this role in the largest digital business, information and communications technology trade show in the world. Through March 8, it joins other international participants in highlighting innovations in green information technology, Internet-based services, TeleHealth, security, consumer electronics, aerospace, entertainment and research technology. Located at the city’s fairgrounds, CeBIT is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A one-day ticket costs 38 euros, a full-event ticket 81 euros. More details at www.cebit.de.
Buy Easter eggs and springtime crafts in the medieval atmosphere of Eltville’s Eberbach Monastery this weekend during the annual International Rheingau Easter Market. About 70 international exhibitors will demonstrate and sell their art in the former Cistercian abbey from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The fee is 4 euros for adults, free for children 14 and younger. You also can visit the abbey and take a guided or video tour. Admission is 3.50 euros for adults, 1.50 euros for ages 12 to 18. The monastery Web site is www.klostereberbach.de/html_english.
ITALY: "Seduction by Chocolate" is the theme of this year’s Cioccolatò in Turin, a city that has been supplying Europe with the sweet treat since the 1600s. Sample and buy products offered by Italian chocolatiers in stalls on the city center’s Piazza Vittorio Veneto and attend tastings and events that explore the candy’s combination with foods and drinks. Music and other events focus on chocolate’s cultural contributions. If you want to explore the city’s chocolate tradition, buy a 12-euro ChocoPass, which offers 22 chances to sample products over three days in Turin’s cafes, shops and chocolate factories. The festival Web site is www.cioccola-to.com/evento (in Italian).
SWITZERLAND: Since 1905, Geneva’s international car show has been the forum for new designs, technologies and products in the auto industry. At this year’s show, which runs through March 15 in the Palexpo, 55 new models will premier from international companies ranging from Alfa Romero to Wiesmann. The show’s major sections include three- and four-wheel cars, electric and alternative-power cars, special bodyworks, auto design, accessories and parts. It’s open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend. Tickets cost 14 Swiss francs (about $12) for adults, 8 Swiss francs for ages 6 to 16. Check out the program at www.salon-auto.ch/en.