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Highlights of Morocco and Tunisia

Duration
14 Days
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US$ 3,839

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Explore the history of Morocco and the splendours of Tunisia on this two-week vacation. In Morocco, you’ll visit Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech to trace the country’s imperial history. Then connect to Tunisia to see how ancient empires and fascinating desert cultures collided in Tunis, Carthage, and Matmata.


This 14-day North African vacation takes you across Morocco to see Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech before visiting Tunisia from Tunis to Carthage to Matmata. It features first-class accommodations and private tours.

Your journey begins in Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and a name made famous by the old Hollywood movie. Upon arrival, you’ll do a bit of sightseeing to get your bearings in the metropolis. Head to the old French quarter of Habous to see the beaches along the green-blue waters of the Atlantic and to the outside of Hassan II Grand Mosque, the city’s definitive religious landmark. Hit the road and head to Rabat, the Moroccan capital, where you’ll learn about the country’s Moorish past and see landmarks, including Hassan Tower and Oudaya Kashab, located on a bluff over the ocean. Connect onwards to Fez, a city that transports you back to the Middle Ages with its preserved medina. Explore some of the 9,000 lanes, alleys, and souks of Fez El Bali (Old Fez), dating back to the 8th century, before heading into Fez El Jedid (New Fez) from the 13th century to see the Royal Palace and the Jewish Quarter. Cap off your tour in the medina, which seems to keep the traditions of the Middle Ages alive in its tightly-packed corridors.

Outside Fez, you’ll explore the well-preserved stone arches, mosaics, and ruins of Volubilis, an ancient Roman city, and see the white-washed avenues of Moulay Idriss in the mountains before you reach Meknes, the imperial city that’s home to the Moroccan sultan. Continue into the mountains and through cedar and oak forests, spotting Barbary macaques in the largest cedar forest in the world, before reaching Ifrane, an alpine resort that makes you feel like you’re in the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the resort atmosphere before connecting to Marrakech, the city that perhaps defines imperial Morocco more than any other. Explore the thousand-year-old medina and see Koutoubia minaret and Bahia Palace before learning about North African arts and crafts in the Tiskiwin Museum. Close out the tour in Djemaa el-Fna, the main square, where musicians, street performers, and snake charmers keep the intoxicating atmosphere alive at all hours of the day. You’ll have another day at leisure in Marrakech before connecting back to Casablanca and flying into Tunisia.

Touch down in Tunis, the Tunisian capital, and explore the city’s medina and markets and the Bardo Museum, known for its Roman mosaics, before heading to the Roman ruins of Carthage to see its ancient villas and bathhouses. Continue to the Moorish village of Sidi Bou Said before connecting back to Tunis and heading on to Kairouan to see the Grand Mosque and Berber Mausoleum. Tour a 250ac palm grove in Tozeur before seeing the city’s medina and learning about its culture of art and handcrafts at the Eden Palm. Head onwards, stopping off at Tamerza Canyon Waterfall and the salt desert of Chott el Jerid before reaching Douz, the “Gateway to the Sahara.”

On your final few days in Tunisia, you’ll visit Matmata, famous for its inclusion as Luke Skywalker’s Tatooine home in several Star Wars films. Explore the Berber troglodyte homes and meet a local Berber family to learn about their cultural traditions before connecting to Djerba on the coast and seeing the handicraft village of Guellala. Continue back up the Mediterranean Coast and visit the spice markets of Gabes before reaching Sfax and connecting to the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre in El Jem, considered one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the entire world. Then connect back to Tunis by way of Monastir.

After a final night in Tunis, connect to the airport for onward travels.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,839

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Day 1

Arrive Casablanca

Upon arrival in Casablanca, please proceed through customs and immigration formalities. Please collect your baggage and proceed outside where you are met by our representative and start your sightseeing with an excursion around the port city of Casablanca, Morocco's largest metropolis and its industrial hub.

Highlights include the old French quarter of Habous, beaches lapped by green-blue water. During your tour you visit the Hassan II Grand Mosque (exterior). The mosque is among the largest in the world and can house as many as 25,000 worshipers. The mosque's minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (Casablanca visit can be run the day after for late arrivals.)

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Odyssee Center

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    Hotel Odyssee Center



    Be guided by our grand staircase decorated with rough stones that leads you to one of our 138 rooms and suites with unique and contemporary design. Beautiful volumes, design and contemporary furniture, 5-star bedding, acoustic insulation...Everything has been thought to promote a deep and relaxing …

    Be guided by our grand staircase decorated with rough stones that leads you to one of our 138 rooms and suites with unique and contemporary design. Beautiful volumes, design and contemporary furniture, 5-star bedding, acoustic insulation...Everything has been thought to promote a deep and relaxing sleep...Enjoy your sleep at Odyssee Center!

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Seminar Room

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Day 2

Casablanca - Rabat - Fez

After breakfast, depart overland towards Rabat, driving along the main highway which links these two major cities. Embark on a brief tour which highlights Rabat's cultural influences and the superbly preserved relics of its Moorish past. Rabat's most famous site is the 12th-century Hassan Tower (an excellent example of the gorgeous Moroccan style), the incomplete minaret of the great mosque built in the beginning of 12th century. Located alongside is the mausoleum dedicated to Mohamed V, the grandfather of the current king.

You also enjoy a visit to the Oudaya Kasbah, which is built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its gate is one of the most beautiful surviving in the Moorish world, and within its walls you'll explore a delightful Moroccan garden, complete with melodious fountain and sweet-smelling orange trees.

At the conclusion of your sightseeing, you continue overland to Fez (approximately a 3 hour drive) and on to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel L'Escale

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    Hotel L'Escale



    At the heart of the Imperial City of Fez, hotel L'Escale is perfectly situated for the Shopping Center (Fez Mall), Business Center and Saiss Airport is Just 11.3 km from the property.

    At the heart of the Imperial City of Fez, hotel L'Escale is perfectly situated for the Shopping Center (Fez Mall), Business Center and Saiss Airport is Just 11.3 km from the property.

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Day 3

Fez Sightseeing

Today you take a step back in time to the Middle Ages when you visit one of the most imperial, timeless and untouched cities in the world - Fez El Bali (Old Fez) - the cultural heart of Morocco. You explore some of the 9000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks (open air markets) that make-up the labyrinth of the city's old quarter, originally founded in the 8th century AD. The Imperial capital was a renowned center of medieval learning and at its heart still remains the Karaouine, one of the oldest, still functioning universities in the world. In the neighboring building is the Attarine Mederasa (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture, built in the 14th century. The visit also includes the Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain an elaborate tile-work mosaics, the nearby Fondouq (Caravanserai) converted to a museum of carpentry artifacts.

You also visit Fez El Jedid (New Fez), built by the Merinide Dynasty in the 13th century. Here, you see the Royal Palace, mosques, madrasas (Koranic schools), souks and the city wall. Most notably, Fez El Jedid is home to the mellah (Jewish quarter), which provides an interesting insight into Jewish architecture. The wrought iron decorated windows and splendid carved wood balconies of the old mansions are particularly outstanding. The medieval Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to tour hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Fez - Volubilis - Meknes - Fez

After breakfast, we drive to the ancient Roman city of Volubilis to explore its stunning ruins. Impressive stone arches and columns, some tumbled down and others still standing tall against the vivid blue sky, invite us to take a step back in time. Only about half of the 40-hectare UNESCO site at Volubilis has been excavated. The better-known monuments are in the northern part of the site, farthest from the entrance in the south: The Capitol, dedicated to the Triad of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, dates to 218AD; the Basilica and 1300 sq. meter Forum are nearby. Here, floors of what were once family dwellings are still covered with decorative tile mosaics depicting mythological beings, such as Orpheus charming animals with his lyre and Hercules performing his legendary 12 labours. That so many of these tiles are still in place and exhibiting their colors after centuries of exposure to the elements, is astonishing.

Next, we will visit the whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, about 2 miles from Volubilis. It sits astride two green hills in a cradle of mountains, where Morocco's first Arab conquerors settled. Then off to the Imperial city of Meknes, the one-time home of the Moroccan sultanate with its all-winding narrow streets in the medina and grand buildings that warrant it as an imperial city. Remnants of three sets of fortifications, ingeniously incorporated into the city's road networks, emphasize its past importance and glory. The king's tomb sits at the heart of what remains of the original imperial city, flanked by the magnificent Bab el-Mansour. Drive back to Fes for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Fez - Ifrane - Marrakech

Today we experience the natural & wilder landscapes beyond Fez: Drive to the high alpine region of Ifrane, filled with cedar and oak forests, and home to the world's largest population of Barbary macaques, hundreds of animals and birds and the oldest tree in Morocco's Middle Atlas, the 130-foot Gouraud's Cedar. The largest cedar forest in the world is found in this park, and several lakes or Dayats abound in the nearby areas.

The Lion of Ifrane sits majestically in the city center and is certainly one of the most photographed sites of the region. Ifrane feels more like Switzerland relocated to the Middle Atlas than North Africa, with its clean air, scrubbed streets and leafy outlook. The French built it in 1930, deliberately trying to re-create an alpine-style resort. It is a popular summer day trip for picnickers; in the winter, the affluent flock here to ski. Stop for lunch (on your own) Continue to Marrakech via the highway for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Opera Plaza Hotel

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    Opera Plaza Hotel



    Designed in a Moorish Arabic style, the Opera Plaza Hotel is strategically located in the center of Marrakech in front of the Royal Theater and The Railway Station, and five minutes' walk away from the Convention Center, allowing you flexibility in your travels in the …

    Designed in a Moorish Arabic style, the Opera Plaza Hotel is strategically located in the center of Marrakech in front of the Royal Theater and The Railway Station, and five minutes' walk away from the Convention Center, allowing you flexibility in your travels in the city and near the important points. The hotel offers 115 superior rooms including 9 suites.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bowling
    • Business Centre
    • Car Rental Available
    • Concierge
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Marrakech Sightseeing

Unearth the secrets of Marrakech, beginning in the medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This thousand-year-old city was long a political, economic and cultural center. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret.

Continue to the Bahia Palace, an exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century. Your next stop is at the Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin), which houses an impressive collection of North African arts and crafts. The museum, which was founded by a Dutch anthropologist, is organized into geographically themed exhibits, with each room focusing on artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. The works on display include exquisite hand-woven carpets and textiles, traditional Berber clothing and jewelry, intricate basketwork and tribal handicrafts. Later you visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech's main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians performing at every turn. You may also take the opportunity to explore the city's fabled, labyrinthine souks, their bustling alleyways brimming with all manner of wares. Following your visit, return to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure, a perfect opportunity to freshen up and get ready for a dinner in a local restaurant. Return to your hotel and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Marrakech

Refresh and enjoy a lovely morning at leisure, or join your Tour Manager for an adventure through Marrakesh's famous stalls of spices, perfumes, carpets, and shoes.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Marrakech to Casablanca and Depart

After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for your return flight.

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Arrive Tunis

Upon arrival into Tunis International Airport, you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Tunisia Palace

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    Tunisia Palace



    At the heart of the capital and the gateway to the medina, yet close to the beaches of Sidi Bou Said and ancient Carthage and 20 minutes from Tunis Carthage International Airport, the Tunisia Palace evokes a feeling of nostalgia for the Tunis of the …

    At the heart of the capital and the gateway to the medina, yet close to the beaches of Sidi Bou Said and ancient Carthage and 20 minutes from Tunis Carthage International Airport, the Tunisia Palace evokes a feeling of nostalgia for the Tunis of the Belle Epoque period.

    The hotel boasts 47 comfortable, elegantly-decorated rooms, a presidential suite and prestige suite. All rooms have a bathroom with bath and toilet, air conditioning, free personal strong box with secret code, heating, satellite television, cable or WiFi Internet access, telephone with direct international dialing, mini bar and hair dryer.

    The Hotel also provides babysitting service, barbecue area, beauty/salon/hairdresser, billiards, business centre, children's facilities, conference facilities, doctor on call, dry cleaning, gift shop, health club, lobby, reception, restaurant, spa service, pool, table tennis and tennis court.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 9

Carthage and Sidi Bou Said

Today you will visit the ancient Medina of Tunis with its bustling markets and the Bardo Museum, famous for its collection of Roman mosaics. In the afternoon visit Carthage, with its Roman villas and ancient baths. You will also have time to stroll through the charming Moorish village of Sidi Bou Said.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Tunis to Tozeur

After breakfast you will depart for Kairouan where you will visit the Grand Mosque and Berber Mausoleum. After lunch you will travel to Tozeur, with its 250-acre palm grove that produces some of the finest dates in Tunisia. Visit the Medina of Tozeur and the Eco-museum, Eden Palm where you have the opportunity to visit workshops of handcrafts and a boutique of pastries to taste cake made with dates of the region.

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Duration1 Night
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El Mouradi Tozeur

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    El Mouradi Tozeur



    In a natural setting typical of Tozeur's palm grove, close to the town centre and 10 minutes from its international airport, El Mouradi Tozeur enjoys the perfect location for holidays discovering southern Tunisia. Boasting every modern comfort, a fitness centre and meeting room, it is …

    In a natural setting typical of Tozeur's palm grove, close to the town centre and 10 minutes from its international airport,
    El Mouradi Tozeur enjoys the perfect location for holidays discovering southern Tunisia.

    Boasting every modern comfort, a fitness centre and meeting room, it is also ideal for seminars and business trips.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Services
    • Beach Access
    • Beauty Salon
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry Service
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 11

Tozeur to Douz

An abundant natural water supply has made Tozeur a richly inhabited oasis. Enjoy a tour of the town followed by lunch. Stops are made at the Tamerza Canyon waterfall as well as at the mountainous oases of Chebika and Mides. In the afternoon cross the Chott El Jerid salt desert to Douz, known as the "Gateway to the Sahara". An optional highlight is a camel ride at sunset (for your own account).

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Duration1 Night
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Sahara Douz Hotel

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    Sahara Douz Hotel



    Built in 1990 and renovated in 2008, the Sahara Douz Hotel is located at the foot the Sahara Desert in Douz. Featuring authentic architecture and décor, this property is erected in the middle of a lush oasis of 300 palm trees making it the perfect …

    Built in 1990 and renovated in 2008, the Sahara Douz Hotel is located at the foot the Sahara Desert in Douz. Featuring authentic architecture and décor, this property is erected in the middle of a lush oasis of 300 palm trees making it the perfect spot to relax.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 12

Douz to Matmata

Today you will depart for Matmata, the site of several scenes from the "Star Wars" film. See the fascinating underground dwellings of the Berber Troglodytes. Visit a typical local home and meet a Berber family. Continue to Djerba to visit Houmt Suq, with its souks and squares followed by a brief stop at the handicraft village of Guellala.

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Duration1 Night
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SunConnect Djerba Aqua Resort

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    SunConnect Djerba Aqua Resort



    Located in the tourist area of Djerba, in the middle of a large park, about 200 m from the sea, with direct access to the best private sandy beach on the island, through the sand dunes greenery and the palm. The hotel SUNCONNECT DJERBA AQUA …

    Located in the tourist area of Djerba, in the middle of a large park, about 200 m from the sea, with direct access to the best private sandy beach on the island, through the sand dunes greenery and the palm.

    The hotel SUNCONNECT DJERBA AQUA RESORT, four stars is 25 km from Djerba-Zarzis International Airport.

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Day 13

Djerba to Sfax to Tunis

Today you will depart for Sfax via Gabes. You will stop in Gabes and visit the spice markets. Continue on to Sfax for a short visit, after which you will depart for El Jem to see the imposing Roman amphitheater dating back about 1,700 years and one of the best preserved ruins in the country. Stop in Monastir to visit the Ribat. If time permits, a stop is also made in Sousse. You will then continue along the Mediterranean coast back to Tunis.

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Duration1 Night
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Tunisia Palace

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    Tunisia Palace



    At the heart of the capital and the gateway to the medina, yet close to the beaches of Sidi Bou Said and ancient Carthage and 20 minutes from Tunis Carthage International Airport, the Tunisia Palace evokes a feeling of nostalgia for the Tunis of the …

    At the heart of the capital and the gateway to the medina, yet close to the beaches of Sidi Bou Said and ancient Carthage and 20 minutes from Tunis Carthage International Airport, the Tunisia Palace evokes a feeling of nostalgia for the Tunis of the Belle Epoque period.

    The hotel boasts 47 comfortable, elegantly-decorated rooms, a presidential suite and prestige suite. All rooms have a bathroom with bath and toilet, air conditioning, free personal strong box with secret code, heating, satellite television, cable or WiFi Internet access, telephone with direct international dialing, mini bar and hair dryer.

    The Hotel also provides babysitting service, barbecue area, beauty/salon/hairdresser, billiards, business centre, children's facilities, conference facilities, doctor on call, dry cleaning, gift shop, health club, lobby, reception, restaurant, spa service, pool, table tennis and tennis court.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 14

Depart Tunis

Today you will be transferred to Tunis Airport in time for your onward departure flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival airport transfer in Casablanca
  • Private departure airport transfer in Marrakech
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Tunis
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Casablanca
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Fez
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Marrakech
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Tunis
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Tozeur
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Douz
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Djerba
  • Transportation by private, modern vehicle throughout Morocco
  • Transportation throughout in private 4x4 vehicle in Tunisia
  • Services of an English-speaking driver in Morocco
  • Services of an English speaking professional guide in Tunisia
  • Private tour of Casablanca City Tour
  • Private tour of Rabat
  • Private-guided half-day tour of Fez including local guide
  • Private-guided tour of Volubilis & Meknes including local guide in Volubilis (1 -1.5 hours)
  • Private-guided half-day tour of Marrakech including local guide
  • Private tour of Casablanca
  • Private-guided tour of Tunis, Carthage & Sidi Bou Said
  • Private guided tour to Kairouan
  • Private-guided tour of Tozeur
  • Visit to Tamerza Canyon Waterfall
  • Visit to Chebika & Mides
  • Private-guided tour of Matmata
  • Local Berber family visit
  • Private-guided tour Djerba
  • Private-guided tour of the spice markets of Gabes, Sfax, El Jem & Monastir
  • Applicable entrance fees
  • All government taxes
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 13 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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29 Aug 2021
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