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Morocco for Solo Travelers: Fes, the Sahara & Marrakech

11 days |  14 days with Essaouira & Marrakech extension
11 days |  14 days with Essaouira & Marrakech extension
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Journey through the cultural heart of North Africa and explore a thriving nation.

Experience the historical architecture, varied landscapes, and traditional cultural practices of the “Kingdom of the West” on this Solo Tour through Morocco in North Africa. Enter one of the nation’s oldest medinas along the coast, tour the ruins of an excavated Roman city in the foothills, and cross the Atlas Mountains to spend a night under the stars in a tented camp nestled in the vast Sahara Desert. Delight in a feast for your senses as you journey through the souks of Fes, packed with spices, colorful ceramics, and intricate tapestries. Sip mint tea in Marrakech as you bond with fellow solo travelers and allow the vibrant personality of a nation to warm your soul as you create lasting memories on your journey. If you simply aren’t ready to depart, extend your stay with a visit to the coastal town of Essaouira.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 1 night in a handpicked Sahara Desert camp
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 dinners, some with beer or wine
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Included highlights

  • Rabat’s ancient Chellah
  • Salé and its medina
  • Kasbah des Oudayas
  • Roman archaeological site of Volubilis
  • Medina of Fes
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Casablanca today.

Rabat2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Casablanca & transfer to Rabat
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Morocco! Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to your hotel in Rabat.

This evening, enjoy an included dinner with your Tour Director and fellow solo travelers as you get settled in.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Rabat and Salé
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch, Tasting

Get to know Morocco’s capital city, Rabat, this morning with a local guide. The city is home to over a half-million people and sits on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river. After its founding in the 12th century, the city grew to great importance before becoming a haven for Barbary pirates. When Morocco achieved independence in 1955, Rabat became the capital city.

  • Enter the white-and-green Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which houses the tombs of the 20th-century king and his two sons
  • View Hassan Tower, commissioned by caliph Yaqub al-Mansur and intended to be part of the world’s largest mosque until construction halted in 1199 with his death
  • Make a photo stop at the Royal Palace, official residence of the king of Morocco and home of the Royal College, which specializes in the education of princes and princesses of the Alaouite dynasty
  • Visit the Chellah necropolis, an ancient port city where you’ll discover the history of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Arabs who once called the area home

After an included welcome lunch in the town of Salé, set off to explore Rabat’s twin city and its undiscovered yet thriving medina.

  • Learn how the town developed an infamous reputation thanks to the Salé Rovers, a group of pirates based there in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Visit the Marinid Madrasa, once the country’s most important Islamic school, and view the intricately designed interior
  • Stroll along the Bastion des Larmes, an ancient fortified wall along the Atlantic, and see 13th-century cannons that were stolen from Spanish ships
  • Return to Rabat and walk through the UNESCO-listed site Kasbah des Oudayas walled fortress. Then enjoy some tea before strolling among the bougainvillea and citrus trees in the adjacent Andalusian Gardens, which were inspired by the Moorish gardens of Spain
Fes2 nights
Day 4: Fes via Moulay Idriss Zerhoun & Roman archaeological site of Volubilis
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

En route to Fes, once the country’s capital, make stops at some of the most significant historical sites in Northern Morocco.

  • Enjoy an included lunch in the hill town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun—the Idrisid dynasty, who were important to the early Islamization of Morocco, was established here in 788
  • Discover the ancient ruins at the UNESCO-recognized archaeological site of Volubilis. First settled in the 3rd century B.C. and later inhabited by the Romans after the fall of Carthage in 146 B.C., Volubilis peaked in the late 2nd century as a substantial Roman provincial town with around 20,000 inhabitants
  • See the Roman ruins of the forum, temple, baths, and gates, followed by free time to visit the museum—making sure to view the intricate red-and-yellow mosaics and the picturesque Tingis Gate

Continue to Fes and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Fes
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of Fes, the spiritual and cultural center of Moroccan life. The second-largest city in the nation is home to over 1.1 million people and was founded in the year 789. Today, the city has two medinas and a large, modern urban area founded during the French colonial area.

  • See the ornate brass doors of the Royal Palace and visit the Mellah Jewish quarter, established in 1438 and known for its ornate balconies and wrought iron windows
  • View the Bab Bou Jeloud, a blue-tiled gate that exemplifies the Moorish architectural style
  • Attend a ceramics demonstration, where you’ll learn how the intricate and colorful art pieces are created—including the culturally significant tagine pots used to cook the dish that shares its name
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Medina of Fes on a walking tour through the walled city of more than 300 neighborhoods and 9000 alleyways. Explore the colorful souks, historic tanneries, and countless shops composing the largest medina in the world
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss and a madrasa, a type of local school focused on both secular and religious studies

Enjoy a free evening in Fes or add an excursion.

Moroccan Cooking Class & Dinner

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Erfoud1 night
Day 6: Erfoud via Ifrane & Midelt
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to the Sahara town of Erfoud, stopping in Ifrane, a city known for its cedar forests and alpine-style architecture. Then, continue to Midelt, where you’ll enjoy free time to explore and eat lunch. Afterwards, drive through the scenic Ziz Valley and Atlas Mountains to reach Erfoud. Settle into your hotel, where you’ll enjoy an included dinner.

Sahara Desert Camp 1 night
Day 7: Erg Chebbi sand dunes & transfer to Sahara Desert camp
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

This morning, head out to the Erg Chebbi sand dunes and discover the otherworldly beauty of the Sahara Desert.

  • Hop inside a 4x4 Jeep and ride through the desert to visit the town of Merzouga, which has the largest underground body of water in Morocco and was once a transit point for merchants on their way from the coastal cities to Timbuktu
  • Visit a Bedouin tent, typical of the nomadic Arab tribes who historically call the remote desert their home, for traditional mint tea and snacks
  • Learn about the small village of Khamlia and the Gnawa people, an ethnic group originating from West Africa, who call it home, and see how they celebrate their culture during a musical performance

Head further into the Sahara Desert to your tented camp accomodations, where you’ll spend the night in the desert’s wide expanse. After settling in, take a camel ride over the sand dunes and soak in the incredible landscape. Later, sit down for an included dinner at your camp and enjoy free time to explore.

Ouarzazate 1 night
Day 8: Ouarzazate via Tinghir & Todra Gorge
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make several stops as you travel from the Sahara Desert region to Ouarzazate. Nicknamed “the door of the desert,” this city in South-Central Morocco sits in the middle of a plateau south of the Atlas Mountains with the desert opening up beyond. Throughout history, it has been a rest point for African traders on their way to the northern regions of Morocco and Southern Europe.

  • Stop to learn about the ancient Berber khettara, a water supply system characterized by a series of vertical shafts connected by a gently sloping tunnel that taps into underground wells
  • Walk through the ancient Jewish quarter of the Tinghir oasis with your Tour Director, where you’ll peruse the many clothing and jewelry stalls on its busy shopping street and see the ongoing restoration of the town’s ancient architecture
  • See Todra Gorge and follow your Tour Director on a short walk along the limestone river canyon where walls can reach up to 1,300 feet tall

Continue to Ouarzazate, where you’ll gather with your fellow solo travelers for an included dinner after settling into your hotel.

Marrakech2 nights
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Ouarzawood, Ait-Ben-Haddou & transfer to Marrakech
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the morning getting to know Ouarzazate—the town dubbed “Ouarzawood” (that’s Moroccan Hollywood)—on a guided tour of Atlas Studios where movies and shows such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones were filmed.

Afterwards, transfer to Ait-Ben-Haddou, which sits along the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. The village is a wonderful example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture and has been a World Heritage Site for nearly four decades. Located on a hill next to the Ounila River, the village’s buildings are tightly grouped together and decorated with geometric motifs.

  • Take a guided walking tour of the UNESCO-listed ksar to see the fortified complex made up of defensive walls and towers
  • Sit down for an included lunch at a local restaurant

Continue on through the scenic High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech and enjoy a free evening.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Marrakech
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Get a feel for the history of Marrakech, one of Morocco’s imperial cities, on this morning’s guided tour. Inhabited since the Neolithic Age, the city of Marrakech was founded in 1070 as the capital of the Almoravid dynasty. Its sandstone walls have given it the nickname of the “Red City.”

  • Pass through the sophisticated Gueliz district—home to upscale restaurants and mainstream fashion storefronts
  • Marvel at the massive Koutoubia Mosque, which features a minaret that reaches nearly 200 feet high and dominates the city’s skyline
  • Enter the UNESCO-listed Medina of Marrakech—the city’s original fortified center and home to traditional Moroccan baths, markets, and mosques—to see the 19th century Bahia Palace, constructed by the grand vizier of sultan Muhammad IV which is still used by the king of Morocco to receive foreign dignitaries
  • Step inside the evocative Saadian Tombs, the mausoleum of the 16th-century ruling princes

Return to your hotel and spend some time relaxing before experiencing Marrakech’s market culture on this afternoon’s guided tour.

  • Visit Djemaa el-Fna, a festive, open-air market where musicians, snake charmers, and clowns perform during the evenings
  • Walk through the city’s vibrant souks to see the many products being sold by local vendors—including shoes, leather, jewelry, pottery, and, our personal favorite, spices (grab some saffron, turmeric and cumin for easy souvenirs!)

Tonight, attend a farewell dinner with your fellow solo travelers.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your trip to explore Essaouira.

Extension to Essaouira & Marrakech
You know Marrakech and Fes, but have you heard of Essaouira? Join your expert Tour Director to explore this vibrant port city on Morocco’s western coast, where you’ll be wowed by its UNESCO-listed Medina, boutiques and art galleries, and the ever-present alizee trade winds. Then, end your trip with a farewell lunch at a community-based nonprofit in Marrakech before enjoying one final sunset in the “Red City”.
Essaouira 2 nights
Day 11: Transfer to Essaouira & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Travel from bustling Marrakech to quieter Essaouira, a place made famous by the Orson Welles film Othello. Upon arrival, set off on a guided tour and learn more about this port city.

  • View the clock tower and the attached Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah mosque, the largest in the city
  • Explore Moulay Hassan Square, home to the annual Gnaoua World Music Festival—a four-day celebration, featuring Gnawa artists and other invited acts, that attracts nearly half-a-million spectators each year
  • Try sfenj: the Maghrebi take on a donut. This popular Moroccan street food is made by frying a sticky dough, and is either served plain, with a sprinkling of sugar, or soaked in honey
  • Climb to the top of the city’s ramparts and walk the Skala de la Kasbah, taking in views of the ocean and the famous Medina of Essaouira
Day 12: Free day in Essaouira
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Essaouira or add an excursion.

Morocco Argan Oil, Wine Tasting & Lunch

From $89 per person

Marrakech1 night
Day 13: Transfer to Marrakech & farewell lunch
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell lunch

Return to Marrakech today, where you’ll visit the Amal Center—a nonprofit focused on training women and helping them find jobs in the culinary field. Learn about the community-based organization’s mission as you dine on a delicious “social gastronomy” farewell lunch crafted by its talented chefs.

Transfer to your hotel and raise a toast as you celebrate your trip with your fellow solo travelers over a farewell drink.

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport in Marrakech for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Hôtel Farah Rabat
Hôtel Farah Rabat

This riverside hotel which overlooks the Bou Regreg in Rabat. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and three on-site restaurants. Nearby you...

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Fes Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace
Fes Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace

This stylish hotel is located in Fes’ new quarter. Guests enjoy the surrounding gardens, spa, and outdoor pool. Nearby, you’ll find the Royal Palace, ...

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Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud
Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud

This adobe-style hotel is located outside of the Erfoud city center. Guests enjoy a spa, a pool, and restaurants. Nearby you’ll find the Sahara Desert...

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Berbere Palace
Berbere Palace

This contemporary hotel is located in Ouarzazate. Guests enjoy multiple restaurants, a garden, and an outdoor pool. Nearby, you'll find the Ksar Ait-B...

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Radisson Blu Hotel Marrakech Carre Eden
Radisson Blu Hotel Marrakech Carre Eden

This modern hotel is located in the Gueliz district. Guests enjoy a restaurant, a pool, and a spa. Nearby you’ll find the Koutoubia Mosque, the Marrak...

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Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa
Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa

This stylish hotel is located just outside of Essaouira. Guests enjoy the outdoor pools, private terrace, and free shuttle to downtown. Nearby you'll ...

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Bivouacs Xaluca
Bivouacs Xaluca

This authentic desert camp is located in the Sahara's Erg Chebbi. Guests enjoy the traditional nomadic "hamais" tents, restaurant with live music, and...

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Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Morocco, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code MO6.
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Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for at least three hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Casablanca and depart from Marrakech. You are responsible for going through customs, collecting your luggage, leaving the arrivals hall, and making your way outside of the airport. A representative from Go Ahead Tours holding a Go Ahead Tours sign will meet you outside of the airport and take you to your hotel. Please wait outside of the airport if you do not see the sign, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A 4x4 Jeep ride in the Sahara Desert is included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
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Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • Summer temperatures in Morocco are often very high and we advise wearing breathable clothing. Cotton, linen, or a quick-dry material is best for hot days outside, though a light scarf or extra layer may be needed for chillier evenings and early mornings. Night temperatures in the Sahara Desert plummet regardless of the time of year, sometimes below freezing during the winter months, so warm layers are recommended for the night at the desert camp.
  • You may want supportive walking sandals to keep cool during city sightseeing tours. Comfortable closed-toed shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for activities in the desert.
  • Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit mosques or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis). Furthermore, in Morocco, modest dress is preferred for women in general. Female travelers often feel more comfortable with shoulders and knees covered at all times.
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  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • While in Morocco, we recommend drinking bottled water and refraining from consuming tap water, even while brushing your teeth.
  • Temperatures in this region often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), especially during the summer months. Drinking plenty of water, limiting your alcohol intake, and using proper sun protection is extremely important in order to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • Please note that certain medication, both over-the-counter and prescription, are banned in some foreign countries. The importation of these drugs can carry severe consequences. Please consult your physician four weeks prior to departure to ensure that any drugs you may want to bring with you are legal in Morocco.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies, please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code MO6.
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  • Moroccan cuisine consists of a unique blend of spices, such as saffron, turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin. Popular dishes include delicately spiced stews of meat, most often cooked with vegetables or fruit in a conical clay pot known as a tagine. These dishes are often added to couscous.
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Electricity & air conditioning
  • Morocco operates on 220 volts and uses Type C or E plugs with two small round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • Air conditioning is available in all of your hotels in Morocco.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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Time zones
  • Morocco is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour.
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  • You will use the Moroccan dirham on tour.
  • The Moroccan dirham is a closed currency. This means North American banks cannot exchange for it and you can only obtain it once you arrive in Morocco.
  • You can exchange your dollars for dirhams at a Bureau de Change in the airport, at a bank, and in most hotels.
  • Keep your receipt after exchanging your money as you may need it to exchange your dirhams for dollars upon departure. You can do this at the airport for a good rate.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit and credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Your guide will partner with a local aide to further assist the group during certain guided sightseeings in Morocco. We recommend tipping the equivalent of $1USD per aide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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