2019 Ferrell Family Morocco Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Ferrell Family Morocco Cultural Journey ! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: July 16, 2019 - July 25, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $2,690 USD - or - $2,590 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $510

Tuition Calculator

There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan.  Follow the option which works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $2,690

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Payment with the discount would be:

$2,590.00

due today

Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$2,190.00

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Director upon enrollment.

All prices in United States Dollars.

Morocco Cultural Journey

Situated at the northern most extreme of Africa, Morocco has long attracted travelers who are lured by tales of its exotic markets, endless desserts, alluring coastline, and rugged mountains. Today it is a country that finds itself cautiously entering the 21st century while remaining loyal to deeply traditional roots. Upon arrival one is immediately captivated by the geographic diversity of Morocco’s landscapes. Whether navigating the heaving bazaar in Fez, winding your way through the narrow and tightly packed back alleys of Marrakech’s medina, surfing the perfect breaks of Essauira’s beaches, or hiking in the Rif mountains above the charming village of Chefchaouan, you will be entranced by amazing Morocco.

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest Mosque in Morocco

Learn to make traditional Moroccan cuisine in a private cooking class

Ride camels through rolling sands

Scavenger hunt through the blue-rinsed streets of the Medina

Go surfing off the coasts of Essaouira

Explore Morocco's current capital, Rabat

Discover Fes, one of the worlds largest urban pedestrian zones

The Itinerary


We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
7/16Rome - MarrakechFlight from Rome to Marrakech. Private transportation will pick family up and take them to their Riad for check-in. After a moment of R&R Walking Tree's country directors, Said and Stafford, will meet and greet the family and take them on a walk through the Medina delivering them to their dinner reservations.Marrakech Riad
7/17MarrakechWe will begin the day with a tour through the medina visiting Koutoubia Mosque, the dyers souk, Bahia Palace, and the family can have their choice between: 1) learning about the art of traditional carpet weaving at Museum Dar Si Said. 2) learning about Morocco's water civilization in both the country's history and heritage at the Museum de l'eau. 3) visiting La Maison de la Photographie that exhibits beautiful old Moroccan photographs.Marrakech Riad
7/18MarrakechThe family will start a cooking class at the Amal center startingÊat 9:30amÊthat ends with lunch: the tagine they learn to prepare! Afterwards they will have the option between visiting: Le Jardin Secret or Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum.Marrakech Riad
7/19Marrakech - AgafayGlamping excursion starts after breakfast! The family will be privately transported to Agafay for a 'desert' experience.ÊDesert Tent
7/20Agafay - Marrakech - EssaouiraAfter breakfast, everyone will start their journey to the seaside! Lunch will be served roadside. Upon arriving to Essaouira, the family will check-into their Riad. Dinner will be held at Loft.Essaouira Riad
7/21Essaouira - MarrakechA half a day tour will be given to the family by a local guide highlighting both Skalas. Lunch will be served at a local family run diner that prepares the 'catch of the day'. The afternoon activity will be partaking in a centuries old ritual: the art of Moroccan henna at the Riad.Essaouira Riad
7/22EssaouiraSurf lessons will startÊat 10am. *Please note that if Mom would like to have an oriental hammam + massage instead, the children can be supervised by a country director while taking their surf lessons. The family can meet up after both activities for lunch at Ocean Vagabond (a beachfront restaurant). Everyone will return to the Riad to freshen up before an open afternoon to have gelato, crepes, coffees and more in the main square.Essaouira Riad
7/23EssaouiraAfter breakfast the family will have time to relax on the beach. The rest of the afternoon is open for exploring Essaouira and picking up souvenirs. A wonderful pre-prdered Moroccan dinner will be served at Riad Rayhane featuring specialty Moroccan dishes.Essaouira Riad
7/24Essaouira - MarrakechFamily will be privately transported back to Marrakech after breakfast. Lunch will be served at La Pain Quotidien in the new city upon arrival into Marrakech. Afterwards the afternoon will be open for independent time or a shopping guide.Marrahech Riad
7/25Marrakech - MadridDepart for MadridMadrid Hotel

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Urban House

Urban House is a 4-star hotel with modern amenities. The property is minutes away from the beach, local restaurants and San Sebastián’s old town. The rooms can comfortably sleep up to 4 students with access to ensuite and shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

 

Zarautz Albergue

Centrally located 3-star hostel that is run by town council. Zarautz Albergue is a dorm-style hostel that strives to help the environment by implementing a sustainability policy to reduce our carbon footprint. The rooms can sleep 4-8 students with shared bathrooms.

 

Karakas Kar

Karakas Kar is a small locally owned 3-star hotel in the city center. This estate is surrounded by nature and has a nice view of Orrua Senotia. This hotel can comfortably accommodate up to 4 students per room and has an ensuite bathroom in each room. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

 

Ganbara Hostel

This location is perfect for anyone who wants to walk through the Old Town district of Bilbao or venture further into Northern Spain.  This hostel has free wifi throughout the property and access to a communal kitchen. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.

Andrea
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.

Our travelers are provided with funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!

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Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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