2020 La Salle II Morocco Cultural Journey
April 11, 2020 -
April 20, 2020
Dates are tentative
|Program Tuition:||$4,200 USD|
|Deadline(s):||To be determined|
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Program Tuition: $4,200
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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 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.
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
Explore Morocco's current capital, Rabat
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.
|1||USA - Morocco||Today the group will depart the USA and cross the Atlantic Ocean!||Airplane|
|2||Casablanca||Students will arrive in Casablanca and be privately transported back to their hotel where a short Darija (Moroccan Arabic) orientation will be presented to them by our Moroccan program leaders! Lunch and/or dinner will follow.||Casablanca Hotel|
|3||Casablanca||After breakfast around mid-morning, students will start their Moroccan adventure by visiting the Hassan II Mosque; the largest mosque in Morocco and the 13th largest in the world (its minaret is the world's tallest at 689 ft.). The walls are composed of handcrafted marble and the roof is retractable; it also stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, allowing worshippers to pray over the sea. Students will take a guided tour inside the mosque and then pair up in groups to photograph and explore it’s stunning exterior architecture. Afterwards, the students will have lunch and then set off to discover the Habous and the Old Medina of Casablanca.||Casablanca Hotel|
|4||Casablanca - Marrakech||After breakfast the group will travel South to Marrakech! After checking into the riad, students will have the afternoon to participate in group reflection activities, come together for a Q & A and play a game with group organizers and leaders. Dinner will be served in the old medina on an open rooftop terrace.||Marrakech Riad|
|5||Marrakech||After breakfast the group will set out to explore Marrakech's old medina. With the help a local guide, the students will visit Bahia Palace and the souk. Everyone will also have the chance to walk through and view Jemaa el-Fna, the famous "main square", all while being educated on Marrakech's rich cultural history! Afterwards we will have lunch in the medina and then walk through Menara Garden.||Marrakech Riad|
|6||Marrakech||Mid-morningAt 8am the group will set out to experience the alchemy of scents, flavors and traditions that make Moroccan cuisine so special by participating in a hands on cooking class for lunch. Come afternoon, students will have the option to take part in a centuries old tradition: a local artisan will join the students in their riad’s common area for traditional henna tattooing and Moroccan mint tea!||Marrakech Riad|
|7||Ourika||Our second to last day will be spent in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains! The students will enjoy fresh air outside the city limits of Marrakech, where we will eat local tagines and hike.||Marrakech Riad|
|8||Marrakech||Our day will start by walking through La Maison de la Photographie and having lunch on their|
rooftop that overlooks the High Atlas. The afternon will be open for exploring Marrakech's
world famous market. At this time the students will enjoy souvenir shopping and time to practice their arabic!
|9||Marrakech||Depending on which airport the group flies out of we will plan accordingly for their last day.||Marrakech Riad/Casablanca Hotel|
|10||Moroccan Airport - USA||Departure back to the USA||Your own bed, eventually!|
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.
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.
Melliber Hotel Casablanca
For its ideal location in Casablanca, next to the sea. The Melliber Appart Hotel is a beautiful building that has all the commodities to make your stay unforgettable. Free Wi-Fi found throughout the building will keep everyone connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender.
This authentic traditional Southern Moroccan house offers you a complete immersion in the heart of the Medina, with the combination of an exceptional location, comfortable rooms, and a large terrace with a panoramic view over the red town, the Atlas Mountains and the storks. Enjoy the infinity pool and hydromassage jet system as well! Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel to keep everyone connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender.
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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
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.
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey
Your Adventure Includes
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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