2021 Lasalle II Morocco Cultural Journey Program
|Travel Dates:||April 9, 2021 - April 18, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,590
Pay in Full
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 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
Go surfing off the coasts of Essaouira
Explore Morocco's current capital, Rabat
Discover Fes, one of the worlds largest urban pedestrian zones
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs 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!||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. Afternoon will consist of free time back at the hotel before dinner.||Casablanca Hotel|
|4||Casablanca - Fes||After breakfast and checkout, the group will travel to Fes. Fes is listed as a World Heritage Site and is believed to be one of the world’s largest urban pedestrian zones (car-free areas). It’s maze-like medina houses the University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world. The city is also known as the “Mecca of the West” as well as the “Athens of Africa”. Upon arriving late afternoon, the group will check into their riad. Students will dine in a 250-year old courthouse that has been restored into a cultural zone called Cafe Clock.||Fes Riad|
|5||Fes||After breakfast at the riad, the group will enjoy a half-day city tour with a local expert. Students explore the medina’s many artisans’ quarters and the famous tanneries. The group will also get to see Fes’s religious and historical heart! The highlight of this day will be the Medersa Bou Inania. It originally functioned as both an educational institute and as a congregational mosque. It was founded in AD 1351-56 by Abu Inan Faris and is widely acknowledged as an excellent example of Marinid architecture. It is known to be the most elaborate and beautiful of all Merenid monuments, immaculate after renovation, it comes close to perfection in every aspect of its construction: its dark cedar is fabulously carved, the zellij tilework classic and the stucco a revelation.||Fes Riad|
|6||Fes - 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 and come together for a Q & A with group organizers and leaders. Dinner will be served in the old medina on an open rooftop terrace.||Marrakech Riad|
|7||Marrakech||After breakfast, students will take a guided tour of Marrakech’s ancient medina. They will explore Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and Ben Yousef. Students will also have the chance to experience the famous Jemaa el-Fna square, while their guide shares about the rich history and cultural life of Marrakech and Morocco!||Marrakech Riad|
|8||Marrakech||Mid-morning the group will 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 Moroccan hammam (a cleansing and cultural experience). A farewell dinner will be held afterwards at the Riad and accompanied by live Moroccan music.||Marrakech Riad|
|9||Marrakech - Casablanca||After breakfast, a local artisan will join the students in the riad’s common area for traditional henna tattooing and Moroccan mint tea! The group will then depart early afternoon and private transportation will deliver the students back to Casablanca where they will stay in their hotel before departure.||Casablanca Hotel|
|10||Casablanca - USA||Morning 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 program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
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.
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 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.
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
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I was comfortable that the trip my daughter was on was safe, educational, interesting and fun. She made life long friends with her host sister. An exceptional life learning experience.
Parent of Alicia, Traveler on 2018 Program to Chile
Your Adventure Includes
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. 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.
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