2021 Washington Latin Morocco Program
March 25, 2021 -
April 3, 2021
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline forthcoming|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.
Program Tuition: $2,590
Pay in Full
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
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 allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Wander the medina in Marrakech, a fabulous jumble of snake charmers, dancers and vendors.
Discover the wonders of Tangier, a crossroads between North Africa and Europe
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco
Learn to make traditional Moroccan cuisine in a private cooking class
Ride camels through rolling sands
Wander the blue-rinsed streets of Chechaouen's medina
Go surfing off the coasts of Essaouira
Explore Morocco's current capital, Rabat
Explore Fes, home to one of the world's 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.
|March 22||USA - Morocco||Departure from USA||Airplane|
|March 23||Casablanca||Group arrives in Casablanca and will be privately transported back to their hotel where a Darija (Moroccan Arabic) orientation will be presented to them by our Moroccan Program Leaders!||Casablanca Riad
|March 24||Casablanca - Moulay Idriss Zerhoun||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 group will be privately transported to Meknes.
|March 25||Meknes - Moulay Idriss + Volubilis||The group will take a guided tour|
though Meknes in the morning and Moulay Idris come the afternoon. This holy town holds a special place in the hearts of Moroccans; it was here that Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam, and starting a new dynasty. The day will end with a visit to the Archaeological Site of Volubilis. Volubilis contains essentially Roman vestiges of a fortified municipium built on a commanding site at the foot of the Jebel Zerhoun. Covering an area of 42 hectares, it is of outstanding importance demonstrating urban development and Romanisation at the frontiers of the Roman Empire and the graphic illustration of the interface between the Roman and indigenous cultures. Because of its isolation and the fact that it had not been occupied for nearly a thousand years, it presents an important level of authenticity. It is one of the richest sites of this period in North Africa, not only for its ruins but also for the great wealth of its epigraphic evidence. Students will descover the archaeological vestiges of this site and bear witness to several civilizations. A group reflection will be held here.
|March 26||Meknes - Marrakech||After breakfast the group will be provately transported to Marrakech (6hrs drive). Lunch will be in Rabat. Upon arrival to Marrakech, dinner will be held at Attay Cafe (a rooftop terrace in the old Medina).||Marrakech Riad|
|March 27||Marrakech||After breakfast on the rooftop the group will be |
provately transported to the Amal Center where they will have a Moroccan cooking class! The instructor will teach everyone how to make tagines, mint tea and talk about Moroccan culture. Lunch will be served after the class comes to a closing. Students will then have time for a student to student interaction with local Moroccans.
|March 28||Marrakech - Ourika||After breakfast the group will be tranported to Ourika Valley. This Valley sits at the foothills of the High Atlas.|
The group will hike up to see it's waterfall and spend time reflecting on all that they have seen in Morocco so far.
Everyone will have lunch near the running river. After our full day outdoors, we will return back to Marrakech and dine in the new part of the city.
|March 29||Marrakech - Essaouira||The group will depart after breakfast for Essaouira (3hr drive). Essaouira is a beautiful coastal city; it’s medina is built up like a fortress from the sea and protected by 18th-century ramparts. After checking-into the Riad, everyone will walk to the main square to enjoy Moroccan mint tea on a rooftop terrace to watch the sunset and discover Essaouira!||Essaouira Riad|
|March 30||Essaouira - Marrakech||After breakfast the group will set out for the day, starting with a local guided tour of the medina. After lunch the group will head back to their riad and regroup for their afternoon activity. Due to Essaouira’s small and quaint medina, it is indefinitely the perfect setting for the students to have a scavenger hunt! This activity will give them the opportunity to interact with local artisans and use their arabic skills! Upon finishing this exercise, a reflection meeting will be held on the beach. The group will end their last day taking a camel ride down the beach at sunset!||Marrakech Riad|
|March 31||Morocco - USA||Departure from either Marrakech or Casablanca depending on which airfare option is more favorable.||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, 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 and safe.
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.
Riad L’Heure d’Eté
This cozy raid will offer a comfortable escape from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Students will be roomed in double, triple or quadruple rooms based on gender. Breakfast will be provided at the riad and Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the hotel.
Riad Raoud Rayhane
Enjoy a small slice of luxury in Riad Raoud Rayhane in the heart of Essaouria’s medina. An unexpected entrance at the back of an alley way makes way for a clean and comfortable stay. Breakfast will be served rooftop! Students will be roomed in double, triple or quadruple rooms based on gender. Wifi is also available.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
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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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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