2023 Fordham Preparatory Morocco Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||June 9, 2022 - June 20, 2023|
Airfare not included in program tuition
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Program Tuition: $3,390
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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 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!
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
Wander the blue-rinsed streets of Chechaouen's medina
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.
|June 9||USA - Sevilla||Today the group will depart the USA and cross the Atlantic Ocean!||Airplane|
|June 10||Sevilla||After breakfast, the group will receive an orientation with the group program leaders. In the afternoon, we'll explore the city, including the impressive cathedral where Christopher Columbus is buried. After a lunch of tapas we'll go up to the "Setas de Sevilla" to take in the impressive views. In the evening we'll prepare our own authentic Spanish dinner in a cooking class!||TOC Hostel Sevilla|
|June 11||Sevilla||Today, we spend the morning visiting an olive farm nearby Sevilla, where some of the finest organic olive oil in the world is produced. In the afternoon, we will come back to Sevilla and have a dinner of delicious tapas.||TOC Hostel Sevilla|
|June 12||Sevilla - Tangier||After breakfast we catch a ferry to Tangier, Morocco. Upon arrival we'll settle into our riad, a traditional Moroccan guesthouse, and do some exploring in the old quarter of the city.||Hotel Etoile Du Nord|
|June 13||Tangier||Today we'll explore Tangier, one of the most famous cities in all of North Africa which is a hub of culture, language, food and religion. We'll wander the Medina, the historic market and experience the dazzling array of sights, sounds and smells. In the evening, we'll have a truly special traditional meal accompanied by live Gnawa music, which is a surprisingly funky tradition.||Hotel Etoile Du Nord|
|June 14||Tangier - Chefchaouen||After breakfast we'll board a bus for the idyllic mountain town of Chefchaouen. This village is painted almost entirely in blue and, with its centuries-old cobblestone streets, offers one of the most photogenic locations imaginable. We'll spend the day exploring Chefchaouen and marveling at all this tiny hamlet has to offer.||Hotel Tarek|
|June 15||Chefchaouen||In the morning we'll embark on a day-hike through the nearby Rif mountains, enjoying a picnic lunch in one of the most beautiful places in all of Morocco. We'll return to town in mid-afternoon to rest before a traditional Moroccan dinner.||Hotel Tarek|
|June 16||Chefchaouen - 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 which, 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.||Riad Salam Fes|
|June 17||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.||Riad Salam Fes|
|June 18||Fes - Casablanca||After breakfast the group will travel to the western port city of Casablanca! Upon arrival, students will settle in our hotel. In the afternoon, we will have time to explore downtown and see the city's French colonial legacy and Mauresque architecture, a blend of Moorish style and European art deco. Afternoon will consist of free time to explore artisan markets before dinner.||Hotel Club Val d'Anfa Casablanca Ocean View|
|June 19||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. After our final dinner in Morocco, we will head back to the hotel to prepare for our international departure tomorrow.||Hotel Club Val d'Anfa Casablanca Ocean View|
|June 20||Casablanca - USA||Today we'll depart for the airport to catch our international flight home.||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.
TOC Hostel Sevilla
TOC Hostel Seville is situated in an exclusive modern building at the heart of the city and is surrounded by the main places of tourist interest. This is a modern and hi-tech hotel, includes security technology with fingerprint room access control system, 24/7 Reception, , safes for your personal belongings and other features, such as free Wi-Fi, bar & restaurant, kitchen, main living room, and a playroom. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hotel Etoile Du Nord
Etoile du Nord hotel is among the first 3 star hotels in Tangier; established in 1993, it is located in the city center only 1.5 km from Tangier Beach. This hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, some overlooking the Boulevard de Paris. It also has a meeting room, a small lounge area with a TV. in the Lobby. A Wi-Fi internet connection is available free of charge throughout the hotel.
Hotel Tarek is located a 10-minute walk from the medina in Chefchaouen, and offers a furnished terrace with mountain views. Thi hotel offers the air-conditioned guest rooms that include a private bathroom, a TV and a telephone. A traditional Moroccan breakfast is served every morning and free Wi-Fi is provided.
Riad Salam Fes
Hôtel Club Val d’Anfa Casablanca Ocean View
Hôtel Club Val d’Anfa Casablanca Ocean view is situated 50 m from the beach in Casablanca. Guest rooms at the Club Val are equipped with a TV, a marble bathroom and have a balcony. They look out over the ocean or the garden. It offers free Wi-Fi and is set in peaceful gardens with a swimming pool and ocean views.
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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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