2023 Washington Latin Morocco Cultural Journey
March 25, 2023 -
April 3, 2023
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,490
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!
Visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest Mosque in Morocco
Scavenger hunt through the blue-rinsed streets of the Medina
Fully immerse yourself in a homestay family and community
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 travel from the US to Morocco! We will likely arrive the next day (see day 2).||Airplane|
|2||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|
|3||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 its stunning exterior architecture. Afterwards, the group will be privately transported to Meknes.||Meknes Riad|
|4||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 Romanization 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 discover the archaeological vestiges of this site and bear witness to several civilizations. A group reflection will be held here.||Meknes Riad|
|5||Meknes - Marrakech||After breakfast the group will be privately transported to Marrakech (6hrs drive). Lunch will be in Rabat. Upon arrival to Marrakech, dinner will be held at the Attay Café, a beautiful rooftop terrace in the old Medina.||Marrakech Riad|
|6||Marrakech||After breakfast on the rooftop the group will be privately 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.||Marrakech Riad|
|7||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 its 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.||Marrakech Riad|
|8||Marrakech - Almkal||The group will depart early for their homestay in a local Berber village in the High Atlas Mountains. Students will arrive in the town of Almkal for lunch. The rest of the day will consist of activities where the students will interact with the locals!||Homestay Families|
|9||Almkal - Marrakech||After breakfast the group will continue to take part in local village activities. After lunch everyone will say their goodbyes and the group will head back to Marrakech. A farewell dinner will be held before a final reflection group discussion.||Marrakech Riad|
|10||Morocco - USA||Departure from Marrakech for the airport to make 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.
This will be the best part of your trip! Staying with a host family immerses you in the language and culture of the destination, and can lead to deep and lasting relationships with your hosts. Initially intimidating but ultimately unforgettable, there’s no better way to begin to truly understand the place you’re visiting.
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 Mama H&K
Riad Mama H&K is located in Meknès and offers travelers an extremely comfortable and enjoyable experience with intricate and beautiful designs throughout the building. Free Wi-Fi will keep everyone connected throughout their stay. Students will be grouped according to gender in double or triple occupancy rooms, depending on 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
Thank you for giving my son a memorable lifetime experience. [There was] constant contact with the parents with updates and photos to ensure us about the students’ safety and that they were doing well. [The Program Leader] and the teachers were outstanding. Couldn’t have had anyone else better to do the job than they have done.
Parent of Benjamin, traveler on Costa Rica Service Adventure
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: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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