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  • Hotels: Comfort Class
  • Max Participants: 14
  • 12/22/2019 - 12/29/2019
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights

Perfect for travelers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Morocco’s must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Take to a camel to explore the dunes before really experiencing the Sahara on an overnight camping excursion. Explore high-walled kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fès and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of amazing Morocco. We upgraded all of the hotels on this trip to make the experience a bit comfier. 

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What's Included:
  • Volubilis Roman ruins guided tour
  • Fes Medina guided tour
  • Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride
  • Overnight at Berber Desert Camp
  • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages
  • Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah visit
  • Marrakech medina guided walk
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
  • Comfort Class Hotels (6 nts), nomad camp (1 nt, multi-share)
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinners (Allow USD $240-$315 for meals not included)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by private air-con van, camel, walking
What's Not Included:
  • International air travel
  • Incidentals
  • Travel health and cancellation insurance
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional tours and admission tickets
  • Airport transfers
Itinerary

Day 1: CasablancaArrive at any time.

Today is arrival day and, as travelers are arriving from all corners of the world, there are no planned activities. You are free to arrive in Casablanca at anytime. Hotel check in is 2 p.m., and luggage storage is available if you arrive before your room is ready.

Please note, this tour does not spend any time in Casablanca. You may wish to come a day early in order to explore Casablanca’s small medina, beachfront, and classic examples of Art Deco architecture. Be sure to also visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours, which operate from Saturday to Thursday (closed Fridays) at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 14:00. Please refer to the optional activity section of these notes for prices. Please double check times with your hotel as they are subject to change, especially around Ramadan.

In the early evening you will meet your tour leader and fellow group members for an important group meeting. Check the hotel notice board (or ask reception) for the exact time and location of this meeting. Afterwards, there will be the option to head out for a meal together in nearby in a local restaurant. If you arrive late, your group leader will leave you a message at the front desk.

A general note about this tour. This is a fast paced itinerary which covers lots of ground. While this is great as it allows us to see a great amount in the available time, it also means some early starts, some long drives in the mini van and less free time than many other GEEO programs.

Day 2: Casablanca/Fès (B, L)Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch. Take a guided tour of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing on to Fès.

Today is a long and busy, but wonderful day as we begin our morning drive in private transport from Casablanca to the impressive Roman ruins of Volubilis, the best preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa.

Before visiting the ruins we will enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. This G Adventures lunch program provides access to education opportunities and healthcare services. The proceeds from this lunch program help support vocational training for rural women, allowing them to support their families and children. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked Moroccan meal and learn a bit of Arabic while you meet some of the women that are part of this program.

After lunch we go to Volubilis. Once an important Roman town, the site is situated near the westernmost border of the Roman Empire. In 1997 Volubilis was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wandering through the deserted streets where chariots once passed, you can envision the vibrance the town once had. Listen to your certified local guide explain about life in the Roman Empire as you peer into old bathhouses, marveling at the still-present mosaic floors and gazing up at the towering marble pillars.

After, continue to Fès, one of Morocco’s most interesting cities. Take some free time to explore upon arrival. Opt to experience a traditional hammam (bath house) and get to know the locals. If you do this, we recommend bringing a bathing suit, shampoo, soap, and shower shoes.

We will be staying in the the new city of Fès, built by the French during their Protectorate of Morocco. This area has the feel of a French provincial town, with its cafés, restaurants and wide boulevards. Head off for a Moroccan feast at one of the many restaurants and finish off the night with some famous Moroccan mint tea.

Overnight in Fès.

Approx travel times: Casablanca to Volubilis- 4 hrs, Volubilis to Fès- 2 hrs

Day 3: Fès (B)Explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fès medina with a local guide. Marvel at one of the ancient tanneries and take in the view from above.

Follow a local guide through the Fès medina, one of the world’s largest medinas with more than 9000 winding streets lying within 365 hectares. See buildings in the medina that date back to the 9th century; there are 350 mosques in the medina that are still in use today.

Enter through one of the great gates into the chaos. Explore the artisans’ quarters as well as the many carpenters, bakers, butchers, and spice sellers. A highlight is the view of the famous Fès tannery from the balcony of a leather shop, where you can observe the men hard at work treating and dyeing the different hides. Take some time to shop for leather goods before returning to your hotel.

In the afternoon, visit more of this lovely city and if you’re stuck, there’s always room for mint tea at an outdoor café.

This evening there may be the chance to partake in an optional dinner in a grand old Fès riad which has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. You would not only enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties, but also an evening of entertainment such as singing, music and belly dancing.

Day 4: Fès/Merzouga (B, D)Drive south to the edge of the Sahara Desert before riding a camel into the dunes and overnighting in a desert camp.

A very early start today (6am) as we have a full days drive today crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach the edge of the Sahara. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of Barbary apes en route.

On our arrival, there will be a chance to repack and taking only our day packs with what we will need for this evening, in the late afternoon we set off on an hour’s camel ride to our desert camp deep in the dunes. Your local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and other handy camel-related safety tips. Be sure to get them to teach you the trick of tying your turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos. From your first cup of mint tea you’ll enjoy a warm welcome at our desert camp. A traditional dinner under the stars, cooked by our hosts awaits. In the evening there will be time to hear stories about life in this region and perhaps, if we are lucky, we might be treated to some traditional music on the drums.

Facilities are very basic – each tent Bedouin tent sleeps approximately 4 people but most people prefer to relax and enjoy the sounds of silence during a night under the starry desert skies.
Mattresses and a sheet and blanket are provided. Because it is still a bit chilly out in April, we recommend bring a few layers of clothing. We recommend bringing a headlamp for getting around at night if necessary. It is back to nature as far as bathroom facilities go.

There will be the chance to take a shower after breakfast on our return to our Merzouga auberge the following morning.

Approx travel time: Fès to Merzouga,total travel time, 10 hrs
Approx travel time: Merzouga to camp, 1 hr (by camel)
Overnight in the Sahara Desert (Tented Camp)

Day 5: Merzouga/Todra Gorge (B)Walk through local village farmlands and explore Todra Gorge.

Today we rise before the sun and boarding our camels, watch the sunrise, casting different shadows and colors over the the sea of sand dunes, the highest in Morocco, before returning to Merzouga.

We continue through a stone desert to the stunning Todra Gorge followed by a visit to a valley palmery. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking along, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.

We over night in Todra Gorge.

Approx travel time:
Desert Camp to Merzouga 1hr (by camel)
Merzouga to Todra Gorge, 3.5hrs

Day 6: Todra Gorge/Aït Ben Haddou (B)Visit the Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to participate in a tagine cooking class for an intro to Moroccan cuisine.

We travel along the “Route of 1000 Kasbahs” to the thriving town of Ouarzazate where we will break for lunch. This town is home of Atlas Film studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

We make our way to the fascinating and beautiful Aït Ben Haddou. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site and Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou with your tour leader. Of all the remaining Kasbahs in Morocco, the walls and interior of this area are the most intact. The Kasbah still houses a few families, but many now live in the adjacent village. Like many of the earthen built fortresses in Ouarzazate, Aït Ben Haddou has been used in many film and television productions like Gladiator, Babel, and Game of Thrones.

We overnight in Aït Ben Haddou

Approx travel time: Todra Gorge to Aït Ben Haddou, 3.5hrs

Day 7: Aït Ben Haddou/Marrakech (B)Head to Marrakech and take a guided medina visit. Opt to visit the Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers. Don't leave without indulging in a feast at the famous food stalls.

Travel to Marrakech with breathtaking views through the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m). Arrive in Marrakech in time for lunch with the rest of the day free to wander the city.

A great place to start is Djemaa el Fna square, the heart of Marrakech, that changes its offerings throughout the day. In the morning you’ll wander past the fresh orange juice stalls, water sellers in colorful costumes with traditional leather water bags and brass cups, and snake charmers reminiscent of an era past.

As the day progresses the snake charmers are replaced by Chleuh dancing-boys, story-tellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As the sun sets, the square fills with dozens of food-stalls, packed with locals and the entertaining chefs and waiters. Grab a spot on a bench with the other diners and try the Tanjia (slow cooked lamb), Harira soup, grilled seafood, famous Moroccan couscous, tajine, snails or even sheep’s head for the truly adventurous, and wash it all down with some spiced tea.

To really get a taste of everyday life in Marrakech, head into the maze of tiny streets and alleyways of the ancient medina. Tourists and locals alike will find everything they desire in the souks, whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns, the selection here is exhaustive, and don’t forget to bargain, it’s definitely part of the fun!!!

For history and architecture buffs Marrakech is sure to dazzle. The Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Ben Youseff Medersa and Almovid Koubba are all easy to get to and well worth a visit.

Once you’ve tired yourself out, relax at one of the tea houses around the square, indulging in the ubiquitous sweet mint tea, watching the hustle and bustle from your shady spot.

We overnight in Marrakech.

Approx travel time: Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech, 4 hrs

Day 8: Marrakech (B)Depart at any time. If you have the time, we recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this lively city.

You are free to depart at any time today. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available.

This program ends in Marrakesh. Most international flight depart out of Casablanca. Make sure that you arrange your flights correctly. Keep in mind there are flights from Marrakesh to Casablanca as well as a train that runs a few times a day and take 3.5 hours.

Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs).

If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

Details
Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.

 
Resources to Learn & Teach about Morocco

Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom. 

 
Terms and Conditions

It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.

 
Cancellation policy

All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@108.179.218.205. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.

  • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $250 deposit which is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
  • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
 
Trip Notes
  1. PACE: This is a fast paced itinerary which covers a lot of ground in the available time, but it also means some early starts, some long drives in the minivan, and less free time than many other GEEO programs. We feel that, if you enter this trip with this knowledge and expectation, you will appreciate even more the variety of locations we are able to include in this itinerary.
  2. TRANSPORT: We use a 16-seater minivan for this tour. With a full group, every seat will be used. The legroom in the minivan is possibly smaller than you may be used to and taller passengers may find space a little cramped. It is important to be aware that as it is not a legal requirement in buses in Morocco: your vehicle may not be equipped with seat belts. 
  3. CAMEL RIDE AND DESERT CAMP: Please note that it is not possible to reach our desert camp by 4WD or any other vehicle. There is the option to walk (can be hot and tiring) for those who cannot/prefer not to ride a camel.
  4. GETTING HOME: This program ends in Marrakech. Most international flights depart out of Casablanca. Make sure that you arrange your flights correctly. Keep in mind there are flights from Marrakech to Casablanca as well as a train that runs a few times a day and takes 3.5 hours.
  5. CLOTHING: To avoid unwanted attention in rural areas, dressing modestly is advised for parts of Morocco. A general rule of thumb for women in rural areas is to keep your shoulders and knees covered up. It is fine to dress dress how you like in Fes, Sahara, and Marrakech, but keep in mind, less exposed flesh is less attention.
 
Group Leader Description

All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.

While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.

 
Fitness Level

Trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.

 
Single Travelers

Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.

Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exception: Day 4 (desert camp) 

Joining Instructions

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1 (usually between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.), where you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!

If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning.

If you have pre-arranged an arrival transfer, please look for the driver holding a G Adventures sign outside of the airport building of Terminal 1. Please approach them and ask them who they are supposed to be picking up (do not tell them your name, they should have this information already). Once they give you the correct name, have your passport ready to show them, and you will be on your way!

Alternatively you can take a taxi from the airport entrance, which will take approximately 1 hour (35 km), to the hotel. The cost is around 300 Moroccan Dirham.

 
Emergency Contacts

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

G Adventures Operator – Morocco

Open 5 days a week, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. local time (GMT).

During Office hours : +212 (0)528 824898

After hours emergency number: +212 (0)661 429700

G Adventures Local Office London, UK

Emergency number: +44 7817 262559

If you are unable for any reason to contact G Adventures’ local office, they have a toll-free line within North America which will connect you directly with their Toronto office: 1 888 800 4100

 
Packing List

Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. (No XXL ones please!) A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person.

Suggested Checklist
  • Warm fleece top
  • Winter hat
  • Light windproof/waterproof jacket 
  • Sun hat
  • Personal clothing for cold to mild weather (jeans, warm base layers, t-shirt)
  • Daypack
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Clothes for religious sites – knees and shoulders must be covered
  • Toiletries (Your hotels will have soap and shampoo)
  • Camera
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
Optional Checklist
  • Light weight silk sleep sheet
  • Travel pillow
  • Money belt
  • Water bottle
  • Phone/Tablet for internet (Most hotels have WiFi)
  • Chargers for electronics as well as converters/adapters, if needed
  • Packing cubes (These are awesome)
  • Ear Plugs (These are a life-saver if you have a snoring roommate)
  • Snacks (Packing a few granola bars is a good idea. You can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here.)
  • Ziplock bags for wet clothing
  • Reading/writing material
  • Hand sanitizer/Baby wipes
Document Checklist
  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group (This is sent 10-30 days before departure)
 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is. If you want to do your own laundry, we suggest you bring your own non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

 
Passports and Visas

All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport.  Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here.

Americans do not need to purchase a visa for travel to Morocco. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.

 
Money Exchange

The local currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).

ATMs are found within main cities in Morocco and will generally accept debit cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible as, while there is no hard and fast rule, some banks seem to only work with one brand of card. Please note, your bank will charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.

Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. Euros are almost a second currency in Morocco, while British Pounds and U.S. Dollars are also easy to exchange into Moroccan Dirhams (MAD). Please note: while you should bring some cash with you for emergency situations, carrying cash only is a high safety risk. Money on ATM card/s and some cash is the ideal mix.

Cash advances can also be made with some banks but are time-consuming and tend to have high fees attached. Credit cards are, in general, not very useful in Morocco – they can be used at some larger stores if shopping for big items.

If you are bringing U.S. Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Any notes older than 1996 or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank. Ask for new bills!

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

 
Tipping

Morocco has a strong tipping culture – it is customary and even expected to tip small service providers such as restaurant and bar waiters, hotel staff, reception, cleaning personnel, bell boys, and taxi and van drivers.

Tips are regarded as an essential means of supplementing income for those working in the tourism industry. Even though this might not be customary to you, nor common practice in your home country, it is generally expected and of great significance to the people who will be assisting you during your travels.

Depending on your preference and/or that of the group, you may choose to tip individually, organize the tipping with your traveling companions, or your Tour Leader will offer to collect the tip money at the beginning of your tour and tip as a group with your participation as the tour progresses. A recommendation for tipping small service providers is about $3 U.S. Dollars per day, depending on the quality of the service (this does not include your G Adventures Tour Leader).

Feel free to ask your Tour Leader for the breakdown/distribution of the tips. Note that, if you have been very disappointed by a particular service, please inform your Tour Leader right away, and the tip will be adjusted accordingly.

Also, at the end of your trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is also expected and appreciated. The precise amount is entirely a personal preference, however $20-25 USD per person per week can be used as a general guideline.

 
Vaccinations

We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. Please take this seriously!

 
Flights

We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here.

Please double check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Casablanca, which would usually mean departing the U.S. on the prior day. You can arrive at anytime you choose.

Your trip ends in Marrakech, although most flights to the U.S. will return via Casablanca. You have a few options:

You could book a multi-leg flight that arrives in Casablanca at the start of your trip and returns from Marrakech at the end. (Probably the best option. On my test search, using New York City as the departure city, I found this only added $80 to the price over a round trip to Casablanca)

For about $200 you can take a 40-minute flight from Marrakech to Casablanca. (I think you are better off with the options above and below this.)

For about $11 you can take a 3-hour train ride from Marrakech to Casablanca. They depart every 2 hours. You would also have to take a taxi from the train station to the airport. (This seems to be the cheapest option, but a bit inconvenient.)

 
Plugs and Converters

There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.

Morocco uses a European-style two circular prong plug. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120 Volts. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, “Input: 100 – 240V” means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can’t handle the different voltage, you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.

 
Expectations

Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.

  • We upgraded the accomodation level on this trip, but please remember the purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury. 
  • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
  • We recommend always carrying snacks with you as meals can be far apart.
  • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.

Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!

 
Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

 
Advice From Past Participants

“I recommend asking your tour leader about the shopping opportunities throughout the trip. I found it hard to apportion out my spending money, because I didn’t know what might be coming up.”

“Some hotels are particular about not allowing guests to bring store-bought bottled water to their rooms because they want guests to buy it from them. The water needs to be hid in backpacks. “

“If anything, I would just add that there is a lot of walking. Most days it was not difficult, but there were long days. Also, if you are short like I am, some of the stairs are steep.”

“Some of the public bathrooms did not have toilet paper, so carrying a small roll is handy. As far as money goes, I needed way more small bills (especially change) than I had. The electrical outlets are all recessed into the wall so not all converters fit. You have to have a round one or one that is smaller than one and one half inches wide.”

“For luggage handling–even if it is on wheels, super large suitcases packed heavily can be difficult to carry up steps at hotels and takes up a lot of space in the back of the van. I had a backpack so it wasn’t a problem, but some of the others struggled with their luggage.”

“When I got on the camel, I thought that wearing long pants would be enough. They weren’t shorts, right? After riding both ways, I ended up with a “Charley camel” because my pants were not thick enough.”

“Do not rely on credit cards. Many places say they take cards, but when it comes to actually paying, they do not. Try to bring cash and a debit card only. “

“1) Bring a bathing suit!

2) The small flashlight is for the desert

3) The bug spray is for the nature walk

4) The train station in Marrakech is reliable and safe

5) In case you get to Casablanca early, know that you can and should barter for EVERYTHING. In fact, you probably shouldn’t buy anything until your guide has explained to you how this works. Prices can be 5x normal because you are American.

6) A good number of people you will encounter do not want to be photographed. Make sure you ask first.”

“I didn’t have a hard time finding vegetarian foods! There is also a vegetarian restaurant in Marrakech. I suggest that you inform the local guide that you are vegetarian, and he will be able to help ask what has meat broth and what does not.”

 
Weather

Even in December, the weather is pretty friendly in Morocco. There’s a bit more rain in the winter than there is in the summer, but the temperatures are quite mild overall. And with so much less tourist traffic to contend with, December is a great time to visit some of the busier areas, like Marrakech. This may not be the best month for sunbathing on the beach, but if you’ve wanted to go hiking around out in nature without suffering from heatstroke, December is one of the best times to visit Morocco. You will probably be wearing jeans and a fleece most of the time, with highs typically in the 60s. At night it can cool off a lot, so make sure you have warm clothes, like a winter hat and jacket. 

 
Food

Breakfasts:

Many breakfasts are included as part of your trip. Moroccan breakfasts tend to be different from your usual cereal and toast morning fare – most will be very simple, such as a croissant or sweet roll with jam and instant coffee. Some hotels will have buffets where you will have more variety. While you are experiencing what a Moroccan family would eat, some travelers do find the provided breakfasts a bit “bread heavy” and enjoy buying fruit the day before to supplement their breakfast.

Lunches and Dinners:

Moroccan cuisine is world famous, and your tour leader will be taking the chance to show you the best of it.

Staples include: cous cous, a type of grain, topped with stew; tagine, which is actually the name of the pot this tasty dish is cooked in; and brochette, the local variety of barbecued meat skewers. These dishes will generally cost between 45- 80 MAD, depending on the type of restaurant and which part of the country you are in.

Other tastes not to be missed include: pastilla, a sweet pasty with a savory filling and which is traditionally made with pigeon; and harira, a delicious soup made from chickpeas that is quite filling when paired with fresh bread. When you are on the coast, the fresh seafood cooked at one of the local markets is a must eat!

Snacks:

Morocco’s fresh orange juice is highly recommended, and you should not leave without trying a glass. The brave can try the tiny snails, which are perhaps the local’s favorite snack but you might prefer a cone of piping hot bite-size fried cake donuts.

 
Language

Arabic is the official language of Morocco, spoken in the distinctive Moroccan dialect. Approximately 40% of the population (mainly in rural areas) speak Berber in one of its three different dialects (Tarafit, Tashelhiyt, and Tamazight). French is Morocco’s unofficial second language and is taught universally, serving as the country’s primary language in economics and commerce, as well as being widely used in education and government. Many Moroccans in the north of the country speak Spanish, and English is widely spoken in tourist areas.

Costs

Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Breakfasts and a few dinners are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat out according to your own resources. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates on which you can budget your trip.

Tour Company Fee

See our price in the top right corner

Optional Activities

$50-$300 USD

International Airfare from the U.S.

Roughly $950-$1,800 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you. 

Insurance

$25-$200 USD
Please note: it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.

Tipping

$30 for your tour leader, $30 for your driver, another $100 total for other tips like local guides, musicians, bathroom attendants, waiters, bell boys, etc. 

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

$240-$315 USD

Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.

Make sure you budget for these types of expenses

Airport and Departure Taxes

This is usually included in your flight price.

Vaccines

Variable. Please consult your doctor.

Visa

$0 USD for Americans, who don’t need a visa for travel in Morocco. If you are not American, please check with the Moroccan Embassy in your country or on your foreign ministry’s website.

Souvenirs

Variable. At your personal discretion.

Non-Educator Donation

$100 USD (Suggested donation)

This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

Optional Activities

Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.

Casablanca

Casablanca (for those who have time in the city before the trip starts) 
Hassan II Mosque (Sat to Thurs) 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. – 120 MAD 
Villa de Arts (Tues to Sat) – free 
Jewish Museum (Mon to Fri) – 30 MAD 

Fès

Traditional Moroccan 3 course dinner with folklore entertainment, in an old former palace in the medina – 300 MAD
Medersa bou inania – 10 MAD
Medersa el Attarine – 10 MAD
Dar batha museum (Wed to Mon) – 10 MAD
Belghazi museum – 20 MAD

Ait Ben Haddou

Cooking class 100 MAD, includes: dinner

Marrakech

Moroccan 3 course dinner and folklore entertainment in a traditional restaurant overlooking the famous Djemma el Fna Square – 400 MAD
Ali Ben Youssef Medersa – 40 MAD
Koubba Ba’adiyn – 40 MAD
Museum of Marrakech – 40 MAD
El Badi Palace – 10 MAD
Dar si Said – 10 MAD
Majorelle and Museum of Islamic Art – 50 MAD
Bicycle hire – 70-100 MAD per day

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