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Marrakech

Morocco

June 11 - 17th 2019

Registration Opens  January 14, 2019 

8am EST

Marrakech

A timeless city

Marrakech is a heady mix of colors, smells, and sounds that have inspired and enchanted its visitors for centuries. It’s got rustic charm and is a delicate mix between the traditional and cosmopolitan. It’s a place where you will be challenged socially and culturally, but it is also a place that is easy to fall in love with. You will be able to experience everything from traditional cuisine, shopping in maze-like artisan markets, to trekking the Sahara Desert on camels.

What's Included
  • Private Traditional Riad with shared double/triple/quad rooms at 4 star rated Riad)

  • Airport Pickup (Arrival at RAK)

  • Welcome Gift

  • Transportation to activities listed in itinerary 

  • 6 Breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

  • Guided tour of the Medina in Marrakech

  • Cooking Class in Marrakech

  • Scenic drive through the Atlas Mountains

  • Camel ride to Sahara Desert

  • 1 night in Sahara Desert camp

  • Traditional Bedouin dinner

  • Professional Photographer

  • 2 On-site coordinators

Not Included
  • Plane Ticket (Budget approx. $600 - $1500)

  • Trip insurance mandatory (budget approx. $70)

  • Meals not mentioned (Budget approx. $150)

  • Alcohol 

  • Misc expenses (tips, taxis, etc.)

  • Optional Activities

  • Return Airport Transfer

Packages
  • Silver Package - $1100

    • Quad occupancy room​

  • Gold Package - $1300

    • Triple occupancy room​

  • Platinum Package - $1500

    • Double (1 double or 2 twins) occupancy room​

 

A $400.00 deposit is required to secure your spot. Payment plans options will be availble during registration. Additional details to follow.

 
 

Day to Day Activities

DAY 1: WELCOME TO MARRAKECH

You made it! Once you arrive at our private Riad (a traditional house built around a central courtyard) and get settled, we’ll have a welcome reception with mimosas so you can get introduced to everyone; your crew will be young professionals from all over the world, from many different backgrounds. Our participants are compassionate, open-minded, and know how to live it up! As a group, we’ll head to our welcome dinner and get ready for the journey ahead.

DAY 2: THE REAL MARRAKECH

The best way to truly get an understanding of a place is by interactively learning its history. We’ll discover the history and culture of Marrakech from its foundation until present times. We’ll stroll through the medina, a densely packed walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire. The main artery into this mazy muddle is the vast square of Djemaa El Fna, where it's carnival night every night. Stroll between snail vendors, soothsayers, acrobats and conjurers, musicians and slapstick acting troupes to discover the old city's frenetic pulse.

DAY 3: SAHARA DESERT & THE MOUNTAINS

Bring your backpack, a change of clothes, and a warm sweater because we will spend 2 days exploring the Atlas Mountains, Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate, and the Sahara Desert. We’ll get picked up from our Riad and spend the day discovering UNESCO World Heritage Sites and taking in the Draa Valley. At the end of the day, we’ll enjoy a sunset camel ride and eat our dinner at our desert bivouac campsite in the Zagora dunes. We’ll spend the evening listening to traditional songs around the campfire, enjoying libations, and gazing at the stars.

DAY 4: BREAKFAST ON SAND DUNES

Morning sunrise on the dunes is something not to be missed. Camel trekking ride back to Zagora to reach your vehicle and start your trip back to Ouarzazate through the Draa valley and Agdz. In Ouarzazate you visit the Taourirt Kasbah and have lunch. Afternoon travel back to Marrakech. After resting a bit, you can experience a taste of nightlife.

DAY 5: LET’S GET COOKING

Gain a newfound appreciation for Moroccan cuisine during our small group cooking class. We will prepare traditional dishes such as couscous or ‘tagine’ (a meat and vegetable dish named after the pot used for cooking). Finish by feasting on your culinary creations in a peaceful riad setting. Use the rest of the day to bargain for textiles at the market, get lost (and found) in the medina, visit stunning mosques or ancient tombs. You have so many options, it will be hard to choose. Grab the crew you vibe with the best and get Moroccan-and-rollin’.

DAY 6: HAMMAM & CHILL

You’ll need a minute to rest and take it a little slower. Today’s the perfect opportunity to discover some of the maze-like alleys, thriving souks, pristine gardens, or visit the spa & traditional hammam. You can schedule a private photoshoot with Justin Milhouse, get to know your new travel companions, or hang by the pool.You have the freedom to spend the day however you like!

DAY 7: SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.  Use today to do some last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping. Make sure to get that perfect photo, drink one more mint tea, and savour your last tagine.  It may seem like your time in Marrakech flew by, but the memories and friendships you've made will last forever.

Things to Know

 
  • Morocco is a Muslim country and specific cultural customs will need to be observed. You can still have lots of fun, but modesty in dress and drinking in public are appreciated.

  • The national language is Arabic, but most people in hospitality use French, and some Spanish.

  • This trip has one night of "glamping" without access to running water, wifi, or refrigeration.

  • This trip includes 2 long drives through the mountains, and riding camels through the desert for 2 hours; it’s totally worth it.

  • Morocco is a cultural experience, and extremely beautiful, but you have to be mindful that it’s a developing nation, as well as a majority Muslim country, so it will be different, but if you are open to it, it will take your breath away.

  • The Sahara Desert covers a large portion of Morocco. But, the entire country isn’t desert. There are also mountain ranges, forests, and fields.

  • Morocco is about the same size as the US state of California

  • Our groups are from diverse backgrounds, represent many industries, and are from all over the U.S. and Western Europe.

  • You do not need to know anyone, but if you bring friends along, expect to leave the trip with a few new friends.

  • Shops and museums will be closed on Friday afternoons for a holy day.

  • You will get offered tea everywhere, even when you are shopping! It is very polite to accept.

  • You might be tempted to visit Morocco over and over again in your life, as well as explore other parts of Africa.