Morocco is an enthralling country with an incredibly diverse landscape and a fusion of old and modern progressive influences melding together. There are few places in the world where you can experience a whole multitude of life in such close proximity to each other. School trips to Morocco are perfect for learning and observing the varied terrains and rocky geology of mountains, gorges and vast deserts to complement classroom learning.
Day by day
Welcome by your local guide and transfer to your hotel or riad in the Medina. Orientation tour and free time for sightseeing and diner in a local restautrant.
Leave the busy city behind as you head for the Atlas. The Berbers live here; to see their villages and to observe their everyday farmland and village activities is fascinating. Their traditional mud-brick homes are seen plus the rapid, recent change to concrete construction.
Ouzoud Falls are en route, an ideal stop for refreshment. Reach the happy valley in the afternoon, visit of the dinosaur footprints in the village of Ibakliouen then continue to the village of Rbat. Welcome by the members of Tawaya NGO and your local hosts, after a cup of mint tea, time to explore the village and meet with the local inhabitants.
We spend three days at a traditional Berber village, helping on vital projects which directly benefit the local community.
The exact project will depend on the community needs at the time but previous group projects have included school painting, training center, and nursery school building, language courses, and tree planting to combat mountain erosions.
During your stay, you will have the opportunity to learn about the Berber culture, traditions and way of life, share the daily life of the local populations, learn the Berber language, participate in Henna and tea ceremonies, traditional cooking class, carpet weaving, Berber traditional music, and dancing etc.
Today you will begin a two-day trek in the happy valley of Ait Bougumez. An amazing trek through green valleys and over peaks with breath-taking sceneries at the heart of the UNESCO Mgoun geopark. During the trek, you
The trek passes through adobe Berber villages with a chance to stop for a refreshing mint tea! spend the night in a local home in the valley of Ait Hkem.
Continue your trek through the Berber villages towards the village of Timit, visit Sidi Moussa shrine and Ecole vivante campus. Overnight in a local guesthouse
Leave the Bougumez valley towards the coastal town of Essaouira via Marrakech.
The route takes you over extensive, rolling plains. On approaching the western seaboard of Morocco a unique forest is encountered. Argan trees grow only here (nowhere else) and their fruits are very useful.
You may see goats grazing on the fruits of the argan trees, high in the tree branches, quite a sight, but needed when grass pasture is limited/unavailable. Also, the argan nuts, held within the fruits, are very useful for culinary and cosmetic purposes. The nuts contain argan oil that is extracted. There may be the opportunity to stop off at an Argan Co-operative to see this extraction process in action.
On arrival into Essaouira, enjoy some independent leisure walking the impressive seawalls, discovering delights in the Old Medina area, perhaps enjoying some time down by the very active fishing harbor (and possibly taking lunch in a seafood restaurant there; this can be arranged for you if wished).
Optional activities: Horse riding, ATV Quad adventure, Surfing, Kite-surfing
Essaouira, called the well-designed, is facing the Atlantic Ocean. Since Antiquity Essaouira is inhabited by indigenous Berbers, Phoenicians, and Romans, it is only from the Fifteenth century that the site is really occupied by the Portuguese, who build in 1506 a fortress and ramparts quickly abandoned before the fierce resistance of the local population.
Its ancient medina extends over thirty hectares, built on a rocky peninsula in the ocean in a succession of islets scattered on the coast. It is Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdellah who orders its construction in 1760, Several famous architects participate, such as Theodore Cornut, which draws the plan of the city.
It is also renowned for windsurfing and kitesurfing, thanks to the powerful winds that blow almost constantly in the bay, as well as the annual organization of a stage of the kitesurf world cup. Its specific craftsmanship is also prized, such as the work of cedarwood. The fish market and spices are just as important. The region of Essaouira has the particularity of having a lot of argan trees which is endemic to Morocco.
Morning transfer to Marrakech, on the way visit an Argan oil women cooperative on the way. Check-in into your hotel and free time in the Medina
Enjoy a morning walking tour of the city centre, taking in the main sights on your way to the sprawling Djemaa el- Fna main square and Souq. As is usual in a Souq, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, potters and weavers. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you are almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display – perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers or some spices. The market almost has the atmosphere of a medieval fair. Snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening, wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies.
Spend some time to scroll in the Medina before heading to the airport for your departure flight.