Overview

This exciting Journey is a combination of a tour and a homestay, which will give you a great overview and understanding of Morocco. You will not only visit some world-famous sites, you will also get to experience the Moroccan way of life and hospitality and get to spend time with locals, learning about their culture and traditions, the kind of firsthand immersion that only Friendship Force provides! Meet, converse, and interact with Moroccans from all social levels from officials, to activists and association leaders, to women's cooperative members and more, all while you will enjoy the Moroccan-style of hospitality!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Azrou and Rabat.

Live With a Local

  • Observe the different lifestyles, customs, habits of your hosts in Rabat and Azrou, as well as the geographical and infrastructural contrast between their two cities.
  • Your visit and interaction with our members in both cities is a great contribution to the improvement and development of the Friendship Force presence in Morocco.
  • Participate in a recreation of a traditional Moroccan Wedding party, complete with Moroccan henna temporary tattoos, pastries, and tea.
  • Meet with officials at the Moroccan Parliament, NGO leaders, and officials at other institutions.
  • Spend time at the Association for Down's Syndrome children, interacting with the kids and their families.
  • Visit the FF Morocco Peace Pole, handmade by members for the 2016 World Conference in Marrakech.
  • Spend a day in the life of a Berber, during a completely immersive experience.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
  • Have a drink at a very special cafe/restaurant aboard a traditional Dhow boat.
  • Explore the 2000-year-old Roman ruins at the city of Volubilis.
  • Embark on a guided tour of Meknes, one of Morocco’s Imperial cities.
  • Take a guided tour of the medina of Fes, with narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco.
  • Learn about the Berber history and lifestyle at the Mid Atlas Berber culture museum.
  • Explore the city of Ifrane, known as “The Little Switzerland.”
  • See the natural beauty of the Middle Atlas Mountains and the Tondra Gorges.
  • Check out the Jemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech which comes alive at night with storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbecue pits.
Our hosts were wonderful and could not have been more accommodating. - Previous ambassador

Discover Morocco

15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:

November 1, 2018 – November 15, 2018
Coordinator: Linda Doyle, FF Fort Worth
ljdoyle@wildblue.net

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Nov. 1, 2018 - Casablanca

Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met by your private driver and transferred by van to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Hotel Novotel or Club Val D’Anfa

Nov. 2, 2018 - Casablanca/Rabat

After breakfast, you will have a tour of the amazing Hassan II mosque. It is one of the largest Mosques in the world and its hand-crafted beauty is breathtaking.

After the mosque tour, you will head north to Rabat.

Upon arrival, you will meet with the FF Morocco leaders. Then, you will be invited to have a drink at a very special cafe/restaurant Boat. This will be a unique opportunity to discover a model of a traditional Arabic wooden boat that is commonly known as “Dhow” in the Middle East.

After enjoying your drinks and the amazing panorama of the river Bouregrag, the ocean, and both Rabat and Salé cities, one of FF Morocco members will present to you a briefing about Rabat hosts and a reminder about the activities and the schedule. Then, you will be picked up by your hosts from the boat.

The rest of the day and first night will be with your hosts – dinner will be provided by your hosts.

During the free time, you will be able to go for a stroll (accompanied by your host) to explore some parts of the city.

Nov. 3, 2018 - Rabat

After breakfast with your hosts, meet with officials at the house of parliaments or with other Moroccan institutions or NGOs leaders.

After the meeting, its back to your host families for lunch and a free afternoon.

From 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, attend a welcome party with your new Rabat friends. This exciting event will be a representation of a Moroccan traditional wedding party in which a couple of FF ambassadors dressed in the Moroccan way, will play the role of the bride and the bridegroom.

Dinner at a restaurant with your hosts. (Dinner included in the Journey cost).

After dinner, back to your hosts’ homes for the second night.

Nov. 4, 2018 - Rabat/Volubilis/Meknes/Fes

After breakfast with your hosts, you will set out in the morning to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis on the way to Fes.

You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire.

Lunch will be taken in Meknes one of Morocco’s Imperial cities.

After lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of Meknes, and then you will head off to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco.

Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Hotel Barcelo

Nov. 5, 2018 - Fes

After breakfast, you will begin your guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled in cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco.

A visit to the Kings Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you will experience.

For lunch you will eat in traditional restaurant in the heart of the medina.

After lunch you will complete the tour and return to your hotel for the evening.

Dinner will be served in a local restaurant.

Hotel Barcelo

Nov. 6, 2018 - Fes/Azrou

After breakfast, the group will head up into the Middle Atlas Mountains where you will spend the next two days with your Moroccan host families.

Upon arrival in Azrou, all the ambassadors will be gathered in one of the host’s house where they will be joined by their hosts.

After a tea collective ceremony and a reminder about the activities and the schedule, ambassadors will be taken to their Azrou home for dinner and first night with their hosts.

Nov. 7, 2018 - Azrou

After breakfast with the hosts, go on a guided visit to the Mid Atlas Berber culture museum where you will discover the hidden Berbers patrimony such as ancient clothing, tools, arts products, and many more curiosities.

Visit the FF Morocco Peace Pole. The only one in Africa up till now. It was handmade by Lotfi Lamrani and Karim El Khyatti on the occasion of the 2016 Friendship Force World Conference in Marrakech and the 10th anniversary of the FF Morocco.

Attend a 20-minute presentation about the history, reforms, and developments in The Kingdom Morocco.

After a 15-minute drive, enjoy a guided tour to explore Ifrane, known as “The Little Switzerland” and considered the second-cleanest city in the world.

Lunch will be served at one of the best restaurants of the region where you will enjoy one of the local delicacies, sweet water fishmeal. (Lunch is included in the Journey cost).

Humanitarian Action at our cultural and children with disabilities center – during this time you will have the opportunity to bring a smile to our Down Syndrome children and others by playing games, singing, doing art projects.

After activities with the children, free time with your host.

Dinner and second night with your hosts.

Nov. 8, 2018 - Erfoud

After an early breakfast with your hosts, you will begin your ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains.

Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert.

Halfway, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks.

Upon arrival in Erfoud you will have a few different options:

SUNSET option, Tour #1 ($35 extra for this excursion): In the evening, you will travel across the barren desert land in your 4-wheel drive vehicle (35-minute drive) to Dunes d’Or. Then you will set off by camel for a 1/2-hour trek out onto the dunes, where you will watch the sunset. You will return back by 4×4 to the Kasbah in Erfoud for dinner and sleep.

BERBER TENT option, Tour #2 ($60 extra): After the 35-minute drive and arriving at Dunes D’Or you set off for a two-hour camel ride into the dunes, where you will have dinner and spend the night in the Berber Tents at the Oasis. In the morning you will return by camel, then 4×4 across the desert to join the rest of the group in Erfoud to continue the tour together.

Nov. 9, 2018 - Todra Gorges/Dades

After breakfast, you will return by camel to the 4×4s and head back to Erfoud. From Erfoud you set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Todra Gorges.

In the afternoon, you will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (600 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco.

You will stay the night in Dades before you cross the High Atlas Mountains.

Dinner will be served at the Kasbah.

Xaluca Dades

Nov. 10, 2018 - Dades Gorges/Ouarzazate

After an early breakfast you will set off towards Ouarzazate along the route of 1000 Kasbahs. If you would like, you can visit the ancient Kasbahs in the palmaries. A trip up into the Dades Gorges is worth your time as you experience this amazing natural wonder.

Upon arrival in Ouarzazate, you can visit this southern town, probably most famous now for the films that have been produced in the area.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Hotel Riad Salam

Nov. 11, 2018 - Ouarzazate/Day in the Life of a Berber

After and early breakfast, the group will set off to a Berber village to enjoy a truly cultural experience – The Day in the Life of a Berber. The group will learn firsthand by collecting water from the well, cooking lunch, brewing Berber mint tea, and sleeping in a Berber house.

Lunch and dinner are included as part of the experience in the Day of the Life of a Berber.

Nov. 12, 2018 - Day in the Life of a Berber/Marrakech

After breakfast, you will head off towards Marrakech.

Once in Marrakech, you will check into your hotel and then head off to the Jemaa el-Fna, the center square of the medina. The famous Jemaa el-Fna, is one of the center attractions of Marrakech. Coming alive at night with the local storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbeque pits, the square is well worth a visit. A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular aerial view of the bustling square.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Hotel Mogador Opera

Nov. 13, 2018 - Marrakech

After breakfast, the group will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden treasures.

After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech.

The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market) lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco.

Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Hotel Mogador Opera

Nov. 14, 2018 - Marrakech/Casablanca

At your convenience, the group will head back to Casablanca for their last night.

Dinner will be served in Rick’s Café.

Hotel Novotel or Club Val D’Anfa

Nov. 15, 2018 - Casablanca/Depart

After breakfast, the group will be taken to the airport for departure.

Rate:

$2290 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, a tour of Morocco including 10 nights of four-star hotel accommodation, most meals – (10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners), air-conditioned transportation, an English speaking guide, excursions in Volubilis, Meknes, and Day in the Life, entrance fees to historical sites, portage tips for bag, a four-night homestay including meals with the host families, a wedding party in a venue including a music band, a henna maker, Moroccan pastries, tea and drinks, and traditional clothing for the couple of ambassadors playing the bride and groom, dinner in a restaurant in Rabat and lunch in a restaurant in Ifrane.
Additional Cost Options: Single room supplement: $547 Desert Sunset Option 1: $35 per person Desert Berber Tent Options 2: $60 per person Transfers to/from airport if the arrival is different than the main group: $45 for 1 to 5 people, $65 for 6 to 9.

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Know before you go

  • Journey Number 14229
  • As a reminder, this Journey is a combination of a tour and a homestay, providing ambassadors with a well-rounded overview and understanding of Morocco
  • Morocco is in North Africa, and the Sahara Desert dominates the south. This means it has high temperatures all year round. Although there’s different weather around the country, you can usually count on an average of 17-23° C in November.
  • Dress code: women often dress modestly in Moroccan culture, it is recommended for visitors to follow the same rule, especially outside of the big cities. For presentations and meetings with officials, like in Azrou and Rabat, please dress officially. For example, suits for men and long clothes for ladies would be appropriate.
  • Two FF Morocco members - experienced in managing FF Journeys - will always be with the group of ambassadors as cultural facilitator and co-manager of the program with the Ambassador Coordinator.
  • When invited to a home, you normally take your shoes off before entering the reception rooms – follow your host’s lead.
 
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