Overview

This exchange in Morocco is an exceptional and unique opportunity to get a first-hand immersion in the Moroccan Muslim culture and society. Interact with Moroccans from all social levels through meetings and discussions with officials and deputies, activists and association leaders, and women cooperative members. Of course, you will enjoy the Moroccan hospitality and cooking workshops during your homestay days.

Home Hospitality

Provided by the Friendship Force club of Azrou, Morocco.

Live With a Local

  • Cultural activities and meetings with a local youth association, or at the house of parliaments or other Moroccan institutions.
  • Traditional wedding party with your new friends in Rabat in a member’s house in the Medina. Moroccan pastries and tea will be served.
  • Visit a women’s cooperative that works with herbs and medicinal plants. Participate in a cooking workshop and have lunch with the cooperative members.
  • Participate in an art project and English/Arabic language workshop with children with disabilities at the Down’s Center, then share a dinner with the children and their parents.
  • Experience an “Arabian One Thousand and One Nights” evening with all kinds of Moroccan folklore bands and music.
  • Get immersed into the Berber's culture and daily life, with a cooking workshop, tea making contest, getting water from the well, music and dance, followed by a night at the guest house in the Berber village.
  • Visit some women’s cooperatives making famous Argan Oil and other traditional products.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Take a tour of the Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in North Africa.
  • Explore the relaxing blue city of Chefchaouen.
  • Go on a guided tour of the amazing Fes medina.
  • Travel to Merzouga for a camel trek on the sand dunes.
  • Journey to Ourzazate, where you will visit the gorgeous gorges and the beautiful Kasabas and the Todra River Valley.
  • Visit the Cinema Studios where the most American Hollywood films were shot.
  • Spend a lively evening in the Djamaa El Fna, that comes alive at night with storytellers, musicians, and other entertainers.
  • Stop to visit the port of Safi city.
We had the warmest welcome one can wish for! Moroccans are so friendly and proud to share their culture. - American Ambassador, 2015

Global: Discover Morocco II

18 Days / 19 Nights Program and Itinerary:

September 22, 2017 – October 9, 2017
Coordinator: Diana McIntyre Clara, FF Edmonton and Area, Canada
dianamci@shaw.ca

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

DAY 1: CASABLANCA

Upon arrival in Casablanca, you will be transferred to your hotel for a rest. Then, a short walk to explore one of Casablanca neighbourhoods. Night at your hotel.

DAY 2: CASABLANCA/RABAT

After breakfast the group will have a tour of the Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in North Africa

After the tour drive to Rabat.

Lunch in Rabat with your hosts.

After lunch, visit the Mohammed VI mausoleum, then, check in with your host family.

Night and dinner with your hosts.

DAY 3: Rabat

Free morning with your hosts including a visit to the Rabat medina.

Around 9:00 am, cultural activities and meetings with a local youth association, or at the house of parliament or other Moroccan institutions.

Lunch and free time with your hosts until 6:00 pm.

6:30 pm: Traditional wedding party with your new FF Rabat friends in a member’s house in the Medina.

Moroccan pastries and tea will be served.

Night and dinner with hosts.

DAY 4: Rabat/Chefchaouen

After breakfast with your hosts, drive to the humble and relaxing blue city of Chefchaouen.

Lunch on the way.

Upon arrival, hotel check in and rest.

Dinner at a restaurant then night at your hotel.

DAY 5: Chefchaouen

After breakfast at your hotel, a guided tour in the picturesque blue medina.

Lunch at a restaurant. Then continue the tour.

Dinner and nights at your hotel.

DAY 6: Chefchaouen/Volubilis/Fes

After breakfast, drive to Fes.

Picnic lunch on the way.

First stop is a visit at Volubilis; the Roman ruins.

After the visit of Volubilis, drive to Fes where you will spend the night at your hotel.

Dinner at your hotel.

DAY 7: Fes/Azrou

After breakfast at your hotel, you will have a guided tour in the amazing Fes medina.

Lunch will be served in a traditional restaurant. After lunch and a rest, drive to Azrou.

Once in Azrou, you will meet with your hosts.

Night and dinner with hosts.

DAY 8: Azrou

Drive (15 minutes) to Ifrane where you will meet with some local officials and attend a presentation by Lotfi Lamrani about the history, reforms and development of The Kingdom of Morocco.

10:30 am: a short tour to explore Ifrane city and its famous stone lion.

Then drive to the cedar forest for a short walk and view of monkeys.

12:00 pm: Visit the herbs and medicinal plants at a Women’s Cooperative, including a cooking workshop and lunch with the Women Cooperative members.

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Art project and English/Arabic language workshop with children with disabilities at the Down’s Center.

Dinner with the children and their parents. Night with your hosts.

Day 9: Drive to Erfoud

Picnic lunch on the way.

On the way, we will have several rest stops to enjoy amazing sights in the fabulous Atlas Mountains and oases. Once in Erfoud, hotel check-in.

Dinner and night at your hotel.

DAY 10: Erfoud/Merzouga

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Merzouga to the Sand Dunes for a Camel Trek.

Then, back to Erfoud and free time.

Dinner and night at your hotel.

DAY 11: Erfoud/Ouarzazate

Today is an amazing journey to Ouarzazate, where you will visit the gorgeous Gorges and the beautiful Kasabas and the Todra River Valley.

Up on arrival to Ouarzazate, hotel check in and rest. Then, free time to explore the city.

Dinner at a restaurant. Night at your hotel.

DAY 12: Ouarzazate/Marrakech

After breakfast at your hotel, visit the Cinema Studios where the most American Hollywood films were shot.

After the visit, drive to Marrakech. Lunch on the way.

Once in Marrakech, hotel check-in and rest.

Then, visit to the most attractive center Djamaa El Fna alive at night with its storytellers, musicians and a lots of other entertainment.

After dinner, back to your hotel.

DAY 13: Marrakech

After breakfast at your hotel, guided tour in the Medina and visits to the most attractive monuments of Marrakech.

After lunch, continue the tour.

Then, free time before dinner and back to hotel.

9:00 pm: For an hour and one half Experience an “Arabian One Thousand and One Nights” evening with all kinds of Moroccan folkloric bands and music shows.

Night at your hotel.

DAY 14: Marrakech/Imintanoute

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Imintanoute for “A Day in the Life of a Berber.”

This will be an exceptional experience of immersion in the Berber’s culture and daily life including a cooking workshop, tea-making contest, getting water from the well, music and dance.

Night at the Guest House in the Berber village.

DAY 15: Imintanoute/Essaouira

After lunch at the Berber village, drive to Essaouira.

On the way to Essaouira, you will have stops to visit some women cooperatives making the famous Argan Oil and other traditional products.

Once in Essaouira, hotel check-in and rest. Dinner at a restaurant.

Then night at your hotel.

DAY 16: Essaouira

After breakfast at your hotel, a guided tour in the medina and afternoon at the ocean.

Dinner and night at your hotel.

DAY 17: Essaouira/Casablanca

After breakfast at your hotel, some free time and then drive to Casablanca.

Lunch on the way and stop to visit the port of Safi city.

Dinner and night at your hotel.

DAY 18: Casablanca Airport

After breakfast at your hotel and depart to airport, depending on your flight time.

Rate:

$2060 USD

Price Includes: FFI fees, hotel accommodations and homestays, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), all attractions listed in the itinerary, tips to guides & others, and an air-conditioned bus for travel throughout the exchange.

Availability:

Wait list only

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Know before you go

  • It’s warm and sunny for most of the year in Morocco. In the Mid-Atlas, the region of Ifrane and Azrou mountains, the weather is often cool by the end of the afternoons and evenings in summer and cold and snowy in winters.
  • There is an average amount of walking when visiting the various sites. Good walking shoes are a must as pavement and streets are often uneven.
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