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Wander through kasbahs, spice markets and cities pulsing with energy on this comprehensive Morocco trip. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the energy of imperial cities as you explore souks stuffed with exotic wares. Then take a moment to appreciate an amazing adventure as you camp under the stars among some of the world's biggest sand dunes.


June 30 : Casablanca

Arrive at any time. We typically have a group meeting around 6 or 7 PM at the starting hotel.

July 1 : Casablanca/Tangier/Chefchaouen (1B)

Stop in Tangier for a guided tour of the medina, continue on to Chefchaouen for the evening.

July 2 : Chefchaouen (1B)

Opt to hike in the Rif Mountains, explore the town, try a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers' cooperative.

July 3 : Chefchaouen/Meknes/Volubilis/Fes (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch before taking a guided tour of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Continue on to Fès.

July 4 : Fès (1B)

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.

July 5 : Fès/Merzouga (1B,1D)

Enjoy a long, but beautiful, travel day across the unique landscape of Morocco to get to the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.

July 6 : Merzouga/Sahara Bedouin Camp (1B,1D)

In the morning explore the sand dunes by foot or opt to take a 4x4 safari. In the late afternoon enjoy a camel ride to overnight in a desert camp.

July 7 : Sahara Bedouin Camp/Todra Gorge (1B)

Walk through local village farmlands before exploring the cliff-sided canyons of the mighty Todra Gorge.

July 8 : Todra Gorge/Aït Ben Haddou (1B)

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.

July 9 : Aït Ben Haddou/Aroumd (1B,1D)

Enjoy a hike to the village of Aroumd, at the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Let a mule carry the bags up to this mountain hideaway and hike alongside. Enjoy views of Mt Toubkal from the mountain gîte before a home-cooked dinner.

July 10 : Aroumd/Essaouira (1B)

Walk back to Imlil and transfer to the coastal town of Essaouira. The day is free for exploration.

July 11 : Essaouira (1B)

Enjoy a free day exploring this coastal port town any way you like.

July 12 : Essaouira/Marrakech (1B)

Drive to Marrakech for a medina tour with a certified city guide. Opt to visit Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers.

July 13 : Marrakech (1B)

Enjoy a final free day to explore.

July 14 : Marrakech (1B)

Depart at any time.

Detailed Itinerary

June 30 : Casablanca

You are welcome to arrive in Casablanca at any time, as today is a designated arrival day with no planned activities. Please note that there will be an important welcome meeting this evening at our joining hotel at around 6 PM or 7 PM. Please check the hotel notice board for more information on the location of this meeting or ask at reception. After learning more about our tour and plans for the following day, you are welcome to join our leader and your travelling companions for an optional dinner nearby.

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 visit the spectacular Hassan II mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours which operate from Saturday to Thursday (closed Fridays) at 09h00, 10h00, 11h00, and 14h00. Please refer to optional activity section of these notes for prices. These times are subject to change please double check these times with your hotel.

Overnight in Casablanca.

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

July 1 : Casablanca/Tangier/Chefchaouen (1B)

Depart in the morning by private van for Tangier. Take a guided tour of the city including the medina, kasbah, Grand Socco (a bustling square at the entrance to the medina) and Petit Socco, a little square in the medina perfect for people-watching and mint tea-drinking. In the afternoon, continue on to Chefchaouen.

Tangier is an exotic mix of influences, located at the northern tip of Morocco. With culture, cuisine and language coming from North Africa, Spain, Portugal and France, this bustling port city is unique and fascinating.

Chefchaouen is a gorgeous mountain town in northern Morocco. It is often skipped when travelling the standard route around Morocco but is truly one of the most special places to visit. Set in the Rif Mountains, this town's white-washed buildings with blue accents make it one of the most picturesque places in the country. Known as the Blue City, the distinctive blue color was added by the city's Jewish population who lived as refugees in the 1930s. The main square is lined with cafés and shops selling a multitude of handicrafts, often not available elsewhere in the country.

Estimated travel time to Tangier: 5 hrs
Estimated travel time to Chefchaouen: 2 hrs

July 2 : Chefchaouen (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Chefchaouen to explore. The city, whitewashed in different shades of blue, is spectacular on its own but with the surrounding mountains, it's a sight to behold. Options to hike in the Rif Mountains (Free), visit a Hammam (Roughly $22), visit a local weavers' cooperative (Free) and explore the town.

July 3 : Chefchaouen/Meknes/Volubilis/Fes (1B, 1L)

We leave Chefchaouen and drive to Meknes where we visit a Planeterra-supported traditional lunch program that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. It provides access to education opportunities and health care services. The proceeds from this lunch help support vocational training for rural women to work from home so they can 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.

In the afternoon we make our way through the rolling hills for a guided visit of the impressive Roman ruins of Volubilis, the best preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa. 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.

We leave the Roman Empire to make our way to Fes. We will be staying in the new city of Fes, 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.

Overnight in Fes.

Approx travel time: Chefchaouen to Meknes- 4.5 hrs excluding stops
Approx travel time: Meknes to Volubilis, 45 mins. Volubilis to Fes, 2 hrs excluding stops.

July 4 : Fès (1B)

Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city.

The Fes medina is the world’s largest medina with over 9,000 winding streets lying within 365 hectares. Buildings within the medina date back to the 9th century, during the 11th century Fes was the largest city in the known world. There are 350 mosques in the medina where the locals can enter to pray, which devout Muslims do five times a day as part of the five pillars of Islam.

We enter through one of the great gates into the chaotic, confusing and melee that is the Fes medina. We explore the medina’s many artisans’ quarters, such as the brass, copper and wedding adornment souks. The carpenters, bakers, butchers & spice sellers also have their area of the medina that they call home. A highlight is a visit to the famous Fes tannery, where we have great views from a panoramic viewpoint over the men hard at work treating and dying the different hides.

In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing.

(Please note, only certified local Fes guides are allowed to guide in the medina, so for the free day your tour leader, who is a national certified guide, cannot accompany you here, but will be able to help you find a local guide if you wish. Of course you can just wander at your leisure!)

Overnight in Fes.

July 5 : Fès/Merzouga (1B,1D)

Today we have a full travel day through the diverse landscapes that make Morocco so unique. Pass through the cedar and pine forests, keeping an eye out for Barbary apes. Pass over the Middle Atlas Mountains through the pre-desert countryside with its deep gorges filled with splendid oasis of green palm groves, finally arriving at the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.

We spend the night in a desert auberge (simple hotel), located right on the edge of the dunes. Here we will have dinner local-style and spend the night. Please note, some rooms may have shared bathroom facilities at the desert auberge.

Day 6: Overnight in Merzouga (Auberge); Approx travel time including stops: Fes to Merzouga, 10-11hrs

July 6 : Merzouga/Sahara Bedouin Camp (1B,1D)

Today is free until we head out on our camel safari in the late afternoon. Why not spend the cool of the morning exploring the undulating golden sands of the dunes. Or simply relax by the pool or read a book in the cool communal couch area. We also offer an optional activity of a 4x4 safari into the sand dunes of the Sahara desert. Ask your tour leader for more details and current price of this exciting adventure.

Taking only our day packs with what we will need for this evening, 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 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. It is back to nature as far as bathroom facilities go. We will have breakfast upon our return to our Merzouga auberge.

Day 7: Overnight in the Sahara Desert (Nomad Camp); Approx travel time: Merzouga to camp, 1hr (by camel)

July 7 : Sahara Bedouin Camp/Todra Gorge (1B)

We rise early for a morning departure by camel from the camp and return to our auberge where we have our breakfast. Continue by bus to Tinehrir and into the Todra Valley. Enjoy a walk in the lush palm groves and learn more about local life in this region, including which crops are grown and how the land is farmed. You may even be lucky to taste some of the fruit in season straight from the source.

Head to the stunning Todra Gorge, we spend the night in this beautiful and peaceful area. The Todra River has carved out cliff-sided canyons through the mountains with the final 300m of the gorge being the most spectacular as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10m wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 m high on each side.

Today the Todra River looks more like a stream as it runs its way through the gorge, with hotels and restaurants huddled against the steep walls. It is easy to walk through the gorge, there is a well-maintained dirt road to walk along. The scenery is spectacular.

While staying in a hotel nestled in between the sheer cliffs of the gorge you will have the chance to enjoy a relaxing evening indulging in local Berber cuisine. Please note that due to location, the hotel power is run by a generator and the electricity is turned off every night at approximately 11pm. We recommend bringing a headlamp for getting around at night if necessary.

Overnight in Todra Gorge.

Approx travel time: Merzouga to Todra Gorge, 4-6 hrs with stops.

July 8 : Todra Gorge/Aït Ben Haddou (1B)

This morning we continue along the "Route of a 1000 Kasbahs" to Ouarzazate where we will take our lunch break.

We continue on to the village of Aït Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a collection of kasbahs (a type of fortress). 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.

This evening there may be the chance for an optional cooking class. Learn the secrets of how to make the perfect tagine and then sample your skills for your dinner. Once at home you can impress your friends with your culinary skills!

Overnight in Ait Ben Haddou.

Approx travel time including stops: Todra Gorge to Ait Ben Haddou, 5-6 hrs.

July 9 : Aït Ben Haddou/Aroumd (1B,1D)

We leave the pre-desert country for the magnificent High Atlas mountain landscape, crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2260m, before heading into the splendid Toubkal National Park, passing through small villages on winding mountain roads, arriving at the village of Imlil. With our main luggage transported by mule, we embark on the walk from Imlil to the little village of Aroumd (1 to 1.5 hours), arriving at our simple mountain gîte for the night.

While the walk to the gîte is uphill, we will take it at a slow pace and it is achievable by anyone of average fitness. Some participants have recommended hiking poles for those with knee issues. Accommodation is multi-share, up to 6 beds in each room. Bedding is provided. You will also need to bring your own bath towel. Bathroom facilities are shared.

Tonight we enjoy a homemade dinner of local produce in the cozy salon. Settle in and enjoy the tranquility, fantastic views and clean mountain air of this magical region.

Overnight in the High Atlas Mountains (Aroumd).

Approx travel time: Ait Ben Haddou to Imlil, 5hrs
Approx walking time: Imlil to Aroumd, 1 hour

July 10 : Aroumd/Essaouira (1B)

After breakfast we'll walk back out to meet our transport in Imlil and head to the coastal town of Essaouira, arriving in the mid-afternoon leaving you free time to explore.

Overnight in Essaouira.

Approx travel time including stops: Imlil to Essaouira, 5hrs
Approx walking time: Aremd to Imlil, 1 hour

July 11 : Essaouira (1B)

Today is free to browse the many shops for the many crafts on sale, watch the brightly painted ships bring their catch into the busy harbor or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. It's a perfect place to enjoy some local seafood and unwind. You might even like to enjoy some of the wide variety of activities on offer such as wind surfing and horse riding. Your tour leader can arrange camel riding on the beach in Essaouira for you, please ask them for more details if you are interested.

Overnight in Essaouira.

July 12 : Essaouira/Marrakech (1B)

In the morning, we continue our journey to Marrakech. Once arriving in the red city join your certified city guide for a tour of the Marrakech medina. Visit the historical Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah and the Saadian Tombs. Take note as your guide takes you through some of the local souks with their narrow, winding streets. Once the tour is finished you are free to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city at your leisure. 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.

Overnight in Marrakech.

Approx travel time: Essaouira to Marrakech, 3-4 hrs

July 13 : Marrakech (1B)

Today is a free day to explore. A great place to start your adventure is Djemaa el Fna square, in the heart of the medina. The square changes its offerings throughout the day. In the morning you can wander past the fresh orange juice stalls, water sellers in colorful costumes with traditional leather water bags, 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. Perhaps end the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna.

Overnight in Marrakech.

July 14 : Marrakech (1B)

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!

Stuff You Need to Know

Terms and Conditions

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

We want to emphasize the cancellation policy:

All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to 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.

* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Deposit is kept on file for future use and all other program fee payments are refunded

* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use

* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = No refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use

Trip Notes

1. Pace.
This is a very fast paced itinerary which covers lots of ground. While this is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the available time, 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. 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 very hot and tiring) for those who can not or prefer not to ride a camel.

3. 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. Tour vehicle may not be equipped with seat belts as it is not a legal requirement in buses in Morocco. The minivans have air conditioning, however please note that summer temperatures in Morocco can easily reach over 100 Degrees Fahrenheit. When the outside temperature is so hot, a minibus air conditioning system will not be able to cool the bus to the temperatures you are used to enjoying at home. Please bear in mind that travelling in Morocco in summer will inevitably involve very hot temperatures and some discomfort may be experienced when travelling.

4. Getting back to Casablanca
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.

Service Level


Step out of the normal tourist mind-set and truly experience the world. Most nights will have you staying in a simple yet clean twin-share hotel or lodge rooms with private facilities, complete with running water and electricity. Occasionally you may have a multi-share night at rustic local guesthouses, with communal bathrooms and the sporadic cold shower. Transportation will be a combination of public transport, private buses and some private vehicles.

Physical Grading


2: Light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.

Minimum/Maximum Group Size

This program is confirmed to run and will have a maximum of 14 participants.

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 travelling 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.

Packing List

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to handle your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them between transport and hotels (max. 15-20 mins walking) and up and down stairs. Luggage space is limited so again, smaller is better.

Most travelers carry a large multi-day backpack or rolling suitcase of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!). In general you want a bag that has a capacity of around 40 to 65 liters. If you are asking us for our suggestion, we would recommend a backpack over a rolling suitcase. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like smartphones.

Hard-shell suitcases, as well as being too heavy and difficult for you to carry, place an unreasonable burden on the mules we use to carry baggage to Aremd in the Atlas Mountains. Please bring a soft wheeled case, backpack or light sports bag. We are able to transport a maximum of one check-in size bag and one daypack per person.

Suggested Checklist

•Light Fleece top
•Small towel (For the beach and the Atlas mountain night) and swimwear
•Sun hat
•Personal clothing for mild to hot weather (T-Shirts, Shorts, etc. For women we recommend clothing that covers knees and shoulders. Pack 8 or 9 outfits and then do laundry at some point.)
•Day pack to carry belongings on desert excursion
•Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes (Running shoes are fine too)
•Sport sandals or Flip-flops
•Watch or alarm clock
•Water bottle
•Flashlight or headlamp
•Wash cloth (If you normally use a washcloth at home as most hotels do not have them.)
•Money belt
•Clothes for mosques – Knees and shoulders must be covered
•Insect repellent
•Head lamp
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•Toiletries (Your hotels will have soap and shampoo, but no conditioner)
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Optional Checklist

•Light weight silk sleep sheet for use in desert and at mountain gite.
•Travel pillow
•Money belt
•Water bottle
•Phone/Tablet for internet (Most hotels have WiFi)
•Chargers for electronics as well converters/adaptors if needed (See FAQ)
•Light fleece top (Just for the flight)
•Packing cubes (These are awesome)
•Ear Plugs (Hearos Xtreme Protection 33 decibel ear plugs 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
•Moleskin for blisters

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)

Single Travellers

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. If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with, GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. 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 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.


Spending Money

Every traveler is different and therefore spending requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, and tipping. Please look at our “Costs” tab when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

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

ATMs are found within main cities in Morocco and will generally accept 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 US 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 US 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 when buying cash!

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

Medical Forms

GEEO travel programs bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, at minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage. While our tour leaders work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings above for more information.

Optional Activities

Please note: All optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance which activities you would like to sign up for. 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 feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.


Casablanca (for those who have time in the city before the trip starts)
Hassan II Mosque (Sat to Thurs) 9, 10, 11 and 2pm – Dh120
Villa de Arts (Tues to Sat) – free
Jewish Museum (Mon to Fri) - Dh30


Dar Jamai Museum (Wed to Mon) - Dh20
Medersa bou Inania - Dh10
Koubbat as Sufara - Dh10
Heri es Souani - Dh10


Medersa bou inania – Dh10
Medersa el Attarine - Dh10
Dar batha museum (Wed to Mon) - Dh10
Belghazi museum - Dh20

Merzouga- Desert

Half-day 4x4 excursion around the Dunes of Merzouga
Price: 25 euro per person (270 dirhams) Includes: 4x4 jeeps with driver/guide

Ait Ben Haddou

Cooking class Dh100 (includes dinner)


Camel ride on beach at Essaouira Price: 29 euro per person (315 dirhams) Includes: riding camel, transfers from/to hotel.
Surf lessons – Dh 480 – 900 (depending on length)
Horse riding - Dh 250
Quad biking - Dh 450
Kite Surfing – Dh 35 1(hrs), Dh 50 (2hrs)
Surfing rental - Dhs15, 20, 25, 30 (1hr, 2 hrs, 3 hrs, 1 day)
Boat excursion along the coast: Dh 20 (1hr)
All Essaouira activities are weather and season dependent.


Traditional Hammam (steam bath) including massage – Dh 300
Moroccan 3 course dinner and folklore entertainment in a traditional restaurant overlooking the famous Djemma el Fna Square - Dh 400
Ali Ben Youssef Medersa - Dh 40
Koubba Ba’adiyn - Dh 40
Museum of Marrakech - Dh 40
El Badi Palace - Dh10
Dar si Said - Dh10
Majorelle and Museum of Islamic Art - Dh 30
Bicycle hire – Dh 70–100 per day


Please keep in mind this trip is designed to give you the freedom to do whatever interests you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and keep in mind these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Just breakfasts and a few dinners are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat on your own budget. The prices below are in US dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip.

Tour Company Fee

$1424 USD

Non-Educator Fee

GEEO program fee for Non-Educators: $100 USD (Educators do not have to pay this fee)

Optional Activities

$100-$500 USD

International Airfare from USA

Roughly $1100-$2000 USD


$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.
See our FAQ for advice on Travel Insurance.


$40-$50 USD for your G Adventures Tour leader. Another $60 should cover guides and drivers on other activities.

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

$390-$510 USD

Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.

Make sure you budget for these types of expenses. It is necessary to buy water each day to stay hydrated during walking tours, etc. Depending on where the water is purchased, this can become a noticeable expense of a few dollars a day.

Airport and Departure Taxes

This is usually included in your flight price.


$0-$???? USD (Check with your doctor to see what you will need and what is covered by your insurance)


$0 USD (Americans don’t need a visa for travel in Morocco. Check with your local embassy if you are not American.)




What should be my expectations for this GEEO program?

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

• 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. Sometimes the accommodation is not air conditioned.

• 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. Tour vehicle may not be equipped with seat belts as it is not a legal requirement in buses in Morocco. The minivans have air conditioning, however please note that summer temperatures in Morocco can easily reach over 100 Degrees Fahrenheit. When the outside temperature is so hot, a minibus air conditioning system will not be able to cool the bus to the temperatures you are used to enjoying at home. Please bear in mind that travelling in Morocco in summer will inevitably involve very hot temperatures and some discomfort may be experienced when travelling.

• You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack. We recommend using a large backpack along with a smaller daypack, which is typically the most comfortable way to carry your possessions.

• Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks.

• We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes 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.

• We try to set up a school visit on each program, but these sometimes fall through due to complications. Please understand they are not a guaranteed part of the program.

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

Where do I meet the group? What happens when I arrive at the airport?

Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. 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 or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), 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 are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.

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!


From the airport

You can take a taxi from the airport entrance which will take approximately 1hour (35km) to the hotel. Cost is around 300dh.

There is also a train that you can take to Casa Voyager Station. From there, take a 10 minute taxi drive to the Hotel for around 20dh.

Do I need a Passport? Do I need a visa?

All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Many countries require that your passport not expire within six months of your arrival in that country. Please take the time to look up the passport validity requirements for the country/countries you are visiting on this trip by clicking here.

If you have a U.S. passport, but it has expired, or will expire within 6 months of trip departure, click here for information on how to get it renewed. If you have never been issued a passport or have lost your passport, please click here. Processing time for US Passports is 4-6 weeks so please start this process immediately.

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.

Is it OK if I am traveling alone? Do I have to have a roommate?

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. If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with, GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. 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 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 room for all night stops, with the following exceptions:
Nights 5 and 6 Merzouga/Desert camp and Night 9, Aroumd mountain gite.

What is group travel like?

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all across the US and beyond and are likely to be of a variety of ages too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Who travels with GEEO?

GEEO participants are mostly made up of American K-12 teachers. Each group tends to have a good mix of educators in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's. About half of our participants are coming alone and do not know anyone in the group prior to the trip. We group single travelers of the same gender together as roommates, unless a participant prefers to pay an additional fee for their own room. If we have an odd amount of one gender we will rotate the single room for free among the participants.

GEEO trips are open to all Kindergarten to University teachers, school staff, school administrators, and soon-to-be teachers pursuing their teaching certificate. Our programs are also open to retired educators. Non-American educators are welcome on our trips.

Each educator who participates in our programs is permitted to bring along up to three friends or family members who are not teachers. Each participant must be of adequate fitness level for their chosen trip. If you wish to bring a guest under the age of 18 GEEO will consider your request, but typically we only allow participants over the age of 18.

How long have we been running this program?

GEEO was founded in 2007 and our inaugural trips were run to Peru and India in the summer of 2008. We ran the Morocco program for the first time in 2011. G Adventures, who actually handle the logistics of the trip have been running trips to Morocco for many years so you can have faith that your trip will be safe and well run.

Will I be eating on my own? With the group? Why aren't all meals included?

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with GEEO you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is affordable. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your group leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Is it possible to get references for GEEO?

Over 2000 educators have traveled with GEEO since we ran our first programs in 2008. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the quality and value of the life changing experiences that we provide.

To read comments from past travelers, please feel free to visit a website that reviews non-profit organizations called Great Non-profits. Please click here for those reviews.

Please contact us if you would like to communicate with some of our former participants for a reference.

What cities/airports should I book my flight in and out of?

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

Your trip ends in Marrakesh, although most flights to the US 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 Marrakesh at the end. (Probably the best option. On my test search, using NYC 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 Marrakesh 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 Marrakesh to Casablanca. They depart every two 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)

Where can I purchase travel insurance?

Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers emergency medical, emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. Regular health insurance plans almost never include emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance, so you will almost certainly need to purchase a separate TRAVEL health insurance plan.

You are welcome to use any travel insurance company you like. In order to receive your trip vouchers you must enter your insurance information into our tour operator’s online check-in system, Good To Go. You will receive a login to the Good to Go system roughly two months before departure.

The least expensive travel health insurance plan that we have found is the International Teacher Identity Card, better known as the ITIC Card. They have a $25 BASIC card that includes the amount of travel medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance you need for our trip, plus other trip insurance benefits. The card will also get you discounts and benefits in over 125,000 locations, including many museums and hotels. Another great thing about the ITIC Card is that it covers you for an entire year and can be used for all your international travel during that period. They also have a $99 PREMIUM card which has more generous coverage.

While not required, we recommend purchasing cancellation insurance. Instead of the $25 or $99 card, you may want to consider the $199 EXPLORER ITIC Card, which comes with $3000 of cancellation insurance in addition to the enhanced coverage provided by the Premium card. This cancellation insurance is valid for multiple international trips within a one year period, which means you can use it on other trips outside of the country even if they aren't with GEEO. Please note that the EXPLORER level of coverage is not valid for sale in the following U.S. states: New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Dakota. If you live in those states you can instead get the Basic or Premium level card.

GEEO has reached an agreement with the makers of this card to pre-approve all GEEO travelers, so you do not need to submit paperwork proving that you are a teacher. Also, non-teachers who are traveling with GEEO can get this same card, which normally is only for teachers.

To sign up for the card please follow this link:

The ITIC cards are for American residents. If you are not American or are an American living abroad, you will have to find another option.

Where can I purchase flights?

We recommend using or to see what is out there in terms of flights.

You may also want to take a look at the prices at or call 1-877-359-4466 to speak to a person. They get humanitarian rates from airlines and GEEO is registered with Fly for Good as a non-profit. If you purchase a humanitarian rate flight, you will need a supporting document from GEEO. Please request this from us after you purchase the tickets. Note that humanitarian rates are not available for all flights to GEEO destinations and are sometimes higher than tickets found on Kayak, Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia etc. Often the layovers are long and sometimes impossible to navigate. Look very carefully at the offer before purchasing your ticket.

Is it OK if I arrive a few days early or stay a few days late?

You may want to arrive a few days early at the start of the trip or stay a few days extra at the end of trip. Please feel free to do so.

We will send out an email to all participants roughly 90 days before departure with information on which hotels we will be using for the start and end of the trip as well how to go about booking them.

When should I purchase my flights?

Both Group 1 and Group 2 are confirmed to run so you may purchase flights now if you like.

What vaccinations do I need for this trip? Is there high altitude?

We legally cannot give you any medical advice. However, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, infectious hepatitis and polio. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. GEEO recommends contacting Passport Health, ( who have travel clinics throughout the US. Please take this seriously!

Please note that your adventure travels to high altitude. This is medically defined as anything over 8,000ft (2,440m). Most people can travel to 8,000ft with minimal effects. However, everyone reacts to altitude differently and altitude sickness can on set with some people irrespective of fitness and age. For details on how to best prepare and what to do in the unlikely event you are affected on your adventure, please consult your physician.

Is there clothing that is considered inappropriate that I should not bring?

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 shoulder's and knees covered up. It is fine to dress how you like in Fes, Sahara, Marrakech and Essaouria, but keep in mind, less flesh is less attention.

What are the emergency contact numbers for this trip?

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 09:00am to 5:30pm 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 their local office they have a toll-free line within North America (or our regular direct line), which will connect you directly with their Toronto office. In the event that you cannot get through, you can reach a member of their Operations department at the mobile number below.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100

Is there any safety advice we should know about?

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your tour leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your tour leader will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is G Adventure's policy not to allow our tour leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

In addition:
Street smarts in Morocco are similar to other countries (wear a cross-body bag, don’t flash valuables, walk with purpose, etc).

It’s fairly rare for a man to physically touch you — but you should expect catcalling. The best way to deal is to ignore the person and keep moving. That said, if you feel threatened, find the closest police officer and report the incident.

Clothing is a hot topic — you’ll see a wide variety of it in Morocco. But it’s advisable to stick with modest styles and avoid belly-baring shirts, short-shorts and strappy tank tops. The reality is, the less you wear, the more unwanted attention you’ll attract.

If you lose your way, don’t ask a man on the street: Step into a shop or ask a woman for directions. Loitering young men are eager to make quick money “helping” tourists but women out and about or shopkeepers have no ulterior motive.

Where can we get a list of hotels for this trip?

Other than the first hotel, our partner G Adventures does not provide hotel lists for any of their trips.

The reason for this is sometimes hotels change at the last minute. G Adventures does not want to give out incorrect information because in an emergency that can only cause more issues. Instead we give you 24-hour emergency phone numbers where you and your family can reach staff in the country that you are travelling to or in Canada at G Adventure's headquarters. This way at any time your loved ones can call the emergency contact who can immediately put them in touch with your tour leader no matter how plans have changed.

Do I need plugs and current converters for my electronic devices?

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 120V. 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.

Is the water safe to drink?

Unless your tour leader tells you differently, only bottled water should be drunk, and this is readily available for purchase. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled, washed in boiled water and in the case of the latter, well cooked. Meat and fish should also be fresh, well-cooked and hot, to avoid possible infection.

Is there advice that past participants would like to pass onto you?

Quotes 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. For example, in Fes we visited the showrooms of the tanneries, pottery shop, and weavers. In Menkes, we visited a co-op that sold crafts and tablecloths. Near Merzouga we visited a fossil factory, on the way to Essaouira we stopped at an argan oil co-op, and on the way to Ait Ben Haddou we visit a Berber rug co-op.
Towards the end of the trip we stopped at Handicapped Center where we could support the participants by buying their arts/crafts. If I had known we were stop at the Handicap Center later in the trip, I would have spent my money differently and supported them more."

"Some hotels are particular about not allowing guest to bring to their rooms store-bought bottled water because they want guest 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 shorter like I am, some of the stair 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."

"Don't buy stuff at the planned visits; you will find it for much less at other spots. Use those visits to learn about what's available and what you might wish to purchase."

"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."

"Bring your own soap -- the hotel soap throughout our stays did not lather well at all."

"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 Marrakesh 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. "

"The AAA does not have Moroccan money or anyone else it seems for getting it ahead of time."

"Hard to find vegetarian foods. Even the veggies are cooked in meat juice. You will experience stomach issues. "

"Personally, I sometimes get motion sickness. We spent a lot of time in the van - where it was hot and not super comfortable. It was just a little too much time in a vehicle for me. I do feel like you were clear about this, but I didn't realize how much it would affect me. I took anti-nauseous medication everyday.

The Rif Mountain hike (optional) was tough. It was hot, long and you walk straight up. I was warned by Mohammed, but it was even harder than he said. You need to be in shape to do it.

The hike up to the mountain gite was also hard. It was more of a scramble at times - where you need your hands to help you climb. Half our group took a van - which was probably a good thing. The village was great though. "

"I ended up buying a lot of stuff at the cooperatives. While you know that you are getting good quality, you can find quality stuff for cheaper prices in places like Essaouira and Marrakech.
Pack light and use packing cubes! So much easier and allows you to pack quickly and fit more in your backpack. "

"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. The only challenge I experienced was finding enough protein."

"The trip up to the gite is difficult. Use comfortable shoes or hire a mule."

"The FAQ and suggested packing list said that we should be able to carry everything we bring, so I brought a large pack. As it turned out, we didn't need to carry anything; even when we arrived at hotels, employees almost always brought our bags to the room and loaded them on the bus again the next day. I still would have likely brought my pack, rather than a rolling suitcase, but that information is good to get a little more accurate. I also would not have brought my sleep sack, which I brought seeing the "light sheet" that was suggested for some sleeping situations."

"The bus was comfortable, but it is still hot on the trip. Make sure people know how hot it is. You might say the hotel in the Sahara is the best place to do wash. It was the most reasonably priced. Bottled water is a necessity, and we drank a lot, so budget for it."

"The steep mountain climb to Aroumd, is intense, chucked full of huge rocks, and at some points, you will need to use your hands to crawl up and over the rocks in order to climb the steep path. It will take 1.5 hours if you are not in physical shape or have knee problems. A walking stick, or trek poles will help greatly. Follow the weight and packing information. Do not bring along oversized bags, buy more luggage, fill them completely up with stuff, and then have the audicity to complain about how heavy your bags are, and expect others to carry your stuff to your rooms for you. And when staff does carry your stuff, tip them. This is not a fancy, are expected to go out and explore on your own...the guide isn't for your own personal use to provide you with services. Read the itinerary. Use common sense. Yes it is HOT in the Sahara Desert...and no... there isn't a/c in the tents there- you won't want to sleep inside anyway, it is way too hot and stuffy- outside sleeping on the mats, under the stars was a wonderful experience... don't complain about the sand dusting you or lack of a/c... you are in the desert! But...there are Western flushed toliets there! Use the ATM for money. Get a Charles Schwab debit card to avoid being charge usage rates. Wash your clothes in the sink and drip dry to avoid problems getting your clothes washed. Take the train to and from the is safe, easy, cheap, and a fun ride. Get out and explore the places by is safe, and the locals are very friendly and enjoy having conversations with you. Learn French and Spanish... very helpful languages to speak in Morocco. Oh... and yes, you will be waken each morning at 4:45 to the call to prayer... very beautiful to hear. Bottom is going to be very hot...100 and above every day, until you get to Essaouira, when it drops to 68-70'ish. Don't complain about the weather, hotels, or lack of alcohol... embrace the traveling spirit. Learn how to make contact with your travel insurance company and medical insurance company prior to needing to use them. Make sure that you have taken personal responsibility to provide the right information as to whom to contact in case of emergency. Know what to do in case you need to seek medical help instead of relying on the tour guide to take care of you, while the rest of the group has to wait... you have to be responsible for yourself and not expect others to take care of on time when it is time to leave. It takes away from others, when those in a group are late due to wanting to shop more, or take more pictures, or get lost because they didn't keep up with the group..."

What should I expect in terms of school visits?

GEEO tries to include a school visit on each of our programs; however these visits are never a guaranteed part of our programming. School visits can be very tricky.

• In many of the countries we visit, schools will be closed for vacation over the summer. In that case we try to arrange an informal meeting with local teachers or a visit to a summer school.

• Some of our shorter programs are so packed with activities and places to see that we feel a school visit would mean the group would have to miss out on something important. In that case a school visit may not be scheduled.

• Many times we spend hours setting up a visit only for the school to cancel on us at the last minute.

• Often arranging school visits is easier if done in person with short notice. Your tour leader will try to schedule ad hoc school visits for your group when possible.

• Each school visit is different. We aim for you to get a tour of the school, sit in on a class and have a Q and A session with some of the staff.

• If we do schedule a school visit it is important that the entire group attend.

• Over time we try to establish long term relationships with schools so we can have more predictable, immersive visits that are rewarding for both our guests and the schools themselves.

Should I bring school supplies with me to donate to a school?

You can if you wish. Please keep in mind it is important for you to pack light for your trip and school supplies can take up a lot of space. Sometimes school visits are at the end of the trip so you may be carrying the supplies for the entire trip. Sometimes we aren't able to arrange a school visit at all so you would then have to figure out a way to give them out yourself.

Our advice is to bring little if any supplies with you and instead buy supplies locally when your tour leader tells you a school visit is planned. They can help the group pool money and purchase supplies such as books, athletic equipment, pencils and paper. This will allow you to give an appropriate gift, save room in your pack and also help the local economy. We encourage you to establish relationships with the schools that we visit. In the past some of our participants have run fundraisers for needy schools and have mailed supplies to the schools.

Is there Internet access? Should I bring a computer? Mobile phone?

Many of the hotels we use have WiFi (often free, sometime not). There are internet cafes in most of the places we visit and many of the hotels also have computers that can be used. Expect to be able to check your email every two to three days. You can also bring along your mobile phone if you choose. Make sure you check with your phone company before you leave to find out the rates for calling back to the US and if they have any special international plans that are worth taking advantage of. International roaming rates can be extremely high, so you don’t want to be surprised. You can bring a laptop/tablet/smart phone if you wish, but remember, GEEO and G Adventures are not responsible for the damage or theft of your valued items.

Is the itinerary exactly as described on this website?

While it is our intention to adhere to the route 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 variation due to local circumstances.

Why are some activities included in the price of the trip and others are not?

We have found paying locally for activities allows our participants to save money. Not every activity is appealing to everyone and we don't want you to pay for services you might not use. Perhaps you feel sick one day and would prefer to rest. This allows you to decide on the spot what you want to do each day with your free time and at the same time control your budget.

What is the weather like?

The Coast of Morocco has a moderate, subtropical climate, cooled by breezes from the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Inland, the temperatures can be quite extreme, getting very hot in the summer. In Marrakech the average temperature in summer is a sizzling 100°F (38°C)! In mountainous areas (like the Atlas range) temperatures are cooler and some mountain peaks remain snow-capped throughout most of the year.

What is the food like?

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 - a croissant or sweet roll with jam and instant coffee and 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, bbq skewers of meat. 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 savoury filling which is traditionally pigeon and harira, a delicious soup based on chick peas and filling enough when teamed with fresh bread to be a whole lunch. When you are on the coast the fresh seafood cooked at one of the local markets is a must eat!

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.

What is the transportation like?

Please note that there is a lot of fast-paced travel on this itinerary which necessitates some long travel days in our minivan. 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.

We use a 16-seater minivan and 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. The minivans have air conditioning, however please note that summer temperatures in Morocco can easily reach over 100 Degrees Fahrenheit. When the outside temperature is so hot, a minibus air conditioning system will not be able to cool the bus to the temperatures you are used to enjoying at home. Please bear in mind that travelling in Morocco in summer will inevitably involve very hot temperatures and some discomfort may be experienced when travelling.

Please note that, owing to both space constraints in the minibus and weight constraints when transporting baggage by mule to Aremd mountain gite, we can carry no more than one check-in size bag and one day pack per person.

What is the accommodation like?

On this trip you can expect to stay in local hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights.
Please note that Morocco is a developing country and as such the infrastructure is not as reliable as you would expect at home. Expect quirky plumbing and the odd cold shower!

While in the mountains our accommodation will be basic refuge-style multi-share with shared unisex facilities. In Merzouga we will stay in a traditional desert auberge (guesthouse) and in the desert we will spend a night at a nomad camp: Facilities at the camp are very basic - we all sleep in one large communal tent. Mattresses and bedding are provided. 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.

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 very hot and tiring) for those who cannot/prefer not to ride a camel.

How much money in US cash should I bring? Should I exchange local currency in advance?

This is entirely up to you, but we think it is critical for you to bring along $250 USD in cash for emergencies. This is what GEEO's executive director Jesse does in regards to money while traveling:

"I do not exchange any money before traveling to a country but instead bring somewhere between $200-300 USD in cash. I go to a bank before I leave the US and take out the cash there rather than an ATM. I make sure each bill is in great condition with no rips or tears. I like to have mostly 20's, but in some countries you are better off with 50's and 100's. In some countries, it is also good to have about 20 singles for when you have no small bills in local currency. I divide this money between a money belt, my main backpack, and my daypack.

I also bring an ATM card and a credit card. Before I leave the country I call the bank and credit card companies to let them know I am traveling abroad so they don't think the foreign transactions are fraudulent and cancel my cards when I am most reliant on them. Having a second bank account and bank card is pretty handy so that just in case one card doesn't work at an ATM or is lost, you always have a backup account. It's also important to check with your credit card to see if there is an international transaction fee. Some cards charge up to 4% extra for any transactions made out of the US. My Capital One visa card doesn't have any international transaction fee. I just use this card for traveling so if it gets stolen and I have to cancel it I won't have to worry about recurring automated payments. I like to split up my cards between my money belt, wallet, and one emergency one hidden in my main bag.

When I arrive at the airport I make sure to go to an ATM before leaving the airport and typically take out the equivalent of $150 USD in the local currency. I find that ATMs give the best exchange rate so throughout the trip I will use the ATM card to draw out my spending cash. I will ask our tour leader for an estimate on how much I will need if I am close to leaving a country so this way I do not draw out too much money.

I try not to use the US cash I brought with me so that I can use it in an emergency. Typically I will come back to the US with most of that US cash unspent. On a recent trip, I lost my ATM card and was able to get cash by paying for our group dinners with my credit card and having people pay me their share in local currency. I NEVER take cash advances on my credit card as they charge you an arm and a leg."

What language is spoken in Morocco?

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.

Do you have advice on 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, taxis 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 such 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 travelling 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 USD 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.

What is expected from me from an educational stand point?

Please take a look at the "Sharing your Adventure section of our website by clicking here.

Will I be there for Ramadan?

No, Ramadan will end on the 25th of June in 2017.

Is there any advice for finding funding for this program?

The first thing we recommend you do is speak to your school's principal and/or professional development coordinator. They may know of grants that your school district or state offers. Often schools reimburse teachers for professional development expenses. You can also try contacting your school's PTA or professional organizations that you belong to.

We also recommend applying for a Fund for Teachers grant, These grants can be used on GEEO trips. If you want advice on applying for an FFT grant, please email us and we will send you a document that you will find helpful.

What happens if it becomes unsafe to travel on this trip?

Your safety is our utmost priority and we will cancel a trip if we do not feel our participants will be safe. If GEEO or G Adventures cancels your trip we will issue a full refund of any payments you have made including the deposit. If YOU decide to cancel your trip you will have to abide by the rules of our terms and conditions.

What is the relationship between G Adventures and GEEO? Who is running this trip?

GEEO is an independent non-profit organization that helps teachers travel. GEEO has chosen to work with the tour operator G Adventures. We discount their prices for our participants so they are even more affordable for teachers. GEEO also is able to get our participants humanitarian rate airfare and discounted travel health insurance. GEEO customizes these trips for teachers. GEEO provides educational materials to teachers before and after the trip to help bring the participating teachers' experience into the classroom. GEEO provides each participant with a Professional Development Certificate. For more about GEEO, please see our mission statement.

G Adventures is a tour company that GEEO has partnered with to run our trips. For over 25 years, G Adventures has been sending hundreds of thousands of people abroad and today they are the largest adventure travel company in the world. They design the trips, provide expert tour leaders, ground logistics, and work hard to make sure you have an excellent experience.

What is the GEEO book club and which books have been selected for this program?

GEEO's book club is a way for you and your fellow participants to learn through literature about the places you will be traveling. For each trip we have selected four books, two fiction and two non-fiction. It is completely up to you whether you choose to read them as the GEEO book club is not required for our participants. We hope you will enjoy the books we have selected and they will enhance your experience. We welcome feedback on our selections so we can develop and improve the list for the following summer.

For your convenience we have a hot-linked each of the selected books to If you purchase this book through the link, Amazon will share some of the proceeds from the sale with GEEO, helping to fund our operations. You should hopefully be able to find most of our selections through your library system as well.

For this program we have selected the following books:

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
A Spider’s House by Paul Bowles

The Road from Morocco by Waffa Faith Hallam
Dreams of Tresspass: Tales of A Harem Girlhood by Fatema Mernissi

You may also want to consider reading another Paul Bowles novel, The Sheltering Sky.

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This program is confirmed to run and will have a maximum of 14 participants.

What's Included

  • Traditional Moroccan Lunch in Meknès
    Overnight at Berber Desert Camp
    Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal
    Tangier guided tour
    Volubilis guided tour
    Fes medina guided tour
    Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride
    Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages
    Aït Ben Haddou kasbah visit
    Aroumd village walk (High Atlas)
    Marrakech medina guided walk

  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout, local guides

  • 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners (Allow USD $390-$510 for meals not included)

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by Private air-con van, camel, walking

  • Hotels (12 nts), gîte (1 nt, multi-share) , nomad camp (1 nt, multi-share)

What's Not Included

  • International air

  • Incidentals

  • Travel Health Insurance

  • Applicable visas

  • Airport Taxes

  • Tips or gratuities

  • Beverages

  • Meals not mentioned above

  • Optional Tours or optional admissions

  • Airport Transfers, unless otherwise mentioned in inclusions.

  • Cancellation Insurance