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Morocco School Trip

Trip type: 
Enrichment & Geography & Religious Studies
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
40
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Africa, Morocco | 5 days
Trip code: 
SGM
What's included: 

Transport - Chartered bus, camel

Accommodation - 3 nights hotel, 1 night Nomad-style tent

Meals - Full Board Basis

English speaking local Tour Leader throughout

Flights - Easy Jet from London Gatwick (regional departures available)

1 free teacher place per 10 paying students

Trip Highlights: 
Vibrant Marrakech, contrast the old and new city
High Atlas Mountains, Day in the Life of a Berber
Desert camel trek; spend a night under Saharan stars
Explore the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou
Extend your tour to visit Essaouira on the Atlantic coast (at additional cost)
Trekking option also available (at additional cost)
see full itinerary >>
Trip Highlights: 
Vibrant Marrakech, contrast the old and new city
High Atlas Mountains, Day in the Life of a Berber
Desert camel trek; spend a night under Saharan stars
Explore the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou
Extend your tour to visit Essaouira on the Atlantic coast (at additional cost)
Trekking option also available (at additional cost)
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Chartered bus, camel

Accommodation - 3 nights hotel, 1 night Nomad-style tent

Meals - Full Board Basis

English speaking local Tour Leader throughout

Flights - Easy Jet from London Gatwick (regional departures available)

1 free teacher place per 10 paying students

Trip Overview: 

You don’t have to travel far for a real, distinctive learning experience. Morocco’s fascinating culture, landscapes and religion not only offer students an ability to expand their horizons – but it’s also a great value destination. You’ll travel into the geologically diverse Atlas Mountains, along the lush Draa Valley and out into the arid desert, stopping to meet the local Berber people along the way.

Morocco is our most popular destination for school groups wishing to step outside of Europe without the expense of a long haul flight and a drastically different time zone. With an extensive choice of flight options and great value for money packages contact us to find out more about the different tour options we can offer.

Itinerary: 
Day
1
Marrakech

Marrakech

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco.

Your adventure begins at the airport where you will be met by your tour leader who will be with you throughout your trip. You'll be transfered to your hotel. Dinner tonight is at a traditional Moroccan restaurant situated close to the main square Djemaa el Fna, during dinner your tour leader with conduct a tour briefing and teach you a handful of French and Arabic words which you can use on your trip. (D)

Day
2
"Day in the life of a Berber", Atlas Mountains

"Day in the life of a Berber", Atlas Mountains

Leaving Marrakech at around 7.30am, you travel into the Atlas Mountains and spend the morning at the village of Aguersioual, with dramatic views of Mt Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak. Here you will meet the local Berber people and learn about their traditional way of life, including their food, how to cook a tagine, animal husbandry, agriculture and the roles of the men and women in this community. It is a hands on wonderful insight into a way of life that is hard work, but rewarding.

After eating your lunch you will head to the the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2,260 metres above sea level) into the barren slopes of shattered rock on the southern side of the pass. Witness how the forces of nature have helped shape these mountains offering an insight into plate tectonics and fold mountain formation. You continue onto Ouarzazate. Driving time approx. 4:30 hours, lunch will be taken en route. (BLD)

Day
3
“Into the desert” , Zagora

“Into the desert” , Zagora

From Ouarzazate you continue in a Southern direction and cross the Tizi n'Tinififft pass which then reveals the mountain chain of the Eastern Anti Atlas. From the pass you can see the first green oasis and en route some interesting stratification and formation by erosion. We will experience the transition into desert as you travel from the Draa Valley into the desert following the Oued Draa to the Dunes de Teraf - a magical area of rolling dunes. The the lush Draa Valley is a strip of intense cultivation along the Oued Draa, a river formed from the melt waters of the Atlas Mountains.

We then head out on to the arid plains to an oasis settlement. Encounter nomadic farmers and explore a stunning area of shifting sand dunes just outside of Zagora. You will meet your camel trek team and travel in 'caravan' to your camp at the Tinfou sand dunes. Long trousers to be worn whilst on the camel trek. Approx. 3:30 hours of driving. (BLD)

Day
4
“The dusty journey home”

“The dusty journey home”

In the morning you mount your camels once more and head back to your vehicles. As we return to Marrakech, we’ll stop en route at Ait Benhaddou. This is probably the best-preserved fortified kasbah in the country. With its dramatic walls of red earth, slit windows and crumbling towers, it is a magnificent example of a traditional stronghold. Chosen as a location for Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel in the Nile and more recently Gladiator, Ait Benhaddou sits upon a lofty pinnacle of rock overlooking a river. This is a long day of driving, but we make stops along the way to break up the journey. (BLD)

Day
5
Marrakech

Marrakech

In the morning you will orientate yourselves with a walking tour of the centre which takes in the main sights and the sprawling souks. Compare the modern western city with its wide boulevards and government buildings with the traditional old city in the walled medina with its narrow winding streets and souks. We will witness the growth of Marrakech in the context of urban change and the issues of housing and programmes to manage them.

The Djemaa el-Fna Square and medina souk (old town) provide fascinating visits whilst the El Koutoubia Mosque and the five calls to prayer are a daily reminder of the diversity of international cultures. Located in Marrakech the Menara Gardens is like an oasis in the busy city the gardens feature orchards of palm trees, fruit trees and olive trees, as well as irrigation canals and an artificial lake.

After lunch we transfer back to the airport and our flight back to the UK. (BL)

Main subject focus = Geography - Key Stage 3/4 - GCSE

Related subject areas = Religion / Art / History

Morocco offers a truly unique geographical experience with spectacular landscapes from lush valleys to arid desert, combined with the intrigue of human activity in both rural and urban settings of a developing country, providing almost limitless educational opportunities for your tour. Marrakech and the High Atlas Mountains are an ideal location for geography groups looking for a field trip in a more exotic setting.

Subject focus overview:

  • KS 4: Study aspects of physical and human geography first-hand.
  • KS 4: Extend students' personal experiences of geography.
  • KS 4: Develop relevant fieldwork and related geographical enquiry skills.

Student outcomes:

  • Develop relevant fieldwork and geographical enquiry skills.
  • Study geographical phenomena first-hand, both human and physical.
  • Understand the effects of environments on lifestyles and vice versa.
  • Broaden students' out-of-classroom geographical experiences.

Subject related visits

Developing world city and urban change

Look at the growth of Marrakech in the context of urban change and the issues of housing and programmes to manage them. The Djemaa el-Fna Square and medina souk (old  town) provide fascinating visits whilst the El Koutoubia Mosque and the five calls to prayer are a daily reminder of the diversity of international cultures. Located in Marrakech the Menara Gardens is like an oasis in the busy city the gardens feature orchards of palm trees, fruit trees and olive trees, as well as irrigation canals and an artificial lake..

Sustainable Tourism

Consider the pros and cons of this steadily increasing contributor to the Moroccan economy. Look at the distribution of tourist wealth and the effect is has on the Moroccan way of life and traditions.

Water Management

Water Resource Management looks at ways of providing water for cities like Marrakech located in an area of extremely limited supplies, with unreliable rainfall.

Deserts

Experience the transition into desert as you travel from the Draa Valley into the desert following the Oued Draa to the Dunes de Teraf - a magical area of rolling dunes in the middle of nowhere. Explore the desert in traditional style; in a camel caravan, before spending the night in a nomad style tent with our local hosts.

Plate tectonics and Natural hazards

A journey through the High Atlas offers view of Mt. Toubkal, Africa's third highest peak (4,167m). Travelling via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass reveals stunning landscapes, both natural and human, and offers an insight into plate tectonics and fold mountain formation. Uplifted sedimentary strata, tilted and folded are seen with volcanic rocks also in evidence too. River incision with classic incised meanders is also very clear for the students. Flash flooding is a natural hazard and the optional Study Unit allows good engagement with this topic.

Rural Communities

Heading up into the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate, students have a chance to appreciate a range of landscapes, from flourishing vegetation to desert. This is an interesting opportunity to understand the effects of geographical contrasts and how they impact upon the lives of local people.

Students can also experience a traditional meal within a Bedouin tent complete with entertainment and charging horsemen in tribal costume.