- Explore Morocco’s ancient cities
- Hike the Rif Mountains
- Visit Chefchaouen, the blue city
- Experience the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert
- Take a camel ride to a traditional Bedouin Camp
- Visit the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Hike the High Atlas Mountains
- Enjoy the beaches of Essaouira
2018 Dates & Prices
15 Days: $4088
June 30 - July 14
July 16 - July 30
EXPLORE THE ANCIENT CITIES OF MOROCCO
Over the course of our 15 days, we spend our time experiencing Morocco’s diverse cities, cultures, and environments. Wander through ancient cities like Fez, Marrakech, Casablanca, and Tangier – how old? Fez was founded in the year 789! As you wander through these medinas, listen to the history, smell the spices, and marvel at the myriad of color and art. In the mountains, near the desert, and on the coast, each Moroccan city you visit will transport you to new eras and cultures.
EXPERIENCE THE SAHARA DESERT, TODRA GORGE, & AIT BEN HADDOU KASBAH
After experiencing the famous crowded market streets of Casablanca and Fez, travel across the unique landscapes of Morocco to the great, vast sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. In this part of the country, walk through local village farmlands and explore the legendary Todra Gorge, sand board in the Sahara, and take a camel ride to spend the night at a traditional Bedouin Camp. As you approach the High Atlas Mountains, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a famous Moroccan ksar (north-African term for “castle”) built into the foothills.
EMBRACE AUTHENTIC MOROCCAN CULTURE
During our adventures, we’ll have a chance to stay in traditional mountain gites (guesthouses), spend a night in a desert camp, and eat home cooked Moroccan meals. Our local tour guide will take show us the secrets of Morocco’s unique landscapes, and provide local insights to the country’s long-standing history.
- Explore Morocco's Ancient Cities
- Hike the Rif Mountains & High Atlas Mountains
- Ride Camels in the Sahara Desert
- Experience Authentic Moroccan Culture
- Cities, Mountains, Beaches, & Desert!
Together with a group of teens and AMAZING Trip Leaders, explore the diverse cities and environments of Morocco. From the beaches of Essaouira, the ancient castles at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the snow covered peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, and the bustling medinas of Marrakech and Fes, you’ll experience it all on this 15-day tour.
In the last few years, Morocco has exploded as a world class tourism destination, illustrating the intersection of Spanish, Portuguese, and North African culture. Named as one of the “Must See” destinations by publications like Lonely Planet and New York Times, Morocco is a unique and beautiful country waiting to be explored. Campers travel 24/7 with a local Moroccan guide and two Bold Earth leaders. We travel by private van. Bold Earth has carefully built a sophisticated trip to provide a safe, authentic, meaningful, and impactful experience for our teens.
Some of the trip highlights include:
- Exploring Morocco’s Ancient Cities
- Hiking in the Rif Mountains & High Atlas Mountains
- Riding Camels in the Sahara Desert
- Staying Overnight in a Traditional Bedouin Camp
- Visiting Multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Experiencing Authentic Moroccan Music, Food, & Culture
- Seeing cities, Mountains, Beaches, & Desert!
From ancient Roman ruins and vast sand dunes to alpine regions and coastal towns just a few miles from Spain, Ultimate Morocco is truly the best the country has to offer!
To receive a list of Bold Earth references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email email@example.com. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
Since 1976 over 17,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programing and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.
We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.
Absolutely! Shortly before sunset, we’ll ride our camels into the Saharan Desert to a remote and stunningly beautiful Bedouin camp. That night, we’ll enjoy a home-cooked, traditional dinner and stargaze on some of the best stars in the world. After our desert experience, the next morning we load up our trusty steeds and head back to civilization.
Bold Earth spends countless hours securing incredible, safe and amazing accommodations for our trips. Bold Earth does it best. YES, you will be comfortable!
• Hotels: 12 Nights
• Mountain Gite: 1 Night
• Tented Desert Camp: 1 Night
Locally-Owned Hotels: The majority of our trip, we’ll stay at comfortable, locally-owned hotels similar to a bed and breakfast-style inn. Sleeping arrangements are always single gender. Bold Earth selects high quality lodges with familiar accommodations.
Mountain Gite: When in the mountains, we will spend one night at a small, authentic mountain guesthouse, or “gite.” With panoramic views of the High Atlas peaks and Mount Toubkal in the distance, we’ll enjoy the crisp mountain air.
Tented Desert Camp: We spend one night at a traditional Bedouin camp in the Sahara Desert. After riding our camels (yes!) in, we’ll spend the evening under the stars at a comfortable semi-permanent tent structure complete with beautiful rugs, comfortable beds, and privacy. This is authentically Northern Africa!
Small group size = SUCCESS!
• Maximum of 12 incredible and enthusiastic campers
• 2 American adult trip leaders (1 male and 1 female)
• 1 professional Moroccan guide
Group size MATTERS! Small groups enhance camper experience and cultivate better relationships. Knowledgeable and experienced guides make Bold Earth trips safer while giving Bold Earth programs powerful authenticity.
Leadership and taking charge is a planned part of every day. You will get a chance to be a Leader of the Day (LOD), which will give you the opportunity to step into a leadership role. Our goal is for students to return home with a dozen new lifelong friends, feeling more confident, more of a leader, and more self aware with a better appreciation of the world around them.
Yes, a male and female leader will be with the group 24/7.
Campers travel exclusively by private vehicles on Ultimate Morocco.
Bold Earth is committed to safe and fun travel. Our bus is driven by an experienced professional local driver.
Bold Earth food is awesome! YES, the food will be healthy, delicious, local, and fun. Bold Earth emphasizes eating locally – this means learning to cook local cuisine and visiting bustling marketplaces.
Campers will learn to cook new meals and local dishes like tangine. The diet of many Moroccans is similar to the USA or Europe. Staples include cous cous, tangine, bbq skewers, meat, seafood, and vegetales. Morocco’s fresh orange juice is world-renowned, and tasty local treats can be found at market stalls.
YES, Bold Earth welcomes vegetarians and can accommodate most special allergies, kosher, diets and food preferences.
Located just miles across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain, Morocco is the gateway to Africa, and a country of diverse cultures, customs, and environments. Morocco is more than just the desert – within the country’s borders, you can find epic snow-covered mountain ranges, thousands of years-old ancient cities, coastal towns and green tropical-feeling oases. Morocco’s old cities transport travelers to different times with their spices, architecture, sites, smells, and winding mazes of market stalls. Other cities, like Tangier and Casablanca sparkle with new high rises and urban design, illustrating Morroco’s entrance into the world stage.
While wandering the streets, we’ll hear market vendors call out prices, the beats of local hip hop as street performers dance in open squares, and the call to prayer echoing over the rooftops. Primarily Islam, Morocco also has strong roots in European cultures and Berber populations. With warm hospitality and an enthusiastic reception for tourists, Morocco should be a must-see destination at the top of any adventurer’s list.
At Bold Earth, safety is priority #1, #2 and #3.
We understand “Africa” can have a scary reputation. Our 15+ years of experience is very different. Bold Earth carefully scouts trip locations with safety in mind. All of the places we visit are extremely welcoming and relaxed. Parents, we understand your concerns and would not consider a trip to a place where the well being, safety and health was questionable. We visit places with our local partners which have a proven safety record of hundreds of Bold Earth students.
On Ultimate Morocco, we visit a wide variety of landscapes. Temperatures at this time of year can range between 60’s – 90’s. We highly recommend packing loose, light-colored clothing that can be layered as needed.
Yes, approximately 85% of campers join Bold Earth on their own. Many love to get away from it all and experience a brand new summer with new friends and new adventures.
Some students want to share this experience with their best friend and that is absolutely fine, but Bold Earth will not accept more than 3 students who know each-other in one group. The bonds and friendships that you take away from Bold Earth will absolutely be highlight of your summer!
Bold Earth carefully researches possible health risks as part of our trip planning for the exact destinations we visit in Morocco. Bold Earth visits established tourist locations. For most campers standard vaccinations are sufficient for travel in Morocco.
For more information, please consult your family physician or local travel clinic. The day to day Ultimate Morocco Itinerary on the website can be printed to show to your travel clinic or family physician.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Morocco-specific website which we find to be very broad covering all areas, seasons and types of travel.
Bold Earth carefully crafts packing lists to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on their trip. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check a large duffle bag. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Most airlines do not charge a checked bag fee for international travel. We recommend asking the airline for their specific policy – campers are responsible for checked bag fees.
Please Note: Morocco is a conservative Muslim country. We ask that our travelers dress modestly, with shoulders covered and knee-length or longer bottoms (both boys and girls). Long, lightweight hiking pants, floor-length skirts, and flowy fabrics are perfect for this trip. Girls should pack a lightweight shawl or scarf to keep in their bag in case we visit a mosque (to cover their head).
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor Team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
Yes, all Bold Earth trips are designed to be combined to create an epic Bold Earth summer adventure. If you are interested contact our Colorado office for more information!
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights. For Ultimate Morocco, Bold Earth will specifically help you to design a personalized flight itinerary.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.
"Bold Earth is a great company that handles parents fears and children's interests well. The leaders were great. They seemed to handle the group well. My daughter loved Epic Africa and everything about it."
- Parents: Rich & Shannon.
"The three weeks I spent in Africa weren't just the highlight of my summer, but probably the highlight of my life."
- Rachel T.