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Morocco Teen Trip

Ultimate Morocco

15 days exploring the best of Morocco, including beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sahara Desert, mountain hikes, & ancient culture!

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2018 Dates

June 30 - July 14
July 16 - July 30


15 days



Trip Highlights

  • 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
  • Surf the beaches of Essaouira




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.


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.


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 (the north-African term for "castle") built into the foothills.
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Day 1
Welcome to Morocco!
Welcome to Ultimate Morocco and Bold Earth! Campers will be met upon arrival at the Casablanca Airport by your experienced Bold Earth trip leaders. Campers will immediately call home to confirm their safe arrival. Once the group has arrived, we load up our private van and head off to our bed & breakfast hotel in the center of the city. Day 1 is full of fun! During orientation, we get to know each other and learn what to expect in the days ahead. We have a Moroccan dinner to celebrate our first day.
Day 2
Tangier & Chefchaouen
On our first full day, we depart in the morning for Tangier, Morocco's northernmost city on the Strait of Gibraltar. At its narrowest point, only 9 miles separate Morocco and Spain. Tangier is a fascinating intersection of North African, Spanish, French, and Portuguese culture, all bustling in one central port town. We'll take a guided tour of the city, including the medina, kasbah, Grand Socco, and Petit Socco before continuing on to Chefchaouen for the evening. During our travels, we'll travel in a private van.
Day 3-4
Chefchaouen, the "Blue Pearl" of Morocco
Known as the "Blue Pearl" of Morocco, Chefchaouen sits in the Rif Mountains. Whitewashed in different shades of blue, this stunning, picturesque city is the gateway to our half day hike in the Rif Mountains. After exploring both the city and the surrounding environment, we'll end our day with a short and gentle hike up the Rif mountainside to the Spanish mosque for a breathtaking panoramic sunset view. In the afternoon of day 4, we'll travel through rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 5-6
Fes Medina & to the Sahara!
In the morning of day 5 we'll explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fes Medina. During this half-day walking tour, we'll soak in the sights and sounds of the world's largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Shop for souvenirs in the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view the famous leather tannery from above. At night, we'll enjoy a traditional dinner in a converted riad (Moroccan-style palace) with music, dancing, and incredible food. The next morning, we'll travel inland to Merzouga and the Saharan desert, passing through cedar and pine forests, mountains, pre-desert countryside, and palm groves before reaching the great sand dunes of the Sahara.
Day 7
Sahara Bedouin Camp and CAMELS!
Welcome to the Sahara Desert! In the morning, we'll run, jump, and slide through the sand dunes of the Sahara, laughing and adventuring along the way. In the afternoon, we'll pack our overnight bags and set off on a one-hour camel ride to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Local guides will teach us how to mount and dismount our camels. Upon arriving at our Bedouin camp for the evening, we'll have a traditional dinner under the stars, listen to music, drink mint tea, and listen to stories about Bedouin life. Stargazing up at the starry desert skies will be out-of-this-world incredible, far away from light pollution and busy city sounds.
Day 8
Explore Todra Gorge
We'll awake, early and well-rested, and hop on our trusty camels for the ride out of our desert paradise. We'll watch the sun rise over the great dunes before returning back to Merzouga. From Merzouga, we'll continue to the stunning Todra Gorge, a green oasis of palm trees wedged between massive cliff walls. We'll marvel at the beautiful site, hike, relax on the edge of the river, and sample Berber delicacies.
Day 9
Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Today we travel along the "Route of 1000 Kasbahs" to the town of Ouarzazate for lunch. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios and the filming location of legendary films like Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, and Gladiator! After lunch, we'll continue on to the beautiful Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening, we'll take a cooking class and learn all about tagine, the quintessential Moroccan dish.
Day 10
Hike the High Atlas Mountains
Today we'll head into Toubkal National Park, passing through small villages on winding mountain roads. We'll store our main luggage on a mule and hike from Imlil to Aroumd at the base of the High Atlas Mountains. As we head towards our private mountain hideaway, we'll marvel at views of Mt Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. At night, we'll enjoy a homemade dinner in the cozy salon and enjoy the clean, cool mountain air of this magical region.
Day 11-12
Surf in Essaouira!
In the mid-afternoon, we'll travel to Essaouira on the coast for two days of exploring and surfing! We'll hit the ground running with our first day of surf lessons, taught by professional and certified instructors. After nearly a week in the desert and the mountains, we'll enjoy local seafood, listen to the waves, and explore this little, funky, Portuguese-flavored coastal village. Our days will be spent souvenir shopping, wandering, relaxing on the beach, and enjoying another side to Moroccan culture.
Day 13-14
Our final two days in Marrakech will have us exploring the beautiful, bustling city. We'll get lost together in the medina, explore the gorgeous gardens of Jardin Majorelle, visit Djemaa el Fna Market Square and marvel at its storytellers, magicians, music, and chefs. We'll stuff ourselves with our favorite Moroccan dishes, reflect on the two weeks, and watch the sunset on this ancient country. In the evening, we fly together from Marrakech to Casablanca for our final evening in the country.
Day 15
lla yemsek 'la khir, Morocco!
Unfortunately, all great things must come to an end. On our last day, we say goodbye to Morocco, go to the airport, and exchange contact information and hugs. With suitcases full of desert sand and market finds, we head back to our homes all over the world after the most incredible summer of adventure, fun, and friends.

Morocco: Big Picture?

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.

Trip Highlights?

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!

Can I speak to references?

To receive a list of Bold Earth references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email 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 programming 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.

Will We REALLY Ride Camels?

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.

Where Do We Stay?

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 in a comfortable semi-permanent tent structure complete with beautiful rugs, comfortable beds, and privacy. This is authentically Northern Africa!

Group Size & Counselors?

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.

How do we Travel?

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.

What's the Food Like?

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 tagine. The diet of many Moroccans is similar to the USA or Europe. Staples include couscous, tagine, bbq skewers, meat, seafood, and vegetables. 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.

Tell Me More about Morocco!

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.

Is It Safe?

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.

What's the Weather Like?

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.

Do Campers Come Alone?

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 the highlight of your summer!

Are Immunizations Required?

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.

What To Pack?

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.

Passport & Visa Requirements?

For all travelers, a valid passport is required to enter Morocco. If you are NOT from the EU or USA you must check on entry and visa requirements for your home country. Passports must be valid for six months after departure.

Two Trips?

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!

Ultimate Morocco

Travel Made Easy!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.

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Chefchaouen, Morocco.
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"This was a highlight tour of Morocco, from the many medinas, camel riding, camping under the stars in the desert, to the spectacular scenery in the gorges and mountains."

- Lawrence L.

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