Girl Scouts: Moving Morocco

Adventure into another world, October 1 - 11, 2022


Unlock a Moroccan adventure side by side with your Girl Scout sisters. Ride a camel through the Sahara, the world’s largest desert, and end the day by toasting s’mores over a campfire under the stars. And the excitement doesn’t stop there! You’ll also learn to make tagine in a family home, wander the streets of Marrakesh on a foodie tour, and take surfing lessons followed by a horseback ride along the shores of Essaouira.

11 days, from

$2,999

per person

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Departure Date: October 1, 2022
  • Countries Visited: Morocco
  • Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), Riad (3 nights), Luxury Desert Camp (1 night)
  • Single Supplement: $700
  • Transportation: Private Bus, 4 Wheel Drive, Camel
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival Transfer included, Departure Transfer available for purchase
  • Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Food Tasting, 6 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12 All travelers may not be exclusively female 

HOTELS:

  • Hotel Odyssee, Casablanca
  • Riad Myra, Fes
  • Sahara Luxury Camp, Merzouga Desert
  • Hotel Xaluca, Dades
  • Riad Ksar Ighnda, Ait Ben Haddou
  • Hotel 2 Ciels, Marrakech
  • Hotel Le Medina, Essaouira

Hotels are subject to change

 

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Day 1: Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! Your Girl Scout adventure begins today. An included transfer takes you to our hotel. Meet your Local Leader and fellow travelers at a welcome meeting this evening before dinner at a local restaurant. (d)

*Please note, Club Adventures and Girl Scouts cannot guarantee that any departure will be exclusively female.

Day 2: Casablanca > Meknes > Fes

Stop to view the Hassan II Mosque on route to Meknes, where our Insider Expert will take us on a walking tour of the medina. Then, it’s on to Fes. Use this evening to write your own Moroccan adventure. Perhaps you'd like to join your Girl Scout host for a "Dessert and Chat" to enjoy some local sweets and bond with your fellow Girl Scout alums and supporters. (b)

Day 3: Fes

Today we will explore Fes el Bali, arguably the world’s most fascinating and confounding old city. Here, we'll uncover incredible stories of history and culture. Tonight, a home-cooked dinner of traditional pastille and tagine made by local women is in store. (b, d)

Day 4: Fes > Erfoud > Merzouga

Westward bound, today we travel to Erfoud—“The Door to the Desert—through spectacular scenery and changing landscape. We’ll stop in Midelt for time to explore, then we'll check out a local restaurant for lunch. On arrival to Erfoud, we’ll board our 4-wheel drive vehicles to continue our journey to Merzouga. Upon arrival at our camp, you may opt to partake in a spectacular sunset camel ride amidst the Erg Chebbi dunes to see some of the most stunning colors in all of Morocco. Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner followed by a gathering around the open fire complete with a friendship circle and s’mores! (b, l, d)

Day 5: Merzouga > Todra Gorge > Dades Valley

We'll leave the desert this morning and stop at Todra Gorge to grab some photos of one of the most spectacular natural sights in the country. Afterward, connect with a local family over tea and discuss life today in Morocco before heading to Dadés. (b)

Day 6: Dades Valley > Ait Benhaddou

While traveling the “Road of 1,000 Kasbahs,” we'll visit the historic Kasbah Amridil before heading off to Aït Benhaddou. En route, a stop at a tea house will provide a Girl Scout exclusive opportunity to support a non-profit association and meet local women. Tonight, be sure to relax on the rooftop terrace—the city’s sunsets are legendary, and this is one of the best viewing spots. (b, d)

Day 7: Ait Benhaddou > Marrakesh

Our adventure continues to Marrakesh—you’ll fall in love with this ancient city wrapped in European modernity. Tonight—on a guided foodie and tasting tour, we'll sample pastries, olives, and other specialties. (b, food tasting)

Day 8: Marrakesh

Now it’s time to try our hands at cooking Moroccan fare. Learn the secrets of Moroccan cooking at Amal Association, a non-profit where local women are empowered to learn culinary skills. Afterward, join your Insider Expert for a guided tour of the Medina of Marrakesh, including a visit to the enchanting Bahia Palace. (b, l)

Day 9: Marrakesh > Essaouira

We travel to the coast today! En route, we'll stop at a vineyard to taste some local Moroccan wine. Upon arrival in Essaouira, you may choose to enjoy a surfing lesson followed by a sunset horseback riding experience. If surfing isn't your thing, you may wish to explore the local market, take in some live music, or visit to the local hammam spa for a traditional scrub and spa treatment. Tonight, our closing ceremony will take place at a local restaurant. (b)

Day 10: Essaouira > Marrakesh

Start your day with a morning yoga lesson. Afterward, we tour the Medina of Essaouira where you can select your catch of the day to be grilled to order at a favorite local restaurant. Then, we'll head back to Marrakesh where our farewell dinner will take place at Al Fassia Restaurant which is owned and run by a Moroccan woman. (b, l, d)

Day 11: Marrakesh > Casablanca

Our adventure ends today. You may choose to depart at any time or add on an optional transfer back to Casablanca. (b)

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Want a once-in-a-lifetime reunion with your now-scattered friends or Girl Scout sisters? Set up an exclusive adventure with just your crew! All it takes is six travelers to lock in flexible departure dates and plan an incredible adventure.

Things to know before traveling to Morocco

Currency

The currency of Morocco is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes.

Bank notes come in denominations of MAD 200, 100, 50 and 20. Smaller values are issued as coins in values of 10, 5, 1 as well as 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c. Changing money is easy and you will find banks and exchange bureaux in Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech.

In the desert and Atlas Mountains opportunities to exchange money are limited. There are ATMs in all major cities, which accept Visa cards, MasterCards and cards connected with Cirrus. Some ATMs, belonging to smaller banks, will not work so occasionally you may need to try two or three before you are successful.

We would strongly recommend bringing a combination of cash and credit cards. Credit cards are useful for large purchases such as carpets or gold from a large store, but generally speaking they are not accepted in many places. Local restaurants, markets, and many hotels will only accept cash as payment for goods or services. Please ensure you only use banks, licensed money exchangers or hotels. We also suggest you keep your receipts. Do not change money with street touts. This is illegal.

Morocco is often misjudged as being an inexpensive destination. With tourism booming, the influx of cheap flights from Europe, prices for some items are becoming more equivalent to prices you would be used to at home. Eating in local restaurants, road side stalls and from markets can be inexpensive, but for nights out at tourist friendly restaurants you can expect to pay much more. With drinks, tipping and of course - shopping, it can all add up. Budgets are a personal choice but please bear in mind that you should not expect Morocco to be a budget destination.

Moroccan Cuisine

Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about MAD 30. In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from Mad 220 upwards.

Generally dinner is likely to cost between MAD 80-120 depending on what you drink - so an estimate for food would be about MAD 150-200 a day.

Soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices, but generally speaking alcohol is not widely available in Morocco due to the cultural and religious reasons. Still, in some hotels and restaurants you will be able to purchase beers, wines and spirits, but you can pay western prices or more for imported alcohol. Please be aware of local laws, believes and traditions, and be very sensitive and respectful while consuming alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening.

Dietary Restrictions

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of vegetarian couscous and tajine or omelets. This is particularly the case in rural parts of this itinerary. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform us prior to the trip. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

Tipping

As Morocco has a tipping culture, travelers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your trip leader and the tipping section of our Essential Trip Information will help to provide you with some suggestions as to what amounts are appropriate.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

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Girl Scouts: Moving Morocco

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