French, History, Social Science
Journey to Morocco
Trek with Global Journeys across North Africa through Morocco to delve into civilizations of the past for an unforgettable experience.
Our adventure takes you to a Kingdom of a thousand contrasts where we ride a camel through the Sahara Desert, surf down sand dunes, and hike in a “Grand Canyon”, Then off to barter in markets in Imperial cities of Fes and Marrakesh for exotic spices, rugs, copper, silver, leather and argan oils, and experience the Berber culture along the roads of a thousand Kasbahs.
At the centre of the walled Marrakesh medina is the souk – its famous marketplace, a vast labyrinth of narrow streets filled with colourful handicrafts, artisan workshops, and bazaars. The Djemma el Fna in the heart of old Marrakesh comes alive in the late afternoon with a carnival of snake charmers, fortune-tellers, acrobats, musicians, belly dancers, story-tellers.
We travel to Ouarzazate (pronounced wah-zaz-zatt) – Morocco’s Hollywood. The cinematic terrain surrounding Ouarzazate is a mecca for movie makers and this area has been featured in numerous block buster films like Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Star Wars, and Gladiator, as well as the TV Series Game of Thrones.
Nearby, is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ait Ben Haddou, a giant fortification of earthen clay architecture that has been a backdrop in many films. Enroute, we travel across the High Atlas mountains and see the Dades and Todra Gorges, Morocco’s “Grand Canyon” – so expect to be wowed by spectacular views.
The Adventure continues when we enter the Sahara at Merzouga to experience the dunes of Erg Chebbi, some as high as 820 feet. Our group will trek by camel to an oasis camp and spend a night in Berber tents under the stars in the middle of the desert, to watch the sun set and rise over the Sahara.
From the desert we will travel north to arrive at the fascinating Imperial city of Fes – the world’s largest active medieval city, with over 9500 alleyways. It will seem as if we took a step back to the Middle Ages. We explore the cobbled streets of Fes el-Bali – and you have to try the centuries old cultural tradition of visiting a hammam – a version of a public Roman Bath where everyone would go to get the latest gossip or discuss politics.
We will visit the historic city of Meknes, a UNESCO world heritage site, founded in the 11th century and architecturally impressive with its wide ramparts, impressive palaces, and mosques and the Roman ruins at Volubilis with some of the best archaeological treasures in the country.
Further northwest, in the foothills of the Rif Mountains, is the quaint town of Chefchaouen with buildings painted in brilliant hues of blue with a medina (city centre) nestled into the crooked hillside streets.
And finally we will travel towards Casablanca – Morocco’s modern economic capital and en route stop in Rabat – founded in the 12th century as a fortified town, home to some of Morocco’s oldest buildings as well as hip cafés and shops.
“Little and lasting is better than much and passing.”
– Moroccan Proverb
This Program Includes:
- Round trip from Toronto & Transfers
- Accommodation in centrally located & air conditioned hotels, kasbahs and riads
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Academic instruction & course materials
While in Morocco & the Sahara
- Roman Archaeological Site of Volubilis
- Casablanca, Fes, Marrakesh, Chefchaouen (Blue City)
- Camel Ride through Sahara Desert to an Oasis/Camping in Bedouin Tents
- Grand Canyon of Morocco – Dades & Todra Gorge
- Morocco’s Hollywood – Ouarzazate: where Game of Thrones & Star Wars were filmed
- UNESCO sites throughout Morocco
- Markets (souks) in all cities
This program is filled with (included) excursions, however, based on student interest onsite and, if time permits, additional activities may be added to the itinerary.
Courses Offered Include:
- ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS, GRADE 11, CHW3M
Prerequisite: Grade 10 History, Academic
- ENGLISH, GRADE 11, ENG3U
Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Academic
- ENGLISH, GRADE 12, ENG4U
Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, University Preparation
- CHALLENGE AND CHANGE IN SOCIETY, GRADE 12, HSB4U
Prerequisite: Any university/ college, or college preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies
- CORE FRENCH, GRADE 12, FSF4U
Prerequisite: Grade 11 Core Frech, University Preparation
- FRENCH IMMERSION, GRADE 12, FIF4U
Prerequisite: Grade 11 French Immersion, University Preparation
- WORLD ISSUES, GRADE 12, CGW4U
Prerequisite: Any university or university/ college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities
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(2023 dates abroad are subject to minor change)