Cultural Extension Program Cost: $2025, single supplement $350
If you wish to join us on this adventure, please complete the Cultural Extension Enrollment Form
Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Moroccan desert following your professional exchange. The cultural extension will give you an opportunity experience village life in rural Morocco, feel the sands of the Erg Chebbi Desert between your toes, and barter with the locals for exotic handicrafts.
You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Immortalized in films such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Babel” or “Indiana Jones this fortress untouched by times stands like a rough diamond emerging from the surrounding rock face. While in the Kasbah, you will delight in the scents of spice and the local village cuisine. Explore the Moroccan desert during a sunset camel trek from Merzouga. On this private tour, you will ride a camel to the dunes of Erg Chebbi and hike to the top of the highest dune for panoramic views across the desert
Marrakesh to Ait Ben Haddou and then on to Zagora- overnight at Dar Hnini
A Moroccan guest house, Dar Hnini blends the green of the natural surroundings with the Moroccan architecture of elegance and modern comfort. This desert oasis, is located in the province of Zagora in the Souss Massa Draa region of Southern Morocco.
Zagora to Merzouga- overnight at a Desert Luxury Camp.
Situated in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, living in a luxury desert camp will transport you to the land of Lawrence of Arabia.
Merzouga to Ourzazate- Overnight at Riad Caravane, Ait Ben Addhou.
At the center of the small mud-house village, of Ait Boulmane, along the old caravan route, is the Riad Caravane. With views of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ben Haddou Ksar, (fortified village) is a uniquely Moroccan Chambre d’hôtel,
Ourzazate – Marrakesh
Later Afternoon departures for the United States.
Meals Daily: Breakfast and Dinner (exception, departure day, breakfast only)