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School Geography Trip to Morocco

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A geography school trip to Morocco is an excellent opportunity to experience the magnificent scenery and hospitality of the Maghreb!

With its spectacular landscape, ranging from mountains in the north to desert in the south, as well as an expansive coastline, Morocco is a geographically diverse country. Processes taking place of the course of millions of years have shaped the landscape, from the High Atlas Mountains and the spectacular Todra Gorges, to the ever-changing sands of the Sahara Desert.

Combine the geography and geology with the human influence and explore the wonderful city of Marrakesh with its mosques, souks and palaces. Plus, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy an authentic taste of the local culture with a traditional meal and show!

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 4 days/3 nights)

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Visit the Atlas Mountains!

The Atlas Mountains are actually a series of mountain ranges which stretch across more than 2,000km of North Africa, through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The mountain range acts as a barrier between the mild Mediterranean climate and the harsh Sahara.

The Atlas Mountains are commonly divided into two main sections – the Tell Atlas, which is the southern section and receives enough rain to grow lush forests, and the southern Saharan Atlas.

The mountains have acted as a barrier, protecting the Berber people from outside influences and allowing them to preserve their own languages, culture and traditions, although most have embraced Islam.

Did you know?

The highest point in the Atlas Mountains is Toukbal in southwestern Morocco, which reaches up to 4,165m.

Ourzazate, Morocco

Visit Ouarzazate!

Film buffs and Game of Thrones fans may notice that Ourzazate looks familiar – the town is a popular filming location and has featured in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

Just to the west of the city is the kasbah town of Aït Benhaddou, which was once on the caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth a visit for those interested in the history of this region.

And still today, the city is a popular base for excursions out into the Sahara Desert. There are dunes, palm groves, rose gardens oases, valleys and gorges all waiting to be explored!

Did you know?

There are two major movie studios here – Atlas Studios is the world’s largest film studio by acreage, showing just how important this town has become in the film industry!

Djemaa El Fna, Morocco

Visit Djemaa El Fnaa!

Djemaa El Fna is a large market square in Marrakesh’s medina and is one of the best places in the city to soak up the atmosphere and experience the local culture.

The square is home to storytellers, fortune tellers, poets, singers and dancers. Although it’s a huge draw among tourists, it’s also still an important gathering place for locals who come to enjoy the entertainment and culture on offer.

And at night this is a great place to enjoy some traditional Moroccan food, with live entertainment from Berber and Gnawa musicians and dancers.

Did you know?

Djemaa El Fna and its importance as a place for cultural exchange and artistic heritage was the inspiration behind UNESCO’s Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity – and it became the first place to gain Masterpiece status.

Day 1


Flight from UK to Marrakesh Menara Airport, on arrival transfer to hotel


Group to walk to the Medina, Djemaa El Fna and the Souks, followed by an apothecary visit (dependent on time of arrival)


Evening meal at hotel

Day 2


Full day excursion to Amizmiz in the lower slopes of the High Atlas, with a stop at the Lalla Takerkoust reservoir to look at large scale water management.

Continue to the Amizmiz countryside to see all aspects of traditional life.




Return to hotel in Marrakesh for traditional evening meal

Day 3


Full-day excursion to Douar Oulad Elguern - group will be welcomed with tea and breakfast before participating in various daily village activities.




Return to Marrakesh for evening meal

Day 4


Transfer to Marrakesh Menara Airport for return flight to the UK





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Educational activities and visits

Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains

Take your students on a full day excursion to the Atlas Mountain Range which stretches… Read more



Essaouira, known as the White and Blue City, is situated on the Atlantic coast. It is an… Read more

Majorelle Garden

Majorelle Garden

Designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle in 1924, during the French colonial period… Read more

Menara Gardens

Menara Gardens

Set slightly out of town, the Menara gardens offer not only a pleasant escape from&… Read more



Ouarzazate, otherwise known as the Doors to the Desert, is a city of different cul… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Chez Ali Fantasia

Chez Ali Fantasia

The Chez Ali offers a traditional event and dinner including an opportunity to see the… Read more

Djemaa el Fna

Djemaa el Fna

Located in the medina, this square is a virtual festival of smells, colours, noise and ac… Read more

El Bahia Palace

El Bahia Palace

The Bahia Palace and gardens were built in the late 19th century, intended to be the grea… Read more


Hotel Oudaya
Ryad Mogador
Hotel Oudaya

Hotel Oudaya offers 77 rooms, 15 suites and 3 villas. All rooms have a separate bathroom, telephone, air-conditioning and satellite T.V.

Hotel Facilities include 2 restaurants offering both international and Moroccan food, a swimming pool, bar, snack bar, a range of artisan shops, a sauna and hammam.


This apartment hotel is set in a one-hectare garden which features palm trees, bay trees, pomegranates and hibiscus.

The guesthouse is composed of six casbahs, distributed harmoniously around patios and fountains. The air-conditioned design hotel offers 135 rooms in total and welcomes guests in a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out services, a hotel safe, currency exchange facilities and a newspaper stand.

Further facilities include a TV lounge, kids' club, café, bar, disco and restaurant. Guests may also take advantage of the conference facilities, room and laundry services, and a car park.

Ryad Mogador

Ryad Mogador Marrakech is located in front of the beautiful snow capped Atlas Mountains. It offers easy access to the Medina and Jamaa El Fna, the heart of the city.

Ryad Mogador Marrakech boasts 162 comfortable rooms and provides excellent service to ensure guests will have a very pleasant stay. The rooms are equipped with all modern comforts such as a phone, air conditioning, satellite TV and a safe. Each room has an en-suite bathroom.

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