The Best of Marrakech: Colorful Culture in the “Red City”

Discover the rich culture of Marrakech alongside experts as you learn about the local traditions, magnificent architecture and some of the challenges this city faces.
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Program No. 23220RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Cinnamon and coriander fill the air as you walk through bustling bazaars. Bright, colorful textiles catch your eye and the low beat of the bendir drum echoes through the streets. In Marrakech, engage all of your senses as you venture through this lively city and immerse yourself in a culture completely different from your own. Learn about the local life, from gender dynamics to cooking traditional Moroccan meals, and explore the history of Marrakech through its Arabic architecture and gardens, splashed with vibrant blues and horseshoe arches. Along with local experts, discover how the colorful cultures of Morocco blend to make one uniquely beautiful city, much like the mosaics that don its intricate palaces.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet a local family and cook an authentic Moroccan meal that has been passed down from generation to generation.
  • Learn about Marrakech’s environmental issues and find out how you can help with a local NGO.
  • Discuss the city’s colorful and gilded architecture with a top-notch instructor before exploring the beautiful plazas.
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Rachid Qasbi
A certified national group leader, Rachid completed his undergraduate education in English linguistics at Ibn-Tofail University and obtained a master's degree from the University of Moulay Ismail in the field of communication. He is in charge of several programs at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL). He attended several international trainings in different themes such the ones organized by the Council of Europe, the Leaders Training Workshop (LTW) organized by Experiment in International Living (EIL), and the Students Diplomacy Corp Leadership Training.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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