Rick’s Marrakech Cafe

Trip Region: Europe, Africa
Country(ies): Morroco, Spain
Partners Trek? No
Cost: $2505
Airfare Estimate: $1500
Structure:   •   Lodging:   •   Nightlife: 8   •   Activity: 5

Here at Rick’s Marrakech Cafe, we’ll do our namesake bar proud and make sure your adventurous spirit (and your liver) are ready for the next 2 years. This trip has everything you’re looking for: camels, spice markets, Alex Perrin’s angelic singing voice, boats, Rachel Ing’s dance moves, kayaking, and beach parties. We start in the colorful city of Marrakech where we will immerse ourselves in the culture and history of this iconic city. We’ll trek to the desert for an unforgettable night of camping in a Berber Village and of course, sunset camel rides. Then we’ll jet set to Spain to the cities of Malaga and Marbella. While we’re there we’ll embrace key elements of Spanish culture: sangria, siestas, and bottle service. After a few days in the Spanish sun, you’ll have a tan that will last until the first snow of the season. (Seriously it snowed in October last year, are you sure you’re ready for that?)

Get ready for some fire content hotter than the desert sun. Be sure to peep @Friday.Beers to understand the nicknames.

Day 1 — Saturday, Aug 15

Congratulations on surviving Orientation, Impact Challenge, practicing your odyssey for the first of many times and (obviously) your first Rick’s experience! Get some rest and recover on the plane because at wheels down its game faces on. Plan to get to Morocco by Sunday afternoon.

Day 2 — Sunday, Aug 16

From the Winter Garden in Ann Arbor to the Medina of Marrakech, get ready to meet your fellow trekkers and trek leaders. We’re super pumped to have you join us on this adventure. This first night is all about getting to know one another. We’ll kick off by meeting our Trek Leaders for a rundown of the week. Then we’ll head out for dinner and a night out on the town.

Day 3 — Monday, Aug 17

Meet your local guide and set off on an afternoon tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. Onward, we’ll stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world. Afterward, we’ll join a passionate local foodie for a true insider's guide to the medina and a tasting tour of the incredible Djemma el Fna. This is one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. Snake-charmers (one of Payal’s former hobbies), henna-painters (one of Ross’ former hobbies), performers, and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar of stalls laden with Moroccan delicacies. You’ll also put your negotiating skills to the test (and get you ready to haggle your signing bonus with that BCG partner) with some of the most experienced hagglers in all of Africa.

Day 4 — Tuesday, Aug 18

Get ready for an adventure day! We’re heading out to the desert and our campsite in Agafay. But don’t worry it’s more like #glamping because the only stars Boz sleeps under are 5 stars. After getting settled into camp its the moment you’ve been waiting for. Fire up the gram because we’re taking a sunset camel ride that will surely make your friends back home jealous and have your parents wondering what riding camels has to do with business school. (Answer: very little) That night we’ll be treated to a special Moroccan dinner under the desert sky.

Day 5 — Wednesday, Aug 19

After packing up at Agafay we’ll head back to Marrakech for another day of exploring. At night, we’ll put our culinary skills to the test in a cooking class and learn how to make some famous Moroccan dishes such as a Chicken Tagine. Let’s hope all those Chopped marathons have come in handy. (Ross is pumped) Afterward, we’ll be free to explore the open-air market and enjoy our final night in Morocco.

Day 6 — Thursday, Aug 20

Get ready for your second continent of the trip as we head to the Costa Del Sol region of Spain for some prime time beach action. We’re heading to Marbella, one of the best beach and resort cities in Europe. This will be a travel day followed by a night out in Marbella.

Day 7 — Friday, Aug 21

Start your day with a guided kayaking tour. We will set off along the coast, enjoying amazing views of the city, and the Sierra Blanca Mountains. After we’re done we have the rest of the day to explore. If Nicki has anything to say about it we’ll find ourselves at a local vineyard for some wine tasting. Rosé all day. That night we’ll hit the town of Malaga for their famous summer festival.

Day 8 — Saturday, Aug 22

Saturdays are for the BUOYS. We’re setting sail on a three-hour cruise where hopefully the winds are strong and the drinks are stronger. We’ll soak in the sun and dance like we’re at the Circ of the high seas. That night we’ll explore the city of Marbella and our foodie expert Rachel will no doubt track down some of the tastiest tapas for us to enjoy.

Day 9 — Sunday, Aug 23

Welcome to heaven on earth, Nikki Beach. No, it’s not just Nicki’s personal beach. This is a world-famous beach club with chic decor, top DJ’s and unending amounts of fun. There is no better place to end our MTrek. We’ll have a day bed reserved with bottle service and the day is ours to lounge, soak in the sun and enjoy some fire beats. We’ll finish the day with a send-off dinner before we all head back to Ann Arbor for the best year ever.

Day 10 — Monday, Aug 24

Today we’ll head to the airport and say hasta luego to Spain and the new friends (and perhaps lovers) we’ve made over the trip. Your leaders will always be there to guide you through your MBA1 year like how to survive stats and what not to do (like buying any books for class). This won’t be the last time you see us, as we’ll already be planning our first reunion, at Rick’s of course.