Morocco is a beautiful country with an amazing landscape and diverse population. During our travel together through this incredible country we will experience this landscape, and many of the wonderful people that live there. After starting with several days in the coastal cities of Casablanca and Tangiers (with an optional ferry ride to Spain), we will experience Fes — the spiritual/cultural capital of the country — a night on the dunes in the Sahara, the movie sets in and near Ouarzazate, the energy of Marrakech, and the laid-back splendor of Essaouria.
Along the way, we will revel in Morocco’s many treasures … its Kasbahs, souks, landscapes, Berber tent villages, and tantalizing cuisine, to name just a few.
Local guides will provide excellent information about the sites we visit, and your faculty leader, Professor McClure, will facilitate further exploration of the human geography of the country, including women’s rights, and other relevant topics related to current political, social, and economic characteristics. We’ll also tailor this program to cover topics of interest to participants. Professor McClure says, “we are committed to ensuring that each participant in this program has a rich and wonderful experience.”
Highlights of Morocco’s Distinctive Features:
- Fes – the most ancient and perhaps the greatest of Morocco’s imperial cities, it has also been called the spiritual heart of Morocco. Within the walls of its medina, Fes el Bali (Old Fes), lies the world’s largest intact medieval city. Prepare for a glorious assault on your senses!
- Sahara Desert – camp in the dunes overnight and witness the beginning of a new Moroccan day from the edge of the Sahara. Experiencing the desert’s utter tranquility while feeling the cold, soft grains of sand between your toes can be one of the most serene, invigorating, and spiritual moments you’ll ever have.
- Marrakech – with a boisterous history, this former imperial capital is a vibrant crossroads of cultures. Experience daily life in the medina in a city surrounded by both palm trees and arid pockets of desert.
- Hassan II Mosque – a stunning piece of architecture, it is the world’s second largest and most high-tech mosque, with heated flooring and a retractable roof. (Descriptions from frommers.com)
View the preliminary Itinerary.