Splendors of Morocco
Explore this land of dramatic contrasts, from vast deserts and snowcapped mountains to ancient ruins and colorful souks.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
This was an amazing trip to an exotic land. The Sahara alone is worth the trip, but to see Fez and the mountains on the same trip, in the same country is amazing. Truly a sublime experience that I will always treasure.”
Our trip wasn't a "trip" rather, it was an experience! Every logistical detail was attended to with complete professionalism. The quality of our accommodation, travel, and restaurants as well as entertainment and education was unrivaled. I have told all my friends how impressed I was with this experience!”
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David Conrad’s Africa experience began in Nigeria (1964-66), Ethiopia (1968), North Africa (Morocco to Egypt 1969) and an overland crossing of the Sahara Desert for a year in Mali (1975-76). David holds a Ph.D. in African History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and is Professor Emeritus of History, State University of New York at Oswego. David has received major grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Specializing in Medieval States and Islamic influence in the Western Sahara and Sudan, oral tradition and indigenous religion, David regularly returns to his research villages in West Africa. Since 1991 David has made over twenty-five trips to Africa, and in the past six years he has lectured in twenty-one countries from Tanzania to South Africa, and Namibia to Morocco. In 2008 he appeared in Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe (PBS) and in The Discovery Channel’s The Lost Gold of Timbuktu.
Among his books are A State of Intrigue, Epic Ancestors of the Sunjata Era, Somono Bala of the Upper Niger, Sunjata: A West African Epic, and the prize-winning Empires of Medieval West Africa.
Kenneth Perkins received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, where he has served on the faculty since 1974 and teaches courses on Islamic civilization, the history of North Africa and the Middle East in the Islamic Era, and U.S. relations with the Middle East. A frequent traveler to the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Perkins has conducted scholarly research in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, and Sudan. He is the author of Qaids, Captains, and Colons: French Military Administration in the Colonial Maghrib, 1844-1934; Port Sudan: The Evolution of a Colonial City; Tunisia: Crossroads of the Islamic and European Worlds; and A History of Modern Tunisia; as well as numerous articles, book chapters, book reviews, and encyclopedia and other reference entries. He is currently working on a book examining the social, economic, and political impact of Western travelers in North Africa from 1870 to 1939.
Moshe Gershovich is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO). A native of Israel, he earned a B.A. at Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern studies at Harvard University. He taught for three years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before traveling to Morocco in 1998 as a Fulbright Senior Scholar to research the oral history of Moroccan veterans of the French Army. Moshe resided in Morocco between 1998 and 2000 during which time he also taught at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane. He is the author of French Military Rule in Morocco: Colonialism and Its Consequences (Cass, 2000) as well as numerous scholarly and popular articles related to the modern history and politics of Morocco and French colonialism. In recent years, Moshe has taken groups of UNO students to Morocco where they were immersed in the study of Arabic and North African history and culture. He is fluent in Hebrew, French, and Moroccan Arabic.