Explore this land of dramatic contrasts, from vast deserts and snowcapped mountains to ancient ruins and colorful souks.

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 Smithsonian travelers relax on the sand dunes. Credit: Amy Kotkin  Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech  Morocco  Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou  A colorful Moroccan <i>souk</i>  Decorative Moroccan archway

Splendors of Morocco

From Imperial Cities to the Sahara

14 days from $5,579 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore this land of dramatic contrasts, from vast deserts and snowcapped mountains to ancient ruins and colorful souks.

or Call 855-330-1542

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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. 

- Melanie P.

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! 

- Kristina P.

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Sep 23 - Oct 6, 2016 Departure
William Lawrence

William Lawrence

William A. Lawrence is Visiting Professor at George Washington University's Elliott School and at University of Stirling (Scotland). He is also Director of Middle East and North Africa programs at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy and a fellow at the Tangiers American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies. Dr. Lawrence has over thirty years experience working on North Africa and has lived in the region for twelve years, six of them in Morocco. Based there from 2011 to 2013, he directed International Crisis Group’s North Africa project. Previously, he served as senior advisor for global engagement at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International and Scientific Affairs, where he advised the White House on outreach to the Muslim world. To that end, he co-created the U.S. Science Envoy Program, the Global Innovation Through Science and Technology Program, and the Maghreb Digital Library and assisted with the creation of the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation, and Research and the Rabat Technopolis. In 2008-9, he was named Goldman Sachs Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Tufts University, AMIDEAST/Mohamed V University (Rabat) and Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech) and has lectured on North African history, politics, and culture at over 100 universities worldwide. Dr. Lawrence has appeared regularly on BBC radio and television, NPR, Voice of America, France 24 (French and English), Al Jazeera, and over three-dozen other Asian and North African TV and radio stations. He is one author of Morocco: Crossroads of Time and of After the Uprisings: Political Transition in Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen and has published analysis in Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Figaro, Slate Afrique, Jeune Afrique, Al-Hayat and Sharq al-Awsat (the two leading Arabic language dailies) and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the World Music Institute, and the Oriental Institute at Oxford University. He co-wrote and co-produced the film Marrakech Inshallah funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and co-created five other documentary films and 14 albums of North African music, including the first internationally released Arab rap song. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Tufts University’s Fletcher School and first and second cycle degrees in history from the Sorbonne in Paris. A former Morocco Peace Corps volunteer, Dr. Lawrence speaks French and Moroccan Arabic fluently.

Nov 25 - Dec 8, 2016 Departure; Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2017 Departure
Kenneth Perkins

Kenneth Perkins

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.

Nov 24 - Dec 7, 2017 Departure
Joseph Snyder

Joseph Snyder

Joseph Snyder was a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer for 30 years, serving at diplomatic posts in Thailand, Iran, Taiwan, Malaysia, Austria and Washington, D.C. Among other positions, Joseph was Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, where he worked on nuclear issues in North Korea, Iran and Iraq. Joseph has traveled and lectured extensively throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He earned his undergraduate degree at Georgetown and his graduate degree at Yale, majoring in international relations with an emphasis on the history, politics and economics of Asia. Joe has lectured several times for private jet expeditions with stops in Morocco.