A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

On an 8-day voyage from Casablanca to Spain’s southern coast, delve into the historic medinas of Rabat and Tangier and discover a palpable undercurrent of Moorish culture in the vivacious cities of Andalusia. 

Starting at: $4,720 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The Alhambra of Granada  Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca  A plaza in charming Ronda  The main plaza in Seville  The immense Gothic cathedral of Seville  Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon  Belem Tower, Lisbon  Archways in Palacio de Generalife at Granada's Alhambra  A courtyard in the Alcazar, or Royal Palace, in Seville  Vintage tram on the street in Lisbon

Cruising from Morocco to Spain’s Andalusian Coast

Casablanca to Lisbon on the 184-guest Le Dumont-d'Urville

8 days from $4,720

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

On an 8-day voyage from Casablanca to Spain’s southern coast, delve into the historic medinas of Rabat and Tangier and discover a palpable undercurrent of Moorish culture in the vivacious cities of Andalusia. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Apr 20 - 27, 2023 Departure
Rafael Chacón

Rafael Chacón

H. Rafael Chacón is Bruce and Suzanne Crocker Director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture and Professor of Art History and Criticism at The University of Montana-Missoula where he lectures on a broad range of art historical subjects. He received his doctorate in art history with honors from the University of Chicago, having been awarded numerous research fellowships to study in Europe, including an award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his dissertation on Michelangelism in Renaissance sculpture. He has written on a range of topics related to Renaissance and baroque art, both in Europe and in the Americas, most recently focusing on revival style architecture in the U.S. Northwest during the late 19th century. Rafael has been an expert for many Smithsonian Journeys programs in Cuba and Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. He has twice walked the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route across France and Spain.

Apr 20 - 27, 2023 Departure
Alia Kate

Alia Kate

Alia Kate is a graduate of Oberlin College where she studied international Relations with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. She has lived and worked in half a dozen countries throughout the world and keeps returning to Morocco. In 2008, Alia founded Kantara, a fair-trade design business that specializes in Moroccan rugs. Over the years, she has worked directly with the same weaving cooperatives in rural Morocco and is committed to fostering economic development of the women artisans through ethical trade. Effective communication is at the core of this mission and Alia is aided by the fact that she speaks French, Spanish, and Arabic fluently, as well as some of the indigenous Amazigh Moroccan languages.

Through Kantara, Alia has presented at numerous conferences, produced rugs and content for exhibits run by galleries, museums, and schools, and has developed an arts and education curriculum that was inspired by YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project.

Alia has cultivated a career that revolves around social innovation, international development, and experiential education. Some of her past experience includes managing the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership at Claremont McKenna College, launching the Social Innovation Program at Sequoyah High School, and working in advancement at Claremont Graduate University. In each of these capacities, Alia has engaged thought leaders in different sectors throughout Los Angeles and the global changemaker community. 

Alia was recently selected as an inaugural fellow in Coro’s Lead LA leadership and professional training program. She was a founding board member for CorpsAfrica, a nonprofit that recruits and places ambitious Africans in remote, low-income communities in their own countries. In Los Angeles, Alia has continued her civic service as a Trustee and treasurer for the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Fulcrum Arts, which operates at the intersection of art and science.