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

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 Traditional tile decoration in Morocco  Courtyard of a madrassah in Fez  The distinctive minaret of Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech  Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca  Ait ben Haddou  Traditional spices in a Moroccan bazaar  A colorful Moroccan <i>souk</i>  Decorative Moroccan archway  Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech  Smithsonian travelers relax on the sand dunes. Credit: Amy Kotkin

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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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.

Feb 16 - Mar 1, 2018 Departure
Allen James Fromherz

Allen James Fromherz

Dr. Allen Fromherz is a Professor of Mediterranean and Middle East History at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 2002 and received his PhD from St. Andrews University in Scotland in Medieval Islamic History in 2006. His first two books, The Almohads: the Rise of an Islamic Empire (IB Tauris) and Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times (Edinburgh University Press) examine the rise of empire in medieval North Africa and Iberia. Dr. Fromherz's most recently completed work The Near West: North Africa and Europe (Edinburgh – Expected end of 2016), examines the history of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish interactions across the Western Mediterranean, especially in Iberia, Morocco, Tunisia, and Italy.  Dr. Fromherz has held several international fellowships from Fulbright, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, and a senior fellowship from NYU Abu Dhabi. Dr. Fromherz has led and organized four study abroads, including the popular Marvels of Medieval Spain: the Culture and History of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. His regular classes on Medieval Spain and the Mediterranean focus on convivencia, how Muslims, Jews, and Christians, living together, created a common culture that still lives on in Iberia to this day.

Mar 30 - Apr 12, 2018 Departure; Apr 20 - May 3, 2018 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.

Sep 21 - Oct 4, 2018 Departure
Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney is a veteran of expedition travel, and has lectured on and journeyed to all seven of the Earth's continents. With a lifelong interest in the natural and earth sciences, Wayne specializes in making the fascinating story of our planet come alive for fellow travelers. His travels have taken him to all areas of South America including Patagonia and the Amazon; the Polar regions from Antarctica to Iceland, the desert lands of Africa and the American Southwest, and most of Earth's outstanding landscapes. He was elected to the Explorers Club and has visited more than 80 countries. Wayne is a retired professor of geology but still teaches an occasional honors course at Northern Arizona University in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. He is passionate about sharing his vast knowledge of earth history with others in an easy and informal style, and is a well-respected author of numerous award-winning books and articles. He enjoys studying languages, hiking, river running, photography, conversation, and anything else that allows him to get out with others to see the varied and interesting landscapes of this beautiful world.

Nov 23 - Dec 6, 2018 Departure
ChloƩ  Capel

ChloƩ Capel

Chloé Capel is a field archaeologist specializing in the medieval history of North and Western Africa. She received her Ph.D. in Medieval Archaeology from the Sorbonne University (Paris, France) and had been lecturer in Islamic Arts at the Ecole du Louvre (Paris, France) for 10 years. She participated in numerous archaeological expeditions across the Sahara (Egypt, Mauritania, Ethiopia and Niger) and currently works on several archaeological programs in southern Morocco. Dr. Capel is a specialist of the famous caravan city of Sijilmassa, southeastern Morocco and co-directs the archaeological excavations of Aghmat, which was a powerful and thriving medieval city located close to present-day Marrakech.