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

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

Splendors of Morocco

From Imperial Cities to the Sahara

14 days from $5,879 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

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

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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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Mar 1 - 14, 2019 Departure
Lawrence Butler

Lawrence Butler

Dr. Butler received his BA and MA from Oberlin College and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  Trained as an art historian of Medieval Europe, the Mediterranean and Islamic world, Butler’s teaching and scholarly interests now range across pre-modern Eurasia, including the Silk Road connections between the Mediterranean world and East Asia. While at George Mason University he served as director of the Art History program, and as Coordinator of the Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology minor.

Dr. Butler has taught at GMU and Hiram College and has also held research positions at a number of museums. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Turkey in 1982-83. He has been an active participant in the Semester at Sea program, taking students on academic study tours around the world.  He was the visiting lecturer in Art History on the Fall 1999, Summer 2004, and Fall 2009 voyages.  On the Summer 2011 voyage, he was the Global Studies lecturer.

In 2004, Dr. Butler was awarded George Mason University’s Teaching Excellence Award and in 2005 he was elected to Phi Beta Delta, the honorary society for international education.  He lectures frequently for the Smithsonian Associates on the arts and cultural history of Spain and Portugal, Turkey, China, and many other places in between.

Mar 26 - Apr 8, 2019 Departure; Apr 19 - May 2, 2019 Departure; Oct 4 - 17, 2019 Departure
William Lawrence

William Lawrence

William Lawrence is Visiting Professor of international affairs at George Washington University's Elliott School where he teaches classes on North African history, politics, and culture and a fellow at the Tangiers American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies. Dr. Lawrence has nearly thirty-three years’ experience working on North Africa and lived immersively in the region for twelve years, six of them in Morocco. He has served as Associate Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at Control Risks, MENA Programs Director at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, and North Africa Director at International Crisis Group. Previously, he served in a number of positions at the State Department, most notably as senior advisor for global engagement at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International and Scientific Affairs, where he designed and implemented outreach programs to the Muslim world following President Obama’s Cairo speech. To that end, he co-created the U.S. Science Envoy Program and the Global Innovation Through Science and Technology Program. While in charge of U.S.-Moroccan science and technology relations, he co-created 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 appears regularly on NPR, Voice of America, BBC radio and television, France 24 (French and English), and Al Jazeera Arabic and English, and has been a regular guest on Moroccan radio and television. 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 on North Africa 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 Arab Center, 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 MENA-related 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 Peace Corps Morocco volunteer, Dr. Lawrence speaks French and Moroccan Arabic fluently.

Apr 12 - 25, 2019 Departure
Joseph Snyder

Joseph Snyder

Joe Snyder was a U.S. State Department Foreign Service officer for thirty years.  He served at diplomatic offices in Thailand, Iran, Taiwan, Malaysia and Austria, as well as in Washington.  Among his positions was Director of the State Department Press Office and Spokesman, when he often delivered a televised daily briefing with reporters, and Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.  After retirement from government service Joe was Executive Director of the Asia Society Washington Center, where much of his work involved the largest Muslim countries in the world.  Joe has been lecturing for ten years on cruise ships, private jet excursions (including two to Morocco) and land tours (one to Morocco) and has travelled extensively in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia and New Zealand.  He has undergraduate (Georgetown University) and graduate (Yale University) degrees in international relations.  

Sep 20 - Oct 3, 2019 Departure
Wilfrid Rollman

Wilfrid Rollman

Wilfrid Rollman holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan with specializations in North African, Middle Eastern and Islamic history, religion, politics, and culture. He has taught courses in these areas, global history, and the history and culture of the western Mediterranean in the History Department at Wellesley College and in the Department of International Relations at Boston University. He has lived for extended periods of time in the Middle East, France, and North Africa. For a number of years he has also taught courses in the Writing Program and in the Religion Department at Wellesley.  He was a co-director (1999-2015) of the Wellesley Wintersession Program in Morocco. Over the past twenty years, he has worked extensively with organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on educational outreach and travel programs on the history, art, and cultural of Iberia, North Africa, the Mediterranean region and the Middle East. He is now a Senior Lecturer at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and a Visiting Professor at Harvard University where he teaches courses on the Middle East and North Africa. He has frequently been guest lecturer at universities and colleges in the Boston area, has presented papers at numerous professional conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and continues to develop and present continuing education programs for older adults at venues such as the Sherborn, MA, Council on Aging and Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham, MA .  Professor Rollman has published on the history and historiography of North Africa and its relations with Europe. He is currently completing the translation and critical study of an Arabic memoir on nineteenth and early twentieth century Morocco. Professor Rollman and his wife Barbara live in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Nov 29 - Dec 12, 2019 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.