Morocco is a land of vast deserts and snowcapped mountains, sacred mosques, imposing fortresses, spirited markets, and many World Heritage sites. Explore all of this and more on this popular tour.

Starting at: $6,479 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Sand dunes of Morocco  Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca  Ait ben Haddou  Colorful architecture in Rabat  Traditional spices in a Moroccan bazaar  Traditional tile decoration in Morocco  Roman ruins of Volubilis  Roman mosaics at Volubilis  Traditional architectural design in Fez  Entrance to the Royal Palace, Fez  Smithsonian travelers relax on the sand dunes. Credit: Amy Kotkin  Berber village in the Atlas Mountains  Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech  Djemaa El Fna at dusk, Marrakech

Splendors of Morocco

From Imperial Cities to the Sahara

14 days from $6,479 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Morocco is a land of vast deserts and snowcapped mountains, sacred mosques, imposing fortresses, spirited markets, and many World Heritage sites. Explore all of this and more on this popular tour.

or Call 855-330-1542

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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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Sep 2 - 15, 2022 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.

Sep 23 - Oct 6, 2022 Departure; Feb 3 - 16, 2023 Departure; Sep 22 - Oct 5, 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. 

Oct 9 - 22, 2022 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.

Nov 25 - Dec 8, 2022 Departure; Mar 3 - 16, 2023 Departure; Nov 24 - Dec 7, 2023 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.

Mar 28 - Apr 10, 2023 Departure
Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns

Carola Stearns is a field geologist and geophysicist with over 40 years of experience enthusiastically sharing her fascination with the Earth and how it works.  She earned a Ph.D at the University of Michigan, has worked in exploration for major oil companies, taught at universities, and maintains a research affiliation with the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan.  She has worked with archaeologists on both prehistoric and classical sites around the Mediterranean and in the southwest of the US.  Her diverse research interests include tectonics as well as climatic geomorphology, especially as it relates to human history.  She has lectured as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon, on trips for the UM Alumni Association, and in Ann Arbor training docents for the botanical gardens, arboretum and the public school’s environmental education program.  Currently she works part-time as an interpretive guide in Santa Fe. 

Apr 11 - 24, 2023 Departure
Chloé  Capel

Chloé 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.