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 $5,679 | 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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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 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.

Sep 25 - Oct 8, 2018 Departure; 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 23 - Dec 6, 2018 Departure; Feb 1 - 14, 2019 Departure; 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.

Mar 1 - 14, 2019 Departure
Lawrence Butler

Lawrence Butler

Hear Lawrence Butler speak at the Smithsonian Associates program – An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture

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. He served as the Coordinator of the Art History program at George Mason University from 2002 to 2005. Currently, he is the advisor for the Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology interdisciplinary 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.

Apr 12 - 25, 2019 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. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, German and French.