Explore this land of dramatic contrasts, from the imperial capitals of Fez, Meknes, Rabat, and Marrakech to the vast dunes of the Sahara, and from the ancient sites of Volubilis and Ait ben-Haddou to lively souks and medinas.

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 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 of Morocco  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 $5,879 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore this land of dramatic contrasts, from the imperial capitals of Fez, Meknes, Rabat, and Marrakech to the vast dunes of the Sahara, and from the ancient sites of Volubilis and Ait ben-Haddou to lively souks and medinas.

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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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Sep 20 - Oct 3, 2019 Departure; Oct 6 - 19, 2020 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.

Apr 14 - 27, 2020 Departure
Mary-Jane Deeb

Mary-Jane Deeb

Dr. Mary-Jane Deeb received her Ph.D. in International Relations of the Middle East and Africa from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from the American University in Cairo where she lived for many years. She is fluent in French and Arabic, and can read seven other languages. She was the President of the American Tunisian Association (2016-2018), and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association (2015-2018). She retired after twenty years as Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress in February 2019. She has traveled and lectured all over the world including, more recently, in Davos during the 2018 World Economic Forum, in Azerbaijan in March 2018, and in Nanjing and Nantong in China in May 2018. Before joining the Library of Congress she taught Comparative and International Politics at the American University in Washington for ten years. Deeb is the author and editor of several books and 190 articles on the Middle East and North Africa. She has also written four mystery novels: Cocktails and Murder on the Potomac, Murder on the Riviera, A Christmas Mystery in Provence, and Death of a Harlequin, and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America. She worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia, UNICEF, AMIDEAST, the USAID in Beirut during the civil war, and was also a UN observer for the 1997 Algerian elections. She has received a number of awards, and is listed in the Marquis' Who's Who in America and the Marquis' Who's Who in the World.

Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2020 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.