Dates: March 10 - March 20, 2017
Total Duration: 11 days
Cost: $7,295 per person, double occupancy. Single Supplement: $1,265.
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
History of Art
Vehicle: M.S. Volga Dream
Tour Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad
Over the last 10,000 years, the place that Edith Wharton called "a land of mists and mysteries" has been home to Berbers, Arabs, sub-Saharan Africans, Romans, the French, and more. Unveil the secrets of this spectacular country on a journey that begins with a panoramic drive through seaside Casablanca before an overnight stay in the capital city of Rabat.
Tour the imperial city of Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 17th-century rival to Versailles, and explore the well-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis. A three-night stay in Fes features a walking tour of the medina and visits to the spice market, tannery quarter, and mellah (old Jewish quarter). Discover the Berber village of Bhalil, with its unique cave homes; the walled town of Sefrou; and the hill station of Ifrane, which resembles an Alpine village.
In the "red city" of Marrakesh, the great public square of Djemaa el-Fna is a special highlight, as are the opulent, picturesque Majorelle Gardens, created in the 1920s by a French painter. View the port city of Essaouira, with its Portuguese influences, before concluding with an overnight stay in Casablanca, whose gleaming Hassan II Mosque features a glass floor suspended directly over the Atlantic Ocean