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Yet_land_bg Moroccan Discovery: From the Imperial Cities to the Sahara

Dates: May 3 - May 16, 2019

Total Duration: 14 days

Cost: From $6,195 per person, double occupancy. Includes air from Boston, New York, Washington, DC (airline taxes and fees not included)

Deposit (per participant): $1,000

Activity level: Moderately Active

Alan Plattus
Yale School of Architecture

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Region: Africa


This land of dramatic contrasts invites encounters with its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. On this small group tour, limited to just 24 travelers, eyes and hearts alike are opened to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people. Begin your 14-day journey traveling to seaside Rabat to tour the Moroccan capital, at once historic and contemporary, and heading to Sale for lunch in a private home. Stop in the imperial city of Meknes and view the Roman ruins at Volubilis, one of five UNESCO sites visited on tour. Then tour the fascinating medina and enjoy dinner in an intimate family-run riad in Fez, Morocco's oldest imperial city. Pass through the Middle Atlas mountains and set out on a sunset camel excursion to Merzouga's breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes on the Sahara's edge.

Marvel at the spectacular scenery en route to Ouarzazate in the snow-topped High Atlas, including the dramatic 984-foot Todra Gorge. Traverse the fabled "Route of a Thousand
Kasbahs" ancient caravan route. Stop at scenic Ait ben-Haddou village, a UNESCO site often used for film shoots. Touring in alluring Marrakech includes beautiful Koutoubia Mosque, cobalt blue-accented Majorelle Gardens, the Berber Museum, and a walking tour of the medina ending in the city's heart, Djemaa el Fna Square. The tour fittingly ends in storied Casablanca, Morocco's largest and most cosmopolitan city, where highlights include the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, the French-designed Habous Quarter, and the Royal Palace.

Alan Plattus

Professor Alan Plattus began teaching at Yale in 1986 after serving on the faculty of Princeton... more>>