This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. As we travel from the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open our eyes, and hearts, to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.
- Private Sahara sunset excursion and camel ride on the dunes
- Visits to five UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Ancient ruins of Volubilis
- Scenic “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs”
- Dramatic Todra Gorge and Atlas Mountain scenery
- Kasbah of Ait ben-Haddou
- Fez touring
- Marrakech’s medina and Djemaa el Fna Square
- Storied Casablanca and Hassan II mosque
- Outstanding accommodations
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Casablanca, Morocco
Day 2: Arrive Casablanca/Rabat
Day 3: Rabat
Day 4: Rabat/Meknes/Volubilis/Fez
Day 5: Fez
Day 6: Fez
Day 7: Fez/Midelt/Erfoud
Day 8: Erfoud/Rissani/Merzouga
Day 9: Erfoud/Tinehir/Todra Gorge/Ouarzazate
Day 10: Ouarzazate/Ait ben-Haddou/Marrakech
Day 11: Marrakech
Day 12: Marrakech
Day 13: Marrakech/Casablanca
Day 14: Depart for U.S.
Robert Baum was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Silver Spring, MD. He attended Wesleyan University for his bachelor's degree, where he first took a course on Apartheid and decided to concentrate in African history. Upon graduation, he received a Watson Fellowship, which enabled him to spend an entire year in a Diola village in southern Senegal, where he learned the language and began field research, before beginning graduate school at Yale University. He returned to Senegal for nearly two more years, and did archival work in London and Paris in preparation of his Ph.D. His first book, Shrines of the Slave Trade: Diola Religion and Society in Pre-Colonial Senegambia won an American Academy of Religion award for the best first book in the history of religions (2000). He has written numerous articles on the history of Diola religion, field research, religious constructions of gender, indigenous religions and is currently completing a book on the history of Diola women's prophetic movements.
He was recently chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has previously taught at Iowa State University, Kenyon College, The Ohio State University, Bryn Mawr College, and Barnard College. He has also played an extensive role in the Ford Foundation funded program "Difficult Dialogues" which trained faculty at the University of Missouri and in other Big Twelve universities in how to deal with controversial issues that have a religious dimension in the university classroom. He has conducted similar workshops for K-12 teachers.