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
*Price includes airfare from select cities including Boston and New York. Contact Odysseys Unlimited for full terms and conditions, including airfare rates for additonal cities.
**Program pricing and itinerary subject to change until final publication of brochure**
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.
Dirk Vandewalle is an associate professor of government at Dartmouth College and an adjunct professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. An expert on Middle Eastern politics and political economy, Vandewalle has conducted Fulbright research fellowships in Dubai, Morocco, and Yemen. He is an internationally recognized expert on Libya and the former Gaddafi regime and served as political advisor to the United Nations Special Mission in Libya in 2011. He holds a Ph.D. and M. Phil, M.A., and M.I.A. degrees from Columbia University and received his B.A. from Southwest State University.