This land of dramatic contrasts invites you to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. Travel from seaside Rabat to the desert towns of Erfoud and Ouarzazate and through the snow-topped High Atlas. Dine in a private home with a local family and in a family-run riad. Admire the Todra Gorge and visit the world’s oldest continually operating university, and marvel at one of the world’s largest Islamic houses of worship – magnificent Hassan II Mosque. Ride on camelback into the Sahara to watch the sun set over the breathtaking dunes. Plus, see 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Rabat's medina, Volubilis, Meknes, Ait ben-Haddou, and Djemaa el Fna Square.
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.
Susan Ackerman ’80 is the Preston H. Kelsey Professor in Religion, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. She joined the Religion Department in 1990 after teaching at the University of Arizona and at Winthrop College in South Carolina. She is a specialist in the religion of ancient Israel and the religions of Israel's neighbors (Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan), an interest she first developed as an undergraduate religion major at Dartmouth (A.B., 1980) and continued to explore in graduate school at Harvard (M.T.S., 1982; Ph.D., 1987). In 2006, Professor Ackerman won the Dartmouth College Faculty Award for Service to Alumni Continuing Education, and in 2018, she was awarded the Dartmouth College Alumni Council's Professor John Rassias Award for Faculty Commitment to Lifelong Learning.