Contemporary & Imperial Morocco

Immerse your senses in the vibrant sites, sounds and scents of this intriguing country.

To travel in Morocco is to move from one era of history to another as you experience a culture that fuses indigenous Berber traditions with Arab, Jewish, Andalusian, and other European influences. Explore the beauty of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech and the peaceful expanse of the Sahara desert as we journey through this alluring land and learn from its people.

This rich program includes numerous exclusive meetings that will provide an in-depth understanding of political and social issues that are central to Morocco today while immersing you the country’s stunning landscape, colorful bazaars, artisan traditions, and intriguing villages and cities.


  • Participate in a pre-departure call with Nation contributor and acclaimed author Laila Lalami, whose work has been on the Man Booker Prize longlist and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.   
  • Attend a briefing with Spanish journalist David Alvarado, who has covered North Africa for more than a decade as a correspondent for Spanish-language CNN, about the role of democracy in Morocco.
  • Meet with Asma Lamrabet, a feminist leader who is part of a school of thought often referred to as “Islamic feminism.”
  • Visit Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 17th century capital; the vast ruins of Volubilis, Rome’s commercial capital for the region up to the 3rd century; and Sefrou, home to artisans and once one of the continent’s largest Jewish communities.
  • Hear from Abdelmalek El Kadoussi, a communication professor who will discuss the complex role of the media in Morocco including the practice of “self-censorship”.
  • Learn about the preservation of Fez’s medina with the American-born director of the city’s Arab Language Centre, David Amster, who has lived in the Fez medina for more than a decade.
  • Stop in at the offices of “Centre des Droits des Gens” (CDG – Close to the People) – and learn about their work as one of the biggest human rights organizations in Morocco.
  • Depart on a 4×4 for an overnight at a camp in the highest dunes of Morocco – the towering Erg Chebbi, and experience the magic of a night in the Sahara desert.
  • Explore the Noor Solar Power complex, which when completed will be the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant.
  • Tour Atlas Studios, the center of Morocco’s film industry and where many Hollywood movies have been filmed.
  • Join activist Nadir Bouhmouch who is working on a documentary about the 6-year protest action against the operator of a silver mine in a remote Moroccan village in the Sahara Desert.
  • Sample delicious food, learn about the thriving arts scene and see stunning examples of Moroccan craftsmanship.
  • See the itinerary for complete details about the many exclusive meetings and extraordinary sites we will visit on this tour.


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