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, Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech and the peaceful expanse of the Agafay 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 discussion with Aida Alami, a Marrakesh-based freelance journalist who writes about politics, religion, migration, racism and human-rights issues.
- Attend a meeting with Kathya Berrada of the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis for a discussion about Islam in Morocco.
- Meet with feminist, Houda Zekri, who will discuss the challenges Muslim women face in the country.
- 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”.
- Visit the tranquil oasis of Jnane Tsamsna and meet with owner and entho-botanist, Gary Martin, who will give us a tour of his garden and talk about his work helping Moroccan artisans promote and sell their crafts.
- Overnight at Scarabeo Camp set in a dramatic landscape of the Agafay desert’s barren grandeur and with a view of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
- Learn about Berber life in Bab Ouirka, where we stay at a charming property perched on a hilltop with stunning mountain views, and visit local artisans to learn about programs established to maintain artistic traditions and provide skills and jobs to the local youth.
- See the itinerary for complete details about the many exclusive meetings and extraordinary sites we will visit on this tour.
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