In its position on the far northwestern corner of Africa, with a shoreline that stretches from the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar to the Atlantic, Morocco has been for many centuries one of the great intersections of civilization. It served as the garden frontier for the Romans and witnessed the wanderings of the earliest Christians and Muslims and the advance of the Moors from Africa to Spain; it welcomed the dusty caravans at the end of their long treks across the Sahara and the first brave ventures of the Portuguese out across the great oceans. Today, Morocco retains elements of all of its history, combining a wealth of cultures from the three continents with a native population of Berbers and black Africans. It is simply one of the most fascinating collections of humanity available anywhere on earth.
A mere six and a half hours from New York, Morocco is an eminently manageable as well as a provocative travel experience. Our exciting journey travels from the timeworn ruins of Caesar’s most distant provincial capital to the finest examples of ancient and modern Islamic architecture. We’ll stroll through the labyrinthine medina of ancient Fez, then wend our way through the majestic Atlas Mountains. We’ll visit the renowned cities of Rabat and Marrakech among several ancient walled towns and discover why Morocco’s exotic souks make it an unforgettable shopper’s paradise. Morocco’s treasures include Roman antiquities, imperial palaces and fortifications, ancient kasbahs, and delicious cuisine. As we traverse her distances, we’ll enjoy a kaleidoscope of towering mountains, deep caverns, palm groves, rose-colored medieval towns nestled in the emerald green valleys of her principal rivers, terra-cotta villages huddling up to fertile oases, and, to the forbidding east, the windswept immensity of sand dunes rolling in from the vast Sahara.
A Moroccan Odyssey includes deluxe accommodation at some of the world’s most famous hotels, including the Palais Jamai in Fez and the Sofitel Marrakech in Marrakech, all transportation and entrance fees, as well as a superb national guide. The package includes roundtrip air from the U.S. Join us in discovering Morocco’s lingering spell on all who have been fortunate to visit her.