A Gold Select Journey

Points of Contact:
Christian, Jewish & Islamic Heritage in Morocco

9 Days, 20 October - 2 November 2017
$3,591 from Boston

4 Day Elective Sahara & the Desert Splendor

$1,198
returning 5 November 2017

Sponsored by
Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church
The Rev. Herb Taylor

This program will acquaint travellers with Morocco's rich and diverse cultures and peoples. We will visit some of Morocco's most impressive cultural sites acquainting participants with Jewish heritage in Morocco, Medieval Islamic art and architecture. In Casablanca, we will visit the mosque of King Hassan II and the Museum of Judaism, the only Jewish Museum in an Arab country, while making new friends with Moroccan Christians. We will exlore Marrakech, venturing from our Riad and out into the vibrant Jemaa al Fanaa, full of snake charmers, peddlers, and performers. We will visit the Koutoubia Mosque, one of the most important landmarks in Marrakech. We will drive to the Middle Atlas Mountains and elevations above 8,000 ft. The High Atlas Mountains, reaching to 12,000 feet and higher, are the backdrop for our drive.

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Daily Itinerary

(tentative and subject to local circumstances):
individual preferences will be accomodated when possible

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart Boston.

Day 2 Arrive Casablanca. Upon arrival, we will journey to the heart of Casablanca visiting with Moroccan Christians before visiting the Museum of Judaism and touring the King Hassan Mosque. Orientation, introductions, dinner at the hotel, overnight in Casablanca.

Day 3 Kasbah of the Oudayas, Oudayan Museum of Art, University of Rabat, dinner at the hotel, overnight in Casablanca.

Day 4 drive to Marrakech, visit Marjorelle Gardens, Saadian Tombs, Palace of Bahia, Museum of Moroccan Arts, introduction to the souk. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Marrakech.

Day 5 Tour the Jewish Quarter, view the Koutoubia Mosque, Jemaa al Fanaa, Mulay Idris, dinner on your own. Overnight in Marrakech..

Day 6 embark from Marrakech into the High Atlas Mountains (14,000 ft.), cross the Tizi n Tichkah Pass (7,600 ft), visit the Todra Gorge, Ait Ben Haddou kasbah. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Ourzazate

Day 7 Drive the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs, visit Kalaa Mgouna--the Rose City, the Valley of the Roses, Erfoud, Merzouga, optional sunset camel ride. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Erg Chebbi

Day 8 the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi by jeep and on foot, visit am Amazigh
camp, flight to Casablanca. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Casablanca

Day 9 Return to USA or continue with the elective.

Elective: The Middle Atlas and the Imperial city of Fez

Day 9 depart Merzouga, drive through the Ziz Valley, Ifrane, Al
Akhawayn University. Dinner at the Riad. Overnight in Fes

Day 10 The Little Sisters of Jesus, Old City of Fes, Nejjarin (woodworkers) square, Nejjarin Museum, 14th Century Quranic schools, Kairaouyine mosque , meeting with Dr. Bright Benfor. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Fes

Day 11 tour Volubilis, Meknes, Mulay Idris, Overnight in Casablanca

Day 12 Return to USA.

***Meetings with indigenous people are subject to change. Appropriate substitutions will be made in the event a speaker is unavailable.
** Daily itinerary is subject to local conditions, including weather, opening and closing hours, holidays, flight schedules, etc. Sometimes the order of the itinerary will change due to such circumstances and sometimes substitutions will be made.
*Morning and evening fora on various topics will be arranged throughout the program. Appropriate substitutions may be necessary.

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