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
returning 5 November 2017
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.
follow this link to open and print registration material and program conditions
(tentative and subject to local circumstances):
individual preferences will be accomodated when possible
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
** 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.