Highlights of Morocco - Double

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Embark on an alluring Moroccan adventure overflowing with centuries-old customs and colorful culture. We are flying in one day before the tour begins to give you time to rest or explore on your own. Arrive on Day two for a two night stay in Casablanca. Day three join your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner at Rick’s Café, the mythical saloon from the 1942 film Casablanca. Day four stop at the ancient imperial city of Meknes. After lunch, explore the port of Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis before continuing on to the ancient ruins of Volubilis. Uncover the well-preserved remains of Roman palaces, baths, soaring arches and magnificent mosaics. Tonight’s dinner features traditional Moroccan delights, prepared and served by the family who owns the riad where you are staying. Day five discover Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world. Learn of its historical importance as a center of government, philosophy, medicine and religion while on your fascinating panoramic tour, including the Medersa Bou Inania, built in 1325. See the Jewish Quarter, the city ramparts and the gates of the palace. Experience a walking tour in the Medina. Founded in the 9th century, it is home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Amid the cobbled alleyways of this ancient market you’ll see donkeys and mules laden with goods walking alongside buyers. Day six you will learn about Monkey Watch, a conservation program dedicated to protecting the Barbary macaques that thrive in the forests of Ifrane National Park. You will have the opportunity to feed these unique creatures. Continue on toward Erfoud, known as “the Door to the Desert”. Tonight stay in a Kasbah. Day seven begins at Erfoud’s fossil factory and museum where they turn fossil rocks into decorative items. Then, travel to Saharaoui town of Rissani. Get a true taste of the region when creating homemade stuffed bread with potato, meat, onion and Moroccan spices. Jump into a 4x4 vehicle and make your way to various nomadic villages of the Sahara before arriving at the edge of the dunes. Pause to enjoy a cup of tea by the pool before boarding your camel for your ride to a nomad camp. Traverse the stunning sands of Merzouga. Later, learn how to bake bread under the sand – nomad style. As night falls, listen to intoxicating Berber drum music and song during the traditional pouring of mint tea followed by a delightful Moroccan feast; before falling asleep in a luxury tent. Day eight return to the edge of the dunes via camel. Then, set out for Erissani to begin the journey to Todra Gorge. Spend time in the Jewish quarter where you may choose to sample some local favorites at a bakery. Next, follow the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs”. These fortress-like kasbahs rise up like turreted sandcastles along the ancient trading route. This region is one of the most vibrant destinations. Day nine drive through the Valley of Roses, stopping en route at a local cooperative for coffee. Then, it’s on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou, an impressive feat of Moroccan architecture. Continue along the High Atlas Mountains following the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass. This scenic route brings you through lush oasis valleys and mountains. Stop at a Berber village before entering the exotic city of Marrakech. Day ten explore Marrakech and its ancient El Bahia Palace. Enter the royal Saadian Tombs, explore the vibrant and historic Jewish Mellah, and see the majestic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Tour the ancient city wall, passing by the Royal Palace and Marrakesh palm grove. Get a true taste of Moroccan hospitality as you have lunch in the home of a local expert and his family. Then, enter the 9th-century walled medina and enjoy time to mingle with the locals as you shop at the ancient market. Day eleven select ingredients this morning for your culinary workshop that takes place on the rooftop of the charming Kasbah Omar, located in the middle of the old Jewish Berber village. Join a Berber family in their home for a traditional cup of tea and a taste of the real Berber life. After lunch, experience another Moroccan tradition at a henna workshop. Afterward, meet an artist and discover some of her work before heading to the souk for last minute shopping. Tonight, join you fellow travelers, for a farewell dinner.  Day twelve transfer back to Casablanca for a post night stay. Day thirteen the tour ends and you fly home with incredible memories.
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Class Details

13 Sessions
Weekly - Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue

Location
Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus

Instructor
Community Education Host 

 

Notice

Please read:  Cancellation waiver insurance, airfare, hotel accommodations, round trip airport transfers from Modesto, hotel transfers, and 20 meals included. 600 deposit per person due upon registration. Save 200 and book by July 6, 2017.

Tuition: 

$4,649.00

Registration Closes On
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 @ 12:00 AM


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
2/7/2018 - 2/19/2018 Weekly -Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 4:00 AM - 11:59 PM Modesto, Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus  Map, Room: Parking Lot 211 Community Education Host