MSA CULTURAL TOURS

THE HISTORY AND ART OF 

MOROCCO

OCTOBER 1 – 10, 2020

$3295 pp double occupancy / $595 Single supplement
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DAY I DEPART BOSTON FOR CASABLANCA. Royal Air Maroc Direct Flight 211@ 9:15pm

Arrive Casablanca next morning at 8:50am. *Please note this tour provides free transportation from Dartmouth to Boston Logan Airport and return.  Advance notice necessary.

DAY 2 CASABLANCA - OVERNIGHT CASABLANCA
VIEW HOTEL SLIDESHOW

CASABLANCA 1572 WHEN STILL CALLED ANFA

Casablanca HASSAM II MOSQUE

CASABLANCA 1917 

Port Casablanca

Casablanca was founded and settled by Berbers around the 7th century BC. It was used as a port by the Phoenicians and later, by the Romans. Because of its support of piracy, the Portuguese destroyed the town in 1468 and built a military fortress in 1515. The town that grew up around it was called Casa Branca later Hispanicized to Casablanca, or “White House”. Europeans abandoned the area in 1755 following the Great Earthquake that destroyed the city. Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdullah 1757-1790 reconstructed the town.

FRENCH INFLUENCED ARCHITECTURE

MEDINA MARKET

167 FT PHARE EL HANK LIGHTHOUSE 1920

CASABLANCA MARINA

689 FT. HASSAN II MOSQUE

INTERIOR HASSAN II MOSQUE

INTERIOR HASSAN II MOSQUE

ROYAL PALACE CASABLANCA

CATHEDRAL of the SACRED HEART

ROOSEVELT-DeGAULLE-CHURCHILL- January-1943

DAY 3 CASABLANCA MORNING AFTERNOON TRANSPORT TO RABAT – OVERNIGHT RABAT

Guided tour of Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city and economic capital. We will visit the famous Hassan II mosque, the tallest minaret in the world (210 meters (689 ft)), and visit Mohammed V Square in the Harbor Quarter, one of the oldest areas in Casablanca. In 1907, Casablanca became part of the French Empire until Moroccan Independence in 1956.

MOVIE POSTER

BOGIE and BERGMAN

Henreid-Bogart-Bergman:  “Casablanca”

BOGIE at RICKS CAFE IN MOVIE

Rick's Cafe TODAY

CASABLANCA JEWISH COMMUNITY

BETH-El-SYNAGOGUE 

JEWISH MUSEUM

ANFA SYNAGOGUE 

DELACRIOX  PAINTING: “JEWISH WEDDING”

19TH CENTURY Jewish-School

Late afternoon transfer to Rabat  - OVERNIGHT RABAT  
VIEW  HOTEL SLIDESHOW

DAY 4 RABAT – MENKES – VOLUBILIS - OVERNIGHT FES

RABAT

Tour of Rabat.  Rabat located on the Atlantic Coast is the capital and one of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco and a World Heritage Site. Rabat was founded in the 12th century by the Almohads as a military outpost. The historic Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads dynasty in the 12th century. In the 17th century Rabat became a haven for the Barbary pirates. We will also visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is home to the tombs of the current king's father and grandfather and visit the Hassan Tower, a minaret built in 1195.

The Kasbah Rabat

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Door in the Kasbah

Inside the Kasbah of the Udayasbat

Marrocos River Bou Regreg and the 

Kasbah-Oudaya-Rabat

Palace Gate Kasbah of the Oudayas

ALMOHAD 12th CENTURY WALLS

KASHBAH

RABAT FROM THE SEA

MAIN STREET RABAT

VOLUBILIS

Volubilis was a Berber and Roman city that has been excavated by UNESCO and was the ancient capital of the Berber Kingdom of Mauretania. Berbers, then Carthaginians, developed the city from the 3rd century BC and in the 1st century AD the city grew rapidly under Roman rule.

ARCH OF CARACALLA TRIUMPHANT 

BRONZE BUST OF CATO YOUNGER FOUND IN 1918

ROMAN MOSAICS

3RD CENTURY AD ROMAN TEMPLE

VOLUBILIS PANORAMA

ROMAN TINGIS GATE

ROMAN SITE

MEKNES 

Known as the "Moroccan Versailles" it is one of the oldest cities in the kingdom. It was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), a contemporary of Louis XIV, before the capital was relocated to Marrakesh. We will see the massive Bab El Mansour gate, the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. Moulay Ismail’s son, Moulay Abdullah, completed Bab El Mansour gate in 1732. 

We will also visit Hri Souani, a complex of three buildings built for granaries and stables. This amazing site has been used in many films, including “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1988 by Martin Scorsese.


OVERNIGHT FES  — VIEW HOTEL SLIDESHOW

ROYAL PALACE MEKNES.

1673 EL KHEMIS GATE

17th CENTURY BAB BERDAINE GATE MEKNES

ROYAL AQUEDUCT

MEKNES ROYAL IMPERIAL STABLES

DAY 5 GUIDED TOUR OF FES  

The guided tour of Fes will begin with the entrance to the largest royal palace in Morocco followed by a panoramic view of the ancient medina. Enjoy an authentic experience at the traditional ceramic crafts village of Fes after that. The next stop is Fes El Bali, the ancient town or Medina, which is a medieval part of Fes that has not changed for centuries.



THE MADRASA (COLLEGE OF
ISLAMIC INSTRUCTION)

OLD MEDINA ZAOUIA MOULAY IDRISS II MINARET

Fes panorama

FES MEDIEVAL CITY WALLS

INTERIOR OF ZAOUIA MOULAY IDRISS MOSQUE

JEWISH QUARTER, 1900

SHOPPING IN FES MEDINA

FES MEDINA

MAIN GATE TO FES MEDINA

FES JDID QUARTER OF MEDINA
FOUNDED 1276 BY MARINIDS

OLD MEDINA

FES, MOROCCO

We will also visit the famous Al-Karaouine mosque, built by Fatima Al Fihria in 857. Al-Karaouine mosque became home to the University of Al-Karaouine, the first university in the world and the world's foremost center of learning at the beginning of the second millennium. The university was built by Fatima Al Fihria in 859 and has become one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world. We will complete the tour of Fes with the leather Souq (Bizaar) and the oldest Leather Tannery in the world that dates back nine centuries.


OVERNIGHT FES

KARAOUINE OLDEST HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION IN THE WORLD

TANNERY HISTORY 9 CENTURIES OLD

AL-KARAOUINE UNIVERSITY FOUNDED IN 859

KARAOUINE OLDEST HIGHER ED
INSTITUTION IN THE WORLD 

CHOUARA TANNERY IN MEDINA

TANNERY IN FES MEDINA

BACK STREET IN FES 

DAY 6 TRANSFERS TO MARRAKECH - OVERNIGHT MARRAKECH  VIEW HOTEL SLIDESHOW


Marrakech is the fourth largest city in the Morocco located 150 miles from Casablanca. The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times, the city was founded in 1062 during the time of the Almoravid Kingdom and King Yusuf Ibn Tashfin. 

FAMOUS JEMAA EL FNA SOUQ

EL BADI PALACE REPLICA OF ALHAMBRA IN GRANADA

ALMORAVID BEN YOUSSEF MOSQUE
INSPIRED GIRALDA IN SEVILLE 

EL BADI PALACE MARRAKESH

JAMAA EL FNA SQUARE

EL BADI PALACE CONSTRUCTED 1573-1598

DAY 7 TOUR OF MARRAKECH - OVERNIGHT MARRAKECH

The red walls of the city, built in 1122–1123 with various buildings constructed in red sandstone have given the city the nickname "Red City”. Marrakech grew rapidly and became a major cultural, religious, and trade center.   Jamaa el-Fnaa is the busiest square in Africa. After a period of decline in the early 16th century, Marrakech again became the capital of the kingdom and regained its preeminence.

BEN YOUSSEF MOSQUE 1st MOSQUE MARRAKESH

CEILING BAHIA PALACE

MARRAKECH BATH HOUSE

19TH CENTURY BAHIA PALACE

MARRAKECH MUSEUM

DAY 8 EXCURSION TO ESSAOUIRA - OVERNIGHT MARRAKECH

KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE CONSTRUCTED
1184 - 1188 LARGEST IN MARRAKESH

MARRAKECH MEDINA

MEDINA MARRAKECH

The Carthaginians arrived in the 5th century BC in the present site of Essaouira and established a trading post.  In 1506, the Portuguese built a fortress on the site named Castelo Real de Mogador that existed until the 18th Century. During the 16th century, Spain, England, Netherlands and France all attempted unsuccessfully to conquer Essaouira which remained an important port. 

Present day Essaouira was built during the mid-18th century by the Moroccan King Mohammed III to increase European trade. Mohammed chose Essaouira as his main port because it was the closest harbor to his capital at Marrakesh. For 12 years, Mohammed III directed the building of the city fortress based on European Engineering. From the time of its rebuilding by Muhammad III until the end of the 19th century, Essaouira served as Morocco's principal port exporting goods from the caravan trade. 

ESSAOUIRA MEDINA

TOWER AND WALLS

SHOPPING IN ESSAOUIRA MEDINA

ESSAOUIRA PORT

PORTUGUESE CASTELO REAL in 1641

ESSAOUIRA  FORTIFICATIONS

ESSAOUIRA

ATTACK BY FRENCH FLEET 1844

DAY 9 OPTIONAL FREE DAY OR COOKING CLASS OR ATLAS MOUNTAINS TOUR

COOKING CLASS IN A MOROCCAN HOME

COOKING CLASS

COOKING CLASS

MOROCCAN CUISINE

COOKING CLASS

MOROCCO’S VARIETY OF MEDITERRANEAN FOODS

ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR

There are three options for this day. You can use it for packing and last minute shopping, but from past experience we know that some of our Fellow Travelers want organized activities to the very end so for those restless Marco Polo spirits we are offering two exciting choices.


One choice is a half-day Moroccan cooking class that will be held either in a Moroccan home or culinary school depending on the number that select that activity. 

The second option is an all-day excursion to the Atlas Mountains and the beautiful Ourika Valley. Of course your option to remain in Marrakech to eat, drink, rest, shop and pack, is for you to decide.

HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS

LUNCH TIME

ATLAS OURIKA VALLEY

BERBER VILLAGE

BERBER VILLAGE

ATLAS MOUNTAINS

SALT PRODUCTION

DAY 10 DEPART MARRAKECH FOR BOSTON. LATE MORNING MOTOR COACH FROM MARRAKECH TO CASABLANCA FOR DIRECT FLIGHT 210 @ 5:05pm ARRIVING IN BOSTON @ 7:30pm  

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