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2021 Moroccan Discovery

Sept. 28 – Oct. 11, 2021
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $5,179 (airfare included)
Tour Length: 14 days
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This land of dramatic contrasts invites visitors to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks.  On this 14-day small group tour, limited to 24 travelers, you open your eyes, and heart, to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.

Begin the journey in the Moroccan capital, seaside Rabat, where highlights include the Roman site of Chella, the contemporary art museum, and lunch in a private home.  Visits to two of the itinerary’s five featured UNESCO sites follow – the imperial city of Meknes and the impressive Roman ruins at Volubilis.  During a three-night stay in Fez, Morocco’s oldest imperial city, exploration reveals the fascinating medina’s many treasures, along with dinner in a family-run riad.  After crossing the Middle Atlas mountains, reach Erfoud and enjoy a tour highlight:  a sunset camel ride along the breathtaking sand dunes on the Sahara’s edge.

Experience more spectacular scenery en route to Ouarzazate in the snow-topped High Atlas, including dramatic Todra Gorge; and journey along the ancient “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs.”  En route to Marrakech, visit Ait ben-Haddou village, a UNESCO site made famous in film shoots.  Touring in fabled Marrakech includes the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque, the cobalt blue-accented Majorelle Gardens, the Yves St. Laurent Museum, and a walking tour of the medina ending at Djemaa el Fna Square, Marrakech’s heart.  Spend a final day in storied Casablanca, Morocco’s largest and most sophisticated city, and visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Casablanca | Rabat
  • Day 3 : Rabat
  • Day 4 : Rabat | Meknes | Volubilis | Fez
  • Day 5 : Fez
  • Day 6 : Fez
  • Day 7 : Fez | Midelt | Erfoud
  • Day 8 : Erfoud | Rissani | Merzouga
  • Day 9 : Erfoud | Tinehir | Todra Gorge | Ouarzazate
  • Day 10 : Ouarzazate | Ait ben-Haddou | Marrakech
  • Day 11 : Marrakech
  • Day 12 : Marrakech
  • Day 13 : Marrakech | Casablanca
  • Day 14 : Depart for U.S.

Eligibility

We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2021 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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