Moroccan Discovery

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OCT. 27 - NOV. 9, 2020 $4,595
Rabat, Fez, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Casablanca
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Moroccan Discovery

OCT. 27 - NOV. 9, 2020
Rabat, Fez, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Casablanca

This land of dramatic contrasts invites encounters with 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, eyes and hearts open to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.  Your touring begins in seaside Rabat, the Moroccan capital, 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, complemented by dinner in a family-run riad.  Crossing the Middle Atlas mountains, reach Erfoud, where a tour highlight awaits:  a sunset camel excursion to Merzouga’s breathtaking sand dunes on the Sahara’s edge.  Experience more spectacular scenery en route to Ouarzazate in the snow-topped High Atlas, including the dramatic Todra Gorge; and journey along the ancient “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs.” En route to Marrakech, stop to view Ait ben-Haddou village, a UNESCO site made famous in film shoots.  Touring in fabled Marrakech includes beautiful Koutoubia Mosque, cobalt blue-accented Majorelle Gardens, the Yves St. Laurent Museum, and a walking tour of the medina that ventures to the city’s heart, Djemaa el Fna Square.  Spend a final night in storied Casablanca, where we take time to explore the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, the world’s second largest Islamic house of worship.

Cost: $4,595
Odysseys Unlimited
Activity Level: Moderate
Faster pace, substantial distances covered, long walks, city walking tours over uneven walking surfaces and stair climbing.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Carol Bakhos
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Carol Bakhos is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at UCLA. She also serves as Chair of the undergraduate Interdepartmental Program in the Study of Religion. Bakhos’ research interests reside in several intersecting areas: Bible and Qur’an, late antiquity, scriptural exegesis and comparative religion. Her most recent publication, co-edited with Michael Cook, is Islam and Its Past: Jahiliyya, Late Antiquity and the Qur’an (Oxford University Press, 2017), and her monograph, The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Interpretations (Harvard University Press, 2014), was recently translated into Turkish. Her other works include: Ishmael on the Border: Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab (SUNY, 2006), winner of a Koret Foundation Award, the edited volumes: Judaism in its Hellenistic Context (Brill, 2004), Current Trends in the Study of Midrash (Brill, 2006) and the co-edited work, The Talmud in its Iranian Context (Mohr Siebeck, 2010). She is completing Volume 2 of the Posen Jewish Anthology of Culture and Civilization for Yale University Press, and embarking on a new monograph tentatively titled: In the Beginnings: The Creation of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Bakhos is the co-editor of the premiere journal in Jewish Studies, AJS Review. In 2017 she received an NEH summer-institute grant for “Religious Landscapes of Los Angeles: Exploring and Teaching Religious Diversity Through Civic Engagement.”

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Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Odysseys Unlimited. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

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