MAYMESTER IN MOROCCO 2004

 

Itinerary for May, 2004: from May 10 to June 7th

 

1)    May 10, Monday:    

 Delta #4220: leaving Atlanta at 11:10 am,  

          arriving JFK (New York) at 13:22.

 Royal Air Maroc:# 201  Leaving JFK at 19:00

2) May 11, Tuesday: Marrakesh

Arrival in Casablanca at 0600 am -- Airport pickup

Trip by van to Marrakech / Lunch along the way

Meet homestay families at the American Language Center

3) May 12, Wednesday: Marrakesh

          Orientation at ALC followed by lunch at ALC

          Coffee/Tea at a nearby café

          Free afternoon, walk to the madina (old city)

4) May 13, Thursday: Marrakesh

          Morning: Tour of Marrakesh

          Lunch in Marrakesh - Café France

          Afternoon: Introduction to Arabic and Adab

5) May 14, Friday: Marrakesh

          First day of classes: 8:30 to 12:30

          RELI 4307 - Introduction to Moroccan History

          ARAB 4000 – Basic phrases and proverbs

          Lunch at ALC

          Free afternoon / Tea at ALC – general discussion

6) May 15, Saturday: Tinmal (the mosque/fortress of Ibn Tumart)

          Trip to Tinmal, lecture at the mosque

          Picnic near the river

7) May 16, Sunday: Marrakesh

          Morning: ALC Classes

          Lunch

          Music Program in the evening, photo opts

8) May 17, Monday: Souk in Urieka, rural life

9) May 18, Tuesday to  May 21, Friday: Marrakesh classes

          ALC Classes

          Lunch at ALC

          Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

10) May 19, Wednesday

          ALC Classes

          Lunch at ALC

          Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

11) May 20, Thursday

          ALC Classes

          Lunch at ALC

          Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

12) May 21, Friday

          ALC Classes

          Lunch at ALC

          Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

13) May 22, Saturday to May 25, Tuesday Trip to southeast Sahara

May 22, Saturday: leave Marrakesh for Zagora

          Picnic on way near pass

First night at Zagora, Hotel Sirocco (tel. 44 84 61 25/fax 44 84 61 26

         

          14) May 23, Sunday:

                    Morning: Visit to Tamagrout Library

                                       Tea in Tamagrout under tents

                    Lunch at Hotel, rest around the pool

                    3:00: leave for sand dunes and camel ride

                    Evening and Night in tents on the dunes:

                              Story circle and Moroccan Jokes

         

          15) May 24, Monday:

                    Depart from Zagora, towards Ait Ben Haddu,

                    Visit Galaoui palace on the way to Ait Ben Haddu

                    Lunch Ait Ben Haddu

                    Ait Ben Haddu: evening talk on rural life/questions

                    Night at hotel in Ait Ben Haddu

         

          16) May 25, Tuesday: Return to Marrakesh

                    lunch at the ALC

                    afternoon with home stays families, rest and clean up 

17) May 26, Wednesday: to May 29, Marrakesh ALC Classes

          May 26 Wednesday

          ALC Classes

          Lunch at ALC

          Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

18) May 27, Thursday:

          ALC Classes

          Lunch at ALC

          Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

19) May 28, Friday:

          ALC Classes

          Lunch at ALC

          Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

20) May 29, Saturday: 

          ALC Classes

          Lunch at ALC

          Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

21)May 30, Sunday to June 3: Leave Marrakesh for Casablanca, Rabat and Fez

          Morning: road to Casa / visit the Royal Mosque in Casablanca

          Afternoon: Rabat – Hotel Royale one night /

                    Chellah

                    Dinner Bahia

                    Tour Hassan

22) May 31, Monday: Rabat, Salè, Volubolis and Mulay Idris

Morning: Walk to Salè

Madrasa and Grand Mosque

meet vans near tomb of Sidi Hassoun

Road to Fes, by way of Meknes and Voulubolus (pack lunch)

Fes: Batha Hotel three nights

23) June 1, Tuesday: Fez, Madina

Tour of Fes, lunch at the Palais de Fes

                    Walk back to hotel, lecture Fatima Saddiqi

                    Free evening or a walk through the streets

                    Fes: Batha Hotel

24) June 2, Wednesday: Fez, Madina

                    Free day in Fes, or shopping with Jafar and I

                    Lecture: Ezzeddine Kharchafi, Sufi Poetry

            Late afternoon: visit of the tomb of the al-Fazi family
                    Sacred Music Festival 20 H 30 - Bab Makina

             Rituals and chants Sufi Order of Fez with Mohamed    Bennis, Ba Jeddoub,
Abderrahim Souiri (Fez)  "Sufi nights" (free) performance

                    Fes: Batha Hotel

25) June 3, Thursday: Road to Marrakesh via the Middle Atlas

26) June 4, Friday: ALC Classes

Lunch ALC

Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

27) June 5, Saturday: ALC Classes

Lunch ALC

Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

28) June 6, Sunday: ALC Classes

Lunch ALC

Various afternoon activities, shopping and madina

 29) June 7, Monday: Leave from Marrakesh for Casablanca by van

AirMaroc: #200  Leaving Casablanca at 11:20 am and

arriving JFK in New York at 15:30. Then

Leaving JFK  via Delta: #2527 at 19:05 and arriving Atlanta at 21:39