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Rabat, Fez, Marrakech| 9 days | October 22-30, 2016

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500 Cathedral Dr # 2377, Aptos, CA, 95001


10.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits were approved for this journey. ** This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Nanda Journeys. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. **


​​​Dates:   Oct 22 - Oct 30, 2016

Cost:      USD $5,699 per person

Days: ​    9


Leader Spotlight:  

Dr. Stuart F. Seides| Physician Chief

Executive, MedStar Heart & Vascular

Institute

Dr. Seides is responsible for all clinical services and administrative operations related to heart care delivered by MedStar Health and its affiliated physicians in the Washington-Baltimore region, including Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University and Union Memorial Hospitals. 


Former president and Board chairman, Medical Society of the District of Columbia. Two term president, American Heart Association, NCA. Former member, Board of Directors, MedStar Health.



Day 01: Depart for Morocco
Depart from New York and fly to Casablanca, Morocco.


Day 02: Arrival and Career Enrichment
Upon arrival at the Casablanca Mohammed V Airport you will be met by your local guide.  Make your way onward to Rabat to check into your local hotel. The 5* Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses is located close to the Royal Palace surrounded by 17.3 acres of Andalusian gardens with 3,000 roses. The 229 room property was designed to blend French elegance with Moroccan touches.


This afternoon the group will gather with your local guide to learn more about Morocco, get to know your fellow travelers, and have a chance to ask questions regarding the week ahead. Lunch and dinner will be provided today. 


Overnight:  Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses
Meals: Lunch, Dinner









Day 03: Career Enrichment

Today is dedicated to professional interaction with your Moroccan counterparts including a speaker from the Ministry of Health (or similar) as well as a visit to a local hospital or clinic. The primary objective for this journey is to explore the healthcare challenges and opportunities in an emerging, politically stable North African country with a long and storied cultural history.


Morocco sits directly across the Strait of Gibraltar from Europe with Arab, Berber, French, Jewish, and Spanish influences on its history, economy, languages, and way of life.


Accompanying guests:

After breakfast at the hotel explore Rabat including a stop to see the raising of the flag at the Royal Palace before exploring the Chellah Necropolis, the last residence of the Merinide sovereigns and former location of the old Roman city of Sale. After lunch explore the Hassan Tower, Mohammed V. Mausoleum and the Oudaya Kasbah.


Lunch will be provided this afternoon at a local restaurant. Enjoy some time to relax this evening with dinner on your own. Perhaps enjoy the hotel’s three restaurants, gorgeous pool, and gardens. 


Overnight:  Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 


Day 04: Fez City Exploration
Check out of your hotel and depart Rabat this morning as you head toward Fez. Your first stop today is in Meknes to visit one of the most amazing gates in the world, Bab Mansour. Built at the beginning of the 18th century, and completed in 1732 by his son, Sultan Moulay Ismail designed the gate as the grand entrance to the Imperial City of Meknes. Continue on to visit the Heri el Souani granary, which served both as a granary and feed store for the thousands of steeds in the sultan’s vast stables. Finish your morning with a stop in a covered market (medina).


Lunch will be provided in Meknes this afternoon. The afternoon will be dedicated to a visit to the Roman ruins in Volubilis (a UNESCO World heritage site). A Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., this city became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site.


Drive onward to check into your local hotel in Fez late this afternoon – the 5* Sahrai Hotel. An epitome of luxury and sophistication, don’t miss their pool, spa and other first-class services. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Overnight: Sahrai Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 05: Career Enrichment & Cultural Exploration
 This morning, continue your professional exchange at a local university hospital such as Fez University Hospital or a similar medical facility.


Accompanying guests:

After breakfast, explore Fez including the Karaouiyine Mosque, one of the most imposing in Morocco. It houses a university which is thought to be the oldest in the world and which was founded in the middle of the 9th century at a time when theology, grammar and Koranic law were the basic subjects taught. The El-Attarine medersa, situated opposite it, is considered to be the most beautiful in the medina. Also visit Fondouk el-Nejjarine – known as the “Wood Museum” – which faces the old Place el-Nejjarine or the “Carpenter’s Square.” The fondouk was constructed in the 18 th century and originally served as a roadside inn for travellers and traders.


After lunch in the market, explore the city together including a visit to Mellah, the Jewish Quarter and Souk el Attarine (perfume and spice market). Some of the shops are housed in traditional Moroccan houses, so you get a bonus of seeing the old mansions up close and personal. Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Sahrai Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner











Day 06: Travel to Marrakech
Immediately after breakfast, depart for Marrakech via the mountains and the cedar woods of the middle Atlas, passing by Ifrane, a charming ski resort and Beni Mellal, one of the agricultural centers of Morocco. Lunch will be provided in Beni Mellal this afternoon before continuing your drive onward. Check into your local hotel this afternoon. Enjoy some time to relax with dinner on your own this evening. The 5* Hivernage Hotel and Spa is ideally located overlooking the Atlas mountain and the Koutoubia Mosque.

Overnight: Hivernage Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 07: Moroccan Hospitality and Community Service

This morning the group will head into the countryside to explore a local Berber village. Depending on availability, visit a local clinic or rural hospital to learn about access to care as well as healthcare for the nomadic tribes.


Later today, the group will visit a local school to interact with the staff and students. Take part in a calligraphy workshop with the children and for those interested bring items (supplies) to donate to the school. As part of your program tuition, needed furniture will be donated to the school. Time permitting, enjoy tea in a Berber home to enjoy the wonderful natural hospitality of these kind mountain people.


Enjoy lunch on your own before you head back to Marrakech for dinner at a local restaurant. 

Overnight:  Hivernage Hotel & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: Cultural Exploration Marrakech
Spend the day exploring Marrakech, founded by the Almoravides at the end of the 11th century. The historical sites you will visit today include the Koutoubia Minaret, one of the best examples of hispano-moresque art; Bahia Palace and gardens; and Majorelle Gardens built by famous French painter Jacques Majorelle. Lunch is by individual arrangement today.


After lunch visit the famous Jemaâ el Fna Square and the souks. The traditional meeting place for peasants and merchants has become the heart of the city with its snake charmers, musicians and other entertainers. Your final farewell dinner will be provided at the Jad Mahal Restaurant (or similar).


Overnight:  Atlas Medina & Spa Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner











Day 09: Time to say goodbye
Say goodbye to Morocco and all of your new friends! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your flight back to New York.

Meals: Breakfast


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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Medical Systems & Public Health Journey to Morocco led by Dr. Stuart F. Seides

AT A GLANCE

The Kingdom of Morocco is located in northwestern Africa and has North Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Home to nearly 34 million people, the country has been flavored by Arab, indigenous Berber, European and Sub-Saharan cultures. With a long history of independence not shared by many of their African neighbors. Our Medical Systems & Public Health Journey will include career enriching highlights such as;  exposure to the wide variety of health care delivery modalities in the public sector between “town and country”, fixed clinics and hospitals, mobile teams working further into the countryside, and those serving nomadic tribes; Learn about religious and local cultural considerations in the delivery of healthcare in this remarkably diverse environment; explore the challenges in the prevention and treatment of both communicable (e.g. TB) and chronic (e.e. diabetes) diseases in this very divers population.You will also visit the historical towns of Fez & Marrakech and explore the vibrant markets and historical monuments! Visit with a rural Berber family and share some tea. Join us Morocco - it's a must visit destina