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Summer 2016


Program Cost: $6495

(Plus applicable taxes and application fee)


Option 1: JULY 4 - JULY 30

(Dates subject to change)


Option 2: august 3- AUGUST 28

(Dates subject to change)

    Morocco,  Island of Malta and Rome

Enjoy spectacular beaches, ancient monuments and archaeological sites in the Mediterranean Islands of Malta, the bustling city of Rome, Italy and Trek across the salt deserts of the  Sahara in Morocco while exploring civilizations of the past for an unforgettable experience.


Our Adventure begins in Morocco – a Kingdom of a thousand contrasts where we ride a camel through the Sahara Desert, surf down sand dunes, hike in a “Grand Canyon”, barter in markets in Imperial cities of Fes and Marrakesh for exotic spices, rugs, copper, silver, leather and argan oils, and experience the Berber culture along the roads of a thousand Kasbahs.


On your arrival in Casablanca, Morocco’s modern economic capital, you will visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest in the world that holds up to 25,000 people. From here, it is a short drive to the coastal city of Rabat founded in the 12th century as a fortified town home to some of Morocco's oldest buildings as well as hip cafés and shops.

To the northwest, in the foothills of the Rif Mountains, is the quaint town of Chefchaouen with buildings painted in brilliant hues of blue with a medina (city centre) nestled into the crooked hillside streets. We will hike around the surrounding valleys, gorges and picturesque peaks before heading to the fascinating Imperial city of Fes - the world’s largest active medieval city, with over 9500 alleyways.


It will seem as if we took a step back to the Middle Ages as we explore the cobbled streets of Fes el-Bali - and you have to try the centuries old cultural tradition of visiting a hammam – a version of a public Roman Bath where everyone would go to get the latest gossip or discuss politics.


We will visit the historic city of Meknes, a UNESCO world heritage site, founded in the 11th century and architecturally impressive with its wide ramparts, impressive palaces, and mosques and the Roman ruins at Volubilis with some of the best archaeological treasures in the country before heading south through the Sahara Desert.


Entering the Sahara at Merzouga you will see the mesmerizing sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, some as high as 820 feet. Our group will trek by camel to an oasis camp and spend a night in Berber tents under the stars in the middle of the desert, watch the sun set and rise over the Sahara and board down the dunes!


From the desert through the mountain trails of the Dades and Todra Gorges, Morocco’s “Grand Canyon”, we travel to  Ouarzazate (pronounced wah-zaz-zatt) - Morocco’s Hollywood. The cinematic terrain surrounding Ouarzazate is a mecca for movie makers and this area has been featured in numerous block buster films like Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Star Wars, and Gladiator, as well as the TV Series Game of Thrones. Nearby, is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ait Ben Haddou, a giant fortification of earthen clay architecture that has been a backdrop in many films.


Expect to be wowed by spectacular views as we drive across the High Atlas mountains enroute to Marrakesh. At the centre of the walled Marrakesh medina is the souk - its famous marketplace, a vast labyrinth of narrow streets filled with colorful handicrafts, artisan workshops, and bazaars. The Djemma el Fna in the heart of old Marrakesh comes alive in the late afternoon with a carnival of snake charmers, fortune-tellers, acrobats, musicians, belly dancers, henna women, and story-tellers.

On the Atlantic coast we will experience the sandy beaches at Essaouria – where the  constant breeze makes it a mecca for surfers and kite boarders who want to ride the waves and test their wits again the wind before we head to the Island of Malta.


Next, Malta, a warm and sunny island in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, with several sandy beaches, blue green waters, grottos, and caves. The cities are lively and bustling with great cafes and shopping opportunities – a very modern culture encapsulated in ancient historical context. The villages are filled with friendly people, lively festivals and very narrow streets – navigating your way around is part of the fun!


The island boasts some of the oldest free standing archaeological structures known in the world from the prehistoric period – which are similar to, but pre-date Stonehenge. First inhabited by Late Stone-Age Sicilian farmers and later taken over by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs from Tunisia, and masters of ruling houses in Europe, Malta finally fell under British rule. Now part of the European Union, the strategically located island has in turn developed into a nation with foods and a language that reflects all of these cultures!


Malta has several sister islands which our group will visit on ferries and boats,  including Comino with its crystal clear waters, and Gozo with its historical sites, 6000 year old archaeological ruins and unique glass factories.


While in Italy, we explore Greek and Roman archaeological sites as well as key shopping districts, cafes and traditional pizzerias, in the lively metropolis of Rome.



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Round Trip from Toronto

Ferry & Bus Transfers

Accommodation in centrally located & air conditioned 3 & 4 star hotels

   and university residences

Breakfast and Dinner daily

Academic Instruction

Course materials

City Tours


While in Morocco and Sahara:

Roman Archaeological Sites of Volubilis

Casablanca, Fes, Marrakesh, Chefchaouen (Blue City)

Camel Ride through Sahara Desert to an Oasis/Camping in Bedouin Tents

Grand Canyon of Morocco - Dades & Todra Gorge

Morocco's Hollywood - Ouarzazate- where Games of Thrones & Star Wars was filmed

  UNESCO sites throughout Morocco

Beaches on Atlantic Coast and Markets (souks) in all cities


While in Rome:


Roman Forum

Capitoline Hill

Palatine Hill

Piazza Navona

Spanish Steps

Trevi Fountain & Gelato



While in Malta:

City of Valletta & Grand Harbour

Blue Grotto Caves

Prehistoric Archaeological site of Hagar Qim

Medieval city of Mdina

Mosta Cathedral Dome

Sandy Beaches & Rock Cliffs




Prerequisite: Grade 10 English



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Prerequisite: Grade 11 English



Prerequisite: English Grade 10



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