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In the Footsteps of Churchill: A TFAS Trip From England to Morocco

September 22—30, 2019




Seventy-five years ago, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt met in Casablanca, Morocco, to finalize the Allied strategy that defeated the Axis powers. During that age of uncertainty, Churchill stepped onto the world stage as a voice of courage and statesmanship, and his influence and leadership remain relevant around the world today.

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Six people gather for a group photo in front of lush island scenery.
Thomas Poussard, Debbie Lawrence, Tom Lawrence, Joanna and Andres Loucopoulos and Bob Pruger gather for a photo on Easter Island during a 2018 TFAS trip to South America.

On this unique trip, delve into Churchill’s role as a war leader and peacetime politician in London. Develop a more nuanced view of this larger-than-life character in his role as both statesman and artist in Morocco as you experience the desert landscape that Churchill first saw in 1935 on a painting holiday. As you take in the crisp blue skies, brilliant sunsets and rich cultural experiences in Casablanca and Marrakech, you will more fully appreciate Churchill’s true artistic talent and come to understand how painting sustained him through hard times.

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Accompanying us for the entire trip will be renowned Churchill expert Dr. James Muller, who will provide insights into the places and experiences that shaped Churchill into one of the world’s most influential leaders.

For 15 years, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has been gathering its supporters for educational trips related to its mission of advancing freedom around the world.

Giovanna Cugnasca, a participant of last year’s trip to South America, said TFAS trip are all about exploring and learning about a different culture with like-minded individuals, while “clearing your mind and filling your heart.”

“Normally, I don’t travel with groups, but when TFAS announced a trip itinerary filled with amazing places and accommodations I couldn’t resist,” Cugnasca said. “Chile was a memorable experience with a great group of travelers. You can count me in for the next trip.”


What will you see and experience during your travels in the United Kingdom and Morocco? Explore our interactive map and view the official trip itinerary for more details about the trip.



Below is a schedule of events. Details will be added and updated as they are confirmed. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384

Sunday, September 22 | London

  • Morning
  • Arrive in London
  • Afternoon
  • Tour Churchill’s Cabinet War Room
  • Gather for a welcome reception in the Harmsworth Room

Monday, September 23 | London

  • Morning
  • Tour the House of Parliament
  • Afternoon
  • Lunch in the Churchill Room of the House of Commons
  • Travel to Harrow on the Hill
  • Evening
  • Dinner at the National Liberal Club with TFAS alumni
  • Retire to the Royal Horseguards Hotel

Tuesday, September 24 | Cambridge & Bletchley

  • Morning
  • Travel to Cambridge
  • Tour Churchill College
  • Afternoon
  • Lunch at your leisure in historic Cambridge
  • Travel to Bletchley Park for a tour about the Enigma code breakers
  • Evening
  • Travel back to London for an evening at leisure
  • Retire to the Royal Horseguards Hotel

Wednesday, September 25 | Chartwell & Oxford

  • Morning
  • Travel to Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s country house
  • Afternoon
  • Travel to Oxford in the afternoon

Thursday, September 26 | Oxfordshire

  • Morning
  • Travel to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for a tour of Churchill’s childhood home
  • Gather for a private welcome with coffee and pastries in one of the drawing rooms
  • Afternoon
  • Travel to Bladon to see Churchill’s grave site
  • Evening
  • Dinner as a group at a local restaurant
  • Retire to Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Friday, September 27 | Oxford & Casablanca

  • Morning
  • Travel to Casablanca

Saturday, September 28 | Casablanca & Marrakech

  • Morning
  • Tour Casablanca’s Habous district
  • Visit the Mechouar, Hassan II Mosque and view residential neighborhoods where the original Hotel D’Anfa once stood
  • Drive to Rabat, Morocco’s capital city
  • Visit Dar al-Makhzen and the Hassan Tower
  • Afternoon
  • Lunch at Villa Mandarine
  • Travel to Marrakech
  • Evening
  • Dinner at leisure
  • Retire to Selman Marrakech

Sunday, September 29 | Marrakech

  • Morning
  • Tour Majorelle Garden
  • Visit Ben Youseff Madrasa, Bahai Palace and Gardens, Kourtoubia Mosque and the Djemaa El Fna
  • Afternoon
  • Lunch at DarMoha
  • Evening
  • Farewell dinner at La Mamounia
  • Retire to Selman Marrakech

Monday, September 30 | Return Home

  • Morning
  • Transfer to Marrakech Airport for individual flights home


The tour has been arranged by Academic Travel Abroad (ATA), an educational travel provider for some of this country’s most prestigious companies. ATA staff will coordinate registration and travel arrangements as needed.

To register, please reach out to ATA at 800-556-7896. You may also reach out to TFAS Special Events Director Jane Mack at 202-986-0384 or jmack@TFAS.org with your questions.

Program Cost

  • Double Occupancy Price: $7,850
  • Single Occupancy Price: $9,645
  • Internal Airfare (London – Casablanca): from $420


Registration costs include:

  • Accommodations in 5-star, deluxe properties as noted in itenerary.
  • Meals as indicated in the trip itinerary: Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and 3 receptions. Beer and wine are included at lunch and dinner.
  • All transportation (as noted) in deluxe coach.
  • Coach transfers to and from the airport.
  • All visits as noted in the itinerary.
  • Expertise of an English Blue Badge in the UK, specialized guides in Morocco, as well as for comprehensive logistical and customer service management on tour provided by an ATA tour manager.
  • Wireless transmitter devices which allow group members to hear while not standing right next to guides or speaker(s).
  • Baggage handling throughout.
  • All tips, gratuities and local taxes for group activities.
  • The assistance of an ATA Guest Services Specialist assigned to The Fund for American Studies to assist with travel arrangements, including flights, extra hotel nights or other services.
  • $50,000 in medical evacuation insurance and access to worldwide emergency assistance coverage for each traveler.

Registration costs do not include:

  • Round-trip international airfare.
  • Passport fees, visas and visa photos as required.
  • Personal items, such as liquors, a-la-carte orders and meals other than specified.
  • Room service and valet/laundry service.
  • Phone and Internet access fees.
  • Expenses incurred by TFAS or ATA in making specialized travel arrangements outside of standard trip itinerary.
  • Internal flight between London and Marrakech as indicated in the Trip Costs section.


For more information, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202-986-0384. If you are ready to reserve your spot, please reach out to ATA at 800-556-7896.

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