Morocco boasts a unique mixture of striking landscapes and characteristics, which makes it an ideal location for you to develop your photography skills with the guidance of an accomplished and renowned photographer. This week long trip will take you through the stunning valleys, lakes and gorges of the Moroccan countryside, the star filled skies of the Sahara desert to the unique culture and architecture of some of Morocco’s main cities. This blend of contrasting environments enables you to develop your photography skills in a range of different settings. In addition to this we offer you the chance to travel through Morocco in style, from bespoke camping to luxury hotels, this trip enables you to relax in complete comfort whilst on the move.
- A unique opportunity to learn hints and tips from a renowned photographer through a range of beautiful settings
- Experience the naturally beautiful Moroccan countryside including the limestone crater lakes, the Ounila Valley, picturesque gorges and the Cedar forests
- Examine a range of stunning architectural buildings from the North Fort of Fes, the Kasbah Amerhidi near the Atlas mountains and the El Badia Palace in Marrakech
- Visit Ait-Benhaddou; a UNESCO world heritage site and fortified mud-brick city on the edge of the Atlas Mountains
- An opportunity to explore the vibrant stalls of the Medina streets in Fes and the Souks of Jemaa el Fnaa in Marrakech
- Visit the breath-taking landscape of endless dunes in the Sahara desert which boasts a perfect star filled sky at night
- You will also have a whole day to yourself at the end of the trip to discover Marrakech at your leisure and to practice the photography skills that you have developed throughout the week
TECHNICAL AND FITNESS LEVEL
No special technical skills needed. You can be any level of photographer, from someone who has always had a keen interest in photography to someone who is completely new to the subject. If the group you intend to come with have varying degrees of expertise in the field this is absolutely fine – the trip will be tailored to suit each of your needs. You will be in the hands of a top photographer and Expedition Leader who will ensure you get the most out of your trip.
RECOMMENDED GROUP SIZE
- 6 nights in a range of critically-acclaimed hotels across Morocco
- 1 night in high-end bespoke tenting near the Sahara Desert
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Morocco can be visited all year round as its hot and sunny the majority of the time. To experience the milder weather with fewer tourists, the best time to go is April to early June and September through to November. During the summer months (July- September) the weather can become quite hot, especially in the cities, however the trip can still be enjoyable. If you have a pre-formed group (family, friends or an organisation), we would be delighted to organise an expedition around dates that suit your group.
|1||Arrive Rabat||Luxury hotel in Fes (D)||A chance to view the Moroccan countryside on the drive to Fes from Rabat|
|2||Fes||Luxury hotel (B/L/D)||Visit the vibrant streets of Medina filled with endless stalls|
|3||Errachidia||Hotel (B/L/D)||Pass through the Moroccan countryside and limestone crater lakes|
|4||Merzouga (Sahara camp)||Camping (B/L/D)||An opportunity to practice night time photography under the striking desert stars|
|5||Ouarzazate||Hotel (B/L/D)||Visit Dades Gorg and the Kasbah Amerhidi fortress|
|6||Marrakech||Luxury hotel (B/L/D)||Photography opportunity of Ait-Benhaddou (UNESCO world heritage village) and Atlas mountains|
|7||Marrakech||Luxury hotel (B/D)||Here’s a chance to put the photography skills you have learnt into to practice and explore Marrakech at your leisure|
*B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Arrive on a Saturday to the city of Rabat. From here you will be transferred through the naturally beautiful Moroccan countryside to Fes. In Fes you will check into a luxury hotel and have the opportunity to relax post-flight and meet our expert photographer and travel team who will ensure you get the most out of the week ahead.
After breakfast we will make our way to the tanneries Chouwara; one of the most striking sights in the Medina. With the warm morning sun rising upon the huge array of colourful dyes in honeycomb vats, this is a perfect place to start to develop your photography skills. We will then make our way through the Medina streets, a maze of vibrant alleys and stalls, where you can buy a whole range of local leathers, pottery and foods. Our trusted guide will ensure we experience the highlights of this Medina. After experiencing the best of the Moroccan cuisine for lunch, we’ll head to the North Fort, one of two forts that were originally built to guard the old city, for a lesson in sunset photography over the city.
Today we’ll make our way from Fes to the ancient Moroccan city of Errachidia. On the way we’ll pass through the diverse Moroccan countryside that is a unique mixture of old villages and mosques, agricultural land, moon-like landscapes and barren scrub. This journey between cities will be very flexible in terms of where we stop on the way to practice our photography skills. There will also be the opportunity to stop off at the limestone crater lakes near the mountain resort of Ifrane. These stunning lakes are a haven for wildlife, especially birds such as herons and reed warblers. We will also be able to explore areas of the Cedar forests near to the lakes, where we will have a good chance of spotting the native Barbary apes. Once we arrive in Errachidia, we’ll check in a local hotel and relax after the journey.
Today we’ll leave Errachidia to make our way to Merzouga, a small village close to the Sahara Desert. En route we will stop off at the Gorge du Ziz. This gorge is defined by artificial gates at both the northern and southern ends and boasts dramatic scenery carved by the power of the Ziz River. We’ll arrive at Merzouga at midday where we will have lunch before exploring the area. As the midday sun begins to fall it defines the shapes of the breath-taking dunes of the Sahara desert; these snake-like dunes stretch across the desert for miles. An evening in the desert gives us the perfect opportunity to photograph a perfect star filled sky.
Today we’ll wake up early to watch the sunrise bathe the dunes with its warm rays. We’ll then make our way to the town of Ouarzazate, also nicknamed ‘the door of the desert’. En route we’ll stop at the Dades Gorge, another landscape offering beautiful scenery. Berbers (the local people) built many kasbahs surrounding the gorge for defence purposes. These kasbahs combined with the beauty of the environment make it a truly unique experience. Specifically we have the option of visiting the Kasbah Amerhidi, whose unparalleled architecture holds another unique photo opportunity. Once we arrive in Ouarzazate we’ll check into a hotel where we can relax before dinner.
Today we’ll depart for Marrakech after breakfast. The journey to Marrakech is scattered with some great detours that offer further distinctive photographic opportunities. First we will stop at Ait-Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site. This fortified mud-brick city on the edge of the Atalas Mountains displays striking examples of southern Moroccan architecture. We can then visit the Kasbah of el Glaoui in Telouet. The construction of this Kasbah was started in the late 1900’s by the Glaoui family, who had risen to power in Morocco south of the High Atlas Mountains. The Kasbah was never complete and its once luxurious ruins project an air of melancholic faded glory with the contrasting mountainous backdrop reminding us of the constant supremacy of nature. From here we will travel through the picturesque Ounila Valley to the Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass that links Ouarzazate to the south-east of Marrakech through the High Atlas mountains.
In the afternoon we will arrive in Marrakech where we can check into our luxury accommodation. The evening offers a great opportunity to experience Jamaa el Fnaa, a vibrant square and market place in Marrakech’s medina quarter. At night this square holds a cultured mixture of storytellers, acrobats, musicians and entertainers. You can also sit atop the rooftop terraces, such as the Café du Grand Balcon, for an alternative view of the whole square.
Today offers you the chance to explore Marrakech of your own accord. Here you can put the photographic skills you have learnt over the past week into practise. Marrakech offers a world of vivacious activity from the Souks (open-air marketplaces) to the distinctive architecture of historical buildings. El Badia Palace, which took 25 years to build, offers an insight into the past of Marrakech. After the fall of the Saadians and the rise of the Alaouite dynasty, the once luxurious palace entered a period of rapid decline and its ruins are now a popular tourist attraction. You also have the option of visiting the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 1600’s, which were rediscovered and restored in the early 1900’s to exhibit its beautiful internal decorations. The gardens of Marrakech are a less notorious attraction of the city, but still a must see. The Agdal Gardens offer a combination of olive, lemon, orange and apricot trees surrounded by tranquil water features. Whereas the Majorelle Gardens, restored by Yves Saint Laurent, boasts a whole range of tropical colours. At the end of the day we have the option to re-group and celebrate our accomplishments in fine dining.
Today we’ll depart Marrakech and make way for our flight home.
This adventure will depart with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12*.
From £5,760.00 per person based on two people sharing (£825.00 single supplement).
A non-refundable deposit of £1,250.00pp will be required.
- International flights with British Airways from London (flights from alternative airports worldwide possible)
- Expedition Leader from ‘The Adventure Boutique’
- Local guides, local chefs and porters
- Scheduled meals
- Tips for the local staff and transportation.
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
* We can accommodate private groups less than 4 or more than 12 people. Please contact us for further information.
How are we catered for?
During the hotel stays in various cities across Morocco, you will be able to dine within the hotel or at nearby restaurants. When camping and travelling, a chef and kitchen team will accompany the group. You will not fail to be anything but amazed by their creativity. These meals will be tailored to your dietary needs.
What clothing/equipment do I need?
The Adventure Boutique team will give you a full comprehensive kit list when you sign up and be on-hand if you have any questions before the trip.
Do I need to tip our local staff?
You do not need to tip the local staff. Unlike other companies, we have included the tipping into the price so there are no hidden surprises when you arrive in the country. Tipping the Expedition Leader is at your discretion but will be much appreciated, especially after you witness their dedication and professionalism in looking after you and ensuring your enjoyment of the trip.
How much spending money would you recommend on bringing?
All scheduled meals, accommodation and travel are included in the total price of the trip. There will be plenty of opportunities throughout the journey to buy local produce from various shops and stalls, especially in the cities. If you wish to buy souvenirs, please take this into account when arranging your spending money.
Do I need special insurance?
You should not need any special type of travel insurance for this trip. Do ensure that your insurance covers the North Africa region. If you do not have adequate insurance cover, The Adventure Boutique team can refer you to appropriate insurers.
Do I need a visa?
This is dependent on your nationality, our team can advise you on this before signing up. British Citizens do not need a visa to visit Morocco for the designated time frame.
Do I need any vaccinations?
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. Clients travelling to worldwide destinations are recommended to seek advice from the sources mentioned above and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example, Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid.
How large are the groups?
The group size should be a maximum of twelve people. The number of participants is kept to a level where quality can be maintained. We normally have a maximum number so as not to allow the groups to become too large. We believe that by doing this, the Expedition Leaders will be able to look after you more carefully, in turn you will find the group dynamics work better and your success rate and enjoyment level increases immeasurably. If you are a group of friends of more than twelve, then obviously we will work together to accommodate you. If you would like to have a more personalised trip below the recommended group size, we would happy be to facilitate this for you too.
What is the minimum age a person has to be to go on this adventure?
The minimum age is 16 years old accompanied by a legal guardian or 18 years old otherwise. If you do have children and want to bring them, we would be happy to facilitate this. We would be happy to make necessary arrangements to accommodate a young person into a private group.
Is there a maximum age?
There is no maximum age limit, providing you are fit and in good health.
Will my mobile work? Can I stay in touch with the office or my family?
You’ll find some phone reception during your trip, partially when in cities. We specially carry a satellite phone in case of emergencies, but we also realise people may need to keep in touch with their loved ones or have some work commitments to deal with. The satellite phone can be used for a charge.
Can I organise this trip exclusively for myself, my friends and family?
If you have a group of friends or family who want to travel together, a bespoke date can certainly be arranged to suit your party. If you do have your own group and want to discuss any variations in the schedule or particular objectives, feel free to discuss this with The Adventure Boutique team.