Morocco Autumn 2024.

£1,750.00

Description

COLORFUL MOROCCO.  

15 Days/14 Night.

Plus 2 nights  in the  Casablanca prior to tour start. (£50 refund if not required ) This is a single house with lots of bedrooms .For more details please click on link above.

This allows you to get to Morocco and chill out before the morning start on the Monday.

Introduction:

Keep your camera in hand, and start your photography adventure in Morocco. Discover Morocco’s diverse landscapes from southern oases and lush valleys to The Atlas Mountains and the colourful curves of the Saharan sand dunes. Take portraits of the nomads and Berber families in remote stretches of mountains and desert. Be hosted by locals for homemade meals. Photograph the ancient buildings, including, palaces, museums, mosques, and gardens. Experience the contrast of the iconic cityscapes of Checfaouen, Fez, Marrakech, and Essaouira . Immerse yourself in the beauty of Moroccan local crafts and fine arts. Experience Moroccan nightlife in Marrakech and Essaouira and enjoy intimate stays in Moroccan homes converted into elegant riads and hotels.

Morocco October 2023

Tour Accommodation:

13 x Nights in selected standard hotels based on twin share.

1x  Night Deluxe camp in Merzouga

Meals: on Tour    

14 x Breakfasts

3x  Lunches in (Chefchaouen, Zaida, and Merzouga)

3 x Dinners in ( Merzouga, Boumalen Dades, and Marrakech)

Remainder of meals will be self-purchase.

Highlights:

  • Rabat with its monuments and gardens.
  • The magic of  Chefchaouen, Morocco’s blue city
  • Volubilis which is the ancient Roman city with beautiful mosaics, marble and bronze statuary.
  • The medieval Medina of Fes.
  • The countryside scenery of Morocco, the Atlas Mountains and coast.
  • Tafilat oasis and ancient caravan routs
  • Photograph the sunset and sunset on the Saharan dunes, and watch stars at night.
  • Home hosted meals.
  • Toudra gorge
  • Take photographs of Kasbahs, lush oases and dramatic geology
  • The souks (the colorful markets of Morocco)
  • Capture the late afternoon light on ancient clay village of Morocco known as Ait Benhaddou.
  • Explore the red city of Marrakech with its beautiful palaces and gardens.
  • Photograph a range of exotic plants in the stunning Majorelle Garden
  • Jamaa Lefna square with its photographic opportunities from magicians and artists to cooks and musicians
  • Explore historic Moroccan architecture at the 14th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa
  • Relax in the traditional and charming port town on the Atlantic coast Essaouira
  • The beautiful Mosque of Hassan II

 

  •          Overview:
  • Day 01: Arrive in Casablanca, Overland to Rabat.
  • Day 02: Exploring Rabat, Drive to Chefchaouen
  • Day 03: Chefchaouen City tour, afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 04: Chefchaouen- Volubilis- Meknes- Fez.
  • Day 05: Explore Fez
  • Day 06: Fez- Middle Atlas Mountains- Erfoud.
  • Day 07: 4WD to Rissani, visit nomadic family, off-road to the Sahara.
  • Day 08: Merzouga- Toudra Gorge to Boumalen Dades.
  • Day 09: Visit Dades Valley and Gorge- Ouarzazat to Ait Benhaddou
  • Day 10: Ait Ben Hadou- High Atlas Mountains-Marrakesh.
  • Day 11: Explore Marrakesh
  • Day 12: Drive to Essaouira, Afternoon City Tour
  • Day 13: Day at Leisure
  • Day 14: Drive to Casablanca, visit the beautiful Hassan II Mosque.
  • Day 15: Transfer to Casablanca Airport.

 Day 01: Arrive in Casablanca, Overland to Rabat.

After landing in Casablanca, you meet your Tour Leader and drive to Rabat. On arrival to your accommodation, you will be welcomed by a cup of mint tea. Tonight, you will have a group meeting with your Tour leader followed by group dinner.

Day 02: Exploring Rabat, Drive to Chefchaouen

After breakfast, we head out to discover Rabat with our local guide. We will see the exterior of Rabat’s Royal Palace and its impressive Bab ar-Rouah (Gate of the Winds), and visit the ruins and wild gardens of the Chellah, a 14th-century Merinide necropolis. This site offers a great photo opportunity as we see sometimes the stork on the top of the Merinide mosque (14 th century). We’ll also stop at the Hassan Tower, a huge unfinished mosque, built mostly at the end of the twelfth century. On the opposite side of this mosque there is a beautiful Mausoleum of the king Mohammed the fifth. It contains the tomb of Moroccan king and his sons Hassan II and prince Moulay Abdallah. Outside there are Royal Guards who wear a beautiful uniform and are happy to take pictures of them and with them too. After exploring Rabat, we continue to Chefchaouen and enjoying the view of the Rif mountains from the window seat

Day 03: Chefchaouen  City tour, afternoon at leisure.

 We take an early morning walk before breakfast around the blue walls of Chefchouen. It is always better to have a nice photo before everyone wakes up. Then, we hike to get to Spanish mosque from where you enjoy the panoramic view of the old city when the sun rises. After breakfast at your hotel, you start the tour of the city with our local guide, visiting the main sites and soak up the atmosphere of this town with so many mixed cultures, and witness the influence of the native Berbers, Muslims, and Jewish refugees from Spain. Visit a traditional workshop to learn about the Djellaba, the traditional long, loose-fitting outer robe worn in the area. At lunch time, we join a local family in their home for a traditional lunch. Learn about the family’s history, customs and share some of your own history with your hosts!

After lunch, you’ll return to your hotel. The afternoon is free to explore more of the Medina of Chefchouen or probably take the same hike to Spanish mosque for sunset

Day 04:  Chefchaouen- volubils- Meknes- Fez.

Depart Chefchaouen and drive through the Moroccan countryside towards Fes. Stop to explore the archaeological site of Volubilis, an unexpected Roman site, which lies on the valley of Zerhoun. We enjoy the tour of the ancient hilltop ruins and discover the town’s fantastic mosaics. Then, we continue to explore the city of Meknes with the panoramic view of the old part of the city with its beautiful mosques and minarets. Then, we drive to admire the Thursday gate before we enter the medina. We will explore the beautiful granary of Moulay Ismail. This later is the founder of the town in 17th century. After that, we drive to see the most beautiful gate all over Morocco known as Bab Mansour. We might have a look to the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Late afternoon we take one hour and half drive to Fe

Day 05:  Explore Fez

After breakfast, we take a guided group walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes El Bali, often considered the world’s most well-preserved medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world. Walking in labyrinth of the Medina will Step you back into the Middle Age. You will be amazed by the vibrant display of old age urban tradition, and the intensity of life bursting around every corner and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Visit the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. Our tour will cover also the traditional Jewish quarter with its beautiful 17th-century synagogue. We will stop by the Medrasa Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine: a beautifully restored 18th century inn.

Late afternoon you get back to your Riad to rest or to take an optional relaxing massage.

Day 06: Fez- Middle Atlas- Erfoud.

Today we leave Fez behind and we drive towards the Sahara Desert. We cross the Middle Atlas Mountains before we stop in the beautiful town of Ifrane known as the little Switzerland. Then, we drive through the beautiful plateau of Timahdit where the Berbers graze their animals. On the way, you might stop to enjoy a fresh mint tea with a Berber semi-nomadic family and we may have an opportunity to capture some nice portraits. We continue our journey to Zaida village where we stop to enjoy a home hosted meal with a Berber family. We will have a lamb tajine which is the main dish of the Area.

In the afternoon, we continue our journey through tizi N’talghmt camel pass and continuing via the gorge of ziz to Errachidia. Afterwards, we drive south to get to one of the biggest palm groves in Morocco known as Tafilalt oasis. We stop to enjoy a great view over this beautiful oasis.  we will finally descend into Erfoud, a small trading village that is the gateway to the vast Sahara Desert. In the evening, we’ll enjoy dinner in our hotel

Day 07: Take 4WD to Rissani, Visit nomadic family, off-road to the Sahara.

Our day starts by following the meandering Ziz River towards Rissani, the last sizeable community and the end of the vegetation belt before the dunes of the Sand Sea begin. The settlement is the homeland of the Alaouite dynasty, which reigned in this region for 300 years, and this morning we’ll have an opportunity to visit the founder’s Mausoleum and explore something of the local ksour (fortified villages). Then, we’ll head to Khamlia, a remote desert village. This region is known for the spiritual songs of its Gnawa musicians. The Khamlia’s Gnaoua originated in black Africa having a close and long-standing relationship with the desert. Their ancestors were brought from central and west Africa, through the Sahara Desert in caravans that arrived to the southeastern part of Morocco. And we get the chance to hear their melodic chants during a live performance. We’ll learn more about everyday life in the desert as we visit nomadic family.  Then we head to our deluxe desert camp, where we are going to take a camel ride towards one of high dunes where we enjoy the sunset.

At dinner time, we will get around the dining tent enjoying our desert feast accompanied with the local music. After dinner you may take a little walk on the dunes to enjoy the stars.

Day 08: Merzouga- Toudra Gorge to Boumalen Dades.

We wake up early this morning to enjoy the sunrise before breakfast. As the sun rises the color of the dunes changes and creates a great picture opportunity. Then, we enjoy the breakfast outside of the campsite. After that, we take 4WD to the Anti Atlas Mountains. We enjoy the off-road ride. We visit some remote villages on our way to Boumalen Dades. We discover how the Berbers live in the Atlas Mountains by visiting one local family. We explore the beautiful gorges of Todra and Dades. Todra gorge rise vertically to leave just a narrow pass through which our cars and the river struggle for right of way. In the morning Berber women drive their goats through the barrow gorge to the better grazing land higher up and we have an opportunity to follow their daily ritual and admire the stunning views.

Day 09: Visit Dades Valley and Gorge- Ouarzazat to Ait Benhaddou

Leaving the Dades Valley this morning and set off on the fabled ‘Road of 1,000 Kasbahs’. We enjoy the Mgoun valley known as the rose’s valley. The first stop is at Skoura Oasis (after approximately 2 hours), home to several privately owned kasbahs. Here we visit the Kasbah Ameridil: a castle or a fortress which is dated back to seventeenth century. The family owner is Arabic,. It is one of the movie sites where many famous movies were filmed. It represents the earth building technic of southern Morocco. Continue on our journey to Ait Benhaddou (approximately 2 hours). Perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since the 11th century. Ait Benhaddou is one of Morocco’s most iconic sites. Its grant kasbah is one of the most beautiful in Morocco and the fortified village is a fine example of clay architecture.  After check in the hotel, we take a walk to the top hill of this beautiful village from where we can enjoy the scenery and the sunset too. This village has been classified by the UNISCO as the world heritage site. In addition, many films have been shot there including: Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and Gladiator. After heading to your nearby hotel for the night, maybe sit back on the roof top terrace and enjoying the view.

Photography highlights for today: landscape, architecture, people, fashion, nature….etc

Day 10: Ait Ben Hadou- Ounila Valley- High Atlas Mountains-Marrakesh.

Today, we will drive for several hours through the winding roads of Ounilla Valley. There’s no rush as the scenery through the High Atlas Mountain passes is magnificent, and there will surely be calls for several photo stops along the way. On arrival to Marrakech, you will check in to your hotel. This evening, head to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls, it transforms into a hive of activity. Henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacy. We might probably have a drink on the top terrace of one of the cafes which surrounded the square of Jamaa Lafna, watching what is going on and enjoy the atmosphere of Marrakech by night.

Photography highlights for today: landscape, architecture, arts, people, food, fashion, nature….etc

Day 11: Explore Marrakesh

After breakfast today, we meet our local guide and set off on a morning tour of the old medina, with its palaces, souks and historical heritage as Bahia palace. This splendid mansion was built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government. Continue to the Marrakech Museum, itself a former palace, which houses a fine collection of Moroccan art and sculpture. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; its famous minaret is the prototype for others of its kind around the world, including La Giralda in Seville. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna. In the afternoon, we will visit the Majorelle gardens where we will have plenty of time to wander the gardens, visit the Berber Museum or site in the garden café and have mint tea. We will return to the hotel for a free time.

Day 12: Drive to Essaouira, Afternoon City Tour

After breakfast, we leave Marrakech behind and we head westwards to the Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira: a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky, and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. This artists’ town was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations, and its charm has seduced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent much of his time here in the 1960s. As we will arrive in the afternoon, we will meet our local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port, and Skala. There will be still some time to enjoy sunset from the Portuguese rampart. In the evening, perhaps catch up with your group to share a meal and discover this lovely town by night.

Day 13: Day at Leisure

Today is left free to relax or use your free time to get under the skin of the town. The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for walking. After passing through the narrow, highly decorated arched entrance, it may be hard to resist snapping up last minute gifts such as locally made rustic leather belts, gleaming gold and silver jewellery, or wooden boxes exquisitely inlaid with ebony and mother of pearl by local craftsmen. The lively throng of the Medina, with its local women carrying out their daily routines, veiled in their traditional dress, forms a sharp contrast to the open golden sands of the harbor area where hopeful seabirds can be seen circling. For lunch, why not order a freshly cooked plate of the day’s seafood? There are so many places to enjoy this on the seaside. Later on, if you’d prefer to relax, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in a hammam or local-style bath.

Day 14: Drive to Casablanca, visit the beautiful Hassan II mosque.

This morning, we head north to Casablanca for approximately 5 hours drive. We stop for lunch then we head to discover the Hassan II Mosque which was designed by the French Architect Michel Pensou who had lived in Morocco. This mosque represents a Moroccan and Moorish architecture. It was Built in honor of the King’s 60th birthday. We’ll have a tour of the mosque’s interior which is intentionally perched above the water of the Atlantic to honour the Quran which states “the throne of Allah was over the water”. A lot of craftsmen participated in building and beatifying the mosque.

Day 15: Transfer to the Airport.

45 min drive from your hotel to Casablanca airport.

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