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Rugged mountains, expansive deserts, and gorgeous lengthy coastlines provide a diverse landscape that serves as a metaphor for the many cultures that converge on Africa’s northwestern coast to create the Kingdom of Morocco. Along with the indigenous Berber people, European influences from Spain and France to the north blend together with West African and Arab cultures setting the stage for a rich locale that has been irresistible to storytellers for decades. This is a place that embraces the vibrancy of its many cultures as well as its reputation as a coveted travel location.
If your ambition is to visit the world’s great places no agenda would be complete without spending some time in Morocco, and we are excited to offer a photographic tour that will encompass as much of this Kingdom’s intricate history, culture, and geography as possible. From jagged mountain ranges to endless coastlines and hundreds of bird species, the nature found here is just as diverse as the people who live and visit here.
Morocco has much to offer, and does so with open arms to travelers from every corner of the globe. In much of my travels I am in locations where I feel welcome, but as a visitor. In Morocco, one can feel at home while abroad, and this can diffuse the stresses of international travel and truly allow one to focus on their photography and entrenching themselves in all of the varied experiences such an exotic place has in store.
Led by Art Wolfe
Limited to 10 participants
Transportation and Accommodation
All meals, lodging, and transportation specified on the itinerary are included. You will be responsible for your flight to and from Morocco.
Shooting schedules have the ability to be altered to effectively cater to the photographic desires of the group, as well as to adapt to changeable weather conditions.
Day 1 Marrakech (D)
Independent landings at Marrakech airport (RAK) and transfers to the hotel. The remainder of time is free to relax from the flights, albeit an introduction to the city may be held today, depending on participants’ landing times. Welcome dinner of Marrakech specialties.
Day 2 Marrakech (B)
A morning orientation tour of the medina, with its monuments, the largest bazaars of the country, and the tumultuous Jemaa el Fna square, the vibrant heart of the city. The remainder of the day is open for photography in the city. Meals are on your own, to sample from the city’s vast array of world-class restaurants.
Day 3 Marrakech (B)
An open day for additional photography in Marrakech. An excursion may be held in the afternoon to the Ourika Valley of the High Atlas, with its verdant orchards amid red cliffs.
Day 4 Across the Atlas (B,L,D)
A transfer across the High Atlas on backroads via the immense Telouet kasbah and isolated Berber villages until Asfalou hamlet. Free time before dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 Aït ben Haddou and Ounila (B,D)
A day for photography in the pristine landscapes of the Ounila Valley and World Heritage Site Aït ben Haddou Kasbah, a former caravan trade center dating from the 16th C., with multistoried fortified granaries of adobe.
Day 6 Valleys of Castles (B,L,D)
Pass international film shooting mecca Ouarzazate and turn East on the “Route of 1,000 Castles,” through the M’goun rose cultivation area until Boumalne. There, an excursion for afternoon shooting in the Dades, considered the Kingdom’s most picturesque valley, with its old adobe forts and odd rock formations above varied orchards.
Day 7 The Sahara (B,L,D)
An early departure East through typical desert scenery until administrative center Arfoud, where, after lunch, you transfer by 4WD vehicles to the Erg Chebbi sea of sand dunes. Remainder of day for photography at the dunes. Dinner at camp.
Day 8 The Tafilalet (B,D)
The morning is at leisure for additional photography at the dunes. At the time of your choice transfer back to Arfoud and, in the afternoon, explore the Tafilalet Oasis, Morocco’s largest, with a stop at the former Alaouite Dynasty fortress of Ksar Oulad abd el Halim, with its geometric décor carved out of adobe.
Day 9 To Fes (B,L,D)
A full-day transfer North, first up the palm-filled Ziz Valley, then across the multi-hued expanses of the Eastern High Atlas and into the Middle Atlas mountains, with their last forests of giant Mediterranean cedars. Lunch in Midelt. Early evening arrival in spiritual capital Fes, considered the last true example of a typical medieval Arab city. Gourmet dinner at the hotel.
Day 10 Fes (B)
A full day for photography in Fes, amid its narrow alleyways, colorful bazaars, wonders of Islamic architecture and the famed leather tannery.
Day 11 To Chefchaouen (B,L)
A 4-hr road transfer to Chefchaouen, considered northern Morocco’s most picturesque town. Optional routing via the vast Roman ruins site of Volubilis. Lunch to be determined upon route taken. Remainder of time open in Chefchaouen
Day 12 Chefchaouen (B,L)
A full day for photography in the old town, known as the “Blue City,” tracing its cobblestone alleyways until an overlook above town. Lunch at the Café Clock, with its panoramic view over the city, while dinner is on your own to sample from Chefchaouen’s varied restaurants.
Day 13 Rabat (B,L,D)
An early morning transfer to stately capital Rabat, with lunch upon arrival. In the afternoon photography in its hillside Oudaya Kasbah, a former lair of Barbary Coast corsairs, and, time allowing, the Chellah fortress, with its elaborate necropolis of the 14th-C. Merinid Dynasty. Farewell dinner of Moroccan delicacies at the Dinarjat.
Day 14 Departure Day (B)
Transfers to Casablanca airport or Rabat airport (CMN) for return flights.
- Accommodations (twin sharing basis) as indicated above in the itinerary.
- All meals noted on the itinerary.
- Services of Air Conditioned Van
- Services of English speaking guide escort accompanying the trip
- Entrance fee to visit monuments.
- Services of local English guides during city sightseeing (as required)
- Mineral water during all meals, transfers, drives and sightseeing (available in vehicle)
Services Not Included
- Any international Airfare, travel insurance or medical insurance. (health insurance is mandatory and travel insurance is highly recommended)
- Anything not mentioned in inclusion above.
- Tipping to accompanying escort is not included in our quote.
- Any expenditure of personal nature like alcoholic drinks, Fruit shakes, sodas, laundry, telephone calls, or internet
- Anything ordered from room service at any hotel including mineral water (other than what being offered by the hotels on their compliment).
- Any sudden increase in price due to steep hike in fuel cost, change in government tax policy or for any reason beyond our control like acts of god, natural calamity, law and order situation, riots etc and any forced change in itinerary for any unforeseen situation or reason beyond our control.