Morocco Photography Tour

Take the opportunity to capture memorable experiences through your lens in the fascinatingwww.adrartravel.com -Morocco Photography Tour - 7 country of Morocco. Morocco, a land filled with mystery and magic, vibrant culture and friendly people. An ancient and absorbing land full of exotic souks, exquisite scenery, picturesque villages and a dramatic Sahara. Enjoy the sights in and around vibrant Marrakech and ancient Fez, make an unforgettable journey into the Sahara and photograph architecture, dramatic landscapes, villages and people.
Several itineraries can be formed, depending on the length of time one has! A standard, short and probably the most appealing itinery would be of 7 or 8 days including one full day in Fez and Marrakech and either a 3 day or 4 day tour of the desert and the surroundings. On a 4 daywww.adrartravel.com -Morocco Photography Tour - 3    tour there will be more off-roading and hence better chances to see the authentic Morocco.
As you scroll down this document, you will find some information regarding the top places considered to be the most interesting particularly for photographers.
At the end of this document you will also find some possible itineraries whereby you can include Chefchaoen and Essaouira or simply add on more days to enjoy a traditional hammam or a cooking course!

Highlights of the journey include:

 The ancient Medina and tanneries of Fez.Morocco Photography Tour 4

A ride into the Sahara on a camel in time to photograph the sun setting on the dunes.

An opportunity to photograph Morocco’s diverse landscapes: palm oases, lush cedar forests, gorges, the rugged Atlas Mountains and the dramatic dunes of the Sahara.

The picturesque surroundings of the UNESCO World Heritage site Ait Benhaddou.

The souks and bustling square of Marrakech.

The Blue village of Chefchaoen and the blue-boat lined harbour in the artistic seaside village of Essaouira (can be added on if one can afford more than 8 days tour. You can do both with a tour of 12 days).

Proposed Itineraries (further detail below)

Option A:  From Fez to Marrakech including a 3 day tour of the desert, gorges, Kasbahs.

Day 1 – trasfer from the airoport to you Riad/HotelMorocco Photography Tour 3

Day 2 – Fez

Spend the day exploring the magnificent Imperial city of Fez.

Day 3- Day 5 Desert tour

Day 6: Marrakech

Wake up to a full day of shooting in Marrakech

Day 7: Departure

Option B:  Fes and Marrakech including a 4 day tour of the desert, dunes, Kasbahs and Jbel Saghro mountains (more off-roads).

Day 1 – transfer from the Airoport to your Riad/Hotel

Day 2 – Fezwww.adrartravel.com -Morocco Photography Tour - 2

Spend the day exploring the magnificent Imperial city of Fez.

Day 3 – Day 6 Desert tour

 Day 7: Marrakech

Wake up to a full day of shooting in Marrakech

Day 8: Departure

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Fezwww.adrartravel.com -Morocco Photography Tour - 6

The old city of Fez is a Medieval world treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you walk through the maze of streets in the Medina you are literally walking through 1,300 years of Moroccan heritage. It is a spectacular medina where time seems to have stood still and photographs beckon around every corner. You will see veiled women and laughing children, donkeys pulling carts and vendors carrying huge mounds of bread on trays above their heads.

It is a maze of intricate laneways. Carpet makers, manual loom makers and merchant palaces are found within. Photograph the intricate carved stucco walls, arches and cornices. Zoom in on the Morocco Photography Tour 2exquisite mosaics that cover Nejjarne Fountain and visit the Kairaouine Mosque. Enjoy the souk were merchants sell mounds of colourful spices, carpets, silks and leather goods and visit the legendary tanneries were the city’s renowned leather is made with sweat and knowledge passed down generations.

Erg Chebbi Dunes in Merzouga

You cannot visit Morocco and not visit the magical and expansive orange-coloured dunes in Merzouga. The light created by this environment, the bright contrast of sky and land is amazing making it a fantastic place for photography.

For those who wish, you will spend the night in a traditional nomad camp in the middle of the dunes. The tour is planned such that you will ride your camels across the dunes when the sun is setting. The changing shades of orange as the sun sets, highlighted with the long thin shadows of the camels make beautiful photography. Watching sunrise over the Sahara is another unforgettable experience.

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Stark, wild and differing landscapes unfold on your way from Fez to Marrakech. On route we transverse the mountainous terrain contrasted with mountains, lush oases, desert, valley and gorges and in the right season even snow!

A drive along the ‘Valley of the Thousand Kasbahs’ will take us through stony desert landscapes with many villages and Kasbahs. You will see fantastic rock formations in the Dades gorge. This gorge has been carved away for millennia by the dades river wearing away at the rocks. Then there is the Todra gorge, Morocco’s most famous canyon.

All along en route you will come across villages and watch the people at work in their fields or going on with their daily life. Most people are Berbers, the people indigenous to North Africa before the colonization of the Arabs. The nomadic Berbers living in the remote mountains have retained their identity and culture through centuries of outside influence, a culture that has changed little in centuries. En route, you will have the unique opportunity to meet Berbers who make their home in the caves of these mountains and have tea with them.

On the way to Marrakech we will pass through the quiet city of Quarzazate and visit one of the most exotic and best-preserved Kasbahs in the whole Atlas region, Ait Benhaddou a UNESCOwww.adrartravel.com -Morocco Photography Tour - 5 world heritage site. The Kasbah is one of the finest examples of pre-saharan architecture of Morocco.

Marrakech

The old-part of Marrakech is much like it was centuries ago, packed with craftsmen, street vendors and vibrant clashes of colour. You will feel an incredible sense of old world magic as you walk through the ancient streets of Marrakech. The city is a photographer’s paradise that is best expressed in person through your lens.

Capture the colourful chaos of Djemma el Fna Square, where there are great photographic opportunities around every corner, from snake charmers and magicians to cooks and musicians. Venture through the souks which are an amazing labyrinth of covered marketChefchaoen 1s mixed with tradesmen practicing their ancient skills. Highlights of the souks are metal workers, wool dyers and wood carvers. Visit the Ben Youssef Madrasa a beautiful example of traditional Moroccan architecture. The tile mosaics and intricate carvings are exquisite.

chefchaouen

Hidden deep within the Rif Mountains Northwest ofMorocco is a small, quiet city called Chefchaouen also known as the blue city as it is covered in all shades of blue paint.  An extremely photogenic Medina. In the Medina people sell all vegetables and fruits amid theChefchaoen 2 narrow cobbled alleyways of blue washed walls and doors.  Only jalabas (their traditional dress) and cobblestones to be seen. A gem of a place. Steep and narrow streets, small squares, ornate fountains and houses with elaborately decorated doorways and red tile roofs. Chefchaoen offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco such as wool garments and woven blankets.

Essaouira

Nestled between the rugged Moroccan landscape and the sea is the mesmerizing whitewashed fishing village of Essaouira. It is a beautiful mix of French and Moroccan influences with a distinct atmosphere of Moroccan spices, tiny streets, colours, art and music. You will find plenty of chances to exercise your camera shutter and then relax for a hearty lunch of fish.

Proposed Itineraries in detail

Option A:  From Fez to Marrakech including a 3 day tour of the desert, gorges, Kasbahs.

Day 1 – transfer from the Airoport to your Riad/Hotel

Day 2 – Fez Spend the day exploring the Essaouiramagnificent Imperial city of Fez.

Day 3 – Start ‘Desert tour’ from Fez to Erg Chebbi (Merzouga).

Our guide will pick you up at 8h00 in your riad/hotel in Fez. We start our trip across the Middle Atlas Mountains to the dunes of the Erg Chebbi via Ifrane, Azrou, cedar forests and the Ziz Valley gorge. It’s an interesting route with great landscapes that offer great snapshots with different and varied sceneries. Stop for lunch in Midelt and continue to the Erg Chebbi dunes. Here you will ride the camel for 2 hours and enjoy the sunset while your guide will explain all about the life in the Sahara. You will then spend the night in the Berber camp where dinner is freshly prepared and served under the stars. After dinner it will be nice to join around the fire for some music and drums.

Day 4 – Erg Chebbi to Skoura via Todra Gorge and Dades Gorge

We start our day driving to Rissani town which leads us to our large canyon in Morocco – the www.adrartravel.com -Morocco Photography Tour - 1gorge of Todra. Here we have time for lunch and to take photos before we continue to the gorge of Dades where the nature and the colours are amazing in combination. We stop for the night in a hotel.

Day 5 – Dades gorge – skoura – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech

After breakfast we continue to the valley of the roses which bloom in May. We take some off-roads inside the palmetries of Skoura where the architecture of the Kasbah are spreading within the shadows of the palms. We stop for lunch in the Ksar of Air Ben Haddou which is the UNESCO World Heritage site. After the visit we will have lunch there before taking the road again crossing the High Atlas Mountains in Tizi n’Tichka pass (alt. 2260m) arriving in Marrakech early evening.

Note: During these 3 days we do take breaks in panorama views to get pictures for all the amazing landscapes.3

Day 6: Marrakech 

Wake up to a full day of shooting in Marrakech

Day 7: Departure

Tour includes:

  • Comfortable car with A/C
  • Driver
  • Experienced Berber Guide
  • One night in camp in desert
  • 4One night in the hotel
  • All Breakfasts, Lunches and dinners
  • Camel riding

Tour does not include:

  • Flights
  • Accomodation in Fes and Marrakech
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal fees

Accomodation5

Two nights in Fes and two nights in Marrakech approximately 30-60 euro in double per night with breakfast as obtained from Trivago.com or Booking.com

Option B:  Fez and Marrakech including a 4 day tour of the desert, dunes, Kasbahs and Jbel Saghro mountains (more off-roads).

Day 1 – transfer from the Airoport to your Riad/Hotel

Day 2 – Fez Spend the day exploring the magnificent Imperial city of Fez .

Day 3: Start Desert tour with Adrar Travel. Fez – Midelt – Erg Chebbi

Our guide of Adrar Travel will pick you up at 8h00 in your riad/hotel in Fez. We start our trip across the Middle Atlas to the dunes of the Erg Chebbi via Ifrane, Azrou, cedar forests and the Ziz valley gorge.  It’s an interesting route with great landscapes which offers great snapshots6 with different sceneries for photographers. We stop for lunch in Midelt and then continue to the edge of the Erg Chebbi dunes which are 250m high. It’s an opportunity to learn about life in the Sahara. You will ride the camel for 2 hours to enjoy the sun setting over the dunes. This will be an extraordinary and unforgettable desert experience.

We spend the night in Berber camp site in a tent with where dinner is freshly prepared and served under the stars. After dinner you can enjoy the time around the fire for some music with drums.

Day 4:  Erg Chebbi – Rissani- Ziz valley – the gorge of Todra 

After sunrise photography in the Sahara, we will have breakfast and continue to Risani town. The road takes us among the berebr villages, valley of ZIZ with dry landscapes beside the Anti Atlas Mountains.2  Afterwards, we will leave towards Todra gorges well known as an important destination for rock climbers. The highest and narrowest gorges in Morocco, where we can do some walking before join our guest house beside the river and the valley of todra, the largest canyon in Morocco. An ideal location for photography particularly in the early morning and late afternoon.

Day 5:  The gorge of todra – gorge of Dades – OuarzazateMorocco Photography Tour 1

Today we will off-road for 3 hours up the gorge towards the other famous gorge (Dades gorge) with its characteristic unusual red rock formation. Along the way there is a huge chance to meet nomads under their goat hair tents, tending their goats up the mountain with their kids running towards you trying to get some sweets. It is an opportunity for you to understand about the hard, old life- style of the nomad tribes in morocco and how they adapted their lives with nature.

After lunch we can hike among the unusual rock formation known as the ”feet of monkeys”. The hike will take us inside the narrow canyon were you can enjoy good photography.  We will continue our journey through another off-road for about 2hours between the valley of Dades and Botghrar. Here where we can see the nomads living in caves and even have tea with them while we learn about how the Berbers survive and live in these rough mountains for centuries.

We then return to the paved road to take us through the valley of the Roses which bloom in April and May and along the ‘road of a thousand kasbahs’ until Ouarzazate city where we will spend the night.

Day 6 : Ouarzazate- Oasis of Fint – Ait ben haddou – Telouat – Marrakech

Ouarzazate hosts Cinema production studios utilized by many international film companies for the production of several popular films.

Today we start with an off-road for few minutes to reach the great oasis of Fint. Here you can enjoy snapping away nice photos inside the palm groves and the river of Fint.  We continue to visit the Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, classified as a UNESCO world heritage since 1987 and well-known as being the backbone of many Hollywood blockbusters.

After that we follow the valley of Ounilla towards Telout where we will stop to see the kasbah of Basha lgloui  with its fascinating  Andalusian architecture. We stop for lunch after crossing the Tizi n’ Tichka pass (alt.2260m) in  High Atlas Mountains. The beautiful views of Berber villages and valley are amazing for some pictures. We finish in your riad in marrakech in the early evening.

Day 7: Marrakech

Wake up to a full day of shooting in Marrakech

Day 8: Departure

Two nights in Fes and two nights in Marrakech approximately 30-50 euro in double per night with breakfast (may also find cheaper at 17euro) as obtained from Trivago.com or Booking.com

Itineraries which include more days or adding on Chefchaoen and Eassouira include…..

Option C : Fez/Desert/Marrakech/Eassouira

Day 1: transfer from the Airoport to your Riad/Hotel.

Day2: Spend the day exploring this magnificient imperial city.

Day 3-6 : Desert tour, Kasbahs, gorges etc. Arrive in Marrakech early afternoon on Day 6.

Day 7: Wake up to a full day experiencing Marrakech through your lens.

Day 8: Day to Eassouira

Day 9 : transfer from you Riad/Hotel to the Airoport

Note: you may shorten this trip by 1 day (Desert tour from Fez to Marrakech in 3 days instead of 4. It is doable however it is more hectic with more time in the car).

Option D : Fez/Chefchaoen/Desert/Marrakech/Eassouira

Day 1 : transfer from the Airoport to your Riad/Hotel  in Fez.

Day2 : Spend the day exploring this magnificient imperial city.

Day 3 :  Leave early for a 4 hour bus drive to Chefchaoen – a picturesque blue and white village in the Riff mountains. Overnight.

Day 4 : Leave Chefchoan to Fez. Overnight in Fez.

Day 5-8 :  Desert tour, Kasbahs, gorges etc. Arrive in Marrakech afternoon Day 8.

Day 9 : Wake up to a full day experiencing Marrakech through your lens.

Day 10 : Another day in Marrakech to just roam around the streets of Marrakech, relax in a traditional Hamman or take up a half day cooking course which will include a visit to the market to buy the spices and the ingredients with your chef and then off to cook and finally eat at her lovely place.

Day 11: Day trip to Eassouira

Day 12 : departure from you Riad/Hotel to the airport