Morocco Photography Tour

9 Day Tour 

£695 / €795 / $925 PP

14-22 April 2018 - Places available

Group size: Maximum 10 participants

When people throw around the word ‘exotic’, they’re probably referring to places like Morocco.

Places where riding a camel over dunes while the sun shimmers dramatically on the horizon is not an unusual thing. Where tagines come spiked with saffron and argan, carpet merchants haggle in the bazaars and Berber tribesmen herd goats on the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains. This all makes for some fantastic photography opportunities

A Morocco tour is basically the answer to all your Lawrence of Arabia-type fantasies (right down to the swirling white djellabas): you’ll stay in historic riads, camp beneath the Saharan stars and enjoy some classic Maghreb hospitality (usually featuring plenty of cous cous). Whether it’s the wind-battered port town of Essaouira or the crumbling Kasbahs and oases of the deep desert – ‘exotic’ doesn’t come close.

This tour is a mixture of improving you photography skills and experiencing this unique landscape, the magical light and have a photographic adventure. We will help you in getting the photographs you want and encourage you to see and capture the landscape and people in new ways. We will always be on hand with any specific technical issue and welcome the opportunity to discuss the creative and philosophical aspect of photography.

There will be many opportunities to make photos of a lifetime while sharing the adventure and experience with like-minded photographers in a fun and relaxed environment.

There will be a tour leader with local knowledge.

This tour is made in partnership with  Intrepid Travel who organise all bookings, logistics and land             arrangements.

THE MAIN FEATURES

  • The city of Marrakech
  • Ait Ben Haddou                 
  • Morocco's highest mountain pass
  • Toubkal National Park
  • Armed and see mountain village life
  • Atlas mountains
  • Essaouira
  • The Mororrocan coastline
  • Professional photography guidance
  • Very good hotels and food throughout


WHAT YOU WILL GAIN FROM THIS TOUR

In all our photo tours / workshops we want our participants to feel comfortable to ask any questions and learn from Neil’s experience and fellow participants.

The tour is designed and welcomes photographers with different levels of skills: amateurs, hobbyists or professionals. 

The aim is to help you grow as a photographer by working with you as part of a group and individually with hands on support, and reviews of your work. Learning within a group will give you the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and your passion, which will expand your photographic perspective. With our guidance we encourage you to discover you own visual voice and focus on what appeals to you photographically.

Our approach is to keep the itinerary interesting and varied but at the same time not having a huge list of places to visit. Therefore having quality time at locations so as to get the most out of it both photographically and on a personal level. Immersing your self both visually and sensually.

(We will begin at the basics of photography enabling you to develop a strong foundation in photographic technique, creativity and composition.)

Technical aspects covered based on using a DSLR or similar

  •  Getting familiar with your camera and understanding the different settings
  • Understanding relationship between ISO, F-stops & shutter speeds
  • Exposure control – how to get a correct exposure for different situations
  • Creative uses of Depth of Field
  • Menu functions & modes
  • Shooting in RAW
  • Using manual and other modes
  • Understanding the use of natural light

Composition

  • Basic rules of compositionThe rule of thirds
  • Composition for landscapes, portraits
  • Vertical and horizontal framing

Photographic styles explored

  • Landscape photography
  • Portraiture
  • Shooting towns and buildings
  • Photographing food and markets
  • Night photography

THE ITINERARY

Day 1 – Marrakech

Welcome to Morocco! On arrival at Marrakech Airport, those that are on the recommended group flight will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. While this is an arrival day and you may arrive at any time, please note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday, and that there will a Welcome Meeting and photography briefing with your leader tonight at 6pm.

Marrakech is an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. This evening, why not 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. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. There are many photographic opportunities

Tonight, enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner.

Arrival Transfer

  • Included

Included Activities

  • Welcome meeting
  • Welcome dinner

Accomodation

Hotel Gomsddine www.hotel-gomassine.com/index-eng.html

Day 2 – Ait Ben Haddou

This morning journey along mountain roads and over Morocco's highest pass, Tizi n'Tichka (2,260 meters), to Ait Benhaddou on the edges of the Sahara (approximately 6 hours). We will stop here and some landscape photogrpahs of the stunning views. Perched on a hilltop and almost unchanged since the 11th century, Ait Benhaddou is one of Morocco's most iconic sites. It was once an important stop for caravans passing through as they carried salt across the Sahara, returning with gold, ivory and slaves. Today its grand kasbah has been listed as a World Heritage site, with its fortified village being a fine example of clay architecture. If you think you recognize the place, you probably do, as the town has a long list of film and TV credits, including Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and Gladiator. So there will be plenty of photograpy opportunies .

Enjoy a walk through the winding streets of old town, making your way to the top of the hill, from where you can enjoy the views across the surrounding plains and take more landscape photographs. In the late afternoon, enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn the secrets behind Morocco's most famous cuisine: couscous and tagine.

Included Activities 

  • Kasbah Ait Benhaddou visit
  • Cooking demo & dinner at La Fibule d’or

 Accommodation

  • La Fibule d’Or

Day 3 – Armed  

Bid farewell to the Sahara and journey again over the spectacular Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2,260 metres above sea level) to Toubkal National Park (approximately 5 hours), photographing snow-dappled mountains and valleys in full flower along the way. At the end of the road in Imlil, store your main luggage and load a daypack onto a pack mule. Walk into traditional mountain village life with a one-hour trek up to the peaceful village of Aroumd, far from the reach of the modern world. If you don't feel comfortable with the walk, you can ride a mule instead. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the remote village of Aroumd offers stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture. Here we will look at portraiture and photography some of the local people.

Spend the night in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Aroumd. Surrounded by the smell of woodstoves and bread, meet the host family and enjoy Berber hospitality and food. Facilities at the homestay are shared (both the bathroom and sleeping arrangements) but cozy, comfortable and definitely a unique Intrepid experience.

 Optional Activities

  •  Mule ride - Imlil to Aroumd - MAD50

Accommodation

  • Gite Dar Tajine (please not this will be multi-share basic facilities)

Day 4 – Armed  

Take a morning walk through the valleys and trails of the stunning Atlas Mountains. Along with walking and enjoying the views we will spend time photographing the environement and nature while always keeping a look out for wild life.  Some great landscape photo opportunies with lots of walnut, cherries and apple trees.

On our return we can we look at the pictures you have photographed so far for feedback and critque.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Included Activities

  •  Half-day hike in the Atlas Mountains

Accommodation

Gite Dar Tajine (please not this will be multi-share basic facilities)

Day 5 – Essaouira

Today, head westwards for five hours towards 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. It is one of North Africa's most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into the easy-going rhythm of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist. Here we will photograph the town and look at capturing it in a unique creative way. We will also photograph the coast and hopefully capture a beautiful sunset.

Stay in a restored riad, or Moroccan mansion, a traditional nobleman's house unique to Morocco that’s a calming oasis away from the buzz of the medina. Your riad is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, cozy yet historical. This is likely to be one of the most memorable stays of your journey.

Accommodation

Wind Palace - www.essaouira-windpalace.com/en/index.html

Day 6 – Essaouira

Today, join a local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). Afterwards, use your free time to get under the skin of the town. The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration and street photography. Their size discourages cars, and on a walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates.

The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and there’s much fun to be had observing the daily catch and its subsequent auction. We will take photographs of the fishermen and acitities in this area, A freshly-cooked plate of the day's catch is highly recommended. Browse the plentiful shops and intriguing art galleries that make this little town a particularly pleasant place to unwind for a few days. It has a growing reputation for its unique art and is becoming even more famous for its burled Thuya wood, delicately formed and inlaid in tiny shops that are built into the thick walls of the Portuguese ramparts. The scent from the oils used to polish the richly colored wood permeates the air and makes walking down the streets incredibly pleasant. If you’d prefer to relax, don't miss the opportunity to indulge in a hammam or local-style bath.

 Included Activities

  • Guided tour of Essaouira old medina

 Optional Activities

  • ·       Hamam (public baths) - MAD200
  • ·       Berber massage - MAD350
  • ·       Horse riding - MAD250
  • ·       Seafood Market Lunch - Essaouira - MAD80

Accomodation

Wind Palace - www.essaouira-windpalace.com/en/index.html

Day 7 – Essaouira - Marrakech

Morning is at leisure in Essaouira. We will spend some fime looking at your photogaphs of Essaouira for feedback and critques. Along with answering any photogrpahic related questions you may have. In the afternoon, board your private minivan to travel back to Marrakech. On route we will see Argan trees and possibility to find goats climbing.

The rest of your day is at leisure.

Accommodation

Hotel Gomsddine www.hotel-gomassine.com/index-eng.html

Day 8 – Marrakech

After breakfast, today, meet your local guide and set off on a morning tour and photo excursion of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood flowing through the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom, and the many salons and chambers that make up 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 and wonderful photographic subject. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to the Jemaa el Fna to be transferred for visit of the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle. The rest of the day is free to explore further or shop in the bazaar. Otherwise, perhaps head back into the medina, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy. Watch skilled artisans perfect their craft, practice your haggling skills or take a break from the hustle to sip on tea or share a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco. A good location for photo’s is Djamaa Lafna and stay in one of the cafés with roof top and watch the activities and life when it's getting dark.

For your final evening, why not feast in one of the many great restaurants lining the square.

We will finish the day with a final review of your photographs and perhaps a few drinks.

 Included Activities

  • Guided tour of Marrakech old medina including entrance to Bahia Palace, Marrakech Museum
  • Visit of Majorelle Gardens

Optional Activities

  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD10
  • Palais Badi - MAD10
  • Saadian Tombs - MAD10
  • Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Urban Adventures - Tajine cooking class - MAD546
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD350
  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD1990
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD509

Accommodation

Hotel Gomsddine www.hotel-gomassine.com/index-eng.html

 

Day 9 – Depart

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Departure Transfer

  • Included

WHATS INCLUDED

  • English-speaking Intrepid leader throughout
  • Professional photography guidance by Neil A White
  • Local guides in Imlil, Essaouira and Marrrakech
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transport - Private Vehicle
  • As per the itinerary, including entrance fees where applicable

  • Assistance - 24-hour support from our local office in Marrakech

Accommodation

  • Hotel 6 nights (twin share)
  • Gite 2 nights (multi share

PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDANCE

  • Photography guidance by a professional photographer
  • Cover of the essential photography techniques
  • Lots of practice and hands on experience with demonstrations
  • Photographic shoots
  • Continual feedback given along with review sessions

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

  • International arrival/departure flights
  • International airport departure tax
  • Tour guide for free time or days
  • Optional activities
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check in or late check out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, tips, personal expenses, drinks, alcohol etc
  • Any medical expenses

FITNESS LEVEL

There will be no difficult hiking or climbing. There will be short hikes of around 30 minutes to some locations. 

ESSENTIALS

  • DSLR and spare batteries or camera with manual mode (Bridge camera)
  • A sturdy Tripod is very important due to Iceland’s windy conditions
  • Wide-angle lens
  • Warm waterproof clothing
  • Full thermal clothing
  • Good quality warm gloves
  • Walking boots/shoes

PRICE AND BOOKING ONTO THIS PHOTO TOUR

Price per person sharing a double room in:

 £695 / €795 / $925 PP

Single supplement for hotels and raid only £83

When booking a deposit of £200 is required.

Minimum number of participants 8, maximum 12

To make a booking please fill out the booking form on the link below. We will then get in contact directly with further details.

Bookings are handled by the Intrepid Travel. Your contract is with them, and they will handle payments. This means that you are protected by their industry bonding.

www.intrepidtravel.com

Please call + (0 )20 8800 7637 or + (0)79844 30754 with any questions.