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Morocco Photo Tour

Next Photo Tour of Morocco dates: May 2-15th, 2018

Do you love to travel and also want to learn to take better photos? Maybe you've taken a photography class or two, but want something different, something more interactive, in a cool location. How about putting it all together in this customized photo tour of Morocco, led by a professional photographer as your tour host and photography coach.

Berber walks his camel across the desert creating shadows in the sand

Exotic Morocco 14-day Photo Tour

  • Where: Morocco
  • When: May 2-15th, 2018
  • Who: You and 9 other fabulous people. Spouses and non-photography types (the price is the same for them) are more than welcome to join us as well.
  • What: A 14-day (13 nights) photo tour catering to photographing in the best light of the day, in the field practice in a fun small group setting, and a flexible schedule to allow us to decide how long we stay at each location!
  • Why: Learn to take better photos, immerse in some local culture, and have a whole lot of fun in Morocco!

Our Moroccan guide in the blue city

How much is this tour?

This tour is specially designed for both adventure and comfort. We stay at mostly 4-star Riads and have included most of your meals. Little incidentals like water daily, small change (which you'll need for tips and for visiting the toilet), and snacks on the bus have all been taken care of for you for a smooth easy experience.

***The minimum number of people required to run the tour is eight.***

Group SizePrice
8 – 10 People
Nice group size with a maximum of 10 people
$5395 USD

Maximum group size: 10

This is less than many other Morocco tours which include 12-15 people – please look at that when researching and comparing tours!

NOTE: New for 2018 we have lowered the maximum number of participants on this tour to 10. This allows for a smaller, more intimate group in order to give you the best experience. This means you will have more time with the tour leader, and a really nice group size for wandering through the narrow streets of Morocco.

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Carol Tompkins with face wrapped with scarf in desert
“I felt you were always available to help, inform and teach. One of the greatest things you did for me was to give me a big hug when I first arrived. That made me feel so welcomed and just what I needed after a long difficult trip. During the tour, I learned so much about photography. I feel it was an intense (in a good way) two week all day class. Absolutely loved it! Can't wait to do another.”
Carol Tompkins

hassan ii mosque in Casablanca at night in hdr

The night sky over the desert as taken from our hotel room balcony

The Best Light

This photo tour is designed for doing photography during the best light of the day. We travel, experience the culture, learn, or relax when the light is harsh, and shoot when the light is good. Private photo shoots with traditionally dressed men and women, Berbers of the desert in their traditional garb, and sunrise and sunsets over the coast, the mountains, or the Sahara.

The Best Locations

This is NOT the kind of tour that goes to your typical tourist locations. Where others might go in, we go around. Where others have their map, we wander and get lost on purpose. This is a custom designed travel tour, by a photographer, for photography enthusiasts. Be prepared for the culinary rewards, musical magic and cultural richness of this Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French exotic land.

Less Rushed

We get to fully explore each location, which allows you to discover all the hidden gems and meet people on a deeper level. It will be a full two weeks of activities, but you won't feel rushed or pressured. If you want to opt out of an activity to hang out at the hotel, get a massage or go shopping on your own, you will be able to do just that.

a camel close up from the side

a young moroccan girl in black and white

Morocco's mix of traditional and modern strikes the perfect balance between the intensely exotic and comfortingly familiar. Cities like Fes, Marrakech, and Casablanca evoke images of medinas, spice markets, and couscous, while the geographic extremes – from the Atlas Mountains to beach resorts to camels in the desert – make for a spectacular photographic opportunity. Watch the sun rise above the highest sand dunes, journey through the cedar forests in the Atlas mountains, wander the spice markets and spend a night in a tent in the Sahara desert. Come with us; escape your life for a few days in the romance of Morocco.

Beth Jones, Morocco photo tour testimonial headshot
“I would say “GO!!” You'll have fantastic memories for a lifetime, and pictures to show for it, too. You will see remarkable sights; meet interesting, like-minded people; have ample opportunity to learn from Darlene; experience a completely different culture; and ride camels and ATV's in the Sahara desert! You will have a fabulous experience!”
Beth Jones

This is a tentative schedule, may not be exactly as shown here:

Day 1 May 2nd – Casablanca (D)
Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met and transferred by van to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check in and relax for the afternoon. The group will have a welcome meeting and orientation before you head out to dinner at a local restaurant for some traditional Moroccan cuisine.

Park Suites Hotel and Spa – Casablanca (4 Star)

Hassan II mosque in Casablanca as shot from an archway in the square

Day 2 May 3rd – Casablanca (B,D)
In the morning, you will have a visit to the Hassan II Mosque then take a walk around the city to capture some of the art deco buildings and local food markets. After lunch is an optional photo lesson and image review time with the tour leader. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Park Suites Hotel and Spa – Casablanca (4-star)

a plate of traditional Morrocan food. Olives, meat, carrots and cucumber

Day 3 May 4th – Rabat / Chefchaouen (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will leave Casablanca and head towards Chefchaouen, the famous blue city of Morocco in the Rif Mountains. On route, you will stop at Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King, where you can capture some great shots of the La Tour Hassan Tower and Mausoleum, we will also visit the Chellah (ancient ruins of a fortified city and opportunity to photograph stork nests). Upon arrival in Chefchaouen, you will check into the Riad Charifa and have an early dinner. After dinner, you have the option of some night photography with your tour leader. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Riad Charifa (4 Star)

a highly detailed stone wall and arch shaped doorway

Day 4 May 5th – Chefchaouen (B, D)
After breakfast, you will have a tour of this “cool” blue town, tucked away in the mountains. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Rif Mountains. Perfect for photography, this blue city offers every shade of blue. As you wander the streets of “Chaouen,” you'll find ample opportunities to capture the vibrant colors and textures of this wonderful town.

We'll have an early dinner and afterward, will take a walk up onto the surrounding mountainside where you can photograph this whitewashed town nestled in the hills at dusk. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Riad Charifa (4 Star)

a view of the blue city Chefchaouen at night from above

Day 5 May 6th – Chefchaouen / Fes (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will head towards Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. Upon arrival in Fes, you will go directly to the potters. This fascinating visit will allow you to get a picture of how this handicraft has existed for hundreds of years. After checking in, you will some time for possible image review or Q&A with the tour leader.

You will have a wonderful traditional dinner in the Riad.

Riad El Yacout (4 Star)

a stairway along the sidewalk in the blue city is lined with colorful plant pots

Day 6 May 7th – Fes (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will begin your guided tour of the Medina (with over 9500 alleyways), one of the world's largest walled cities. You will explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit and mounds of spices, the tanneries, and the artisans of Fes. For lunch, you will eat in traditional restaurants in the heart of the medina. After lunch, you will have some time to explore the Galawi Palace in our own private time (we will have a model dressed in traditional clothes to pose for us as well). This ancient palace is turning to ruins but offers a wonderful look at the architecture of Morocco, and is a photographer's paradise. In the late afternoon, you will have some free time to relax before dinner out and sunset from a spectacular viewpoint overlooking the city.

Riad El Yacout (4 Star)

the city of Fes is seen from a distance

Day 7 May 8th – Fes (B, D)
You will have a relaxed breakfast before you have an opportunity to visit the Jewish quarter. The group will have lunch at the Boujloud square. In the afternoon, we will have some optional activities like a shopping trip (carpets, linens, silver works) or more free time to shoot photos in the medina (a guide will be provided so you don't get lost).

Riad El Yacout (4 Star)

a tour participant captures the portrait of a local man as he sits on the step

a door is illuminated at the end of a long tunnel

Day 8 May 9th – Fes / Erfoud / Sahara (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast you will begin your ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Halfway, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. In the afternoon, you will make your way down along the Ziz River Valley. Upon arrival in Erfoud, you will jump into the 4x4s and head out to our auberge. Sunrise and sunset at the dunes is well worth the visit. We will arrange for a camel caravan on the dunes for the anticipated sunset pictures.

Dinner will be served in the auberge.

Auberge de Charme Les Dunes D'Or (3 star)

berber man sits on the sand in the saraha desert

Day 9 May 10th – Sahara Desert (B, L, D)
Don't miss the sunrise on the dunes. In the morning, you will have an optional ATV ride around the dunes and a visit to the nomadic Berber villages. Listen to some of their music while you get some people photos. For those looking for adventure and some deep desert shots, you will set off by camel for a 2-hour trek out to the oasis where you will spend the night in Berber tents (dinner is included, served under the stars). A chance for night photography under the stars in the desert is magical!

***This is optional if you prefer to return to the auberge to sleep, we will meet you in the morning.***

Standard Tents (two people per tent)

Tour group participants riding camels in the sahara

Photographers up early to photograph the sunrise over the sahara

Day 10 May 11th – Sahara / Dades (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will return by camel to the 4x4s and head back to Erfoud. From Erfoud, you set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Dades Gorges. The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. You will stay the night at Dades before you cross the High Atlas Mountains. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Xaluca Dades Hotel (4 star)

stone wall defenses of the hotel in Ait Ben Haddou

Day 11 May 12th – Dades / Ouarzazate (B, L, D)
We set off early toward Ouarzazate, the movie capital of Morocco. We'll stop for an optional visit to a Kasbah, movie museum, or you can wander and take photos on your own.

You'll check in to the hotel early, after which you can do a hammam, swim, or even get a massage (extra fees apply). If you like, we can arrange a sunset shoot overlooking the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah.

Ksar Ighnda (4 Star)

a berber musician plays his instrument in a tent

Day 12 May 13th – Ait Benhaddou / Marrakech (B, L)
Before the town fully awakens, we walk up Ait Benhaddou in the early morning light. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco including; Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and more recently The Gladiator.

From there we will head off towards Marrakech over the High Atlas Mountains, with a stop to see an Argan co-op where the ladies make this sought after oil. Take some time enjoying this beautiful landscape. You will check into your riad and then head out to the famous Djemaa el-Fna square. This is one of the center attractions of Marrakech. Coming alive at night with the local storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbecue pits, the square is well worth a visit. A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular aerial view of the bustling square at sunset. Dinner will be in the square at the food stalls for the more adventurous (or at the cafe for those less inclined).

Hotel and Ryad Art Place Marrakech (4 star)

bowls of spices and herbs on display at the market

Day 13 May 14th – Marrakech (B, D)
After breakfast, the group will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Majorelle Garden and many other hidden treasures.

After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the Djemaa el-Fna square and souk where you will have free time to wander and shop for exotic things to take home. Our final dinner will be served at the Ryad.

Hotel and Ryad Art Place Marrakech (4 star)

people in the marakesh market create long shadows

Day 14 May 15th – Travel home (B)
Your car awaits to take you to the Marrakech airport and transfers to your home country. Or you can choose to stay on a few more days in Marrakech or join our tour leader for an addition few days journey to the coastal town of Essaouira.

a motorcycle is loaded up with stacks of eggs for delivery

Testimonial Headshot - Ann Nickerson, Nicaragua
“I have been on three of Darlene's photography tours including this one,
and they are full of adventure, learning opportunities, and fun!
Darlene creates situations that allow you to be creative with your photography
and gives you advice on trying new techniques, all in beautiful settings.”
Ann Nickerson

Photo tour leader Daniel Korzeniewski shown wearing a blue Moroccan Berber headscarf.Your tour leader Daniel Korzeniewski

Your leader for the 2018 edition of this photo tour is Daniel Korzeniewski. He was co-leader of the 2017 Morocco tour so has plenty of experience in this exotic land to assist you on this journey. Daniel is a Miami-based travel photographer whose work has appeared in several publications. He contributes to various stock photography outlets and often leads photo travel tours.

Daniel contributes articles about travel photography here on Digital Photo Mentor and is the tour leader for our India, Peru and Myanmar photo tours.

Cost of Photo Tour of Morocco

The pricing will be a little different than for our past tours. Based on feedback from the last two Morocco tours we have decided to reduce the maximum number of participants to 10! This means you will have more time with the tour leader, and a really nice group size for wandering through the narrow streets of Morocco.

The minimum number of people required to run the tour is eight.

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Group SizePrice
8 – 10 People
Nice group size with a maximum of 10 people
$5395 USD

Max group size: 10

This is less than many other Morocco tours, and we've decided to keep the group smaller for a more personalized tour.

Remaining Spots: SOLD OUT

Join the waiting list above to get notified early and grab a spot.

Single Supplement Price:

  • Prices quoted are for double occupancy. NOTE: You will be paired with someone of the same sex if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.
  • Price for single room is an additional $1095
$750 to hold your spot, with the balance due 90 days prior to the trip. The full cancellation policy is on the next page, prior to making your payment.
NOTE: There must be a minimum 8 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that we've reached the minimum number of people.

The price of the tour includes:

  • Airport pickup and return (airport transfers) on the start and end dates as indicated. If you arrive early or stay later you will be responsible for your own airport transportation. We can arrange it for you if you wish at an extra cost.
  • 13 nights hotel accommodations.
  • Meals – 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 12 dinners (includes non-alcoholic beverages and tips).
  • Air-conditioned transportation – included driver, fuel, and insurance.
  • Professional English speaking guide, licensed for tourism.
  • Excursions (Hassan II Mosque, Majorelle Garden, Camel Trek & Tents).
  • Entrance fees to historical sites including Hassan II Mosque.
  • Organized photo shoots.
  • Photography lessons and image reviews in a group setting (as time permits).
  • Photography tutoring and help as needed, you just have to ask.
  • Portage tips for bags.

The price DOES NOT include:

  • Your flight or other travel to Morocco
  • Tips for your guide, driver, and tour leader
  • Lunches on your free days
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal spending
  • Optional activities like spa treatments or an ATV ride in the desert

Flights to Morocco: We travel to Morocco through Casablanca's Mohamed V International Airport, so book your flights to Casablanca. We have arranged transportation to our lodging in Casablanca for you if you arrive on the tour start date of May 2nd, 2018. We just need your flight arrival information to get you picked up at the airport.

Note: if you arrive a day or two early (which we actually recommend in order to get acclimatized to the time zone) we can arrange an airport pickup for you at an extra cost of $45.

Flights home from Morocco: The tour ends and we depart from Marrakech so make your travel arrangements accordingly. Airport transfer is included if you fly out on the last day of the tour, May 15th. If you decide to stay longer or take our 3-day add-on excursion to Essaouira we can arrange that for you at an extra cost.

Sharon Zurbrigg, Morocco photo tour testimonial headshot
“Beyond pleased with the trip! Every day was a pleasant surprise and I really didn't want to know the agenda! We explored places that I would never have found on my own. I have met some absolute wonderful photography friends and I would like to have another gathering of our group!”
Sharon Zurbrigg

Our Accommodations

From the center of Casablanca to a Berber tent in the Sahara desert, our accommodations are both luxurious and adventurous. All 4-star hotels with the exception of one, we've put together a diversity of style and location.

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Our accommodations for our stay in Ouarzazate Morocco during our 14 day photo tour of this exotic country.

Ksar Ighnda, OuarzazateView their website

The view from the balcony of our accommodations at Hotel Xaluca Dades during our 14 day photo tour of Morocco

Hotel Xaluca DadesView their website

inside view of riad charifa in Chefchaouen

Riad Charifa, Chefchaouen

Our accommodations for our stay in Fes Morocco during our 14 day photo tour of this exotic country.

Riad Yacout, Fes

FAQs

What is the physical fitness level needed for this tour?

There are many stairs and hills and some of our accommodations do not have elevators. If you are in good health and fitness level you will be fine. But this tour is NOT recommended for people with mobility issues.

Do I have to ride a camel?

You have two options: #1 ride a camel into the desert at sunset and stay in a Berber tent overnight – or #2 stay at the Auberge meaning you will not ride the camel or see the sunset from the big dunes. If you choose option 2 you will meet up with the group the following morning when we return from the desert. BUT I highly recommend doing this! Even just to check it off and say “Been there done that!” The desert at night is magical and we'll have the opportunity to photograph the night sky, star trails, and hear the Berber drummers play for us.

Are the tents deluxe? What is it like?

There are mattresses, blankets, and pillows. There is electricity and shared toilets. But there are no showers or plugins at the tents, it is like camping! It's rustic but it's comfortable and peaceful. Because there is no light pollution at the tents, the evening makes for spectacular night photography opportunities.

What if I don't have a roommate but don't want to pay the extra for a single?

If you request to share a room and we cannot match you with a roommate you will be required to pay the single supplement fee. We do our best to pair everyone up but due to gender mismatches, we may not always have equal numbers of males or females. You can certainly bring a friend along to share.

What is appropriate attire in a Muslim country, especially for women?

Do I have to wear a head scarf? While it is a Muslim country you are not expected to cover your head as a woman. But it is respectful to wear less revealing clothing so as to have your shoulders and knees covered at all times. Once you have booked the tour with us we will send you a complete guide on Morocco and what to pack and expect.

Is there alcohol in Morocco?

Yes, they have alcohol in most places, although the locals do not drink.
They even make some pretty decent wine and beer.

I've heard it's harder to photograph people in Morocco, is that true?

Yes, unfortunately, that is the case. However, we plan many photo shoots with models and tips photogenic people so you can have the opportunity to take photos of them. So it is possible to come home with some people photographs from Morocco. Our guide makes an excellent model too!

What skill level do I have to be in photography?

We encourage all skill levels to join us on this tour. It is not about what you know it's about doing photography together, enjoying the adventure, and learning a few things along the way. Whatever your level you can get some tips from the tour leader. You don't even have to be a photographer, but can come along and appreciate the relaxed pace of this tour.

Group SizePrice
8 – 10 People
Nice group size with a maximum of 10 people
$5395 USD

Max Group Size: 10

This is less than many other Morocco tours, and we've decided to keep the group smaller for a more personalized tour.

Remaining Spots: SOLD OUT

Join the waiting list above to get notified early and grab a spot.

Register Here

SOLD OUT

Single Supplement Price:

  • Prices quoted are for double occupancy. NOTE: You will be paired with someone of the same sex if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.
  • Price for single room is an additional $1095
$750 to hold your spot, with the balance due 90 days prior to the trip. The full cancellation policy is on the next page, prior to making your payment.
NOTE: There must be a minimum 8 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that we've reached the minimum number of people.

3-Day Add-On Excursion to Essaouira

New this year! Daniel is going to head to the coast to explore the fishing town of Essaouira for 3 days before returning to Marrakech. This is new for us and is a scouting and exploration mission. So if you wish to join him you can do so at the following deeply discounted rates (basically these prices just cover our costs) and hang out and explore this coastal town with Daniel in a small group setting. Here are the details:

Group size: 3-6 people (need 3 to make it happen, maximum 6 plus Daniel)

Prices:
3-4 people: $750 USD/person (double occupancy)
5-6 people: $625 USD/person (double occupancy)
Single Supplement pricing upon request

Includes:

  • Private van transfer from Marrakech to Essaouira and back
  • Hotel for 3 nights
  • Airport transfer (if you leave on May 18th from the Marrakech hotel)
  • Chance to hang out and shoot with the tour leader and explore together

PLEASE NOTE: this is not a pre-planned tour as Daniel has not been there before. So you will be seeing things for the first time with him and helping him design this new 3-day excursion. As such, it will be an intimate small group and you will be making decisions as a group on the fly. An ability to go with the flow is essential and fun and unexpected finds are inevitable.