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Next Photo Travel Tour of Morocco date is: Apr 17 – May 1, 2017

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 of 25 years as your tour host and photography coach?

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

Exotic Morocco – Photo Travel Tour

  • Where: Morocco
  • When: April 17 – May 1, 2017
  • Who: you and 12 other fabulous people. Spouses and non-photography types are welcome.
  • What: 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?

The pricing will be a little different than for our past tours. We get a significant discount from the tour operator if we can get 11 or more people, so it will be two tiered pricing. Of course we’ll be shooting for at least 11 so we can get the lower price. Referrals are highly appreciated and recommended, so bring a buddy!

Group SizePrice
8 – 10 People
Highly intimate with a really small group
$4795 USD / pp
11 – 13 People
Reduced by $300, small group, nicely priced
$4495 USD / pp

Max Group Size: 13
Remaining Spots: SOLD OUT

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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, the whirling musicians 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 2 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 Fez, 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 tenting 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 – Casablanca
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 Morocco cuisine.

Hotel Novotel (4 Star)

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

Day 2 – Casablanca
You will head out for an early sunrise shoot on the beach before your return to the hotel for breakfast. During 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, your guide will take you into the old medina where you will learn about the fruit and vegetable souks. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Hotel Novotel (4-star)

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

Day 3 – Rabat / Chefchaouen
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. Upon arrival in Chefchaouen, you will check into the Riad Charifa and then have an early dinner. After dinner, you will catch the sunset from the town overlook. Dinner will be served in the Riad.

Riad Charifa (4 Star)

a highly detailed stone wall and arch shaped doorway

Day 4 – Chefchaouen
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 & textures of this wonderful town.

In the late afternoon, you will take a walk up onto the surrounding mountainside where you can photograph this whitewashed town nestled in the hills. Dinner will be served in a local restaurant.

Riad Charifa (4 Star)

a view of the blue city Chefchaouen at night from above

Day 5 – Chefchaouen / Fes
After breakfast, you will head towards Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. On the way, you will stop in at the Roman ruins of Volubilis for a short visit. 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 into the riad to freshen up, you will catch the sunset over the ancient medina of Fes.

You will have a wonderful traditional dinner in the Riad.

Riad Myra (4 Star Riad)

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

Day 6 – Fes
After breakfast, you will begin your guided tour of the medina, 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 (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 a cultural show.

Riad Myra (4 Star Riad)

the city of Fes is seen from a distance

Day 7 – Fes
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 Myra (4 Star Riad)

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 – Fes / Erfoud / Sahara
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. Half way, 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 the dunes. 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 picture.

Dinner will be served in the auberge.

Auberge du Sud – Hotel Merzouga (3 star)

berber man sits on the sand in the saraha desert

Day 9 – Sahara Desert
Don’t miss the sunrise on the dunes. In the morning, you will have an optional 4×4 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.)

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

Private Standard Tents.

Tour group participants riding camels in the sahara

Photographers up early to photograph the sunrise over the sahara

Day 10 – Sahara / Dades Gorge
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 – Dades / Ait Benhaddou
We set off early to visit the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered…usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco; films including, Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and recently The Gladiator.

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

Ksar Ighnda (4 Star)

a berber musician plays his instrument in a tent

Day 12 – Ait Benhaddou / Marrakech
Before the town fully awakens, we walk up Ait Benhaddou in the early morning light.

From there we will head off towards Marrakech over the High Atlas Mountains. Take some time enjoying this beautiful landscape. You will start your visit of Marrakech with a stop at the Majorelle Gardens. You will then check into your riad and have a time for photo review. Dinner will be served in the riad.

Riad Moucharabieh (4 star)

bowls of spices and herbs on display at the market

Day 13 – Marrakech
After breakfast, the group will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, and many other hidden treasures.

After lunch, you will continue with the tour on to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. The famous Djemaa el-Fna 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. Dinner will be in the square at the food stalls for the more adventurous (or at the cafe for those less inclined).

Riad Moucharabieh (4 star)

people in the marakesh market create long shadows

Day 14 – Marrakech / Casablanca
Right after breakfast, you will head back to Casablanca for your final night, arriving early enough to rest, visit the market, do some banking, or whatever you like. You will have one last opportunity to capture the city of Casablanca, or buy some souvenirs as the sun goes down.

Hotel Novotel (4 star)

a motorcycle is loaded up with stacks of eggs for delivery

Day 15 – Casablanca
After breakfast, the group will say their final goodbyes and make their way to the airport for travel home.

inside the night market in marrakech

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


Cost of Photography Tour of Morocco

As mentioned above, this photo tour of Morocco gets less expensive as more people are booked. With fewer people, it’s even more intimate. But with more than 11 guests booked, you will save $300. So bring a friend, or share this page with all the other photography enthusiasts in your life.

Register Here

$500.00 SOLD OUT

Group SizePrice
8 – 10 People
Highly intimate with a really small group
$4795 USD / pp
11 – 13 People
Reduced by $300, small group, nicely priced
$4495 USD / pp

Max Group Size: 13
Remaining Spots: SOLD OUT

Single Supplement Price:

  • Prices quoted are for double occupancy (you will be paired with someone of the same sex if you do not have a travel partner)
  • Price for single room is an additional $995
$500 to hold your spot, with the balance due 90 days prior to 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.

Includes:

  • Airport pickup and return (airport transfers)
  • 14 nights hotel accommodations
  • Meals – 14 breakfasts, most lunches and 13 dinners
  • Air-conditioned Transportation – included driver, fuel, insurance
  • Professional English speaking guide, licensed for tourism
  • Excursions (Volubilis, Meknes, Camel Trek & Tents)
  • Entrance fees to historical sites including Hassan II Mosque
  • Organized photo shoots
  • Photography lessons and image reviews in a group setting
  • Photography tutoring and help as needed, you just have to ask
  • Portage tips for bags

DOES NOT include:

  • Your flight or other travel to Morocco
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Lunches on your free days
  • Drinks (alcoholic beverages)
  • Personal spending

Flights to Morocco: We travel to Morocco through Casablanca’s Mohamed V International Airport so book your flights for Casablanca. We have arranged transportation to our lodging in Casablanca for you. We just need your flight arrival information to get you picked up at the airport.

Sharon Zurbrigg, Morocco photo tour testimonial headshot
“Beyond pleased with trip! Everyday was a pleasant surprise and I really didn’t want to know the agenda! We explored places that I would never would 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 private 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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$500.00 Register Here

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Ksar Ighnda, OuarzazateView their website

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Riad Moucharabieh, MarrakechView their website

inside view of riad charifa in Chefchaouen

Riad Charifa, Chefchaouen