Specially designed for those who love everything about
Travel & Photography.
On this adventure tour you can experience the dramatic landscape of the High Atlas Mountains, to the vibrancy & sensory overload of the souks & markets, the solitude of the desert, to the tastes of the Atlantic; this trip provides the opportunity to photograph it all, while wandering the cobbled streets, trekking on foot, or choosing to ride camels across the dunes. Just 3.5hrs from the UK and you are in a photographer's paradise
Example of your Morocco adventure includes:
2 nights in Marrakech with a guided tour and a Street & Travel photography workshop.
2 Nights in the High Atlas Mountains - with guided treks and Landscape photography tuition.
2 nights in the picturesque town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast.
Plus, each day you will have One 2 One Photography tuition, helping you to master your Travel, Landscape and Street Photography.
Included in the price:
All transport to and between locations. 7 nights accommodation in Traditional Riads (with your own private room with en-suite facilities),
Marrakech & Essaouira; there you will find hundreds of restaurants and eating places, where you can taste the exotic delights of North Africa.
All Photography tuition is provided by Garreth Anderson & Go Explore Photography.
Excluded from the price are:
Flights to and from the UK and Morocco.
All meals and refreshments not mentioned above.
Holiday / travel insurance. We highly recommend you take out adequate travel insurance.
Dates Sat 21st to Sat 28th th April 2018 6 places available
Payment of £200.00 deposit is required at the time of booking to confirm your place.
Feedback from previous tours
I really enjoyed the whole trip.
I thought it was all really well organised and you kept us well informed throughout. The
Transport was good, on time and all our vehicles were well maintained and big enough for the group, luggage and lumpy buggers like me.
Locations - I thought the mix we had was spot on. I thought all the accommodation was clean and of a good standard - Ourigane was just lovely. The Riads made the break and I think the quiet, almost lost in time Riad in Marrakech could be sold as an oasis of calm in the frenzy of Marrakech. Tuition - well I get a lot from hearing the guidance you share with others as much as my specifies guidance. I hope I am getting there and find your patient, simple style of delivery engaging and my observation of the others backed that up.
The trek and camping were fun elements and gave a good level of cultural interest and change of scenery to the week.
Lindsey Bucknor OBE
(Subject to variations depending on time of year and group size)
Day 1: You will be collected 30 minutes after your flight lands and transferred to your hotel in Marrakech
Where, depending on your arrival time, you will experience your first adventure on the streets of Marrakech. Here, you will also meet your fellow photographers and travel companions.
Day 2: Your driver will collect you from your hotel and transport you to the High Atlas Mountains for the next 2 nights. Journey time is 1.5 hours.
We will be staying in a friendly Moroccan-owned little rural guesthouse. Completely rebuilt in 2008, it is set in a commanding position overlooking a reservoir at over 1000 metres above sea level and it is a delightful place to relax and enjoy Berber hospitality. Built on an attractive terraced hillside in open countryside, it has a bar and restaurant, a swimming pool and pretty gardens with wonderful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. We will have a traditional Moroccan dinner, where we will discuss your photographic adventure. Plus, some One 2 One time to discuss your individual photographic needs and aspirations. There will also be opportunities to start photographing the local landscape.
Day 3 Activity: Trekking - Day trek in the Ouirgane area.
Day trek through the villages of the High Atlas south of Ouirgane, taking in the village of Tinzert where salt is mined from huge wells and the superb views of the Tarabaza, Kik and Moulay Brahim plateaus with the Tizi n’Test Pass and Jbel Oukaïmeden beyond. Cost includes mountain guide, picnic lunch and drinks.
During the day we will be stopping for photographs from sunrise to sunset, along with discussion points and any One 2 One time required.
Day 4: Transfer - Ouirgane to Essaouira (1 Night)
Journey time 3 hours 30 minutes, starting at 10:00am unless otherwise requested.
During our journey we will be stopping for photo opportunities and refreshments.
Accommodation will be in the Riad Chakir Mogador, beautifully restored in 2006-2007. Located in the heart of the medina, it is a friendly base, very convenient to the souks and restaurants and only a few minutes walk from the beach. It also boasts a very pretty courtyard with a fountain and 2 small secluded roof terraces.
?Boasting a photogenic traditional fishing harbour and a wonderful fortified medina (a World Heritage Site), this charming town built by the Portuguese, offers traditional souks and a good range of restaurants. Here we will have the afternoon to photograph the sunset over the fishing harbour and capture images of the local fishermen. During the evening we will venture out into the town to discover the tastes of the Atlantic coast of Africa.
Day 5 exploring Essaouira: and Camel Trek
Includes: transfer to start of trek, tuition, hard hats, guides, cooks, all food and drink, tents & camping mattresses. Starts at a ranch South of Essaouira - our route passes South of the town through beautiful countryside- seeing dunes, woodland, scrub, mountains and wonderful beaches,
Day 6 Transport: Transfer - to Marrakech from Essaouira - Journey time 2.5hours. Arriving in Marrakech at approx 1.30pm
There will be plenty of time to yourself to venture out and explore one of the most colourful and interesting cities on earth. Marrakech offers visitors a great taste of Moroccan culture and life. At the heart of the city is the famous walled medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with sprawling souks, a wide range of riads and numerous other sites of interest. It is a fashionable and exotic place, which has become a magnet for Artists & Photographers - where the way of life is deeply traditional and a world away from our own, with red ochre of the town walls and buildings set against the backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains. Marrakech is truly a feast for the senses for those in search of photographic inspiration. The old city's “Big Square”, the Djemaa el Fna (Jemma el Fnaa), has a unique atmosphere, especially at night, when storytellers, acrobats, musicians and snake charmers perform beneath the magnificent illuminated backdrop of the Koutoubia Mosque and the gas-lit food-stalls.
Day 7 Activity: Half Day Guided Tour of Marrakech. Start time approx 10am.
After breakfast we will start our tour of the city. We will have two trusted guides for a half-day tour. Note that entrance fees for tourist attractions must be paid locally. After the tour you will have the rest of the day and night to yourself, or you may prefer to ask for some One 2 One photography tuition, where we will look at improving your Travel and Street Photography.
Day 8 Transport: Transfer - Marrakech to Marrakech Airport.
After breakfast, and depending on flight times, we say goodbye to our fellow travellers and head home with a camera full of stunning images and a head full of memories.
Journey time 15 minutes.
Your driver will be waiting for you 2 hours 15 minutes before your flight leaves.
Taxis will normally be for your party only; on occasion you may be joined by other travellers doing the same journey.
At the start of each and every day, there will be a short group photography talk on the day's events and locations. Plus, throughout each day, at various locations, there will be workshop talks on camera skills and composition. There will also be time for you to request One 2 One tuition, where we can concentrate on the areas you wish to improve the most. If you wish to spend some time alone and just get on with your photography, or if you want to get as much tuition as you can, the choice is yours. This is your adventure and it's about your photography. On some occasions we will be required to stick together as a group, but there will be plenty of time for you to go off and have your own adventures and experiences.
Who is this tour for? What will you have gained by the end of the trip?
This tour is designed for the complete beginner to the experienced photographer. You can have the most basic point and shoot camera to the most advanced Digital SLR. Travel photography really includes all photographic genres. For Portraits, Landscapes and Street photography, Morocco offers some of the best photo opportunities in the world and no matter what your skill level or experience you will return home with a camera full of fantastic photographs and a head full of amazing memories. I also promise you will return home a better and more skilful photographer.