TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Photography workshops & one-on-one guidance by travel photography veteran and photo instructor David Wells.

  2. Three nights in Fes, the largest and most intact medieval city in the Arab world, at the lovely Algila Fes boutique hotel.

  3. Three nights in storied Marrakech, meeting point of caravans for centuries, at the Riad Al Rimal boutique riad.

  4. Five-day journey through the stunning Atlas Mountains to the sublime Sahara Desert.

  5. Open Sky senior Tour Leader & photographer Temu Nana as your personal host.

  6. Spend a night at a private luxury camp in the dunes of the Sahara.

  7. Tour the UNESCO-protected 11th century Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.

  8. Take in a beautiful & varied landscape: golden dunes, snow-capped mountains, imposing gorges & fortified ksars.

  9. Experience Marrakech’s magical Djemma el Fna at dusk, when the square comes alive.

  10. Travel with our top-rated English-speaking Moroccan guide, Moulay Hassan.

  11. Enjoy exquisite Moroccan fine dining.

  12. Relax with logistically-seamless, hassle-free travel, with tipping included & much more (see tour inclusions).

October 24 ’19 Depart Home (or one day earlier for optional 1-night extension to Casablanca)

October 25        Arrive Fes & meet the group over cocktails.

October 26        Photography workshop in the morning.

November---     Guided tour of Fes’ fascinating medieval medina throughout rest of the day. Navigate & photograph the maze!

October 27        Morning visit in “new Fes” (dating from 14th cent.) followed by lunch and photo shoot with a family.

November---     Photography workshop in the afternoon; night photography practice. 

October 28        Spend the day on a beautiful journey southwards through a remarkable diversity of landscapes:

November---     Visit Swiss-like Ifrane; have lunch in Midelt; descend into the Ziz Valley; arrive Erfoud, gateway to the Sahara.  

October 29        Continue by 4x4s into the Sahara Desert south of Erfoud: Visit with nomads, enjoy private lunch at an oasis.

November---     A breathtaking late afternoon awaits: sunset camel ride, dinner and overnight in private desert camp. 

October 30       Sunrise in the dunes; continue exploring the Desert in the morning, then head westward:

November---     Walk in the striking Todra Gorge in the afternoon, and continue into the beautiful Dades Valley.

October 31       Leisure time in the morning to review photos and relax. 

November---     Lunch at a Berber home in the Dades Valley; tour the imposing 11th century Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.

November 1      Cross the beautiful High Atlas Mountains en route to Marrakech.

November---     Late afternoon walk in Marrakech to magical Djemma el Fna Square at dusk.

November 2     Guided tour through Marrakech’s ancient medina throughout the day.  In addition to souks and artisan areas:

November---    Visit the Ben Youssef Medersa; Visit the Photography Museum, hosted by theDirector.  Explore Djemma el Fna again.

November 3     Morning visit to historic Marrakech monuments (Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque) & a spice shop.

November---    Afternoon options for leisure time back in Marrakech; final photo show & Farewell Dinner. 

November 4   Return Home  (or two days later for optional 2-night extension to Essaouira)


Optional Extensions:

Pre-trip: Depart a day earlier for Casablanca, on October 23, for a visit of the city before arriving in Fes.

Post-trip: Extend two nights in beautiful seaside Essaouira, returning home on November 6.

DAY-BY-DAY OVERVIEW

ITINERARY MAP

     WHO THIS TOUR IS FOR:

  1. Anyone with an interest in photography & travel

  2. The only requirement is that you have a camera you can put in Manual Mode (i.e. control the shutter speed & aperture)

Otherwise, the group is small enough (limited to 12 participants) that we can cater to varying degrees of experience with photography. David Wells, our professional photographer and Open Sky’s Temu Nana—a photographer himself—will be with the group throughout the program providing individual hands-on guidance and instruction. 

Around the fire after dinner at our desert camp on the November 2012 trip

“Travel companies make itineraries and reservations. Open Sky makes magic! Thanks for a FANTASTIC trip!”  - Carol T., a traveler on many photo tours

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Limited to 12 participants

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MOROCCO: A Visual Feast                                                               
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