TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Photography instruction & 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 wonderful Dar Silsila in the medina.

  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. A night under the stars at a private luxury camp in the Sahara, and sublime sunset camel rides in the dunes en route.

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

  8. Take in beautiful & varied landscapes: 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 at carefully selected restaurants.

  12. A trip that has been refined and perfected over 7 years.

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

November 6, 2021 | Depart Home (or 1 to 3 days earlier for optional extensions to Chefchaouen and/or Casablanca)

November 7      Arrive Fes & meet the group over welcome drinks.

November 8      Photography instruction in the morning.

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

November 9      Morning visit in “new Fes” (dating from the 14th century) followed by lunch and photo shoot with a local family.

November---     In the afternoon, visit & photograph a local artisan cooperative. Practice night photography in the medina.

November 10    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.  

November 11    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. 

November 12    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.

November 13    Leisure time in the morning to review photos, relax, or meet with David for one-on-one photo feedback.

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

November 14    Cross the beautiful High Atlas Mountains en route to Marrakech.

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

November 15    Guided tour through Marrakech’s ancient medina throughout the day, including the souks and artisan areas.

November---     Visit the the Photography Museum, meeting the Director; enjoy lunch on the rooftop. Djemma el Fna again.

November 16    Morning visit to historic Marrakech monuments (Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque) & a spice shop.

November---     Afternoon options for leisure time back in Marrakech. Farewell Dinner at a stunning riad nearby.

November 17    Return Home  (or two days later for optional 2-night extension to Essaouira)


DAY-BY-DAY OVERVIEW

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     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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OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS

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PRE-TRIP (+3 nights)

Nov 3 Depart US

Nov 4 Casablanca

Nov 5 Chefchaouen

Nov 6 Chefchaouen

Nov 7 Drive to Fes

(or if just +1 night...)

Nov 5 Depart US

Nov 6 Arrive Casa

Nov 7 Casa to Fes


POST-TRIP (+2 nights)

Nov 17 to Essaouira

Nov 18 Essaouira

Nov 19 Fly out  


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