Trip Summary: Morocco | 10 Days
Trip Dates: Year Round
Group Size: Max 16 Participants
Trip Cost: $3200 per person
• Learn how to capture the culture, history, and landscape of Morocco on camera.
• Explore the famous blue city of Chefchaouen
• Hike to the topaz pools of the cascading Akchour waterfall
• Visit the city of Fez, a UNESCO world heritage site
• Overnight in the Sahara desert on a camel safari
• Sleep in rooms carved into soaring rock walls
Itinerary | 10 DAYS:
Day 1 : We will start our journey in the famous blue city of Chefchaouen, known for its turquoise buildings, topaz walls, and rich navy cobblestone streets. We will take the time to adjust to the time change in the hotel by having an introduction lesson to Morocco and an intro to the photography skills we’ll be learning throughout the trip. As we immerse ourselves in the city and become acquainted with one of the most visually unique cities in all of North Africa, we’ll learn to photograph the daily life of this bustling town, followed by spending the afternoon soaking in a traditional Turkish bath that has been used by locals for hundreds of years. We’ll have dinner watching the sunset from a viewpoint overlooking the rolling blue city, then come back to our hotel for photo critiques and lessons. Accommodation: Riad Baraka (or similar)
Day 2: This morning, we’ll get our blood flowing with an early hike to the topaz pools and spectacular red rocks that cradle the cascading Akchour waterfall, where we’ll spend the afternoon, diving into the crystalline water, and sipping mint tea at local shops that dot the trail, and learning to photograph outdoor structures. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Chefchaouen for more exploration of the medina. Accommodation: Riad Baraka (or similar)
Day 3: From Chefchaouen we’ll to head to Fez, a Unesco World Heritage site, and also the largest city in the world that doesn’t permit cars. Because of this, Fez’s streets are famously narrow and warped, creating dusky markets that feel untouched by the passing centuries, which produce brilliant opportunities to put our photography skills to use. At night we will spend the evening having photo discussion and critique. Accommodation: Dar Lalla Kenza (or similar)
Day 4: Today we’ll have the opportunity to photograph the colorful and complex tanneries of Fez, capturing the centuries-old practices that are still used today. We’ll photograph the honey souqs, carpet weavers, bustling markets, and maze-like passageways of this imperial city. Accommodation: Dar Lalla Kenza (or similar)
Day 5: An trip will take us from Fez and to Marrakesh, a mecca for smoky night markets, winding cobblestone streets, rooftop cafes, and vibrant storefronts selling anything from Berber carpets to exotic animals. After checking into our hotel, we’ll spend the afternoon getting to know the city, and once night settles we will set out to visit Marrakech’s iconic thousand-year-old night market, Jemaa el Fna. As it grows darker, the market comes alive, as it glows with its illuminated food stalls, snake charmers, street performers, musicians, and overwhelming eccentricity. A photographer’s dream! Accommodation: Hostel Waka Waka (or similar)
Day 6: It’s time to say goodbye to city life and head to the Sahara Desert! From Marrakesh our private bus will take us to the ancient kasbah, Aït Ben Haddou. This location may be familiar to many students, as it’s often featured in Hollywood films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and Son of God. Here we’ll have the opportunity to explore and photography this fascinating ancient settlement, and will have the option to sleep in cozy rooms carved into the soaring rock walls, or rooftop underneath a spectacular array of stars. Accommodation: Riad Maktoub (or similar)
Day 7: After spending the morning photographing golden hour, we’ll take a short journey into the high Atlas Mountains to the Tighza Valley, where we’ll be met by Homestay Morocco and spend the afternoon and night in a homestay immersion. We will learn to cook a traditional Berber meal, befriend the local villagers, have a lesson on Berber culture, and get a full-access opportunity to photograph the daily lives of this remote and unique community. Accommodation: Homestay Morocco (or similar)
Day 8: As we say goodbye to our host families, we’ll head towards the picturesque Sahara that’s captivated our imaginations. At a small town on the edge of the desert, we’ll board camels and embark on a journey deep into the epic dunes of the Sahara. The journey will take us approximately an hour until we arrive at a Bedouin campsite where we’ll be spending the night sleeping under the stars. We’ll partake in a traditional dance and welcome dinner, play the drums, sip mint tea, and have a nighttime star photography lesson. Accommodation: Bedouin camp (or similar)
Day 9: Long before the sun rises above the dunes, we’ll set our alarms in order to wake up and climb a dune just beyond the camp in order to see the sunrise from a high vantage point, as the desert is flooded with color and glorious golden light. After we’ve had our fun playing in the sands and filling our memory cards, we’ll board our camels once again to head back to the town on the outskirts of the desert. We will spend the late afternoon traveling through the beautiful Tizi'n Tiki Pass on our way back to Marrakech. Students will wrap up their adventure by putting together their final portfolio, showcasing 7-10 of their best images to present to the group during our traditional goodbye dinner. Accommodation: Hostel Waka Waka (or similar)
Day 10: After an early breakfast we will depart for the Marrakesh airport to catch our flights back to our homes.
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
Private dates upon inquiry.
All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
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