After your arrival, you’ll meet with your driver whom will be glad to give you a drive for around 3 hours to the Riff Mountains, where the small town of Chefchaouen situated in the edge of two peaks. Depending on your flight schedule and arrival time, you may have time to enjoy capturing some first photos in the blue city of Chefchaouen.
You’ll wake up today in this charming town, known with its steep narrow streets, paved with stones that have been polished by thousands of feet over the centuries. The homes are painted blue, white, azure blue, indigo, and purple and have blue shutters and elaborately decorated doorways. As you start exploring this magnificent city perched high in the Riff Mountains it will appear that the photographic opportunities are endless.
After breakfast, you’ll start driving towards the old city of Fez, a medieval world treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you walk through the maze of streets in the Medina you’ll be literally walking through 1,300 years of Moroccan heritage. It is a spectacular medina where time seems to have stood still and photographs beckon around every corner. With a local guide you will see veiled women and laughing children, donkeys pulling carts and vendors carrying huge mounds of bread on trays above their heads. It is a maze of intricate laneways where carpet makers, manual loom makers, and merchant palaces are found within. Photograph the intricately carved stucco walls, arches, and cornices. Zoom in on the exquisite mosaics that cover the Nejjarne Fountain and visit the Kairaouine Mosque. Enjoy the souk were merchants sell mounds of colorful spices, carpets, silks and leather goods and visit the legendary tanneries were the city’s renowned leather is made with sweat and knowledge passed down generations.
Your 4th day will focus on nature, small villages, Berber mountain people and fields. You’ll start with an early departure from Fes and drive towards Ifrane, the Switzerland of Morocco, as it is known for its exceptional character. Then you’ll continue towards Azro forest, where we you’ll stop to picture the Barbary Apes, one of the beautiful native Moroccan animals. The road will continue through Midelt and the High Atlas mountains via Tizi n’Tlghemt(1903m). You’ll start noticing that the landscape changes to a more desert, dry landscape. You’ll carry on toward a small road through fields where locals are always working among the amazing colors of the poplar trees, particularly in autumn. Finally you’ll reach Imilchil before sunset in order to take photographs of one of the lakes there such as Tislit (the groom).
Another early adventurous day is awaiting the ones who are interested to picture the sunrise over the lake. After breakfast, you’ll drive down along the river towards the Gorge of Todgha. After lunch we will continue towards Tizi n Tzazert. And then, you will off road among the amazing volcanic mountain of Jbel Saghro. Often, there will be nomads grazing their flocks around. Late in the afternoon, you’ll reach Nkob where you will spend the rest of the night.
Don’t miss a picture from the terrace of your hotel in Nkob, where the palm trees and Kasbahs in the background are breathtaking! Only a half hour drive and you’ll reach the famous valley of Draa, more than 200km of the date palms, remote villages all along. You will see locals working in their fields and notice the black African roots. And then, you’ll follow the valley for an hour to reach Zagoura city, or the capital of dates. Your lunch will be served there or later in Mhamid. Subsequently, you’ll drive off road for 2 hours crossing the stony desert. Eventually, you’ll arrive at the dunes of Chegaga where you can experience a camel ride activity while picturing the sunset over the dunes, and which will the rest of your day more special. You’ll have dinner and spend the night under the tents where the traditional will be a fascinating experience. For those who want to picture the stars, here will be a great opportunity to test your night photography skills.
Optional: Camel Ride
If you’ll wake up early, the sunrise over the Chegaga dunes always offers amazing colors when the first rays of light meet the ground. Your day will start off road over the sandy ground up to the dry lake of IRIKI, where the flat surface and the Anti Atlas Mountain in the background will open your mind for creativity. After arriving to the town of Foumzguid, you’ll take a tea or coffee break, and then you’ll continue towards your lunch place. Subsequently, you’ll reach the oasis of Fint where your hotel stands above a nice view facing a sea of palms.
Here you can enjoy snapping away nice photos inside the palm groves and the river of Fint. You’ll start driving towards Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, classified as a UNESCO world heritage since 1987 and well-known as being the backbone of many Hollywood blockbusters. Afterwards, you’ll continue in the direction of Marrakech via the Famous Tizi n tichka pass (2260m) which offers nice views of the villages and the mountain peaks full of snow during the winter.
The old part of Marrakech is much like it was centuries ago, packed with craftsmen, street vendors and vibrant clashes of color. You will feel an incredible sense of old world magic as you walk through the ancient streets of Marrakech. The city is a photographer’s paradise that is best expressed in person through your lens. You’ll capture the colorful chaos of Djemma el Fna Square, where there are great photographic opportunities around every corner, from snake charmers and magicians to cooks and musicians. And then, you’ll venture through the souks which are an amazing labyrinth of covered markets mixed with tradesmen practicing their ancient skills. Afterwards, you’ll get the opportunity to visit Ben Youssef Madrasa, a beautiful example of the traditional Moroccan architecture where the tile mosaics and intricate carvings are fascinating.
After breakfast, you’ll hit the road to mesmerizing whitewashed fishing village of Essaouira. It is a beautiful mix of French and Moroccan influences with a distinct atmosphere of Moroccan spices, tiny streets, colors, art, and music. You will find plenty of chances to exercise your camera shutter and then relax for a hearty lunch of fish.
After breakfast, according to your flight departure schedule, you’ll slightly prepare your luggage full of joyful memories and head to Mohamed V airport.