The following Itinerary is for the Group Moroccan Photo Tour.
Moroccan Photo Tour Itinerary
01.Apr.17 – Arrive (Fès) Fès-Saiss Airport
Greet and transfer to the richly traditional comfort of a riad (family-run guest house) situated in the heart of Medina Fès. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by your host and workshop facilitators, David Bathgate and Joanna Maclennan and introduced to fellow workshop photographers. Once settled in, we’ll all go (cameras in hand, of course) for a locally-guided orientation walk about the maze of medina alleyways, noting helpful landmarks along the way. This evening you’ll be treated to a Welcome Dinner introducing you to wonderful tastes and aromas of the Moroccan kitchen, after which we’ll review our itinerary for the photographic journey ahead. Overnight in Riad with dinner and breakfast included
Fès el-Bali (Old Fès) will be our base for this photo adventure – the largest living medieval city of the Arab world, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Without a doubt the symbolic heart of Morocco, Fès is also the country’s spiritual and intellectual center. Located at an historic crossroads with access to both Rif and Atlas mountains, it was the city of the great imperial Moroccan dynasties.
02.Apr.17 – Exploration and Photography in Medina Fès
Today we’ll continue our guided exploration of the magnificent Imperial City of Fès. We’ll have a local guide accompany us as we wander though its labyrinth-like array of more than 9000 streets and alleys, a good 40 percent of which lead to dead ends. Ancient mosques, museums teeming with Fazi history and colourful souks stocked with everything from fruits and vegetables to local handicrafts, will be among our many photo stops. We’ll return to the riad for lunch, followed by a brief photography presentation / question-answer session and then back out to capture mid-afternoon, sunset and early evening images. Overnight in Riad with breakfast and lunch included
03.Apr.17 – Day Trip to Meknes
Following breakfast this morning we’ll board a private minbus for the 70-kilometer drive to Meknes, an 11th century imperial city, to the west of Fès. Named after a Berber tribe, Meknèsis was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727). Today, the city is today the kingdom’s sixth largest. And there’s plenty to visually stimulate here – wonderfully carved gates, a triple-wall defense system which has stood for centuries, some of Morocco’s most stunning architecture, bustling souks and traditional craftsmen, tucked away at work, down seemingly non-descript alleyways. Overnight in Riad with breakfast and lunch included
04.Apr.17 – Day trip to Azrou Market
Following an early breakfast, we’ll board a private minibus for the hour-long trip south to the town of Azrou. Situated at nearly 3,940 feet (1,200 meters) in elevation and enclosed by cedar and pine forests, this important Berber market center sits at the crossroads of two major routes – north to Meknes and Fès, south to Khenifra and Midelt. The weekly souk draws thousands of people selling and buying vegetables, carpets, sheep, goats and cattle. Off the tourist trail, Azrou rewards with stunning photo opportunities no matter where you turn. Arriving early afternoon in Fès, there will be plenty of time to relax while editing images in comfort of around the riad’s courtyard fountain. Overnight in Riad with breakfast and packed lunch included
05.Apr.17 – Drive to Chefchaouen
Following an early breakfast, we’ll board a private van for the scenic 2 1/2- to 3-hour drive to Chefchaouen. Tucked away in Africa’s northernmost Rif mountain range, “Chaouen,”(sha-wen) as it’s locally known, is one of the most beautiful towns in Morocco. It’s an artsy, blue-washed mountain village that feels like a world unto itself. The old medina here is a rich blend of Moroccan and Andalucian influence, with red-tiled roofs, bright-blue buildings and narrow lanes converging on busy Plaza Uta el-Hammam and its restored fortress, or kasbah. With its rich cultural tapestry of Berber tribespeople, Muslims, Jews and descendants of 15th century Moorish exiles from Spain, Chefchaouen is a most pleasant blend of ease and traditional authenticity and one you’ll enjoy exploring again and again, with your camera. Overnight in Riad with dinner and breakfast included
06.Apr.17 – Chefchaouen / Afternoon Return to Fès
Following a riad breakfast, there will be time to venture out once more in the crisp morning light to capture some of those town images you missed the days before – and do some shopping, if that too is on your agend. We can even hike a short and easy distance above town to gain a panoramic perspective and capture some photos images of Chaouen in its picturesque hilly surroundings. Then in the early afternoon we’ll begin our descent via private minibus, down the mountain and back to base in Fès, stopping whenever we want for photos along the way. Overnight in Riad with dinner and breakfast included
07.Apr.17 – Presentation of Workshop Photos / Free Time For Shopping and Additional Photography in Fès
Following breakfast we’ll take time to look through the wonderful photos captured by workshop participants, lending constructive commentary on technique, composition and editing. The remainder of the morning and entirety of the afternoon is yours for the choosing – last minute shopping and / or additional photo ventures. Your instructors, of course, will be on hand to assist if you need it. On this last evening, we’ll choose a special dinner location in Fès at which to celebrate the end of a very special photo holiday together. Overnight in Riad with breakfast included
08.Apr.17 – End of Workshop and Departure
Enjoy a final wonderful riad breakfast before airport transfers and departures or other onward travel plans.