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- Marrakech and its historical sites
- The Medina
- The place Djemaa el’Fna
- The High Atlas Mountains
- Small Berber villages
- The Ksar Ait Ben Haddou
- Draa Valley and Draa River
- Oases and the Sand Dunes of Erg Lihoudi
- Sahara desert – Sunset Camel Ride
- Desert landscapes, oasis and the Chagaga sand dunes
- The market of Rissani, sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and desert life
- Date palm oases, and kasbahs
- Fès and its historical sites and lively medina
- City of Chefchaouen – Kasbah, Medina and street scenes
- The city of Tangier
Salam Alikome! Welcome to Morocco!
Upon arrival at Marrakech Menara Airport, you will be met by a driver and assisted with your bags for a private transfer to your hotel. We’ll be staying in the heart of the city, which makes a great starting place to explore the top historical monuments, museums, and souks. After our introduction we will explore the chaotic yet beautiful city of Marrakech.
The square is alive with storytellers, snake charmers, tooth-drawers and dancers every afternoon.
During sunset we will enjoy a group dinner from the rooftops where you can capture some stunning sunset images.
Your hostess will invite you to discuss your desires for the week ahead and help you with any photography tips and tricks, weather it’s using your phone or your favourite camera.
Hotel Marrakech | Welcome Dinner
Marakech and its historical sights, The Medina, and the place Djemma elFna
MARRAKECH – EXPLORING THE SOUKS – ARCHITECTURE
Following breakfast, we will embark on a guided tour through the history of Marrakech, a city that dates back to 1070. Marvel at the architectural monuments and landmarks, like the Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs and the Mausoleum of the XVIth century dynasty. We will also visit the Bahia Palace of the 19th century, which is still often inhabited by the Majesty’s guests. Feel inspired by the beauty of the Jardin Majorelle, or as commonly referred to as Yves Saint Laurent gardens after the fashion icon purchased the property in 1980 and opened the nation’s first Berber museum.
Highlights include Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque however our main focus will be the vibrant Medina (old town), with every colour imaginable along with the souks (markets).
In the afternoon you’ll enjoy strolling through the streets with a guided tour of the Souks, Medina, and Djemaa el Fna Square. The Souks of Marrakech are definitely the most lively, vibrant and colorful of all of Africa.
Enjoy dinner at your leisure tonight. Try something different in the stalls of the square or ask your host to recommend a nearby restaurant for some local cuisine.
Hotel Marrakech | Meals: B, L
Marakech and its historical sights, The Medina, and the place Djemma elFna
MARRAKECH – HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS – OUARZAZATE
Just as you start to acclimate to the hectic medina life, we’re off to explore the peace and serenity of the Sahara desert. After breakfast we will set out in 4WD cars out into the desert, where we will pass the Atlas Mountains and the Tizi-n-Tichka. Expect flourishing valleys and authentic Berber Villages, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy panoramic views and capture some wonderful images of the majestic snow tipped mountains.
In the afternoon, we will continue to one of the most impressive and well-preserved kasbahs and UNESCO world heritage site, the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. We will visit this picturesque fortified village, which has been used as a film location in numerous famous films such as Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, Kundun, The Jewel of the Nile, and many more. It is an exciting place to explore and photograph. Tonight we settle into our hotel in Ouarzazate.
We’ll gather together with one of the locals for a turban tying class with your favourite scarf tonight. Have fun as you prepare your coloured fabric for your desert shots.
Hotel Ouarzazate | Meals: B, L, D
The High Atlas Mountains, Small Berber villages, and the Ksar Ait Ben Haddou
OUARZAZATE – CHICAGA DUNES
Today we set off for our first visit to the town in the Draa Valley called Agdez. The Draa River is decorated with huge date palms and which continues right through the valley. For centuries this the Draa Valley served as a link between the Sahara and the North of Morocco for the trading caravan routes that passed by the river. This part of Morocco is still very much accustomed to the countries older traditions and way of life. We’ll stop in the small village of Tagounite before continuing to reach the windswept Chicaga dunes.
We begin our off road adventure. The unmarked track will pass through sand dunes, rocky desert and stony desert. The journey is long and far from civilization. The Chigaga dunes are the largest in Morocco, set in a picturesque sand display that is truly mesmerizing.
You will have the luxury of enjoying a private glamping tent for accommodations. Dinners will be eaten together under the stars, weather permitting.
Luxury Desert Camp | Meals: B, L, D
Draa Valley, Date Palms, Sunset dunes Chicaga, Desert Landscapes
SAHARA DESERT – CAMEL RIDE
Waking early to catch the sunrise peak over the endless hills of sand, expect an illuminated landscape of soft pink and yellow hues. After breakfast, we will set off on camelback to explore the desert. We will ride to a small oasis where we will enjoy a picnic lunch before we ride back to our camp. Tonight’s special camp side dinner will include local entertainment.
Luxury Desert Camp | Meals: B, L, D
CHIGAGA DUNES TO MERZOUGA
Rise early to catch the sunrise; a sunrise that lights up it’s dunes and its vibrant colors as is rises.
This morning we embark on our journey to Merzouga, another spectacular part of the desert. We will go to Zagor and the Draa Valley, famous for its dates. You will see large date palm oases, and fields along the Draa river. After leaving Tansikhtwe will travel through dry desert landscapes, marked with small Berber villages and acacia trees. We will arrive in Rissani, then follow onto Merzouga.
Hotel Merzouga | Meals: B, D
Oases, Erg Chebbi sand dunes and various desert landscapes
MERZOUGA TO FEZ
Today we leave the sandy landscapes en rout to Fes. On the way we will drive to Erfoud which is famous for its fossils and dates. Then onto Midelt via the Ziz Valley with stunning views of the Middle Atlas Mountaints. After our stop we will set through the Mountains via Ifrane before our final stop at Fes. Ifrane is often referred to as “The Moroccan Switzerland”. If we’re lucky we may encounter some Berber monkeys in a forest to photograph. Tonight we will enjoy a group dinner in Fes, which is also called the cultural, intellectual and spiritual capital of Morocco
Hotel Fez | Meals: B, L, D
Desert landscapes, Date palm oases, Middle Atlas Mountains
Today, you will enjoy a day tour of Fès, considered as Athens of Africa. It is famous for its historical monuments, rich heritage and handicraft. You will discover the mysterious Medina called Fès El Bali (UNESCO World heritage site), with its narrow alleyways and lanes with shops, medersas, mosques, and residences. Highlights of the city tour will include: the Borj Sued and Borj Nord, the Bouanania Medersa, the tanneries, and the gates of the Royal Palace. Fès is an interesting place for people who enjoy street photography. Accommodation in a hotel in Fès.
This evening is free for you to enjoy dinner alone in a quiet local restaurant, or team up with one of the friends you’ve made along the way for a vibrant and lively meal with local entertainment. Your guide can recommend some wonderful places close by to the hotel.
Hotel Fez | Meals: B
Photographic highlights: Fès and its historical sites and lively medina
FEZ TO CHEFCHAOUEN
Following breakfast we depart to Chefchaouen “The Blue City”. The journey is a sea of green tree lined mountains. The small but charming mountain-city Chefchaouen is a haven for photographers. The colourful medina, the blue and white painted houses, you’ll want to explore this city for hours and hours.
Hotel Chefchaouen| Meals: B, L
“The blue city” Chefchaouen
Today we will walk through the narrow lanes of the Median and visit the Kasbah of Chefchaouen. You will enjoy photographing blue painted houses, tiny stalls offering handmade goods and plenty of creative colourful shots. A paradise for street photography, we’ll dine tonight in a local restaurant for some truly authentic cuisine.
Hotel Chefchaouen| Meals: B,D
“The blue city” Chefchaouen, Kasbah, medina and street scenes.
CHEFCHAOUEN TO TANGIER
Now for completely different scenery, we head to Tangier. This is the “Gateway to Africa” for land travellers coming from Europe. It is a beach side city with a white hillside medina and a new large town. In the afternoon you will have time to explore the stunning beach and harbour filled with boats and people from all over the world.
Hotel Tangier | Meals: B, Farewell Dinner
City of Tangier, Beach, Harbour
Today is an unguided day and your time to have a free day in Tangier to reflect on the spectacular journey that’s brought you here.
Go back to the souks to purchase your souvenirs and keep sakes or simply take a stroll along the harbour and savour in the aromas of this lively city.
Hotel Tangier | Meals: B
Depart Tangier. Private transport to Tangier airport to take your return flight home.
All foreigners entering Morocco must have a valid passport with a validity that extends the duration of your stay by a minimum of 6 months and has at least one blank page.
Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter the Kingdom of Morocco and may stay up to 90 days:
Algeria - Andorra - Argentina - Australia - Austria - Bahrain - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Chile - China - Republic of Congo - Croatia - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - Guinea (Conakry) - Hong Kong - Hungary - Iceland - Indonesia - Ireland - Italy - Ivory Coast - Japan - Kuwait - Latvia - Liechtenstein - Lithuania - Luxemburg - Mali - Malta - Mexico - Monaco - Netherlands - New Zealand - Niger - Norway - Oman - Peru - Philippines -Poland – Portugal - Puerto Rico - Qatar - Romania - Saudi Arabia - Senegal - Singapore (Singaporean nationals may stay up to one month without visa) - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Korea - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Tunisia - Turkey - United Arab Emirates - United States of America - Venezuela.
If your country is not included in this list, please contact Willow & Blair for your proof of itinerary and hotel bookings. You will also be required to provide proof of financial ability, proof of travel insurance, proof of employment and your round-trip airfare itinerary. This information will be submitted along with this completed application, (http://www.moroccanconsulate.com/Visa_new_form.pdf), a recent color photograph, two copies of your passport, and the visa fee to the Embassy of Morocco nearest you. For a detailed list of instructions, please visit immigrationworld.com/morocco.
Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from countries not listed below must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
You will need to provide flight information at the time of booking to your tour so we can arrange your private transfer to our first meeting point (HOTEL TBA, Marrakech)
Our drivers will be waiting for you with a sign at the designated waiting area of the arrivals terminal, where you will be assisted with your luggage.
Check in is from 2pm. If you want to arrive earlier this is absolutely fine, however please note that you may not be able to check into your room until 2pm. You are more than welcome to leave your bags in the foyer and the hotel staff can provide recommendations whilst you wait. There will be a casual welcome gathering on the first evening from 5pm - 8pm for those who have arrived.
You will need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this trip. The medina is best explored by foot with the majority being inaccessible to vehicles. You can expect a healthy amount of time spent walking each day that we are in Marrakech. All levels and fitness abilities are welcome to the yoga classes
There is no standardized tipping custom in Morocco. However, tipping small service providers such as restaurant and bar waiters, hotel staff, reception, cleaning personnel, bell boys, taxis and van drivers is an appropriate practice that will be greatly appreciated.
It is important to note that the majority of dining establishments servicing tourists will include a 10% upcharge for gratuity.
Morocco is a Muslim country, and it is important that we respect their customs by dressing modestly. We advise against short shorts or skirts and strapless or thin strapped shirts.
Your tour ends in the seaside town of Tangier. We ask for your flight details prior to the trip to secure your private return transfer to Tangier International Airport. Should you be staying on in Tangier or departing for a different location; our staff can assist. Please inquire with us upon booking.
ATMs in Morocco are predominant in principal cities and will generally accept cards on the Mastercard and Visa networks. Please consult with your bank before your trip to ensure your cards will work abroad. Note that when using your credit card there is generally a fee of 5-10% when purchasing products or services.
While larger restaurants and stores will likely accept credit cards, the majority of services and shops will only accept cash.
Carrying large amounts of cash can be a high risk anywhere that you travel. We recommend a combination of cash and cards. Bear in mind ATMs are sometimes inaccessible. US dollars, British Pounds and the Euro are all quite easy to exchange to local currency and some establishments will accept Euros in place of Dirhams. Banks and some hotels will provide an exchange service. Travellers cheques can be difficult to change in Morocco and we do not recommend them
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