Morocco is a fascinating and colourful country, with some tremendous scenery and a number of ancient and evocative sites. We have run the Impressions of Morocco trip a number of times, but are always working out new variations.
This itinerary combines the best of the shorter and longer trips that we have run in the past. This means that we as well as Essaouria, Marrakech and the stunning kasbah of Ait Benhaddhou, we get to spend a night in the soaring dunes of the Sahara Desert, and explore the atmospheric gorges of Dades and Todra. We also visit the remote walled town of Taroudant, before passing through Agadir, and driving the coastal road to Essaouria. This means that we can offer a countless photo opportunities, including landcapes, portraits, culture, historic sites, interiors, wildlife, star trails and night photography.
As with all of our trips, this photographic adventure will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.
Start:12 April 2015
End: 23 April 2015
Price: From £1450 pp
excl. flights, based on
Min 8, max 12 people
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Approx other currencies*:
€ 1825 • US$ 2400
AU$ 2600 • NZ$ 2880
* for information only. Tour price payable in Sterling
Optional single supplement: £ 320
Estimated current flight cost from London £ 260
If you have a 5% Intrepid feedback discount it can be used against this trip
Our adventure officially starts in the desert town of Ouarzazate. but the official group flight is the Easyjet flight to Marrakech from London Gatwick, which arrives on the morning of the 12 April. We will be met from the airport, and transferred to Ouarzazate by private bus. The cost for this has been built into the airfare if bought from Intrepid (which is currently a shade under £260 including booking fee, transfer and baggage costs). If buying separately transfer cost will be £15.
After a quick look around Ouarzazate, we will drive to the most atmospheric set of sand dunes at Erg Chebbi. A part of the Sahara Desert, we will have the chance to ride camels into the desert ready to stay t our desert camp for the night. This will give us the chance to watch the sunset, eat a tasty meal and then even photograph star trails in the desert.
The next morning is a perfect opportunity to climb a nearby sand dune to watch the sunrise, and then head back to a nearby hotel for breakfast. From the desert, we drive to Dades Gorge, where we will be able to relax at a comfortable hotel for a couple of nights.
The next day we will enjoy a 4WD safari through Dades Gorge, and along the back route to nearby Todra Gorge. There should be the chance to visit some local nomads on the way, and when we get to Todra we can enjoy a local lunch and a walk in the town's Palmerie.
From Dades, we drive back to Ouazazate where we will have lunch and might have time to visit the Atlas Film Studios. This depends on time, and also on the shooting schedule: if there is filming going on here, then the studios may be closed.
The whole area has been used for a number of films, including Gladiator and Jewel of the Nile. We overnight at the ancient kasbah of Ait Benhaddhou nearby, whet we get to meet an old friend of Intrepid Travel: Action. A local who has been in many films, he runs a guesthouse opposite the site. This means that we can enjoy the sunset, sunrise and also shoot star trails from the roof!
Next we head on an atmospheric drive to the walled town of Taroudant where we will stay in a centrally located riad and have the chance to soak up the atmosphere in the town's main square.
Agadir is nearby, and we will enjoy a quick visit on our way along the coastal road to the town of Essaouria. A relaxed and beautiful place, Essaouria has a thriving fishing harbour packed with traditional blue fishing boats. This is a great place to eat local seafood and relax for a couple of days before we end up in the incomparable town of Marrakech.
One of my most favourite cities in the world, Marrakech is lively and exotic. The souks are packed with spices and souvenirs an the main Jemaa el-Fnaa is one of the most entrancing and exciting in the world. Dancers and fortune tellers vie for your attention with snake charmers and acrobats. The place is buzzing, especially in the afternoons and evenings, where local foodstalls fill the air with smoke and enticing smells. Staying for three nights in a centrally located riad, we will have plenty of time to explore, and you can always extend your visit
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The photo tour you are looking for is currently not scheduled. Steve Davey is a professional photographer and writer and so only leads three or four tours a year to balance with his professional and family life. You can see some images from the last time that this tour ran below. At the moment we have three tours available, but are busy working on more itineraries:
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