Photography Workshop & Journey from the Imperial Cities to the Sahara
• Photography workshops & one-on-one guidance by travel photography veteran and photo instructor David Wells.
• Three nights in Fes, the largest and most intact medieval city in the Arab world, at the lovely Algila Fes boutique hotel.
• Three nights in storied Marrakech, meeting point of caravans for centuries, at the Riad Al Rimal boutique riad.
• Five-day journey through the stunning Atlas Mountains to the sublime Sahara Desert.
• Open Sky senior Tour Leader & photographer Temu Nana as your personal host.
• Spend a night at a private luxury camp in the dunes of the Sahara.
• Tour the UNESCO-protected 11th century Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
• Take in a beautiful & varied landscape: golden dunes, snow-capped mountains, imposing gorges & fortified ksars.
• Experience Marrakech’s magical Djemma el Fna at dusk, when the square comes alive.
• Travel with our top-rated English-speaking Moroccan guide, Moulay Hassan.
• Enjoy exquisite Moroccan fine dining.
• Relax with logistically-seamless, hassle-free travel, with tipping included & much more
October 25 ’19 Depart Home (or one day earlier for optional 1-night extension to Casablanca)
October 26 Arrive Fes & meet the group over cocktails.
October 27 Photography workshop in the morning.
Guided tour of Fes’ fascinating medieval medina throughout rest of the day. Navigate & photograph the maze!
October 28 Morning visit in “new Fes” (dating from 14th cent.) followed by lunch and photo shoot with a family.
Photography workshop in the afternoon; night photography practice.
October 29 Spend the day on a beautiful journey southwards through a remarkable diversity of landscapes:
Visit Swiss-like Ifrane; have lunch in Midelt; descend into the Ziz Valley; arrive Erfoud, gateway to the Sahara.
October 30 Continue by 4x4s into the Sahara Desert south of Erfoud: Visit with nomads, enjoy private lunch at an oasis.
A breathtaking late afternoon awaits: sunset camel ride, dinner and overnight in private desert camp.
October 31 Sunrise in the dunes; continue exploring the Desert in the morning, then head westward:
Walk in the striking Todra Gorge in the afternoon, and continue into the beautiful Dades Valley.
November 1 Leisure time in the morning to review photos and relax.
Lunch at a Berber home in the Skoura Oasis; tour the imposing 11th century Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
November 2 Cross the beautiful High Atlas Mountains en route to Marrakech.
Late afternoon walk in Marrakech to magical Djemma el Fna Square at dusk.
November 3 Guided tour through Marrakech’s ancient medina throughout the day. In addition to souks and artisan areas:
Visit the Ben Youssef Medersa; Visit the Photography Museum, hosted by theDirector. Explore Djemma el Fna again.
November 4 Morning visit to historic Marrakech monuments (Bahia Palace, Badia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque).
Afternoon options for leisure time back in Marrakech; final photo show & Farewell Dinner.
November 5 Return Home
$5,795 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $685
•6 nights in Morocco’s most impressive Imperial Cities: 3 nights at Algila Fes in the heart of Fes’ ancient medieval medina, and 3 nights at Dar Silsila, nestled excellently in Marrakech’s ancient medina.
•5-day expedition into the Sahara Desert & through the Atlas Mountains, with one night at the Kasbah Hotel Chergui in Erfoud, one night in a private luxury desert camp in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, one night at the Xaluca Dades Hotel in the Dades Valley, and one night at Ksar Ighnda by Ait Ben Haddou.
•Photography workshops by internationally-acclaimed photographer & photo instructor David Wells, who will also accompany all of our excursions including the five-day trip into the desert, providing hands-on individual guidance throughout.
•Complete program of tours and excursions as described in the itinerary.
•Open Sky Expeditions Senior Tour Leader and Photographer Temu Nana as your personal host throughout.
•A top English-speaking Moroccan guide for all of our excursions and the desert expedition.
•All meals as noted in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
•Gratuities to all guides, drivers, and wait staff for group meals.
•A detailed Destination & Travel Information Packet—including a recommended reading list—to assist with planning prior to departure.
•A complimentary travel wallet and personalized travel notebook with your final documents.
•Tourist entry visas, reciprocity fees, passport fees, and photos if required.
•Medical, accident, baggage or cancellation insurance.
•Personal items and other expenses not specifically mentioned as included.
*This rate is based on current inclusions & will apply only with a minimum of 10 travelers on the program. A small group supplement of $75 will be added for every traveler under 10 travelers, with a minimum of 6 travelers (i.e. 9 travelers, +$75, 8 travelers, $150, etc.). The program is limited to 12 participants.
David H. Wells is a freelance documentary photographer and photo-educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. He specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. He has received two Fulbright fellowships, a grant from Nikon/N.P.P.A. and a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has been in over fifty exhibitions and he has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and at the Maine Media Workshops. In 2011 he was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.” He has exhaustive experience leading photography tours, including our last 4 years in Morocco to great success.