Morocco Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.
King Hassan II (1929-1999) once described Morocco as a country whose roots lie in Africa but whose leaves breathe in European air. Morocco’s rich history, multicultural population and varied geography make it a fascinating country. It’s villages and cities offer a striking contrast of ancient kasbahs, mosques and souks and modern architecture, with a mix of Berber, Arab and African peoples. The Atlas mountains run like a spine from southwest to northwest, separating the cities from the desert. Its architecture spans from the Almoravid, Almohad, Merinid and Saadian civilizations (11th -17th centuries), to the Alaouites (17th century to present day). The cities of Fez, Rabat and Marrakech and High Atlas offer photographers a variety of culture, color, architecture and nature. And the Medina’s in Fez and Marrakech are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Our 9-Day Morocco Photo Adventure will take you to the ancient cities of Fez and Marrakech, Chefchaouen (better known as the Blue Pearl or Blue City, the Roman ruins of Volubilis, and along the coast to the 16th century fortified Portuguese colonies of El Jadida, Safi and Essaouria. Each of these cities enjoy ancient medina’s with strong Portuguese and French influences. Although Fez and Marrakech are well known around the world, you will find these coastal cities more authentic and perhaps even more photographic their inland counterparts. We end in Marrakech, a city filled with excitement, entertainment, history, color, culture and so much more.
Our 6-Day Sahara Photo Adventure takes in so more than just the Sahara Desert. Whether you are continuing on from our amazing 9-day Morocco Adventure or coming just for the Desert Photo Adventure, you are sure to enjoy this magical carpet ride. We depart Marrakech and cross the famous Tizi n Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains. Here everything changes and a very different Morocco emerges. From the barren desert to the stunning red rock mountains outlined by lush green river beds, the contrast is spectacular and all that is needed for breathtaking landscapes. We’ll explore casbahs and stunning villages along the way before we arrive at our luxury tent camp. Here you will experience the authentic remote lifestyles of the indigenous Berber tribespeople. Be prepared for many amazing photo opportunities.
This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.
In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the exotic nature of Morocco.
MOROCCO 9 DAYS
Our 9-day Morocco Photo Adventure will take you to the ancient cities of Fez and Marrakech, Chefchaouen (better known as the Blue Pearl or Blue City, the Roman ruins of Volubilis, and along the coast to the 16th century fortified former Portuguese colonies of Al Jadida, Safi and Essaouria. Each of these cities enjoy ancient medina’s with strong Portuguese and French influences. Although Fez and Marrakech are known around the world, you will find these coastal cities more authentic and perhaps even more photographic their inland counterparts. We end in Marrakech, a city filled with excitement, entertainment, color, culture and so much more. (Note: Add our 6-Day Sahara Luxury Tent Desert extension for a once in a lifetime experience)
Day 1 | Fes
We meet in the morning at our hotel in Fez. Over our first Moroccan mint tea we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” and our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique, as well as an informal discussion on what the guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. We will explore the magnificent Imperial City of Fez, one of the largest medieval settlements of the world. We will have a local guide accompany us as we wander though its labyrinth-like Medina. Getting lost in its more than 9000 streets and alleys is part of the fun, and will give us the chance to experience this amazing open air museum. In the evening we will enjoy our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Moroccan restaurants. (D)
Day 2 | Fes – Chefchaouen (the Blue City)
On day two we depart early for a day trip to Chefchaouen (better known as the Blue Pearl or the Blue City). Chefchaouen, or Chaouen for short, is known for its electric blue rinse that covers not just it’s houses, but it’s mosques and many of the buildings in the city. The custom dates back to the 15th century, when Jewish refugees fleeing the Spanish Inquisition settled here. They brought with them their tradition of painting things blue to mirror the sky and remind them of god. We will spend the day exploring this magnificent city perched high in the Rif Mountains. The photographic opportunities are endless. In the late afternoon we will return to Fes. (B)
Day 3 | Fes – Volubilis – Mulay Idris
On day three after an early breakfast we will head out of Fes to the Ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis where we will spend the morning visiting the best preserved roman archeological site in Morocco. Extensive remains of its fine buildings survive surrounded by a fertile agricultural area covering over 40 ha. Our second stop will be at the sacred town of Mulay Idris, one of the most important pilgrimage centers of Morocco. Here we will have lunch. After we will head back to Fes where we will photograph its street life, various colorful souks and squares, the beautiful stucco and wood carvings of the 14th century Bou Inania Madrasa and the mosaics that cover the Nejjarine Fountain among other interesting places, without forgetting a visit to the Chouwara Tanneries. What a wonderful day to be a photographer. (B)
Day 4 | Fes – El Jadida
On day four we go wander the empty streets of Fes early in the morning before dawn as the city awakes and comes to life, this will give us the chance to view a different side of the city and make for some great photographic opportunities. After breakfast we checkout and bid Fes a farewell. Next we’ll drive to our Riad in El Jadida, a small city on the Atlantic Coast. Here we will visit the 16th century fortified Portuguese colony, an outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures, well reflected in architecture, technology, and town planning. The surviving Portuguese buildings include the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, built in the Manueline style of late Gothic architecture. In the evening we will walk the ancient city walls and visit the fishing boats in the port. (B)
Day 5 | El Jadida – Safi – Essaouira
After breakfast we checkout and drive south to the city of Safi. We’ll enjoy lunch in Safi, where we will have the chance to see the impressive and intact walls that surround the medina with a strong Portuguese and French influence, and catch a glimpse of the enchanting and incomplete Cathedrale Portugaise, the Portuguese Cathedral. Safi is a favorite of ours and you will see why when you arrive. After we will take a drive along the coast on our way to Essaouria and enjoy and extraordinary landscape and seascape opportunities along the way. Upon our arrival in Essaouria we will venture into its white washed Medina streets, sprinkled with blue doors and windows, and enjoy the richness of its architecture and its decorations, a mixture of a Moroccan and European styles. We will walk to the lively fishing port and stroll along the Portuguese city walls and explore the technical difficulties of low light photography as we photograph a beautiful Atlantic sunset. (B)
Day 6 | Essaouira
On day six we take a break from traveling and enjoy this beautiful seaside city. We will have the opportunity to spend time photographing horses on the beach, or just relaxing and enjoying the surf. Visit the abandoned prison on the island opposite the city, or roam the streets of the Medina and venture high up on the massive seawall built to protect this seaside gem. Luckily we get a second shot at shooting the sunset. (B)
Day 7 | Essaouira – Marrakech
For those who feel like getting up early, we will have a morning stroll through the port as the fishing boats head out to sea. After breakfast we will drive to Marrakech and enjoy lunch at our Riad. Afterwards we will freshen up and begin exploring this exotic city. In the evening we head to the lively Jemaa el-Fna square, where we will have dinner at one of the terraced restaurants overlooking the square and spend the evening applying our skills to the many photographic opportunities under low light conditions. (B)
Day 8 | Marrakech
On our second day in Marrakech we will circle the Koutubia Mosque, wander through the Medina, a maze of narrow alleys and souks lined with market stalls and craftspeople, where we can spend our dihrams and capture the colorful chaos. We will step into magnificent sultans palaces, tiled courtyards and ancient mosaic covered graves. You will find endless photographic opportunities around every bend because after all Marrakech is a photographic paradise and a delight to the senses. In the evening we will prepare for our wonderful “Farewell Dinner”, with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)
Day 9 | Marrakech
After a morning of photography we conduct our final group discussion, review our photos, trade contact information, and check out and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in Marrakech and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. If you are flying out of Casablanca, a taxi can be arranged to take you to the airport (approx. 2.5 hours drive). (B)
May all who come as guests… leave as friends®
Experience | Difficulty
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
Travel by train, car or minibus
Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
(non-photographers also welcome)
Travel, landscape, architecture, and people photography
Professional photographer | guide
Photo walks & discussions
Small group size (4-8 guests)
4 or 5 star hotels and riads
Desert accommodations (luxury tent camp)
3 Dinners & 4 lunches (w/desert extension)
Private driver & guide
Fes – Hotel Sahrai, Riad Fes or similar
Essaouira – Villa de l’O, Dar L’Oussia, Hotel Palais des Remparts or similar
El Jadida – Hotel L’Iglesia or similar
Marrakech – Bellamane Ryad & Spa, Al Fassia Aguedal, Riad Abracadabra or similar
Arrival Airport: Casablanca, Morocco (CMN) – Transfer time to hotel in Fes 3hrs
Departure Airport: Marrakesh Menara (RAK) or Casablanca (CMN) – Transfer time 15 min or 2hr 30min
Train from Casablanca to Fez are easy (we will provide you with train information).
Flights from Casablanca to Fez are also available.
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality.
Single Supplement: $1000 (Morocco)
(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room: $350
(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room: $350
Options and Benefits
Private Guided Tours & Adventures
We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine.
We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating.
Street, Landscape and People Photographer
Born in Jerusalem, raised in London and spending most of his time since a teenager traveling around the globe, you could say that living in Barcelona for the last 10 years has been the longest time that you could find Laurie in one spot!
Combining his extensive travels with his photography background, Laurie has been offering photography tours for over 20 years. He enjoys nothing more than using his experience to aid photo enthusiasts in the technical and creative skills needed to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary one – all the while guiding his students to Barcelona’s most photogenic locations.
His first foray in photography started when he was just 13. He documented his adventures when he sailed with his brother, father, and Ruby the family dog, from England to Israel on a 3.5 month sailing trip on their yacht. With a deep connection to the sea, and still a teenager, he set about his first freelance business in Southeast Asia where he offered underwater photographic tours to divers using the Nikonos underwater camera system. Since then, he has been a photo tour guide in some of the most exotic locations found anywhere on the globe.
As well as using professional DSLR’s and lenses, Laurie considers himself a purist and still uses his film cameras on occasion. He tries to convey on his tours that it is not the equipment that makes a great image, but what the photographer is trying to achieve before they even take the lens cap off the camera. A difficult thing to achieve, with so many photographic opportunities in this amazing city.