MOROCCO - MARRAKECH AND THE HIGH ATLAS

Come with us to Morocco! Souks, spices and the sea! Trek the High Atlas Mountains and step back in time while you sink deeply into the Berber way of life! 

 

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MarraKech and the high atlas

Explore off the beaten path Morocco on our journey to some of the most spectacular and remote regions of the country. Souks and spices will fill your senses before we take you into the High Atlas mountains for some of the best trekking in Northern Africa. Sit with local Berber families and share experiences over mint tea. Shop for fresh vegetables in the local markets and learn to make delicious Tajine from what you buy! Step back in time, while your photography reaches new heights. It's easy, when you are on top of the world!

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Our featured NGO

PROJECT SOAR - for Moroccan Girls
The goal of Project Soar is simple: to empower Moroccan girls through creativity and inspirational support.  We help keep girls in school, breaking the cycle of girl marriages and girl motherhood. Project Soar has worked with more than 250 Moroccan girls, providing over 1000 hours of after school programming and support in the arts, sports, tutoring, health education, leadership and life skills.

MARCH 18-27 , 2018

Cost – $3700*
Guests – 6-10
Arrival airport – Marrakech

Quick Pack list

Camera equipment, layered clothing, warm outerwear, rain jacket, bathing suit, school supplies for children, small art supplies, extra reading glasses.

Travel level

Comfortable, some strenuous trekking and walking. Accommodations comfortable boutique hotels All have full western bathroom facilities. 

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ITINERARY

Arrival - Marrakech airport

Day 1
Travel Day. Welcome to Marrakech Morocco!
Accommodations: Riad Sapphire

Day 2
Up early to have a dawn walkabout with Nance in the souk, then meet the team. We will be heading out to the Medina, the Jewish Market and afterwards treat you to an authentic local Hammam bath and massage. Say goodbye to several layers of your skin!
Photograph the warm evening magic light in the ancient city before dinner.

Day 3
We head out, after breakfast, to the High Atlas Mountains to meet our old friend, Karim, in the fabled Ourika Valley. We visit with Berber families on the way to our amazing oasis in the mountains.  
Accommodations - Ourika Valley Garden Inn


Day 4
Up at dawn to visit the markets and photograph the busy Berber trading and selling. We take a short hike, to a small village for a portrait class, and to deliver reading glasses to those that need them. Then we head home to prepare our vegetables for our Tajiine cooking class. 

Day 5
Get your hiking boots on and be prepared for stunning vistas, authentic visits with Berber villagers and a real immersion into Moroccan village life. We trek to one of the the oldest village in the High Atlas, Bouizgaren, at 2100 meters, have lunch with locals, then hike down through more villages, and back to our cozy villa for a much deserved swim in the refreshing pool!

Day 6
We say goodbye to the High Atlas and travel to the sea via Had Dra, one of Morocco's most extraordinary markets. Then on to Essaouira, once the port that served Timbuktu! We have cocktails and cooking class at their sister property outside of town.
Accommodations - Villa Maroc

Day 7
We explore Essaouira, the souks, the sea and spices. We photograph craftspeople creating the famous Moroccan mosaics, jewelry and Thuya woodcrafts.
In the afternoon enjoy the beach, swim or have another Hammam! 
 


Day 8
Off to a small village in the foothills near Marrakesh to top off our travels at one of the most inspirational architectural and artistic hotels in Morocco. The Peacock Pavilions is designed and built by blogger and designer, Maryam Montague and her husband, Chris Redecke. They believe in creating magical experiences while giving back to their community. 

Day 9
We head straight to the souk with the Pavilion's chef to buy our fresh produce for our cooking class in the afternoon. And later we visit Project Soar, an amazing NGO dedicated to giving opportunities to Moroccan girls, to give a short photo workshop with the girls.
Final Reception and show of all your work! 


Day 10
Depart to airport for flights home.
Travel safely! We will miss you!

WHAT OUR TRAVELLERS SAID
Nance — you are an engaging, motivating, inspiring teacher. Laurie, you are an organized, sensitive, flexible tour leader. Both of you are great, great fun!   ...Greta

Keep up the good work-your work is changing the world for the better-one photo/one person at a time. You certainly have changed my life forever! Many thanks! ...Dea

 

OUR feature hotel - THE PEACOCK PAVILIONS

*$3700 usd includes photography workshop, cooking classes, accommodation, breakfast, internal travel and occasional group meals