Photo by: David Tejada
Location: Morocco
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Morocco Photo Tour

  • Jemaa el Fna Square and the ancient city and souk of Marrakech
  • The striking Kasbah of Telouet
  • An evening in the Sahara with a traditional camel ride
  • The heart of Morocco, medina of Fes el-Bali
  • Rif Mountains and the blue washed town of Chefchaouen
  • Unique visits with our expert Moroccan guide
  • Coastal Town of Essaouira Extension, with quaint whitewashed buildings, fishing boats, and sunset silhouette of Portuguese Fort
Region

Africa

Destination

Morocco

Dates

November 2-13, 2020

Duration

11 days

Available Post-Trip Extension

Essaouira

$3895

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $300 if 4-7 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $695.

Tour Overview

This photo tour itinerary encompasses Marrakech, Fes, Northern Morocco in the blue washed town of Chefchaouen, and also spends an evening in the Sahara, giving participants an opportunity to capture the pink and purple hued sunset over the dunes. You can also extend your stay, and photograph in the lovely coastal town of Essaouira. In Marrakech visit the famous Djemaa el-Fna Square, perhaps the greatest open-air spectacle in the world.  Traveling back in time, you will see snake charmers, musicians,...

This photo tour itinerary encompasses Marrakech, Fes, Northern Morocco in the blue washed town of Chefchaouen, and also spends an evening in the Sahara, giving participants an opportunity to capture the pink and purple hued sunset over the dunes. You can also extend your stay, and photograph in the lovely coastal town of Essaouira. In Marrakech visit the famous Djemaa el-Fna Square, perhaps the greatest open-air spectacle in the world.  Traveling back in time, you will see snake charmers, musicians, magicians, acrobats, and dancers. Fes is an ancient city, with its spectacular medina – where time seems to have stood still and photographs beckon around every corner. You will see veiled women and laughing children, donkeys pulling carts, and vendors carrying huge mounds of bread on trays above their heads.  Combining the history and natural beauty of this rich and fascinating country with first-person encounters, visit native villages, ancient medinas, and craftsmen’s workshops, sharing experiences and sipping mint tea: symbolic of the warm, sincere Moroccan generosity. Hotels are comfortable, as is the private, air-conditioned coach for land transportation. An expert local Moroccan guide will add his unique touch to this extraordinary trip, sharing his insights into and his love of this exotic land.

Photo Leader

David Tejada

Hi Jacque, Just to let you know I thoroughly enjoyed the trip with Ron in Morocco. Thank you so much for a great organization and a wonderful experience!

— B. Van Damme

My wife and I have travelled more than half a dozen countries with David over the past many years. He has that infectious enthusiasm that excites you in shooting landscapes and people. He has a way of engaging the locals to pose for a shot. His mastery of controlling ambient and artificial light is practical and easily learned. Traveling with David is like photographing the world with a friend. We look forward to traveling with him again.

— Manny B.

I’ve been on 21 photo treks with 13 professional photographers and David Tejada is at the top of my lists of favorites! Besides being a phenomenal photographer, he is also a fabulous teacher of all things photography (set-up, lighting, post processing). It has been my observation that no other mentor has spent more time with trekkers then David! I can’t remember one instance, in the six treks I’ve made with David, that he didn’t put the trekkers needs first! Anyone who has traveled with David would look forward to traveling with him again! That includes me!

— Bill R.

I’ve taken part in two trips David has lead, Vietnam will always stand out to me. I will always remember the impromptu portrait session David set up on the top of a beautiful mountain in SaPa Vietnam.   After a two mile hike David stopped and surprised everyone with something he had been hiding in his backpack.  It was a portable soft box, stand and speed light!  It was just what we needed as we took turns photographing portraits of willing volunteers from the Red Dao ethnic tribe.  We had a breathtaking view and jaw-dropping photos to remember it all by.  It was an invaluable learning experience made possible by the foresight, creativity, and experience of David.

— Ed S.

I experienced my first photography tour with David Tejada. A group spent 2 weeks traveling across Spain and Portugal. David was amazing! His knowledge and enthusiasm was so valuable as a mentor. He never stopped helping, teaching, explaining and sharing his knowledge. I learned more in those 2 weeks with David than I learned over the last 5 years. I was definitely the least technical in the group and he made me feel so confident. I find myself looking for tours he is guiding so I can Participate in his love for travel, knowledge of photography and encouragement as a mentor.

— Jamie B.

I’ve had the privilege of working with David on several photo tours as a trip leader through the Mentor Series workshops which ceased operations in 2017. David has dual talents, being both an accomplished pro photographer and an outstanding instructor. He has the ability to clearly communicate to someone new to photography the basics of shooting and also work in tandem with more seasoned photographers to help refine their skills. He has an easy going personality – anyone passionate about photography would be fortunate to hang with David.

— Donnie S.

I’ve been on 21 photo treks with 13 professional photographers and David Tejada is at the top of my lists of favorites! Besides being a phenomenal photographer, he is also a fabulous teacher of all things photography (set-up, lighting, post processing). It has been my observation that no other mentor has spent more time with trekkers then David! I can’t remember one instance, in the six treks I’ve made with David, that he didn’t put the trekkers needs first! Anyone who has traveled with David would look forward to traveling with him again! That includes me!

— Bill R.

Tour Itinerary

November 2: Home

You will depart on an overnight flight from the U.S. to Casablanca, Morocco. Your arrival tomorrow (November 3), should be by 11AM, in order to take part in the planned events. PLEASE NOTE: Your international airfare will be booked multi-city, Home/CMN and RAK/Home.

November 3: Arrive Casablanca

You will be transferred from the airport to the hotel upon arrival. Those that arrive in time will have an interior tour at 2PM inside the King Hassan II Mosque. Followed by our first photography session outside the King Hassan II Mosque, in later afternoon, evening light. Enjoy your welcome dinner after the photo shoot.

North of the medina and rising up on a point above the Atlantic Ocean, the mosque is the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca. King Hassan II Mosque, building cost estimated at $750 million, is entirely funded by citizen donations. It was completed in 1993, after 6000 Moroccan craftsmen worked on it day and night for five years. The 200m high minaret of this vast new mosque floats above the skyline of Casablanca, the sun glancing off its façade of pale marble and glazed tile and from the three gilded balls at its summit. The tower is offset from the enormous rectangular twenty-two-acre prayer hall; three times the size of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy your welcome dinner after the photo shoot. Overnight Casablanca. (D)  

November 4-5: Chefchaouen

From Casablanca, arrive late this afternoon in the Rif region of Northern Morocco and the town of Chefchaouen (shef-shau-en), built into the mountainside. The town was founded in 1492 by Moorish exiles from Spain, often called Chaouen by Moroccans. Chefchaouen was known as the hashish capital of Morocco and has been a favorite haunt of backpackers for years. Hash has been grown since the fifteenth century, and is called Kif, the short version of the Arabic word for pleasure. Chaouen offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The local goat cheese is also popular. Pack mules are still led throughout the streets carrying many of the handcrafted goods and supplies as they have for centuries. The eager merchants are more than willing to discuss their merchandise and engage in the time-honored art of negotiation. The open-air market is one of the oldest and most charming, with steep narrow streets, paved with stones that have been polished by countless feet over the centuries.  The homes are painted white, azure blue, indigo, and purple and have blue shutters and elaborately decorated doorways. Notice the small squares, ornate fountains and ochre tile. Overnight Chefchaouen. (B, D; B)

November 6-8: Fes

After sunrise photography in the mountains, have breakfast and return south to Fes. Your escorts will take into account the interests of the group and stop for photographic opportunities they feel appropriate and timely. Fes, arguably the symbolic heart of Morocco, as all the great dynasties have left their mark on the city; it has, however, retained its Arab identity. The medina, Fes el-Bali, is one of the largest living medieval cities in the world. Its narrow, winding alleys and covered bazaars are intricate in their design and are awash with brilliant colors – a veritable assault on the senses as you squeeze past recalcitrant donkeys and submit to the sounds and smells of this jostling city. The dye makers, hills of spices, tannery vats, and palaces of merchants will beckon us. During a visit to a tannery you can watch the tanners as they work in the varied colors of this land. Overnight Fes. (B, L, D; B, L; B)  

November 9: Erfoud - Merzouga

Today your destination is the Sahara where you will capture the sunset and sunrise over the dunes.  After enjoying lunch en-route, you will continue to Erfoud, an oasis region at the edge of the Sahara. If the weather cooperates this afternoon enjoy your camel ride for sunset photography or enjoy the next morning for sunrise. Camels will carry us to the Erg Chebbi, Morocco’s only genuine Saharan Erg – a huge, drifting expanse of sand dunes that typify much of the Algerian Sahara. The dunes themselves are fascinating, especially as the sun reaches the horizon and the colors change from pink to gold to red. This will be your most extraordinary and unforgettable desert experience. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit in your overnight bag. Overnight Sahara. (Accommodations are in typical Berber tents with mattress and blankets, next to the lodge with bathroom. Comfortable rooms may be available in the lodge, though these cannot be guaranteed – nor can a single room). B, L, D) 

November 10-11: Skoura

Traveling today you may see Berbers tending their camels or sheep, women swathed in dark haik, embroidered with vivid colors, or children playing soccer in a stony desert field. Given time you will visit in Tinerhir, taking a drive through the Todra Gorge. Continue on to your base for the next two evenings in Skoura.

Turning off the main road drive through a portion of the stunning Dades Gorge, filled with unusual red rock formations and fascinating villages and Kasbahs. A drive along the “Valley of the Thousand Kasbahs” will take us through stony desert landscapes with many villages and Kasbahs (fortified homes). Your renovated kasbah hotel provides an ideal location for private photography in the early morning and late afternoon. Spend the next day in and around this beautiful area. Overnight  Skoura. (B, L, D both days)

November 12: Marrakech

Land rovers will meet you in Telouet, where you continue in to the countryside. The Telouet Kasbah is not old, yet it is one of the most important sights of yesterday’s Morocco. The story began during the hard winter of 1893, when Sultan Moulay Hassan was stranded here. He and his army of 3,000 were well taken care of by the two brothers Glaoui, Madani and T’Hami. In return of their services, they were given political power of Morocco south of the High Atlas Mountains. The reception room and main halls are the only interiors to be entered, due to the building’s deterioration, yet you can sense the luxury in which its predecessors lived. Continue driving west to Marrakech, the city of drama. In the late afternoon you will have an introduction to the famous Djemaa el-Fna Square, perhaps the greatest open-air spectacle in the world, where one can see the colors and feel the pulse of Morocco. Drift with the smells and sounds of the souks or haggle passionately for carpets. 

Marrakech follows the beat of an African drum. This imperial city has been almost continually occupied since Neolithic times, and was once the Berber capital. Traveling back in time 2,000 years, you will see snake charmers, magicians, acrobats, and dancers, delighting children and adults alike. Capture a glimpse of daily life, as you stroll the narrow streets. Overnight Marrakech. (B, D)

November 13: Marrakech - Home - or on to Essaouira Extension

For those not traveling on the extension you will be transferred to the airport for flights home. (B)

Post-Trip Extension

Extension Name

Essaouira

Price

$895*

Dates

November 13-16, 2020

Duration

3 days

* Based upon minimum of 4 participants. Single room surcharge is $195.

November 13-14: Essaouira

Those on the extension will depart early this morning with your guides to the exquisite Majorelle Garden. It is part of the former residence of French artist Louis Majorelle, beautifully renovated by the late couturier Yves St. Laurent. Surrounded by an abundance of plants is Majorelle’s deep-blue villa, which is simply breathtaking. Continue on to Essaouira, a charming place of white shops and houses, set against a clear blue sky. Over the centuries it has been home to Phoenicians, Romans, Portuguese, and a large Jewish population. Take time in the evening for a leisurely photography stroll along the colorful harbor.

Enjoy another day in Essaouira (pronounced Esa-weera), which is the most popular of the coastal towns, with magnificent beaches and relaxed atmosphere. The fortifications of the old city are a mixture of Portuguese, French, and Berber military architecture, and their massiveness lends a powerful mystique. You’ll find narrow lanes, whitewashed houses with blue painted doors, tranquil squares, pleasant cafes, and artisans. Essaouira is full of the irresistible angles and picturesque sights that are so attractive to photographers. Overnight Essaouira. (B, D; B, L)

November 15: Marrakech

After breakfast this morning return to Marrakech, stopping at a woman’s argon production facility. Enjoy additional photography in the Marrakech Souk and perhaps another photo session on the square at sunset, as the vendors and locals come alive. There will be time to freshen up before enjoying a farewell dinner. Overnight Marrakech. (B, D)

November 16: Marrakech - Home

You will be transferred to the airport for flights home. (B)