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“Trip was Fantastic!”

Wanted to give you a quick thank you to you and the whole staff. The trip was fantastic!

We can not say enough about Namir. He made the whole trip a joy. His knowledge, professionalism and charm where above and beyond. I think you should publish a travel manual of Namir’s dietary rules and remedies. As we learned there are consequences for breaking his rules. But his cures fast and effective. You should also circulate the recipe for what we named “Namir Burgers”.

We found the Riads you put us in all first class. Each one special in its own way. The staff at each extremely helpful and pleasant. No way to describe how much we enjoyed the food, sights and sounds of Morocco!

Thank you again and we will certainly use you in the future if the occasion arises and recommend you to all.

Mike

March 2014


Best Time to Visit Morocco – 5 Things to Think About

When is the best time to visit Morocco?

Don’t you hate it when you plan your whole trip to another country and then you realize that you chose the wrong time of year? We don’t want you to have that awful experience in Morocco, so here are a few things that might be helpful in choosing the best time of year.

The Best Weather
After living in Morocco for 10 years, I have come to believe that the best weather in Morocco are the 5 months of March, April, May, September and October. The weather is not too hot, but also not too cold. As you consider the spring (March – May), you will love the flowers in bloom; also remember there might be a few windy nights in the desert.

High or Low Season – Which do you prefer?
The next thing to remember is to look at the different tourism seasons in Morocco. You will want to decide if you would like to travel when there are tons of tourists in Morocco OR when it is more of a low season. The highest seasons of the year are Christmas / New Years and then March / April. Actually, more people are beginning to travel in October as well. If you are looking for a time where there are not too many tourists but the weather is still nice, you might want to consider the end of May.


Cascades D’Ouzoud Waterfalls

Morocco is a country that is filled with natural beauty, history, culture and charm. From the spectacular sandy beaches to the golden dunes of the Sahara Desert, there is something for everyone in Morocco. There are some things that shouldn’t be missed when holidaying in Morocco and one of these sights is the Ouzoud Waterfalls.

The falls are a perfect day trip from Marrakesh and can be found in Tanghmeilt, a Grand Atlas Village. The falls are a spectacular sight and can leave you gasping in amazement as the river plunges over one hundred meters in a number of magnificent waterfalls. As you can imagine the scenery is tranquil while the sound of the falls are deafening.

You can reach the falls through Ouzoud village where you can also purchase a number of souvenirs at the number of stalls dotted around the village. There are also plenty of cafes as you near the falls.


Romantic Things To Do In Morocco

Morocco located in Northern Africa is not only a top tourist destination for those looking to soak up the history and culture of this countries past, but is a wonderful choice for those looking for a romantic getaway.

Morocco welcomes thousands of honeymooners each year. The country offers a wonderfully warm climate and a host of great activities and sights which can be explored.

If you are looking for a romantic way to spend your Moroccan vacation, then there are some sights and attractions you definitely need to add to your list.

Cascades d’Ouzoud
Cascades d’Ouzoud is such a romantic setting in Morocco, these spectacular waterfalls crash down into the pools below. You can take a path down to the base where you can view the falls from the bottom and even take a boat to the main pool for a really outstanding experience. You’ll find many locals swimming


12 Day Morocco Photography Tour

Detailed Daily Itinerary – May 5, 2013

3 Star Tour

Day 1 Arrive Casablanca (May 5, 2013)
Welcome to Morocco! Today you will arrive at the Casablanca international airport and be driven to your hotel in this world famous city for some much needed rest. If you have an early arrival you may want to take an afternoon visit and tour the third largest mosque in the world, Hasan II Mosque, which dominates much of the city’s skyline. Dinner will be at your hotel.
3* Hotel Maamoura (Half-Board)

Day 2 Casablanca / Rabat / Chefchauen (May 6, 2013)
After breakfast you travel to Rabat, the country’s capital. While in this Imperial City you will visit the Le Tour Hassan and Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the Andalusian Gardens and the palace walls. You will take lunch in Rabat and then continue your quest northward into the mountains towards the famous blue and white medina, Chefchaouen. After checking into your hotel you may want to shoot the unique alleyways and brilliant colours that make this quaint medina a photographer’s paradise. Dinner will be at your hotel.
3* Riad Casa Hassan (Half-Board)

Day 3 Chefchauen / Fes (May 7, 2013)
Today will be an exciting day of ancient sites from the Roman to Islamic periods. After breakfast you will depart for the spectacular Roman ruins of Volubilis where you will take a guided tour and enjoy capturing on film the remains of a bygone civilization. Lunch will be in the Imperial City of Meknes which will provide a perfect launching point for exploration of the sites focusing on the era of Moulay Idriss; his underground prison, gates, and his mausoleum. A horse and carriage ride may finish the afternoon nicely. From Meknes you will carry on to Fes where you will take dinner in your riad.
3* Dar Fes Medina (Half-Board)


Day 4 Fes (May 8, 2013)
After breakfast your group will take a full day guided tour of the famous ancient medina of Fes. In this 1200-year-old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will visit places where very little has changed since the city was first established. You will be swept back in time as you wander through this labyrinth of streets and alleys, visiting the tanneries, bronze workers, mosques, and more. Lunch will be taken at a restaurant in a traditional house in the heart of the medina close to the world famous Kairaouine mosque. Dinner will be at your riad.
3* Dar Fes Medina (Half-Board)

Day 5 Fes / Erfoud (May 9, 2013)
You will have breakfast at the riad in Fes and will take a short stop in Ifrane, nicknamed ‘Little Switzerland’ to photograph this modern mountain town and perhaps enjoy one of their European-feeling cafes. You will then travel and try your luck at spotting Barbary Apes in the cedar forests before you continue southward through the breathtaking Middle Atlas mountain ranges until you reach your unique Kasbah hotel in the oasis town of Erfoud.
3* Kasbah Tizimi (Half-Board)

Day 6 Erfoud / Merzouga desert excursion (may 10, 2013)
After breakfast you will be picked up by 4X4 vehicles to take you to a desert Kasbah where you will begin your Sahara excursion. You will enjoy a traditional lunch at the Kasbah and spend the afternoon resting or experimenting with shooting one of the most unique landscapes in the world. The camel caravan departs in the late afternoon in time to watch the setting sun turn the dunes into a photographer’s dream world. You will spend the night in a traditional Berber tent by Erg Chebbi, a set of dunes that reach up to 160 meters high. Dinner and traditional entertainment will be enjoyed at your camp.
Accommodations: Traditional Berber Tented Camp at Dunes D’Or (Full-Board)


Day 7 Merzouga / Tinghir / Dades gorges (May 11, 2013)
This will be an early morning to see the sun rise over the dunes. After breakfast you will ride your camels back to the Kasbah and be driven by 4X4 back to Erfoud where you will you meet your driver. Your first stop will be Tinghir to visit the awe-inspiring Todra Gorges. You will then continue on to your stay at the Kasbah Xuluca Dades. Dinner will be at your hotel.
4* Kasbah Xuluca Dades (Half-Board)


Day 8 Dades / Marrakesh (may 12, 2013)
Today will be an exciting day of traveling to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains with a stop at Ait Benhaddou, the location where such films as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator were filmed. You may stop at any time along the way to photograph Africa’s most prominent mountain range and its remote alpine villages. When you arrive at your hotel you will rest from your busy day of travel and take dinner at your hotel.
3* Riad Yasmine

Day 9 Marrakech (May 13, 2013)
Welcome to Marrakech! After breakfast you will set off for a full day medina tour with a visit to the Photography Museum. A portion of the tour will take you to the world famous square of Jna El Fna where you will most likely see snake charmers, monkeys, and other traditional entertainers. Lunch will be on your own at a street restaurant of your choice and dinner will be taken back at the hotel.
3* Riad Yasmine (Half-Board)


Day 10 Marrakech / Essaouira (May 14, 2013)
Today you will travel to Essaouira where you will enjoy this artsy medina, spectacular old forts, and lively fishing port and market. Located along some spectacular coastline, Essaouira is world-famous for its windsurfing locations… be on the lookout for camels crossing the road and goats ascending the heights of Argan trees!
4* Riad Watier (Half-Board)


Day 11 Casablanca (May 15, 2013)
After breakfast you will return to Casablanca via the gorgeous Atlantic coastline. You will wind around rocky slopes and pass through historic towns. Stop at El Jadida to photograph the old Portuguese fort. In Casablanca you may want to go out on one last photographic adventure or try your hand at bargaining for souvenirs in the old medina.
3* Hotel Maamoura (Half-Board)
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Day 12 Casablanca Depart (May 16, 2013)
Today you will be taken back to the Casablanca International Airport, thus ending an unforgettable travel photography tour… ta mra khura! Until another time!

Total Tour Price per person in double room based on 10 Pax: $2630 US Dollars
Total Tour Price per person in single room: $3384 US Dollars

Price Includes:
• Private air-conditioned Transportation and driver
• English Speaking guide during tour
• On site instruction during tour by Travel Photographer Eric Kruszewski
• All hotels at half-board (2 meals per day)
• Full-board on desert excursion
• Entrance Fee into the Hassan II Mosque
• Entrance Fee into Volubilis
• Fes and Marrakesh Medina tours with Entrance fees
• 4X4 Pickup and transfer to the Sahara Desert excursion
• Desert Excursion
• Portage tips

Price does not include:
• Airfare
• Drinks
• Lunches (except on Desert Excursion)
• Personal spending
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Travel Insurance

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Morocco – An Outdoor Adventure

Morocco, located in Northern Africa not only benefits from magnificent beauty but also it’s blessed with a wonderful warm climate, which makes it a top destination for adrenaline thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Morocco is home to eighteen hundred kilometers of coastline on top of the magnificent sandy dunes of the desert and the rocky edges of the mountain ranges. This is a country that offers a choice of outdoor adventures whether you are traveling as a family or you are a thrill seeker searching for your next adrenaline high.

Along the Coast
With stretches of coastline, Morocco is a top choice for those looking for the perfect windsurfing and kite surfing conditions. With beautiful blue waters and the slight sea breeze, Morocco always has people enjoying what the waters have to offer.

There is a selection of top surfing beaches for those looking to catch the perfect wave, enabling you to take advantage of the warm sunshine and perfect sea conditions.

The Mountain Ranges
Morocco is home to the Atlas Mountain range where visitors


Outdoor Activities in Morocco

Morocco is a North African country brimming with natural beauty and a choice of superb outdoor activities for all outdoor lovers. With the welcoming warm climate, beautiful beach side resorts and sandy dunes of the Sahara Desert, it’s no surprise that outdoor lovers flock to this picturesque country to experience it for themselves.

The High Atlas Mountains
The High Atlas Mountains offer a choice of fantastic outdoor experiences from mountain biking along the narrow pathways as you gaze upon the most beautiful scenery or whether you prefer hiking.

The mountain range offer outdoor enthusiasts to do all their favorite activities from rock climbing the rocky cliffs to hiking and mountain biking along the narrow and windy paths.

The Desert
The Sahara Desert offers visitors a glimpse into beauty


“Really a FEAST for your Eyes!”

We have finally made it to Christchurch, New Zealand, after our holiday in Europe and Morocco. We want to thank you for all your help organizing our holiday. As I have said it before it has been a complete pleasure to deal with a company like yours. Your professionalism and organization are outstanding.

Our holiday in Morocco was very enjoyable. It is a country of beautiful contrasts. the landscape is amazing. It is really a feast for your eyes to see how much the landscape changes from one minute to the other. Incredible!

The hotels were good in general but the Riads and the deluxe tent in the desert have to be our favorites.  I particularly enjoyed the camel ride as I had never been close to a camel and I found them to be beautiful animals and not really smelly as some people would let me believe!


Best 3 Star Riad in Fes – Dar Fes Medina

Many people ask me for recommendations on the best places to stay in Morocco. Today I would like to tell you about the Dar Fes Medina, the best 3 star option in Fes.

Dar Fes Medina is located in the ancient city of Fes near the Ziat gate. About 10 minutes from the Bab Boujeloud, the Dar Fes Medina is perfectly located for those clients wanting a traditional stay.

The owner, Mohammed Bouzidi makes sure that each client is treated as family! From the time you are welcomed into the house until you leave, the staff at Dar Fes Medina is there to serve you.

Although we rate this 3 star, the rooms, cleanliness and decor could be classified as 4 star.


Morocco October Tours

One of the best times of the year to travel to Morocco is October. Although it does not offer the flowers of spring, October’s weather is perfect. October has cooled off from the harsh summer but does not have the rain of spring.

October 2012 – Something to remember
One thing to keep in mind if you are planning a tour to Morocco in October of 2012…the Aid El Ahda (Sheep Sacrifice). This year, the largest holiday of the Islamic Calendar falls around the 26th of October. The country nearly shuts down for a day or two. Guides are difficult to find, shops are closed, and some restaurants aren’t open. Just remember to plan ahead around these dates…

Our Morocco Tour for October
This year we would like to highlight the Fabulous Fortnight Tour offering 14 days / 13 nights. One of our most popular tours, this Fabulous tour takes you into the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen, the ancient medina of Fes, the Sahara desert, Marrakech and more… For those looking to experience the real Morocco, this tour is perfect.


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