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)
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
• 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:
• Lunches (except on Desert Excursion)
• Personal spending
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Travel Insurance