Morocco

Dates: February 23–March 7, 2019

Begins: Chefchaouen, Morocco
(airport: FEZ or TNG)

Ends: Fez, Morocco
(airport: FEZ)

Leaders: Jeffrey Chapman & Winslow Lockhart

Maximum Participants: 10

Tuition: $6,800

Accommodation: Included
(optional single supplement: $1,500)

Meals: Included

Payment Policy: 3 Installments
     • $500 deposit to confirm participation
     • 50% due by August 1, 2018
     • Balance due by November 1, 2018

This photographic adventure begins in Chefchaouen, Morocco and ends in Fez, Morocco. Tuition includes hotels (based on double occupancy; single occupancy is available with payment of a single-occupancy supplement), group meals, driver and guide tips, and local group transportation for the duration of the adventure. It does not include souvenirs, bar beverages, laundry, insurance (travel, medical, cancellation), nor any personal expenses.

This adventure is suitable for all levels of photographic experience. Participants must be in good health and able to spend each day walking and carrying their own equipment.

Reserve your spot below.

Morocco Within The Frame Photographic Adventure

Morocco Within The Frame

Morocco is a kingdom of wonders that rewards the curious. It’s a land of ancient medinas, stunning landscapes, nomadic Berbers, earthy tones, traditional carpets, colorful spices, refreshing hammams, tasty tangines, luxury riads, towering peaks, and rolling sand dunes—just to mention a very few.

Morocco Within The Frame focuses on three very diverse areas of Morocco: the charming blue-hued town of Chefchaouen, the bustling medieval medina of Fez, and the rolling dunes of the Erg Chebbi desert.

This is not going to be a rushed adventure, running from landmark to landmark to grab a quick photograph as proof that we were there. We’re going to linger, absorb, take time to wait for the excitement of the new and exotic to blend with an understanding of our surroundings, to find our visions. We’ll photograph in the early mornings and evenings, spend mid-days talking, discussing, learning, and working to develop our art.

This photographic adventure is about the passionate discovery and photography of people, place, and culture, with emphasis given to going deep not wide, and pursuing that most elusive of photographic necessities—our vision. It is appropriate for photographers of all levels, and you will be free to photograph independently or with the assistance of the leaders, who will work to help participants along their individual photographic journey through image reviews, discussions, tutorials, and one-on-one personal assistance.

Chefchaouen (Day One)

One of our private drivers will meet you at the airport in Fez (or Tangier if more convenient for your flights) and transfer you through the picturesque Moroccan countryside to the beautiful and laid-back town of Chefchaouen, where we will begin our shared Moroccan adventure with a meet-and-greet dinner—to finally get to know each other in person—and an orientation to discuss the adventure’s itinerary and photographic highlights.

While in Chefchaouen we will stay at the beautiful Lina Ryad & Spa in the core of the old medina. The terraces have amazing views of the colorful medina and the surrounding peaks.

Chefchaouen (Days Two — Four)

Surrounded on all sides by the beautiful scenery of the Rif mountains and with a 500-year-old fortress at its center, the town of Chefchaouen has been called “Morocco’s Best-Kept Secret” for very good reasons. The old medina is a delight of Moroccan and Andalusian influences with red-tiled roofs and narrow lanes, but what never fails to mesmerize are the blue walls throughout the town.

Following their traditions, Jewish refugees forced out of Europe by the Spanish Inquisition painted the buildings in their new home of Chefchaouen in hues of blue to mirror the sky and remind them of God. Today this laid-back town is known as “The Blue Pearl.” It’s beautiful, peaceful, easy to explore, and not a part of the well-worn tourist circuit. It’s a place that remains authentic to its traditions and cultural roots.

Along the maze-like alleys, artisans sell a variety of wares, including beautiful hand-woven blankets and rugs, brass teapots, and colorful pottery. The air is heavy with the scent of spices, particularly Ras el Hanout. Brightly colored henna dyes that are used to decorate hands and feet during weddings and other celebrations line the streets. Calls to prayer ring out from the many mosques.

Moulay Idriss Zerhoun & Volubilis (Day Four)

Our drive from Chefchaouen to Fez will take us through hills, beautiful valleys, farmland, and olive orchards. Along the way, we will stop in picturesque, green-hued Moulay Idriss Zerhoun for lunch and an afternoon of photographing in the town’s colorful, labyrinthian​ alleyways. In time for sunset, we will head to the Roman ruins in nearby Volubilis that date to the 3rd century BCE; it was once the ancient capital of the Roman-Berber kingdom of Mauretania.

Fez (Days Four — Ten)

After our beautiful drive from Chefchaouen, with stops in Moulay Idriss Zerhoun and Volubilis, we will arrive in Fez in time for a sumptuous​ dinner on the roof of our luxurious​ riad in the middle of the medina.

Founded in the 9th century in a valley between the Rif and Middle Atlas Mountains, Fez is the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities, is home to the oldest university in the world, and is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco. Its cobblestoned medieval magnificence transports you back in time the instant you enter the walls of the medina.

Fès el-Bali (Medina of Old Fez) is a labyrinth of alleyways that is home to donkeys, mosques, artisans, bakers, fountains, ancient customs, and hidden palaces—but not cars. The medina is believed to be the world’s largest car-free urban area as it is completely inaccessible to cars. Instead, donkeys and mules are piled high with goods to navigate the narrow alleyways. It is a place that remains genuinely Moroccan and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While guide-book highlights might include the Chaouwara tanneries, Kairaouine Mosque, the Bab Boujloud (Blue Gate), and the Jewish Cemetery, the real star of Fez is the medina itself as surprises await around every corner of the 9,000 alleyways—some of them so narrow that only one person can fit. And contrary to what many believe, the locals are very happy to be photographed. They’ll even gesture for you to enter their little shops to show you their crafts and invite you to photograph them while they work.

In Fez, the group will stay at the luxurious Riad Laaroussa in the heart of the medina. The orange trees in the courtyard provide shade while the rooftop offers 360º views of the medina. The owners have paid obsessive attention to every detail, and the staff makes everyone feel like royalty. It’s an oasis of tranquility and beauty. The on-premise hammam is sublime (and should definitely not be missed). Those who like can take a cooking class in the riad’s spacious kitchen.

Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, & Khamlia (Days Ten — Twelve)

The first colossal sand dunes of the Sahara rise at Morocco’s eastern edge near the border with Algeria outside the small village of Merzouga. The dunes of Erg Chebbi reach towering heights as they continually shapeshift like waves in hues of rose gold, butter yellow, ochre, pink, and purple. Journeying into the dunes is a mystical experience that will make you feel like you’re on a different planet. Looking around from every angle, all you will be able to see is a sea of desert. Bird lovers will enjoy looking for desert sparrows, Egyptian nightjars, desert warblers, fulvous babblers, and blue-cheeked bee-eaters. People lovers will be inspired by blue-clad nomadic Berbers.

We will spend two nights at our luxurious desert camp in the middle of Erg Chebbi, giving us ample time to explore and photograph the dunes during the morning light, afternoon light, evening light, and, for star lovers, during the middle of the night. During the mornings and afternoons, we will trek into the desert with camels to photograph, and in the evening we will enjoy Berber music by our campfire under a starry sky. We will also visit the small village of Khamlia. The inhabitants of Khamlia are thought to be decedents of slaves brought from south of the Sahara.

Fez (Days Twelve — Thirteen)

After crossing the Atlas Mountains, we will arrive back in Fez in time for a farewell dinner our last night and will then spend our final morning exploring Fez one last time, enjoying the company of new friends, and planning our next adventures before saying our goodbyes and heading home.

Although this represents the photographic adventure’s planned itinerary, it is subject to change at the discretion of the adventure leaders.

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A $500 deposit is required to confirm your participation. Click on the Pay Deposit button to reserve your spot. You will be able to pay the deposit via PayPal or credit card. To pay by other methods (or if you encounter difficulties), please fill out the Registration Form and request an invoice in the comments. Please read the Cancellation Policy and the Release of Liability.

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