Morning visit in “new Fes” (dating from 14th cent.) followed by lunch and photo shoot with a family.
Photography workshop in the afternoon; night photography practice.
Spend the day on a beautiful journey southwards through remarkably diverse landscapes:
Visit Swiss-like Ifrane; have lunch in Midelt; descend into the Ziz Valley; arrive at Erfoud, gateway to the Sahara.
Continue on 4x4s into the Sahara Desert south of Erfoud. Visit with nomads; enjoy private lunch at an oasis.
A breathtaking late afternoon awaits: sunset camel ride, dinner and overnight in private desert camp.
Sunrise in the dunes; continue exploring the Desert in the morning, then head westward.
Afternoon walk in the striking Todra Gorge, and continue into the beautiful Dades Valley.
Leisure time in the morning to review photos and relax.
Lunch at a Berber home in the Skoura Oasis; tour the imposing 11th century Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
Cross the beautiful High Atlas Mountains en route to Marrakech.
Late afternoon walk in Marrakech to magical Djemma el Fna Square at dusk.
Guided tour through Marrakech’s ancient medina. In addition to souks and artisan areas:
Visit the Ben Youssef Medersa; Visit the Photography Museum, hosted by the Director. Explore Djemma el Fna again.
Morning visit to historic Marrakech monuments (Bahia Palace, Badia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque).
Afternoon options for leisure time back in Marrakech; final photo show & Farewell Dinner.
PRE-TRIP: Depart three days earlier, on October 21st, to add a night in Casablancaplus two nights in the stunning blue city of Chefchaouenup in the Rif Mountains (or simply depart a night earlier on October 23rdto add Casablanca on a private basis).
POST-TRIP: Extend two nights in beautiful seaside Essaouira, returning home on November 6th.*
*Note: For those interested, David Wells will be offering some optional teaching during the optional extensions on video. A small supplement will apply and in Essaouira includes an extra day for post-processing (with return home November 7th).
ALGILA FES in Fes
KASBAH HOTEL CHERGUI in Erfoud
In a privileged, quiet, setting minutes away from the spectacular Saharan dunes, the tasteful and recently constructed hotel is surrounded by large tracts of land next to palm groves and rich vegetation. Comfortable rooms, a tranquil atmosphere, competent and warm staff, and good cuisine—both Moroccan and international—make staying here a memorable experience. Meals are served indoors or outdoors and there is a spa with massage service and jacuzzi.
YOUR PRIVATE DESERT CAMP in the Sahara at Erg Chebbi
Our luxurious private camp is located in the heart of the magical Saharan desert dunes, far from areas visited by other tourists, only accessible by camel or 4x4 vehicle. In a truly magical setting, it is run by a warm and professional staff of locals who will treat us to true desert hospitality. Individual bedroom tents with comfortable beds adjoin to a smaller tent with a hot shower, toilet, and sink. The entire camp is covered in colorful Berber carpets with cushions. Food is prepared on-site by a private chef, and traditional candle-lit dinners are served in a cozy restaurant tent. Running water and generator-powered electricity add earthly comforts to a truly remarkable experience. A band of local Gnawa musicians will join us for the evening as dusk turns to dark, revealing an awesome, star-filled night sky.
XALUCA DADES in Boulmane-Dades
KSAR IGHNDA by Ait Ben Haddou
On the edge of the desert by the Atlas Mountains and near the stunning village of Ait Ben Haddou, the Ksar Ighnda hotel blends in with the surrounding natural beauty in an authentic, yet modern, setting. Amenities include satellite TV, mini-bars, safe, and a spa.
RIAD AL RIMAL in Marrakech
Our final abode—ideally located in the ancient area of Ksour and only steps away from the main square Djemma El-Fna—Riad Al Rimal features a traditional hammam (steam bath), a spa, heated pool, and a jacuzzi. Traditional in decor, this riad offers a touch of modernity and comfort in the heart of the ancient medina.