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Morocco Photography Expedition
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from ₹6,07,400 trip_detail hint icon

Prices are indicative. Based on twin share. The rate of exchange calculated is approximate and the final tour cost will be as on the final date of payment. Taxes are additional.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Capture the late afternoon light on ancient clay walls during a photo shoot in the hilltop village of Aït Ben Haddou.
  • Ride into the Sahara on a camel to photograph the sun setting on the dunes.
  • Take portraits of the magicians and musicians of Marrakech, tanners knee-deep in dye vats, and traditional Berber families.
  • Photograph Morocco's diverse landscapes: palm oases at the foot of soaring plateaus, lush cedar forests, the rugged Atlas Mountains, and the soft curves of the Saharan sands.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed here are some of the experts that will be joining departures on this trip.

Itinerary

With your camera in hand, discover the enchanting cities of Marrakech and Fez, venture into rose-colored kasbahs, and snap portraits of traditional Berber families in their mountain villages. Photograph the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou lit up by the late afternoon sun, and ride into the Sahara on a camel to capture the sun setting on the dunes.

Day 1: Casablanca, Morocco

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Arrive in Casablanca and meet your fellow travelers for a welcome lunch at a lovely restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This afternoon, stroll through the city’s Habous district and the mechouar, the ceremonial meeting place outside the Royal Palace. Tonight, gather for a festive welcome dinner.

Day 2: Casablanca/Marrakech

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Drive through the elegant Anfa neighborhood on the way to Marrakech, Morocco’s legendary “pearl of the South.” Enjoy a poolside lunch at the hotel before delving into the heart of Marrakech. Get a fresh angle on the splendid Koutoubia Mosque and the Saadian Tombs, and focus on the mosaics and traditional architecture of Bahia Palace. With your camera in hand, explore the labyrinthine streets of the medina, lined with market stalls and craftspeople. Capture the colorful chaos of Djemma el Fna Square, where there are great photographic opportunities around every corner, from magicians and artists to cooks and musicians. Tonight, gather for a rooftop reception and dinner accompanied by traditional Gnaoua music in the heart of the old medina.

Day 3: Marrakech

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Spend another full day experiencing Marrakech through your viewfinder. Photograph a range of exotic plants in the stunning Majorelle Garden, once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent, and see an exclusive collection of Berber objects originating from diverse regions of Morocco at the Berber Museum. Explore historic Moroccan architecture at the 14th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa. After lunch, head back into the lively medina for a photo shoot.

Days 4-5: High Atlas Mountains

On this special departure, immerse yourself in the rich culture of the High Atlas Mountains and capture your experience on camera. Settle into the beautiful Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World set on a hilltop beneath the highest peak in the range. Experience Berber hospitality on walks in the village and visits to family homes and markets. During a half-day excursion in the mountains, practice landscape photography on a variety of hikes and walks, and return to relax in typical Moroccan style: with a mint tea on the terrace or a steam bath in the traditional hammam. Dine on delicious cuisine and warm bread baked in clay ovens on site, and soak up the timeless atmosphere of rural Morocco.

Day 6: Aït Benhaddou

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Cross the High Atlas Mountains over the Tichka Pass, stopping to board 4x4’s for the trip to the Kasbah of Telouet. Once home to the powerful Glaoui clan, the kasbah’s crumbling exterior belies its rich tile and woodwork. Proceed to Aït Benhaddou for lunch overlooking this ancient fortified village before venturing into its warren of twisting lanes and adobe homes for a photo shoot in the golden afternoon sun.

Day 7: Ouarzazate/Boumalne Dades

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Continue to Ouarzazate, a former colonial trading post and learn about traditional adobe architecture in Taourirt Kasbah this morning. Then set out on the fabled Road of 1,000 Kasbahs, stopping to take photographs as we pass lush oases and dramatic geology. Arrive in Boumalne Dades, a small town nestled amid the crags and plateaus of the semidesert landscape. After lunch, head out on a photo hike in the dramatic Dades Gorge and document everyday life during visits to nearby villages.

Day 8: Erfoud/Rissani/Merzouga

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Continue along the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs to Erfoud, passing spectacular rock formations, oases, and rose plantations. In Erfoud, climb into 4x4s for the drive into the desert. In the souk of Rissani, a historic camel caravan stop, train your lens on shining mounds of olives and dates, brightly painted ceramics, and hand-woven rugs. Later, ride into the desert on a camel to photograph the sunset on the Saharan dunes. Arrive at our deluxe Berber tented camp in time to dine under the star-studded sky and enjoy an evening of Berber folk music and tales around the campfire.

Day 9: Merzouga/Fez

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Awaken early for a photo walk across the sandscape as the rising sun paints the dunes orange and gold. Return to the camp for a hearty breakfast. Then head north into the high-mountain plains on your way to Fez, stopping for a walk in a lush cedar forest. Arrive in Fez early this evening, and check in to our hotel.

Day 10: Fez

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Spend the day exploring this magnificent imperial city. At the 14th-century Bou Inania madrassa, photograph intricately carved stucco walls, arches, and cornices. Zoom in on the exquisite mosaics that cover Nejjarine Fountain, and visit the Kairaouine Mosque. Venture into the vibrant medina, where merchants preside over colorful mounds of spices and tanners soak skins in vats of dye. Later, visit the Royal Palace and Fes Jdid, home to the historic Jewish quarter.

Day 11: Fez/Volubilis and Meknes

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Today you may choose to explore Fez at your own pace or take an excursion to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a World Heritage site, and Meknès, Morocco’s 17th-century capital. Toast our Moroccan adventure at a farewell dinner tonight.

Day 12: Fez

This morning, transfer to the Fez airport for your return flight or transfer to Casablanca for flights departing in the afternoon.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light/moderate; travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods, navigating uneven terrain, and climbing stairs without handrails. Excursions include walking in desert sand and on narrow, rocky paths, and travelers must ascend a steep hill to reach Kasbah du Toubkal. There will options for longer hikes in the Atlas Mountains. Please note that there are some long travel days.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, we stay in ideally located, high-end hotels and lodges with many amenities, including Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. We spend 1 night in the Sahara in comfortable, Berber-style tents with en suite bathrooms and generator-powered electricity.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

Accommodations
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Kasbah du Toubkal - High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

On a hilltop high in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World is a tribute to Berber culture and hospitality built upon the ruins of an ancient Kasbah.

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Kasbah du Toubkal - High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

On a hilltop high in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World is a tribute to Berber culture and hospitality built upon the ruins of an ancient Kasbah.

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Kasbah du Toubkal - High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

On a hilltop high in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World is a tribute to Berber culture and hospitality built upon the ruins of an ancient Kasbah.

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Kasbah du Toubkal - High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

On a hilltop high in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World is a tribute to Berber culture and hospitality built upon the ruins of an ancient Kasbah.

PRICES & DATES

  • date May 9-20, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 6,07,400 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹7,61,100 Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Sep 26-Oct 7, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹ 6,07,400 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹7,61,100 Per Person
  • extensions yes

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities

    What's Not Included

    • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
    • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
    • Visas
    • Alcoholic beverages
Sisse Brimberg
Photographer
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Born in Denmark, award-winning photographer Sisse Brimberg has produced and photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine over the past 40 years, covering a wide range of subjects, from the Hanseatic League and the Vikings to the global flower trade and the prehistoric cave art of southwestern France. As contributing photographer for National Geographic Traveler, she produced stories about Belgium and Austria's Wachau Valley, and sailed down the Rhine for a story about chocolate. Sisse won first prize for “Picture Story of the Year” from the National Press Photographers Association for her story on migrant workers. Brimberg established and managed her own photo studio in Copenhagen after attending photography school. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in Germany, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, New York City (International Center for Photography), and Washington, D.C. (The Newseum).

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  • Sep 26-Oct 7, 2020
Gianluca Colla
Photographer
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Gianluca Colla has photographed around the world, from the Arctic Circle to Africa’s deserts and from the Amazon to the Alps. Originally from Italy and now based in Switzerland, he has traveled extensively around Europe. Gianluca’s work has been published in National Geographic magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, and The Washington Post and for clients such as Apple, Canon, and Fujifilm, among others. He has covered a diverse range of topics including the secrets of the longest-living centenarians in the world, a lost Da Vinci painting, and hidden mummies in Sicilian crypts. Gianluca also lectures on photography and enjoys teaching and inspiring others through storytelling and imagery. His work is represented in the National Geographic Image Collection.

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  • May 9-20, 2020