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Adventure photo tour: medina, kasby and sands of Morocco.

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Tour plan

Day 1, October 27: Arrival in Casablanca, picking up at the airport, transfer to Rabat.
Day 2, October 28: Rabat, Kasba Udaya. Transfer to Asila.
Day 3, October 29: Asila. Photography in Medina. Transfer to Chefchaouen.
Day 4, October 30: Chefchaouen. Photography in Medina.
Day 5, October 31: Chefchaouen - Fez, landscape photography on the road.
Day 6, November 1: Fez: Krasilniki Shuara, Medina of Fes-el-Bali.
Day 7, November 2: Thess. Dyeing. Medina of Fes-el-Bali.
Day 8, November 3: Fez - Merzouga.
Day 9, November 4: The Merzouga. Photographing in the desert.
Day 10, November 5: Merzouga - Tengir village - Todra gorge - the gorge of Dades.
Day 11, November 6: Dades - Road 1000 Kasb - El Kela Mguna (store) - Ouarzazate.
Day 12, November 7: Ouarzazate - ksar (kasba) Ait Ben Haddu - the village of Tiger - Atlas - Marrakech.
Day 13, November 8: Marrakech.
Day 14, November 9: Marrakech - Casablanca, transfer to the airport.

Tour detailed description
Tour takes place
Location: Northern and Central Morocco
27.10.2018 — 9.11.2018
14 days
Seats 10
Free seats 2
Booking is possible till 1.10.2018
Total price — 1680 Евро
Advance — 300 Евро

Reservation of places for an adventure photo tour in Morocco occurs when an advance payment of 300 Euros is made to the card account of the Indian travel company PROJECT PHOTOTOUR PRIVATE LIMITED.

The advance payment is transferred by the participant of the tour with the help of payment banking systems in any bank, the details of the settlement account are sent by the administrator to the email of the participant after receiving the application for participation in the trip.
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When paying an advance payment, the participant is sent a payment receipt confirming the payment of money and the reservation of your participation in the trip, as well as a contract for the provision of travel services for this tour.
The rest of the amount is paid by the participant as they arrive at the starting point of the trip, in this case - upon arrival in the city of Casablanca, Morocco.

Price includes

1. Meeting and departure at the airport Casablanca. Transfers from the airport and to Casablanca airport.
2. Minibus Mercedes or Ford for 15 seats and an English-speaking driver.
3. Dabl-accommodation in hotels and riads on the route photo tour.
4. Breakfast in hotels:
5. Dinners in the hotels in Merzouga, Dades gorge, Ouarzazate, only 4 suppers.
6. Stop at any time on the route of a photo tour for taking photographs.
7. English-speaking Moroccan guide.
8. Guide-photographer.
9. Sim-card for smartphone: 60 minutes of talk time and 9 GB of Internet
(cards are handed over to the organizer at the end of the tour).
10. Visiting a public hamam in the city of Fez.
11. 2 walks on camels to the dunes, Merzouga.
12. 2 hours on ATVs in the dunes of the Sahara, Merzouga.
13. 2 liters of mineral water a day.
14. Hocal, a scarf for protection from sand in the desert.
15. Printed maps of all medins on the route of the photo tour.
16. Lecture on photography in the medina of Morocco.
17. Escort tour organizers from start to finish photo tour.
18. All taxes and fees on the route of the photo tour.

Price does not include

1. Flight from the country of residence to the international airport of Casablanca, Morocco and back.
2. Tourist visa in Morocco:
The cost depends on the country of residence, for citizens of Russia a visa is not required.
3. Food during the photo tour, about 250 euros for the whole time.
4. Medical insurance - is issued by each travel participant individually at the place of residence.
5. Entrance tickets inside painted for photography - about 10 euros.
The pleasure is specific: there is a very strong smell, so the cost of the tour is not included.
6. Tipping drivers and the English-speaking guide, at a rate of 1 euro per day per participant.
7. Everything that is not listed in the "Included in the price" list.

In the photo tour of Morocco, photographers and active travelers from any country of the world can take part.

ATTENTION!
This photo tour of Morocco does not have special requirements for physical condition and health.
The tour has age restrictions: from 15 years to 68 years.

ENTRY FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE PHOTOTURE IS POSSIBLE UP TO OCTOBER 1, 2018.
But the recording in the tour can be stopped earlier - as soon as a group of 10 people is typed.
If you want to go on this tour, please book your seats in advance:
this trip takes place through a complex exclusive program and we do not take a large group.
The maximum number of participants in the group of this tour is 10 people.

The tour is held as a trip of a very comfortable level with a mass of "buns" for photographers,
which will allow you to take photos during the photo tour almost in an individual mode.

HOTELS ON THE ROUTE FOTOTURES ON MOROCCO:

CITY                                     HOTEL 4 * - RIAD:
Rabat                                   RIAD RABAT-DAR YANIS
ASILA                                   
SCHEFCHAWEEN                 RIAD HOTEL IN THE MEDIA
FES                                       PRIVATE RIADES INSIDE THE MEDINE
MERZUGA                           Auberge Café du Sud (camping and hotel)
UARZAZAD                          GUEST HOUSE KAMAL
THE GARDEN OF DADES
MARAKESH                             PRIVATE RIADES VERSUS THE GATE OF THE MEDINE

For those who want to take part in an adventure photo tour in Morocco and have questions about organizing and participating in the trip - please contact the organizers directly for the following contacts:
Phones for communication:

+ 91 95 96 796 372 - Watsup, Ilona Kryzhanovskaya, Head of PhotoTour Project.
+ 7 968 ​​007 74 47 - ip-telephony, Ilona Kryzhanovskaya.
+ 7 985 762-60-72 - Maxim Savchenko, PhotoTour Project, Moscow.

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il-il-il (or search by email il@phototour.pro) - Ilona Kryzhanovskaya, Project Manager, PhotoTour.
maxim.savchenko - Maxim Savchenko, PhotoTour Project.

e-mail:
il@phototour.pro - Ilona Kryzhanovskaya, Project Manager, PhotoTour
max@phototour.pro - Maxim Savchenko, PhotoTour Project

Short info

We make this tour especially for photographers.
Those. every day, every hour, every action in the program is sharpened just for photography, the travel program is built in such a way that photography does not happen around the clock.
In Morocco, it is impossible to:
Morocco is a test of its own photo-autonomy.
Morocco is a wonderful teacher of Photography, very demanding.

Explain:
for example, in medina you can shoot in any direction, without even looking into the viewfinder - it will still be a masterpiece.
A lot, graphically, incredibly, the whole country - as one visual masterpiece, and in the most different manifestations of manifestation:
medina, mountains, kasbas, dunes, goats, trees with goats, medina, again medina, coast, kasbas, dyeing, again medians.
Still, of course, people - if they agreed to take photographs).
People in medina.
Again, at all times a third-party, distracting information flows to the photographer with a powerful stream:
then the smell of Moroccan coffee crawls out from behind the corner, and you go-go there, because well, it's impossible to resist;
then went to the fish market to take pictures, and you look at the lobsters - and they are grilled right there, with fresh bread, oh in general;
then at night photography a salesman with grape snails on a large cart, huge wheels, a hood seller, in the night medina, a vision incredible, will steal.
About orange juice I better keep it down, we drank it with buckets.
Suppose we ate-drank and this ceased to distract, but here the medina with its walls - where you do not look, you can not tear yourself away:
a combination of colors, shades, open windows such, pots with plants, lanterns such that just a picture in the forehead of such walls is already a dream.
This, too, must be lived, experienced, and saturated.
And only then in this diversity to seek out himself as a photographer-artist.
It is infinitely difficult to distract from the first impressions, because they are incredibly many - some are continuously replaced by others.
And the spirit captures constantly, in 7X24 mode.
We filmed even at night in the riads in which we lived - so fascinated by the very housing, interior elements, clay showers.
We add here kasbas - incredible buildings, in color merging with mountains, in the form of literally repeating the terrain.
Sahara, where you get after the multicolored medin and suddenly you begin to see the contrast, it is to SEE the flow of dunes, the continuous flow of reality.
In between all this Atlas Mountains: Middle Atlas, High Atlas, Anti-Atlas.
Yes, I completely forgot to say about the dyeing, and they will be in Fez, and in Marrakech - and this is also a separate song.
Pictures constantly change, continuously and with great speed.
And in this it is necessary to catch everything yourself, to catch yourself a photographer - to track your reflection on reality, and to get out of all this diversity your story, your most important sensation from the country.
It's really difficult).

Therefore, the photo tour was thought through and built so that in the head there were no memories of luxurious, but not yet shots,
to be able to realize themselves to the maximum:
just under it are sharpened every day, every detail, including all the adventure additives:
and quad in the Sahara, and free photography in the medina, and Sims - you can wander anywhere, with the confidence that you will always find), and much more.
Yes, we will talk about the country, and about historical places, but the main focus is photography, and the priority of visiting first of all is the shooting locations.
Something like this).

In the detailed description of the tour, they gave maximum photos and a detailed description of each day.
More photos from our similar photo tour of Morocco can be seen here, the album is constantly updated, but so far only started to disassemble the footage:
MOROCCO-2018.

Tour detailed description

All the photos shown in the tour description are photographs of the places we will visit and will take pictures.
The album from our photo tour of Morocco in April 2018 can be viewed here - there are many more photos, the album is constantly updated:
Morocco, April 2018.

The page can be loaded for a long time, but please wait - we posted the maximum number of photos to get a clear idea - which photo shoot to prepare.

Day 1, October 27: Arrival in Casablanca, picking up at the airport, transfer to Rabat.
Meeting of tour participants at the international airport of Casablanca, transfer to the capital of Morocco - Rabat.
On the way on the bus, so as not to waste time, we will hold our first organizational gathering of the group, we will talk about the photo tour, we will give all the materials on the tour to the participants.
Settlement in the Rabat-Dar Jānis riad, in the heart of the medina of Rabat, 50 meters from avenue Mohamed V, the very center of the medina.
This is the first time we will see Rabat, in the evening:

Medina of the capital of Morocco, Rabat city, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Evening walk along the Medina de Rabat:
the first time we will plunge into the madness and luxury of the Moroccan medina).
The riad in Rabat.

Day 2, October 28: Rabat, Kasba Udaya. Transfer to Asila.
Early in the morning we leave for a photo shoot in the medina and in the fortress of Kasb Udayya.

Kasba Udaiya is the main fortress of Rabat.
It is located on the Atlantic coast and represents a city in the city.
The fortress was named after the Udayah tribe, who lived in these places before the Arabs.
The most favorite place for residents and visitors of the city is a beautiful observation deck, which offers a wonderful view of the sea.
Inside the fortress there are a lot of small cozy cafes, where in the interval between photography you can drink strong Moroccan coffee.
And, of course, it is in Rabat that our first acquaintance with the Moroccan medina will take place:

Ancient wooden doors in the medina of Rabat, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

In the afternoon we leave for a small fortified town on the north-western coast of Morocco-Asilah (Asilah).

Medina of Asila, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Even before our era there were the first settlements - then Asila was a Phoenician colony, and then, in the heyday of the Roman Empire, the Carthaginian city called Zilis.
It turned into a flourishing center of commerce only in the 15th century, when the Portuguese built a large fortress there.

In Asil, quiet and calm, the city is clean, pleasant, civilized.
The central streets are reserved for pedestrian walks, traffic is prohibited here.
And in Asil, unlike the neighboring Tangier, there are practically no compulsive "hustlers" who offer goods and services that are unnecessary for tourists.
In a word, visiting this Moroccan city leaves only pleasant impressions.
Our goal in this city is the ancient medina, built in white and blue tones, snow-white.

Medina of Asila, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Evening photography in Asil.
The riad in Asil.

Day 3, October 29: Asila. Photography in Medina. Transfer to Chefchaouen.
In the morning - independent photography in the medina of Asyla, and at 12.00 - departure to the fabulous legendary city of Chefchaouen.

In the north-western part of Morocco on the slopes of the Reef Mountains is a picturesque town of Chefchaouen, famous for its rich history, picturesque nature and beautiful ancient architecture.
However, its main feature is the color of the runaways from the slopes of buildings, the majority of which are painted in various shades of blue - from light blue to azure.
The combination of all the advantages of Chefchaouen makes it one of the most beautiful and popular cities in the world.

Medina Chefchaouen, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Chefchaouen was founded in 1471.
Some time after the birth, towards the end of the century, it became a haven for a large number of expelled Muslims and Jews from Spain.
They liked the Moroccan town, which was lying on a hill, surrounded by walls and on one side protected by mountain ranges, which promised to serve them as a reliable fortress.
Upon arrival in Chefchaouen, they began to shape his appearance according to the samples of his native Andalusia.
That's why most of the walls in the old neighborhoods are painted in a blue sacred to the Jews color, which always reminds believers of heaven and God.
And the blue color here in places really just wedges, creates fantastic realities.

White bench in the blue medina of Chefchaouen, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

The city, first of all, is famous for its historical part - the medina, where the walls of the houses, painted with intense cold shades of blue, harmoniously blend with the warm orange tones of roofs, stairs and other decor elements.
Here you can wander for hours, enjoying the color palette and a measured atmosphere, which is what we will do in the evening photography, smoothly turning into a night one).

Stairs in Chefchaouen, night photography. Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Riyad in Chefchaun.

Day 4, October 30: Chefchaouen. Photography in Medina.
Day of free photography in the medina of Chefchaouen.
In the morning, calmly, each in its own mode, we go out into the medina and disperse to take pictures in free flight.
The guides will show the brightest places of the medina and will be constantly on call - in case someone gets lost.
But in general, the medina is very small, and it is not difficult to navigate it.

Streets of Medina Chefchaouen, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Chefchaouen is an unusual city from all sides:
for example, for a long time the city was declared a sacred place and a visit to its Gentiles was forbidden under pain of death.
Before the beginning of the 20th century, only three Europeans visited Chefchaouen.
And this despite its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain and Portugal!
The first was the famous French explorer of Africa and missionary Charles Eugene Foucault, who arrived in Chefchaouen in 1883 for just one hour and dressed as a rabbi.
The second was the correspondent of the London "The Times" Walter Harris, who traveled to Morocco in the late 1880s. He entered the city under the guise of a Moorish merchant and spent some time there as a tramp.
The third was less fortunate. It was an American missionary William Summers, who during his visit to the city in 1892 was poisoned.
And it was only after the Franco-Spanish agreement of November 27, 1912, that the Spanish troops entered Chefchaouen, thus opening it to the outside world.

Stairs of the medina of Chefchaouen, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

In the evening, by 5.00 pm we go by bus to the bypass road - to take photos of the general panorama of Chefchaouen.
Riyad in Chefchaun.

Day 5, October 31: Chefchaouen - Fez, landscape photography on the road.
For those who wish - morning photography in Chefchaouen:
the city at dawn is transparent, glowing - this is a separate topic, and if you're lucky - there will be a light mist through which the streets of the city generally turn into incredible illusions).

At 10.00 - departure on the route Chefchaouen - Fez.
The road is very interesting - we will go along the reef mountains, the Riff Ridge.
Rif Reef (also called simply Reef) is a unique mountain range that is located in the northern part of Morocco.
It is located in Rif near the famous Atlas Mountains system.
The highest peak of the mountain range is Mount Tidigin (altitude of the mountain is 2456 meters).

Ridge Rif, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

This Moroccan ridge is located on the shore of the most beautiful Mediterranean Sea, by the way, the name of the ridge means "shore".
It should be noted that the ridge, so to speak, is composed of carbonate rocks, it is cut by the gorges of many rivers.
In the southern part of the ridge of Rif, in the place where it goes to the Moroccan Meseta, and there is a very beautiful and ancient city called Fes, to which we are heading.

The road is very beautiful, almost in any weather, so there will be more than stops for landscape photography.
And there really is something to shoot - from huge panoramas to graphic "cut-outs from reality"):

Slopes of reef mountains, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

On the way, we are waiting for any pleasant little things, for example, lunch in a local pub.
Shish kebabs).
We will not have to wait for dinner: we will call from the road, we will specify the order and everything is ready for our arrival).

Skewers. Morocco, photo tour in Morocco, October 2018.

For vegetarians, grill vegetables or vegetable tadzhin.

Even from the entertainment on the way - stops in fish markets, the fish here is bright and very photogenic:

Sea fish. Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

In the evening we come to Fez, we settle in the magnificent riads in the Medina of Fez and go for an evening walk and dinner in the Medina of Fez - Fes-el-Bali.

Fes is the oldest of the four imperial cities of Morocco, the largest center of Islamic culture and education in the west of Africa, the former capital of the country. З
The city of this city has a long history. Historically, the inhabitants of Fez are of a special nature.
It was formed from the fusion of many cultures and traditions: the nobility of the Arabs, the refinement of the Spaniards, the cunning of the Jews, the tolerance of the Berbers.
Residents of Fes adore comfort, they are not devoid of grace, and tend to experience some superiority in relation to other residents of the country.
We, by the way, will live in Fez in chic private riads located not far from each other - we will enjoy an authentic life in full).
Riad in Fez.

Day 6, November 1: Fez: Krasilniki Shuara, Medina of Fes-el-Bali.
Very early ascent and set off to photograph the panorama of Fez and the surrounding area.
Here it is, Fes is a mystery city, a trap city, a dream city, a magic city).
The old Fez or the old medina of Fez el Bali stretches along the banks of the river Fez and stands apart from modern urban areas.

Panorama of the medina of Fez, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

The next two days we will spend in Fez, and, Inshallah!), We hope that we will have enough of this time, although it is possible to photograph in Fez forever, Mashallah!)

And after the morning photography of the panorama of Fez, we will go to the most famous and charismatic place in Fez - the dyeing house of Shuar.
In general, in Fez there are two ancient dyeing, but we will postpone the second for tomorrow, and today we will go to the largest and most famous one.
So, the dyeing house of Shuar:

Shuar's dyke in Fez. Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

And, most likely, the next half a day we will definitely spend in Krasilna, it's painfully exotic and bright, and, at least, there are 4 different very interesting points of shooting.
In addition, it is planned to photograph and inside the dyeing, directly from the paint tanks.

Baths with paint in the dyeing room of Shuar. Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Krasilni Shuar are located in the courtyards, behind the powerful walls, the entrance to the dyeing - through the shops of leather goods, in which there is everything - from a huge trunk to a cover under the iPhone of the latest model.
From the flat roofs of the shops of neighboring houses, a breathtaking view of the ranks of round mud-clay baths, laid out from inside by bright tiles, opens.
The vats filled with multicolored liquids resemble cuvettes with watercolor paints, and freshly dyed skins drying on the terraces show with blazing stripes blots on the stone canvas of ancient walls.

Drying skins in the dyeing room of Shuar, Fez. Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Delivery and dressing of the skin is exactly the same as many centuries ago - almost manually:
skins brought on horses, dumped in heaps, transportation inside - on wheelbarrows, dried on the walls of the medina - a charming technology from the depths of centuries.

On the other hand - through the narrow streets of Fez's medina not everywhere and the horses squeeze, and the wheelbarrows make the streets wide.
The houses here are fastened with wooden spacers to hold the walls.

In the second half of the day we quietly wander through the narrow streets of Fes-el-Bali towards our riads and take pictures.
And then there is something to photograph - everyone will find the stories to their taste: from wounded horses crouched in narrow streets, merchants in the shops of various goods, to a magnificent subject photography).
In the evening, a visit to the traditional public Moroccan hamam (without cameras), with natural soaps, scrubs - we will be laundered from dyeing).
The Riad in Fez.

Day 7, November 2: Thess. Dyeing. Medina of Fes-el-Bali.
The second day in Fez - a day of free photography in Medina Fes-el-Bali, you are welcome:

Gate to the Medina of Fes el Bali, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Guides will be with the group and it will all be like this:
each participant of the photo tour will have his own printed map of Medina and wander about in interesting places.
If anyone gets lost - communication by phone.
And it's not hard to get lost in the medina - everything is constantly flowing into everything:

The walls of the medina of Fez, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

It is possible to visit the second dye of Fez, it is at the opposite gates of Medina, it will also be interesting to visit the quarter of masters who make magnificent metal dishes - Moroccan teapots and dishes are recognizable all over the world.
Stop!
There are so many things to tell about the Medina of Fes-el-Bali:
The old city of Fes-el-Bali is about 9,400 lanes and alleys, within which it is easy to get lost).
And this is a very charming place, a paradise for photographers:
The entire territory of the old medina consists of 40 independent quarters, each of which has a closed structure and includes its water supply, hammam, mosque and bakery.
From one quarter to another you can get through the doors.
For security reasons, they were closed for the night in previous years, but today this tradition is observed only on the night from Friday to Saturday.

All the buildings are joined together by slabs, which creates a single integrity of Fes-el-Bali, and only the doors are the connecting link between quarters.
Also, you do not determine who owns the house - the poor or the rich faci: all the facades are very similar in appearance, the difference in the interior, which can only be seen through the open doors.

Each quarter has its own craft direction.
Quarter Tenneurs is considered the home of the best masters of tanning production of Shuar, famous throughout the world.
Nejarin is the carpentry of the master, exquisite works of pottery can be enjoyed in the Henne quarter.
Paradise for women will be the Bab-Smarin areas, where they create the most luxurious jewelry and Bu-Inanya, which is famous for the production of henna, here you can decorate yourself with a traditional painting on the body - mehendi.

The old part of the city is the most interesting for photographers in Fez - there is a real opportunity to play with the plots, with rhymes, with forms, with the surrounding world:
fountains with a real Moroccan mosaic, narrow streets, along which the donkeys loaded with goods, the noise of markets, the towers of madrassas and mosques, as well as the dizzying aromas of spices.
Here you can spend hours admiring each building, because they all have reached our days, almost in its original form.

Fes close-up, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

The facades and doors of many houses have a magnificent finish in the form of lace wood carvings, colored mosaics and arabesques above the entrance.
All this looks massively, soundly and beautifully, which was really built for centuries.
Thanks to the support of UNESCO, since the mid-20th century, large-scale restoration works have been carried out in the medina, and since 1980 it has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

We have lunch and dinner in Medina in a free schedule, there is a lot of everything and everything is clean.
We, for example, were very fond of lunching at the trays with cooked grape snails and soup from them.
The Riad in Fez.

Day 8, November 3: Fez - Merzouga.
Very early ascent: today we have a big crossing of Fez - Merzouga, we will cross the Atlas Mountains and get to the edge of the Sahara).
We will live today in a luxurious warm camp in the sand, really luxurious - with all the amenities, and with camels:

Camping in Merzouga, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

an evening walk on camels in the desert and a morning walk on camels to the desert - that's what awaits us in terms of photography in the next day.
then immediately I want to say that camels in our case - not entertainment at all:

Evening walk on the dunes of Merzouga, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

on camels there is an opportunity to quickly climb far into the dunes and quietly take pictures in nezahozhennyh places.
Back, if desired, you can go back on foot - along the trodden track, and accompanied by guides, taking a leisurely photograph, or - again - riding animals.
Therefore, we need to come to Merzoug much before dark - to have time to jump on the camels and go to the desert for an evening photograph of the dunes, which are here, well, very bright.

Sands of the Sahara, Merzouga, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

In the evening in a camp, as a rule, there are all sorts of national folk songs and dances near the bonfires, but here already as lucky.
Camping in the sand of Merzouga.

Day 9, November 4: The Merzouga. Photographing in the desert.
Today, almost everything is devoted to photography in the Sahara.
In the morning we go again on camels to the sand, for the morning photography of the dunes.

Dunes of Merzouga, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

We return to the camping, have breakfast and move to the hotel in Merzouga.
The hotel is large, nice with a swimming pool).
Merzouga itself is a tiny village with wide streets and one-story houses-mazanka on the edge of the desert and the world.

A short rest by the pool and we go to lunch in the neighborhood of Merzouga, try the famous Berber pizza, at the same time we'll take a walk around the Medina - they are also in the nearest settlements.
There are a lot of photogenic places in the daytime, well, for example. such rorquals - a canopy cafe with a strong fragrant Moroccan coffee, it is nice to combine a cup of nose-nose (the local name for coffee and milk) with a photo shoot:

A canopy in a Moroccan cafe, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Closer to 16.00 we return to the hotel and are preparing for another adventure:
a two-hour trip to the desert on quad bikes.

A trip to the quad on the dunes, Merzouga, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

For those who have never ridden a quad bike:
it's easy and the instructor will go with us.
And ATVs for us - the only way to get far into the dunes and take pictures in an individual mode.

And the distant dunes are beautiful, beautiful):

Dunes of the Sahara, Merzouga, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Hotel in Merzouga.

Day 10, November 5: Merzouga - Tengir village - Todra gorge - the gorge of Dades.
Today we leave the Sahara and go to our meetings with the kasbas of Morocco:
We will have another change of landscapes - from the desert to the high mountains.

But, before we go to the country of Kasb, we will visit the paleontological museum, in combination a huge shop-shop and shop, you can take pictures here calmly and in good light conditions.
And take pictures of what),
Morocco, among other things, also paleontological "El Dorado".
Paleontological museums are here at every turn, fossils are sold in virtually all shops.
The abundance and safety of specimens in such museums can not but amaze!
For example, trilobites, here, probably, are the best on our planet!
The choice of trilobites in Morocco is rich, their availability is very simple:
100% of the rock outcrops turn the southern part of the Anti-Atlas Mountains into a paradise for the geologist - and we will collect trilobites ourselves this very evening).

The vast rocky deserts in the Cambrian in Morocco were once covered by the ocean.
At the beginning of the Ordovician period, 485-444 million years ago, life was boiling here.
Remnants of the bizarre creatures that inhabited these places, by our time, have turned into mineralized spots of purple, yellow and orange flowers, according to which paleontologists now restore the events of the distant past.

Plate with trillobites, Merzouga, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

And further on the road - to Tingir.
Tingir (Tineghir) is a city in central-eastern Morocco, in the Draa-Tafilalet region.
It is the capital of the province of Tingir since its inception in 2009, located in the Todha Valley of the Atlas Mountains.
In fact, Tingir is a huge oasis, about 30 km long and 200 m wide, stretching along the river bed of the Todha River.
The climate here is arid, with cool winters. In the city itself, 36,000 people live, and the oasis as a whole has 86,500 inhabitants.

The Tingir region is jammed between two mountain ranges, more than 700 km long.
The river for several millennia broke through the layers of rocks, creating impressive gorges with a height of about 300 meters.
The Todha Valley is the most picturesque in southern Morocco and was used as scenery during the filming of several films, in addition, it is a tourist place, often called the Grand Canyon of Morocco.

The city of Tingir - originally a French garrison, was built around a rocky outcrop on the site of the ancient Glaue Palace, which is closed to visitors.
Tingira's landmark is the palm grove of Todra, located 500 m north of the city center on the way to Erfoud and Errahidia.

Tingir, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

In addition, in the cask of Sheikh Basu O-Ali, in the southern part of the city on Avenue Bir-Anzarane, there is a small museum, which presents beautiful photographs of the surroundings.
The area of Ait al-Haj Ali is of great interest. It is an old center, along its narrow streets with weaving workshops and bazaars there are authentic high houses typical of the architecture of the South Moroccan villages.
That's it here we go, and here we will wander-photograph for several hours.

Old buildings Tingira, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Lunch in the medina of Ait al-Haj Ali, and then through the beautiful Todra Gorge we head to the next stunning place - the Dades gorge.
A bit about Todra Gorge:
The whole point is that the local Todra river (as well as the neighboring river Dades) carved in the local rocks a canyon with sharply sheer walls.
The most spectacular is the last part of the gorge, which is in the depths. Here it narrows to 10 meters wide with surrounding rocks of 160 meters high.
A small stream runs along the bottom of the ravine, the offspring of that mad stormy river that has gnawed out the Todra gorge in the local rocks.

And further, to Dades:
A hundred-meter-long gorge Dades spread between the high systems of the High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas.
In its essence, Dades is a huge river canyon (depth of 200-500 m), "propyled" in local rocks during the winter floods of the Dades River.
In the canyon, green grass flashes and there is some kind of coolness.
Around - a lifeless desert with rare oases and dust storms.
At one time in the desert countryside Berbers built fortresses ("kasba" in Arabic).
In the Dades gorge, they came in handy: in combination with the natural beauty of the canyon, these fortresses are almost a continuation of the mountains, naturally and therefore incredibly fit in the local landscapes.
The walls of the canyon are painted in colors from soft green and red to golden.
Local people say:
"It's generally not the deepest canyon in the world, and it's far from the biggest. But because of the appearance - definitely one of the most beautiful in the world. "

Gorge Dades, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Guest house in the gorge Dades.

Day 11, November 6: Dades - Road 1000 Kasb - El Kela Mguna (store) - Ouarzazate.
In the morning, once again we will pass along the Road 1000 kazb along which there are majestic fortresses made of clay and then we leave for Ouarzazate.

Road 1000 kazb, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Further the road leads through Kelaa Mguna and Skura (known for their plantations of roses and here we stop for about 10 minutes near a shop with real rose water + drink coffee) in Ouarzazate.
By the way, this area has become a film set for many international films - there is a huge shooting range of Hollywood called Atlas.
In 1983, a new life began in Ouarzazate.
The Atlas film studio was opened here, which in time became one of the largest in the world.
Local landscapes and climatic conditions make filmmakers happy:
here films were filmed, which takes place in Tibet and Jamaica, in Jerusalem and even in Texas.
A huge plus is a long light day and cheap labor. Thousands of Moroccans participate in the filming as extras.
By the way, our driver and guide also participated extras in the shooting of the movie "Gladiator" and will gladly talk about it.
Here the famous film "Kundun" by Martin Scorsese was shot - about the life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV.

Until Ouarzazate itself, we will not reach, we will stop in a small guest house in the vicinity of Ouarzazate near Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, closer to the shooting places.
A quick lunch, and today we still have a lot to do, with such views on the neighborhood - from the dining table of our today's haven:

Atlas Mountains in Ouarzazate, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

After lunch - visit the studio of Hollywood.
And, if we have time, bonus:
a short trip to the collection of fossils with the owner of our guest house.
We combine the campaign, of course, with the photographing of the surroundings.
There is no certainty that we will have time to collect the fossils themselves, the schedule is very tense, but there is a hope that we will come up with something - this is really interesting.

By the way, here and the magnificent ceramics in some simply incredible quantities.

Ceramic shop, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Guest house near Ouarzazate.

Day 12, November 7: Ouarzazat - ksar (kasba) Ait Ben Haddu - the village of Tiger - Atlas - Marrakech.
And another more than a busy day:
By 7 o'clock in the morning we leave for the morning photography Ait Ben Haddou.
Then for a while we walk along the fortified cusp, it's just impossible to miss:
Ksar (fortified city) Ait Ben Haddou since 1987 is under the protection of UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
Ait Ben Haddou is located on the left bank of the Ouarzazate River on the hillside.
The valley of the river passes through the desert; the river begins on the southern slopes of the High Atlas and is further lost in the sands of the Sahara.
Ksar arose presumably in the XI century to protect the caravan way.
By the 1990s, the ksar was in a ruined state, only ten families lived in it.

Ksar Ait Ben Haddou is one of the most typical examples of traditional Moroccan clay architecture, prevalent in the pre-Saharan region, south of the High Atlas.
All dwellings of ksara are built of red-brown clay.
Houses with flat roofs are located on the hillside terraces, the streets go horizontally and are connected by arches and narrow aisles.
In ksar there are four entrances, two free ones (the extreme left and the last on the right) and two paid ones.
Free entrances lead through the gate in the wall, while paid passes through the dwellings and belong to two families; in one of the entrances there is a museum.

Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

On this kasbah and authentic villages today will not end:
on the way to Marrakech, we are waiting for another amazing ancient kasba, a small walk along it.

Kasbah, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

And further - the authentic ancient Tigert.

The village of Tiger, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

In Tigert, we also have a stop:
we'll go to the center of the village and spend some time there, taking photos on old streets and in the buildings of the village.

Roofs of the village of Tiger, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Further the road will pass through the mountains of the High Atlas, through the pass of Tizi N'Tishka at an altitude of 2260 meters above sea level.
On the way you will discover fabulous landscapes and until the evening there will be continuous stops for landscape photography of these fabulous beauties.
Late in the evening, closer to the night arrive in Marrakech.
Settlement in the riad, dinner.
Overnight in the Riad of Marrakech.

Day 13, November 8: Marrakech.
About Marrakesh, probably know or hear everything.
Marrakech belongs to the four of the imperial cities of Morocco.
It is an economic center located in the west of the country, which is famous for its mosques, palaces and gardens.
In the medina - the medieval part of the city erected during the reign of the Berbers and surrounded by a fortress wall - tourists are attracted by maze-like streets and colorful bazaars, where traditional textiles, ceramics and jewelry are sold.
The symbol of the city is the Mauritanian minaret of the 12th century Kutubia mosque, which is visible for many kilometers.
One day, here, of course a little and embrace the immensity is impossible, but we will try.
Let's start, perhaps, with the dyeing of Marrakech - it is not as impressionable as the dyer in Fez, but it's worth a look.

Dyer of Marrakech, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

And from here, from the dyeing we will go into the depths of the old city to the most remote centers of the medina.
The date of the founding of Marrakech dates back to the 11th century.
Marrakech impresses with the diversity of ethnic groups, its architecture, as well as its color.
I think that here the group is likely to split up:
those who want to - go with an English-speaking guide to the magnificent palace of Bahia, visit the Saadit tomb, Kutubia Mosque (external inspection), Menara gardens, and only then will come to Medina;
or - you can immediately, bypassing the sights, go to wander in the medina with photo guides - the medina of Marrakech is worth it to spend in it more than one day:

The streets of the medina of Marrakech, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Here we are waiting for the Carnival of Warm Color:
Medina Marrakech is very warm - red, burgundy, chocolate tones are poured here into each other.

Medina of Marrakech, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

And, although the center of the medina is a noisy, continuous market, probably the most numerous in Morocco, but it's worth turning into any of the nooks and getting into a very structured graphically quiet.
And it is here that the paradise for photographers begins.

The medieval spines of Marrakech, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

And we will meet all this evening in the famous square of Jamaâ el el Fna, where, at sunset, the world's only spectacle unfolds, the participants of which are snake charmers, acrobats, dancers, talents ...
And where the magnificent evening photography from the roofs of the cafe and the adjacent houses.

Area of Jamaâ El Fna, Marrakech, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Night streets return to our riads.
Those who still have the strength, continue to photograph - a night shoot of the streets of the medina of Marrakech - very impressionable.
Overnight in the Riad of Marrakech.

Day 14, November 9: Marrakech - Casablanca, transfer to the airport.
Early in the morning we leave Marrakech for Casablanca:
depending on the time of departure - transfer to the airport, and those participants who flew in the evening - a quick day of acquaintance with Casablanca:
of course, we will visit the main attraction of Casablanca for a few minutes - the huge mosque of Hasan II, the construction of which ended in 1993, is located above the Atlantic Ocean next to the medina Casablanca.
In the upper part of the minaret of the mosque, which soars for 210 meters, a laser is installed, the beam of which is directed towards Mecca.

Mosque of Hasan II, Casablanca, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

And then we will go traditionally to a meeting with another medina - the medina Casablanca:
narrow streets, a combination of red and white walls, broken silhouettes of space.

Medina Casablanca, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

Yes, we will have a little time to enjoy the Casablanca medina, and I hope that it will be enough to see also these bright lemon window frames on the maroon wall.
Or others, but also bright and colorful, like the whole fabulous Morocco.

Walls of Medina Casablanca, Morocco, photo tour of Morocco, October 2018.

 

 

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