ALL THE MAGIC OF MOROCCO, 25 JAN-7 FEB, 2026

ALL THE MAGIC OF MOROCCO
25 JAN-7 FEB, 2026

with Jeremy Woodhouse
(14 days/13 nights), maximum group size 9

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Envision a land where vibrant colors dance under the golden sun, where the scent of exotic spices mixes with the sweet aroma of freshly brewed mint tea. Morocco, a land of mystery, is a collage of ancient medinas adorned with intricate tilework, bustling souks alive with the chatter of bargaining locals, and hidden riads where peaceful courtyards whisper tales of the past. The Sahara's endless dunes beckon with their timeless allure, while the Atlas Mountains stand grandly, their snow-capped peaks a stark contrast against the desert's heat. Here, history weaves through every narrow alley, every ornate doorway, and every traditional artisan's workshop, creating a realm where fantasy and reality intertwine in an enchanting embrace.


Itinerary 

Day 1: Jan 25, 2026—Marrakech

Our ground representative will welcome you at Marrakech airport and privately transfer you to the hotel. The group will meet at 7 PM for an introduction and briefing, followed by dinner.

O/N Marrakech (D)

Day 2: Jan 26, 2026—Marrakech
On our first day, we'll dive into the vibrant heart of Morocco: Marrakech. Our journey begins with visits to architectural gems like the Bahia Palace and the Medersa Ben Youssef. However, the main highlight will be the bustling medina (old town), where we'll explore its colorful shops and souks (markets). We'll then head to the renowned Djemaa el-Fna square, filled with snake charmers, acrobats, and storytellers. As the day ends, we'll savor the stunning sunset views from a rooftop restaurant.

O/N Marrakech (B,L,D)

Day 3: Jan 27, 2026—Marrakech - Ouarzazate
After breakfast, we'll embark on our photographic adventure to the Sahara Desert. Departing from Marrakech, we'll drive south across the High Atlas Mountains and the Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Along the way, we'll pause to capture the stunning panoramic views and majestic landscapes. In the afternoon, we'll arrive at one of the most impressive and well-preserved kasbahs, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. This picturesque fortified village, a filming location for numerous famous movies such as Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, Kundun, and The Jewel of the Nile, offers exciting opportunities for exploration and photography.

O/N Ouarzazate (B,L,D

Day 4 - Jan 28, 2026
Today, we will depart from Ouarzazate, driving through rugged mountainous landscapes until we reach Agdez, the first town in the Draa Valley. We will continue our journey along the Draa River, passing through vast date palm oases. Historically, the Draa Valley served as a crucial link between the Sahara and northern Morocco for trading caravans over centuries. This region remains well-preserved, maintaining its traditional customs and way of life. As we pass through Zagora, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and desolate. After the small village of Tagounite, we will go off-road to reach the windswept dunes of Erg Lihoudi. Here, we will have ample time to explore the dunes and capture their unique sand patterns, offering exceptional photo opportunities.

O/N M’hamid (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Jan 29, 2026
Following breakfast, our journey takes us to M’hamid, where the paved road gives way to an off-road adventure spanning 60 kilometers. As we traverse this rugged path, we’ll encounter the diverse landscapes of the desert: the sweeping sand dunes of erg, the rocky expanses of reg, the stony plains of hammada, and the lush oases. The Chagaga Sand Dunes, isolated from civilization, offer a truly enchanting experience, immersing you in the profound tranquility and vastness of the desert. Known as the largest dune area in Morocco, Chagaga promises an unforgettable escape.

O/N Desert Camp (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Jan 30, 2026
Early risers can climb a high dune to witness the sunrise, basking in the soft glow of the new day. As morning progresses, we will leave the bivouac and journey off-road through the stony desert back to M’hamid. In the afternoon, we'll explore this quaint village, capturing its charm and, in the evening, photographing the nearby small, picturesque dunes.

O/N M’hamid (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Jan 31, 2026
Embarking on a new desert odyssey to Merzouga, our morning journey begins. Our route takes us from the Draa Valley, which is celebrated for its succulent dates. Along the meandering path beside the Draa River, you'll be greeted by expansive date palm oases and patches of verdant fields. Departing the valley in Tansikht, we'll traverse dry desert vistas sprinkled with acacia trees and quaint Berber hamlets, leading us onward to Rissani and finally Merzouga. Upon reaching the majestic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, we'll delve into their allure during the "golden hour" when the shifting shadows add depth to their beauty.

O/N Erg Chebbi (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Feb 1, 2026
Those who rise early will be treated to the mesmerizing spectacle of sunrise and the gentle morning glow in the expansive "sea of sand". Following breakfast, our journey continues with a drive to Rissani, where we'll explore the bustling Sunday market famously known for its unique "donkey parking place". This vibrant rural market exudes authenticity, attracting farmers from distant lands who arrive on their trusty donkeys to trade goods. Before the day bids adieu, you'll relish a magical camel ride into the sand dunes, an experience that captures the essence of this desert realm. Rest for the night in accommodations nestled near the captivating Sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

O/N Erg Chebbi (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Feb 2, 2026
Leaving behind the enchanting sand dunes, our journey unfolds towards Erfoud, renowned for its exquisite dates and ancient fossils. Traveling through the scenic Ziz Valley, we'll be treated to panoramic views of the Middle Atlas Mountains as we approach Midelt. The afternoon sees us crossing the majestic Middle Atlas Mountains, venturing eastward via Ifrane, often likened to "The Moroccan Switzerland". We hope to encounter and capture glimpses of Berber monkeys in their forest habitat along the way. As day fades into evening, we reach Fès, the oldest among Morocco's imperial cities and revered as the country's cultural, intellectual, and spiritual hub. 

O/N Fes (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Feb 3, 2026
Today beckons an exploration of Fès, often hailed as the Athens of Africa. This city is a treasure trove of historical landmarks, cultural heritage, and exquisite handicrafts. Your journey will unravel within the enigmatic Medina known as Fès El Bali, a UNESCO World Heritage site characterized by its labyrinthine alleys adorned with shops, medersas, mosques, and traditional residences. Delve into the city's essence through visits to Borj Sued and Borj Nord, the enchanting Bou Inania Medersa, the vibrant tanneries, and the grand gates of the Royal Palace. Fès promises a captivating experience for street photography enthusiasts and those captivated by the allure of ancient charm.

O/N Fes (B,L,D)

Day 11 – Feb 4, 2026
Once breakfast is done, we'll set our course eastward from Fès towards enchanting Chefchaouen. The journey will lead us through lush green mountains cloaked in verdant trees, ultimately unveiling the mesmerizing blue hues of Chefchaouen. This quaint mountain city, adorned with its signature blue and white painted houses, presents a photographer's dream. Its colorful medina beckons exploration, offering tranquil vistas tucked away amidst the mountains.

O/N Chefchaouen (B,L,D)

Day 12: Feb 5, 2026—Chefchaouen
Today's adventure begins with a visit to the mesmerizing Kasbah of Chefchaouen, followed by a leisurely stroll through the labyrinthine lanes of the medina. Prepare your camera to capture the allure of old, blue-painted houses, the curious street cats on their daily quests, and the abundance of charming shops showcasing unique regional handicrafts. The medina is a canvas waiting for your creative touch, offering endless opportunities for captivating street photography. After a day of exploration, we'll find comfort in our hotel nestled amidst the picturesque streets of Chefchaouen.

O/N Chefchaouen (B,L,D)

Day 13: Feb 6, 2026—Chefchaouen - Casablanca
Following breakfast, we embark on our journey to Casablanca, offering you the chance to capture the stunning beauty of the Hassan II Mosque. As the largest mosque in Africa, with the world's tallest minaret soaring at 210 meters, it promises an awe-inspiring sight for your lens. After this captivating visit, our path leads us back to Marrakech, marking the conclusion of our unforgettable photo tour.

O/N Marrakech (B,L,D)

Day 14: Feb 7, 2026—Marrakech - Airport
Depart for home. A private driver will transport you to the airport.
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TOUR EXTENSION: ESSAOUIRA

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FISHING BOATS AT ESSAOUIRA— IMAGE © JEREMY WOODHOUSE


Average Weather in Morocco in February

Morocco has a warm year-round climate thanks to its location in North Africa with the Sahara Desert in the south. There are some great places for a winter holiday, with many parts of the country getting lots of sunny, dry weather at this time.

Climatic regions
There’s differing weather across Morocco because of its geography. Coastal spots are mainly Mediterranean, while the North Atlantic coast is a bit cooler due to the Canary Current. The Sahara means temperatures soar in the south, while places inland, such as Marrakech, are also hot as there’s no sea to cool things down.

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9 SPOTS OPEN
$9,995
SINGLE $1,450

TOUR DATES: 25 JAN-7 FEB, 2026
EXTENSION: 7-9 FEB, 2026

MAXIMUM 9 PARTICIPANTS


Rosa

Trip Leader: Rosa Frei

Jeremy

Trip Leader: Jeremy Woodhouse

Piper Turkana Festival

Trip Leader; Piper Mackay


Typical Accommodation

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Tour Price Includes

  • Airport transfers on the date of arrival and departure
  • Transport in comfortable 4X4 off-road vehicles
  • 13 night's accommodation
  • All meals as stated on the itinerary B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)
  • 3 professional photographic guides (2 if six clients or less)
  • Camel ride in the desert
  • A photoshoot budget of €1000
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides
  • Water in vehicles

Tour Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for drivers/guides
  • Personal expenditures

      Camera Equipment Checklist

      • Camera and extra lenses
      • Filters
      • Battery charger and reserve batteries
      • Reserve memory cards
      • Tripod
      • Laptop and ext. hard drives, with accessories
      • Card reader
      • Cleaning material
      • Raincoat for the camera in case of heavy winds in the desert.  
      • Zip plastic bags for all camera items and other electronic items are recommended for the desert.