Instructor: Yiannis Rizomarkos

From the peaks of the High Atlas to the Atlantic Ocean dunes, this travelogue was designed according to the aims of the photographer-traveler and offers a comprehensive overview of the exceptionally diverse landscape and exciting South Moroccan culture.

Travelling around with 4×4 vehicles, we will cross the eternal paths of nomads and merchants through epic mountain ranges, rocky deserts and ancient cities, we will approach distant Berber villages and photograph the lyrical landscapes and the traditional lifestyle of the tribes of the High Atlas. In Marrakech, we will wander through the maze of the medina (old town) and the suk (market) among vendors, acrobats and sorcerers, musicians and snake charmers, and we will create images of the frenzied pulse of the city. The photographic adventure ends at Essaourira, on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Dunes and exciting seascapes, windsurfers and locals who play beach football on weekends, the colorful harbor and the atmosphere of the fortified medina will provide us with authentic travel photos that capture the character of the place and as well as our feelings. As part of the trip, participants will photograph daily with Yiannis, taking personal advice on the approach of the subject and the editing of their images.

The trip to the South starts from Tizi n’Tichka, the tallest mountain pass in North Africa of an altitude of 2,260 meters. On our way we will enjoy the breathtaking view of the Atlas Mountains with the many small traditional villages of Berber and photograph the traditional process of making Argan Oil from local women in one of the many associations. Following the classic route of the caravan to the strange Kasbah (fortress) of the medieval Telouet style with its Moorish architecture, we will hear stories that will enliven our photos, while the late afternoon we will record the light that falls on the ancient clay walls in the photogenic village Aït Ben Haddou (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Continuing our journey with 4 × 4 vehicles we will be off-road, in the valleys with the thousand Kasbah and next to unusual rocky formations and will explore narrow gorges. Spring is the best time to admire the Dades River and the lush gardens along the almond trees and walnuts paths, as well as the rosy pink meadows passing through the ”Valley of the Roses”. We will meet families of nomads who still live in caves in the rugged mountainous landscapes of the High Atlas and spend time drinking a glass of tea with them and taking snapshots of their everyday lives.

The journey to the Atlas is completed after 4 days in the strategically located Ouarzazate, the “Gate of Sahara”. Surrounded by dramatic landscapes, loved by a number of cinematographic crews (scenes from the films “The Gladiator,” “Laurence of Arabia” and “Alexander” have been filmed in the surrounding area), they have been bringing together for centuries traders who made their purchases within the walls of Kasbah Taourirt.

Following the route to the Atlantic, we will have a two full day time in Marrakech to get lost in his medina and capture the colorful chaos of the central Djemma el Fna (declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), the magnificent Majorelle Garden, the architecture, the bazaars and the energy of this ancient city.

Extended program: For the lucky ones who will continue the trip with the instructor for for 3 more days, Essaouira on the Atlantic coast and surrounding areas will be our latest photographic stop. The atmospheric fishing harbor with the blue boats, the medina with the wavy bastions (registered in the UNESCO heritage), the long sandy beach that attracts windsurfers from all over the world and hides within its ruined medieval castles, the world’s only Argan tree forest to which the goats climb over the Argan trees to “collect” the fruit, make Essaourira the perfect photo finish of the trip.

Morocco is a country with somber diversity, warm hospitality and hundreds of faces. Everything is ready to welcome all those who are looking for yet another photo adventure!

The trek is addressed to everyone, regardless of their photographic level, to beginners with basic technical knowledge, as well as to more experienced photographers who want to acquire a strong travel portfolio. Participants should have a laptop for the editing of their pictures.

 

Suggested prior knowledge: Photography Basics

INFORMATION

Duration: 7 & 10 days

Cost: 1230 € in double room & 1510 € in single room for 7 days

1430 € in a double room & 1710 € in a single room for 10 days

Dates: Departure Good Friday 26th of April, return Friday 3rd or Monday 6th of May

Registrations until Friday, February 15th!

IMPORTANT NOTE

Flights to and from Marrakech are carried out exclusively for Athens by Ryanair and are unique. So you have to book your tickets instantly, as the prices rise day by day! The departure flight from Athens is common to all G. Friday 26th  April at 13:00, while the 2 returns from Marrakech are Friday May 3rd  at 06:15 and Monday 6th  May at 07:10. We suggest to everyone to choose a suitcase extra to hand baggage. For holders of a Greek passport, visa is not necessary, provided the passport is valid for 6 months from the date of the entry into the country.

Maximum number of participants 11 people.

FULLY BOOKED!

 

COST OF PROGRAM PER PERSON

  • Friday 26th of April to Friday 3rd of May, 7 nights
  • 1230 € in double room, 1306,80 € incl. VAT
  • 1510 € in single room, 1586,80 € incl. VAT
  • Friday 26th of April to Monday 6th of May, 10 nights
  • 1430 € in double room, 1533,20 € incl. VAT
  • 1710 € in single room 1810,80 € incl. VAT

 

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation: In Riads (traditional Moroccan dwellings) and 3 * hotels for 7 & 10 nights in 5 & 6 different locations respectively.
  • Meals: 7 & 10 morning meals, 4 dinners.
  • Transfers: 5 days with 4×4 air-conditioned vehicles with local English-speaking driver-fixer (4 persons / vehicle) for all routes from the airport to our return from the Atlas to the Marrakech hotel.
  • Personal photographic guidance and image editing for the final portfolio.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • The flights.
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned above.
  • Tips for drivers, 300 Dhr / person. In general, tipping in Morocco is very important for those who provide a service and is a common practice.
  • Entrance ticket and Telouet tour, 100Dhr / person.
  • Transfer from the hotel at Marrakech to the airport.
  • Traveling from Marrakech to Essaouira and back.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned.

 

PAYMENT

Participation is pre-paid at 40% of the cost, which is non-refundable in case of cancellation. The remaining 40% will be paid until Friday 15th of February and the pay-off (20%) is due to Monday 1st of April. If the 2nd installment or repayment is not paid by the due date, the school may consider the participation canceled and retain the deposit paid.

 

CANCELLATION

For cancellations by February the 15th , the school keeps the amount of the deposit and refunds the balance. Cancellation after February 15th cannot be refunded.

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