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Kids in the Kasbahs
Transport - Minibus, on foot, camel.
Accommodation - Hotels and guesthouses (7nts).
Meals - 7 breakfasts
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Today you will start your tour from your joining hotel in Marrakech. The name Marrakech conjures up images of scenes from the Arabian Nights: alleyways, souks, stalls and markets. This remarkable city, dating from the 11th century, never fails to satisfy the curiosity of adventurous travellers. The graceful architecture of the renowned Koutoubia Minaret, dominates the skyline.
Hotel Amine (AAA) - 1 night
The hotel is located just outside the city walls around the old Medina. It is about a 30 minute walk to the main square Djemaa el Fna (or short calesh/taxi ride) but close to local shops and restaurants
Introduction to the photography guidance on tour. A talk about photography, the places we will visit and the many photographic opportunities throughout the week. Check everyone's camera and settings
Drive to Ifergane; cross Atlas Mountains
You start your adventure with a bus journey (approx 6-7 hours) across the Atlas Mountains - rising to a height of 2092m at the Tizi-n-Test Pass. On the way you can visit the 12th century mosque Tinmal. Your destination is Ifergane, a pleasant village in the foothills of the mountains, and home to the Berber people who inhabited the land centuries before the Arabs arrived 1,200 or so years ago. These proud people still speak a separate language, which consists of three main dialects. Although Arabic is gaining an ever-increasing foothold, most people - especially the young - know a few words of French too. The overall journey time today is approximately six to seven hours - it is the longest travelling day of the trip. With the fading sun dipping below the mountains, you will undoubtedly find yourselves sipping a traditionally prepared glass of sweet mint tea while you wait for your evening meal to be served. The sound of the muezzin can often be heard giving the call to prayer.
Auberge Organier D'Or (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
Introduce Photo Challenge 1. Your first photo challenge will be unveiled today! Don’t worry, you will receive one-to-one assistance and guidance whilst travelling. Advice for photographing on movement from the bus and on foot in preparation for walk tomorrow
Ifergane; Atlas village & oasis walks
This day will start with a relaxing morning, giving you the opportunity to walk and to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. You can stroll through the oasis and there are local villages to explore. The oasis is full of palm trees and streams of water giving an exotic feel to the area. You can have a go at riding a donkey around the fields. Afterwards, a short drive takes to Taroudante city (approx. 30 minutes) where you visit the tanneries. The distinctive smell of the tanneries is noticeable from a distance. Moroccan leather goods are very popular and here you can learn how the animal skins are cured to produce the leather. (B)
Photo Challenge 2
Today you learn about F-stops, shutter speeds, ISO settings, metering modes, and depth of field, light & shadow, composition. We aim for close observation of animal movements (donkeys) to encourage more intimate shots and learn to do portraiture in the local villagee. Review, discuss and evaluate your work – with a more in depth assessment of images. Review progress and ideas for photo books and journals. Preparation for tomorrow: Advice for photographing on the water, the birds and animals you see. Insight into colour, shape, space, texture, reflections, light and shade.
Agadir & beach time
Today you continue driving through the fertile Souss plain along many vegetable and fruit farms, crossing the Argan tree forest where you might see goats climbing the trees. You continue on towards Taghazoute beach on the Atlantic coast, where you have a picnic lunch (approx. 1 1/2 hours). This is a popular spot for beach lovers, and it is not hard to see why. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the wide sandy beach and Atlantic waves at Agadir where you spend the night.
Ibis Hotel (AA) - 1 night (B)
Photo Challenge 3
As you take to the water, today you experiment with reflections, contrast, light and shadow. Brush up on depth of field, composition, shutter speed.
Review photos. Professional tips: Introduction to Photoshop and basic digital adjustments and digital artistry. Printing, presentation and copyright.
Essaouira; camel ride & picnic on the beach
You travel up the coast to Sidi Kaouki (approx. 2 1/2 hours), where a real highlight awaits you: You mount camels to ride across the expansive sand dunes - enjoying the view from this moving vantage point is a great feeling! Having worked up an appetite, you enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach before you get back in the bus to continue to Essaouira (approx. 30 mins). Arriving in Essaouira you find yourselves in one of Morocco’s most attractive coastal cities. The wild waves of the Atlantic crash remorselessly onto the rocky coastline of this old pirates’ hideout. Portuguese, Berber and French battlements encircle the maze of narrow lanes with tiny cafes looking out onto small squares. Two fortresses look out over the ocean, and on an offshore island stands another, even larger castle. As befits a seaport, the pace of life is more relaxed here, and the whitewashed streets lend a seemingly Mediterranean air to the city.
Beau Rivage Hotel (AA) - 2 nights (B)
Photo Challenge 4
Today as we travel through the desert we learn to play with distance and target dimension with optical illusion, practicing with shutter speed aperture, light exposition, use of filters.
Essaouira; explore port
This morning you can stroll around the lively old port, which is full of colour and interest. The early morning is the best time - when fishermen can be seen bringing in their catch or mending their nets. The harbour was once the lair of pirates who sailed out to plunder richly laden ships that passed along the coast - after all, this was the main trade route round the Cape of Good Hope to Western Europe. It later became a free port, when it had a small international community of merchants. The cosmopolitan mixture of different influences makes it a wonderful place to explore - and it is full of visual surprises. The whole day is free to relax and wander as you please. Take a leisurely stroll along the ramparts, visit the little workshops which specialise in ornate inlaid work using thuya wood (a local conifer), spend time on the glorious beach or enjoy a meal of freshly-cooked sardines down on the quayside. (B)
Photo Challenge 5
Meet and photograph the sunset from Essaouira port (for those who would like to).
Drive to Marrakech; city tour
Leaving Essaouira behind, you journey inland by private charter bus to Marrakech; this will take approximately three hours. This afternoon head off on a walking tour of the centre - which takes in the main sights - and make your way into the sprawling souk. As is usual in a souk, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, the potters, weavers etc, making it easy to find what you are after. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you’re almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display - perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers, or some exotic spices.
The Djemaa el-Fna provides the throbbing atmosphere of a medieval fair; it always seems full of life and continues late into the night. In this great open square at the heart of the medina, snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies. Each time of day seems to carry a distinct character, so do keep popping back for more!
Hotel Amine (AAA) - 1 night (B)
Photo Challenge 6 (final challenge)
Chance to have fun with all the different photographic techniques you've learnt in the market, including close up and detail shots, shape, space, colour, patterns and textures. Learn how to capture colour, life, composition, light, shadow in the midst of a bustling market.
Final get together and reviews, and the end of the photo challenges. And get the winner of the overall competition.
Tour ends today at your hotel after breakfast. (B)
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Our children were engaged throughout, especially by the swimming pool in the Auberge in Ifergane. One said that the holiday was five times better than any we had had before. The holiday was very good value.