Northern Coast of Morocco Photosafari from 15-26 Nov 2019

1. Introduction

This photosafari has been specifically planned for passionate photographers that have already visited this intriguing country.

The trip will focus on the north of Morocco. From our starting point in Casablanca, we will travel north along the Atlantic Coast, visit the African side of the strait of Gibraltar and via the Mediterranean coast we will travel through the Rift Mountains via Fez and Meknes back to Casablanca.

Besides tracing the historical sites left behind by the Portuguese, Roman, Spanish and French occupiers, this trip will also offer the participants an unforgettable culinary experience and all the nights will be spent in carefully selected top class hotels.

2. Guided by locals

This photosafari is guided by Maxby and Local Street and wildlife photographer, Bob Endert (LRPS). Bob worked for Canon for 28 years of which 10 years in Asia. Together with his lovely Moroccan wife Fatim, they will ensure you will experience the best of Morocco and also help you eternalize it.

3. Highlights of the trip

  • Visit the capital Rabat, home of the current royal family.
  • Visit Asilah along the Atlantic coast, with its rich history of occupations
  • Discover the African side of the Strait of Gibraltar.
  • Drive the windy Mediterranean coast to visit Tetouan, former Spanish capital in Morocco
  • Stay in luxury boutique hotel in Chefchaouen with optional hike and visit to the Akchour waterfalls
  • Relax and enjoy in exclusive Moroccan style hotels and palaces
  • Witness the production of fine Moroccan wines
  • Explore the nightlife and impressive French colonial past of Casablanca
  • Savour the exotic and excellent Moroccan cuisine
  • Explore the world’s oldest still operational university in Fez

4. Main places to visit.

Asilah

This well preserved, peaceful former Portuguese fortress town along the Atlantic coast is today an artist’s hangout and an excellent location to admire a sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.

Tangier

Ancient port city on the African side of the strait of Gibraltar, Tangier has always been of strategic importance for the numerous empires that ruled this part of Morocco. It is the place where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean and on a clear day provides a view of the Spanish coast and a spectacular sunset.

Rabat

Capital of Morocco and home to the current ruling royal family, Rabat has several impressive historical sites to offer. Because of the international exposure, the inhabitants of Rabat are generally more tolerant to photographers and are often very willing to pose for you.

Fez revisited

The oldest of the imperial cities, this city with its vast and ancient medina requires more than one visit to discover its historical sites and explore some of the ancient residential quarters not frequented by the mainstream tourists.

Meknes

One of the four imperial cities often skipped by first time visitors. With its photogenic ancient gates, high walls and royal stables, it definitely deserves a stop-over. November is also the month to experience the region’s wine production!

Akchour (optional)

The 30 minute drive from our boutique hotel in Chefchaouen to the waterfalls of Akchour offers some breathtaking views of the RIF Mountains and its plantations. The optional 3-hour hike to the highest waterfall requires good shoes and physical condition. During this day, participants can also choose to remain in Chefchaouen

Tetouan

Former capital of the Spanish protectorate of Morocco, this Mediterranean port has been very nicely renovated over the last few years. Its bright white colored Medina is a UNESCO world heritage site offering great photo opportunities in combination with clear blue skies.

Casablanca revisited

There is more to see in Casablanca than just the impressive mosque Hassan II. A second visit to the city will allow us to explore its French colonial past, its medina and its western style nightlife.

5. How to get there?

Most of the Airlines have not fixed their next year’s schedule. The prices will vary when most of the Airlines have fixed their schedules.

6. Hotel Quality

The hotels have been carefully selected for this trip. Bob and Fatim have personally stayed in those hotels during their recce trip. The hotels will be four star and above.

7. Visa Requirements

There is no Moroccan Visa requirements for Malaysians Here is the complete list of countries that are exempted from applying Moroccan Visa.

8. Notes to Participants

  • Morocco is a Muslim Country
  • Please wear appropriately
  • Food – most of the time it will be halal food. Mutton or lamb plays an important part in the Moroccan cuisine. Of course, you can find other choices of meats like beef, chicken and seafood at the ports.
  • Some say that Moroccan cuisines are exquisite.
  • We will be staying at carefully selected 4* or 5* hotels on this trip.
  • Trip difficulty – Easy to Moderate.

9. Itinerary

15 November – Day 1 Arrival (D)

  • Arrive at Casablanca International Airport Mohamed 5
  • Pick-up and check into Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner  

16 November – Day 2 (B,L,D) Casablanca – Rabat

  • Breakfast & check-out
  • Visit potteries of Sale
  • Lunch in Rabat
  • Check-in
  • Visit mausoleum and tour Hassan
  • Dinner

17 November – Day 3 (B,L,D) Rabat

  • Breakfast
  • Medina
  • Lunch in town center
  • Visit Oudaya and Chellah
  • Dinner

18 November – Day 4 (B,L,D) – Rabat – Tangier

  • Breakfast and check-out
  • Drive to Asilah via Larache
  • Lunch in Larache
  • Visit Asilah
  • Dinner and sunset in Asilah
  • Drive to Tangier

19 November – Day 5 (B,L,D) Tangier

  • Breakfast
  • Visit historical center
  • Lunch
  • Visit lighthouse
  • Dinner

20 November – Day 6 (B,L,D) Tangier – Chefchaouen

  • Breakfast and check-out
  • Visit Tetouan (UNESCO site)
  • Lunch in Tetouan
  • Drive to Chefchaouen
  • Check-in
  • Dinner and evening walk

21 November – Day 7 (B,L,D) Akchour (optional)

  • Breakfast
  • Drive to Akchour waterfalls
  • 3 hour hike (optional)
  • Lunch
  • Drive back to Chefchaouen
  • Free time in Chefchaouen
  • Dinner

22 November Day 8 (B,L,D) Chefchaouen – Fez

  • Breakfast and check out
  • Coffee break in Ouezzane
  • Grilled meat lunch
  • Drive to Fez
  • Check-in
  • Relax in hotel

23 November Day 9 (B,L,D) Fez

  • Breakfast
  • Visit historical sites
  • Lunch
  • Walk in medina off tourist trails
  • Dinner

24 November – Day 10 (B,L,D) Fez – Meknes

  • Breakfast and check-out
  • Visit Volubilis
  • Lunch in Moulay Idriss
  • Visit ancient Meknes gates and stables
  • Check-in and dinner

25 November – Day 11 (B,L,D) Meknes – Casablanca

  • Breakfast and check-out
  • Visit Roslane wineries
  • Lunch in El Arjat
  • Souvenir shopping in Habous
  • Farewell dinner

26 November – Day 12 (B)  – Casablanca International Airport

  • Breakfast and check-out
  • Departure for Casablanca airport

Please get in touch with us for enquiries or booking. Contact us at maxbee@gmail.com

Photo Gallery

Casablanca
Asilah Coast
Meknes Vineyards
Rabat
Rabat
Rabat
Tanger
Tetouan
Tetouan
Moroccan Cuisine

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