Immerse yourself on a captivating GIRLS GETAWAY, as I host you on an an amazing adventure through a land of centuries-old culture and customs, discover the "Land of Sunset" and the "Gateway to Africa" - Morocco!
Leave the selfie stick at home! We are partnering with This Is Photography’s very own, Heather Crosby Gionet for this trip! Heather will join us, behind the camera, capturing all the fun as we immerse ourselves in this historic country!
Accommodations 11 Days, 10 Nights
17 Meals 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Must See Excursions
Explore Fes, one of the holiest cities in the Muslim world.
Stroll through the cobbled alleyways of ancient markets and medinas.
Jump into a 4x4 and traverse the Sahara Desert to your tented camp for 2 nights.
Board a camel and explore the desert.
Visit a desert oasis to meet a local farmer.
Experience Moroccan hospitality during a festive dinner at your riad.
Select your own ingredients before a CULINARY WORKSHOP at a local women's cooperative.
Digital access to prints will be available to all participants.
Price: $3999 per person, double occupancy.
Pre or Post Night Stays
Any printed photography.
(Oct 17th to spend one night in Casablanca prior to tour start)
On a captivating adventure through a land of centuries-old culture and customs, discover the “Land of Sunset” and “Gateway to Africa” – the place they call Morocco.
October 19th, 2020
Morocco - Tour Begins
Your journey begins in Casablanca. This evening, take in the aromas of coriander, allspice and ginger as you join your fellow travellers for a traditional Moroccan dinner. (D)
Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes - Fes
Gaze upon the intricate, colourful artistry of ceramic tile and hand- carved stone during a visit to the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque. Then we’re off to Rabat, Morocco’s capital, to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. The epitome of modern Moroccan design, the mausoleum’s ornate woodwork, marble, and bronze ornamentations make this a tomb truly fit for a king. Then, it’s on to the imperial city of Meknes (UNESCO World Heritage site), home of the ancient door, the Bab El Mansour, and the historic gate, the Bab El Khamis.
Arrive at your riad, a traditional Moroccan building (and Arabic for“garden”) just in time for dinner. (B, D)
Get ready to discover Fes, one of the holiest cities in the world. Learn about its history as a centre of government, philosophy, medicine, and religion. Step back in time on an eye-opening tour featuring the centuries-old Medersa Bou Inania, the Jewish Quarter, city ramparts, and the palace gates. On a walking tour of the 9th-century medina, explore the alleyways and stalls of this ancient market. At the famous leather tanneries, watch as craftsmen tan and dye leather among the honeycomb of colourful vats. (B)
Fes - Midelt - Erfoud - Sahara Desert
Cross some of Morocco’s most breathtaking desert landscapes on the way to the Sahara. En route, pause in Midelt to bask in majestic views of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Arrive in Erfoud, the “Door to the Desert,” and make your way by 4x4 jeep to your luxurious tented camp for a magical 2-night stay in the Sahara Desert. (B, D)
Sahara Desert Expedition
Rise early to watch the sun illuminate the Sahara in stunning hues of orange, yellow and red. Begin your day by travelling to a desert oasis. Meet a local farmer to discuss the challenges of survival in the desert before travelling to a village to experience traditional North African Gnawa music. Continue on your desert expedition and meet a nomadic community that travels across the desert with the changing seasons. Return to your camp as the sun sets over the dunes. This evening, reflect on the serenity and beauty of the desert under a tapestry of twinkling stars. (B, L, D)
Sahara Desert - Todra Gorge - Boumalne du Dades
Return to the edge of the desert via camel and marvel at the sunrise as it illuminates the sands. In the new light of day, begin the journey to Todra Gorge, one of the most spectacular canyons in the world. Arrive in Morocco’s “Grand Canyon,”
Boumalne du Dades, where a golden sun lights up the gorge’s river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes. (B, D)
Boulmalne du Dades - Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou - Marrakesh
Follow the rugged “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs,” where turreted fortresses rise up like sandcastles along this ancient trading route. Arrive at the UNESCO site of the
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou and discover the earthen buildings, defensive walls, and corner towers that make the ksar a striking feat of Moroccan architecture. Make a stop at a local argan oil cooperative on the drive through the Valley of Roses. Before you reach the exotic city of Marrakech, continue along the Tizi n’Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains, a scenic route through lush oasis valleys, imposing mountains and several Berber villages, before arriving in the ancient city of Marrakech. (B)
Among the mosques and palaces, souks and riads, visit the ancient El Bahia Palace, whose architecture is a distinct blend of both Islamic and Moroccan styles. See the vibrant Jewish Mellah and the majestic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque. Pass the Royal Palace on a tour of the ancient city wall. Then it’s your choice! Visit the Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum, two iconic sites that showcase the beauty and ingenuity of Morocco’s cultural heritage -OR- explore the Musée Yves Saint Laurent
and discover how the colours and textures of Morocco inspired this iconic designer. (B)
Today, join a local women’s cooperative in an interactive cooking class. Head to le jardin to source your own herbs and vegetables and learn the secret to making the country’s most celebrated dish: the tagine.
Tonight, an unforgettable dining experience awaits you behind the doors of an opulent palace. Over dinner with new friends, toast the end of your Moroccan journey. (B, L, D)
Marrakech - Casablanca - Tour Ends
Board your transfer to Casablanca this morning to connect with your flight home. (B)
I am so excited to host you on this journey to Morocco! It is a country that took my breath away, I found it simply incredible and beautiful. I am thrilled to bring together a group of like-minded female travellers to create this trip of a lifetime and create lasting memories and friendships.
Hey, I’m Heather. I am a mamma of two precious littles, and I do this parenting and adulting business with Alex, my hubby of 11 years. We love to be outside, travel and have adventures. I love photography (obviously) cooking for friends, planning parties and sharing my passions with the world. We live in beautiful Nova Scotia and I travel just about anywhere to capture people’s special moments!
photo credit: @cookedphotography