Morocco is the definition of diversity: a culture shaped by Arabs and Berbers, influenced by Europe, Africa and the Middle East, each of them contributing their share to a nation based on traditions, yet youthful and modern. From epic mountain ranges and forested hills to the vast deserts and rugged coastlines, Morocco’s beautiful landscapes will keep surprising you. And so will its ancient cities with their unique architecture ranging from new urban design to stunning Art Deco facades, impressive monuments and bustling, colorful souqs and medinas.
Morocco expert Sisse Brimberg has photographed more than 50 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. She has spent most of her career working in Asia, Europe, shooting stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia to Italy and France.
Sisse has been awarded prizes by Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, White House Press Photographers Association, and Communication.
We recommend arriving one day early so that you have time to get over your jet lag and adjust to the local climate – and of course to explore the bustling streets of Casablanca.
If you like, Better Moments can help you to book a hotel room.
If you arrive at Casablanca International Airport today, you will be welcomed by a Better Moments team member who will meet you in the arrival hall.
Today, we will all travel to Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco. The lively city has a lot to offer in terms of street and architectural photography. We will visit the stunning Mausoleum of Mohammed V – a masterpiece of modern Moroccan architecture, which houses the tombs of old kings – and the famous Hassan Tower. The minaret and its adjoining mosque were meant to be the largest in the world but were actually never finished.
No visit to Rabat is complete without strolling through the narrow winding streets of Oudayas Kasbah, a city within the city, which has been home to Arabs, Andalusian immigrants and powerful sultans. We will go for a stroll and capture the exquisite gardens, Rabat’s oldest buildings and the busy life around Rabat’s hippest cafés.
In the evening, we will have a welcome dinner at the hotel and you will be briefed on what will happen and what to expect over the next couple of days. Moreover, National Geographic photographer Sisse Brimberg will give a lecture on Morocco as a photo destination.
After breakfast, we will hit the road again and travel towards Fes. There will be several stops along the way for some hands-on practice of trave and portrait photography with guidance from Sisse Brimberg:
After dinner, we will meet for an image review session where you can present a selection of photos to the group and receive valuable feedback from Sisse.
The whole day will be devoted to capturing the essence of the place through street and people photography in Fes, the oldest cultural and spiritual imperial city of Morocco, which was founded in 790 B.C. by Moulay Idriss II.
Highlights will include:
After dinner, Sisse will talk about street photography and share some useful tips and tricks of the trade. We will then review photos taken during the day and Sisse will offer advice on how to improve your photography.
Early in the morning, we will leave Fes and go on a scenic drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains with several stops along the way to take landscape pictures, including:
We will continue to Bin El Ouidane, a small town located at the peaceful lake Bin el Ouidane. After dinner, we will review your photos and Sisse Brimberg will present a selection of the photos she has taken during our adventure so far, and show you some useful ”do’s and don’ts”.
After breakfast, we will drive to Marrakech with stops along the way to take landscape pictures. We will use the afternoon for a street photography session in Marrakech, which typically offers a variety of life and scenes. The reddish Terracotta clay color of the buildings is an interesting contrast to the green vegetation of the city’s many parks and gardens, providing a unique background for photos.
In the evening we will have dinner at a rooftop restaurant which offers local delicacies as well as stunning panoramic views over the city. A perfect place to sit back and watch the city’s lights come on.
Back at the hotel, we conclude the evening in a relaxed atmosphere and share and review the photos taken during the day.
Today, we will explore Marrakesh with our cameras all day. Marrakesh’s souk is renowned and the perfect playground to practise your newly acquired street and portrait photography skills. Tanneries, vegetable vendors, snake-charmers, spice bags, magicians, street artists, pottery, carpets, and folk-singers blend into an energetic and vibrant potpourri of chaos and color – providing endless photo opportunities just waiting to be captured.
In the evening, we will have dinner at the hotel and Sisse will give a lecture on “A life with National Geographic” followed by an image review and photo tips.
No visit to Morocco is complete without a trip to the desert! Today we will drive to Agafay Desert, a stone desert at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, which provides stunning views. On the way, we will see Berber villages and stop in Amizmiz, a town which is still relatively undiscovered by tourism and thus provides a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Moroccan culture and capture the locals’ everyday life. When he sun goes down, we will enjoy dinner nearby a campfire and watch the stars coming out before we drive back to Marrakesh for the night.
Back at the hotel, we will again share our images and receive tips and guidance from Sisse.
After breakfast, we will travel back to Casablanca and do a photo tour of the city, including an exterior visit to the stunning Hassan II Great Mosque, one of the Islamic world’s greatest monuments and a exciting photo subject. We will also stop at the beautiful Mohammed V Square, the United Nations Square, and see the surroundings of the Royal Palace. Keep an eye out for Casablanca’s beautiful Mauresque buildings, which are a blend of French-colonial design and traditional Moroccan style.
Tonight, we will have a farewell dinner at the hotel followed by an image review with Sisse.
After breakfast, a transfer will take you to Mohamed V International airport for your return flight and assistance with the boarding formalities.
Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.
13 – 21 October 2019
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: included
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels are included
Meals: All meals are included
Travel to and from the workshop destination: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages : Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
€3,450 in shared double room.
€3,850 in single room.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
All prices are per person.
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Mohammed V International Airport is located 30 km from Casablanca and it takes about an hour to get to the city, depending on traffic. However, there is an hourly train service between the airport and Casablanca Port station and a new eco-friendly tram. The tram connects with the train for the airport at the Casa Voyageurs and Gare Oasis stations and makes stops around the city. Royal Air Maroc is the national airline of Morocco, flying from major hubs like JFK, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, or London, however, there are plenty of other airlines serving Casablanca.
North Americans and Europeans do not require a visa for a stay up to three months. However, a return/onward travel ticket is required and your passport must be valid for six months following date of entry. Visa conditions can change without note to public so please make sure you check the current conditions before your trip. You can find all visa information on the website of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.consulat.ma/en/visitingexploring-morocco
The climate varies widely depending on the elevation and location. The climate of the northern coast and central areas is Mediterranean, with hot dry summers and mild wet winters. Further inland temperatures are more extreme and the weather is cold in winter and very hot in summer. The Atlantic coast sees most rain and can be quite windy. October is one of the best months to visit Morocco, as temperatures are cooler and more comfortable for sightseeing. This is a great month for traveling in the Atlas mountains and visiting the Atlantic coast. The average daily temperature lingers from 15°C in the mountains (Ifrane), to 18°C on the coast (Rabat), and 21°C inland (Marrakech).
Morocco’s two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Amazigh (Berber), while Moroccan Arabic (known as Darija) is the spoken native vernacular. French serves as a second language for many Moroccans. In the northern regions, Spanish is widely spoken. English is becoming more and more popular as a second foreign language among the youth.
The Moroccan monetary unit is the Moroccan dirham (Dh)
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate in a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalogue are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.
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If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure.
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