Nomad Marriage and Markets Immersion Photography Tour

Imilchil Photographer
Imilchil Village
Isli Lake
Camel Market 2
Camel Market
Imilchil Dancing

13 Days/12 Nights of Morocco's Landscapes & Portraiture

Once a year, high in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco's nomadic Berbers gather to get married en masse.  The origin of this tradition is tied to a Berber legend of two star crossed lovers whose families refused to let them wed.  After parting for the last time, the young couple cried so much that they each drowned in their tears, forming the lake named after them: Tilsit (which means "bride" in Berber) and Isli (which means "groom").  Like Romeo & Juliet and Tristan & Isolde, the tragic deaths brought the families together and from that point forward the tribes declared that on one weekend of the year any two people could marry and have their family's blessing.  This year, you could attend this amazing festival that until recently was closed to outsiders. This tour is geared towards photographers of all levels, as the pace will be slow enough to wait for that perfect shot in the perfect light.  The vistas will create breathtaking landscapes and the festival and day markets will provide plenty of opportunity to create perfect portraiture, both infused with the vibrant colors of Morocco!


Trip Summary


September 20 - October 2, 2018

$2650 USD Per Person*

*based on double occupancy

$400 USD Single Supplement

Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech!
  • Day 2: Marrakech to Imilchil
  • Day 3: Imilchil Nomad Marriage Festival
  • Day 4: Imilchil Nomad Marriage Festival
  • Day 5: Imilchil to Merzouga via Tinghir
  • Day 6: Merzouga Camel Trek
  • Day 7: Merzouga to Valley of Roses
  • Day 8: Valley of Roses Local Immersion
  • Day 9: Valley of Roses to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou
  • Day 10: Marrakech Immersion
  • Day 11: Marrakech to Essaouira
  • Day 12: Essaouira Immersion
  • Day 13: Au revoir! (Transfer to Marrakech Airport)

Note: If the Imilchil Marriage Festival falls on the last weekend of September, the itinerary will be reversed.

  • Ground Transfers to/from Airport (Marrakech)
  • Private Transportation
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Access to the Imilchil Nomad Marriage Festival
  • Guided Walk in Tinghir Palmaeraie
  • Camel Trek and Overnight Stay in Desert Camp
  • Lunch with Local Family
  • Hiking in Valley of 1000 Kasbahs
  • Guided Tour of Marrakech
  • Wine Tasting
  • All Entrance Fees
  • 12 Nights of Accommodations
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • Airfare to/from Morocco
  • Meals other than specified
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech
Day 2: Marrakech to Imilchil
Day 3: Imilchil Nomad Marriage Festival
Day 4: Imilchil Nomad Marriage Festival
Day 5: Imilchil to Merzouga via Tinghir
Day 6: Merzouga, Risanni Market, and Camel Trek
Day 7: Merzouga to Dades Valley
Day 8: Local Immersion in the Valley of Roses!
Day 9: Dades Valley to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou
Day 10: Marrakech Immersion!
Day 11: Marrakech to Essaouira with Some Wine in Between!
Day 12: More Essaouira!


Whenever possible, we prefer to use locally owned and operated accommodations that are hand picked by us.  The following list represents our preferred accommodations for this tour, but these may change depending on the group size and availability.  Substitute accommodations will be at least the same level of comfort as the ones listed below. 

Marrakech: Riad Mabrouk

This fabulous riad will be your meeting point for this tour.  Located in the medina and a 1 minute walk from Jemaa El F'na, this traditional guest house boasts amazing views of Marrakech from its rooftop terrace.  The rooftop terrace is also where you'll find a dipping pool -- perfect for cooling off after a long day of discovering Morocco.  No need to save leg power to climb steps -- the newly installed elevator will make getting to the terrace and your room a breeze.   Speaking of your room, the guest rooms all have air conditioning, a safe, a minibar, and a television.  The en suite bathrooms are furnished with toiletries and hair dryers.  And since there is free wifi, you'll be able to post all of your photos of magical Marrakech.

There We love staying here.  The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the service for our adventurers is impeccable.  It is the perfect place to start your Morocco Immersion!



Erg Chebbi: Hotel Yasmina Merzouga

Another of our favorites, this hotel is situated right on the edge of the giant dunes of Merzouga.  The comfortable rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning.  There is a large terrace in the common area which is the perfect place for tea upon your arrival or prior to your camel trek.  Or, if you prefer, you can have your tea by their beautiful pool.  

Yasmina's standard desert camps are located in the heart of the big dunes.  The tents have electricity and comfortable mattresses with plenty of warm blankets.  Of course, if the weather is nice, you may prefer to bring your mattress outside and sleep under the stars.  The standard tents are not en suite, but there is a tent that houses multiple flushing toilets and sinks with running water.  In the morning, you'll camel trek back to the hotel where you will have time to shower and prepare for your day.

Dades: Auberge la Vallée des Figues

Another one of our favorite places in Morocco, this warm guest house has clean and comfortable rooms decorated with a traditional Berber aesthetic.  All of the rooms have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning, and some have private terraces.  The Dades Valley is a breathtakingly beautiful area and the main terrace offers spectacular views of the valley and the opposite mountain into which time, wind, and rain has carved a face.  But the best part of this guest house is the family that owns and operates it who make you feel welcome and take care of all of your needs.  Should you want to go for a hike in the nearby Monkey Fingers, one of the guys will be happy to guide the way.  And the food here is delicious, plentiful, and served with an extra helping of the hospitality for which Moroccans are famous!

Essaouira: Riad Ben Atar

Located in the heart of the medina, this traditional Moroccan riad is just a short walk away from both the beach and the shops of the medina.  The rooftop terrace furnishes a place to relax and enjoy the breeze with spectacular views of the medina and the sea.  The comfortable rooms are a great place to unwind after a day of exploring.  Rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms and televisions and there is free wifi that is accessible throughout the riad.


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