Expert-Led Group Tour

Morocco Group Tour - Moroccean Sketching

Join Maxine Relton RWA. Perfect for non-sketchers, beginners and practised artists

9 days

from £2,695pp
  • Learn the art of sketching from professional artist, Maxine Relton
  • Non-sketchers, beginners and practised artists are all welcome
  • Stay at Kasbah du Toubkal, an eco-retreat with panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains
  • Combine Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic coast of Essaouira

Combining the vitality of the city with the fresh, clean air of the mountains and the dramatic Atlantic coastline, this trip will prove the perfect muse for any would-be sketcher, or anyone with an interest in exploring Morocco. With pencils, pens and paints at the ready, hike through the picturesque Atlas Mountains where isolated villages dot the landscape and the Berber people are your hosts. Stroll through the vibrant old quarter and colourful souks of Marrakech before watching the sunset at one of the roof top cafes looking down on Djema el Fna square, famous for its musicians, snake charmers and storytellers. Finish at the small fishing port of Essaouira, located on the Atlantic coast. This delightful Mediterranean- style town with a wide sandy bay, has a bohemian feel with white-washed walls and artisan galleries which line the narrow alleyways. Sit at one of the local restaurants, serving the morning's fresh catch of sardines, a great place to relax, sketch and enjoy the rocky coastline. Please note that most days will involve three to four hours of walking on foot, sometimes on uneven ground, so you will need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy this trip to the full. 

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?

For the opportunity to explore the most beautiful regions of Morocco under the guidance of a renowned artist to help you capture scenes of a variety of subjects and improve your sketching skills.   It is also an opportunity to explore morocco with like- minded people.

DO I NEED PREVIOUS SKETCHING EXPERIENCE?

No, this tour is open to all. It is not just for budding artists, beginners or professionals, but for those that are interested in photography or simply wish to experience another culture.

IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Expert.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?

Please note that most days will involve three to four hours of walking on foot, sometimes on uneven ground, so you will need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy this trip to the full. 

HAS MAXINE RELTON GOT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF LEADING SKETCHBOOK TOURS?

Maxine has been leading regular sketching trips to India for many years and this is our second departure to Morocco following a very successful trip last year.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

You will be staying in traditional riads combined with rustic and cosy mountain retreats.

I AM A VEGETARIAN, WILL I BE CATERED FOR?

In the past vegetarians would have found it hard to find any dish without meat. In more recent times the Moroccans have embraced vegetarian preferences and more choice is becoming available. 



Departing on:
  • 4th May 2017

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

DEPART UKARRIVE UKPrice Excluding Flights (£)Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour LecturerStatus 
4th May 2017 12th May 2017 £ 2,695 £ 325 £ 675 Maxine Relton RWA Available
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what is included

  • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 8 nights in en suite accommodation
  • AC Vehicle from day 5 to 9 inclusively until departure
  • Accompanied by professional artist Maxine Relton throughout
  • Arrival airport transfer to Kasbah du Toubkal
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in the itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Marrakech

Travel from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains


A journey time of one hour.


Stretching over a thousand miles across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, the Atlas Mountains are a vision of inspiring, often stark beauty. Home to some of the highest peaks in North Africa, this is a complex landscape of jagged ridges and deep, narrow valleys - dropping away steeply to the north and, to the south, sloping gently into the endless expanses of the Sahara.

From the ancient city of Marrakech, the Atlas skyline stretches across the horizon, creating a stunning backdrop. Toubkal, North Africa's highest mountain, is only 50 miles south of Marrakech.

The High Atlas has been inhabited for thousands of years by a pastoral people known as the Berbers. They traditionally live in small villages of flat-roofed sun-baked mud houses, usually situated atop steep mountain slopes. Speaking Berber, Arabic, and French, they are as interesting and welcoming as they are knowledgeable of the mountains.


You will be staying at Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 2

A Day at the Kasbah sketching
Today will be spent learning new skills and sketching from the Kasbah set amidst beautiful mountain scenery. There are many wonderful and varied subjects to study, ranging from the characterful walnut grove below the Kasbah and the fruit orchard terraces planted with purple irises, to the dramatic views of the snow-capped Mount Toubkal. A leisurely day to absorb new surroundings and to improve on sketching techniques.


You will be staying at Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 3

Berber Village Visit
This morning delve into local Berber culture with a walk in the mountains to the local village of Aremd, situated above the Kasbah. A wonderful place to depict a colourful village scene and perhaps a quick portrait over coffee during a friendly exchange with the locals. Accompanied by a mountain guide and mule support to carry any bags, as well as a delicious picnic lunch, this is a wonderful way to explore the mountain scenery.


You will be staying at Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 4

Imlil Village & Afternoon Sketching
A short walk today, to the nearby village of Imlil situated at the foot of the Kasbah. Another perfect opportunity to sketch local life. Outsiders to the mountains are constantly surprised when they encounter the warmth and openness of the villagers as they go about their everyday tasks. The way of life in many of these villages has changed little for centuries. After lunch at the Kasbah's own restaurant in Imlil, the afternoon offers a chance to indulge in a refreshing hammam back at base, relax on the roof terrace, browse through the excellent small library and take part in a further art session with Maxine.


You will be staying at Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 5

Travel from Atlas Mountains to Marrakech


Journey time of 1 hour


Colourful, cosmopolitan Marrakech has an authentic Moroccan feel. This is a city steeped in rich history and where ancient culture is still very much in evidence today. Intricate buildings and architectural wonders tell their own stories while, in the evenings, acrobats and story tellers gather at Djemma El Fna Square - a scene best viewed from one of many terraced coffee shops overlooking the square.

Marrakech is a true North African gem waiting to be explored.


The Old City of Marrakech
Morning drive to colourful, cosmopolitan Marrakech. Afternoon walk of the city, taking in some of the main sites with opportunities for on the spot sketching. The Koutoubia minaret, the remarkable 14th c Ben Youssef Medersa and the Bahia palace and courtyards featuring late Moorish architecture all make for interesting compositions. Visit Djemma El Fna square and the fabulous souk with its overflowing stalls and shops filled with jewellery, pottery, kaftans, dried fruits and handcrafted woods. Spend time this afternoon from the comfort of a roof top terrace overlooking the square; a great place to sketch and get a real sense of the pace of daily life in the city. See young boys taking bread to the community bakery and veiled women carrying shopping bags full of clothes and food.


You will be staying at Riad Honey

Day 6

The Majorelle Gardens
Travel by horse drawn carriage (caleche) to the Majorelle gardens. This 2 ½ acre botanical garden houses a wonderful collection of cacti, exotic plants and trees, landscaped to emphasize their natural beauty, all of which make for interesting and alternative subjects to sketch up close. There is also a very small but informative museum representing a rich display of the indigenous Berber tribes and their culture. This afternoon will be spent at leisure to further explore the city, or to make use of some independent teaching with Maxine.


You will be staying at Riad Honey

Day 7

Transfer from Marrakech to Essaouira


A journey time of approximately two and a half hours.


Essaouira is a delightful Mediterranean-style fishing port with a wide sandy bay of crashing Atlantic waves and an intriguing network of dusty whitewashed houses. Bright blue shutters and doorways line a myriad of narrow alleyways, decaying arches of days bygone and secret doorways which occasionally open out of the hustle and bustle of a tiny square.

The beach which, although perhaps a little too windy to sunbathe on, offers miles and miles of unbeatable walking and great swimming - the windsurfing championships are hosted here each year.

Venture into Essaouira and spend time in the main square, drinking in the cafes, shopping in the very friendly souq or exploring the old medina.

Essaouira has a very bohemian feel & moves at a slow pace - the town boasts many budding artists who exhibit their work throughout the town. Aswell as some great artwork Essaouira is also renowned for its red cedar and lemonwood cabinet making and marquetry work and the famous Argan oil, produced from olives grown on trees which are endemic to this region.


Tour the City
Afternoon leisurely guided walk of the town with stops for sketching. Start by exploring the traditional colourful streets, food markets and artisan workshops before stopping at the museum of Essaouira with its interesting display of artefacts and finds from the islands of Mogodor alongside Berber ethnic jewellery. Gently climb up to the Portuguese fortress for views of the rocky coastline.


You will be staying at Dar Liouba

Day 8

A day exploring Essaouira
Today will be spent sketching and photographing around Essaouira. Visit the boatyard and port, where fresh fish are brought in to the harbour each day. Find a spot in one of the cafes that line the promenade with picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean or stop for sketching on the long stretch of sandy beach.


You will be staying at Dar Liouba

Day 9

Drive from Essaouira to Marrakech (Road Journey)

Fly Marrakech to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kasbah du Toubkal

Kasbah du Toubkal

Kasbah du Toubkal is a magnificent mountain retreat situated in the heart of the High Atlas....

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Riad Honey

Riad Honey

With just eight rooms Riad Honey has a small and intimate atmosphere....

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Dar Liouba

Dar Liouba

Located only a few minutes from the souks, the port and the beach, Dar Liouba is the perfect base from which to explore Essaouira....

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For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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Maxine Relton RWA

Maxine Relton RWA
Maxine is a full-time, independent artist based in Gloucestershire, teaches and lectures at home and abroad and exhibits widely. Her paintings, prints and drawings can be viewed at her studio gallery any time by arrangement. She is an elected Academician at the Royal West of England Academy. Maxine will help you capture the immediacy of the sights around you with simple, telling sketches. She will offer tips on rapid line drawing, colour mixing, simple ways of mastering perspective, dramatic use of tone, figure drawing and more.

Maxine is a multi-lingual international tutor and experienced traveller. While her overseas tours are designed for those with an interest in learning or developing their drawing and painting skills, complete beginners and non-sketchers are equally welcome.
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Group Size:

Min 6 / Max 12

Tour Expert:

Maxine Relton RWA

Departure Date (S):

  • 4th May 2017

Marilyn, Morocco 2015

My trip to Morocco with Maxine was superb - a wonderful experience.

Tim, India 2012

Maxine is the best art teacher that I have had over 20 years as an artist. 

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