Painting vacation in Moroccan desert

Brush up on your artistic skills in the Moroccan desert on this eight-day sketching vacation led by an expert tutor. Enjoy traditional auberge hospitality each night too.
Fez Ziz Valley palmery High Atlas passes Erfoud Secluded desert oasis Alnif Historic Rissani Erg Chebbi dunes Maadid old kasbah
1200 excluding flights
8 Days
Small group
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The prices are for single travelers.
There is a small discount for those traveling together and sharing a room. Minimum 3, maximum 8 (5 if all single)
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1200 excluding flights
The prices are for single travelers.
There is a small discount for those traveling together and sharing a room. Minimum 3, maximum 8 (5 if all single)
Make enquiry

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No single supplement
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'Free from' Food:
We are happy to say that we are able to cater for vegetarians and vegans. Being a dairy-free vegetarian myself I know how difficult it is to explain your dietary requirements in different countries. That is why we make sure we are able to cater for vegans and vegetarians.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.


3 Reviews of Painting vacation in Moroccan desert

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2023 by

The whole trip was exciting and memorable. Every day we visited unique places that inspired me as an artist. It was a great experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2019 by

Great!...Painting in the Moroccan desert. Visiting places off the beaten track. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Apr 2017 by

There were many wonderful moments. Visiting the desert, the wonderful Adobe accommodation nearby, the fantastic locations for sketching and the visit by camel riding off into the sunset in the sand dunes and staying overnight in a Nomad's Tent to watch sunrise. Read full review

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In common with many parts of the world, both developed and developing, single-use plastic is a real issue in Morocco as plastic bags are routinely given with every purchase in shops and from street food vendors. For many years I have been trying to lead by example and always refuse carrier bags. I make every effort to minimise the occasions where they would be necessary and make sure my guests follow on this. When I refuse a plastic bag I always explain why I am doing so, often generating a lively conversation. Moreover these bags often end up flying around the desert as litter, in a country with inadequate rubbish collection. When I visit beautiful and remote locations with and without my clients I aim to leave them cleaner than I found them in terms of litter and would not allow any client to drop litter, either intentionally or otherwise.

In most countries, education is key when it comes to the environment and where education is poor, leading by example is sometimes the most effective tool and can lead to small changes in local behaviour.

The hotels and auberges we use in the desert regions are made of adobe, a local and sustainable material which is warm in winter and cool in summer. They are built in traditional local style and decorated with locally produced handycrafts such as rugs and ceramics, many of which are very old.
While the accommodation is 'comfortable' and 'sumptious' in terms of decor it is not 'luxury' and I actively avoid hotels and rooms with air-con. Where necessary a fan is always my preference.


Travel in Morocco is always about the people, and it is usually a pretty full-on, absorbing cultural experience. From the beginning I make it very clear to my clients that we guests in a fascinating country whose customs and traditions might differ from ours. An open mind, tolerance, curiosity and respect are paramount on these trips, to enjoy them to the full and foster good relations with the people we meet.

We use local, self-employed drivers and stay in locally owned and run accommodation, employing local people. We eat from local restaurants and cafes,and buy food from local sellers and markets.

The small group size facilitates approachability and interaction with the locals, with mutual benefit. Conversations are encouraged where appropriate, as is purchasing from small establishments or individuals rather than bigger shops.

There is usually the option to visit both a desert handicraft co-operative and a cultural music experience during the trip.

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