18-27/4/2021

26/4-4/5/2021

From a Sahara Jeep tour to a Jewish heritage journey to connecting with local weavers and artisans. Discover incredible mountain views, picturesque landscapes and North African vibes.

Morocco is a feast for all your senses. We’ll learn about local spices, sip traditional Morrocan mint tea, and wander through the Medinas, where a maze-like tapestries of narrow streets and high stone walls lure you in.

We’ll trek through canyons and endless oases and feast on couscous and tagines alongside memorable tea rituals. We’ll connect to the culture, food and traditions of nomads and traders.  In the North, take in the beauty of the Palmaraie, a palm oasis of several thousand trees outside of Marrakech and in the South take in breathtaking plant life and cultivation with wildflowers and cherry orchardsds that lead the way to nature’s beauty.

Leave here with a whole new appreciation of culture, traditions, and a repertoire of Morrocan recipes influenced by Arab, Andalusian and Meditereanean cuisines and sophisticated souk discoveries.

Discover the culinary treasures and vitality of Morocco, outstanding manmade sights, encounters with legendary landscapes, and hands-on gastronomic experiences.

Awaken your senses and enliven your mind in our 9-day Moroccan journey. Embrace Morocco’s amazing flavors as we travel through imperial cities, rural villages, Middle Atlas mountains, and the magnificent Agafay desert.  

Highlights: 

  • Learn how to cook traditional Moroccan food
  • Shop in local market places for exotic local ingredients
  • Gain knowledge about the different spices and condiments
  • Visit Meknes, also known as the wine capital of Morocco
  • Discover souks, tanneries, and artisan workshops in medieval Fes
  • Walk through the narrow alleys in the Old Medina of Marrakech
  • Experience the energy and essence of the street food scene

 

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco! MARHABA!

Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport.  Start your journey with the number one must-see, the Hassan II Mosque, and admire the world’s largest minaret. Depart Casablanca and travel to the Moorish city of Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Check in to your Riad, gather for a lovely welcoming dinner in which you will be briefed about our Moroccan culinary journey introducing you to your fellow travelers and logistical team. 

Day 2: Head to Fes through the magnificent city of Meknes

On your way to Fes, stop in Meknes: one of the imperial cities of the country and once capital of Morocco under the rule of Moulay Ismail, it has a wonderful charm and style, with beautiful gates, palaces, and mosques, all enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding countryside. 

Tour the Old Town of Meknes on foot to see the many kinds of souks and enjoy a great opportunity to bring home some souvenirs. Then, head to a stunning vineyard located between the foothills of the Rif and the Middle Atlas Mountains where Christophe fuses Bordeaux expertise together with the creative freedom he has in Morocco to produce the most delicious whites, rose and the Moroccan favorite “gris”. Continue your drive towards Fes, arrive at your hotel and check in. 

Day 3: Explore the Jewish quarter of Fes

Our journey to Jewish Fes takes us into a history that shaped Sephardic Judaism, visiting its synagogues, cemetery, museum, and taking a walk in its street that once witnessed the presence of the Jewish families and grand rabies, will remind us not only of how Moroccan life was/is like but also of how was Jewish life in Spain before the expulsion of 1492. Then head to The oldest and largest of the traditional tanneries in Fez’s leather souk, Chaouwara Tannery dates back to medieval times. Participate in a Sephardic cooking workshop to aim to know better the Jewish culinary heritage of Morocco.

Spending time with our lovely local family in their beautiful riad, you will be encouraged to fully take part in the daily activity of shopping and preparing for a delicious traditional meal.

Day 4: Discover Fes, the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities

Visit Fes’s old town or medina that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized as one of the most well preserved historic towns of the Arab-Muslim world. Be a part of a tasting trail at the souk at the medina. Find your way through the streets and souks with a local Fes food expert. Start by exploring the fresh food souks, then on to the honey souk to taste an array of delicious honey. Try traditional Moroccan foods including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, and fresh goat cheese, finishing off with a visit to a traditional Moroccan tea house. Enjoy an afternoon Patisserie Class – This afternoon finds us again at our friends’ house (the same family from yesterday) indulge your sweet tooth and learn how to prepare Moroccan pastries as well as discovering this important cultural practice. 

 

Day 5: Exploring the Middle Atlas Mountains

This morning enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Atlas foothills en route to our destination, surrounded by mountains and lush agriculture. Delve into the traditions of rural Morocco and start learning the secrets of a good Moroccan couscous, as we participate in traditional couscous rolling from scratch. After lunch take a walk along the ridge to see the donkey-powered olive press and have mint-tea and an olive oil tasting with the owner. Drive back to your hotel in Fes for some free time. In the evening Chef Najat invites us to experience a brave new Morocco.

 

Day 6: On the way to Marrakech Express

Drive to Fes Sais International Airport to catch a domestic flight to Marrakech. Continue your day with a special evening activity tasting the street food of Djemaâ El Fna square. Tasting Marrakech is a tailor-made food and cultural experience that takes place in the famous Jamaa el-Fna square with a state-approved local guide and a foodie expert. The tour is private and will be customized to your appetite and palate as we go.

Puzzle Morocco

Day 7: Marrakech The Red City

Start your day at The Bahia Palace (Palais de la Bahia), one of Marrakech’s most imposing buildings. Visit the Jewish quarter in the second oldest imperial city and the ancient Salat el Azama synagogue. Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech. Explore the Saadian tombs, one of the only remains of the Saadian dynasty that reigned over the golden age of Marrakech between 1524 to 1659. Continue to the Majorelle Gardens. This beautiful green oasis was created by Jacques Majorelle, bought by Yves Saint-Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé. Come together for evening cocktails with private storytelling. 

Day 8: Herbs and Spices Teachings in the Berber villages surrounding Marrakech

Head off to the outskirts of Marrakech for a cooking class that takes place in the Amizmiz Valley, populated by Berbers who still stick to their traditional way of life. Enjoy the High Atlas Mountains dominating the landscape. Your professional chef and tutor will teach you how to utilize herbs and spices as well as prepare a typical Moroccan meal including bread-making Moroccan style. After your cooking class, travel through the majestic High Atlas Mountains via 4×4

Day 9: Adventures in The High Atlas & The Agafay Desert

This morning enjoy a 4×4 excursion through the beautiful scenery of Marrakech’s Palmeraie and the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to immerse yourself more in the Berber life and traditions. Drive towards the Agafay Desert, arrive at your Luxurious desert camp. Tonight, dinner is set up privately for you at a nomadic tent where you will be welcomed with authentic Moroccan entertainment. 

Day 10: Deprature- MAʿ AL-SALĀMAH!

Depart your desert camp and transport to Mohammed V Airport OR Marrakesh Menara Airport for your flight home

Discover the culinary treasures and vitality of Morocco, outstanding manmade sights, encounters with legendary landscapes, and hands-on gastronomic experiences.

Awaken your senses and enliven your mind in our 9-day Moroccan journey. Embrace Morocco’s amazing flavors as we travel through imperial cities, rural villages, Middle Atlas mountains, and the magnificent Agafay desert.  

Highlights: 

  • Learn how to cook traditional Moroccan food
  • Shop in local market places for exotic local ingredients
  • Gain knowledge about the different spices and condiments
  • Visit Meknes, also known as the wine capital of Morocco
  • Discover souks, tanneries, and artisan workshops in medieval Fes
  • Walk through the narrow alleys in the Old Medina of Marrakech
  • Experience the energy and essence of the street food scene

 

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco! MARHABA!

Arrival at Casablanca Mohamed V airport.  Start your journey with the number one must-see, the Hassan II Mosque, and admire the world’s largest minaret. Depart Casablanca and travel to the Moorish city of Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Check in to your Riad, gather for a lovely welcoming dinner in which you will be briefed about our Moroccan culinary journey introducing you to your fellow travelers and logistical team. 

Day 2: Head to Fes through the magnificent city of Meknes

On your way to Fes, stop in Meknes: one of the imperial cities of the country and once the capital of Morocco under the rule of Moulay Ismail, it has a wonderful charm and style, with beautiful gates, palaces, and mosques, all enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding countryside. 

Tour the Old Town of Meknes on foot to see the many kinds of souks and enjoy a great opportunity to bring home some souvenirs. Then, head to a stunning vineyard located between the foothills of the Rif and the Middle Atlas Mountains where Christophe fuses Bordeaux expertise together with the creative freedom he has in Morocco to produce the most delicious whites, rose and the Moroccan favorite “gris”. Continue your drive towards Fes, arrive at your hotel and check in. 

Day 3: Explore the Jewish quarter of Fes

Our journey to Jewish Fes takes us into a history that shaped Sephardic Judaism, visiting its synagogues, cemetery, museum, and taking a walk in its street that once witnessed the presence of the Jewish families and grand rabies, will remind us not only of how Moroccan life was/is like but also of how was Jewish life in Spain before the expulsion of 1492. Then head to The oldest and largest of the traditional tanneries in Fez’s leather souk, Chaouwara Tannery dates back to medieval times. Participate in a Sephardic cooking workshop to aim to know better the Jewish culinary heritage of Morocco.

Spending time with our lovely local family in their beautiful riad, you will be encouraged to fully take part in the daily activity of shopping and preparing for a delicious traditional meal.

Day 4: Discover Fes, the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities

Visit Fes’s old town or medina that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized as one of the most well preserved historic towns of the Arab-Muslim world. Be a part of a tasting trail at the souk at the medina. Find your way through the streets and souks with a local Fes food expert. Start by exploring the fresh food souks, then on to the honey souk to taste an array of delicious honey. Try traditional Moroccan foods including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, and fresh goat cheese, finishing off with a visit to a traditional Moroccan tea house. Enjoy an afternoon Patisserie Class – This afternoon finds us again at our friends’ house (the same family from yesterday) indulge your sweet tooth and learn how to prepare Moroccan pastries as well as discovering this important cultural practice. 

Day 5: Exploring the Middle Atlas Mountains

This morning enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Atlas foothills en route to our destination, surrounded by mountains and lush agriculture. Delve into the traditions of rural Morocco and start learning the secrets of a good Moroccan couscous, as we participate in traditional couscous rolling from scratch. After lunch take a walk along the ridge to see the donkey-powered olive press and have mint-tea and an olive oil tasting with the owner. Drive back to your hotel in Fes for some free time. In the evening Chef, Najat invites us to experience a brave new Morocco.

Day 6: On the way to Marrakech Express

Drive to Fes Sais International Airport to catch a domestic flight to Marrakech. Continue your day with a special evening activity tasting the street food of Djemaâ El Fna square. Tasting Marrakech is a tailor-made food and cultural experience that takes place in the famous Jamaa el-Fna square with a state-approved local guide and a foodie expert. The tour is private and will be customized to your appetite and palate as we go.

Puzzle Morocco

Day 7: Marrakech The Red City

Start your day at The Bahia Palace (Palais de la Bahia), one of Marrakech’s most imposing buildings. Visit the Jewish quarter in the second oldest imperial city and the ancient Salat el Azama synagogue. Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech. Explore the Saadian tombs, one of the only remains of the Saadian dynasty that reigned over the golden age of Marrakech between 1524 to 1659. Continue to the Majorelle Gardens. This beautiful green oasis was created by Jacques Majorelle, bought by Yves Saint-Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé. Come together for evening cocktails with private storytelling. 

Day 8: Herbs and Spices Teachings in the Berber villages surrounding Marrakech

Head off to the outskirts of Marrakech for a cooking class that takes place in the Amizmiz Valley, populated by Berbers who still stick to their traditional way of life. Enjoy the High Atlas Mountains dominating the landscape. Your professional chef and tutor will teach you how to utilize herbs and spices as well as prepare a typical Moroccan meal including bread-making Moroccan style. After your cooking class, travel through the majestic High Atlas Mountains via 4×4

 

Day 9: Adventures in The High Atlas & The Agafay Desert

This morning enjoy a 4×4 excursion through the beautiful scenery of Marrakech’s Palmeraie and the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to immerse yourself more in the Berber life and traditions. Drive towards the Agafay Desert, arrive at your Luxurious desert camp. Tonight, dinner is set up privately for you at a nomadic tent where you will be welcomed with authentic Moroccan entertainment. 

Day 10: Deprature- MAʿ AL-SALĀMAH!

Depart your desert camp and transport to Mohammed V Airport OR Marrakesh Menara Airport for your flight home.