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Cook, taste and eat like a local on this trip to the heart of Morocco.Morocco Food Adventure, is a Boutique Private Tour ideal for those interested in the culinary traditions of Morocco. Being at the crossroads of many civilizations, Morocco’s cuisine is a mixture of Africans, Arabs, Berbers, Jews, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean influences and flavors. Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food and plays major role in its unique favor. While spices have been imported to Morocco for thousands of years, many ingredients, like saffron from Taliouine, olives from Meknes and Fes, and oranges and lemons are home-grown.
Explore spice markets, bake various types of bread with the Berbers and make your own Tajine at a Moroccan cooking class. Enjoy traditional Berber food and hospitality with a local family up in the High Atlas Mountains, and the Rif Mountains
Eat mechoui (slow roasted lamb), that’s deliciously falling-apart after being cooked in a pit beneath the floor, while looking over market stalls in the incredible Djemma el Fna
Stays at Boutique Riads and learn the secrets behind the delicious food of Morocco.
Tour duration: 13 Day
Places Visited: Imperial Cities of Fes, Marrakesh ; Casablanca, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Berber Villages & Sahara Desert
Pick up at Tangier airport or port.
Tangier is the gateway to Africa. It is a major city in northwestern Morocco located on the Maghreb coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. Many civilizations and cultures have wedged the history of Tangier dating before the 5th century BC. Between the period of being a strategic Berber town and then a Phoenician trading center to the independence era around the 1950s, Tangier was a link for many cultures. In 1923, it was considered as having international status by foreign colonial powers, and became a destination for many European and American diplomats, spies, writers and businessmen.
Start your day with a panoramic visit of this charming city. After that drive to see the Grand Socco, a popular nighttime square close to the Mosque of Sidi Bou Abib and the link between Ville Nouvelle and the medina.
Next visit the Caves of Hercules a place of stunning natural beauty and great archeological significance and then Cap Spartel, a majestic part of Tangier where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean meet. Cape Spartel is a peninsula of about 300 m above sea level at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, 12 km West of Tangier. Below the cape are the Caves of Hercules.
Next, visit the old medina, the top attraction of Tangier a labyrinth of alleyways both commercial and residential. It's confined by the walls of a 15th-century Portuguese fortress; lined with cafes and bazaars, Spanish church, jewelers’ shops, and an arts center displaying works depicting Tangier’s social history.
Continuing north, you will find the Kasbah ornamented with mosaics and woodcarving. Discover Marshan discrit , an attractive residential area west of the Kasbah. Drive through The park of Rmilat . While walking around you can smell the eucalyptus, black pine and mimosa float. This park is named after a wealthy American diplomat, John H. Perdicaris, owner of the land, who moved there. He redeveloped the park with all sorts of exotic plants and built a house with an architecture influenced by the cosmopolitan aspect of the city at the time. The whole park fits perfectly with the harmony of the landscape.
Next, visit the Anglican church of St. Andrew built for Tangier’s growing British population. After, make a stop to appreciate fine works of art at the Musée d’ Art Contemporain showcasing contemporary Moroccan paintings.
Have a traditional delicious lunch at a charming restaurant Populaire Le Saveur De Poisson, a rustic and well-appointed restaurant in the Tangier Medina.
Next, visit the Anglican church of St. Andrew built for Tangier’s growing British population. Later, make a stop to appreciate fine works of art at the Musée d’ Art Contemporain showcasing contemporary Moroccan paintings.
In the afternoon free time to experience Tangier’s cafe scene at the Cafe de Paris, a popular meeting place for Tangier residents, expats, and a former favorite of Paul Bowles , and enjoy the panoramic view over the strait of Gibraltar from Sour Magaazin. Overnight at a luxurious Riad or Hotel in Tangier
Breakfast at your Riad and take to the road to the bleu pearl of the north , to Chefchaouen. Arrive in the morning. Check into your riad and have lunch, or venture out for lunch at one of the local cafes that offer an intimate view of the blue pearl city of Chefchaouen. Discover the town’s old medina on foot along with your guide who will share stories of Chefchaouen’s history.
Start your tour with the Kasbah Museum in the medina. The Kasbah of Chefchaouen belongs to the early 15th century and was built by the legendary ruler Moulay Ali Ben Rachid in 1471 for defence riasons againt the Portugues expansion in the North. The kasbah was the governor house where he lived with his family and cabinet. It is surrounded by gardens of Andalusian style. Inside it, you can visit the museum showing of the main handcrafts of the town : wood carving, plaster, Zelij .
Step onto the tower roof and take pictures of a panoramic view of the town over the big square, the great mosque and the Jewish Mellah. Next, visit Plaza Uta El-Hammam where the striking 15th century Grand Mosque sits. Visit the Mellah where the Jewish refugees who escaped the Spanish persecution settled.
Try fresh goat cheese salad, a local Rif specialty, Goat meat tajine with seasonal vegetable. Browse the small shops famous for selling woven rugs, blankets, woolen goods and the best Berber carpets
Finish your day with a traditional pastry cooking class at a local family house. Learn to make “gazelle horns” pastry at local family home. End your day relaxing at the big square before dinner. In the evening, relax in a hammam, a Moroccan spa experience. Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Chefchaouen
Along with the cities of Soria in Spain, Cilento in Italy and Coron in Greece, Chefchaouen city was recognized in 2010 as one of the intangible cultural heritages of UNESCO. Since 2013, other territories of the Mediterranean basin have also got this prestigious distinction such as the cities of Tavira in Portugal, Agros in Cyprus as well as the islands of Brac and Hvar in Croatia. This recognition has helped the locals to become aware of the richness of its intangible heritage; that is the distinctive way of life of Chefchaouen as well as all the knowledge, customs and habits that have lived on in the local culture over the centuries.
Traditional farming and the agrobiodiversity are typical feature of Chefchaouen region. Most of the products come from the rural side which represents 90% of the territory. Chefchaouen diet is based on higher consumption of fruits and vegetables, legumes, olive oil, cereal, low consumption of meat as well as a moderate consumption of milk and dairy products, use of aromatic herbs and spices which is in fact a typical feature of the Mediterranean Diet.
Rise and take your breakfast and start your day with a cooking class at auberge Dardara to learn about Jbala northern Morocco gastronomy traditions. Natural, simple and delicious food prepared with much love from local products. Our ancestors enjoyed dishes made from the wildlife: wild mushrooms, goats, rabbits, olive oil, aromatic herbs such as Oregano, Thymus and mint.
Learn the secrets behind the delicious smells and taste and prepare your Tagine. Enjoy your Tajine and have tea in the terrace and enjoy the views of the Rif Mountains.
Before dinner relax at a café in the Big Square Outa Hammam, the heart of the medina, enjoy a mint tea at candle light while watching the locals passing by or simply sitting besides the Kasbah. Diner at a charming restaurant. B&B accommodation in Riad Lina.
Discover the wide world of bread, from Khobz to Rghayef to Baghrir, that forms an essential part of every Moroccan meal. Visit a Berber family at the Rif mountains and learn their special way to bake bread at the traditional clay over,
Prepare your mint tea and have lunch before going back to Chefchaouen, dinner at a charming restaurant overlooking the Kasbah and the Great mosque.
Overnight at Riad Lina
After breakfast start your expedition through the Rif Mountains to the UENSCO World Heritage site, Fes
The Rif Mountains has been inhabited by Berbers for thousands of years. In the 11th century BC, the Phoenicians began to establish trading posts with the approval of the local Berbers on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. The original language of the Riffians is called Tariffit , though many also speak Moroccan Arabic, Spanish, or French.
Head south to Volubilis, ruins of a Roman city in Morocco. The importance of the city is reflected in the Capitoline temple, the Basilica, said to be one of the most beautiful in Africa in its day, and its 1,300 square meter Forum, with sumptuous mosaics still to be seen in some of the most luxurious homes.
Continue to Moulay Idriss, the oldest town in Morocco, founded by Moulay Idriss I in 789, having fled Mecca because of religious and tribal conflicts. The Idrisid dynasty was founded in this town. The town has the only round minaret in Morocco.
Take your lunch in a local restaurant in Mouly Driss and end your today in on of Morocco’s four imperial cities, Fez. Diner and overnight in luxious riad in Fes Medina
Have your breakfast at your Raid and begin your day with a Cooking Class in Fes. Shop the souks accompanied by a Moroccan chef. Explore the local market and buy the ingredients for your cooking class. Discover how to behave like locals and buy vegetables, meat and other goods direct from sellers in the market.
During your first class you will see how the Fassi people prepare a famous dish named Pastilla (chicken pie) a delicious dish you will enjoy. Learn the special ingredients and spices used in this pie
Lunch to follow. And then, after taking your mint tea and pastry depart for a guided tour of Fes medina (Old Fes) to learn some of Fes's history.
Tour the oldest medinas of the world decared by UNISCO as world heritage. In the tour you will explore the Merenid Tombs of Fes, the Musée des Armes located in an old fortress built by Moulay Hassan I.
You will enter the Fes el-Bali through Bab Boujeloud, the Blue Gate which is one of the main entrances to the medina. You will go through Talaa Kebira, the main street in the medina, where you wiil be amazed by the lines of shops of colorful Moroccan handicrafts. You will visit the University of al-Karaouine, the first university in the world that was founded by a lady Fatima Al Fihriya. Then, visit Dar el-Magana, a 14th century water clock and Zaouia el Tijaniya, the shrine and tomb of Ahmed el Tijani.
On your visit you will also see the Slipper-Makers area as well as the souks selling henna, slippers, caftans, silks, jewelry, spices and natural perfumes used for sacred occasions
You will also visit the Najjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Craft located in a beautifully restored fundouk, an old style of hotel for traders.
Lunch will be the medina in one of the fine Moroccan palace-style restaurants that serves delicious Fessi food. After lunch, visit the Musée Dar el-Batha to see the remarkable collections of pottery, woodwork, leather-work, and manuscripts from the nineteenth century.
Next, pass through Bab el Ftouh, to explore the Andalusian quarter, a residential part of the medina . Wander through the Fès el Jedid, a kasbah which functioned as Morocco’s administrative center until 1912. Discover the royal palace and many interesting neighborhoods such as the Jewish Mellah, and the Ville Nouvelle. Explore the Medrasa Bou Inania, an Islamic school founded by Abu Inan Faris that is gorgeously ornamented .
Visit University of al-Karaouine. Founded in 859, by a lady whose name Fatima Al Fihriya. This university is one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world, and is considered the oldest university in the world.
Visit the Weavers Cooperative located in a residential neighborhood. The workshop specializes in weaving the finest jellaba fabric made of silk and wool. Visit the Tanneries, one of the most dynamic and charming souks in Fes where to find the best leader.
Visit the Dyers street, a dyers market, to see the dying traditions which have been used for centuries to dye cloth and sheep, goat, cow, and camel leather. After finishing the visit of the old medina, a drive to see the rampart of Fes.
Evening at Leisure. Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Fes.
Breakfast at your Riad. Take the road to Merzouga. stop in Ifrane to see the view of Ifrane University and go for a short walk around the beautiful streets of this European style city. Ifrane is located in the middle atlas in a national park that was established in October 2004 due to many reasons among which is the existence of remarkable species in the territory, the presence of internationally important ecosystems, and the increase of human activity and resource exploitation. With its unique architecture, cedar forest and temperature, Ifrane becomes an appealing destination
Wander down through the dramatic Ziz Gorges and valley where the Oued Ziz brings life to the last southern valley of the Ziz and the Tafilalt oases before arriving golden dunes of Merzouga. The Ziz valley, presents a spectacular sight of a dense canopy of palms.
Explore the culinary tradition of the Oasis valley with a local family and lean to make a Sahrawi Pizza named Medfouna. Lunch with the Tata family. Continue the road to Merzouga and arrive before sunset.
Upon arrival to Merzouga, another expedition is waiting for you, a 2 hors camel trek along the dunes of the golden Sahara Desert to enjoy sun sets an contemplate the rocky and majestic Erg Chebbi Dunes. Once you reach the heart of the sahara, a warm welcome at your luxury camp where you will spend the night under the huge sky full of bright stars Spend the night in a luxury bivouac tent near the Oasis in the Erg Chebbi Dunes of Merzouga or at a luxury desert guest house.
Rise, have breakfast, and take a sunrise trek back to Merzouga. Take the road to explore Merzouga’s desert scenery a flora and fauna that is unique to the Sahara.
Visit the Saharan Desert towns of Rissani and Erfoud and wander the old ksars. Rissani is located Errachidia Province near Erfoud. It is the closest town of significant size to the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand desert in Morocco.
Visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco which is located on the southern edge of town.
Rissani is the ancient capital of Tafilalet. Its location as a crossroads between north and south gave the city a certain importance in previous times. A former major caravan center, Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region. It is famous for its leather and goat skin trading.
Continue to Erfoud the oasis town in the Sahara Desert, in the Drâa-Tafilalet region in eastern Morocco. It is a destination for filmmakers due to the beauty of the surrounding Sahara Desert and the town's oasis areas. Erfoud has been a filming location for many films, including: March or Die (1977), The Mummy (1999), Prince of Persia (2010).
Lunch at a charming restaurant in Erfoud. Then, drive to Ouarzazate; dine and spend the night at 4 star riad or hotel in Ouarzazate.
Breakfast at your Riad and drive to explore Skoura oasis and the Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs. Skoura is an abundant haven with enormous palm groves that offer gorgeous views of the Atlas Mountains along with desert sceneries. It is well-known for the cultivation of roses. The palm groves were placed in the 12th century by the Almohad sultan Yacoub el-Mansour. The most stunning Kasbahs in southern Morocco can be found here. The Valley of Roses, just north of El Kelaa Mgouna is for certain an enjoyable trip on the way to Ouarzazate. You will stop for a visit of the cooperative producing various products of roses: rose water hand and body soaps, oil, crème fragrance. The annual Rose Festival is a perfect time of the year to visit.
Your journey will lead you to the breathtaking Valley of Nomads located in BouTaghrar. The stunning valley where nomads still live in caves will allow you to travel back in time . The valley is surrounded by Mount Mgoun which is the second highest mountain in Morocco with astonishing views of earthy scenery. A stop to have tea with a nomadic family to see the everyday life of the nomads and observe their weaving of Berber carpets.
Continue to the Dades Valley that covers 125 km between the Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate. The Dades Valley is located in the high valley of Dades that is scattered with Oasis, palm groves and kasbah. Carved through the walls of the High Atlas Mountains by the Dades River, Dades Gorge is an exceptional natural beauty. It has spectacular views which is best seen in the morning when the sun reaches the bottom of the canyon. Driving along you will pass fertile agricultural fields, riverbanks, and several fortified ksours.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant offering local Moroccan food and a panoramic view. Relax and sip mint tea while contemplating the remarkable valley view. Continue your discovery of the Dades Valley and Gorge after lunch. Return to Ouarzazate, the main Berber city in the south known for spectacular sunsets and dramatic mountain and desert scenery. It was once a crossing point for African traders looking to reach northern cities in Morocco and Europe. Dine and spend the night at 4 or 5 star hote in Ouarzazate
Breakfast at your riad and start your journey towards Marrakesh . you will pass the olive fields of the Oued Zat as you ascend to the Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260 metre high) that will take you through spectacular mountainous land. Along the road you will see panoramic sights of the High Atlas Mountains as well as rich valleys, colorful villages, and striking geology.
Explore Ait Benhaddou kasbah which is located at 32 km from Ouarzazate. It is situated in Souss-Massa-Draâ on a hill along the Ouarzazate River. The site has been declared as a world heritage by UNESCO and many movies has been filmed there: Lawrence of Arabia, Sodom and Gomorrah and Jesus of Nazareth. Ait Benhaddou was a caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh. Most of the town’s inhabitants immigrated to other nearby villages and only few families still live within.
On the way you will visit also Kasbah Telouet which is one of Morocco’s hidden gems. It is the ancestral home of the Pacha Glaoui Family and former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. The Kashah was established in the 18th and 19th centuries and represented the El Glaoui family's power hence named Glaoui Palace. It can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property
On the way stop for lunch and visit the Argan Cooperative where argan oil, argan butter, and argan cosmetics are made by hand from argan nuts by Berber women. You will be invited to taste the argan natural products. Drive to Marrakesh , dine and spend the night in a 4 5 stars hotel in Marrakesh.
Breakfast at your Riad. Explore the fascinating city of Marrakesh starting from new part Gueliz or Nouvelle Ville of Marrakesh. Continue to the magical Majorelle Gardens designed by Jacque Majorelle and preserved by Yves Saint Laurent. Its bleu and yellow colored paths make of it a attractive garden with various ponds, cacti, and plants. On our return to your Riad, a stop at Mamounia Hotel and Garden.
Explore the El Bahia Palace which is a set of gardens located in Marrakesh. It was built in the late 19th century, planned to be the greatest palace of its time. The name means "brilliance". As in other buildings of the period in other countries, it was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. There is a 2-acre (8,000 m²) garden with rooms opening onto courtyards.
Visit the Saadian Tombs are mausolea in Marrakesh which date to time of the Saadian dynasty sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were renovated by the Beaux-arts service. The mausoleum includes the burials of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family.
Next visit the old Medina. Explore this charming area on foot. In Djemaa el Fna, you will visit the famous 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. The guide will take you through the intricate streets and alleys of the Djemaa el Fna. Enjoy the smells of food and explore the souks specializing in Berber carpets, silver jewelry, handmade shoes, and leather tanneries. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Marrakesh’s most tasty restaurants.
After lunch, visit the Museum of Marrakesh, a Contemporary Moroccan Art Museum, a private museum devoted to popular arts & crafts situated within a beautiful Spanish-Moroccan house.
Evening free to explore Marrakesh on your own. Your private driver will be available to escort you to a variety of restaurants we recommend. B&B accommodation in a nice Riad. Dine and spend the night at a 4 or 5 star hotel in Marrakesh
After breakfast you will go for your Cooking Workshop. The workshops are conducted by a traditional Moroccan cook or a chef from our Moroccan restaurant, and are held at the hotel. Small groups of maximum 10 participants work alongside a translator (Arabic/English/French), using easy-to-use modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. At the end of each workshop, enjoy the meal you have prepared. At a typical half-day workshop, one learns to prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.
Spend the rest of the evening at leisure (this is an opportunity to return to the souk to shop or perhaps to visit the local hammam). Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.
Departure from Marrakech’s Menara Airport or Casablanaca