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8 Days Cooking Vacation in Morocco With Valli Little

8 Days Cooking Vacation in Morocco With Valli Little

  • Oualidia - Marrakech

Exotic Culinary Vacations Morocco

You will be cooking with international foodie star Valli Little. Your cooking holiday begins in a private beach house where the sun kisses your skin at sunrise while you enjoy a refreshing walk. You will hop onto the exotic wonder of Marrakech and stay in one of the most romantic riads. Cook with Valli and enjoy her signature recipes such as the chermoula, strawberry and rosewater ice cream cake, and more!

Highlights

  • Gather and cook fresh seafood
  • Private cooking classes with Valli Little
  • Morning walks at your private beach house
  • Visit oyster farm, Majorelle Garden, and more
  • Excursions to Atlas Mountains and others
  • Stroll the Djemaa El Fna Square at night
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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You will enjoy four-star accommodations during this cooking holiday. When you arrive in Morocco, you will first be staying in a beautiful private house right on the beach near the little town of Oualidia. In Marrackech, you will stay at Dar Les Cigognes. It is one of the most romantic riads in Marrakech, with stunning views from the rooftop terrace and located on the edge of the Kasbah.

Single accommodation is available subject to availability; single supplement will apply.

You will visit the oyster farm to see and taste these beauties, gather fresh seafood as it comes in on the fishing boats, and head home to cook a feast. Then, you will immerse in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for an exotic wonder as you visit the souks, food markets, and private homes and gardens to enjoy some hidden secrets. Don’t miss when Valli shares her chermoula recipe used to create a very special seafood tagine or teaches you to prepare her strawberry and rosewater ice cream cake, these are just two of the many dishes you will learn to cook and enjoy!

Sample daily schedule

Day 1 - Saturday, May 13, 2017

The tour starts in Oualidia. On your arrival day, there will be a welcome dinner for you in the evening.

Day 2 - Sunday, May 14, 2017

You will visit the oyster farm and have lunch in Oualidia, followed by a cooking class in the afternoon.

Day 3 - Monday, May 15, 2017

You will drive to Marrakech. In the evening, you will stroll to Djemaa El Fna Square to experience the vibrant night life.

Day 4 - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

You will enjoy a historical tour followed by a cooking class.

Day 5 - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

You will go on an excursion to the Atlas Mountains and you will have lunch in a traditional Berber house with stunning views over the peaks of the Atlas range.

Day 6 - Thursday, May 18, 2017

You will visit the famed Majorelle Garden, enjoy the company of a private shopper, and then experience cooking class at a private villa.

Day 7 - Friday, May 19, 2017

This is a day at leisure with culinary surprises and farewell dinner.

Day 8 - Saturday, May 20, 2017

This is your departure day.

  • Lunch in a traditional Berber house
  • Stroll the Djemaa El Fna Square at night
  • Visit to Majorelle Gardens
  • Visit to the Atlas Mountains
  • Valli Little

    Valli Little is one of the most familiar faces of food in Australia. She is highly respected for her in-depth knowledge and her talent for recipes that not only look and taste amazing, but are guaranteed to work.

To start the sojourn, you will be staying in a beautiful private house right on the beach on the outskirts of Oualidia, so expect lovely early morning walks as the sun comes up! Then, onto the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for four days of exotic wonder.

Oualidia

Oualidia is a small village on the Atlantic coast, facing a salt water lagoon and beach where ocean and coast merge. Oualidia is just a two and a half hour drive from Marrakech and two hours from Casablanca. It is the ideal place to unwind. The magic of the lagoon and the tides, provide a constantly changing back veil. Poised on the edge of the ocean, in a site of great ecological importance, Oualidia will attract, captivate, energize, and soothe in equal measure.

Marrakech

Founded nearly a thousand years ago, Marrakech is one of the great cities of the Maghreb and home to its most venerated Islamic monument, the Koutoubia mosque. Its spectacular setting against the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains lingers long in the minds of travelers; and the famous Jemaa el-Fna square provides one of the greatest open air spectacles in the world.

Marrakech has become a favorite international destination with shoppers and treasure hunters. It is renowned for its wonderful shops, souks or markets, and its eclectic selection of fine restaurants. Marrakech abounds with things to see and do, including the Bahia Palace, Si Said Museum, the Saadien Tombs, the Jewish cemetery, and a visit to the Jardin Majorelle by horse-drawn carriage is not to be missed.

Marrakech is a great base for day excursions to Essaouria and Oualidia on the Atlantic Coast. You can explore the Ourika valley gently climbing to Setti Fatma where you can lunch on Goat Tajine. Or, visit the High Atlas Mountains to mount a mule, climbing through the beautiful national park to the foot of Mount Toubkal, the highest in the Atlas Range.

Food is what this culinary tour is all about. You will learn Valli's recipes, taste fresh seafood collected from the fishing boats as they hit the harbor, dine in contemporary French restaurants as well as in traditional Moroccan riads. You will also marvel at some culinary surprises along the way.

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. During dinner, a half bottle of wine will be served per guest.

During time at leisure, enjoy a hammam, shop till you drop, sharpen your photography skills, or simply relax!

  • 2 tour leaders, Valli Little and Carol Prior
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Atlas Mountains excursion including English-speaking mountaineering guide and mules
  • Bank transfer, administration, and currency fluctuation fees
  • Calèche and entrance to Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum
  • Cool bottled mineral water in the car
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Entrance fees to sites visited with English-speaking local licensed Marrakech guide
  • Experienced professional English-speaking driver during your tours
  • Half bottle of wine per guest per dinner
  • Local tourist taxes
  • Luxury air-conditioned car including all related expenses
  • Porterage
  • Airfares
  • Applicable taxes for international travel arrangements
  • All items of a personal nature, telephone, laundry, extra gratuities for guide and driver
  • Camera fees at some historical sights and museums
  • Full travel insurance (obligatory requirement)
  • Meals other than those specified in itinerary
  • Tips (guidelines will be provided for this)
  • Tourist visa if you do not have an Australian passport

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK).

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.