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Immerse yourself in this holiday for a time to experience Moroccan culture while learning how to make some of the traditional and delicious dishes. This holiday is open to anyone, from the novice cook to the experienced chef. The tour includes cultural trips in and around Fes, as well as hands-on cooking lessons.
During the cooking holiday, you will be staying at a riad in Fes, Morocco. Riad is a traditional house with a garden.
You will be picked up at train station, bus station, or the airport. You will arrive at your riad where you will be welcomed with a warm pot of refreshing Moroccan mint tea. You can take the afternoon to settle into Fes. In the evening, you will be served a welcome dinner at your riad. Transfers to Fes from other cities such as Casablanca, Tangier, and Rabat can be arranged.
After breakfast, you will take a trip to the souk (the open-air market) to see what is in season and decide on today’s menu - entrée, main, and dessert. You will learn how to pick out the freshest products for your meal and experience how Moroccans do their daily grocery shopping. You will come back to the riad and start to prepare your first tagine of the week!
You can relax over lunch and enjoy your creation. In the afternoon, you can also relax or take a historic and cultural tour of the Fes which takes you through the 2000 year old living medina; a labyrinth of narrow lanes alive with markets and souks, craftsmen, donkeys, and mules transporting their loads.
You can also visit the Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas (Islamic universities), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine mosque. You can finish your tour with a visit to Fes Jdid, and the revered Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fes. While you are out, you may want to scope out some interesting restaurants for dinner or ask at the riad for recommendations.
After breakfast, you will leave for Meknes, Fes’s neighbouring smaller Imperial city. You will spend a relaxing day with a guide visiting the old medina, the most beautiful gate in Morocco, Ban El Mansour; the Royal Stables of the Alaouite Sultan Moulay Ismail, and the Jewish Quarter.
After lunch, you will continue to explore Meknes, or visit one of Morocco’s most renowned wineries just outside of Meknes and experience the wine legacy that the French left behind. On your way back to Fes, visit the sprawling ancient ruins of Volubilis, a 2000 year old Roman city with remains of palaces, baths, basilicas, and stunning mosaics.
You will arrive in Fes in the late afternoon or early evening. You will have your dinner at your riad or another restaurant if you prefer.
After breakfast, you will spend the day relaxing or continue to explore Fes. Your cooking class starts in the late afternoon. You will learn how to make make pastilla, an Andalusian dish brought to Morocco by the Moors and “perfected” in Fez. For this meal, you will also be making harira (Moroccan soup) and a light delicious fruit salad with mint and rose water. Enjoy your pastilla dinner!
Since Friday is the holy day in Islam and couscous is most Moroccan’s favorite dish, it is the tradition in Morocco to eat couscous on Fridays! After breakfast, you will start your lesson on how to participate in this national tradition. During this class, you will also make zaalouk and one of own fruit salads.
After enjoying your couscous lunch, spend the rest of day relaxing or exploring Fes. You can visit Ain Nokbi, where the famous pottery of Fes is made. You can also watch the potters sculpt and intricately paint beautiful pieces of work. You will have dinner at a local restaurant in Fes.
After breakfast, you will leave for Azrou and spend the day in this beautiful quaint Berber mountain town. You can take a walk in the cedar forests, visit the Barbary apes, and shop for some of the best rugs in Morocco. You will have your lunch at a restaurant in Azrou.
You will return to Fes in the late afternoon and get ready for your farewell dinner! An additional option is to overnight in Azrou and learn how to make meshwi, a traditional Berber meat dish which is cooked underground for a several hours.
After breakfast, and saying your goodbyes, you will be transferred to the airport, bus, or train station.
This itinerary can be reordered to take account of best times to visit places, for example, timing your visit to Azrou for the Tuesday weekly market; and best times during the week to prepare certain menus, timing a cooking class for the days fresh fish is delivered to Fes. The menu for your classes is also heavily influenced by what is fresh and in season.
You will experience a day trip to Azrou and Meknes as well as a historical and cultural visit of Fes medina and its surroundings. Transportation and lunch are included for the trip to Azrou and Meknes.
The holiday will take place in Fes, Morocco. Fez was founded soon after the Arab invasion of North Africa and Spain at the end of the 8th century, and is the most ancient and holy of the Imperial cities. It was founded by Moulay Idriss, the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. Moulay Idriss, a charismatic leader, died in 791 and left his son Moulay Idriss II to establish Fes, the new capital.
You will be served with daily delicious breakfast during the holiday. Two lunches are also included during the trip to Azrou and Meknes. There will also be a welcome and farewell dinner.
You can take a walk through history when you are in Morocco. As you walk through the Medina of Fes, you will see colored stars that ADER-Fes has installed to mark tourist circuits. Each color corresponds to a different tourist circuit. So you can take a number of walking tours through the Medina, without having to pull out your guide book at every turn.
You can visit Bab Boujloud, Bou Inania Medersa, The Bou Inania Water Clock, Belghazi Museum, and many more.
Please book your flight to arrive at Fès-Saïs Airport (FEZ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Fescooking will pick you up from the airport. Fescooking can also pick you up from bus or train station in Fes.
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