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17 Days Beyond the Bay Cooking Holidays in Morocco

17 Days Beyond the Bay Cooking Holidays in Morocco

  • House of Fusion Marrakech, Marrakech - Tizi n’Tichka Pass - Rissani, Morocco

Food Tour Morocco

Enjoy Moroccan cuisine and explore exotic markets to find fresh ingredients. As this holiday is just for you, they can see what can be swung around should you prefer to arrive on another day, other than Sunday. It is recommended that all guests fly into Marrakech from either Barcelona, Sevilla, or Madrid and not via Casablanca. They have glorious add-ons in these cities which make the perfect beginning or finale to the wonder of Morocco.

Highlights

  • 5 cooking lessons
  • High Atlas picnic day
  • Degustation menu in the Palmeraie
  • Day in Essaouira and shopping extravaganza
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • 7-night inclusive road trip
  • Daily meals with wine
  • Airport transfers
  • 15 days with instruction
  • English
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House of Fusion Marrakech is a beautiful riad in the heart of the Marrakech medina, a sumptuous accommodation that offers fabulous cooking classes and celebrations. During your seven-nights road trip, you will be staying in en-suite accommodations, including the tent.

House of Fusion Marrakech

The rooms of this lovely riad are reserved exclusively for guests booking culinary holidays. All rooms are doubles, except for Itri, which is a twin or king room. All en-suite bathrooms are inspired by Philippe Starck and have cascading glass hand basins. Bedrooms all have bedding by Simmons, walls of tadelahkt, tiled floors, regional rugs, French antique bed linen, antique kasbah door headboards, toiletries, and fresh flowers.

The laundry services in House of Fusion Marrakech are included in the price. Your clothes will be washed, dried under the Moroccan sun, ironed or folded with a whoosh of rose water to finish. In House of Fusion Marrakech, you will find shampoo and body lotion in your room, and theres a fabulous hairdressing supply shop nearby if you want specialty shampoos. The riad has sun block for guests.

Day 1

Welcome feast and Moroccan wines with champagne to begin.

Day 2

Tapas dinner in the riad and a walk to Dkmna F'na for ginseng tea and sellou.

Day 3

Feasting day cooking class, a lunch, and a dinner class of 12 dishes. Wines with dinner.

Day 4

Cooking in a Berber village, a traditional over coals lunch class in a remote village an hour from Marrakech. Tapas dinner in the riad with wines.

Day 5

Shopping extravaganza to Hidden Places Holding Hearts' Desires with lunch deep inside the medina. Dinner on a terrace top in the medina. Beverages at dinner cost extra.

Day 6

Spend the day in Essaouira, a Portuguese settled port where you will lunch on a terrace top against the Atlantic. Drinks will cost extra. Tapas in the evening in the riad.

Day 7

Tanjia, soup, and pastry class, a lunch and dinner class beginning with the prepping of the tanjia to take to the local hammam for cooking all day in the coals. Tanjia is a Marrakechi dish as nowhere else in Morocco.

Day 8

The roadtrip begins. Red wine will be served with all dinners except for the night in the desert camp. There is no provision for chilling wine on the trip. All accommodation is en-suite including the night in the tent. Today you will travel over the Tizn Tichka Pass to a hidden oasis far off the tourist trail. You will have picnic lunch along the way and morning tea in a garden mountain top. This afternoon, you will walk the oasis and the ancient kasbah deep inside. Dinner and the night in the charming auberge where the luxury is in the divine setting. There is a pool if you would love a swim.

Day 9

This morning, you will drive to the Babel village to walk this oasis where once there was Brad. It is a special village with an ancient kasbah inside which people still live. Washing day in this ancient setting is every day and they always take a gift of Omo for the ladies. This remote area is famous for carpet weaving and it is here you will be able to buy a treasure directly from the ladies who weave. Lunch will be back at the auberge where the afternoon will be spent relaxing with an afternoon walk across the river.

Day 10

The road to the desert traveling through astonishing scenery, rock mountain scapes, the Draa Valley with its kasbahs and palmeraie snaking all the way to Mautitania, until verdant gives way to stony desert and finally the orange sands of the Sahara. You will have lunch at Nkob and continue up the middle of Morocco to Rissani where you will soon turn off the road for the 12 kilometer trip to the auberge up the sands. You will sleep here for two nights and journey by camel to your camp. There is a wonderful pool here if you would love to swim in this surreal setting of the Sahara abutting you poolside.

Day 11

This morning, it is off to the desert family where you will 'cook up a desert storm' with Fatima and her daughters, prepping in the the courtyard kitchen and walking the mellah, the food of this region, to the community oven beside the front door, taking your turn with the village ladies. After lunch, you will visit a tucked away desert emporium where you will buy scarves for the ride into camp and back again in the morning. Once back at the auberge, you will travel a short distance by 4 x 4 where your camels will be waiting to take you on a 90-minute ride to camp for dinner and the night.

Day 12

A pre-dawn climb of the dunes to the top for sunrise. Here you will straddle the top of the dune as the sun wakes up the Sahara. You will eat breakfast in the camp before climbing onto your camel once more for the ride back to the 4 x 4 and onwards to the auberge. Today will indeed be a lazy one, lolling around the pool and venturing, if you wish, across the sands for sundown.

Day 13

You leave after breakfast for the kasbah in the valley of the roses. After Rissani, the road is all new to you as you pass through mountain scape and valleys, stopping along the way for lunch under shady vines. This afternoon after arriving at the kasbah, you will have a wonderful walk through abandoned kasbahs and fields growing with nut and fruit trees beside the river. Tonight it's dinner in the kasbah.

Day 14

After a leisurely breakfast terrace top, you leave on your spectacular hidden gorge picnic day, climbing mountains that seemingly touch the sky, past earth-built villages and valleys filled with crops. Today you will walk the gorge in shoes you care not if they get wet. You take things for the children who live in this wonderful area, miles from everywhere. They will send you a list of some suggested things for you to pack. You will call in to the shops not far from the kasbah should you long to buy some rose creams.

Day 15

Off you go to Marrakech over the Tizn Tichka, stopping for a barbecue lunch where the village is full of roadside butchers with barbecues to cook what you choose. Dinner awaits in the riad.

Day 16

Champagne brunch then comes the God and Goddess Pamper Day of hammam, massage, and facial. Dinner tonight in the Palmeraie at Les Deux Tours.

Day 17

Farewell.

  • Day excursion to Essaouira, a Portuguese-settled port
  • Full day cooking and walking the fields in a Berber village up in High Atlas Mountains
  • Gourmet picnic day along the Tizi n'Tichka pass
  • Meet with a Moroccan family located 30 minutes from the Algerian border
  • Sahara desert 7-night road trip
  • Shopping tour in the souks
  • Visit the big square, Djmna F'na
  • Walk through kasbahs and through fields of nut trees and palms beside the river

This holiday will take place in the city of Marrakech. You will also visit the surrounding desert, Essaouira, and the High Atlas Mountains.

You will learn to cook and taste Moroccan specialties such as tanija along with world-known dishes such as tapas, but with a Moroccan twist.

Alcohol

Your riad is licensed to serve alcohol purchased from the riad but not alcohol brought into the riad independently. Not all our destinations are suitable for serving and consuming alcohol.

Exclusions

Beverages at lunch are extra.

During your free time, you can visit the Marjorelle Gardens or do some shopping.

You will have a day to enjoy a local hammam, massage, and facial.

  • 5 cooking classes
  • 7 nights road trip
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals with wine
  • Degustation menu in the Palmeraie (beverages extra)
  • Excursions as per the itinerary
  • God and Goddess pamper afternoon (hammam, massage, or facial)
  • High Atlas picnic day

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. House of Fusion Marrakech will pick you up from the airport.