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Make your Moroccan dreams come true in this breathtaking culinary vacation that will take you from the amazing city of Fez, to the mystical Marrakech. Unveil the mystery of the quiet dunes of the Sahara Desert, experience the nomadic life, and exchange stories with Berber families. Indulge your palate with the exotic and vibrant Moroccan cuisine, explore Rissani, and visit interesting historical areas, as well as beautiful maze-like walled cities, as antique as time.
On this holiday, you will stay for one night in a lovely hotel, one night in a Berber camp in the desert, and one night in the Dades Valley.
Back to Morocco Tours will pick you and drive to the Desert via Ifran and Cedar forest. You will have lunch along the way, having Midelt as an option, and move ahead to Errachidia through the pass of Tizi N-Tlghmt. You will notice the desert sceneries begin as long as you move closer to the Sahara Desert. Once you arrive, you will be served a cup of tea as part of the Berber hospitality. Relax in a cozy hotel, where you will spend the night and prepare yourself for a camel ride the next day.
Today, enjoy the desert area at your leisure and explore its life and cultural secrets. Later on, you will be taken to experience the Beduins nomadic lifestyle. First, arrive to Rissani, where the people from the surrounding area get their everyday supplies. After having lunch, you will be taken back to the desert for an adventurous camel trekking experience. Before arriving to the desert camp where you will spend the night, you will have a real chance to see how Berber families cook during a Berber pizza cooking class. The ingredients used for a Berber pizza are onion, eggs, meat, carrots, almonds, and spices.
Today, you will wake up early to see one of the most impressive sunrises ever; then, you will trek back from your desert camp to the cozy hotel to have breakfast, shower, and collect your luggage. Next, you will leave Sahara towards Todra Gorges and the Dades Valley where you will spend the night.
Today, you will leave the Dades Valley and arrive at Marrakech via the Rose Valley, and visit African Hollywood, Ouarzazate city, where many movies have been filmed. Then, you will have the chance to explore Ait Benhadou Kasbah, the oldest and most exotic historical land in Morocco. Afterwards, you will continue to Marrakech via High Atlas Mountains, where the tour comes to an end.
This holiday will take place in Morocco. Morocco is situated in the north-west of the African continent with a population over than 33,757,175. It has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean, and international borders with Algeria to the east, with Spain to the north (a water border through the strait and land borders with two small Spanish autonomous cities, Ceuta and Melilla), and Mauritania to the south.
On this vacation, you will have the chance to discover the local lifestyle, and prepare authentic food, like the Berber pizza, that includes ingredients like onion, eggs, meat, carrots, almonds, and exotic spices.
The original name of couscous derived from the Berber word Seksu, meaning well rolled, formed, or rounded. In Morocco, couscous is generally served with vegetables (carrots, tomato, or turnips) and cooked in a spicy or mild broth or stew, and some meat (generally, chicken, lamb or mutton). The couscous is served sometimes at the end of a meal or just by itself. The couscous is usually steamed several times until it is very fluffy and pale in color.
To make couscous in the traditional way takes a lot of time and effort. Women separate and mix the grains of semolina by using the palm of their hands and salt water, a process that takes one hour for the semolina alone. Women in some parts of the country still prepare their couscous this way, but most families buy it in packages. Friday is a day of praying, so it is a Moroccan tradition all over the country to celebrate this day with a couscous meal.
Moroccan cuisine has been in deep interaction with outside cuisines for centuries and has borrowed different ways of preparing dishes from different cultures like Mediterranean African, Iberian, Moorish, Arab, Middle Eastern, Berber, and Jewish among others. Moroccan cuisine is considered to be one of the most diversified one around the world.
For breakfast, the majority of Moroccans eat bread with olive oil, tea, and different kinds of Moroccan crepes. Lunch is the biggest meal in Moroccos houses; family members come from work or school and they all sit around a low table in their salon. Traditionally speaking, before bringing the meal to the table, a female member of the family washes the hands of every person at the table with a kettle of water, soap, a basin, and a dish-towel which she hangs over her forearm.
Once everybody has their hands washed, they come around the table; the meal starts when the head of the family says Bismilah (in the name of God), and they use the right hand to eat. As soon as all members end their meal, a plate of fruits is served, followed by tea. Dinners dont have as much of a ceremony as lunch, and people usually prepare soup.
Moroccan mint tea, or what Moroccans will jokingly call Moroccan whiskey, is the national icon for hospitality in Morocco. Morocco has a tea ceremony of its own. People drink tea informally all day in between meals. But any time a visitor enters a house, the first thing that he or she must be offered, is tea. When members of two different tribes meet to discuss issues of the region or politics, a tea ceremony is required before getting into politics. Mint tea is traditionally served in small glasses, although some tea shops will serve it to you in tall glasses with the mint inside. When it is served, the person pouring the tea holds the teapot high above the glasses so as to create a little foam in each persons glass.
Moroccan cuisine has two well-known dishes: tagine and couscous. Tagine is a historical Berber dish. There is a wide variety of tagines. It can be made of meats and vegetables. The typical tagine dishes include lamb with dates, lamb with raisins or prunes and almonds, chicken with olives and preserved lemon, chicken with dried apricots, and meatballs (or ketfa) with tomatoes and eggs. Traditionally, tagines were prepared on top of a portable clay, called majmar. Every region of the country has its own tagine and ways to prepare it.
When it comes to kasbahs, Ait Benhaddou is one of the most exotic and best preserved in the entire Atlas region. It is a fortified city composed of six kasbahs and nearly fifty houses, made with red pis and connected through a complex maze of narrow streets. It is impossible to determine how old the kasbahs are exactly, though, the first buildings at Ait Benhaddou are believed to have been built on the 11th century. The kasbahs are in a strategic position on the route from Marrakech, to the other kasbah of Telouet. The kasbahs were a major stop for camel caravans carrying salt through the Sahara and returning with gold, silver, and slaves, and has been the favorite filming location of many Hollywood directors.
Fez is the most ancient of Imperial Cities in the Muslim world. The city has been the spiritual and political capital of Morocco for over 1000 years since its inception by Moulay Idriss. The golden age of Fez was in the Middle Ages, when it was the center of political, cultural and religious life in Morocco and beyond and throughout the Muslim World. Today, Fez still exists suspended between the middle Ages and modern life. The Medina (ancient town) has retained much of its medieval soul, spirit and architecture. You will discover narrow alleys and wilding streets leading to enclosed courtyards and arched gateways.
The Medina is divided in two cities: Fez el Bali and Fez el Djedid. Fez el Djedid is the new Fez, built by the Merenids in the 13th century. Most of the area was occupied by a royal palace, one of the most sumptuous and complex in Morocco, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Fez el Bali is the old Fez, dominated by a vast enclosure of royal palaces, gardens and souks. Most of Fez attractions are located here in the old town. In Fez you will have plenty of chances to explore various historical sites such as, Bab Boujloud, Dar Batha, the Kairaouine University and Medersa El Attarin.
No trip to Morocco is complete without a stay in Marrakech. The magnificent city of Marrakech, capital of the South with close proximity to the Sahara, is dominated by the peaks of the magnificent High Atlas Mountains. There are so many things to see in Marrakech, that you could need more than few days to explore all of its wonders; there are great architectural landmarks like the Koutoubia Mosque, the most perfect minaret in Morocco and a great piece of Almohad architecture, or the Saadian Tombs, a splendid mausoleum dating back to the 16th century.
There are also the citys great gardens, the Agdal and Menara, the Majorelle Garden, as well as the famous popular square in Marrakech Djemaa El Fna, a fascinating place full of life and activity, where you can find musicians, street sellers, snake charmers, performers, comedians, etcetera. Around the edge of Djemaa El Fna you will find the souk, the traditional African markets and caf terraces. There are also hotels, gardens and a maze of tiny streets to explore.
A trip to Moroccan Sahara Desert is definitely an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. The memories will last forever. Imagine yourself on the hump of a camel, trekking through the Erg Chebbi Dunes of Merzouga. There is nothing around you and all you can hear are the footsteps of the camel on the soft sand. The sky is vast and clear in the day, and filled with millions of bright stars at night.
This is a very peaceful experience, rarely known by most of the western world. Erg Chebbi extends over a distance of 25 kilometers from north to south and 6.5 kilometers towards the east, and, at its heart, you can enjoy the silence of the dunes, gaze at the stars or visit the Gnaoua family, who will entertain you with their authentic Berber instruments and have lunch with Bedouin nomad families.