12 Days Morocco Food & Cultural Tour

  • Marrakech - Dades - Merzouga - Fes - Chefchaouen - Casablanca

Foodie Holiday in Morocco

Thanks to its very diverse culture, unbelievable colors, and remarkable history, Morocco is definitely a must-see for any traveling enthusiast. This holiday offers a 12-day adventure that will take you through some of the most breathtaking spots in the country. During your visit, you will be able to sample traditional Moroccan cuisine, learn about its unique culture, and even spend a night camping in the great Sahara desert. In Marrakech you will take part in cooking classes and cooking demonstrations, while in Fes, you will enjoy market tours with tastings, wine and local food tasting sessions. At the end of you journey, you will surely be left with some great memories that will last you for a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Visit the Todra Gorge
  • Sample delicious fresh fish at the port
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride around Marrakech
  • Overnight in Sahara desert under the stars
  • 4×4 ride through the desert sand dunes
  • Camel ride through the desert
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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During your travels, you can expect good quality accommodations that combine traditional style architecture and genuine Berber hospitality with modern services and facilities.

Kasbah hotel

Outside of the larger cities, you will be staying in traditional style hotels. The hotels provide authentic Moroccan bed and breakfast accommodation. In the more remote areas, facilities such as air-conditioning and plumbing may not be as reliable as in more developed areas but the genuine hospitality of the Berber people will make up for and help overcome any technical challenges.

Nomadic tent

The accommodation in the desert will be in a bivouac, a traditional nomad camp. The tents are made of camel wool, the perfect material for the Sahara Desert, as their thickness protects from the heat of the sun and, when it rains, the wool expands, producing a water-­proof material.

Riads

These are the traditional Moroccan houses, built around an internal garden and courtyard, providing a peaceful and wonderful place for guests to relax out of the sun. Riads in Morocco are located in the older part of the cities and provide small guest rooms with en-­suite bathrooms. They are beautifully-decorated in a traditional Moroccan style and offer a truly personal service and an intimate atmosphere at the heart of the Moroccan culture.

Day 1 - Arrival

Upon arriving at Marrakech Airport (RAK) or Casablanca Airport (CMN), you will be transferred to the riad in the old Medina of Marrakech.

Day 2 - Marrakech, cooking class

After breakfast, you will have a day tour of Marrakech, which will include a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city ramparts, followed by lunch. You will visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the Majorelle Garden, the 16th century Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, and the Dar Si Saïd Palace, a museum of jewelry, kaftans, leatherwork, carpets, chests, and doors. In Marrakech, you will also be taking part in cooking classes and cooking demonstrations.

The night will be spent at the riad in Marrakech.

Day 3 - Essaouira

Enjoy a private day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira, which will give you ample time to visit the important monuments, attractions, and sights of Essaouira. The Mogador exotic novels will enchant you with the beauty of its cool beach, its mild climate, and bustle of its fishing port, where you will have the chance to taste fresh fish.

The night will be spent at the riad in Marrakech.

Day 4 - High Atlas Mountains, Tizi n'Tichka pass

Depart Marrakech and transport over the High Atlas Mountains Tizi n'Tichka pass. You will have time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes and a break for coffee and freshly-squeezed orange juice. You will visit several Kasbahs along the way, including the Ait Benhaddou, a 16th century UNESCO site, and one of the best preserved and most spectacular Kasbahs in Morocco. Scenes from the blockbuster hit movie of 2000, Gladiator, were filmed in Ait Benhaddou. After lunch, you will enjoy the landscapes of Berber villages, Rose Valley, and Dades Valley, before arriving to Dades Gorge.

The night will be spent in Dades.

Day 5 - Todra Gorge

After having breakfast at the hotel, you will depart to the Todra Gorge, a massive fault rising to 300 meters in a narrow valley, thick studded with palmeries and Berber Villages. You will have lunch in the Gorge before traveling further into the desert to the tiny village of Merzouga.

The night will be spent at the Kasbah Hotel around the Merzouga's Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert.

Day 6 - Saharan Desert

During the day, you will enjoy a ride through the dunes with a 4×4, as you visit the mones wells and nomadic settlements. In the evening, before sunset, you will go for a camel ride through the Saharan Desert.

The night will be spent in the middle of the dunes in a Berber tent.

Day 7 - Excursion to Fes

Early morning departure to enjoy the sunrise, as you ride your camel back to the hotel where the 4×4 is parked. After breakfast, you will depart to Errachidia via Erfoud and the Ziz Valley. Your journey will take you to Midelt, where you will have lunch. After lunch, you will drive to Fes via cedar woods at Azrou and the mountain of the Middle Atlas.

The night will be spent in a riad in Fes.

Day 8 - Fes

Today will be busy, as you will spend the morning exploring the ramparts of Fes, seeing the Tomb of the Merinids, and visiting the 14th-century Bou Inania Medersa and the excellent museum, with its collection of illuminated manuscripts and ceramics. You will have lunch in the Medina, before exploring its fascinating cobbled lanes, the richly decorated Attarin Medersa, and the Neijarin Fountain. You will also have the chance to see the medieval tannery, the mosques, the Fondouks where the donkeys and their owners gather, and the infinite variety of merchandise, like handcrafts, edible goods, copperware, and pottery. In Fes, you will enjoy market tours with tastings, wine and local food tasting sessions.

The night will be spent in Fes.

Day 9 - Excursion

After breakfast, you will depart to Volubilis and explore the ruins of this Roman city. You will visit the holy city of Moulay Idriss, a place of pilgrimage for all Moroccans. Your journey will also take you to the wonderful city of Chefchaouen via the Rif Mountains.

The night will be spent in Chefchaouen.

Day 10 - Free day

This will be a free day for you to unwind, relax, and explore the city at leisure.

Day 11 - Drive to Rabat

You will be departing for Rabat, where you can visit the ruins of Chellah, the Mohammed V Mausoleum, and the Hassan Tower. After lunch, you will continue your travels to Casablanca, where you can visit the Mosque of Hassan II.

The night will be spent in a hotel in Casablanca.

Day 12 - Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Casablanca Airport (CMN).

  • Explore Dades
  • Journey through the Sahara Desert
  • Tour of Marrakech
  • Travel through the Tizi n'Tichka pass
  • Travel to Essaouira
  • Travel to Rabat
  • Travel to Volubilis
  • Visit Casablanca
  • Visit Chefchaouen
  • Visit Errachidia
  • Visit Fes
  • Visit Midelt
  • Visit Moulay Idriss
  • Visit the mones wells and nomadic settlements
  • Visit the Todra Gorge
  • Visit the village of Merzouga

Morocco is a land of mystery, colors, and intrigue. During your travels through this beautiful country, you will have the chance to see all of its sides. The crowded markets and complex medinas will have you feeling as though you have been transported to another time. Whether you are looking for a hand-crafted rug, Moroccan lighting, jewelry, leather goods, furniture, food, or local artisan goods, it will all be waiting for you there.

As you leave the busy cities, Morocco's unspoiled communities will delight your senses. You will definitely get closer to nature as you walk through the sandy dunes and small, traditional villages, which will feel so surreal that you might have to pinch yourself from time to time, just to make sure it is all real.

This holiday will introduce you to the authentic culinary traditions of the Moroccan people. The main Moroccan dish, and the one most people know, is couscous, the old national delicacy. Beef is the most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco, usually eaten in a Tagine with a wide selection of vegetables. Chicken is also very commonly used in Tagines, or roasted. In Marrakech, you will take part in cooking classes and cooking demonstrations, while in Fes, you will enjoy market tours with tastings, wine and local food tasting sessions.

  • Attend local events
  • Explore the cities and their attractions
  • Go shopping
  • Spend a day at a local spa
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Activities specified in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • English speaking ­guide
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Private tour with 4x4 or minivan
  • ­Rented camel and guide
  • Transfers to and from Marrakech Airport (RAK) or Casablanca Airport (CMN)
  • Transportation for the activities and trips specified
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Marrakech Airport (RAK) or Casablanca Airport (CMN). Sahara Magic will pick you up from there. The pick-up is included in the price.