8 Days Exotic Flavors Morocco Culinary Tour

  • Rabat - Fez - Demnate - Marrakesh

Exuberant Wine Tasting and Cooking Holidays in Morocco

From the melting pot of its medinas to the remote reaches of the High Atlas, Morocco’s food reflects it diverse cultures and environments. Starting in the Imperial City of Fez, you will try your hand at bread making and other Fassi specialties, and visit the wine-producing area of neighboring Meknes. Meet the locals who tend to the olive groves and produce their own honey, blending seasonal herbs. Enjoy a night of desert luxury at the Scarabeo Camp en-route to Marrakech. Go spice shopping in the souks after which your dada will teach you the secrets of the perfect tajine and couscous. Finally, wash it down with a glass of refreshing Moroccan mint tea.

Highlights

  • Eat street food in Djemaa el-Fna
  • 2 cooking classes with local chefs
  • Vineyards tour and wine tasting in Meknes
  • Walk through olive groves and watch locals harvesting olives
  • Visit wonderful Ouzoud Waterfalls
  • Spice shopping in Marrakesh
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation is an integral part of the travel experience. Trip Feast aims to provide you with accommodation which best represents the diversity of their tours. Their accommodation varies from traditional bamboo houses, delightful eco-camps, Buddhist and Orthodox monasteries, small guesthouses, boutique hotels, and occasional home stay. Trip Feast has spent a lot of time researching accommodation with the best character, as they want you to get the best cultural experience out of where you stay as well as being as comfortable as possible. On this vacation you will stay in stunning riads and kasbahs.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrive into Casablanca and transfer to capital Rabat.
  • After checking in, refresh and then, do some sightseeing in the afternoon, with a visit to the Mausoleum of Late King Mohammed V - a classic example of Hispano-Moorish architecture.
  • Also visit the Hassan Tower and the Oudayas Kasbah overlooking the mouth of the Bou Regreg River.

Day 2 - Excursion, vineyard tour, wine tasting

  • Leave for the Chateau Roslane, close to the former Imperial City of Meknes. This stunning property comprises among other things, a 70,000 hectoliter cellar, stainless steel tanks, 3 sorting conveyor tables for unloading grapes, a coaxial heat exchanger for coloring the entire harvest, pneumatic presses, underground ageing cellars with a capacity of 3000 oak barrels and 3 million bottles.
  • Take a tour of the vineyards (spanning 700 hectares) and do some wine tasting.
  • Afterwards, drive to nearby Meknes. The city was built at the end of the 17th century by King Moulay Ismael.
  • Visit the old ramparts, the Moulay Ismael stables, granaries, the House of Water, Bab El Mansour (one of the most beautiful gates in Morocco), and the impressive Moulay Ismael Mausoleum facing the Aguedal Basin.
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant.
  • After lunch, drive to Volubilis, which contains Morocco's finest Roman ruins.
  • Continue on to the village of Moulay Idriss, beautifully hanging on the hills and sheltering the tomb of Moulay Idriss.
  • Afterwards, proceed to Fez and check into your stunning riad.
  • You will spend the night in Fez.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.

Day 3 - Cooking class

  • After breakfast, spend the morning exploring the ancient souks of Fez.
  • You will visit Achabin square for spices, Chemaine square for dry fruits, the Joutya for salt, eggs, and fish, the Kissaria for hand-woven textiles and other locally produced goods, the Henna souk, and the Attarine souks for more spices.
  • You will also visit the nearby Maristan and the Attarine Medersa (Koranic school).
  • You will have lunch at local restaurant.
  • Next, you will leave for a local riad for your first cooking class, learning to make some fassi specialties, including some of their delicious breads and pastries.
  • Afterwards, enjoy what you have cooked for dinner in the riad.
  • The rest of evening will be free.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 4 - High Atlas Mountains

  • Early morning, start your journey south through the High Atlas.
  • Pass through stunning scenery and picturesque villages, including the village of Imouzzer du Kandar, the Lake of Daiet Aoua, Ifrane ski resort - located in the heart of a cedar forest.
  • Proceed through Azrou and Khenifra, through the Tadla Valley and the rich agricultural area of Beni Mellal, where you will stop for lunch.
  • After lunch, continue to Bin El Ouidane via Afourer. Bin El Ouidane is known for its interesting dam. It was built on the Wadi-el-Bin Ouidane, forming a reservoir which brightens the landscape surrounding mountains. Due to its size, it allows both power generation and irrigation of the plain of Tadla.
  • Arrive early evening in the small town of Demnate.
  • Check into the beautiful hotel Illy Kasbah, overlooking a gorge and verdant forests.
  • You will have dinner and spend the night in Demnate.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.

Day 5- Demnate, Marrakech

  • Take a wander in the morning to visit the nearby 1.2 million old natural bridge, Iminifri, set in a spectacular gorge. Demnate is known for honey production, so you will meet villagers who produce their own honey, mixed with seasonal herbs such as thyme and eucalyptus.
  • Afterwards, drive to Ouzoud waterfalls, Morocco's most impressive waterfalls, dropping 120 meters.
  • Ouzoud is the Berber word for olive, which is apt, as the walk to the base of the falls passes through olive groves, where you will often see locals harvesting olives from the trees.
  • After your walk, have lunch nearby (try some delicious Berber omelet).
  • Afterwards, leave for Marrakech.
  • Arrive in the evening, and check into your riad.
  • You will spend the night in Marrakech.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.

Day 6 - Marrakech tour, Moroccan dinner

  • Half day sightseeing of Marrakech in the morning, including the historical monuments such as Koutoubia Mosque - although entry is not allowed to non-Muslims, the Bahia Palace, and the tranquil surroundings of the Saadian Tombs.
  • The afternoon is free to explore the souks of Marrakeshs vibrant medina.
  • Freshen up back at the hotel and then, you will be whisked away to a palace restaurant.
  • You would never know these amazing buildings are hidden within the walls of the medina. Feast on sumptuous Moroccan cuisine in elaborate surroundings, and wash down your meal with some fresh Moroccan mint tea.
  • Late evening, transfer back to your riad.
  • You will spend the night in Marrakech.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 7 - Cooking class

  • Morning breakfast will be taken at a local Moroccan cafe. Order from the same menu and enjoy a bowl of harira soup, Moroccan pancakes and breads, eggs, fresh orange juice, and Moroccan mint tea or coffee.
  • Walk off your breakfast on a walking tour of the food parts of the souks.
  • Take lunch near Djemaa el-Fna or back at the riad. In the afternoon, visit the stunning Maison Arabe, where you will participate in another cooking class.
  • Learn how to cook traditional dishes, such as tajine or couscous, as well as delicious salads.
  • Dinner will be taken there as well.
  • The rest of evening will be free and you will spend the night in Marrakech.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 8 - Departure

  • Your Moroccan adventure comes to finish.
  • After your breakfast at the riad, you will be transferred the airport for your return flight.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.
  • Explore the ancient souks of Fez
  • Journey through the High Atlas
  • Tour around Meknes city
  • Tour around Ouzoud waterfalls
  • Tour of Chateau Roslane vineyards
  • Tour of Marrakesh city
  • Visit Moulay Idriss Village
  • Visit the Iminifri old natural bridge
  • Visit to Roman ruins in Volubilis
  • Walk through olive groves
  • Walking tour of the food parts of the souks in Marrakesh

This retreat will take place in Morocco, visiting Rabat, Fez, Demnate, Marrakesh, and various surrounding areas.

During your holiday, you will be delighted with daily tasty breakfast and some very special dinners; two of them will include the meals prepared in your cooking classes and one will be in a hidden Moroccan palace.

Exclusions

Lunches are not included in the price, although you will be taken to specific places where you can lunch at.

  • Day 3 - After your first cooking class, you will have the remaining of the evening free to explore Fez by yourself or to simply relax.
  • Day 6 - Before your dinner in a palace restaurant, the afternoon is free to explore Marrakech city. People watch in the famous square of Djemaa el-Fna, known for its excellent food stalls and open air entertainment, including snake charmers, astrologers, story-tellers, and much more.
  • Day 7 - After your second cooking class, you will have the remaining of the evening free to deeply explore Marrakech city or to simply relax.
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 2 cooking class with local chefs
  • 3 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 11 excursions
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance fees to sites on itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Additional transfers
  • Airfare
  • Optional activities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mohammed V International Airport (CMN). Trip Feast will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Trip Feast an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by David from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I was really blown away by the high quality of Serbias food (and drink) and the warmth and hospitality of it`s people. The tour was well-paced, our guide very knowledgeable about the history, local customs and of course the food of the areas we visited. And the visit with the druid was really something special. Thank you for an all round fantastic trip."

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  • Review by Anupy Singla Gupta from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I just took the food Tour of Kerala and Malabar Coast and it was purely unforgettable. The accommodation was superb as was the food and hospitality. I essentially came back feeling like a baby hippo - that should tell you that you need to take this tour as soon as possible!"

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  • Review by Jeanine from UK
    10 out of 10

    "It is not surprising that UNESCO has added Mexican cuisine to its list of cultural treasures worth preserving. The variety and quality of Oaxacan food is awe inspiring and ranges from street food to creative chefs in top class restaurants. All aspiring young chefs should visit the Sunday market in Tlacolula, a real feast for the eyes and the palette. We have learnt a huge amount on this tour about life in Mexico and the problems of Mexicos indigenous people."

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Arrival: Saturday November 4, 2017
Departure: Saturday November 11, 2017

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