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Culinary Morocco

7 Nights / 8 Days
4 nights in Marrakech
3 nights in Fez

Morocco is a feast for the eyes, but it's also a land of wonderful food and culinary delights. On this tour you'll not only sample a myriad of gourmet dishes, you'll also learn how to prepare them.

In both Marrakech and Fez, you'll be invited into the homes, restaurants, and kitchens of chefs and private families who will teach you to shop for, prepare, and serve numerous Moroccan dishes. Among the delights that you will learn are Tangia, Spring Rolls, Moroccan Salads, Berber bread, Pastilla, and Kaab Ghzal; a very special pastry.

Your culinary adventure will include guided shopping visits in the Medina’s of Fez and Marrakesh; visits with local families, and meals you will remember for a lifetime.

This tour offers a special value since it includes all meals from dinner on the day of your arrival through breakfast on the day of your departure.

This tour can be arranged year-round. We require a minimum of four participants and no more than ten in order to create/preserve conviviality and an authentic atmosphere.  

Day 1 - Arrival in Marrakech

Arrival at Marrakech Menara Airport. You'll be greeted and provided with assistance for your luggage. You will be provided with a private transportation for a drive to your selected Riad.

At night, welcome dinner at Al Fassia, where you will savour the splendour of a fine Moroccan home cuisine in the new town district of Gueliz, lovingly prepared and served by a traditionally clad all-female team.

Overnight accommodation.

Day 2 - Marrakech (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

In the morning transfer to a Riad (palatial house) in the old Medina.

The Chef will lead our small group on a tour to visit the butcher, the spice sellers, the vegetable market and the public oven where the “Tangia” will be left to cook for many hours.

“Tangia” is both the name of a rounded earthenware pot and a delicious dish of lamb and spices which stews slowly, buried in hot ashes.

You will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare the “Tangia”, a typical specialty of Marrakech. Then join another instruction and demonstration on how to make a selection of Moroccan fresh and cooked salads.

Before serving lunch, a hostess walks around the table with a silver pitcher filled with perfumed warm water in her right hand and a towel over her left arm, to pour water over the fingers of each guest, catching the water in a small silver basin in her left hand.

Moroccan light lunch at the Riad.

After lunch the silver ewer filled with scented warm water is presented again to clean the mouth, lips and hands.

The above rituals are a mark of the Moroccan graciousness and hospitality.

Then refreshing mint tea will be served. This is Morocco national drink, made with boiled water, green tea, fresh mint and sugar. Its consumption is an integral part of
Moroccan social courtesy.

In the afternoon, enjoy a walking discovery tour of the fascinating labyrinthine Souks with their varied and exotic shops, bustling of activity, and the world-famous Djemaa El Fna square with its open air entertainment.

There will be a stop at a Berber pharmacy, with a lecture about spices, medicinal plants, traditional cosmetic products, essence of perfumes, essential oils, and more.

At the end of the tour, you may pass by Bab Ftuh to choose fresh aromatic herbs that can be blended in Moroccan mint tea when you arrive at your Riad.

At night, dinner with YOUR Tangia as the main course.

Overnight accommodation.

Day 3 - Marrakech - Ourika Valley - Potter's Village - Marrakech (Breakfast & Lunch)

This morning, we'll set out for the lush valley of the Ourika River, which winds down from the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, through clusters of mud-walled houses.

The guides will make sure that the visit coincides with one of the regular market days, and we will walk among the stands of fresh & dried fruit and vegetable-sellers, merchants of cereals and olive oil; food stalls, itinerant blacksmiths and sellers of patent medicines and herbal remedies.

You'll continue to the potters’ village to see how vases, lamp bases and other articles are made in home workshops, and to view quartz and amethyst and other semi-precious stones of the region.You will be warmly welcomed with a traditional mint tea in the customary local manner.

Meeting up with local villagers at a well, help to draw water and join in preparing a Berber meal of salad, Tanurt (bread), and Tagine (meat and vegetables cooked in a clay stew pot). Your hosts are modest but proud local villagers, and children will appreciate offerings of useful small items, such as pencils, notebooks, or small sweet treats.

Return to Marrakech crossing the stunning scenery of the valley.

Overnight accommodation.

Day 4 - Marrakech (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

In the morning, enjoy a Moroccan cooking course in the elegant indoor and outdoor surroundings of Les Jardins Arabes, followed by a menu tasting.

Return to your Riad to freshen up.

In mid-afternoon, you'll meet up with a local family in the Medina, and learn about several festival activities. There will be henna hand painting, a traditional symbol of joy; fortune telling with cards; and Laabat, song and dance, in which you can join.

One of the special ways of understanding a culture is through its cuisines - not only sampling exotic tastes and local flavours, but also experiencing the wonderful preparation of exquisite dishes. At night, you will enjoy a home hosted dinner with the members of the family.

Overnight accommodation.

Day 5 - Marrakech - Casablanca - Fez (Breakfast & Dinner)

In the morning set out for Casablanca. Enjoy a panoramic tour and visit the Hassan II Mosque from inside (closed to tourists on Fridays), a magnificent art work of architecture and Moroccan handicraft.

Continue to Fez via the Imperial cities of Rabat and Meknes, where orientation tours are planned.

Dinner and overnight accommodation at your selected Riad in Fez.

Day 6 - Fez (Breakfast)

A full day devoted to the visit of Fez, the religious/spiritual capital of Morocco, dating back to the 9th century and a plunge into biblical times.

See the old and new Medina and view the 14th century religious schools (Medersas) of Bou Inania and Attarine. Explore the impressive labyrinth of Souks in Fez, declared by UNESCO to be one of the world’s cultural treasures. The tour also gives ample photograph opportunities at the imposing gate of Bab Boujloud, the splendid fountain at Place Nejjarine, the ancient ramparts, and the beautiful façade of the Royal Palace.

Overnight accommodation.

Day 7 - Fez (Breakfast & Dinner)

You'll spend a morning in appreciation of world-renowned Moroccan cuisine at your Riad. You will learn how to prepare a couple of famous dishes and consume it all for a lovely dinner.

In the afternoon, savour the benefits of the traditional Moroccan relaxing Hammam (Moroccan steam bath), including a complete scrub and traditional massage. You will be spoilt and you are going to love it!

At night, enjoy your dinner you will have prepared earlier.

Overnight accommodation.

Day 8 - Departure from Fez (Breakfast)

Breakfast followed by transfer in time to Fez Saiss airport according to your flight home schedule.

N.B: This tour requires a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 participants in order to create/preserve a conviviality and an authentic atmosphere.

This Package includes: 

• Accommodation in Riads and included meals, shown on the itinerary.
• Private transportation by chauffeured air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz minibus.
• Fully licensed English-speaking guide throughout the programme.
• All visits and activities as described above.
• Hammam session in Fez.
• Entrance fees to monuments and sites listed above.
• Taxes and service charge.

It does not include:

• Air tickets.
• Drinks at meals.
• Personal expenses.
• Tips and gratuities that are left to the clients’ appreciation/consideration/discretion.
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