Eat, taste and cook like a local on this trip to the heart of Morocco.

Clear your plate for flavour-filled Morocco, where Berber, Arabic and European influences mix to create an adventurous culinary cocktail. Follow the smell of food through mesmerising markets and master recipes taught by those that know them best. Grab street food from a souq and share traditional meals in local homes. Take a handful of bustling medinas, mix with a dash of sea and season with fresh local produce, all drizzled with warm Moroccan hospitality for an adventure that will linger long on the tongue and in the memory.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Country
Morocco
Style
Original
Theme
Food
Code
XMZF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Discover the wide world of bread, from Khobz to msmen and tafournout to simit, that forms an essential part of every Moroccan meal. Hollowed out khobz filled with boiled eggs, salt and a good dose of ras el hanout will be your new favourite breakfast

  • Brush shoulders with locals while you all feast on freshly grilled sardines purchased from the port fish souk in Essaouira

  • Enjoy traditional Berber food and hospitality with a local family up in the High Atlas Mountains, overlooking the crowning peaks in the distance

  • Soak up what could be the quintessential smell of Morocco as you watch ras el hanout being freshly ground in a Marrakech spice souk

  • Eat mechoui (slow roasted lamb), that’s deliciously falling-apart after being cooked in a pit beneath the floor, while looking over market stalls in the incredible Djemma el Fna

Is this trip right for you?

  • On Day 5, there is a 7 hour train ride from Fes to Marrakech. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy a break from the bustle of the city and get to know your fellow travellers.

  • You will visit an Argan oil co-op on way to Essaouira. This is a very interesting stop, but sometimes the sales pitch can be pretty strong. It’s worth bearing in mind that these co-ops do a lot to support the local women of the region, but you are of course under no obligation to buy anything.

  • The walk in the High Atlas to the homestay on Day 7 is approximately 1.5 hours, with a gently ascending gradient. An average level of fitness is required.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Aromatic tajines, palm-spotted, red-earthed landscapes and limitless generosity define this friendly, vibrant and flavourful Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French melting pot. Modelled after Marseille in France, the bustling port city of Casablanca has a curious architectural style – famous for its art deco French-colonial buildings and Mauresque governmental institutions, an old medina and the modern-day masterpiece of the Hassan II Mosque. For those who arrive early, a pleasant way to spend the day exploring Casablanca is to wander the old medina and the city walls, then jump in a taxi to visit the Quartiers des Habous – the new medina full of shaded squares and narrow streets, lined with arcades that lead from one souk to another. This is a great place to enjoy a Moroccan coffee and maybe start improving your bargaining skills.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm, where we’ll be collecting your insurance and next of kin details. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. After the meeting, your food adventure gets into gear with a traditional Moroccan meal, complete with briouate (delicious crispy yufka pastry parcels stuffed with a variety of fillings), kemias (a plethora of salads served on small plates) and perhaps even a taste of Casablanca's signature dish, seven vegetable couscous. Maybe finish the day with a walk along the Corniche, watching the locals enjoy sunset football on the beach.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Casablanca - Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Try typical Casablanca street food for breakfast – choose from msmen (layered, pan-fried bread), omelette, khlea (a type of Moroccan preserved meat), bessara soup or a variety of other dishes to be found amongst the stalls. Breakfast will, of course, be served with mint tea, the perfect beverage to kick-start a day in Morocco. Then board a train to the former capital of Meknes (approximately 3.5 hours). In the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city, building his own version of Versailles with labour force of over 25,000 slaves. Jump in a taxi to Moulay Idriss (approximately 1 hour). Take a walking tour of the town, sample the famous nougat candy sold at street-side stalls, and then make a stop to uncover the local olive scene. Olives are at the heart of Moroccan cuisine and here you’ll visit an olive press to learn the secrets and sample a drop of the luxuriously golden oil. Explore the delightful medina of this ancient town, and see where the faithful gather to pay homage at the tomb of Moulay Idriss I, who was the great-grandson of Mohammed and brought Islam to Morocco. Settle down in a guest house where your hosts will demonstrate how to hand-make couscous from scratch. Pitch in to help prepare a variety of Moroccan salads and finish with a hearty kefta (meatball) tajine.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Moulay Idriss - Cous cous demonstration and dinner
  • Casablanca - Street Food Breakfast
  • Moulay Idriss - Olive Press Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Accommodation tonight is at an atmospheric guesthouse. Bathroom facilities are shared and rooming may be triple or quad share.
This morning you’ll return to Meknes by taxi and take a walking tour with a local guide, exploring the elaborately decorated public buildings that line the winding streets of the old walled section of the city. If there is time, you may be able to visit the nearby Roman city of Volubilis, which is filled with fantastic mosaics featuring legends like the labours of Hercules in fantastic detail. Once we arrive in Meknes, it’s time to eat something a bit different, a local riff on an American classic – a camel burger! Ride the rails once again as you climb aboard a train to the living museum of Fes (approximately 1 hour), the most complete medieval city in the Arab world. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses. You’ll have free time for the rest of the day. Perhaps check out the Medersa Bou Inania, a stunningly beautiful and elaborate building that cost so much that on completion the Sultan Abou Inan threw the details into the river and declared that such ‘a thing of beauty is beyond reckoning’.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided walking tour - Meknes
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today head to the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Descending into the labyrinthine alleyways of the medina is like taking a giant step back to the Middle Ages. See donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk on a tasting trail. Different areas of the medina are known for specific types of food – from natural butters and fats, to pastries, crepes and soups to dried and fresh produce. Pass dye-pits, stalls loaded with fruits, herbs and spices. With the squawk of chickens, the smell of spice and the sound of hammering copper filling the air, watch artisans craft pots, manipulate metal and tan leather with skills passed down over the centuries. There will be products you can buy, if you are interested, to take home as a souvenir. In the evening complete your experience with a hands-on cooking class, learning to create one of the city's signature dishes - pastilla. This intriguing salty and sweet pastry parcel will no doubt be a recipe to impress back at home.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fes - Guided walking tour
  • Fes - Medina Tasting Trail including Pastilla Demonstration
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Take a train ride to Marrakech (approximately 8 hours), an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. After a long day of travel, enjoy some Moroccan hospitality with home-cooked meal with a local family.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
An ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity, Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Commence your day learning to prepare sumptuous Moroccan salads, a staple of the table, at a cooking school that seeks empowerment for underprivileged women through cooking and literacy skills. Feast on your creations for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the sights of the city. Perhaps drop by the Koutoubia Mosque or the dazzling Bahia Palace. In the evening join a local foodie for a tastebud-tingling tour of Djemma el Fnaa, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls on this square it transforms in to a hive of activity. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies, including snail soup! Snack on olives, dates and biscuits, stop past a community oven, eat mechoui (slow-cooked lamb) cooked beneath the floorboards, and finish with a feast of harira soup and mint tea. At the end of the tour, perhaps ascend the stairs of one of the surrounding restaurants for a birds-eye view of the action or head back into the medina for some shopping, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Cooking Class (Moroccan Salads)
  • Marrakech - Medina Tasting Tour
  • Marrakech - Home-cooked Meal
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Leave the intensity of the Marrakech behind for the simplicity of the High Atlas Mountains. It’s an early departure and drive by private vehicle to Imlil (approximately 1.5 hours). Use the drive to photograph snow-dappled mountains and valleys in full flower. Arrive in Imlil and walk into traditional mountain village life with a gentle hike (approximately 1.5 hours, low gradient, 3kms) to your homestay. Set in an orchard, this is a special place beyond the reach of the modern world. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the remote village of Aroumd offers stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture. Surrounded by the smell of woodstoves and bread, meet your hosts and enjoy Berber hospitality and food. Facilities at the homestay are shared (both the bathroom and sleeping arrangements) but cosy, comfortable and definitely a unique Intrepid experience. Tonight learn how to prepare Berber dishes, including the iconic tagine, before a shared dinner overlooking the rocky outcrop.

Accommodation
  • Gite (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aroumd - Berber home-cooked meal
  • Aroumd - Berber Tagine Cooking Class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
You will only need to carry a day pack on the walk today. Your main luggage will be stored in a secure location in a nearby village or in Marrakech.
Lend a hand with breakfast and fill the table with handmade flatbread (tafournout), cakes drizzled with honey and melted butter, and sweet mint tea and aromatic coffee then descend the mountain (approximately 1.5 hours). On the road to the coastal city of Essaouira (approximately 4.5 hours) stop at an Argan oil cooperative and a family-owned vineyard. Argan oil is highly-prized for its culinary and cosmetic uses and is only produced in Morocco. Discover the strenuous process behind its production (one litre can take 20 hours to produce) and dip in a piece of bread to enjoy its distinctly nutty flavour. Arrive in Essaouira by late afternoon, a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. Stay in a restored riad, or Moroccan mansion, a traditional nobleman's house unique to Morocco that’s a calming oasis away from the buzz of the medina. Your riad features a central courtyard and is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, cosy yet historical. This evening is free for your own food adventures.
Accommodation
  • Riad (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Essaouria - Wine Tasting
  • Essaouira - Argan Oil Cooperative Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Get into the laid back vibe of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist. Essaouira is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. Its charm has seduced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent much of his time here in the 1960s. More recently, filmmaker Ridley Scott chose the ramparts as an important location for his film, Kingdom of Heaven. On a guided walk give way to the cart-haulers calling ‘ballak, ballak’ in streets of art galleries and workshops, pass the harbour filled with colourful boats which go out early every morning for the day's catch, see camels and surfers sharing the beach and finish with an exploration of the fish souk. Here we'll purchase the catch of the day. Follow your leader to a hidden restaurant, popular with locals, but well off the tourist path. Hand over your market purchase where it’ll be grilled for the freshest of lunches. In the afternoon, take a bus back to Marrakech. For your final evening, choose to feast with new friends at one of the capital's fantastic restaurants in the Ville Nouvelle or watch the entertainment showcase at Djemma el-Fna once more.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Essaouira - Village and Market Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your Real Food Adventure ends this morning. There are no activities planned for your final day and you are free to leave at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Asni & Ouirgane with lunch - MAD1806
  • Urban Adventures - Medina, Palace and Tombs half day tour - MAD325
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Train, Private Vehicle, Public Bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Gite (1 night), Guesthouse (1 night), Riad (2 night)

Included activities

  • Casablanca - Welcome Dinner
  • Moulay Idriss - Cous cous demonstration and dinner
  • Casablanca - Street Food Breakfast
  • Moulay Idriss - Olive Press Visit
  • Guided walking tour - Meknes
  • Fes - Guided walking tour
  • Fes - Medina Tasting Trail including Pastilla Demonstration
  • Marrakech - Cooking Class (Moroccan Salads)
  • Marrakech - Medina Tasting Tour
  • Marrakech - Home-cooked Meal
  • Aroumd - Berber home-cooked meal
  • Aroumd - Berber Tagine Cooking Class
  • Essaouria - Wine Tasting
  • Essaouira - Argan Oil Cooperative Visit
  • Essaouira - Village and Market Tour

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single supplement room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night: 
Day 2: Moulay Idriss
Day 7: Around

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