Rating in Morocco
$ 2143

Exotic Flavours of Morocco

Culinary
Culinary
min $ 2143
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Tour details
Destinations: Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2143
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  • Overview & dates
  • Itinerary
  • What's included

Overview & dates

INTRO

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 specialities, and visit the wine-producing area of neighbouring 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.


DATES

This trip can be run on dates to suit you, please contact us for more information and to let us know when you would like to travel.


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HIGHLIGHTS

Sample wines in Meknes

Make bread and soups in Fes

Cook Moroccan delicacies

Meet local honey producers

Walk through olive groves

Spice shopping in Marrakech

Eat street food in Djemaa el-Fna

Dine in a hidden Marrakshi palace

Stay in stunning riads and kasbahs


PLACES VISITED

Hassan II Mosque - Rabat - Meknes - Fes - High Atlas - Demnate - The Ouzoud Waterfalls - Marrakech Hassan II Mosque
Rabat
Meknes
Fes
High Atlas
Demnate
The Ouzoud Waterfalls
Marrakech

Itinerary

ITINERARY

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Day 1 : Casablanca - Rabat

Arrive into Casablanca and then transfer to Rabat. Afternoon sight-seeing.

Arrive into Casablanca. 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.

Meal plan : n/a


The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is one of the largest mosques in the world. It took seventeen years to build and cost over 800 million dollars. Its spectacular setting above the Atlantic Ocean makes it one of the most scenic religious sites in the world.

Rabat is Morocco’s capital city and has a more sedate air about it than other cities in the country. It has an interesting medina and important monuments, such as the Tour Hassan II and the Mohamed V mausoleum. It is always worth taking the time to explore the Oudaya Kasbah which is picturesquely-situated overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the new marina.

The new town is one of the largest and most ambitious modern urban projects built in Africa in the 20th century and probably the most complete. The older parts include Hassan Mosque (begun in 1184) and the Almohad ramparts and gates, the only surviving parts of the project for a great capital city of the Almohad caliphate, as well as remains from the Moorish, or Andalusian, principality of the 17th century.


Day 2 : Château Roslane - Meknes - Volubilis - Moulay Idriss - Fes

Visit the Château Roslane. Drive to nearby Meknes and explore the city. After lunch, drive to Volubilis and see the Roman ruins. Continue on to the village of Moulay Idriss before proceeding to Fes. Overnight in Fes.

Leave for the Château Roslane, close to the former Imperial City of Meknes. This stunning property comprises among other things, a 70,000 hecto-litre cellar, stainless steel tanks, 3 sorting conveyor tables for unloading grapes, a coaxial heat exchanger for colouring 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 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.

Proceed to Fes and check into your stunning riad. Dinner and overnight in Fes.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknès became a capital under Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672–1727), the founder of the Alawite dynasty. The sultan turned it into a impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls with great doors, where the harmonious blending of the Islamic and European styles of the 17th century Maghreb are still evident today. Due to its numerous mosques Meknès has earned the nickname of a "city of a hundred minarets". Among them, the Great Mosque, probably founded in the 12th century, is remarkable for its gates with beautiful sculpted canopies. Its medina and the remains of the royal palace earned Meknès a place on Unesco's world heritage list. The city is still prosperous, benefiting from the harvests of the fertile Saïs plains (grain, olives and grapes).

Day 3 : Fes

Explore the ancient souks of Fes and visit the Maristan and the Koranic School. After lunch, learn to cook Fassi specialities at a cooking class in a local riad. Evening free. Overnight in Fes.

After breakfast, spend the morning exploring the ancient souks of Fes. You will visit: Achabin square for spices, Chemaine square for dry fruit, 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). Lunch at local restaurant.

Next, you will leave for a local riad for your first cooking class, learning to make some Fassi specialities, including some of their delicious breads and pastries. Afterwards, enjoy what you have cooked for dinner in the riad.

Rest of evening free. Overnight in Fes.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Situated in rolling hills between the Middle Atlas and the Rif Mountains, Fes is one of the world’s last remaining pockets of medieval civilisation. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most impressive medina in Morocco, full of colour and movement. Fes is known as the intellectual heart of Morocco and the city boasts some of the country’s finest craftsmen and most impressive monuments, such as the Bou Inania and Attarine Madrassas. This bustling metropolis is full of sights, smells and sounds just waiting to be explored.

Day 4 : High Atlas Villages - El Quidane - Demnate

Drive to the High Atlas mountains and visit local villages and sites. Proceed through the Tadla Valley to the rich agricultural area of Beni Mellal. After lunch, continue to Bin El Quidane to see the dam before arriving in Demnate. Overnight in Demnate.

Early morning, start your journey south through the High Atlas. Pass through stunning scenery and picturesque villages, including the village of Immouzzer 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 knowing 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. Dinner and overnight in Demnate.

Meal plan : Breakfast


The High Atlas mountains form the largest and most dramatic range in Morocco. It extends northeastward for 740 km, from the Atlantic Coast to the Algerian border. Many peaks exceed an elevation of 3,660 metres, including Mount Ayachi (3,737 metres), Mount M’Goun (4,071 metres), and Mount Toubkal (4,165 metres), the highest point in the Atlas Mountains. Well-known passes include Tichka (2,267 metres), Test (approximately 2,225 metres), and Talrhemt (approximatetely 2,210 metres). The lower slopes enclose well-watered valleys in which the Amazigh (Berber) peoples cultivate tiny irrigated fields. The mountains’ southern flanks, exposed to the hot, dry Saharan winds, are generally destitute of vegetation.

Day 5 : Iminifri - Demnate - Ouzoud Waterfalls - Marrakech

Wander across the ancient bridge of Iminifri. Meet the local honey producers of Demnate. Continue to the spectacular Ouzoud Waterfalls. After lunch, leave for Marrakesh. Overnight in 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 some 120m. 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 omelette!). Afterwards, leave for Marrakech. Arrive in the evening, and check into your riad. Overnight in Marrakech.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Demnate is a small town in central Morocco, located about 215 kilometers from Casablanca, on the road between Marrakech and Beni Mellal, which is famous for its beautiful natural scenery. It is also famous for its honey, usually mixed with seasonal herbs and wildflowers like: thyme, juniper and zriga (local blue wildflower). Demnate has unique natural features for example: the natural bridge of Imi-n-ifri which means "door to the cave," in the local Berber dialect. It is a natural rock bridge, Mesozoic geologic formation, created by the collapse of an underground cave system. Views are spectacular from both above and down below, where the Wadi Méhasseur flows between the sheer, vertical rock walls while swifts and choughs flit about overhead. At the bottom of the ensuing gorge is an opening whose shape is similar to the outline of the African continent.
 

The Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d'Ouzoud), located in the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt, in the province of Azilal, are one of the most beautiful attractions in Morocco. El Abid River (in Arabic, "Slaves' River" ) plunges over 100 meters in a complex network of waterfalls that cascades one into another through three major and several minor drops. The word ouzoud means "olive" in the Berber language and there are many olive groves right around Ouzoud Waterfalls.

Day 6 : Marrakech

Half a day's sight-seeing in Marrakech. Return to the hotel before being taken for an elaborate meal in luxurious surroundings. Overnight in Marrakech.

Half-day sight-seeing 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 Marrakech's vibrant medina. 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.

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. Overnight in Marrakech.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Marrakech is the capital of the Moroccan south, an oasis town in hues of red, ochre and pink, rising up out of the dusty plains to the north of the Atlas Mountains. The ancient centre, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is said to be the second largest medieval complex in the world after Cairo. The medina (old town) of Marrakech is a beguiling labyrinth of alleyways, souks (markets) and workshops where little has changed since the Middle Ages. Although Marrakech has a small selection of monuments and museums, such as the ancient Badi and Bahia Palaces, a world-famous botanical garden - Les Jardins Majorelle - and an impressive 12th Century rampart surrounding the city's medina, the real draw is the colourful, lively and exotic atmosphere of the main square, Djemaa El-Fna. The square is famous for it's orange-juice vendors, healers, henna tattoo artists, snake charmers, astrologers and acrobats. There are around 100 restaurants on Djemaa El-Fna, specializing in barbecues, tasty cooked salads and steaming snails. For the ultimate dinner theatre, look no further than the Gnaoua drummers, male belly dancers and Berber musicians surrounding the Djemaa dining action.

Day 7 : Marrakech

Breakfast at a local Moroccan Cafe. Explore the food stalls of the souks. After lunch, visit the beautiful Maison Arabe and learn to cook traditional Moroccan dishes in a cooking class. Evening free. Overnight in Marrakech.

Morning breakfast will be taken at a local Moroccan café. 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 here as well. Evening free. Overnight in Marrakech.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Day 8 : Marrakech - Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Enjoy a final breakfast in the riad before transferring to the airport for your return flight home.

Meal plan : Breakfast


What's included

INCLUDED Airport transfers Ground transport with driver Accommodation Cooking class with local chefs Entrance fees to sites on itinerary Most meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan) Sight-seeing with English-speaking guide
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Travel The Unknown
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