Morocco Short Tours

Morocco Culinary Tour

This journey is private and designed to give the traveler the broadest sense of Morocco, its culture, the food, culinary workshops, people, geography, imperial cities, Sahara, the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs, The Rose Valley, Daraa Valley, High Atlas mountains, and the charming city of Essaouira. Camel Riding, Craft Tours, Cultural Tours, Historical Tours.

10 Nights / 11 Days Tour
For independent travelers: Our Guided Tour enhances your experience without hindering your journey. We’re there when you need us, and give you the opportunity to explore on your own if you desire.

bookitCost based on 4* accommodation:
US$2,500 per person based on double occupancy
US$5,000 for 2Pax

ITINERARY

After your arrival to either Casablanca or Marrakech, you will be escorted to your luxury riad in Marrakech.

Day 1: Casablanca – Marrakech

Traditional Moroccan RiadAfter your arrival to Casablanca airport, your English speaking driver would great you and escort you to your charming riad (boutique style hotel) at the ancient city of Marrakech

Afternoon visit to the Yves St. Laurent garden, the ancient Menara pool, the palm grove ride followed by a tour around the ancient Medina wall.

The night beats in the heart of the old city’s famed square, Djemaa el-Fna, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in the bustling torch-lit open-air markets. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama unfolding as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds. Wind your way through the serpentine labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over 1000 years, where you’ll discover the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.

DSC_4818-150x150Dinner at Jamaa El Fna Square to sample a variety of local food on your own.

B&B at your charming riad in Marrakech.

Meals Included: none

Day 2: Marrakech 

An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is Morocco’s second oldest majestic imperial city and retains the splendor of its ancient past. Buildings are blushed in hues of rosy earth, and horse-drawn carriages clip along broad avenues lined with palm, lime and orange trees. Donkeys carrying carts trawl past fragrant gardens of roses, honeysuckle and jasmine.

Explore with your certified guide the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, now populated by a sentry of nesting storks, enter the ancient royal Saadian Tombs, explore the vibrant and historic Jewish mellah where some of the best jewelry is found in Morocco, and view the majestic Koutoubia Mosque before entry into the 9th century walled medina.

spicesSpecial shopping excursion for Moroccan spices to enhance your experience with Moroccan cuisine.

A cooking workshop with your chef at the riad to learn how to make “Chicken or Beef with dry figs & walnut” that you will be having for dinner.

B&B at your charming riad at the ancient city (Medina) of Marrakech.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Essaouiera

Nestled along the southwestern Atlantic coast of Morocco, Essaouira is a beautiful, white and quite coastal town, founded in the 16th century as a trading post for the Portuguese. It is located amidst some of the most spectacular seashore; virtually untouched beaches lie only a few miles away from the heart of the town.

crabsNow home to 50,000, Essaouira is one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. There are few things in Morocco more pleasurable than a stroll along its whitewashed streets and crenellated ramparts, looking out over the Atlantic ocean. And given its location, it boasts some of the very best seafood in the country.

A cooking workshop with your chef at the riad to learn how to make “Moroccan Fish Tagine” and to learn how to use the secret of Moroccan spices.

B&B at your charming riad in Essaouira

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Ourika Valley

malikaRelaxed morning to wonder around Essaouira.

After lunch, you will travel past a pageantry of fragrant, dense pine and cedar forests, terraced farms and sienna mud-brick Berber villages en route to Ourika (High Atlas Mountains), to visit the Berber village on Anrar and to have a taste of the the Berber life style by having a cup of tea within a Berber family.

Dinner and overnight at your charming Kasbah Omar at Anrar Mountain of Ourika.

A Traditional “hammam” (steam bath) and massage are available at Kasbah Omar for en extra price, if you reserve in advance.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Berber Souk 2Day 5: Ourika Valley / High Atlas Mountains

You will explore one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys of the High Atlas Valley of Ourika rises gently up to the foothills of the High Atlas where small typical villages are nested. It is a pure and magnificent place where silence is only “disturbed” by birds singing, water streams and wagtails. Ourika is famous for its pottery, minerals and crystal.

A visit to the Berber museum at Douar Tafza.

A visit to the aromatic garden of the valley at souk Lathnine.

If it is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, you will make a special visit to the Berber market where all Berbers of the valley meet for their weekly shopping.

taginesAfter lunch, you will take a biking tour  to visit some of the hidden Berber villages of the valley.

Early evening / Cooking class at the Kasbah with your chef to learn how to make the famous “Moroccan Couscous with 7 Vegetable” and your choice of either lamb or beef.

Dinner and overnight at your charming riad Kasbah Omar at Anrar Mountain of Ourika.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: High Atlas Mountains – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Boulmane du Dades

Kasbah Ait Ben HaddouContinue your adventure along the majestic beauty of the High Atlas Mountains, through the scenic route of Tizi n’Tichka’s lush oasis valleys and Tizi n’Test, mountainous areas highly popular with trekkers. You’ll stop for lunch at a Berber village on your way to Ouarzazate…….. was built by the French in the 1920s, and has since been a frequent location for Hollywood film shoots. We’ll visit one of the famous kasbahs of Morocco, Tifoultoute, used as a hotel for the cast of Lawrence of Arabia in the 1960s. Although it was once protected by a powerful dynasty, now its only guards are a sentry of large storks nesting atop its towers………. follow bu a short drive through the rose valley “KalateMegouna” to Boumane du Dades.

Dinner and overnight at your charming Saharaoui Kasbah at Boulmane du Dades.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Boumalne du Dades - Tinghir - Todra Gorges – Camel ride & overnight in Merzouga

cameltrekAfter a special Berber breakfast, You’ll depart for Tinghir, traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and Hideous Kinky. The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky.

You’ll travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments and plunging gorges via Tinghir through the gorges……….then a 4×4 drive to Merzouga for a Camel ride and dinner and overnight at a Bedouin / Nomad tent to experiment the Nomad life style.

A late afternoon, you will take a camel ride for a couple of hours to catch up the sunset on the dunes and to explore the mystical Saharan landscape as you ride by camel over the stunning sugar-fine sands of Merzouga as the red sun sinks. As night falls, listen to the beat of Berber drum music and song during the traditional cup of mint tea. This is where you get the chance to chant and learn how to use the Berber drums with the nomads.

If you arrive to the camp early enough, you will be able to learn how to cook a nomad Tagine by helping our nomad cook, and delight in a Moroccan feast of harira soup, a savory tagine (stew with meat and vegetables), fresh fruit within our nomad camp in the Sahara.

Accommodation under the stars or within your nomad tent.

If you wish to hike up the famous Erg Chebbi, you will need to set your alarm clock or ask your nomad guide to wake you up for the sun rise hike.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8: Erfoud - Midelt - Fez

People in FezAfter breakfast you will take another camel back ride to the edge of the dunes. After, you will take a very short 30 min 4×4 drive to visit one of the nomad villages follow by a stop at a local fossil museum to learn the process that a fossil rock goes through before the locals turn it into a hand crafted home use or decorative item.

You’ll travel past a pageantry of fragrant, dense pine and cedar forests, terraced farms and sienna mud-brick Berber villages in Azrou, known for its wood-carved handicrafts and expert carpet weaving. You’ll lunch in Midelt, a sleepy village flanked by the verdant beauty of both the Middle and the snow-covered High Atlas Mountains, bursting with colorful minerals that mottle the mountainside in a blaze of ruby, emerald and topaz.

Dinner  to sample a variety of local food at the ancient city of Fez on your own.

B&B at stay at your luxury riad at the ancient city Fez.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Fez MedinaDay 9: Fez

Fez is the holiest city in the Islamic world after Mecca and Medina. Founded at the beginning of the 9th century by Moulay Idriss II, and barely unchanged, this enchanting city has been a seat of government, philosophy, medicine and most notably religion since then. Fez, the best surviving example of an ancient Arab city, is comprised of the “new” city, established in the 12th century, and the 2,000-year-old medina, where donkeys and mules laden with goods still trawl alongside buyers through the ancient market, itself a fascinating maze of lanes, blind alleys and bustling souqs assaulting the senses with spices and exotic delicacies. Fez is the perfect place to hone your bargaining skills in buying souvenirs, brightly colored hand-loomed carpets or fine crafted artisan goods. Visit the famous leather tanneries, a honeycomb of vats erupting in an explosion of brilliant color. Then, climb to the venerated Merenid Tombs for a spectacular panoramic view of Fez.

Evening cooking workshop at the riad with your chef to learn how to make the famous “Chicken Pastilla”.

B&B at your charming riad at the ancient city of Fez.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Volubilis - Meknes – Fez

volubilisAfter an early breakfast, it’s on to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubulis, sprawled amid a wildflower-dotted hillside, where the remains of palaces, baths, soaring arches and magnificent mosaics await exploration. Then, travel through lush rolling hills studded with the fertile plains of ancient olive groves and vineyards await you in the Ismalian capital of Meknes. Meknes is on Unesco’s world heritage list. After a pleasant lunch at the holy city of Moulay Idriss, explore the port of Bab El Mansour and Bab El Khamis.

Dinner at Rick’s Café restaurant from the movie Casablanca or where ever you may wish on your own.

B&B at your charming hotel in Casablanca city center.

Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 11: Casablanca

Morning transfer Casablanca airport for your return home with plenty of tales of Arabian days and nights.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Note:
- If you wish to modify the itinerary according to specific dates, interests or city of arrival or departure, please advise us.
- Pick up from any airport, port or train station in Morocco is available.
- This tour can be extended or modified to end wherever the guest may wish.

bookitCost: 
US$2,500.00 per person based on double occupancy
US$5,000.00 for 2Pax

2 years and under are free of charge
2 – 6 years old 75% off
7 – 11 years old 50% off
12 years old & up full cost

What’s Included:
* Charming Riad & hotel lodging
* Breakfast daily
* 7 dinners including 4 cooking workshop
* 4×4 in & out of Merzouga
* Camel Ride / Sahara
* Overnight / Nomad tent / Nomad Guide Sahara
* Private Car, Gas, Tolls & English speaking driver for the entire trip
* Transfers to and from airport
* Knowledgeable certified guides at the Imperial cities & Essaouira for a day
* Museums fee
* All taxes

Not included in package price:
* Airfare & Travel Insurance
* lunches & 3 dinners
* Drinks
* Tips