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A Taste of Morocco, Private Tour: Tailor Made Culinary Adventure
Morocco Tour Description: This 10 Day Culinary Adventure Hits the Road of the Old Caravans . Join Travel Exploration as we take you on a culinary and cultural journey around Morocco. Explore tribal cultures in the Imperial Cities and rural regions while savoring the flavors of Morocco, which is as diverse and hospitable as its people. Take a Cooking Class with a Dada Chef, Discover the back strrets of Fes on a Food Tour and Bake Bread with a Berber family in the Atlas.
Places Visited: Imperial Cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes, Berber Villages & Sahara Desert
Duration: A 10-Day Private Food Tour
Tour Route: We recommend this Morocco Itinerary start and end in Casablanca. It can also be customized to start and end in Marrakech or be offered in reverse.
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A TASTE OF MOROCCO, PRIVATE TOUR – A CULINARY EXPERIENCE, TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
► Dine on fresh grill at Casablanca’s Seaport
► Explore Morocco’s open markets and savory souks with a local foodie
► Join a Moroccan family for a traditional meal at home
► Taste award winning Moroccan wines at local wineries
► Participate in a hand-on Moroccan Cooking Class with a Dada Chef
►Learn the history of Moroccan Breadbaking with a Berber Family
► Venture on walking tours in Moroccan historic cities and dine at the best restaurants!
Day 1 Casablanca Arrival – Visit the Port for Fresh Grill (Driving Time: 5 1/2 Hours)
Day 2: Fes Food Tour, A Guided Tour Where You wil Discover the World of Moroccan Street Food
Star your day by discovering the world of Moroccan streetfood in Fes
You will visit three different food souks allowing the chance to try traditional Moroccan street food including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, olives and more. At the honey souk we’re you’ll be able to taste an array of delicious wild honeys, discuss their flavors and health-giving properties and find out why honey is so important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture. Investigate traditional cooking methods by visiting a furnatchi where the water for the communal bath house ‘hammam’ is also heated, and a 400 year old ‘furan’ or communal oven and bakery. Discover the world of spices and their uses and the secrets of the male-oriented domain of the tea den under the guidance of a culinary leader and story-teller. Or learn to bake bread in the 400 year old community oven with the baker overseeing your hands-on efforts. Take your hot bread to the honey souk to try it with 8 artisanal wild honeys, aged butter or khlia, spicy dried beef.The Moroccan Culinary Experience The hands-on cooking classes take place right in the heart of a family house – the kitchen. This is a very intimate experience, staying in a villa with the family and being immersed into family life in Morocco. You’ll learn the intricacies of Moroccan cuisine and then of course savour your creations.
Day 3: Fes Cooking Class – Learn how to make Basilla (Pastilla / Pigeon Pie – Also offered is a Pastry Making Class
Begin your day with a Cooking Class in Fes. Shop the souks led by a Moroccan chef. Discover how locals buy vegtables, meat and other goods direct from sellers in the market.
During your first class you will see how ouarka (the dough used in b’steeya) is made and perhaps have time to buy a few spices to take home.
Lunch to follow.
Depart for a guided tour of Fes el Bali (Old Fes) to learn some of Fes’s history, tour the souks, see the mosques and medersas and visit the famous leather tanneries.
Within the old medina, we will the following historical sites:
Medersa Bou Inania: An (Islamic school) founded by Abu Inan Faris that is highly decorated fromﬂoor to ceiling. The medersa is one of the few religious places in Morocco that is accessible to non- Islamic tourists.
Kairaouine Mosque: Morocco’s second largest mosque. The Kairaouine Mosque became the home of the West’s ﬁrst university and the world’s foremost center of learning at the beginning of the second millennium.
Berber Carpet Demonstration:
The Famous Exhibition of Antique and Modern Carpets is one of the
places in Fès el Bali where you can see a Berber carpet demonstration. You will be offered mint tea and follow your guide up a coil of stairs to a small area to watch carpets being made by young girls who come from the mountains to show tourists how Berber carpets are made
Shopping in the Medina: We will visit the baboosh souk where
they sell beautiful hand made shoes, cafdans, pottery, local Fassis crafts and fabric
Evening at Leisure. Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Fes.
Day 4: Fes Departure to Ifrane, Azro, Erfoud and onwards to the Merzouga Shara Desert (Driving Time: 8 1/2 Hours)
Day 5: Merzouga Departure – Visit the Sahara Desert Town of Rissani – the Berber Village of Ait Ouzzine and Nkob (Driving Time: 4 Hours)
Take the road to the town of Rissani. Visit the local souk and experience a lesson on making Madfouna. Madfouna is the local stuffed pizza indigenous of the Sahara region. Continue the road via Alnif to Ait Ouzzine. Overnight in a Boutique Kasbah Hotel in Nkob.
Day 6: A Day of Bread Baking with the Berbers. Learn how Bourafin is made on Volcanic Rock in the Moutnains, then drive to Skoura, passing the Draa Valley and the Old Road of the Carvans. (Driving Time: 2 1/2 Hours)
Visit Ait Ouzzine, a traditional Ait Atta Village nestiled in the Jebel Saghro and Atlas Mountains. Morning tea and greet the family. Then take the road into the mountains. Participate and learn how to make Bourafain, a traditional bread of the Berbers made in the mountains with volcanic rock. Bourafin consists of dough, secret spices, herbs and animal fat that is stuffed and combined into a bread that raises high and wide.
Day 7: Skoura Deparre to UNESCO Ait Benhaddou Ksar, Visit Kasbah Telouet and the Villages of Telouet, then take the Ounilla Valley or Tizzn’ Tichka Pass to Marrakech (Driving Time: 5 1/2 Hours)
Visit the Oasis of Fint, then take the road to visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah and Kasbah Telouet. Continue the road to Marrakech. En route stop at an Argan Cooperative. Tasting of Argan oil and Amlou. Lesson on how Amlous is made. Lunch in a local restaurant with cuisine made with Argan oil. Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.
Day 8: Marrakech Guided Historical Tour: Explore the Yves Saint Laurent Gardens, the Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque & Gardens, Saadian Tombs, the Ben Youssef Medersa, Jewish Heritage Sites along with Marrakech Art Museums
Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech in Marrakech.
Day 9: Marrakech Cooking Class Led by a Dada Chef, Afternoon at Leisure. Try a Moroccan Spa/ Hammam
10:00am – 14:30 (2:30opm) – Cooking Workshop The workshops are conducted by a dada (traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef from our Moroccan restaurant, and are held at the hotel. Small groups of maximum 10 participants work alongside a translator (Arabic/English/French), using easy-to-use modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. At the end of each workshop, participants dine on the meal they have prepared. At a typical half-day workshop, one learns to prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.
Greeting and overview of Moroccan cuisine by an English speaking interpreter
Demonstration of how Moroccan bread is made
Visit a communal bread oven and hotel spice market
Work and cook at your own workstation alongside the Dades to prepare a delicious Moroccan meal
Moroccan Meal Description: Two Moroccan cooked salads, Chicken & Lemon Tajine with Preserved Lemons & Olives. Pastilla with Milk for Desert.
Participate in a Moroccan Tea Ceremony
Dine on the mouth-watering lunch that you have prepared
Option to add Moroccan wine pairings
Zaalook- Eggplant salad- (Starter)
First Course: Tagine beef and prunes
Second Course: Fish with chermoula (a marinade)
Dessert: Carrot orange dish
Seafood Bastilla – Pastry with seafood (Starter)
First Course: Chicken lemon
Second Course: Vegetarian couscous
Dessert: Gazelle horn and mint tea
And many more menus are available.
Spend the remainder of the evening at leisure (this is an opportunity to return to the souk to shop or perhaps to visit the local hammam). Overnight at a Boutique Riad or Hotel in Marrakech.
Day 10: Marrakech Departure to Casblanca (Driving Time: 3 Hours)
Departure from Marrakech’s Menara Airport or Casablanaca