Original Travels | 2023
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Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn | Days: 10 | Level: easy
Join us for a journey full of flavors as we explore the rich and diverse cuisine of Morocco. As you embark on this culinary adventure, you'll discover that the fragrant spices and ingredients used in Moroccan cuisine vary from region to region, making each dish unique and bursting with flavor. From the savory tagines of Marrakech to the delicate pastries of Fez, you'll experience the best of Moroccan cuisine.
Welcome to Morocco! Meet our English-speaking guide upon arrival and enjoy ceremonial tea at the hotel or a local restaurant. Discover the cultural and culinary highlights of Rabat on a guided tour. Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Moroccan cuisine and explore bustling markets. Savor local delicacies and street food while learning about culinary traditions. Wrap up the day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Connect with fellow travelers and experience the warm hospitality of the Moroccan people. Get ready for more culinary adventures ahead as we continue our journey.
Indulge in a delicious breakfast before setting out on a cultural adventure from Volubilis to Meknes, savoring every moment of the journey. Feast your eyes on the well-preserved Roman ruins at Volubilis, and then sate your appetite with delectable Moroccan cuisine in Meknes, the country's second imperial city. As you wander through the vibrant souks, inhale the tantalizing aroma of exotic spices and herbs, and discover the beauty of the city's stunning palaces and gardens. The mouth-watering culinary delights of the Ville Imperiale area await, with an array of flavors and textures to please every palate. Wrap up the day with a sumptuous dinner at a local riad or restaurant, savoring the tastes and aromas of authentic Moroccan cuisine.
In the morning, join a local expert chef for a hands-on cooking class and learn how to create Pastilla, a famous Moroccan dish that consists of layers of phyllo pastry filled with spiced meat or seafood, almonds, and cinnamon. This sweet and savory dish is then dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon, making it a delicious and unique treat for lunch. After cooking, you'll have the opportunity to savor your creation and taste the flavors of Morocco. After lunch, explore the religious capital of Morocco with a guided visit to Fez. Take in the panoramic views of this splendid site from the South Borj or the North Borj. Discover the unique atmosphere of the medina of Fez el-Bali, including the Bou-Inania and Attarine Medersas, the Karaouiyine Islamic University, and the Nejjarine fountain. Don't miss the chance to explore the bustling souks and the Nejjarine Museum of Arts and Woodworking in a former caravanserai.
Get ready for a scenic adventure as we depart from Fes after breakfast and journey through the breathtaking Middle Atlas Mountains. As we drive through cedar forests and the charming town of Ifran, you'll feel like you've been transported to Switzerland. We'll pass through appealing routes and Berber towns, experiencing the local culture and traditions. We'll stop for a delicious lunch with a local family and then continue our journey to the town of Beni Mellal. From there, we'll make our way to the picturesque Bin Elouidane mountain lake, where we'll spend the night at the stunning Hotel Widiane and enjoy a delectable dinner. Get ready to relax and recharge in the heart of Morocco's natural beauty.
Get ready for an unforgettable day as we take a short drive along the stunning Bin Elouidane lake to the Berber town of Ouaouizaght. There, we'll join a local family for a traditional outdoor cooking workshop, where you'll learn how to prepare authentic Moroccan dishes using local ingredients. After the workshop, we'll enjoy a delicious lunch and traditional tea ceremony with our hosts. In the afternoon, we'll explore the picturesque mountain lake of Bin Elouidane and enjoy a variety of activities, including wakeboarding, kayaking, pedalos, banana boats, and fishing. Take in the stunning scenery and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the lake. In the evening, we'll return to the hotel and savor the famous Moroccan steamed lamb Mechoui, along with a variety of salads and patisseries. Get ready for a night of delicious food and great company in the heart of the Atlas Mountains.
We'll leave Bin Elouidane and head to the Ouzoud waterfalls in the Mgoun Geopark area. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with a view of the falls, then explore the falls and surrounding village before heading to Marrakech. In the afternoon, we'll travel safely and comfortably to your accommodation in Marrakech. For dinner, we'll visit the Al Fassia restaurant in the city center, known for its excellent Moroccan gourmet cuisine. In an elegant and traditional setting, you'll have the pleasure of savoring typical dishes from the city of Fez, which have made the restaurant famous.
The medina of Marrakech is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protected by a 9 km long, ochre-coloured wall, and offers a cultural diversity that is second to none. Embark on a stroll through the narrow maze of streets and discover the magnificent Palais de Bahia, ornate Saadian tombs, and the scents of the souks. During your free afternoon, you can haggle with the traders or visit Djemaa el-Fna square, a vibrant open-air theater of food stalls, snake charmers, storytellers, and vendors. This unique setting, declared the city's Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, will enchant you with its fantastic world of 1,001 nights, where countless food stalls offer delicious couscous dishes and tagine.
Immerse yourself in the flavors of Morocco with a cooking class at the Amal Non-Profit NGO, an organization that empowers and trains disadvantaged women to become self-sufficient. As you learn how to prepare traditional Moroccan couscous in the beautiful garden of the Amal Center, you'll hear inspiring stories from the women the center serves, and learn about their training programs that aim to polish their social and cooking skills. Evening dinner will be at the Nomad restaurant, a Moroccan-contemporary restaurant that focuses on fresh and seasonal local products, presenting traditional cuisine with a modern twist and international specialties with a Moroccan touch.
Embark on a scenic journey from Marrakech to the Agafay Desert with a private transfer, passing through picturesque towns like Tahnaout and Asni. Along the way, we'll stop at the Argan Oil Cooperative in Tahnaout to learn about how the Argan nut is transformed into various oil-based products, and enjoy a glass of refreshing mint tea with our guide. Next, we'll embark on an easy hike to Armed, the highest village in the Imlil Valley, and spend time with a Berber family. Experience the warm hospitality of this welcoming family and enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal in their guesthouse, complete with fragrant spices and fresh ingredients. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about Berber culture, traditions, and way of life. After a satisfying meal, we'll make our way to the Agafay Desert and settle into our comfortable camp. Take in the stunning desert scenery and enjoy a welcome tea as we watch the beautiful sunset. End the day with a sumptuous dinner under the stars, accompanied by a cozy campfire. This will be an unforgettable experience that combines cultural immersion with scenic beauty.
As your journey through Morocco comes to a close, it's time to say farewell to this captivating country. We hope that you've enjoyed the sights, sounds, and flavors that Morocco has to offer, and that you'll carry these memories with you for years to come. Our team will arrange for a private transfer to take you to the airport for your return flight. If time permits, you may have a chance to do some last-minute souvenir shopping or explore the city one last time before your departure.