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Exotic Cuisine of Morocco Food Tour

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Our itinerary will see you stay in small charming luxurious riads throughout, discover historical monuments, gorgeous gardens, mind-boggling alleyways, delight in amazing fresh food, and of course get hands-on during cooking classes. Enjoy 12 nights and 13 amazing days.

I have partnered with luxury travel experts By Prior Arrangement to put this tour together. Carol Prior (or Mrs Morocco as she is known in the industry) has extensive experience with travel to Morocco, having taken groups there for over 30 years. Her people on the ground in Morocco are knowledgeable, experienced and delightful. They will ensure you have a great time.

Tour Highlights

  • Exploring the capital city of Rabat
  • Visiting the ancient ruins of Volubilis and the historic sites of Meknes
  • Travel on to Fes to navigate the narrow alleyways of the UNESCO listed, ancient medina – this is an amazing experience
  • Head into the Atlas Mountains … breathtaking … and take a mule ride to a Berber village
  • Visit the seaside village of Essaouira with its easy to navigate medina
  • We will also visit an Argan plantation to learn about this amazing plant
  • In Marrakech to visit food markets, historical sites, Yves Saint Laurent’s inner city garden, and we’ll also do some shopping!

Personal Host

Meredith will be your personal host throughout the tour. Mrs Morocco (Carol Prior!) from By Prior Arrangement provides experienced guides.

Meals

32 meals as outlined in the itinerary including 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 12 dinners.

Accommodation

2 nights deluxe stay at Dar Shaân restored Andalusian riad, 3 nights at Ryad Salama private riad, 2 nights at Domaine Malika boutique hotel, 2 nights at L’Heure Bleue luxury hotel, and 3 nights at Dar Les Cigognes.

Transport

Transportation throughout the tour in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle.

What do our guests have to say?

Exotic Cuisine of Morocco Food Tour

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““Here, the ancient world meets the modern world – you will pass donkeys and carts hauling consumer goods through the maze of narrow alleyways, smell fresh street food being cooked on coals, meet with Moroccan people, so kind and welcoming. This country simply is like no other. Come along and share the magic of Morocco with me.”
Meredith

DAY 1 - Friday 9 October - Arrivals

  • Various airport transfers, ideally from Casablanca or Rabat airports, but arrivals at Marrakech or Fes airports are fine also.
  • You will be staying at Dar Shaân, a beautifully restored Andalusian riad in the medina that opened late 2017. Antoine your charming French host will ensure you have the best time there.
  • Meredith will host an informal welcome dinner at your accommodation tonight.

 

Overnight: Dar Shaân, deluxe rooms
Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 - Saturday 10 October - Rabat

  • After breakfast our local guide will join us to visit the charming Oudayas where the young artists hang out together, the Tour Hassan II and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V.
  • Lunch at a wonderful seafood restaurant on the marina, El Massa.
  • Rest or enjoy your afternoon at leisure.
  • We will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

 

Overnight: Dar Shaân, deluxe rooms
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 - Sunday 11 October - Fes via Meknes and Volubilis

  • Leaving Rabat behind us, we will travel to the thousand-year-old imperial city of Meknes, founded at the end of the 11th century, for a short tour.
  • Sightseeing in Meknes, once the capital of Morocco during the reign of the reverent tyrant Moulay Ismail, will include the Bab El Mansour gate and the old Medina.
  • We will stop for lunch at Scorpion House, at the top of the village of Moulay Idriss. We will enjoy spectacular views over the countryside at this unique restaurant.
  • Next is a visit to the amazing Roman ruins of Volubilis, dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries. Situated about 33 km north of Meknes, Volubilis is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco and was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997. Its most amazing features are its many preserved beautiful mosaics.
  • Then onto Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. You will be staying in a private riad, Ryad Salama, which is for your exclusive use during your stay. Ryad Salama is owned by Michel Trezzy, a charming Frenchman who is a fine cook and connoisseur of Australian wine. The aristocrat Mohammed Chergui built this Ryad at the beginning of the last century and it since has been restored in the traditional way, using craftsmen from the Medina. It is fairly unique because every room and suite overlooks the garden, either by private balcony or simply at garden’s level. Michel, a professional in the hotel industry, has tastefully arranged all the rooms to offer the best luxurious comfort.
  • After the long journey today a light dinner has been prepared this evening in the garden at Ryad Salama, with a Moroccan theme.

 

Overnight: Ryad Salama
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 - Monday 12 October - Fes

  • This morning, our tour escort and our local English-speaking guide will collect us for our Historical tour of Fès with a visit to the beautiful doors of the Royal Palace, the Mellah (Jewish quarter) followed by a walk through the Unesco World Heritage, mind boggling ancient medina and Fes El-Bali. Fes has various claims to nobility as one of the most prestigious cities in the Muslim world and is also the oldest of the imperial cities and the capital of the first Arab dynasty of Morocco.
  • We will pass the Medersas and the Al Karaouiyine University, which has existed for the past thousand years and see craftsmen working in the narrow lanes much as they had done for centuries, stopping at one of the Carpet Palaces to learn about all the different types of carpets made in Morocco while sipping a glass of traditional mint tea.
  • A short visit to the Tanneries holding your bunches of mint to keep the smells at bay!
  • Our guide will take you to some hidden Art Galleries so you can see the amazing craftsmanship that Fes is famous for.
  • We will also visit the water clock, the most colourful Souk el-Attarine, Fondouk el-Nejjarine and the Medersa Bouanania, a dazzling example of architectural refinement.
  • A light lunch will be in the garden of the beautifully eclectic restored Palais Amani, where we can relax before continuing our tour of Fès.
  • Return to our Ryad to relax before dinner at a local restaurant.

 

Overnight: Ryad Salama
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5 - Tuesday 13 October - Fes

  • This morning Meredith and the ‘dada’ (Ryad Salama’s cook) will be taking you to the food markets to buy the ingredients for a special cooking class later in the day.
  • You will then go to visit the potteries, seeing craftspeople at work, creating beautiful mosaics and ceramics.
  • The rest of the day is for you to relax. You could take lunch at Café Clock, only a short walk from the riad, which is famous for its camel burgers.
  • The cooking class will begin at 4pm, and you will be preparing typical Fesian dishes for your dinner tonight!
     

Overnight: Ryad Salama
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (you cook)

DAY 6 - Wednesday 14 October - To the Atlas Mountains

  • We will depart after an early breakfast for the drive to the Ourigane Valley.
  • We will stop en route for breaks, and we’ll have lunch at a local roadside grill house that is very popular with locals.
  • Today is a long drive, but the scenery is well worth it, and changing as we head further and further south.
  • Arrive late afternoon at the boutique hotel, Domaine Malika, which has stunning views through the valley. The guesthouse offers modern rooms boasting a beautiful, eclectic decor, and a warm atmosphere.
  • We will have dinner at their restaurant which is prepared using fresh fruit and vegetables sourced from their garden or the local market.

 

Overnight: Domain Malika
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7 - Thursday 15 October - Atlas Mountains

  • Today we set off with a most charming guide for a very special day in the Atlas Mountains, riding mules or walking in the National Park to the tiny village of Anraz, where you will have a traditional lunch on the roof terrace of a Berber home, with stunning views over the peaks of the High Atlas. The village is self-sufficient and you see how everything works – a very special experience.
  • After lunch you can either walk or ride your mule back down, via a small road that offers views over a dam and small villages.
  • Return to Domaine Malika mid-afternoon and enjoy some time at leisure by the pool before dinner.

 

Overnight: Domain Malika
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 8 - Friday 16 October - To Essaouira

  • Leave after breakfast for Essaouira, a charming port on the Atlantic coast.
  • Stop en route to visit Jarjeer mule and donkey sanctuary, and see the amazing work done by the volunteers. You will have encountered many donkeys around the medinas and countryside of Morocco, and this is a fabulous rescue centre for old and injured animals, founded and run by retired expat solicitor Charles Hantom, and barrister Susanne Machin.
  • Continue on to Essaouira, arriving around lunchtime. The afternoon is at leisure so you can choose to have some lunch at your accommodation L’Heure Bleue, or head out in the easy-to-navigate medina for a casual lunch at one of the stalls or a seafood restaurant overlooking the beach.
  • Meet at L’Heure Bleue’s fine restaurant for dinner. The decor is influenced by colonial nuances from the Orient, Africa, Portugal and Britain. L’Heure Bleue is a testimony to Essaouira’s glorious past at the crossroads of African, European and Arab civilisations. The hotel offers everything a sophisticated traveller expects of a luxury hotel, yet it still conserves the architecture of a traditional Moroccan riad: the public areas, restaurant and rooms open onto a courtyard with an ornate fountain; in true Moroccan tradition, this is the heart of the riad. 

 

Overnight: L’Heure Bleue, mix of Classic Rooms and Double Deluxe Rooms
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 9 - Saturday 17 October - Essaouira

  • Enjoy a morning guided walk in Essaouira with a local guide. Abandoned by the Portuguese in 1541, it was not until 1765 when the Alaouite Sultan Sidi Mohammad Ibn Abdullah transformed Mogador into a fortified city. The ramparts were never that effective in keeping out the marauding tribesmen but now a charming artist’s town with it old port and cannons overlooking the fishing fleet, Essaouira invites you to wander through the narrow alleyways which make up the Medina to witness artisans at work making their wooden tables, boxes and sundry items in lemon or Thuya wood inlaid with mother of pearl.
  • Lunch is at own arrangements today.
  • The afternoon cooking class is at 3.30pm. It is a Moroccan pastry class, think gazelle horns, briouats, and other delicacies, and runs for two hours. You will be coming home with a little box of the delicacies you have prepared.
  • Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

 

Overnight: L’Heure Bleue, mix of Classic Rooms and Double Deluxe Rooms
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 10 - Sunday 18 October - To Marrakech

  • We will depart this morning for Marrakech and will stop on the way for lunch at a local vineyard, sampling the various wines produced there and supplied to the major hotels and riads around Morocco.
  • Continue onto Marrakech arriving mid-afternoon. Check-in at Dar Les Cigognes, a really well located riad that faces the gates of the Royal Palace, in the heart of the historic medina.
  • The guide will meet you there for a late afternoon stroll to Djemaa El Fna Square, via the souks, to see the jugglers, storytellers, snake charmers, acrobats and vendors performing at sunset much as they have done for centuries.
  • Dinner at your accommodation after the evening tour.

 

Overnight: Dar Les Cigognes
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 11 - Monday 19 October - Marrakech

  • Your calèche (horse-drawn carriage) will arrive at 7.30am, before breakfast, to take you to the spectacular Jardin Majorelle, with its abundance of giant bamboo, yucca, papyrus, palm, cypress and banana trees, philodendrons and bougainvilleas and amazing cacti with natural colours that contrast vividly with the bright blue façade of the villa, which was lovingly restored by the late Yves St Laurent and where he spent much of his leisure time. We highly recommend this early start to avoid the huge crowds that descend on the gardens at 9am. Being there by 8am enables you to have a lone tour of the gardens, and then a coffee and continental breakfast will be included at a café across the street.
  • Enjoy a wander in the fabulous boutiques by the garden until 10am, when you will be first into the Yves Saint Laurent museum, which is just a stone’s throw away from Majorelle. It is a stunning building hosting a permanent exhibition devoted to the work and heritage of the couturier.
  • After the museum continue your historical tour. Some of the most interesting places to visit are the Saadian Tombs in the Kasbah, the Bahia Palace located in the Jewish quarter known as the Mellah, and Dar El Pacha museum.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
     

Overnight: Dar Les Cigognes
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 12 - Tuesday 20 October - Marrakech

  • Today is the day to don your apron again as we visit a renowned cooking school which will provide another insight into the Moroccan kitchen.
  • After lunching on our morning’s work in the kitchen enjoy your last afternoon at leisure.
  • The farewell dinner is at a beautiful local restaurant tonight.
     

Overnight: Dar Les Cigognes
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 13 - Wednesday 21 October - Departure

  • $8,450 per person/twin share (excludes airfares and taxes)
  • Early bird Discount of $500 per person if booked and deposit paid before 31 January 2020
  • Single supplement $1,400
  • Deposit (Non-refundable) AUD $3,000 per person upon booking
  • Final payment is due no later than 30 August 2020.
  • Personal hosting by Meredith Morschel
  • Accommodation for 12 nights
  • Meals included as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle daily
  • Professional experienced English-speaking escort and driver throughout including related expenses
  • English-speaking Historical local guides with all entrance fees included to the sites visited with the guide
  • Calèche ride and entrances to the Jardin Majorelle, the Berber and YSL museums
  • Atlas Mountains excursion including mules and muleteers, English-speaking mountain guide and lunch
  • Three Cooking Classes
  • Local Tourist Taxes
  • Porterage
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Restaurant gratuities where meals are included
  • Bank transfer and currency fluctuation fees.
  • Meals other than those specified in itinerary
  • All items of a personal nature, telephone, laundry, extra gratuities for guides and driver
  • Any alcoholic drinks and soft drinks, apart from water, and restaurant gratuity on alcohol
  • International air arrangements and all applicable taxes
  • Tourist Visa if you do not have an Australian passport
  • Camera fees at some Historical sights and museums
  • Massages, hammams, activities other than those listed in Inclusions
  • Arrival and departure transfers (we will share the transfers with others in the group where possible to keep the cost down).

The price is based on a minimum number of 8 travellers joining the tour. It may vary if there are less than 8 guests; we will re-cost and advise if required. A 20% deposit will be required at the time of booking, and the balance 45 days prior to departure, on 30 August 2020. Terms and conditions available on request.

The early bird discount is applicable if the booking form and the deposit are received prior to 31 January 2020.

By Prior Arrangement has the right to change the accommodation, restaurants and aspects of the itinerary, if necessary, due to unforseen circumstances. A similar level of standard will of course be offered instead.

All pricing and itinerary content is subject to change due to currency fluctuation, availability and unforseen circumstances beyond the control of By Prior Arrangement.

Does this tour sound like the trip of a lifetime?

For more information, send me an email and I will answer any questions you may have.
I’d love to share the magic of Morocco with you. Meredith x