Culinary Journey to Morocco

Discover the distinct flavors of Morocco on a 12 Day Culinary Journey to Morocco alongside culinary expert and food journalist, Tara Stevens.

Duration

8 – 12 Days

When

All year round

Price from

$6,665 – $10,320

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Trip Highlights

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Cooking classes
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Wellness
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Cuisine

About this trip

This exclusive 12 Day Culinary Journey to Morocco invites food lovers to discover the flavours of this culturally rich destination alongside culinary expert and food journalist, Tara Stevens. Offering a number of immersive cooking workshops, you can perfect the art of Moroccan cuisine while exploring the country’s culinary hotspots – Fes, Marrakech and Skoura. Reignite your senses on guided tours of the ancient medinas of Fes and Marrakech, learn the techniques of traditional Moroccan cooking and unwind in the wilderness of Skoura while staying in some of the most luxurious hotels in Morocco.

*Maximum of 6 pax

Your day-to-day- breakdown of this trip

Day one

aeroplane

Arrive Fes

Check-in Riad Fes

Your Culinary Journey to Morocco begins on arrival at Fes Saiss Airport, where you can enjoy a swift VIP Fast Track service through immigration. From here, your personal driver will be waiting to accompany you into the heart of the ancient city of Fes. Check-in to the exclusive Relais & Châteaux Riad Fes before meeting your dedicated guide and Morocco culinary expert, Tara Stevens for a guided tour of the Fes medina. Scour the local souks and discover the key Moroccan ingredients from fragrant spices to fresh honey. For lunch, Tara will introduce you to the distinct flavors of the region at the Ruined Garden, a restaurant serving up traditional street food with a modern twist. The perfect introduction to Moroccan cuisine, try silky aubergine salads with fresh goats cheese, crunchy potato cakes with chilli sauce, hot chickpea flan and delectable beef tagine.

Where you’ll stay: Riad Fes

Located in the heart of the ancient Fes medina, the restored Riad Fes – Relais & Châteaux takes guests back to a time of noble splendor. The ultra-luxurious hotel features a fine dining restaurant, a bar, and in-house spa.

Experiences:

Discover the Fes Medina alongside your dedicated guide and culinary expert Tara Stevens. Scour the souks for Morocco’s key ingredients from fragrant spices to fresh honey, before sampling some of Morocco’s iconic street food favorites at the Ruined Garden restaurant.

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Day two – four

cooking classes

Riad Fes

Culinary experience with Tara Stevens

Your Morocco culinary journey continues with a cooking workshop at the Courtyard Kitchen Fez at Dar Namir. Starting in the nearby R’cif market, you will join Tara to shop for seasonal ingredients for your cooking class in her courtyard kitchen. Discover the secrets of the Moroccan kitchen as you prepare 5 traditional dishes using key Moroccan herbs, spices and aromatics – from preserved lemons, rose petals and harissa, to tagines fragrant with ginger, cumin and turmeric, hot sweet mint tea and cakes laced in fruity olive oil and flower waters. Enjoy the fruits of your labor with a delicious multi-course feast paired with boutique Moroccan wines. Further afield in the countryside of the Middle Atlas, you’ll master the art of Moroccan cuisine and study traditional Berber cooking techniques from baking bread in clay ovens to tasty tagines or visit one of Morocco’s most prestigious wineries for a gourmet lunch among the vineyards.

Note – r’Cif market visit dependent on regulations during time of travel.

Photo credit | Courtyard Kitchen Fez at Dar Namir, Mari Luz Vidal

Where you’ll stay: Riad Fes

Located in the heart of the ancient Fes medina, the restored Riad Fes – Relais & Châteaux takes guests back to a time of noble splendor. The ultra-luxurious hotel features a fine dining restaurant, a bar, and in-house spa.

Experiences:

Master the art of Moroccan cuisine with cooking workshops at Courtyard Kitchen Fez at Dar Namir before escaping to the countryside to learn the art of traditional Berber cooking techniques from bread baking to tasty tagines.

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Day five – seven

photo safari

Transfer Marrakech

Check-in Villa Des Orangers

Wake up and enjoy a delectable breakfast at Riad Fes before meeting your dedicated driver who will accompany you to Fes Airport. Today, you will journey to the vibrant city of Marrakech. On arrival at Marrakech airport, meet your personal driver who will transfer you to the luxurious Villa Des Orangers. Discover this culinary mecca on a guided walking tour of the Old Medina alongside an expert guide, sample local specialities from the food stalls at Djemaa El Fna Square, visit the beautiful Majorelle Garden and scour the mesmerizing souks for Moroccan trinkets. While in Marrakech, you will have the opportunity to visit Dar el Sadaka. Located in the palm groves of Marrakech, enjoy a unique dining experience surrounded by artist Jean-Francois Fourtou’s imaginative sculpture garden. On your final day in Marrakech, brush up on your Moroccan culinary skills alongside a dada (Moroccan female cook) and learn the ins and outs of preparing a tagine in a beautiful group workshop with state-of-the-art equipment.

Where you’ll stay: Villa Des Orangers

An oasis in the heart of the Marrakech medina, Villa Des Orangers was built in the 1930s and has been a Relais & Châteaux member since 2001. The hotel features three swimming pools, a spa and relaxation areas throughout the garden and secluded terraces.

Experiences:

Your culinary journey continues in Marrakech with a Moroccan cooking workshop, a unique dining experience in artist Jean-Francois Fourtou’s Dar El Sadaka and sampling local specialities from the food stalls at Djemaa El Fna Square.

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Day eight

4×4

Transfer to Skoura

Check-in Dar Ahlam

After a flavourful breakfast at Villa Des Orangers, your driver will transfer you inland towards the Atlas Mountains. Admire the everchaning landscapes as you wind down the Tizi’n’Tchika, stopping at the renowned Ksar Ait ben Haddou before reaching your final destination, Dar Ahlam. Meals at this 19th century Kasbah are an enchanting daily surprise with tables set up in different locations in this desert oasis. The kitchen sources seasonal organic produce from their very own bountiful gardens, as well as organic ingredients from local producers and prepares traditional dishes with a modern twist. Your afternoon can be spent relaxing by the palm shaded swimming pool before a world-class dinner under the stars.

Where you’ll stay: Dar Ahlam

Located on the edge of the Sahara Desert, Dar Ahlam is secluded in the lush palm grove of Skoura. This traditional Kasbah is over 200 years old and features 14 rooms with all the modern comforts and luxuries you might need.

Experiences:

Your journey to Dar Ahlam takes you to Ksar Ait ben Haddou, a film set for Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Your afternoon can be spent relaxing by the palm shaded swimming pool before or relaxing in the spa before dinner under the stars.

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Day nine

glamping

Dar Ahlam Dades Valley

Luxury camp out experience

Today, you will journey into the Dades Valley – a region marked by its rugged gorges, deep canyons and wide open valleys. En route, discover traditional life of Berber villages, followed by a mouth-watering picnic overlooking magnificent landscapes before arriving at your luxury desert camp in the valley of Roses. A highlight of this unique campout experience is the sublime candlelit dinner served under a canopy of stars.

Where you’ll stay: Dar Ahlam Dades Valley

Located in the rugged Dades Valley, this desert camp invites travelers to unwind in the Moroccan wilderness from the comfort of a luxury canvas tent adorned in traditional textiles.

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Day ten – eleven

art safari

Return to Skoura

Check-in Dar Ahlam

Enjoy a refreshing breakfast surrounded by nature as the first rays of morning sunlight illuminate your camp. You will have the opportunity to discover Kasbah Amridil, a historic kasbah founded in the IV century. Your dedicated driver will transfer you to Sidi Flah where you will meet a local family who will teach you the ancient practice of bread making, followed by a traditional home made lunch at their family home. Your driver will escort you back to Dar Ahlam for a lavish dinner at the hotel.

Where you’ll stay: Dar Ahlam

Located on the edge of the Sahara Desert, Dar Ahlam is secluded in the lush palm grove of Skoura. This traditional Kasbah is over 200 years old and features 14 rooms with all the modern comforts and luxuries you might need.

Experiences:

Visit a traditional mountain souk in the historic Kasbah Amridil before making your way to Sidi Flah, where you will meet a local family who will teach you the ancient practice of bread making, followed by a traditional home made lunch at their family home.

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Day twelve

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Departure

Transfer to Marrakech Airport

Day 12 marks the final day of your Culinary Journey to Morocco. After a refreshing breakfast at Dar Ahlam, your dedicated driver will transfer you to Marrakech Airport for your onward journey home. 

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