Moroccan cuisine is said to been of the 4 best in the world! This reputation is probably due to the different influences received along the centuries, from the Romans and the Phoenicians, to the Portuguese, the Spanish and the French ! But even more than that, a subtle use of the spices and a great tradition of home cooking by the mother of the family account for it. Even today, the very best food can be found in the families, more than the restaurants, this is why we have included « family cuisine » in our program and you will certainly lick your fingers…!

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
  • Day 1 : Casablanca

    Arrival in Casablanca and welcome by your English speaking guide. He will accompany you to your hotel conveniently located in the city centre. Time permitting according to your arrival schedule, a first visit to the food markets in the Medina.

    17.30 : meet in the restaurant where you will have dinner later, but before give a hand to the preparation of Harira, the rich comfort soup that breaks the fasting days of Ramadan.

    Overnight your hotel.

  • Day 2 : Rabat

    08.30: departure after breakfast for Rabat, the modern capital of Morocco. Visit the food market of Rabat and then check in at your hotel.

    Lunch at « Tagine wa Tangia » followed by the visit of the Oudayas Kasbah and famed « Rue des Consuls ». Afternoon visit of the the Hassan tower and the Kings’ Mausoleum.

    Around 17.00 Meeting with the Chef in your hotel. Watch and give a hand to the preparation of tagine of chicken with olives and preserved lemons, followed by dinner at the restaurant including your own tagine of chicken.

    Overnight in your hotel.

  • Day 3 : Fes

    After breakfast, road to Meknes and visit this former capital of Morocco, under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismael, contemporary of French King Louis XIV. Demonstration and lunch of tagine with meatballs and eggs in Palais Terrab.

    Afternoon drive to Fes, the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities, via the village of Moulay Idriss, a national pilgrimage site housing the tomb of Moulay Idriss, the founder of Morocco’s first indigenous Islamic kingdom. Fes’ medina is among the largest living medieval cities in the world. Sneak preview of Medina before dinner.

    Special Dinner with a Moroccan family and overnight in their home in the Old City. Enjoy a Talk on Moroccan herbs and spices.

  • Day 4 : Fes

    09.00: after breakfast, departure for a discovery of Fes.

    Starting from the Andalous quarter, cross the bridge over to the Kairouani District: see the Dyers, the Coppersmiths, the Karaouyine Mosque, the Achabin Square for spices, the Chouara Tannery, Chemaine Square for dried fruits, the Joutya for salt, eggs and fish, the Kissaria, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, the Nejjarine Square and the Nejjarine Fondouq which is now the Wood Museum, then the Henna souk, the Attarine souk (spices) and the nearby Maristan, and the Attarine Medersa (Koranic school dating back to the XV century).

    Light lunch on the way and back to your moroccan home after the visit for some time at leisure then meet the lady chef of the family to get your hands at the preparation of the « Chicken Tagine » that you will enjoy for dinner.

    Overnight in the private home.

  • Day 5 : Marrakech

    Drive to fabled Marrakech, Morocco’s most popular city, across the varied landscapes of Morocco: the Middle Atlas Mountains and the rich agricultural plains of Beni Mellal. Light lunch in Beni Mellal.

    On arrival, checkin at your Riad and late afternoon visit to the famous Jemaa el Fna Square to see the square transform from a lively area of acrobats and other entertainers into a vast eatery of food stalls. Capture the excitement of the evening before a special dinner at « Stylia » one of the 5 forks restaurants in Marrakech.

    Overnight in Marrakech in a charming riad in the Médina.

  • Day 6 : Marrakech

    08.30: after breakfast, morning visit of Marrakech and its historical sights.

    11.30: meeting at Al Amal, an associative restaurant for the training of moroccan young ladies to be cooks, for a the preparation of a couscous « Tfaya » (with raisins et ice sugar). Lunch of your couscous at the restaurant, then continue the visit of the Médina and its souks.

    16.30: restaurant Dar Marjana for a demonstration of making « b’stila », Morocco’s lavish signature dish of squab or chicken in a lemony egg, almond and spiced onion sauce within layered sheets of « warka » (flaky, paper-thin dough), topped with cinnamon and sugar. Dinner at Dar Marjana of your own b’stila.

    Overnight in your Riad.

  • Day 7 : Marrakech

    After breakfast visit of the 13th and 15th century Mellah Markets and the Dar Si Said Museum. Lunch on your own.

    Afternoon demo with participation on Moroccan pancakes and 1001 holes crepes in a private home, for an afternoon snack with mint tea.

    Farewell dinner tonight on « Moroccan Nouvelle Cuisine » at Dar Moha : a man who is truly wise to the ways of gastronomy, Chef Moha has been able to use his skills and knowledge to breathe new life into Moroccan cuisine, reinventing traditional dishes still bursting with exquisite flavors.

    Overnight in your Riad.

  • Day 8 : Marrakech

    After breakfast, transfer to Marrakech airport and Bon Voyage!

MAP OF ITINERARY

Please note that all timings and mileage are given for a return trip, based on Google Maps data and itinerary availabilities. Trek itineraries are also not displayed as exactly as planned by us, because Google Map does not provide this type of information yet; you should then refer to the “day by day” program for accurate details.