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Real Food Adventure - Morocco

Trip type: 
Food
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
12
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Africa, Morocco | 12 days
Trip code: 
XMZF
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What's included: 

Transport - Taxi, Train, Minibus, Public bus, Private vehicle

Accommodation - Hotel (7 nts), Riad (2 nts), Guesthouse (1 nt)

Meals - 10 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner

Trip Highlights: 
Spicy Cookery Lessons
Try a tasty camel burger!
Explore Medieval Fez
Souks of Marrakech
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Itinerary for Real Food Adventure - Morocco

(Departures in 2014-14)
  • Day 1-2 - Casablanca
  • Day 3 - Meknes/Moulay Idriss
  • Day 4-5 - Fes
  • Day 6-7 - Marrakech
  • Day 8-9 - Essaouira
  • Day 10-11 - Marrakech
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Day
1-2

Casablanca

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.

You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Aromatic tajines, palm-spotted, red-earthed landscapes and limitless generosity define the home of the Maghreb. Any visit, whether one week or one month, will give you a glimpse of the friendliness, vibrancy and flavour of this Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French melting pot.

Modelled after Marseille in France, the bustling port city of Casablanca is now the undisputed economic capital of Morocco, with one of Africa's largest ports. The architectural style of the city is curious - famous for its art deco French-colonial buildings and Mauresque governmental institutions, an old medina and the phenomenal modern-day masterpiece, the Hassan II Mosque.

A pleasant way to spend the day exploring Casablanca is to wander the old medina and the city walls, then jump in a taxi to visit the Quartiers des Habous - the new medina full of shaded squares and narrow streets, lined with arcades that lead from one souk to another. This is a great place to enjoy a Moroccan coffee and maybe start improving your bargaining skills. Finish the day with a walk along the Corniche, watching the locals enjoy sunset football on the beach.

Day 2 = Day trip by private van to Oualidia to visit an Oyster Farm.

Included Activities

  • Oyster Farm Visit

Meals Included

2 Breakfasts

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

Day
3

Meknes/Moulay Idriss

Head by train to Meknes (approx 3.5 hrs).

Meknes was once an imperial city of Morocco and the capital of one of its most colourful eras, when the Sultan Moulay Ismail (a contemporary of Louis XIV) set out to build his own version of Versailles, constructing walls, gates and over 50 palaces with an unstoppable labour force of over 25,000 slaves.

Take a tour of the Meknes with a local guide.
Drop in at a local eatery and try a camel burger!
Continue by taxi to Moulay Idriss.

The small medina of ancient Moulay Idriss is a pleasure to explore as the faithful gather to pay homage to the founding father of Islam in Morocco at the 8th-century mausoleum. This charming town is superb come sunset with views over the plains of Volubilis below.

Moulay Idriss is named after the great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. His tomb is a pilgrimage site for Muslims. Until recently, it had been forbidden for non-Muslims to sleep overnight in the town, although this is now allowed and many locals have begun to convert their homes to guesthouses.

The town is famous for its nougat candy which is sold at stands all around the square and near the mosque. It also has the only cylindrical minaret in all of Morocco.

Our accommodation is a guesthouse/homestay where a local family will take delight in providing the hospitality. Bathroom facilities are shared and rooming may be triple or quad share.

The family will take you through a Pastilla cooking demonstration before dining on a home cooked meal.

Included Activities

  • Guided walking tour in Meknes
  • Pastilla Cooking Demonstration

Meals Included

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 nt)

Day
4-5

Fes

You'll visit a vineyard in Meknes and do some wine tasting.

Travel by train to Fes (approx 1 hr)

Fes is the most complete medieval city in the Arab world. The most ancient of Morocco's imperial cities, it exists suspended in time.

Descending into the labyrinthine alleyways of the Medina is like taking a giant step back to the Middle Ages. Preserved by the French for its historical value, this preservation also led to the decline of the city's importance, as both government and financial centres were set up elsewhere in the country. With the Jewish population moving away in 1956, and too many rural poor moving in for it to handle, this ancient centre of learning is only a shell of what it used to be. Still, it remains a fascinating living museum where getting lost is half the fun.

Travel with your local guide to the vast Medina and take a tasting trail (olives, sweets, snails, spices, pastries, dried fruits...)

You'll experience a pastry making demo in a riad with local women.

Included Activities

  • Vineyard tour & wine tasting
  • Guided walking tour Fes
  • Medina Tasting trail

Optional Activities

  • Pastry Making Demonstration - MAD90

Meals Included

2 Breakfasts

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
6-7

Marrakech

Travel by train to Marrakech (approx 8 hrs).

Try some authentic Moroccan take away snacks on the train.

Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Be enticed by the alluring scents and brilliant colours of the spice markets, the sounds of the musicians, the rich folds of carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens.

The monuments of Marrakech are numerous and range from the well-known Koutoubia Mosque and its superb minaret - famous throughout the Islamic world and the 'sister' to the Giralda in far-away Seville, to the lesser-known tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (now owned by Yves Saint Laurent). There's the Palais Bahia, a superb example of Muslim architecture, and the ruins of the Palais Badi, reputedly one of the most beautiful palaces in the world in its time. The Saadian tombs are a recently uncovered gem of the Medina. All of the above can be a challenge to locate, but that's all part of the experience of exploring the phenomenal medinas of Morocco.

Visit a new reponsible travel project where some local women will take you through a cous cous making demonstration before you sit down to lunch at their restaurant.

Explore the amazing Medina and the seemingly endless mosaic of souqs. Each is devoted to a separate trade: pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets and spices. A wander amongst them is a sensory delight.

Included Activities

  • Cous cous Making Demonstration

Meals Included

2 Lunches

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
8-9

Essaouira

Take a Tagine cooking class where you'll also be shown how to make a Berber Whiskey, which is the local name for a traditional Moroccan Mint Tea!

Travel to Essaouira by local express coach (approx 3hrs). There is a 5 Dirham charge for any luggage placed in the luggage compartment.

The name Essaouira means image, which is appropriate since it's such a picturesque town. Its charm is undeniable - within the stone ramparts you'll find whitewashed houses with bright blue shutters, art galleries and wood workshops. This laidback artists' town is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. The town faces a group of rocky islands - called the Mogador - and is surrounded by an expanse of sandy beaches and dunes.

It's still a busy fishing port and its pretty harbour is filled with tiny colourful boats which go out early every morning for the day's catch. Visitors who have been seduced by its charms include Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent much of his time here in the 1960s. More recently, filmmaker Ridley Scott chose the ramparts as an important location for his film, Kingdom of Heaven.

Everything in the small centre is within walking distance and the beach is clean. Wander the harbour and its adjacent fish markets where you can witness the daily auction. A freshly-cooked plate of the day's catch is highly recommended. Browse the plentiful shops and intriguing art galleries that make this little town a particularly pleasant place to unwind for a few days. It has a growing reputation for its unique art and is becoming even more famous for its burled Thuya wood - delicately formed and inlaid in tiny shops, which are built into the thick walls of the Portuguese ramparts. The scent from the oils used to polish the richly coloured wood permeates the air and makes walking down the streets incredibly pleasant.

Wander around Essaouira's famous fish market. Pick up some items for your lunch and we'll take them to a local eatery where your ingredients will be cooked before you for a delicious lunch.

Stay in a wonderfully restored riad - a traditional nobleman's house unique to Morocco that has become very popular with travellers as an oasis of escape, charm and tranquillity from the hustle and bustle of the Medina. Our riad features a central courtyard and is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style. We're sure you'll love the cosy, friendly atmosphere and it will be one of the most memorable stays on your journey in Morocco.

Meals Included

2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Accommodation

Riad (2 nts)

 

Day
10-11
Marrakech

Marrakech

Board a local bus to Marrakech (approx 3 hrs).

We'll take our final night's dinner in Djemm el fnaa. Marrakech's most famous square will completely come alive at night while you sit down to dine.

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)