Moroccan Flavors

Many food experts say that Morocco has the best cuisine in Africa, perhaps even in the top five of the world. From the narrow streets in the ancient medinas to the Berber villages down south, Morocco is a mysterious and alluring destination and should definitely be on your “must visit” list. While experiencing this diverse and yet culturally rich country, your senses will be stimulated; while learning, cooking, and tasting the flavorful tagines, salads and patisseries of Morocco.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Ninette & Peter
New York
Trip taken August 2018
It was amazing! We covered a lot of territory and Youseff our guided was very knowledgeable about everything! The highlight was going into the Sahara on a camel and see the dunes....incredible!

Trip Details

This tour includes four cooking classes, each totally different in their styles; from cooking in a traditional dar (house), to cooking over the charcoal in the Berber village. Your classes will be taught by a number of different chefs, each with vast experience in Moroccan cuisine. Each of our teachers speaks fluent English and French, and their establishments are licensed by the government.


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Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met by your driver/guide.
  • Enjoy a driving visit of Morocco’s largest city and visit any areas of interests (optional).
  • Depart for Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King and visit La Tour Hassan, Mausoleum and the King’s Palace.
  • Dinner will be served at a local restaurant; your first taste of Moroccan cuisine.
  • Overnight.

Moroccan spices


Day Two

  • After breakfast, depart for Meknes for a tour of this small but interesting Imperial city. Wander through the small alleys into the medina, where you will be welcomed into a traditional house (Dar) for your first cooking class focusing on traditional Moroccan food.
  • The tour then heads to the 2000 year old Roman ruins of Volubilis, where you’ll get a picture of life during the Roman Empire.
  • Finish your journey to Fes, with dinner tonight at your riad.
  • Overnight.

A tannery in Fes


Day Three

  • After breakfast, begin your guided tour of the medina, one of the world’s largest walled cities. Explore the narrow streets lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and many other art objects of Morocco. A visit to the King’s Palace, the tanneries, and potters are just a few places you may experience.
  • Lunch will be in a traditional restaurant in the medina.
  • After lunch return to your hotel, and time for a rest before dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Olives at market in Morocco


Day Four

  • After a traditional breakfast in the riad, you will have a full day cooking experience in Fes.
  • Visit the local vegetable market to purchase the necessary ingredients for the day’s meal.
  • Return to the riad to learn the art of Fes cooking. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • Dinner will be served in one of the local restaurants of the medina.
  • Overnight.

Market in Marrakech


Day Five

  • After an early breakfast, depart for Marrakech. The beautiful drive will take you up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and along the base of the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Once in Marrakech, you will check into your hotel and depart for the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. Coming alive at night with the local storytellers, entertainers and mouth-watering barbeque pits, the square is enticing, well worth a visit. A quiet cup of tea on the terrace of an adjacent café provides a spectacular aerial view of the bustling square.
  • Return to the riad for dinner and overnight.

Tasty Moroccan food


Day Six

  • After breakfast, a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. Discover the Palace of the Bahia, the Saadian Tombs and many other hidden treasures.
  • After lunch, continue to the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the town square.
  • The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souk (market).
  • Dinner will be served in the famous square at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight at the riad.

Moroccan tea


Day Seven

  • After a traditional breakfast in the riad, depart for a small Berber village where you will learn to cook as the Berbers do.
  • Whether you are learning to bake bread in a clay oven, cooking tangine over a charcoal fire, or brewing mint tea, this experience is nothing like you have ever done before. Back to the basics of cooking!
  • Return to the riad for dinner and overnight.

Moroccan vegetables


Day Eight

  • Breakfast.
  • Today visit Morocco’s most popular and picturesque fishing town, Essaouira, located on the southwest coast of Morocco. Many of the country’s wood carvers and artists make Essaouira their home.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, your final cooking lesson, where you’ll learn to cook another wonderful traditional Moroccan meal.
  • Tonight’s dinner will be served in the riad.
  • Overnight.

Hotel room in Casablanca


Day Nine

  • Your last day of travel will take you back to Casablanca following breakfast.
  • Depart Essaouira for Casablanca with a stop at El Oualidia.
  • Drive along the coastline to El Jadida to visit the citadel and see the underground cistern.
  • Continue on to Casablanca, where you will spend your last night in the country. Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Day Ten

  • Breakfast and check out.
  • Transfer to the airport for departure.

Trip Details

Included in the 9-Night Trip

Accommodations

9 nights accommodations in riads and four-star hotels

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches (beverages not included)
  • 9 dinners (beverages not included)

Classes & Instructors

This tour includes four cooking classes, each totally different in their styles; from cooking in a traditional dar (house), to cooking over the charcoal in the Berber village. Your classes will be taught by a number of different chefs, each with vast experience in Moroccan cuisine. Each of our teachers speaks fluent English and French, and their establishments are licensed by the government.

Excursions

  • Visits of: Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Marrakech, Essaouira, El Oualidia, and El Jadida
  • Market visits
  • Excursion to a Berber village

Transfer Details

  • Roundtrip transfers upon arrival and departure from/to Casablanca airport

Miscellaneous

  • Transportation with an English-speaking driver/guide
  • Professional tour guide in historical cities

Not Included

  • Beverages with lunches and dinners

Accommodation Information

In Casablanca your accommations will be in the 4* Hotel Club Val d’Anfa (or similar). The Val d’Anfa enjoys a wonderful location near the city center in and a design between innovation and tradition. The spacious rooms feature en suite baths, mini-bar, flat screen TV, free internet, safe, air conditioning, and more. _(If unavailable an comparable property will be substituted.)

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In Rabat the Riad Kalaa offers old-world charm with modern conveniences. The 9 bedrooms are individually decorated and include en suite bath, WiFi, minifridges, and safes. Enjoy also the terrace, outdoor pool, courtyard, restaurant, and spa. _(If unavailable a comparable property will be propsed.)
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In Marrakech the Riad le Close des Arts lies close to many of the city’s main sites and features 7 warm rooms with classical Moroccan decor. Rooms have WiFi, safes, and en suite baths. Some have canopy beds and sitting areas. There is a traditional tiled courtyard with fountain as well as a rooftop plunge pool. _(If unavailable a comparable property will be proposed.)
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In Fes stay at the Riad Myra, in the heart of the medina. Built in the early 1900s, the Riad was renovated to form a beautiful, traditional guesthouse maintaining the original architecture and style. There is a large traditional patio, a hammam, a restaurant, lounge, and terrace.
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In Essaouira your accommodations will be at the Riad Dar l’Ouissa. A traditional riad, the 24 rooms surround an interior courtyard, and the decor is both traditional and elegant. _(If unavailable a comparable property will be substituted.)
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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Year-Round Pricing:

9-night Program
US$4130 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$1200 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)
  • Subtract US$450 per person when booking 4 or more people

Two-day Sahara extension also available, please inquire.

Please add 10% for Christmas and New Years departures.

Pricing for 1 person on a private trip: please inquire.


Tour Dates

Available any week for a minimum of 1 person. Please note that in 2019 Ramadan is May 5-June 4 and in 2020 April 23-May 23. (The trip is still available during Ramadan, but some adjustments may be made.)

The itinerary can also be customized to be shorter or longer.

Please note: If you cannot arrive early on Day 1, we advise that you arrive the day before and we will arrange the airport transfer and hotel. Please inquire about the price for the transfer and hotel night.

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Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Ninette & Peter
New York
Trip taken August 2018
It was amazing! We covered a lot of territory and Youseff our guided was very knowledgeable about everything! The highlight was going into the Sahara on a camel and see the dunes....incredible!
I gave this trip 4 stars
Mary Dale
Illinois
Trip taken May 2018
The last minute scramble related to me having to travel solo was a challenge. I appreciate how it was handled by TIK in the end. I curbed some of my activity -- especially in the evening -- as I was by myself.
No rating given with this review
The trip was great - very well organized, as usual. The riads were fantastic and we are planning a holiday meal for friends featuring tagine and cousous. I've already made several dishes and have started brining my own olives and making preserved lemons.
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I loved Fes, the riad we stayed in (Riad Jaouhara) and the Cafe Clock cooking class with Souad and the shopping for ingredients in the souk of the medina. Our guide, Hakim Mohammed was outstanding, taking us to see students at a Berber pre-school was a highlight! My daughter and I also both loved the experience of the Berber Cooking village (Imintanout) the best, with its tea contest, bread baking in the clay oven, gathering water from the well by donkey, watching the rug weaving . . . a wonderful experience! Skip Casablanca -- the only good thing about it: the Hassan II Mosque, which was spectacular by the way! In the future, get a flight arriving late afternoon, spend night in hotel, tour mosque 1st thing in the morning and then drive immediately to Fes. I definitely would cancel the cooking class in Essaouira, through the "at risk women" assoc. It was disorganized, dirty and the young woman running the program and the cooking instructor spoke Arabic to each other the entire time, virtually ignoring us! It was boring, there were some technical glitches with the ovens and pastries tasteless. I would add a day in Chefchaouen, if possible. We met someone at our riad who had been there. It looked & sounded breathtaking. The best food of the trip was cooked by the chef at our riad in Marrakesh (Riad Moucharabieh). She made a special chicken Bastilla for us and the "salads" and briwat appetizers were out of this world. I would have LOVED a cooking class from her on how to make that chicken bastilla and pretty much everything else she prepared for us, best of any restaurant or cooking class in Morocco! Finally, I would emphasize the shopping a lot less through the guides in Fes and Marrakesh, if possible, and bring in more history. Definitely have them ask the clients if they like shopping and are in the market for a carpet or leather goods, lamps, mosaics, etc. beforehand, so they don't feel so visitors don't feel cornered to buy something after hours in a carpet shop. Don't know if this is possible, since Morocco doesn't seem to have a lot of plaques posted or written history. Overall, we LOVED our experience! I just was giving the above suggestions only. But I do feel strongly about the Essaouira cooking class being taken out of the mix. I loved hearing Arabic and French spoken, learning about the Muslim faith and being inspired by the 5 times daily call to prayer over the loud speakers throughout the medina in Fes. Meeting such kind, friendly people in the marketplace… our time in Fes was like walking back into the 9th century! Our guide there introduced us to his friend, a coppersmith, hammering away at his work. The coppersmith happened to be a Morocco taekwondo national champion and 2nd degree black belt. My daughter, who just graduated high school, also a black belt, and he had much to talk about, but no common language. After he tried speaking Arabic, then French with her, to no avail, he mentioned "Taegeuk Sam Jang." They both started doing the movements of this poomse( form) together - they'd found their common language. It was pretty cool! Personally, I only stopped waking up at 4:30am for call to prayer a couple weeks after I got back to the states - it became part of me. I will forever remember my wonderful trip to Morocco with my daughter - a perfect way to bond before she goes off to college! Thanks for everything. Susan R., WA
Response from Karen at The International Kitchen: "Thank you so much for your comments and we are so glad you enjoyed your trip!  We appreciate the feedback about the class in Essaouria and we will certainly follow up, as well as your suggestion about shopping."