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Overview

Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Your luxury culinary tour of Morocco will provide you with an in-depth experience of Moroccan cuisine and culture. Morocco is one of the hottest foodie destinations and it’s easy to understand why: succulent tagines, alluring spice markets, luscious seafood, and mouthwatering desserts make for a fabulous cooking vacation. Moroccan cuisine, like its culture, is full of rich influences, from the Berber to the Andalusian, from the Arabic to the Mediterranean. The very name calls to mind the exotic and unknown – and we make it easy to explore on a small, private gastronomic and cultural guided tour with our expert local partners.

Your culinary vacation in Morocco will start with pickup in Casablanca, then it is off to Rabat (Morocco’s capitol), the cultural epicenter of Fes, into the Sahara and the Dades Valley, on to Marrakech, and finally Essaouira before heading back to Casablanca. Culinary highlights of the week include tasting tours, hands-on cooking classes, and explorations of local gastronomy such as Moroccan-Jewish cuisine, and more. And the cultural highlights of this fabulous luxury Morocco tour are too many to name, so check them out in the day to day itinerary.


Latest Review

I gave this trip 5 stars
Linda
Texas
It was a fabulous trip! I have visited 57 countries with various tours and guides. Abdelhak is one of the best I have ever had... I had a wonderful time and I have recommended International Kitchen to others.

Trip Details

Your five cooking classes will feature a variety of different Moroccan traditions, including:

  • Jewish-Moroccan cooking
  • Bread making class over the campfire in the Sahara
  • Cooking with the chef of the gourmet restaurant of Chez Pierre
  • Private tagine cooking class with local “dada”
  • Moroccan fish and pastries class

Itinerary

Pool at the Riad Zyo in Rabat during your Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Day One

  • Arrive at Casablanca international airport and private transfer to Rabat, Morocco’s capital city. Rabat lies on the Atlantic coast and is a fascinating mix of Islamic monuments and French colonial traces. Enjoy an orientation tour of the ancient fortified city and UNESCO World Heritage center, and stop for mint tea overlooking the Bouregreg River .
  • This evening, your welcome dinner featuring gourmet Moroccan food.

Tagines on display during your culinary tour of Morocco

Day Two

  • Breakfast and begin your 3 1/2 hour drive toward Fes. Visit Meknes for lunch. Meknes is one of Morocco’s three imperial cities and blends Islamic, European, and 17th-century Maghreb styles. Stop in Volubilis to see the ancient Roman ruins, then on to Fes.
  • Upon arrival in Fes in the late afternoon, check in at your elegant Riad.
  • Dinner at the riad and overnight.

Visiting a souk during your Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Day Three

  • Breakfast, then visit the souk, or market, with your guide. See the local artisan quarters including their famous leather tanneries where the same techniques have been used for centuries. Shop for your cooking class at the market as well.
  • Next, take a hands-on cooking class featuring Jewish-Moroccan cuisine. Fes has important Sephardic traditions that you will explore in your cooking class. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
    Afternoon free and dinner on your own.

Enjoying a camel ride to your desert encampment during your Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Day Four

  • Breakfast, and set off on your drive to the Sahara! The drive will take about seven hours, but we’ll break it up with lunch in a local Berber house in the Draa Valley to enjoy a tasty tagine.
  • The last part of your journey will be a sunset camel ride to take you into your luxury camp.
  • Dinner tonight is a traditional bread baking class.
  • Enjoy traditional music by the campfire and the stunning desert starlight.

Desert sunrise during your Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Day Five

  • Sunrise breakfast at the camp. Enjoy this breathtaking experience before heading out toward the Dades Gorges, the Moroccan version of the Grand Canyon (about a 4 hour drive).
  • Stop for lunch during the drive.
  • Upon arrival at Chez Pierre in the Dades Valley enjoy a gourmet dinner.

Day Six

  • Explore the beautiful Dades region.
  • Lunch and cooking class with the chef of Chez Pierre.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner at the hotel.

Ait Benhaddou in Morocco, visited during your Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Day Seven

  • Breakfast, then visit the historic kasbah Ait ben Haddou.
  • Lunch.
  • Depart for Marrakech, about 6 hours away.
  • Drive through Tichka and the high Atlas before arriving at your destination. Marrakech is one of Africa’s most fascinating cities, and is packed with history, culture, and beauty.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner on your own.

Sunset view of Marrakech, one of your homes during your Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Day Eight

  • Breakfast then depart on a guided visit of Marrakech. You will see beautiful and tranquil imperial palaces that are relics of Morocco’s past, as well as the medina, which is an ancient and dense network of alleys and souks, ready to explore with your expert guide. See the historical sites, artisan shops, and fascinating markets, and enjoy a spice blending workshop featuring Moroccan spices.
  • Lunch in the medina.
  • Next, a relaxing hammam spa experience. Your treatment can include a scrub and body wrap with natural mineral clay, followed by a traditional massage.
  • In the afternoon stop for a private tagine cooking class with a local “dada” (female chef), and enjoy your creations for dinner.

Yves Saint Laurent's Majorelle in Marrakech, visited during your Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Day Nine

  • Breakfast, and then enjoy visits of two interesting sites – the Majorelle Gardens and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. The lush gardens span over two acres and feature exotic plants and trees from all over the world. Yves Saint Laurent was Algerian born and influenced throughout his life by the vibrant colors and culture of Marrakech. The museum and garden, which opened in 2017, give a glimpse into the designer’s life as well as the rich cultural connections between France and Morocco.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Dinner at La Maison Arabe, where you will have a fabulous tasting menu.

Winery near Essaouira visited on your your Luxury Morocco Foodie tour

Day Ten

  • Breakfast, then depart for Essaouira, about 2 hours away. You will stop at an Argan oil women’s cooperative for a visit.
  • Stop at a local vineyard in the area for a gourmet lunch and wine tasting.
  • Tour Essaouira’s serene medina, harbor, and souks with your guide – a very different experience from the bustle of Marrakech!
  • Dinner tonight in a restaurant overlooking the port.

A so-called goat tree, seen on your Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Day Eleven

  • Visit Essaouira’s Sqala (ramparts), the Medina, and the harbor.
  • Your next class features Moroccan fish and pastries, with lunch to follow.
  • This evening dinner on your own.

Day Twelve

  • Breakfast and depart for Casablanca (about 5 hours away). Stop for lunch at an organic goat cheese farm.
  • Arrive in Casablanca for a quick tour of the city.
  • This evening, a farewell dinner at the iconic Rick’s Cafe.

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, visited during your 12-night Luxury Morocco Culinary Tour

Day Thirteen

  • Visit the Hassan II mosque in the morning. The mosque is the largest in Morocco and features the tallest minaret in the world.
  • Transfer to the Casablanca airport for your departure. (If your flight departs early we would recommend an additional night in Casablanca.)

A little shopping during your Luxury Morocco Culinary TourDay One

  • Arrive at Casablanca international airport and private transfer to Rabat, Morocco’s capital city. Rabat lies on the Atlantic coast and is a fascinating mix of Islamic monuments and French colonial traces. Enjoy an orientation tour of the ancient fortified city and UNESCO World Heritage center, and stop for mint tea overlooking the Bouregreg River .
  • This evening, your welcome dinner featuring gourmet Moroccan food.

Citrus salad enjoyed on your Luxury Morocco Culinary TourDay Two

  • Breakfast and begin your 3 1/2 hour drive toward Fes. Stop in Volubilis to see the ancient Roman ruiins, then on to Meknes for lunch. Meknes is one of Morocco’s three imperial cities and blends Islamic, European, and 17th-century Maghreb styles.
  • Upon arrival in Fes in the late afternoon, head to a tasting tour of the medina, the old Arab center of this fascinating city. Your dinner will be part of the tour, and might include such treats as mlawi (pancakes), briwates (sambosas), potato cakes, olives, fruits, wild honey, and more.

Vegetables at market during your Luxury Morocco Culinary TourDay Three

  • Breakfast, then visit the souk, or market, with your guide. See the local artisan quarters including their famous leather tanneries where the same techniques have been used for centuries. Shop for your cooking class at the market as well.
  • Next, take a hands-on cooking class featuring Jewish-Moroccan cuisine. Fes has important Sephardic traditions that you will explore in your cooking class. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • Afternoon free and dinner on your own.

Enjoying a camel ride to your desert encampment during your Luxury Morocco Culinary TourDay Four

  • Breakfast, and set off on your drive to the Sahara! The drive will take about seven hours, but we’ll break it up with lunch in a local Berber house in the Draa Valley to enjoy a tasty tagine.
  • The last part of your journey will be a sunset camel ride to take you into your luxury camp.
  • Dinner tonight is a traditional bread baking class.
  • Enjoy traditional music by the campfire and the stunning desert starlight.

Luxury tent camp in the Saraha, visited during your culinary tour of MoroccoDay Five

  • Sunrise breakfast at the camp. Enjoy this breathtaking experience before heading out toward the Dades Gorges, the Moroccan version of the Grand Canyon (about a 4 hour drive).
  • Stop for lunch during the drive.
  • Upon arrival at Chez Pierre in the Dades Valley enjoy a gourmet dinner.

Ait Benhaddou in Morocco, visited during your Luxury Morocco Culinary TourDay Six

  • Breakfast, and drive to Marrakech, about 6 hours away. Along the way stop and visit the historic kabash Ait ben Haddou. Lunch included on the way.
  • Drive through Tichka and the high Atlas before arriving at your destination. Marrakech is one of Africa’s most fascinating cities, and is packed with history, culture, and beauty.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner on your own.

Tagines on display during your culinary tour of MoroccoDay Seven

  • Breakfast then depart on a guided visit of Marrakech. You will see beautiful and tranquil imperial palaces that are relics of Morocco’s past, as well as the medina, which is an ancient and dense network of alleys and souks, ready to explore with your expert guide. See the historical sites, artisan shops, and fascinating markets, and enjoy lunch in the medina.
  • In the afternoon stop for a private tagine cooking class with a local “dada” (female chef), and enjoy your creations for dinner.

Enjoying a massage at the hammam during your Luxury Morocco Culinary TourDay Eight

  • Breakfast, and then enjoy visits of two interesting sites – the Majorelle Gardens and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. The lush gardens span over two acres and feature exotic plants and trees from all over the world. Yves Saint Laurent was Algerian born and influenced throughout his life by the vibrant colors and culture of Marrakech. The museum and garden, which opened in 2017, give a glimpse into the designer’s life as well as the rich cultural connections between France and Morocco.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • This afternoon you will have a spice blending workshop featuring Moroccan spices.
  • Next, a relaxing hammam spa experience. Your treatment can include a scrub and body wrap with natural mineral clay, followed by a traditional massage.
  • Enjoy a gourmet dinner at La Maison Arabe, where you will have a fabulous tasting menu.

Winery near Essaouira visited on your your Luxury Morocco Foodie tourDay Nine

  • Breakfast, then depart for Essaouira, about 2 hours away. You will stop at an Argan oil women’s cooperative for a visit.
  • Stop at a local vineyard in the area for a gourmet lunch and wine tasting.
  • Tour Essaouira’s serene medina, harbor, and souks with your guide – a very different experience from the bustle of Marrakech!
  • Dinner tonight in a restaurant overlooking the port.

Day Ten

  • Breakfast and depart for Casablanca (about 5 hours away). Stop in Oualidia for a lunch featuring fresh fish and oysters.
  • Afternoon arrival at Cassablanca Airport. (If your flight time is earlier we would propose an extra night in Casablanca.)

Trip Details

Included in the 12-Night Trip

Accommodations

  • 12 nights accommodation in 4* and 5* hotels and riads

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 9 dinners
  • 10 lunches

Classes & Instructors

Your five cooking classes will feature a variety of different Moroccan traditions, including:

  • Jewish-Moroccan cooking
  • Bread making class over the campfire in the Sahara
  • Cooking with the chef of the gourmet restaurant of Chez Pierre
  • Private tagine cooking class with local “dada”
  • Moroccan fish and pastries class

Excursions

  • Visit of Volubilis and Meknes
  • Tasting tour and cultural tours in Fes
  • Visit of local Berber house
  • Sunset camel ride and musical performance under the stars
  • Visit of Ait ben Haddou
  • Hiking in the Dades Gorges
  • Guided visits of Marrakech medina and palaces
  • Visit of Majorelle Gardens & Yves Saint Laurent museum
  • Visit of Argan Oil women’s cooperative
  • Winery visit and tasting
  • Visits of Essaouira’s ramparts, medina, and harbor
  • Visit of a goat cheese farm

Transfer Details

  • Transfers from/to Casablanca airport

Miscellaneous

  • Transportation in comfortable SUV with dedicated driver
  • National Guide who will be with you the whole time to both act as guide and trip manager
  • Spice blending workshop

Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages (except where otherwise noted)
  • Tips (recommended at around $8-10 per person per day)

Included in the 9-Night Trip

Accommodations

  • 9 nights accommodation in 4* and 5* hotels and riads

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 dinners
  • 8 lunches

Classes & Instructors

Your three cooking classes will feature a variety of different Moroccan traditions, including:

  • Jewish-Moroccan cooking
  • Bread making class over the campfire in the Sahara
  • Private tagine cooking class with local “dada”

Excursions

  • Visit of Volubilis and Meknes
  • Tasting tour and cultural tours in Fes
  • Visit of local Berber house
  • Sunset camel ride and musical performance under the stars
  • Visit of Ait ben Haddou
  • Guided visits of Marrakech medina and palaces
  • Visit of Majorelle Gardens & Yves Saint Laurent museum
  • Visit of Argan Oil women’s cooperative
  • Visit of Essaouira

Transfer Details

  • Transfers from/to Casablanca airport

Miscellaneous

  • Transportation in comfortable SUV with dedicated driver
  • National Guide who will be with you the whole time to both act as guide and trip manager
  • Spice blending workshop

Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages (except where otherwise noted)
  • Tips (recommended at around $8-10 per person per day)

Accommodation Information

Rabat

The Euphoriad in Rabat is a tranquil oasis in the Rabat medina and features an outdoor pool, hammam, and terrace overlooking the medina. The rooms feature all the modern luxuries.

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Fes

The Palais Amani is a stylish riad in the heart of the medina. It boasts just 18 rooms, each with stunning design, as well as a gourmet restaurant and a spa.

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Merzouga

Your night in the Sahara will be unlike any other as you stay in a luxury Saharan tent camp. The tents have comfortable double beds, en suite private bathrooms, and the compound features a central terrace for relaxing.

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Dades Gorges

Chez Pierre is one of our favorites. It offers amazing views and fabulous gastronomy. The hotel is built into the hillside and features traditional architecture with local materials and terraced gardes. Its rooms are both spacious and elegant, and there are several patios, a salon, and a bar.

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Marrakech

La Maison Arabe is the most prestigious riad in Marrakech. The attentive staff is superb, the cuisine is world-class, and the rooms individually decorated with traditional decor. It has been called “The epitome of Moroccan elegance.”

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Essaouira

The Heure Bleue Palais is a beautiful retreat near the medina but providing a tranquil haven. The elegant rooms boast wooden accents and artisan craftsmanship, and the hotel boasts an ocean-view terrace pool, a spa, a pub, restaurants, and more.

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Casablanca

Le Casablanca is a luxury hotel with a beautiful Art Deco design and colorfully decorated rooms with garden and pool views. The 5* hotel is located in one of the greener parts of Casablanca and boasts restaurants, bars, a spa, and pool.

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Pricing & Tour Dates



Sample* Pricing:

12-night Program

US$9100 per person based on double occupancy

    *Pricing can vary by season and specific dates booked. Please inquire!

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.
    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Single supplement: please inquire


    Tour Dates

    2022-2023
    Available year-round for a minimum of 2 people. We recommend you try to avoid Ramadan (roughly April 2-May 1, 2022, March 22-April 21, 2023).

    Holiday and peak seasons rates may apply to certain weeks, please inquire. 


    Sample* Pricing:

    9-night Program

    US$6825 per person based on double occupancy

      *Pricing can vary by season and specific dates booked. Please inquire!

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.
      Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

      Single supplement: please inquire


      Tour Dates

      2022-2023
      Available year-round for a minimum of 2 people. We recommend you try to avoid Ramadan (roughly April 2-May 1, 2022).

      Holiday and peak seasons rates may apply to certain weeks, please inquire. 

      Reviews

      I gave this trip 5 stars
      Linda
      Texas
      It was a fabulous trip! I have visited 57 countries with various tours and guides. Abdelhak is one of the best I have ever had... I had a wonderful time and I have recommended International Kitchen to others.

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