Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

The Culinary Crossroads of Morocco (9 days)

Access Culinary Trips

Casablanca, Morocco To Marrakech, Morocco

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Casablanca, Morocco
Hyatt Regency None

DAY 1: Moroccan Cooking Class Tour Begins

Welcome to our Morocco cooking tour! Prepare yourself for one of the most fascinating, colorful and culture-rich countries on the planet. Also prepare for some of the world’s best food! We will pick you up at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport and drive you to our comfortable 4-star hotel conveniently located in the center of Casablanca. If your flight arrives before dinner, you’ll get your first taste of delicious Moroccan cuisine at one of Casablanca’s popular restaurants.

Drive time: 45 minutes Meals included: None

Day 2
Casablanca, Morocco
Riad Mimouna Breakfast

DAY 2: Hassan II Mosque & Drive to Essaouira

Casablanca is the most cosmopolitan of all Moroccan cities, a vibrant economic hub with the largest port in the Maghreb. After breakfast at our hotel we’ll set off to visit the highlight of this modern city: the majestic Hassan II Mosque, the third largest religious monument in the world, and the only mosque in Morocco that non-Muslims are permitted to enter. After our mosque tour we’ll head out of town, embarking on a scenic 5-6 hour drive through the countryside to Essaouira. We’ll stop for lunch along the way and arrive in Essaouira in the early evening. We’ll spend the night in an exquisite ocean-view riad.

Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours, not including stops Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3
Essaouira, Morocco
Riad Mimouna Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: City Tour & Moroccan Cooking Class

You’ll wake up in the charming fishing town of Essaouira, with its relaxed and artistic vibe. Today we’ll explore the town’s impressive medina, whose massive ancient fortifications are a mixture of Portuguese, French and Berber architecture overlooking the emerald sea. Next we’ll enjoy a spectacular seaside lunch, where freshly caught fish is grilled to perfection before your eyes. Top it off with famous Moroccan mint tea and delectable French pastries at one Essaouira’s many cafes. In the late afternoon you’ll experience your first cooking class, where you’ll prepare a fresh Moroccan chopped salad and fish tajine using the fresh catch of the day. And then you’ll enjoy the scrumptious meal you just created!

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4
Ourika, Morocco
Kasbah Omar Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Drive to the High Atlas Mountains

This morning you can awake at your leisure and spend the morning strolling through Essaouira’s serene squares, browsing artisan workshops and perusing art galleries. Or, perhaps you’d like to experience a camel ride on the beach! After lunch, we will take a three and a half hour drive to the Berber village of Anrar, in the High Atlas mountains, stopping along the way to tour an argan oil cooperative. The charming and incredibly hospitable riad Kasbah Omar will be our home for the next three days.

Drive time: Approximately 3.5 hours, not including stops Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5
Ourika, Morocco
Kasbah Omar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Explore the Souk & Moroccan Cooking Class

After a delicious Berber breakfast, we will head to the souk lathnine the traditional Monday market where Berber villagers from throughout the valley come to trade. We will walk with our donkey on a trail for about 45 – 60 minutes through the olive and fruit groves, along the Ourika river, stopping for a quick visit to the local school to pass out school supplies. At the souk we’ll select organic vegetables, meat and chicken-everything we need for our cooking classes at the kasbah. We’ll head back to the kasbah with our groceries loaded onto our donkey, just in time for a delicious Berber barbeque lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the kasbah. In the late afternoon we’ll have our next cooking workshop, where we cook (and eat!) Berber salads and pastilla, a Moroccan delicacy that combines flaky pastry, savory meat and sweet spices.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Ourika, Morocco
Kasbah Omar Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: Waterfall Hike & Moroccan Cooking Class

This morning we’ll have a brief cooking class to make our delicious breakfast of Berber crepes. After breakfast, we’ll see Berber village life amidst the stunning backdrop of the High Atlas, as we walk through the village of Anrar, stopping for tea with a local Berber family. Afterwards, you might like a relaxing afternoon and lunch at the kasbah. Or, you may choose to head to the village of Setti Fatma where you can either do a 3 hour moderate to strenuous hike up to a waterfall or, if the weather permits, you could rest at one of the many lounge-cafes built into the mountainside until the hikers return. We’ll drive back to the kasbah for a late afternoon cooking class, where we’ll learn to prepare Moroccan soup and traditional couscous, just in time for dinner.

Drive time: 1.5 hours (for those opting to visit Setti Fatma) Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7
Marrakech, Morocco
Riad Lena Breakfast

DAY 7: Drive to Marrakech

Today we take a short drive to exotic and mystical Marrakech, an enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas mountains. We’ll visit the Bahia Palace with its expansive harem quarters. Next we’ll enter the ancient royal Saadian Tombs, and then explore the vibrant and historic Jewish mellah (quarter) and the majestic Koutoubia Mosque before entering the 9th century walled medina. As we explore the medina, we’ll stop at Ben Youssef Madrasa, a historic Koran school, and wind our way through the serpentine labyrinth of the ancient bustling souk, where we’ll see Moroccan craftsmanship at its finest. In the late afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to shop as we visit local artisan co-ops and learn about traditional Moroccan crafts. For those not interested in shopping, you may choose to explore Djemaa el-Fna sqaure on your own, perhaps enjoy a cup of tea at a roof top cafe, or relax by the pool at the riad.

In the evening, thrill in the magic that emerges from heart of the famed square, Djemaa el-Fna. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama that unfolds, as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds.

Accommodation tonight is at our charming riad inside the Marrakech medina.

Drive time: 1 hour Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8
Marrakech, Morocco
Riad Lena Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: Marrakech & Moroccan Cooking Class

Today we’ll take a tour around the ancient city wall and palm grove, including a visit to the Yves St. Laurent gardens. We’ll also head to a spice shop for some information on the various spices that we have been using and may want to take home with us. After lunch, enjoy a relaxed afternoon to explore the imperial city of Marrakech at your leisure, perhaps as you people-watch at Djemaa el-Fna and pick up some local souvenirs. Or you may like to experience a traditional Moroccan hamman, or hot bath. In the late afternoon, we will have our final cooking class. Our farewell dinner tonight is at our riad, where we enjoy our own delicious Moroccan creations of beef with prunes and almonds, and lemon chicken.

Drive time: Approximately 1 hour Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9
Marrakech, Morocco
None Breakfast

DAY 9: Morocco Culinary Tour Ends

Our Moroccan cooking tour ends today as you transfer to the airport for your return home. Depending on your flight plans, we will either drop you off at the Marrakech airport or arrange for a private car transfer to Casablanca’s airport

Drive time: 15 – 20 minutes (to Marrakech airport) Meals included: Breakfast

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Journey to Morocco to experience a culture and cuisine that is at the crossroads of civilization, blending the most delectable Arabic, Berber, French and Spanish influences. On our Morocco culinary tour you’ll head from vibrant Casablanca to the charming fishing town of Essaouira, relax in a tiny Berber village in the High Atlas mountains, and finally, explore extraordinary Marrakech, the most African of Morocco’s cities. Along the way you’ll experience a Moroccan cooking class in three different cities, bargain at the souk (the fresh food market), tour the highlights of each area, and stay in stunning Moroccan riads.

About Us

Access Culinary Trips is an award-winning tour company offering immersive, hand-crafted culinary vacations to exotic destinations around the globe. Explore culture through cuisine on one of our small group tours that take you behind the scenes to blend food and travel like you've never experienced before. Our knowledgeable local guides, world-class chefs, and carefully designed itineraries give you authentic, insider access to the local culture.

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