Imperial Taste of Morocco

Fes | Rabat | Casablanca | Oualidia | Marrakesh

Entertain your taste buds with local cuisine of the imperial cities. The combination of influences created Moroccan cuisine as one of the most fascinating and flavorful destinations in the world. From old capital Fes, to Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains, and to the breathtaking Marrakech, Morocco’s distinct culture is a story best told through its cuisine.

Level
VIP €7,320
Best Season
March – May
September – October
Duration
11 Days 10 Nights
Theme
Small Group Journey
Bucket List
Product Code
AM008

The Highlights of the Journey

  • Ruined Garden with Moroccan tea and bread tradition
  • Volubilis, the Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C.
  • Royal sojourn to the capital city of Morocco, Rabat
  • Casablanca sightseeing with young architects fighting for the city preservation
  • UNESCO Portuguese Cistern under the ground of Mazagan
  • Visit of the oyster capital of Morocco, Oualidia and private tasting
  • Choose Your Experience between overnight at the Agafay desert, or in the middle of Atlas Mountain
  • Marrakesh Tasting tour with a private chef

 

**Rates are based on EURO
**Rates are per person, a group of total 12 (twelve) people and 1 Travel Director, and double occupancy (Single Supplement is also available)
**Rates are based on low season rate and subject to change depending on the season and availability

Day 1 - 3

Fez | 3 Nights

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure by exploring the hotel facilities.

Fes Sightseeing

Today you will be visiting / passing by some of the most magnificent sights in Morocco. Fez Medina, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is as unique and authentic as it was over 1200 years ago. Al Attarine Madrasa built by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said in 1323-5 that takes its name from the Souk al-Attarine, the spice and perfume market. Fes Tanneries industry that has been continually operating in the same fashion as it did in the early centuries, packed with the round stone vessels filled with dye or white liquids for softening the leather. 

Al Karaouine with its Andalousie Mosquees which is the oldest existing, continually operating higher educational institution in the world according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records and is occasionally referred to as the oldest university by scholars. Nejjarine Fondouk in the heart of the medina, at Al-Najjariyyin Square, which is also notable for the Nejjarine Fountain, an attached saqayya or traditional public fountain.  Also Merenids Tombs a popular lookout point over the historic city, outdoors of Royal Palais, and so on.

The Ruined Garden Experience

The Moroccan tea and bread tradition, culinary experience during your lunch break at the Ruined Garden, Fes. Since the autumn of 2010, the Ruined Garden has been bringing in soil, pots, plants, seeds and more pots.

You will also be learning about how to cook 5 different breads as well as how to hand-roll couscous, staple food of Moroccan. You can get as involved as you want or you can watch and chat, you will take the daily bread to the traditional oven to be cooked, and you will finish with a two course lunch in the garden as well as all of your breads to eat there or to take home.

Meknes, Volubilis and Table & Spirit at Scorpion House

Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknes became a capital under Sultan Moulay Ismaïl, the founder of the Alawite dynasty. The sultan turned it into a impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls with great doors, where the harmonious blending of the Islamic and European styles of the 17th century Maghreb are still evident today.

Volubilis, the Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area. Volubilis was later briefly to become the capital of Idris I, founder of the Idrisid dynasty, who is buried at nearby Moulay Idriss.

Moulay Idriss is the founder of a kingdom and the city of Fes. He is nowadays adulated as a saint. His city, perched on a hillside, is housing his tomb which is an important pilgrimage place. The terrace of the Scorpion House features a breath-taking view of the holy white city, which you will also enjoy your lunch here. 

Day 4 - 5

Casablanca | 2 Nights

Today you will be transferred to Casablanca. En route, you will stop at the capital of Morocco, Rabat located just about two hours drive from Fes.

Rabat Sightseeing

Rabat is memory, Rabat is modernity, Rabat is the capital of the kingdom and is now listed as UNESCO heritage thanks to the perfect union of authenticity and its contemporary architecture development. This green and white Moroccan Washington, on the banks of the river Bou Regreg, offers so many historical treasures and inexorably looks toward the future, that you can have a look on your way to Casablanca

Have a cup of tea at the legendary Café Maure before leaving to Casablanca for about 1 hour drive.

Casablanca Sightseeing with Young Architects

Today you will have your tour accompanied by the young architect members of Casamemoire, an official partner of UNESCO with consultative status, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of the 20th-century architecture of the city, who are fighting for the preservation of this splendid heritage of the city.

Day 6 - 7

Oualidia | 2 Nights

After your breakfast, we are departing to the coastal village of Oualidia via the Portuguese Fortified City of Mazagan that was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 located in a small port city, El Jadida. The drive will be around 1 hour 30 minutes.

Portuguese Cistern

The Portuguese fortified city of Mazagan lies to the southwest of Casablanca, its face proudly turned towards the ocean. Marvellously preserved, it comprises a remarkable mix of Moroccan and European influences. Its bastions, intertwining streets and ancient walls have long inspired the world of cinema. 

Make your way into the heart of the city and experience the subtly lighted vaults of the magnificent La Citerne Portugaise, ancient cistern that lies beneath Portuguese city of Mazagan. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will find yourselves spellbound by its discreet charm.

Continuing our journey to the hotel for another hour drive. Upon arrival, enjoy your day at leisure by exploring the hotel facilities.

Gastronomy Indulgence on the Lagoon

Introduction to Oualidia’s Wildlife

This is the perfect timing to see Oualidia’s native environment and give you a privileged access to the hotel’s secrets. As part of the commitment to sustainable tourism, the team are glad to share and exchange with you about the property heritage, achievements and plans for the future.
1 hour guided tour including sightseeing of the lagoon, privileged access to the hotel palm tree garden, vegetable garden & greenhouse.

Gourmet Escape on the Ocean & Oyster Farm Exploration

As the perfect way to explore the remote lands between the lagoon and the ocean, La Sultana Oualidia offers guests an ultimate Gourmet escape combining a visit of the Oyster beds and a private lunch. A traditional fishing boat will take you to the other side of the lagoon, a short walking distance from a secluded cove on the Atlantic Ocean where a gourmet lunch will be served. After lunch, step back on board to discover Oualidia’s oyster beds and learn about oyster farming on the lagoon which dates from the 1950s.

Berbere Tent Dinner

Complete one of Moroccan’s life ‘must do’ experiences and become a Nomad for a private berber tent dinner with delicious Moroccan food by the beach.

Day 8

Choose Your Experience | 1 Night

Today you can Choose Your Overnight Experience:

  • Agafay Desert Luxury Camp (1 hour from Marrakesh)
    Literally untouched by development, the Agafay Desert Luxury Camp offers quite the contrast from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. Visiting the camp is a good option if you would like to gaze at some stony desert, but don’t have time to travel all the way south.
  • Kasbah Tamadot (1 hour away from Marrakesh)
    Situated in the spectacular Atlas Mountain, Kasbah Tamadot was bought by Sir Richard Branson during one of his famous ballooning expeditions. This magical place is perfect for rest and relaxation. Enjoy the fresh mountain air as you wander around our beautiful gardens, or go on a trek through the High Atlas Mountains.

 

Inara Camp Excursions

All the excursions and activities are organized in collaboration with local companies that respect a strict and rigorous code of ethics in order to ensure your pleasure, safety and respect for the environment and humans.

Respect for labour law, regulations, insurance, refusal to employ children, human development and women’s equality. The animals are monitored by veterinary (vaccines, treatments, insurance) and perfectly fed.

  • Desert Riding (options between camel, horse, quad bike, buggy, or even 4×4 safari)
  • Spa Massage
  • Desert Lagoon Pool offers you a breathtaking view of the desert overlooking the canyon, it is the ideal place to admire the sunset, and enjoy a heated swimming pool all year round, with a blue background and turquoise water, it is a place that requires rest
  • Romantic Dinner in the Desert in a private tent, camel ride, and explanation of the starry sky by a professor and observation of the stars with a professional telescope

Kasbah Tamadot Excursion

Authentically Berber Experience

Immerse yourself in a true cultural experience. Located in the foothills of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Tamadot offers a true cultural immersion from the moment you arrive with the Authentically Berber Experience.

Enjoy a 1 hour Mule Trek, tea in a local Berber House, a visit to the Eve Branson Foundation, a 1 hour Berber cooking lesson as well as Berber bread baking.

Cinema Nights

A free cinema under the stars during the summer months, every Monday & Thursday, in the open-air. They show lots of different films, with Casablanca being the firm favourite, complete with popcorn of course!

Day 9 - 11

Marrakesh | 2 Nights

City Sightseeing with YSL Museum & Majorelle Garden

“Marrakesh taught me colour” as Yves Saint-Laurent used to say. He wanted to be an “artisan, a maker of happiness”. Dedicated to the work of the legendary French fashion designer, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech opened its doors in autumn 2017. It houses an important selection from the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent’s impressive collection, which comprises 5,000 items of clothing, 15,000 haute couture accessories as well as tens of thousands of sketches and assorted objects.

Jardin Majorelle (Majorelle Garden) is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.

The walls of Marrakech Medina hold hidden spaces. In the heart of the Medina lies a magical sanctuary, a complex of palaces set within a magnificent garden. A truly outstanding example of Islamic art, science and architecture.

Tasting Marrakesh with a Private Chef

The best and tastiest way for understanding Moroccan Cuisine is to join our Tasting Marrakech walking tours for sampling local food and spices stalls of the Square. If you LOVE FOOD & TASTING, you want a local’s look at the Marrakesh food scene and a culinary adventure.

In the late afternoon, a great chef will guide you in discovering the secrets of the worldwide renowned Moroccan cuisine. A symphony of colours and flavours will be performed for you during the exquisite dinner on a terrace of the famous Square Jemaa El Fna. Food, people, & Marrakech are a superb combination!

Free time at your own leisure before your private transfer drive you to the airport for your International flight back home or continuing your journey.

End of Journey.