Days
11
Price from
£1,295GBP

All the flavours of Morocco are on display on this satisfying gourmet adventure

The tagine is the perfect symbol of Morocco – varied in flavour, infinite in possibilities. Discover an intoxicating combination of Arabic, Berber, and European influences on this gourmet adventure. From a market breakfast in classic Casablanca, travel along the coast for fresh seafood in a fortified fishing village, then climb into the hills of the stunning Riff Mountains to gorge on goat’s cheese in Chefchaouen. Picnic in the shadow of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, taste your way through the medieval laneways of Fes and Marrakech and break bread with Berber family in the High Atlas mountains. From street food and small-batch producers to home-cooked dinners and hands-on cooking classes, this is memorable Morocco on a plate.


Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Country
Morocco
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Gourmet
Code
PGGF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Recline on Moroccan Kilims in the shadow of the ancient ruins of Volubilis and picnic on local ingredients, much like the Romans once did

  • Fes’ medina is a gift for the senses, with taste the main beneficiary. Take a tasting tour through the souks and learn to prepare the signature dish of the city, pastilla

  • Savour Moorish flavours in the fortified fishing village of Asilah, as boats bob on the horizon

  • The rewards of a trek through the High Atlas mountains are found in the home-cooked lunch and hospitality of a local Berber family

  • Dine under the stars in the garden courtyard of a superbly restored Kasbah, set spectacularly in the foothills of North Africa’s highest mountain

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. In many countries, dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, please advise your agent at time of booking to receive information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed.

  • As this trip covers quite a lot of ground there are some long drives, particularly from Casablanca to Chefchaouen and from Fez to Marrakech. These are excellent opportunities to get to know your fellow travellers better, catch up on some reading, or simply appreciate the scenery.

  • While Morocco is often thought of as a very warm country, the weather can be cold in the mountains and in the winter. This is especially true in the north. It's important to pack layers and dress appropriately for the season.

Itinerary

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Aromatic tajines, red-earthed landscapes and limitless generosity define this friendly, vibrant and flavourful Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French melting pot. On arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until an important meeting with your leader at 6pm. Please ask at hotel reception where this meeting will take place. Modelled after Marseille in France, the bustling port city of Casablanca has a curious architectural style – famous for its art deco French-colonial buildings, an old medina, and the modern-day masterpiece of the Hassan II Mosque.  If you arrive early, a good way to get to know Casablanca is to wander the old medina and the city walls, then take a taxi to the Quartiers des Habous. This new medina is full of shaded squares and narrow streets, and lined with arcades that lead from one souk to another. Perhaps get your first taste of Moroccan coffee here. Your gourmet adventure really starts with dinner after the meeting tonight. Join the group for a meal in a glorious 1930s villa, or relive the Hollywood classic ‘Casablanca’ in a portside restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Les Saisons, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Casablanca - Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Start the day with a typical Casablanca market breakfast. Choose from dishes lik Msmen (layered, pan-fried bread), omelette, Khlea (a type of Moroccan preserved meat), bessara soup, or any other of the variety of other options found amongst the stalls. Breakfast must, of course, be served with mint tea, the perfect beverage to shake off the cobwebs and begin a day in Morocco. After breakfast, take a turn around the characterful Central Market, where fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetable sellers call out their prices and local women bargain for their daily ingredients. Here you’ll discover an array of produce that makes up the building blocks of Moroccan cuisine – the grains, herbs and, of course, the spices. Continue on to the sight that dominates the city – the vast Hassan II Mosque. Opened in 1993, and second only in size to the great mosque at Mecca, the huge building is part on land and part on sea, and in one area water can be seen through a glass floor. Leave Casablanca and travel north up the coast to the delightful fishing village of Asilah (approximately 3.5 hours). Enclosed by Portuguese fortifications, white-and-blue washed houses give the town a very Mediterranean feel. The town is famous for its seafood, so enjoy a rustic lunch inspired by Moorish flavours, followed by a walking tour of the fortifications overlooking the ocean. Continue on to Chefchaouen, arriving by early evening (approximately 2.5 hours).
Accommodation
  • Riad Dar Annasr, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Asilah - Guided Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Set against a wide valley and nestled between two peaks in the stunning Rif Mountains, the isolated town of Chefchaouen is a surprising delight. Much of Chefchaouen was recreated by Andalusian refugees escaping the Reconquistia, so its striking blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and artistic doorways give it the feel of the Spanish hills. Begin the day with a breakfast of Chaoueni specialties – the ftour beldi (country breakfast) consists of eggs, olive oil, goat's cheese and orange juice, and is sure to ready anyone for the day ahead. Set on the famous Outa el Hammam square, the restaurant where we enjoy this breakfast is a great place to watch the town come to life. Spend the rest of the morning exploring the sights, sounds, and smells of the medina, the shops in the square selling woven goods and small sweets, and, most importantly, tasting the town’s famous goat’s cheese. Herds of goats wander the sparse hillsides that surround Chefchaouen, and their cheese is sold in great fresh rounds in the street markets. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore more of the town. Within the plaza is the walled fortress of the Kasbah – you can wander through the tranquil gardens inside, visit the ethnographic museum, and soak in wonderful views from the rooftop. Alternatively, you might prefer to get out of town and enjoy a short hike in the surrounding hills. This evening you’ll get a real insight into Moroccan food with a home cooked dinner – bursting with flavour and made with love.
Accommodation
  • Riad Dar Annasr, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chefchaouen - Guided Walking Tour
  • Chefchaouen - Goat Cheese Tasting
  • Chefchaouen - Home-cooked Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Descend from the hills and travel south through the centre of the peninsula towards the sacred pilgrimage town of Moulay Idriss (approximately 3 hours). From here it’s a short journey out to the World Heritage site of Volubilis. The remains of this Roman city make an undeniably impressive sight as they come into view on the edge of a long, high plateau. Take a tour around the arches, basilicas, and superb mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. The reward for walking in the sun lies in an incredibly memorable lunch of traditional Roman recipes in the shadow of the ancient ruins. Recline on Moroccan Kilims and dine on local ingredients, much like the Romans did a thousand years ago. Once forbidden to non-Muslims, your next stop at ancient Moulay Idriss offers a great insight into traditional Moroccan life. Here the faithful gather to pay homage at the tomb of Moulay Idriss I – the great-grandson of Mohammed and the man who brought Islam to Morocco. Explore the delightful streets, perhaps sampling the famous nougat candy sold at street-side stalls. Continue on to Fes, arriving by evening (approximately 1.5 hours), the spiritual heart of Morocco.
Accommodation
  • Estimate Riad, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Volubilis - Roman Picnic
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The old city of Fes el Bali is home to perhaps the greatest of all medinas. Descending into its labyrinthine alleyways is like stepping back to the Middle Ages. Donkeys wander the streets and the smell of spices fills the air. With a local guide, navigate narrow streets alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries, mosques and colourful local characters. Explore the different speciality sections of the Medina that are known for specific types of food – from natural butters and fats, to pastries, to crepes and soups to dried and fresh produce. Taste your way through dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups and olives. Move on to the honey souk, where you’ll discover the importance of this liquid gold to Moroccan cooking. Get a closer insight into the culinary traditions of the city by visiting a 400-year-old communal oven and bakery, and seeing how a ‘tanjia’ is buried in the hot ashes of a furnachi. In the afternoon, complete the gourmet day with a hands-on cooking class, learning to create one of the city's signature dishes – pastilla (or b’stilla) – a salty and sweet pastry parcel.
Accommodation
  • Estimate Riad, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fes - Souk Tasting Trail
  • Fes - Pastilla Cooking Class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Leave the intensity of the medina behind for the simplicity of the Middle Atlas (approximately 1 hour), where you’ll get an insight into traditional rural life. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Atlas foothills en route to the a small town of Ribat El-Kheir. Here you will visit a local Women’s Association that’s creating opportunities and increasing the standard of living for residents, and learn all about a staple of the Moroccan diet – couscous. Discover the art of hand-rolled couscous from scratch and then cook it up to find out how much more delicious it tastes after all that effort. Return to Fes for the evening. Perhaps seek out some Moroccan specialties (such as harira or chicken-stuffed pastilla) for dinner, or enjoy a drink at the Palais Jamai. Watching the sun set over the Medina while a dozen prayer calls vie for attention is an experience you'll likely remember.
Accommodation
  • Estimate Riad, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Middle Atlas - Couscous Demonstration and Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Travel to the Moroccan capital (approximately 6 hours), an exotic city where European modernity has meshed with ancient traditions. Marrakech is a feast for the senses. On arrival, join a passionate local foodie for a true insider's guide to the medina. Smell and see the famous spice mix,  ras el hanout, prepared fresh to order; taste mechoui (slow-cooked lamb) roasted in an oven beneath the markets; drop past a traditional wood-fired bakery and watch the smoking stalls of the Djemma el Fna night market come to life. This is one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar of stalls laden with Moroccan delicacies – it’s sure to be a memorable start to your time in this city.
Accommodation
  • Riad Marrakech by Hivernage, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Medina Food Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning you will have a guided tour of some of the famed sites of Marrakech, incuding the Palais Bahia, a superb example of Muslim architecture, as well as the well-known Koutoubia Mosque and its 12th-century minaret, which was the famous prototype for the (Giralda tower in Seville). The rest of the day is free for you to explore the capital as you wish. Perhaps stroll through the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (now owned by Yves Saint Laurent), or return to the medina, where every corner brings a new flash of colour, an enticing new smell, or a souvenir to haggle over. Explore the non-food sections dedicated to trades like pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets, or even books. Be sure to take a break from the bustle to sip on tea or eat a tajine, filled with the pure scent of Morocco. The Saadian tombs are a recently uncovered gem of the Medina. In the evening, a cocktail at Le Grand Café de la Poste, an iconic art deco bistro located in the city centre, gives a taste of Marrakech from the French Colonial-era. For dinner, there are a plethora of options, a favourite restaurant of ours being Al Fassiah, renowned for outstanding renditions of tradiional dishes. Others may be drawn back to Djemaa el Fna for a bowl of snails or a slow-cooked tangia. A cup of tea on one of the rooftop restaurants overlooking the square is a perfect end to the day.
Accommodation
  • Riad Marrakech by Hivernage, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Guided City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today, take a short drive into the towering High Atlas Mountains towards the village of Ourigane (approximately 2 hours), photographing snow-dappled mountains and valleys in full flower along the way. En route you will stop for a hands-on cooking class with a celebrated local chef. You will explore his organic kitchen garden surrounded by beautiful olive groves and orchards set in a traditional Berber douar. Harvest ingredients fresh from the garden and let the chef teach you the art of seasoning with aromatic Moroccan herbs. Learn to cook tagines and salads, and then savour your creations over a delicious lunch. Continue on to Ourigane to your feature stay at Chez Momo, set in the foothills of North Africa’s highest mountain. In the mystical lands of the Berbers, this accommodation has a terrace with views of the mountains, nearby lake, and Berber villages splayed along the steep peaks.
Accommodation
  • Auberge Chez Momo, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • High Atlas - Hands on Cooking Class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Get closer to the wonderful views of the High Atlas on a trek with a local mountain guide. The High Atlas region is a mix of fertile valleys, high snowy peaks, and Berber villages made from local materials. Walking along peaceful trails past walnut trees and ancient irrigated terraced fields as you glimpse locals ferrying supplies on donkeys. Join a local family for lunch to experience traditional Berber culture. Surrounded by the smell of woodstoves and bread, and of course the incredible views, dine of local specialities and then finish up with a demonstration of how to make the perfect mint tea. Return to your accommodation and enjoy a memorable sunset over the mountains and valleys. Join your fellow travellers for a final celebratory meal on the terrace beneath the stars.
Accommodation
  • Auberge Chez Momo, or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ourigane - Home-cooked Berber Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
The trek today will be an easy walking pace with a low gradient (approximately 2 hours). Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Leave the mountains behind and return to Marrakech (approximately 2 hours). En route you will stop at a small Berber village, where produce stalls abound for the traditional weekly market. Navigate around the heavily-laden donkeys and browse the colourful piles of fresh and seasonal produce. Arrive at the Riad Marrakech by Hivernage around midday, where this Moroccan gourmet adventure comes to an end. If you choose to extend your stay in this impressive city, additional accommodation can be arranged through your booking agent. If you are leaving Morocco today, there is an optional transfer to the airport.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Riad (4 nights), Hotel (4 nights), feature stay (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Casablanca - Welcome Dinner
  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Asilah - Guided Walking Tour
  • Chefchaouen - Guided Walking Tour
  • Chefchaouen - Goat Cheese Tasting
  • Chefchaouen - Home-cooked Dinner
  • Volubilis - Roman Picnic
  • Fes - Souk Tasting Trail
  • Fes - Pastilla Cooking Class
  • Middle Atlas - Couscous Demonstration and Lunch
  • Marrakech - Medina Food Tour
  • Marrakech - Guided City Tour
  • High Atlas - Hands on Cooking Class
  • Ourigane - Home-cooked Berber Lunch

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Important notes

ARRIVAL TRANSFER:
This tour includes an arrival transfer in Casablanca. Please advise flight details 30 days prior to travel so that the transfer can be organised.

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