Roll up your sleeves and grab your aprons for days of hands-on cooking, Moroccan style. Prepare delicious dishes from scratch - think colorful tagines, seasoned couscous, and traditional Andalusian pastilla. Between classes, head to cities rich in history. Visit medieval Fes, Morocco's spiritual and cultural hub, and marvel at the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a striking clay-brick settlement. Sample local street food en route: dried meats, spicy sardines, potato cakes, and snail soup. On the warm dunes of the Sahara, bake bread and share memories around the campfire.
Shop for fresh ingredients and learn how to cook Moroccan dishes with local chefs
Ride a camel, enjoy tribal songs, and bake traditional bread in the Sahara Desert
Tour Morocco's historic cities, religious sites, vibrant markets, famed eateries, stellar museums, and architectural gems
Welcome to Casablanca, Morocco! Upon arrival at the airport clear immigration and customs and meet your MT Sobek representative. Make your way to the World Heritage city of Rabat with its historic alleyways. Explore on a guided tour, visiting the ancient fortified city of Kasbah Oudaya. This afternoon, check into the hotel and in the evening head out for a gourmet Moroccan dinner at the famed Dinarjat restaurant in the heart of Rabat's medina. Savor the sublime cuisine to the lights of flickering candles and live music.
This morning, make your way to the medieval city of Fes, Morocco's spiritual and cultural heart. Vibrant, noisy and fascinating, Fes is a feast for the senses. On arrival, head straight to the medina for a walking tour, to take in the street food scene, sampling mlawi (pancakes), briwates (samosas), spicy sardines, potato cakes, snail soup, cured olives, and wild honey. In the afternoon, visit the royal palace, the Jewish quarter, the Medersa and Qarawiyyin University. Then check into the luxurious Palais Amani, where you have dinner tonight.
This morning starts with a visit to the leather tanneries, where vats of dye are used in techniques unchanged for centuries. Then head to the souk with a local chef to buy fresh ingredients for today's lunch. Come back to the local kitchen at Palais Amani to spend a few hours cooking. Enjoy the dishes you prepared à la Marocaine, using bread and your right hand, instead of a fork and knife. After lunch, relax and enjoy a pot of refreshing Moroccan mint tea. This evening is at your leisure.
Head out this morning for a scenic drive to the desert. Stop off for lunch at a local Berber house before continuing on to the luxury camp in the Sahara. Hop on a camel for a ride in the dunes while watching the sunset - the picture-perfect Saharan moment. This evening, try traditional bread baking over a campfire. After a tasty meal of Moroccan tagines, settle in for a night to remember, paired with beats of tribal songs resonating around the campfire and views of star-strewn night skies.
Upon waking up in the Saharan camp, take advantage of the sand dunes to sandboard, enjoy the sunrise light to shoot pictures, or try a headstand on the dunes. Then start the journey to the Dades Gorges, known as the Grand Canyon of Morocco. The scenic drive through the valley takes in several ancient clay kasbahs along the way. Check into your home for the night, Chez Pierre, and enjoy a gourmet dinner.
This morning, head out on foot to explore the spectacular Dades Gorges region, an ochre and red series of rugged wadis carved out by the Dades River. Return to Chez Pierre for lunch before starting the afternoon cooking class with the hotel's chef. Tonight's dinner is the food you prepare for lunch this afternoon.
Travel to the mesmerizing ancient city of Marrakech today. Along the way visit the historic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a picture-perfect fortress located on the ancient caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. The Kasbah makes for a phenomenal lunch spot, as you learn about the customs and architecture of southern Morocco. Continue on through the Tichka and the High Atlas mountains, and upon arrival to Marrakech, check in to La Maison Arabe, right in the medina.
Head out early in the morning today to explore Palais Bahia and Palais Badii, two imposing masterpieces of Moroccan architecture that echo Morocco's imperial past. After the guided tour, enjoy lunch at Le Jardin Royal Hammam and in the afternoon take a tagine cooking class taught by local chefs. By the end of the class, you'll be a certified Moroccan chef with culinary skills to impress those at home by whipping up an authentic Moroccan meal. This evening for dinner, enjoy the tagine that you prepared earlier.
This morning, visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum which honors the fashion icon's love of Marrakech with a permanent collection of some of his best-known designs. Then take a stroll through the Majorelle Gardens, filled with exotic plants, which inspired Yves Saint Laurent for over three decades. Enjoy lunch at Café de la Poste, a throwback to Morocco's French colonial past with its 1920s-inspired décor showcasing wicker chairs, potted plants, and an elegant terrace. After lunch, take a tour of the spice market. This evening is at your leisure.
Leave bustling Marrakech behind for the enchanting coastal city of Essaouira. Stop at an argan oil cooperative, to discover the strenuous process behind the production of this highly prized oil. Morocco is well-known for its mint tea but it's also an established exporter of fine wines. Tour one of the leading vineyards in the region of Essaouira, followed by a tasting and gourmet lunch. Arrive in Essaouira by late afternoon, its medina brushing up against the Atlantic Ocean. Check in and this evening enjoy dinner at a restaurant overlooking the port.
Take in the laid-back vibe of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist. Protected from the mighty Atlantic by its ramparts, Essaouira was a former Portuguese trading colony, once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. This morning take a guided tour of the Sqala fortress, the medina - protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site - and the picturesque harbor, where you have lunch before heading back to the hotel. This afternoon take part in a cooking class featuring Moroccan fish and pastries, which you'll have for dinner tonight.
Enjoy a free morning to explore Essaouira at your leisure. Then head to a lovely organic farm outside of Essaouira to sample goat cheeses, learn about the process of cheese-making, and enjoy a decadent meal. Continue on to Casablanca, to tour Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco with reportedly the tallest minaret in the world. Having once employed over 10,000 of the Kingdom's craftsmen to build, it is a stunning display of Moroccan-Andalusian architecture. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at the iconic Rick's Café, inspired by the set from Casablanca.
Your Morocco adventure ends this morning. Depart for the Casablanca airport to catch your departure flight.
MT Sobek has been exploring Morocco since 1975 so you're in the right hands for savoring the country's rich and varied gastronomic traditions.
You will learn how to source fresh ingredients and prepare Morocco's diverse and delicious dishes, returning home as a certified Moroccan chef.
Visit one of Essaouira region's vineyards, taste fine wines, and enjoy a gourmet lunch with lovely views onto the estate.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Sourcing fresh ingredients for hands-on cooking classes, street food tastings, scenic drives, camel rides, bread baking, and insightful tours of historical sites.
Enchanting riads in the medinas, opulent guesthouses, a luxe desert camp, a peaceful mountain retreat, and a five-star tower hotel.
The climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In the interior the temperatures are more extreme, with cold winters and hot summers.
This trip is ideal for people who are passionate about cooking and cultural travel. You will enjoy unique cultural and culinary experiences, both in the cities and in rural areas.
We cater to a variety of guests, from novice to experienced home cooks. You won't need any cooking skills, just a lot of enthusiasm and a great appetite!
Morocco is a very beautiful country, with a wealth of heritage and cultural diversity. It is a monarchy with a democratically elected parliament and is a very peaceful country.
We can accommodate most allergies and dietary restrictions. Please let us know in advance, so that we can plan accordingly.
Visas are not required for US citizens for visits lasting less than 90 days. You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.
Plan to dress conservatively. Short skirts and sleeveless tops are not appropriate.
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