Highlights
  • Discover the wide world of bread, from Khobz to msmen and tafournout to simit, that forms an essential part of every Moroccan meal. Hollowed out khobz filled with boiled eggs, salt and a good dose of ras el hanout will be your new favourite breakfast
  • Brush shoulders with locals while you all feast on freshly grilled sardines purchased from the port fish souk in Essaouira
  • Enjoy traditional Berber food and hospitality with a local family up in the High Atlas Mountains, overlooking the crowning peaks in the distance
  • Soak up what could be the quintessential smell of Morocco as you watch ras el hanout being freshly ground in a Marrakech spice souk
  • Eat mechoui (slow roasted lamb), that’s deliciously falling-apart after being cooked in a pit beneath the floor, while looking over market stalls in the incredible Djemma el Fna

Clear your plate for flavour-filled Morocco, where Berber, Arabic and European influences mix to create an adventurous culinary cocktail. Follow the smell of food through mesmerising markets and master recipes taught by those that know them best. Grab street food from a souq and share traditional meals in local homes. Take a handful of bustling medinas, mix with a dash of sea and season with fresh local produce, all drizzled with warm Moroccan hospitality for an adventure that will linger long on the tongue and in the memory. NEW UPDATES FOR 2019: This itinerary will increase from 10 to 12 days in 2019 and has been re-routed to include more cultural and culinary highlights, including Chefchaouen, a visit to a local farm in Midelt and a trip to the Sahara for a traditional meal with Bedouin nomads at a Desert Camp under the stars.

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Morocco Real Food Adventure

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A great guide, a small group of September 2015

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A great guide, a small group of very enthusiastic travellers and a very interesting itinerary.

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In addition to the food (I love September 2015

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In addition to the food (I love to eat), the tour leader Said was by and far one of the best parts of the trip. If Intrepid uses tour leaders such as Said, I will gladly recommend friends and family travel with Intrepid!
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Our guide said baadoud was the best September 2015

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Our guide said baadoud was the best guide I've ever had on intrepid.

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Great experiance, real advanture September 2015

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Great experiance, real advanture

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Excellent Option for First-Time Travellers to Morocco January 2017

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I visited Morocco with the Intrepid Travel group in November of 2012. I had never traveled to any continents besides the U.S. and Europe, and was hesitant to visit Africa as a single woman, alone. The Intrepid Best of Morocco trip was absolutely perfect. It was a wonderful mix of couples and single travelers, older and younger folks from several different countries. The group got along extremely well and had a great time. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in visiting Morocco, but hesitant to go alone. The small group dynamic allows for plenty of company without feeling lost in the shuffle by a larger group.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Aromatic tajines, palm-spotted, red-earthed landscapes and limitless generosity define this friendly, vibrant and flavourful Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French melting pot. Modelled after Marseille in France, the bustling port city of Casablanca has a curious architectural style – famous for its art deco French-colonial buildings and Mauresque governmental institutions, an old medina and the modern-day masterpiece of the Hassan II Mosque. For those who arrive early, a pleasant way to spend the day exploring Casablanca is to wander the old medina and the city walls, then jump in a taxi to visit the Quartiers des Habous – the new medina full of shaded squares and narrow streets, lined with arcades that lead from one souk to another. This is a great place to enjoy a Moroccan coffee and maybe start improving your bargaining skills. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm, where we’ll be collecting your insurance and next of kin details. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. After the meeting, your food adventure gets into gear with a traditional Moroccan meal, complete with briouate (delicious crispy yufka pastry parcels stuffed with a variety of fillings), kemias (a plethora of salads served on small plates) and perhaps even a taste of Casablanca's signature dish, seven vegetable couscous. Maybe finish the day with a walk along the Corniche, watching the locals enjoy sunset football on the beach.

Day 2 Meknes/Moulay Idriss

Try typical Casablanca street food for breakfast – choose from msmen (layered, pan-fried bread), omelette, khlea (a type of Moroccan preserved meat), bessara soup or a variety of other dishes to be found amongst the stalls. Breakfast will, of course, be served with mint tea, the perfect beverage to kick-start a day in Morocco. Then board a train to the former capital of Meknes (approximately 3.5 hours). In the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city, building his own version of Versailles with labour force of over 25,000 slaves. Jump in a taxi to Moulay Idriss (approximately 1 hour). Take a walking tour of the town, sample the famous nougat candy sold at street-side stalls, and then make a stop to uncover the local olive scene. Olives are at the heart of Moroccan cuisine and here you’ll visit an olive press to learn the secrets and sample a drop of the luxuriously golden oil. Explore the delightful medina of this ancient town, and see where the faithful gather to pay homage at the tomb of Moulay Idriss I, who was the great-grandson of Mohammed and brought Islam to Morocco. Settle down in a guest house where your hosts will demonstrate how to hand-make couscous from scratch. Pitch in to help prepare a variety of Moroccan salads and finish with a hearty kefta (meatball) tajine.

Day 3 Fes

This morning you’ll return to Meknes by taxi and take a walking tour with a local guide, exploring the elaborately decorated public buildings that line the winding streets of the old walled section of the city. If there is time, you may be able to visit the nearby Roman city of Volubilis, which is filled with fantastic mosaics featuring legends like the labours of Hercules in fantastic detail. Once we arrive in Meknes, it’s time to eat something a bit different, a local riff on an American classic – a camel burger! Ride the rails once again as you climb aboard a train to the living museum of Fes (approximately 1 hour), the most complete medieval city in the Arab world. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses. You’ll have free time for the rest of the day. Perhaps check out the Medersa Bou Inania, a stunningly beautiful and elaborate building that cost so much that on completion the Sultan Abou Inan threw the details into the river and declared that such ‘a thing of beauty is beyond reckoning’.

Day 4 Fes

Today head to the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Descending into the labyrinthine alleyways of the medina is like taking a giant step back to the Middle Ages. See donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk on a tasting trail. Different areas of the medina are known for specific types of food – from natural butters and fats, to pastries, crepes and soups to dried and fresh produce. Pass dye-pits, stalls loaded with fruits, herbs and spices. With the squawk of chickens, the smell of spice and the sound of hammering copper filling the air, watch artisans craft pots, manipulate metal and tan leather with skills passed down over the centuries. There will be products you can buy, if you are interested, to take home as a souvenir. In the evening complete your experience with a hands-on cooking class, learning to create one of the city's signature dishes - pastilla. This intriguing salty and sweet pastry parcel will no doubt be a recipe to impress back at home.

Day 5 Marrakech

Take a train ride to Marrakech (approximately 8 hours), an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. After a long day of travel, enjoy some Moroccan hospitality with home-cooked meal with a local family.

Day 6 Marrakech

An ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity, Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Commence your day learning to prepare sumptuous Moroccan salads, a staple of the table, at a cooking school that seeks empowerment for underprivileged women through cooking and literacy skills. Feast on your creations for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the sights of the city. Perhaps drop by the Koutoubia Mosque or the dazzling Bahia Palace. In the evening join a local foodie for a tastebud-tingling tour of Djemma el Fnaa, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls on this square it transforms in to a hive of activity. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies, including snail soup! Snack on olives, dates and biscuits, stop past a community oven, eat mechoui (slow-cooked lamb) cooked beneath the floorboards, and finish with a feast of harira soup and mint tea. At the end of the tour, perhaps ascend the stairs of one of the surrounding restaurants for a birds-eye view of the action or head back into the medina for some shopping, where every step brings a new smell, a new sight or a new gift to buy.

Day 7 Aroumd

Leave the intensity of the Marrakech behind for the simplicity of the High Atlas Mountains. It’s an early departure and drive by private vehicle to Imlil (approximately 1.5 hours). Use the drive to photograph snow-dappled mountains and valleys in full flower. Arrive in Imlil and walk into traditional mountain village life with a gentle hike (approximately 1.5 hours, low gradient, 3kms) to your homestay. Set in an orchard, this is a special place beyond the reach of the modern world. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the remote village of Aroumd offers stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture. Surrounded by the smell of woodstoves and bread, meet your hosts and enjoy Berber hospitality and food. Facilities at the homestay are shared (both the bathroom and sleeping arrangements) but cosy, comfortable and definitely a unique Intrepid experience. Tonight learn how to prepare Berber dishes, including the iconic tagine, before a shared dinner overlooking the rocky outcrop.

Day 8 Essaouira

Lend a hand with breakfast and fill the table with handmade flatbread (tafournout), cakes drizzled with honey and melted butter, and sweet mint tea and aromatic coffee then descend the mountain (approximately 1.5 hours). On the road to the coastal city of Essaouira (approximately 4.5 hours) stop at an Argan oil cooperative and a family-owned vineyard. Argan oil is highly-prized for its culinary and cosmetic uses and is only produced in Morocco. Discover the strenuous process behind its production (one litre can take 20 hours to produce) and dip in a piece of bread to enjoy its distinctly nutty flavour. Arrive in Essaouira by late afternoon, a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. Stay in a restored riad, or Moroccan mansion, a traditional nobleman's house unique to Morocco that’s a calming oasis away from the buzz of the medina. Your riad features a central courtyard and is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, cosy yet historical. This evening is free for your own food adventures.

Day 9 Marrakech

Get into the laid back vibe of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist. Essaouira is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. Its charm has seduced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent much of his time here in the 1960s. More recently, filmmaker Ridley Scott chose the ramparts as an important location for his film, Kingdom of Heaven. On a guided walk give way to the cart-haulers calling ‘ballak, ballak’ in streets of art galleries and workshops, pass the harbour filled with colourful boats which go out early every morning for the day's catch, see camels and surfers sharing the beach and finish with an exploration of the fish souk. Here we'll purchase the catch of the day. Follow your leader to a hidden restaurant, popular with locals, but well off the tourist path. Hand over your market purchase where it’ll be grilled for the freshest of lunches. In the afternoon, take a bus back to Marrakech. For your final evening, choose to feast with new friends at one of the capital's fantastic restaurants in the Ville Nouvelle or watch the entertainment showcase at Djemma el-Fna once more.

Day 10 Marrakech

Your Real Food Adventure ends this morning. There are no activities planned for your final day and you are free to leave at any time.

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Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 12
Accomodations
Hotel (5 nights),Gite (1 night),Guesthouse (1 night),Riad (2 night)
Start City
Casablanca
End City
Marrakech
Guides All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Hotel Gomassine
  • 71 Av. Mohamed Zerktouni Gueliz
  • Marrakech
  • MOROCCO
  • Phone: +212 524433086

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