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An 8 days tour to sample and get your hands on the Moroccan cuisine, that ranks among the best in the world. Mix a discovery of Morocco main historical cities with learning the subtle balance of spices used in the most popular dishes, from chicken tagine to Couscous and Pastilla.
Meet in hotel in Casablanca at 2:00pm for a first visit to the food markets in the Medina.
17.30: in the kitchen of the restaurant where you will have dinner later, give a hand to the preparation of Harira, the rich comfort soup that breaks the fasting days of Ramadan. Overnight at your hotel.
08.30: departure after breakfast for Rabat, the modern capital of Morocco. Visit the food market of Rabat and then check in at your hotel. Lunch at « Tagine wa Tangia » a very good restaurant followed by the visit of the Oudayas Kasbah and famed « Rue des Consuls ». Afternoon visit of the the Hassan Tower and the Kings’ Mausoleum. Around 17:00, meeting with the Chef in your hotel. Watch and give a hand to the preparation of tagine of chicken with olives and preserved lemons, followed by dinner at the restaurant including your own tagine of chicken. Overnight at your hotel.
Morning road to Meknes, and visit this former capital of Morocco, under the reign of Sultan Moulay Isamel, contemporary of French King Louis XIV. Demonstration and lunch of tagine with meatballs and eggs in a local restaurant. Afternoon drive to Fes, the oldest of Morocco's imperial cities, via the village of Moulay Idriss, a national pilgrimage site housing the tomb of Moulay Idriss, the founder of Morocco's first indigenous Islamic kingdom. Fes’ medina is among the largest living medieval cities in the world. Sneak preview of Medina before dinner. Special dinner with a Moroccan family and overnight in their home in the Old City. Enjoy a conversation on Moroccan herbs and spices.
09:00: After breakfast, departure for a discovery of Fes.
Starting from the Andalous quarter, cross the bridge over to the Kairouani District: see the Dyers, the Coppersmiths, the Karaouyine Mosque, the Achabin Square for spices, the Chouara Tannery, Chemaine Square for dried fruits, the Joutya for salt, eggs and fish, the Kissaria, the Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, the Nejjarine Square and the Nejjarine Fondouq which is now the Wood Museum, then the Henna souk, the Attarine souk (spices) and the nearby Maristan, and the Attarine Medersa (Koranic school dating back to the XV century).
Light lunch on the way and back to your riad after the visit for some time at leisure then meet the lady chef of the family to get your hands at the preparation of "Chicken Trid". Overnight in the private home.
Early departure for a drive down south to fabled Marrakech, Morocco's most popular city, across the varied landscapes of the Middle Atlas Mountains and the rich agricultural plains of Beni Mellal. Light lunch in Beni Mellal. On arrival check-in at your riad and late afternoon visit to famous Jemaa el Fna Square to see it changing from a lively area of acrobats and other entertainers into a vast eatery of food stalls. Capture the excitement of the evening before a special dinner at one of the 5 forks restaurants in Marrakech. Overnight in Marrakech in a charming riad in the Médina.
08:30: after breakfast, morning visit of Marrakech and its historical sights.
11:30: Meeting at Al Amal, an associative restaurant for the training of moroccan young ladies to be cooks, for a the preparation of a couscous "Tfaya" (with raisins and ice sugar). Lunch of your couscous at the restaurant, then continue the visit in the Medina till 16:00: restaurant Dar Marjana for a demonstration of making b’stila, Morocco's lavish signature dish of squab or chicken in a lemony egg, almond and spiced onion sauce within layered sheets of warka (flaky, paper-thin dough), topped with cinnamon and sugar. Dinner at Dar Marjana of our own b’stila and overnight in your riad.
After breakfast, visit of the 13th and 15th century Mellah Markets and the Dar Si Said Museum. Lunch on your own.
Afternoon demo with participation on Moroccan pancakes and 1001 holes crepes in a private home, for an afternoon snack with mint tea.
Farwell dinner tonight on "Moroccan Nouvelle Cuisine" at Dar Moha: a man who is truly wise to the ways of gastronomy, Chef Moha has been able to use his skills and knowledge to breathe new life into Moroccan cuisine, reinventing traditional dishes still bursting with exquisite flavours. Overnight in your riad.
After breakfast, transfer to Marrakech airport and Bon Voyage.