For another excellent Moroccan tour, check out our Morocco Surf tour.
Journey to Morocco to experience a culture and cuisine that is at the crossroads of civilization, blending the most delectable Arabic, Berber, French and Spanish influences. On our Moroccan cooking tours you’ll head from vibrant Casablanca to the charming fishing town of Essaouira, relax in a tiny Berber village in the High Atlas mountains, and finally, explore extraordinary Marrakech, the most African of Morocco’s cities. Along the way you’ll learn to cook the local cuisine, bargain at souk(the fresh food market), tour the highlights of each area, and stay in stunning Moroccan riads.
This unique trip has been described as "the trip of a lifetime"- join us and see why!
A fabulous write up of our Moroccan cooking tour plus two of our favorite recipes on National Geographic
INSTRUCTION - MOROCCAN COOKING COURSE
Our Moroccan cooking tours are ideal for anyone who wants to combine their passion for food with their passion for travel. Moroccan cooking is a delectable combination of culinary influences from the Arabs, Berbers, French and Spanish. Alongside our expert chefs, you'll learn Moroccan cooking techniques and recipes for traditional Moroccan foods such as tagines, couscous and pastilla. Outside the kitchen, you will learn about Moroccan culture through its cuisine by exploring fresh food and spice markets and dining at unique local restaurants.
ITINERARY - MOROCCO CULINARY TOUR
DAY 1: Culinary Tour Begins
Arrive at Casablanca airport and transfer to hotel. Early evening group orientation meeting and optional group dinner. Overnight in 5-star hotel.
DAY 2: Hassan II Mosque & Drive to Essaouira
Morning tour of Hassan II Mosque and drive through the countryside to the coastal town of Essaouira. Overnight in an ocean-front riad.
DAY 3: City Tour & Cooking Class
Morning tour of Essaouira and early evening cooking class. Overnight in an ocean-front riad.
DAY 4: Drive to the High Atlas Mountains
Morning free to explore Essaouira, perhaps take a camel ride on the beach. Afternoon drive to a traditional village in the High Atlas Mountains. Overnight in a hospitable riad.
DAY 5: Explore the Souk & Cooking Class
Morning hike to a Berber school and market. Early evening cooking class. Overnight in a hospitable riad.
DAY 6: Waterfall Hike & Cooking Class
Early morning cooking class of Berber crepes. Tour of village and tea with a local family. Drive to Setti Fatma for an optional waterfall hike and evening cooking class. Overnight in a hospitable riad.
DAY 7: Drive to Marrakech
Full-day tour of Marrakech, including Bahia Palace, royal Saadian Tombs, Jewish mellah, ancient medina. Overnight in lovely old-city riad.
DAY 8: Marrakech & Cooking Class
Tour around the ancient city wall and palm grove, including a visit to the Yves St. Laurent gardens. Evening cooking class. Overnight in lovely old-city riad.
DAY 9: Morocco Culinary Tour Ends
Sadly, our tour is over today. Drop off at Marrakech airport. If you still want more, ask us about extra nights in Marrakech or our exciting desert extension!
Our culinary tours of Morocco are ideal for people who are passionate about cooking and cultural travel. This tour is perfect for those wishing to enjoy unique cultural and culinary experiences, both in the cities and in rural areas. Those who enjoy exploring ancient cities and towns and meeting the locals will love our tours of Morocco. You have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of Moroccan experiences: the charming seaside fishing village of Essaouira, an ancient Berber Village, & mystical Marrakech- all while learning to cook delicious traditional dishes. Please note that although this trip is not an exceptionally active trip, there is quite a bit of walking, including some on dirt trails and uneven pavement, and in one place we get to climb a narrow spiral staircase to our gourmet rooftop meals!
All breakfasts, one lunch and five dinners (including the dinners prepared in your cooking classes)
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Norah (USA), 2x returning guest: I think one of the great things about the structure of Access trips, which sets them apart from the `typical` or `average` is the `organized flexibility`; a phrase that relentlessly repeated itself as I reflected upon what has made my two trips with Access so enjoyable. Nothing is too regimented, allowing for a change of plans in case of poor conditions or a strained muscle due to the previous days intense session.