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8 Days Moroccan Flavor-Rak_Essaouira

Inhale the peregrine scents of the Marrakech spice market as you weave through intricately woven alleys of the souks in the company of an accomplished gu ide. Emerge from the colourful maze into the Place Djemaa el Fna, a hive of local bounty and culinary fervour just as the haunting call to prayer fills the early-morning air.

prices includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation : 4 nights at 4*/5* or deluxe 5* riad in Marrakech on bed and breakfast and 3 nights at 4*/5* or deluxe 5* riad in Essaouira on bed and breakfast
  • Arrivaltransferfrom Marrakech Menaraairport to yourriad by AC minibus 3 /4 or 15 seatsdepend on group Size
  • Dinner at Dar Marjana restaurant including drinks and return transfer
  • 1/2 dayvisit of Marrakech by air conditioned minibus depend on group size
  • Local guide and entrance fees to monuments
  • Lunch at local restaurant (drinks not included)
  • Cooking workshop at yourriadincludingdinner (drinks not included)
  • Cooking workshop at La Maison Arabe (for 4* & 5* Luxe) and at Country club for 5* option
  • Transfer to Maison Arabe by AC minibus depend on group size
  • Fullday excursion to OurikaValleyincludingvisit of botanicalgarden, and cooking lesson
  • Massage of feetafter lunch
  • Dinner at le Foundoukincluding return transfer by air conditioned minibus depend on the size of the group
  • Transfer from Marrakech to Essaouira and return by air conditionedminibus ,depend on group size
  • Dinner at Le Taros restaurant
  • Visit of the marketfoodwithyour local englishspeaking guide
  • English speaking guide for groups of 7 and more
  • cooking workshop at yourriad (drinks not included)
  • Full day excursion to Mekala village and Vall d’Argan withenglishspeaking guide : Visit of goatcheesefactory + Visit of Val d’Argan Vineyardwithtastingwine
  • Lunch at Val d’Argan
  • Cooking workshop at a riad in the medina and dinner (dinks not included
  • Transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech airport by AC minibus, depend on group size
  • 2 smallbottles of mineral water per person per day

Prices does not include:

  • Flight ticket
  • Drinks during meals at Ryads and outside of the Ryads
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for any kind of services

High season prices

  • From 01/02 - 30/06/2015
  • From 01/08 - 31/10/2015

Low season prices

  • From 01/07 to 31/07/2015

Itinerary

Day 1 - Marrakech

Arrive at the airport for youMoroccan cooking &culinary tour and transfer to your deluxe Riad. Settle into your room. Head out this evening for an introductory visit to the old medina. Enjoy dinner in one of the finest Moroccan restaurants, (drinks not include). If you arrive during the day,take a horse &cart orientation tour of Marrakech including the famous Majorelle gardens. If not, the visit to Majorelle Gardens on horse &cartcanbescheduled on day 3 or 4

Day 2 - Marrakech Medina

Set out this morning to discover the fascinating history and rich cultural heritage of this ancient city. See the elaborate palaces, mosques and Koranic school as you meander through the narrowed alleys of town. After lunch in one of the trendy local restaurants (excludingbeverages), spend some time with your culinary guide in the souks to familiarize yourself with the fragrant spice stalls and food shops. This will give you a great sense of how the locals prepare for their daily feasts. Late in the afternoon, return to yourriad in time to relax and learn how to cook a Moroccandishwhichyou’ll have for dinner. Enjoyyourmeal in the roof top terraceoverlooking the Medina (excludingbeverages, dinner in the terrace if weatherispermitting, cooking workshop ).

Day 3 - La Maison Arabe cooking workshop

After a late sleep and leisurely breakfast on the terrace head into tlaMaisonArabe and roll up your sleeves during a cooking class. Discover the delicate spice combinations that go into every dish, learn the fine flavor balance of the ultimate tajine and learn how to knead your couscous to achieve a perfect airy texture. Enjoy the fabulous feast you have created for lunch(Excluding beverages) and then take the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Head into town to further explore the sites, markets, and restaurants or simply relax in the serene surroundings with a good book. In the evening, Explore Jamaa El Fna square busy and bustling food stalls. You might choose to dine at one of the stalls (at leisure).

Day 4 - Lower Atlas Organic Garden

This morning after breakfast venture off by private transfer into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. On a clear day you can see the snow-capped peaks beyond the walls of Marrakech and as you approach you will discover the lush green terrain of the lower mountain range. Travel across the Haouz plain through the tiny rural villages and Berber communities to the market town of TnineOurika, and arrive at an organic herb garden. Here see, smell and taste the various fragrant herbs that go into cooking and also aromatic ointments such as aromatherapy massage oils. See bread baked in the traditional manner in clay ovens, and feast upon it with your gourmet lunch served in the garden against the Atlas panorama. Dinner tonight will be served at le Foundouk, a culinary institution in Marrakech that serves modern Moroccan cuisine. Return to Marrakech for the evening.

Day 5 - Marrakech to Essaouira

 After a leisurely breakfast set out with your driver along the scenic road to Essaouira. Traverse the rugged, agricultural terrain through villages and olive groves all the way to the Atlantic coast. Arrive in Essaouira in time for lunch on your own someplace along the water.

Once you have settled into your room at your riad, take the afternoon to walk the endless beach south to the dunes, explore the medina or simply relax on the roof terrace and take in the sounds of the city. 


Day 6 - Essaouira Medina & Markets

After a leisurely breakfast set out with your private guide to the market for a food foraging exploration in the souks. Experience the sights and smells of this aromatic market and buy all theingredients you will need to prepare a fine Moroccan seafood lunch at your riad. This afternoon relax and digest your meal, soak in the sun from the roof terrace or take a dip in the Ocean. Dinner tonight is at your leisure

Day 7 - Argan Grove, winetasting, goatcheesefactory

After breakfast, drive south toward Agadir for about 45 minutes and notice the terrain changing from Olive groves to Argan groves. Wander through one of these endangered Argan forests to see the unique spectacle of goats climbing their thick gnarled trunks to eat the fruit, then visit a farm where (mostly women) are producing the exotic and delicious Argan oil, virtually liquid gold. We continue to Meskala village to visit the artisanal goat cheese factory where you’ll learn about cheese making process. This amazing refurbished Kasbah has a surprise in every corner. Sample the goat cheese made in the premises. We continue to Val D’Argan, the only vineyard in Morocco outside the more traditional growing regions around Meknes up north. A highly organic property, it produces the most excellent wines in North Africa. Enjoy a nice lunch and a wine-tasting session at the property’s panoramic restaurant that overlooks the vineyard and surrounding countryside. A farewell dinner will be arranged tonight at one of the raids in the Medina of Essaouira (dinner will be cooked by yourselves at the riad)

Day 8 -Marrakech

After an early breakfast, drive to Marrakech airport and depart on your flights home. End of our services, au revoir!

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