COOKING CLASS TOUR Casablanca – Casablanca 15 days / 14 nights

1st day: Casablanca Airport

We welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your home stay Hotel.

2nd day: Casablanca - Rabat - Chefchaouen

After Breakfast in your Hotel, we start our journey driving you in a short visit to the largest city in Morocco, it is the heart of commerce and industry, you will visit Hassan II mosque built on water alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Later on we drive you to Rabat where you will visit the Royal Palace, The Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Hassan Tower, the minaret of incomplete mosque initiated by The Almohad ruler, Stop for Lunch. After lunch you will head to Chefchaouen via the Rif Mountains you will be dedicated to exploring the simply beautiful city of Chefchaouen where everything is set dramatically climbing up the mountains. Load up your cameras! Its blue-washed houses, narrow cobbled streets, and mountainous backdrop create a tranquil and photographic setting.

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3rd day: Exploring Chefchaouen

After breakfast in your riad, you will start exploring the Chefchaouen which know as the blue city of Morocco. Located at the footstep of 2 higher mountains, Chefchaouen is a beautiful unique city, with its white washed walls and blue doors and windows. Unlike many parts of Morocco, Chefchaouen was occupied by Spain; therefore there is much influence from the Spanish civilisation and Moorish architecture. Overnight in your riad include Bed and Breakfast.

4th day: Chefchaouan - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes

After breakfast you will depart to Volubilis and explore the ruins of this Roman city. You will visit the holy city of Moulay Idriss, a place of pilgrimage of all Moroccans After you will continue to Meknes where you will explore the Medina of Meknes with its beautiful Tomb of Moulay Ismail, The Granary, The Square of Lehdim, and the Gate of Bab al Mansour. You will have the opportunity to explore the souks and relax in one of the Square café’s. In the afternoon you will head to the city of Fes where you will discover one of most important royal cities of Morocco and stay the evening.

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5th day: Fes - Tour and visit the city with Local Guide

After breakfast you will start your journey in visiting the most amazing places in Fes. Visiting the medina (the old city) and its ramparts and alleys. View the famous medieval tanneries. Also discovering Karaouine Mosque that was founded in 859 by Fatima Al-Fihri and which is considered the most Magnificent and Historic Religious Attraction in the city. You will have a break for lunch. Later on you will see the The Merenid tomb that is in the rim of the valley. Exploring the superb Architectural Masterpiece of Bou Inania Medersa. Then another decorated architecture called Attarin Medersa, and the Neijarin Fountain. Also view The Fondouks the place where the donkeys and their owners meet, and visit the souks where there is merchandise of handcrafts and edible goods, copperware and pottery. Overnight include Bed and Breakfast in your Riad in Fes.

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6th day: Fez – Azrou – Midalet –Errachidia – Ziz Valley – Erfoud – Merzouga

After breakfast we will leave Fes toward Merouga passing by Ifran that is known as the Switzerland of Morocco, then Azrou which is known with its green tiled roofs and beautiful cedar forests that are the residence for monkeys. Next we take you to Midelt where you can enjoy your lunch. Continuing the road through the Middle Atlas Mountains and observe the nomads that live there. Also you will be mesmerised with the views of volcanic rock and near by Errachidia you will notice the high cliffs and Ziz Valley that is surrounded with palm trees. In the next station Erfoud you will have the opportunity to visit a marble industry that is full of a variety of decorations. After that we will head to the final station of the day Merzouga.

7th day: Merzouga - Erg Chebbi Dunes - Tamrdanite - Khamlia Hassi el-bied

In the morning after breakfast your excursion will start from the hotel taking you through the sand-sea dunes near the Algerian border where you can have the chance to take photos and see the black volcanic rock, also you may meet a nomad families and see their nomadic lifestyle. Next you will pass close to tiny Berber villages like Tamrdanite before you reach Khamlia. In Khamlia (very little village in desert) you will enjoy moments of spiritual Gnawa music that is played with black people whom are the inhabitants of this village. In our way to the hotel you will be enchanted with the view of the lake of Ait Sareji (especially In springtime) which attracts pink flamingos and many others birds. Back to the hotel for rest and getting ready for an adventure (camel trekking) in the heart of the desert. While heading to the bivouac, you will see the spectacular sunset through the dunes. You will enjoy Berber food, listening to the drums in a starry night and sleeping in a traditional tent (camel hair tent) in calmness and tranquility.

8th day: Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud – Tinjdad – Tinghir - Dades

The camel man (trekker) will wake you up in dawn to see the spectacular sunrise in the desert, later you will return to the camp to have your breakfast. After the camel man take you back to the Auberge to have shower to refresh your body we drive to Rissani through the Ksours and kasbahs of Tafilalet. Visiting the Zaouia of moulay Ali El-Charif, the mausoleum of the dynasty Glaoui founder, and have walk to discover the local market and traditoinal souks in Rissani. After that we drive via Tinghir passing by Arfoud and Tinjdad where you will have lunch then continue toward Tinghir where you can have walk between the gorgeous oasis palm trees.

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9th day: Dades valley –Boutghrar - El Kelaa M'gouna – Skoura – Ourzazate

After breakfast, you will begin your journey through the valley of Dades , with exploring the marvelous sights of the valley. After that we drive you over the wonderful Pist “Mil Kasbah” which is accessible only on 4x4 passing by the amazing Berber villages such as “Boutaghrar”. Besides that you will have the opportunity to meet some Berber nomads whom are living in the caves. Then continue to El Kelaa M’gouna (the valley of roses) where you will have a break for lunch,after heading to Ourzazat by crossing the beautiful oasis of the palm grove in Skoura, where you can see many exotic Kasbahsuch as Amerhidil Kasbah till reaching Ourzazat.

10th day: Ourzazate Ait Benhaddo - Pass Tizi-n-Tichka – Essaouira

After breakfast departure toward Marrakech. By visiting the Atlas studios which host the largest movie studios in the world such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile , The Mummy, Gladiator and The Man Who Would Be King. then continue the road to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site : the exotic Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou.after that You will cross the high Atlas mountain through the pass of Tizi n’Tichka. Stopping along the way and enjoying the wonderful surroundings then having lunch in a berber village called”Teddart” before your arrival to Imlil.

11th day: Exploring Essaouira

After your Breakfast in your Riad in Essaouira, then start your explorative journey of the city. You’ll visit the Skala Fortress, see and walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts. Today we will take to have your lunch in a Moroccan way, freshly fishes ‘cooked ’. Essaouira is also referred to as The "City of the Wind" and it attracts surfers from all over the world. Essaouira knew many civilizations including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture however, it remains a small village with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors and washed walls, it is also regarded as Morocco’s "Jewel of the Atlantic ”. There is an annual festival of “Gnawa music”, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world. Usually it starts in the second week of June.

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12th day: Essaouira - Chichaoua - Marrakech

In the morning after your breakfast in your Riad, we drive you out of Essaouira about 20 Km toward one of the beautiful and clean beaches in Morocco called "Sidi Kaouki" to enjoy a half day swimming and relaxing and Having a delicious lunch there. Later on we drive you from Essaouira back toward Marrakech.

13th day: Marrakech, Tour and visit the city with Local Guide

On this day, after breakfast you will have full day tour to discover Marrakech. By Immersing yourself in the red city and During your tour you will have Lunch in the Medina , you will visit the most beautiful palaces and monuments of Marrakech such as the 19th century Bahia Palace, the 16th century Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque ,the Majorelle Garden. You will also visit the famous Souks where the merchants sell everything from leather, carpets, cloths, spices, kaftans.

14th day: Marrakech – "Cooking Class"

After breakfast in your riad around 10:00 in the morning , you will start your cooking school where you will join your cooking class to discover the taste and secret of Moroccan cuisine and spices. You will have a choice to choose your menu that you will cook and learn how to create Moroccan salads, Couscous, Tagines or Pastia in your riad. We transfer you to the airport, at your flight time.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

• 15 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C

• 14 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads

• English, French, Or Italian - speaking driver / guide for the entire trip

• English - speaking city guides in Marrakech and Fes

• Camel trekking to spend the night in a "Berber Tents" in the middle of Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi Dunes

• All Other Taxes

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

• Lunches

• Airfare (Flight Ticket)

• Beverages (Drinks)

• Tips for guide, drivers

• Travel insurance

TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS:
An unforgettable 15-day tour
I had the good fortune and pleasure to experience Morocco with three friends along with Hmad and Ali from Trips to Morocco. By the end of our two-week tour, we were family. It is hard to put into words everything we experienced… from the chaos and beauty of Casablanca and Marrakech to the tranquility and splendour of Chefchaouen, the dunes of the Sahara Desert, the spice-coloured mountains and majestic gorges of the Dades Valley, and the serene coastal town of Essaouira… this was a trip to remember. The local guides they arranged for us in Volubilis, Fes and Marrakech were all very knowledgeable and provided interesting, memorable tours of these iconic cities and landmarks. This country’s varied geography, history, people, and culture were all just breath-taking and hold a special place in my heart. Ali is an excellent driver. I always felt safe on the busy highways and chaotic city streets and alleys and he expertly drove us to beautiful places off-road I never could have imagined. Thank you, Ali, for an amazing tour. Hmad is a fantastic guide – he shared the obvious love of his country, culture and heritage to give us background and context to whatever we were experiencing. It took a few days, but I finally figured out that when I heard him quietly counting, it was time to quickly grab the camera to capture another spectacular view about to be revealed. Thank you, Hmad, for a wonderful, unforgettable experience. Hmad and Ali together are a great team. They were always attentive to our needs and made sure we were having the best experience every day. They are fun and engaging, and were good sports to put up with our incessant talking, stories and singing in the car. This trip would not have been the same without them. From a logistics point of view, we encountered a couple of issues related to riads and hotels. These issues could have been avoided or mitigated with more timely responses to email communications by Mohammed in the planning process. Although we had these hiccups along the way, everything was handled professionally and resolved quickly. Overall, Mohammed and his team planned and executed an amazing 15-day tour that I will never forget. If you are considering visiting Morocco, reach out to Trips to Morocco…you won’t be disappointed.

Ballermom64 - Tripadvisor User From Ontario, Canada

November 2019

5/5
Amazing Time
It’s hard to sum up the experience I had while travelling with Mohammed from Trips to Morocco. Like others have written, I was concerned because he is sometimes very slow to reply to correspondence. I was travelling alone and prompt replies to my questions would have been appreciated. What he lacks in timely correspondence skills, he more than made up for during my 15 day trip. It turned out to be one of the best travel experiences of my life. The vehicle was comfy and he is an excellent driver. There was a lot of driving, but I like trips like that. It was laid back, very interesting, flexible, and fun. I saw so many things that I will never forget. I loved the nights in the desert, and the days at the beach. The food was excellent. The landscape is breathtaking. Morocco is a gorgeous place, and I felt well taken care of the whole time. My expectations were exceeded in every way. This company is doing something very right. Mohammed, I will never forget. And....you need a secretary!!

MadamMo58 - Tripadvisor User From Ontario, Canada

November 2019

5/5