Taste the Bold Flavors of Morocco

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Escape Kit

  • A Nine-Day Culinary Trip to Morocco ($2,463 to $2,710 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation from Airports to Hotels and Itinerary Destinations (Flights Not Included)
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for One Night at Le Royal Mansour Meridien in Casablanca, Two Nights at Riad Mimouna in Essaouira, Three Nights at Kasbah Omar in Anrar Village, and Two Nights at Riad Dar el Assafir in Marrakech
  • Eight Breakfasts, One Lunch, and Five Dinners
  • Five Cooking Classes
  • Sightseeing in Casablanca, Essaouira, the High Atlas, and Marrakech
  • Guided Trek to a Souk with a Donkey
  • Guided Waterfall Hike in the High Atlas
  • English-Speaking Local Tour Leader and City Guides
  • Hotel Fees and Entrance Fees per Itinerary Included
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destination
The memorable sights and sounds of Morocco are well documented—the clamorous street markets of Marrakech, the waves crashing against the walls of seaside Essaouira, and the rust-colored Berber villages of the High Atlas. But the intense smells and bold, spice-fueled flavors of Moroccan cuisine provide an entirely different way to experience the North African nation's varied cultures.

In Essaouira, the roaring Atlantic is rivaled only by the voices haggling over fresh-caught fish in the town's medina. You'll use that fish to prepare a tajine with garlic, paprika, cumin, and ginger for flavors that are just as bold. Food is similarly central to life in Morocco's High Atlas mountains, where traditional Berber villages fill with the smoky aroma of meat cooked over an open flame. The spice shops of mystical Marrakech offer pungent counterpoints to classic local dishes like beef with prunes and tart lemon chicken.

See, hear, smell, and taste the sensuous world of Morocco—including visits to Casablanca, Essaouira, the High Atlas, and Marrakech—with this nine-day culinary tour with five cooking classes from Access Trips.

The Itinerary
day 1: welcome to morocco!
A tour representative will pick you up at Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport and drive you to your five-star hotel in the center of Casablanca.
Overnight at Le Royal Mansour Méridien.

day 2: casablanca to essaouira
Casablanca is the most cosmopolitan of all Moroccan cities, a vibrant economic hub with the largest port in the Maghreb. This morning, you'll set off to visit the highlight of this modern city: the majestic Hassan II Mosque, the third largest religious monument in the world and the only mosque in Morocco that non-Muslims are permitted to enter. After the mosque tour, you'll embark on a scenic five- to six-hour drive through the countryside to Essaouira. Stopping once along the way, the tour will arrive in Essaouira in the early evening. You'll spend the night in an exquisite ocean-view riad, a traditional Moroccan residence with an enclosed center courtyard.
Overnight at Riad Mimouna. Breakfast provided.

day 3: essaouira and cooking class
Wake up in the charming fishing town of Essaouira, with its relaxed and artistic vibe. In store for the morning will be a visit to the town's impressive seaside medina, whose massive, ancient fortifications reflect a mixture of Portuguese, French, and Berber architecture. Your first cooking class takes place late this afternoon. Learn to prepare a Moroccan chopped salad and fish tajine using the catch of the day, which you'll enjoy for dinner in the evening.
Overnight at Riad Mimouna. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 4: essaouira to anrar village
A free morning gives you time to stroll through Essaouira's serene squares, browsing artisan workshops and perusing art galleries. Or, you can purchase a camel ride on the beach! In the afternoon, take a three-and-a-half-hour drive to the Berber village of Anrar, in the High Atlas mountains, stopping along the way to tour an argan oil cooperative. A charming and hospitable riad will be your home for the next three days.
Overnight at Kasbah Omar. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 5: anrar village and cooking class
After a delicious Berber breakfast, you will head to the souk Lathnine, a traditional Monday market where Berber villagers from throughout the valley come to trade. Your group will walk your donkey on a trail for about 45 to 60 minutes, through the olive and fruit groves along the Ourika river, stopping for a quick visit to the local school to pass out school supplies. Once you reach the souk, you'll select organic vegetables, meat, and chicken—everything needed for your cooking class. Head back to the kasbah with the groceries loaded onto the donkey, arriving just in time for a delicious Berber barbecue lunch. The afternoon will be yours to relax and enjoy the kasbah. In the early evening, you'll learn to cook Berber salads and pastilla, a Moroccan delicacy that combines flaky pastry, savory meat, and sweet spices.
Overnight at Kasbah Omar. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 6: anrar village and two cooking classes
In the morning, you'll enjoy a brief cooking class to make your own breakfast of Berber crepes. Next, you'll stroll through the village of Anrar, stopping for tea with a local Berber family to get a first-hand look at Berber village life in the High Atlas. The afternoon is free for you to relax or take part in a waterfall hike. Back at the kasbah, a late-afternoon cooking class will teach you to prepare Moroccan soup and traditional couscous just in time for dinner.
Overnight at Kasbah Omar. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 7: anrar village to marrakech
In store for today will be a short drive to mystical Marrakech, an enchanting urban oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas mountains. You'll visit the Bahia Palace with its expansive harem quarters, then see the ancient royal Saadian Tombs. From there, explore the historic Jewish quarter and the majestic Koutoubia Mosque, before entering the 9th-century medina—a historic, walled city center of maze-like streets filled with vendors and their stalls. Though medinas are common features of many North African cities, few can match the size and fame of the Marrakech medina. Once inside it's walls, you'll stop at Ben Youssef Madrasa—a historic Koran school—and wind your way through the labyrinthine souk, where you'll find Moroccan craftsmanship at its finest. In the late afternoon, take the opportunity to shop as your group visits local artisan co-ops and learns about traditional Moroccan crafts.

In the evening, you'll delight in the magic of famed Djemaa el-Fna square. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers, and mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama that unfolds as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, and musicians enchant rapt crowds. A charming riad inside the Marrakech medina will be your home for the night.
Overnight at Riad Dar el Assafir. Breakfast provided.

day 8: marrakech and cooking class
You'll start the day with a tour around the ancient city wall and palm grove, including a visit to the Yves St. Laurent gardens. You'll also stop by a spice shop for some information on the various spices used in your cooking classes. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the imperial city of Marrakech at your leisure; there are plenty of people to meet, souvenirs to buy, and hammams to visit. As the afternoon turns to evening, your group will gather for a final cooking class. You'll prepare a farewell dinner of Moroccan beef with prunes and almonds, and lemon chicken.
Overnight at Riad Dar el Assafir. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 9: farewell!
Your Moroccan cooking tour ends today. A tour representative will either drop you off at the Marrakech airport or arrange private car service to the Casablanca airport, depending on your travel plans.
Breakfast provided.

The Dates
• Arriving February 13, April 24, May 22, September 18, or October 9, 2014 ($2,463)
• Arriving December 25, 2014 ($2,710)
*Flights not included. Priced per person based on double occupancy. See fine print.

  • "Slow-roasted lamb cooked in a hammam, roasted-eggplant caviar, hearty white bean soup… Marrakesh’s traditional specialities are mouth-watering."

    -- Lonely Planet

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability; must be made by February 12, 2014
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Voucher is valid for one person only
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  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee from $790 depending on departure date
  • Includes Double-Occupancy Accommodations for One Night at Le Royal Mansour Meridien in Casablanca, Two Nights at Riad Mimouna in Essaouira, Three Nights at Kasbah Omar in Anrar Village, and Two Nights at Riad Dar el Assafir in Marrakech, Eight Breakfasts, One Lunch, and Five Dinners, Five Cooking Classes, Sightseeing in Casablanca, Essaouira, the High Atlas, and Marrakech, Guided Trek to a Souk with a Donkey, English-Speaking Local Tour Leader and City Guides, Guided Waterfall Hike in the High Atlas, Hotel Fees and Entrance Fees per Itinerary
  • Does not include airfare, gratuities, meals, snacks or drinks not specified in the itinerary, other personal expenses, passport and visa fees
  • Purchase of trip cancellation, medical, and medical evacuation insurance is mandatory, and documentation must be sent to Access Trips prior to travel. A rush fee of $100 applies to all documentation sent less than 21 days before start of trip
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