Saturday, March 23 Casablanca & Rabat
You will be met on arrival at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport and transferred by road to Rabat, Morocco’s seaside capital. Tour the sights of Rabat and have tea at a local café. Our welcome dinner will allow us to experience a gourmet overview of Moroccan cuisine.
1 Night in Rabat
The capital city of Rabat has a European feel and is home to many embassies, making it the political center of the country. Historical sites include the Kasbah of the Oudayas, The Hassan Tower and The Mausoleum of Mohamed V which, is one of the few holy places that are open to the public, and the Roman ruins and medieval Muslim necropolis at the Chellah Gardens.
Sunday, March 24 Fès
Today, we will stop at the Roman ruins of Volubilis and continue to Fès, where we will have our first tagine cooking class!
2 Nights in Fès
The oldest of the imperial cities, Fès was founded in 807 AD and the city is now home to more than one million people. Fès is considered the most complete medieval city of the Arab world. The historic medina (old city) is enclosed by walls and the narrow streets can only be explored on foot.
Monday, March 25 Fès
Visit the monuments and then begin a tasting tour through the medina and artisan quarters. Dinner will be at our riad this evening.
Tuesday, March 26
Scenic drive to the desert with lunch and a visit to a date farm en-route to our private Bedouin camp. Sunset camel ride and a traditional bread baking session before dinner around the campfire.
1 Night Luxury Camp in the Sahara
Wednesday, March 27 Dades
Sunrise over the desert with coffee or tea on the dunes and maybe a few yoga stretches. Depart for the Dades Gorges and after lunch, to the Dades Valley, known as the Grand Canyon of Morocco. Tonight is a gourmet dinner at Chez Pierre.
2 Nights in Dades
Thursday, March 28 Dades
Morning trekking in the Dades Valley followed by lunch. Afternoon cooking class with the chef of Chez Pierre. This evening is left free.
Friday, March 29 Marrakech
Visit the historic Kasbah Ait ben Haddou, situated along the ancient caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. After lunch we’ll drive through the Tichka Pass in the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech.
This evening is left free for your own dinner plans.
4 Nights in Marrakech
Considered by many to be the most fascinating city in North Africa, Marrakech was founded on the crossroads of ancient caravan routes. Stroll through the labyrinthine streets of the souk, teeming with herbalists, jewelers, metalworkers, woodworkers, master leatherworkers and carpet weavers, and an array of exquisite fabrics and kaftans.
Saturday, March 30 Marrakech
This morning, we’ll visit the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, and Saadian tombs and partake in a spice making workshop. After lunch in the medina you can choose to indulge in a royal hammam treatment, a traditional bathing and cleansing ritual or shop in the media. Later this afternoon we’ll have a private cooking class and enjoy the fruits of our labor for dinner!
Sunday, March 31 Marrakech
Optional early morning hot air balloon ride and Berber breakfast activity (additional fee)
Later we will all depart for the Majorelle Gardens restored by the late Yves Saint Laurent who lived in the villa and created the Museum of Berber Culture. We’ll also visit the new Yves Sant Laurent museum. Royal hammam treatments for those who didn’t enjoy yesterday. Tonight, your horse carriage will be waiting to take you to the gala dinner.
Monday, April 1 Marrakech
Morning hike in the Atlas Mountains followed by a Berber Tagine cooking class and lunch. This evening we will visit Djemaa el-Fna, the famed square and World Heritage Site. This is the place to see snake charmers, musicians, story-tellers, and dancers. This veritable open-air circus unfolds as the sun sets and the crowds grow. Many locals come here for dinner where countless food vendors offer traditional fare. The remainder of the evening is left free.
Tuesday, April 2 Essaouira
Set out for Essaouira and visit an argan oil cooperative en-route. Stop at a local vineyard for a gourmet lunch with wine tasting. Sunset ATV tour on the beach. This evening is left free.
2 Nights in Essaouira
Essaouira is a coastal town of whitewashed houses set against a lot of blue – doorways and shutters, the ocean and boats, and the sky. Come here to kite surf, shop without much haggling, relax and eat fresh seafood.
Wednesday, April 3 Essaouira
Tour the sights followed by a lunchtime Moroccan fish and pastries cooking class. Dinner will be in town.
Thursday, April 4 Casablanca
Visit a goat cheese farm for lunch and then head to Casablanca for a quick tour of the city. This evening is our farewell dinner with a special Moroccan chef.
1 Night in Casablanca
Thanks to the movie of the same name, Casablanca is one of the best-known cities in all North Africa. This bustling port city is home to more than 3.5 million people. The King Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca, has a prayer room that holds 25,000 people. It is one of the few mosques open to non-Muslim visitors.
Friday, April 5
If time permits, we’ll visit the Hassan Il Mosque before heading to the airport.