Day 1: Arrival Casablanca
Your tour driver will be waiting at Casablanca airport outside the terminal near the arrivals exit, to take you to the hotel where Chef Hassan M'souli will be meeting everyone. You will check in and take a moment to relax as everyone arrives.
We will have a welcome dinner and drinks at Rick’s Café (named from Casablanca movie), so everyone can get to know each other.
Day 2: Casablanca/Rabat
After breakfast, our local guide will take us to explore Casablanca's modern streets and historic sites on a tour through Morocco's most dynamic city. Walk the atmospheric streets of the Hobous district and slip through arcades lined with teashops and bazaars.
We will have lunch at the seaport then Visit the elegant United Nations Place and Mohammed V Square, discover the soaring The Hassan II Mosque the largest mosque in Africa, and the 5th largest in the world.
Later we drive to Rabat for dinner at the 5 star hotel where we will be staying.
Day 3: Rabat/Sale/Meknes/Fes
After breakfast we will visit the archaeological site of Chellah, once the Roman trading post of Sala Colonia, and we visit the imposing tower of the ruined 12th century Hassan mosque, in its time the second largest in the Islamic world, which dominates the city.
Alongside the Hassan mosque is the grand modern mausoleum of Mohammad V, who died in 1961. We will then visit the charming Oudaya where young artists hang out.
After lunch we leave Rabat behind, travelling to the well-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis and Moulay Idriss in Meknes for the day, one of the imperial cities of Morocco, we will also stop at one of the many olive groves in the area before continuing onto Fes the oldest cultural and spiritual cities of Morocco.
This evening we will have dinner at the Riad Fes Hotel where we will be staying.
Fes has one of oldest working medina in world that many refer to as a living museum. Witness the famous rooftop dyers souk of silk, wool, cotton and leather, using the methods handed from generation to generation over thousands of years. Cross the carpentry area and enter Attarine Street, filled with scents of spices and oils. Lunch break in the beautiful panoramic roof top restaurant.
After lunch we will continue exploring the city with a visit to the potteries and then we return to the Riad for a rest before an enjoyable dinner.
Day 5: Fes
This morning Hassan will be taking you to the food market to buy the ingredients for your special cooking class. Most of the day will be leisure for shopping or just enjoying the peace of the Riad. A light lunch will be served at the Riad.
The cooking class begins at about 4pm you. Hassan will be cooking B'stilla, a traditional Fes dish of and one of his favourites, to enjoy together for dinner.
Day 6: Erfoud
This morning we depart from Fes for a unique desert experience. We drive through the Atlas mountains, stopping in Ifran, "the Swiss city of Morocco", known for its alpine -style architecture and nearby ski slopes.
We will then continue to the Azrou forest where we can see the cedar forest and if you are lucky the Barbarian apes and Macca Monkeys.
Lunch will be in Midelt half way between Fes and Erfoud. After lunch, we will cross the Middle Atlas via Ziz Valley and by Sunset we arrive to the Kasbah hotel in Erfoud an oasis town in the Sahara Desert, in the Drâa-Tafilalet region in eastern Morocco.
Dinner will be served in the Kasbah we staying in.
Day 7: Erfoud/Merzouga
After breakfast you will have some time to visit the market of fossils before we head to Rissani. Hassan will run a cooking class on the traditional Berber Pizza's Medfouna to be enjoyed for lunch.
We will then visit the traditional Gnawa House. Gnawa is almost blues style music in the village of Khamlia. The Gnawa people were originally slaves brought from Sudan and Mali. After lunch we will take a 4x4 drive to Merzouga.
Before sunset, you will ride the camels to sleep in the heart of the sand dunes in Le Bivouac the Luxury Berber tents in Erg Chebbi (Merzouga). Oasis dinner by fire and drums.
Day 8: Merzouga/Dades
You will be woken up early to see the sunrise over the dunes and then after breakfast, we drive to Todra gorges. After light lunch we go to the town centre of Tinghir where we will visit the local Berber carpet markets, where some women spend months hand weaving these unique rugs.
Then we drive on to the valley of Dades staying over night at the Oasis Kasbah.
Day 9: Skoura
After a delicious Bedoui breakfast, we head to next destination Skoura passing by a thousand Kasbahs and el klaa town which is known for the rose flower and orange blossom, selling beautiful products made at the source. Skoura is a real special Oasis in the desert to relax after along trip.
Dinner at the Kasbah we staying in.
Day 10: Ouarzazat/Marrakech
After breakfast, we will drive to Ouarzazat a city turned Hollywood film studio and we’ll stop to see the beautiful architecture of the Kasbah Taourirt. We will then head to UNISCO the pre-Saharan little village of Aitbenhaddou where movies like The Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, Gladiator, Babel, Alexander and parts of Game of Thrones were filmed.
Then on to the village of Tadart for lunch. Then we continue the trip to Marrakech via Tiznt Tichka pass. Relax at the Riad La Maison Arab before dinner at their restaurant know for it’s traditional style of kitchen, were the Dada (Like a grandmother) runs the kitchen with her girls, handing down the traditional methods and skills passed on for generations.
You will be staying at the luxury Riad La Maison Arab one of the first Riads in Marrakech and a favourite of Winston Churchill back in the day, now a favourite of chef Hassan's that he knows you'll love too, it's a place that reminds him of historical Morocco and radiates warmth.
Day 11: Marrakech
After a very unique Moroccan breakfast, our local guide will take you to explore the Red city of Marrakech, visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, Saadines tombs, Bahia palace, and a visit to Jardin Majorelle, designed by French artists Jacques and Louis Majorelle in the 1940s.
Jardin Majorelle was bought and saved by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. There is a small Yves Saint Laurent museum dedicated to his artwork and a Berber museum in Jacques Majorelle's former cubist painting studio.
Afternoon at the La Maison Arab pool or Hammam (*optional) to relax, then get ready for an evening taking a stroll through the old medina to Jemaa el Fna, the lively main square and world famous market place, overlooked by the Koutoubia minaret, one of the symbols of the city. Followed by a traditional dinner at the very special Yacout restaurant. One of Marrakech institution of real traditional cuisine, a great taste of Moroccan gastronomy and the best of Moroccan Hospitality.
Day 12: Marrakech
After breakfast we take a short drive to Ourika that takes us from the terracotta walls of the city to the lush greenery of the valley. We stop at Le Paradis du Safran, a farm growing saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, in the foothills of North Africa's highest mountain range. We'll go for a walk through the beautiful Jardins de Saffron, learning about this unique flower, and then we have lunch in the Ourika Valley before we head back to Marrakech.
In Marrakech, you have the option to relax at the Riad or join Hassan on a trip to the local produce markets to buy the best of what's in season ready for a hands-on cooking class in La Maison Arabe's exclusive kitchen.
Hassan is really looking forward to this class and sharing with you the epitome of Moroccan cuisine the Tajine and Couscous, this will be a really special class, Dinner of your Tajines will follow as a feast in the lovely atmosphere at the Riad house pool.
Day 13: Essouira
After breakfast we drive to the Atlantic coast of Essaouira city, stopping by the Argan grove run by the Moroccan Women's community co-op, where we can watch the production of this interesting fruit. The unusual process involving tree climbing goats and hand extracting oil.
Essaouira is one of the tourist pearls of Morocco. A small port city, it has kept its old charm while developing a unique cultural atmosphere.
You will see the ruins in the distance which are the remains of a Portuguese fort, said to be the inspiration for Hendrix's hit "Castles Made of Sand". The historical fishing port known for its fresh seafood, cedar wood craft and silverware. We will go to the local fish markets, choosing our fresh seafood and taking it to the barbecues for a rustic seaside lunch.
We will spend the afternoon exploring and visiting the endless craft and jewellery stores before Hassan takes you for another seafood feast for dinner. We will be staying at the Riad by ocean.
Day 14: Marrakech
We drive back to Marrakech after breakfast for a free day to take as you like. Hassan can happily advise further tours or sites otherwise take the time to do your own exploring and soak in the last of your Moroccan adventure.
In the evening, Hassan will be taking you to a special dinner and a farewell surprise.
We will be staying at Riad La Maison Arabe.