Some eat to live, others live to eat—but whether you’re a gourmet, gourmand or something in between, food is an integral part of all travel. Food just never feels the same when travelling as it does at home. Perhaps it’s the scenery, the sounds or ambience, but the most unforgettable meals so often come in the most unforgettable surroundings.
You may think you’re a connoisseur, but until you’ve tried a dish in its place of origin—no matter how unprepossessing or humble the establishment—you really haven’t lived!
This exploration of Morocco centres on the country’s cuisine. A nation of mixed cultures, rich history and a landscape that ranges from Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, Sahara Desert, towering mountains, small villages and bustling cities, Moroccan dining is every bit as spectacular as the country itself.
On this tour you visit a traditional olive press amid sprawling olive groves, and enjoy a wine tasting at Moroccan vineyards. Try some local delicacies in a market and shop for spices in a souk. You stop by a palm grove, a women’s cooperative and a goat cheese cooperative. Take a foodie tour of Marrakesh, and cooking classes in both Marrakesh and Fez, and dine in traditional Moroccan restaurants.
With appetite whetted, you’ll travel around the country, staying in traditional Moroccan riads and even a kasbah—from Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakesh to Meknes and Berber villages. You visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and Moulay Idriss, the resting place of the great grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. And see medinas and mosques, palaces, Jewish quarters, gardens and a ceramic factory, while taking in the Atlas Mountains, valleys, cascades, forests and high passes.
If you’ve always wanted to go to Morocco, this trip is worth considering—it offers day trekking and market shopping, urban strolling and cultural exploration, all while knowing a fantastic local feast is just a few hours away!
- Phone: 800.567.2216
- Length/Departs: 12 days/Oct. 2018
- Accommodation: Hotels, riad
- Starting Price: $3,290
- Difficulty: Easy
- By Simon Vaughan, Senior Editor/Special Travel Advisor for Outpost Travel Media