Immerse yourself in the epicurean delights of a storied cuisine that has been seducing palates through the ages.
Thanks to a mélange of beguilingly aromatic spices such as saffron, paprika, turmeric and cinnamon, traditional Moroccan dishes are beyond delectable, they’re a sensual experience. From savory couscous to freshly-baked bisteeya to mouthwatering tagines, learn to prepare, as well as dine on, an array of tantalizing treats. In the evenings, when it’s time to rest and digest, you’ll do so in charming riads which offer moonlit courtyards and sumptuous surroundings.
With your private guide and driver, explore Fez and visit its many artisanal workshops that line the narrow passageways and bustling cobbled streets. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fez is the hub of the arts in Morocco where you can visit the many blacksmithing, leather working, silk and tapestry workshops that have been in existence for over 100 years. Meet up with a Moroccan chef who will take you through the medina where you’ll select ingredients to be prepared later in cooking class. And of course you’ll savor your efforts afterwards with a glass of local wine. On your way to Marrakech, explore the Middle Atlas Mountains with Berber villages clinging to towering cliff faces. While in Marrakech, visit the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, El-Bahia Palace, and the famous Saadian Tombs. Trek the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains strolling past apple orchards and olive groves, then make a Berber inspired lunch and taste your handiwork while sipping a cup of mint tea and watching the sun dance across the mountains. Then head toward the coast to taste some of the best wine varietals in the region and enjoy a fresh tapas style lunch in a bodega overlooking winelands. Your time in Morocco promises to be delicious.
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Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our local representative.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Casablanca and Fes. During the transfer, enjoy some brief touring stops including a visit to Meknes, the famed Ismailia capital known for its 40 km long walls and numerous gates. Next, visit Bab Mansour, the Royal stables, the amazing markets and also the popular Jewish quarter. Before arriving in Fes, explore the ruins of the ancient city of Volubilis and the holy city of Moulay Idriss. Upon arrival into Fes, a hotel drop-off is provided.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.
Explore the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco during this full day tour of Fes. Also known as Fes el Bali, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the 9th century, and is home to the world's oldest university. The city of Fes reached its true economic and cultural height in the 13th–14th centuries under the Merinids, when it replaced Marrakech as the capital of the kingdom. Although the political capital of Morocco was transferred to Rabat in 1912, Fes has retained its status as the country's Artisan centre. Artisan workshops in the medina are as active today as they were 100 years ago, and strongly contribute to the city’s industrial economy. Trades such as blacksmithing, leather working, ceramics, silk, tapestries, and sculpting are still practiced in these workshops today. The original ramparts still protect this ancient city and its estimated 9000 narrow passageways and bustling streets.
This morning meet with the Maison bleue Moroccan chef, Tariq Hadine to discuss the dishes that you would like to learn. Learn the correct preparation of Moroccan mint tea. Shop in the Medina in the morning to collect the day’s ingredients. Head back to class and were you will learn and preparing three authentic dishes. You will then enjoy your meal and saver what you have learnt with a glass of local wine.
Travel in a privately driven vehicle from Fes to Marrakech, making a lunch stop en-route. Explore the rugged terrain of the Middle Atlas Mountain range, boasting towering cliff faces, and incredible passes. Drive by the scenic berber villages of Immouzer de Kandar and the university town of Ifrane for a glimpse into rural living in Morocco. Explore the Kasbah of Ras El Ain and mingle amongst the merchants to find the perfect gift. The approximate travel time is 7.5 hours.
Stop in Beni Mellal for lunch. Located at the foot of Mount Tassemit and next to the plains of Beni Amir, the walls of the city date back to Moulay Ismail, in 1688, but most of the city is quite modern. It is picturesque location and the perfect mid-way stop to enjoy lunch.
Your tour usually starts at the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. This mosque's beautiful minaret dominates the skyline of Marrakech and can be seen from almost every approach to the city thanks to a long-standing planning ordinance that forbids any other building in the old city to rise above the height of a palm tree. You will also visit the El-Bahia Palace. This 19th century palace is elaborate in its decoration and was built over a period of seven years for Ba Ahmed, the son of the Grand Vizier Si Moussa. There are row after row of apartments—that once housed Ahmed's harem—a trapezoidal garden, a huge tiled courtyard, and many hidden treasures, both in the form of antique objects d'art and the palace's convergence of Andalusian and Moorish architecture. One of most visited sites in Morocco is the Saadian Tombs, which were only accessible via the mosque next door. However, in 1917 they were opened to the public and can now be accessed via a narrow passage that leads to an enclosed garden watched over by two mausoleums that include more than one hundred mosaic-decorated tombs. The Koranic School Medersa Ben Youssef is a Theological college founded by the Merenid Sultan Abu Hassan in the 14th century. It was restored in 1564 by the Saadians who made it the largest theological college in the Maghreb and a rival to the important Medersa Bou Inania in Fés.
Enjoy your cooking lesson today at Kasbah Tamadot. The cookery lessons are hands-on interactive sessions where the chefs will walk you step-by-step through how to make some of their more popular dishes. Sessions last approximately three hours. Each budding chef will have their own cooking station where together you will create a delicious three course meal including salads, soup, tagines and dessert. Then you’ll have the pleasure of eating your culinary delights for lunch that afternoon. The “Kanoun” restaurant at Tamadot (named after the traditional Berber bread oven) features an outdoor terrace and roof top for dining on warmer days or inside when cooler. Tamadot also has an excellent wine list. After lunch at The Kasbah Tamadot, your guide will take you to explore the mountains by foot.
The High Atlas Mountain region boasts a wide variety of trekking possibilities, and is suitable for visitors of all ages. For those unable to meet the physical demands of trekking with equipment, mule support for transporting bags or travellers can be provided. Your experienced guide will accompany each trek, and will provide historical information about the area`s visited.
Just 25 km west of the bustle of Essaouira's iconic medina, head into the surrounding countryside to the French-owned Val d'Argan. Owned and developed by Charles Melia, a Frenchman with Algerian ancestry dating back to the 1800s, the Val d'Argan's rich and fertile soil has been producing a range of organic Clairette grapes since the 1940s. With fifty hectares of land, the vineyard is picturesque: grape vines growing in neat rows among bright blooming rose bushes, wild green fields as far as the eye can see, and the healthiest and happiest caramel-colored horses. Enjoy a walking tour of the vineyard and the cellars of this unique, organic winery. Afterward head upstairs to the Val d'Argan restaurant. Scoring full marks for the venue, the restaurant is simple and set high up in a covered veranda entirely lined by Moorish-style windows looking out onto the acres of land with a cozy ensemble of tables. In the open kitchen at the far end of the room, the domain's ladies create a little feast of fresh cooked meat, vegetables, and fruit, and prepare the most delicious selection of olives and more, which all come fresh from the garden. The result is an eye-popping spread of fresh salads, sauces and purées, followed by tender lamb, chicken, beef or fish skewers, all accompanied by rice, potatoes and an array of vegetables and all that washed down with some of the property's gorgeous mellow wines. A perfect afternoon indulging in some of the region's very best produce, the Val d'Argan comes extremely highly recommended.
Horse riding, ATV, hot-air ballooning or golf? Even skiing is possible close by…. Marrakech is home to a wide variety of activities. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the city on your own or sign up for tours and sight seeing. Local attractions include: hot air balloon ride, 4x4 riding, cooking class, wine tasting, camel back ride, white water rafting, zip lining, biking, walking, garden and historical tours just to name a few!
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Marrakech and Casablanca. The approximate travel time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
A modern city and the trade capital of Morocco, Casablanca is a magnificent mix of modernism and tradition. It is the largest metropolitan city in the Maghreb and is characterised by elegant buildings, great avenues and unique architectural art forms and Moorish finishing's featured throughout the numerous domes and columns. This booming cosmopolitan city is characterized by the King Hassan II mosque located by the sea and featuring a 200 meter minaret that dominates the city's landscape. The Mosque is open to non muslims as a daily shared tour which highlights it's impressive modern interior. Then drive to visit the Jewish Historical Museum of Morocco in the Oasis area of Casablanca. Again, a driver and guide is at your disposal and will provide insight into the best this city has to offer.
Renovated from ruins, Riad Maison Bleue, the sister property to La Maison Bleue, is an elegant hotel that successfully combines traditional Moroccan influences with modern sensibilities. The 18 suites, comfortable restaurant, private spa and hammam, well-equipped gym and intimate bar exude an air of discreet luxury. The main courtyard, with its swimming pool and lush garden is surrounded by three guest rooms and a Moorish salon. Here you will be welcomed upon arrival with a bowl of orange-blossom scented milk and almond-stuffed dates. Six of the suites overlook this courtyard, where the palm trees, mandarin trees and pool combine to create an oasis of calm. The hotel offers a choice of two ‘a la carte’ menus comprising traditional Moroccan cuisine or international dishes. There is also a room service menu available.
Palais Khum offers a beautiful haven for the discerning traveller in the heart of the old Medina of Marrakesh. This exquisite boutique hotel in set in Dar el Bacha, the area is famous for exclusive antique and jewellery dealers. The carefully restored property depicts an architectural journey that summarizes historical influences of the past. The polished-marble hammam, handmade beds, glass dining table radiates the essence of modern style in ancient surrounding. Palais Khum boasts beautiful rooms and suites, each with its own individual style, tastefully furnished with exotic Moroccan flair, carved doors, antique wall hangings and lattice windows. The hotel also features gorgeous, immaculate and fragrant gardens, a variety of restaurant spaces including a lounge bar, a delightful terrace café and an Italian pastry shop which opens out onto the bustling antique street.
Sachi Gowda ,
December 15, 2014
"We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip."
Ronald Jones ,
December 12, 2014
"I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!"
December 15, 2014
"Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.
I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.
Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.
Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!
Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!"
Bruce Lundstrom ,
December 15, 2014
"Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company."
December 09, 2014
"A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation."
Belinda Skelton ,
December 12, 2014
"This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!"
December 12, 2014
"Our week-long tour in Morocco went without a hitch in the company of a great driver and knowledgeable guide who were always prompt, courteous, helpful, and very nice. Kensington Tours' picks for our overnight accommodations were excellent, as well as the excursions planned for us. We're grateful to our conscientious agent, Lily, who went out of her way to make us feel welcome in Morocco. We feel confident that we are in very capable hands whenever we travel with Kensington Tours. "
December 12, 2014
"Our trip was a perfect 10 - exceeding all expectations! Starting with Christine Willner's attentiveness to our wish list and balancing it to our budget, every leg and element of our journey took place without so much as a hiccup. We were blown away by the quality of our tours, accommodations and guides. Thank you for giving us a great experience and wonderful memories!"
Rebecca Warren ,
August 02, 2014
"My 26 year old daughter recently traveled alone to Madagascar using Kensington tours. I was a little concerned about her safety and wanted to make sure that she would be well taken care of. Kensington was great from start to finish. Our travel agent, Marc Sisson, put together the tour in very short order with very little notice, had no problem doing it for just one person, and gave me a sense of security that my daughter would be well cared for. She did the Anjajavy 5 Day Beach extension. The tour guide who picked her up at the airport in the capitol city was outstanding -- very knowledgeable and helpful. The Anjajavy hotel was extraordinary. Her pictures are breathtakingly beautiful. She kayaked, swam in the ocean and saw lemurs feeding. She got to practice her French with the outstanding hotel manager and otherwise was able to just relax and unwind. She described the experience as "visiting Eden." I highly recommend Kensington. I contacted a number of tour/travel agencies and none of them compared to Kensington. "
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We all agree that Kensington has first class staff working for them in Africa. All the camps that we stayed at were absolutely beautiful except perhaps for the one in Lake Manyara. All in all it was a spectacular trip!"
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