Taste of Morocco

8 days from $3,256 per person*
  • Treat your palate on a wine tour with tastings in Valley D’Argon.
  • Improve your culinary skills at a cooking class in Fes.
  • Private guided tours of the High Atlas Mountains, Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Expert selection of hotels.
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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. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Casablanca to Fes
    Casablanca to Fes
    • Welcome to Morocco
    • Casablanca - Fes [8 hours with Meknes & Volubilis] - Vehicle/Driver (3)
  • Day 2 Fes
    Fes
    • Vehicle & Driver at Disposal Imperial Cities - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(3)
    • Private - City Tour - Entrance
  • Day 3 Fes
    Fes
    • Vehicle & Driver at Disposal Imperial Cities - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(3)
    • 1/2 Day Maison Bleue Cooking Class and Lunch - Entrance
  • Day 4 Fes to Marrakech
    Fes to Marrakech
    • Fes - Marrakech [7.5 hours] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(3)
    • Lunch in Beni Mellal (Enroute Fez/Marrakech) - Lunch
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Marrakech
    Marrakech
    • Vehicle & Driver at Disposal Imperial Cities - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(3)
    • Private - City Tour - Entrance
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Marrakech
    Marrakech
    • Vehicle & Driver at Disposal Imperial Cities - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(3)
    • Private - High Atlas Mountains with Lunch at Kasbah du Toubkal - Guide(12)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Marrakech
    Marrakech
    • Vehicle & Driver at Disposal Imperial Cities - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Valley D'Argon Wine Tour (with Lunch) - Wine Tasting/Lunch/Entrance
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Marrakech to Casablanca
    Marrakech to Casablanca
    • Marrakech - Casablanca [2.5 hours] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(3)
    • Private - City Tour - Entrance
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Day 1: Casablanca - Fes

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.

Accommodation: Riad Maison Bleue

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.

Fes Mosque
Fes Mosque
La Maison Bleue
La Maison Bleue

Day 2: Fes

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.

Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 9am. 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.

Accommodation: Riad Maison Bleue
Bab Boujelud Gate to the Medina
Bab Boujelud Gate to the Medina

Day 3: Fes

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.

This morning meet with the Maison bleue Moroccan chef Zohor 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. Please note that transfers to cooking class at Maison Bleue is not included. You may ask the riad to call you a cab or walk if you prefer.

Accommodation: Riad Maison Bleue
Cooking Class
Cooking Class

Day 4: Fes - Marrakech

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. 

Accommodation: Palais Khum

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.

marrakech
marrakech
Palais Khum
Palais Khum

Day 5: Marrakech

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.

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.

Accommodation: Palais Khum
Koutoubia Mosque
Koutoubia Mosque

Day 6: Marrakech

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.

Enjoy a morning excursion to the High Atlas Mountains and Kasbah du Toubkal. Heading south from Marrakech along the hairpin bends, you will eventually reach one of only two passes through the High Atlas Mountains. Perhaps make a brief stop at the Berber villages of Tahanoute or Asni and continue to the village of Imlil, where you will take a ten-minute walk up to Kasbah du Toubkal. Mules will be available if you prefer to ride! Situated on a hilltop with commanding views of the surrounding valley, the Kasbah du Toubkal was built as a summer palace for the Pasha El Glaoui. It is now a wonderful place to experience Berber hospitality and a great base from which to explore the High Atlas. Enjoy a traditional Berber lunch on the terrace overlooking the snow-capped peaks or a picnic lunch on the trail. You may wish to take a stroll to a nearby Berber village, where an invitation to share mint tea with the locals can be arranged. Kasbah du Toubkal has been heavily involved in sharing its prosperity with the local mountain villages, sponsoring much-needed health and educational projects. Head back to Marrakech at your leisure and the remainder of the day is free for more exploration of Marrakech.

Accommodation: Palais Khum
Kasbah du Toubkal
Kasbah du Toubkal

Day 7: Marrakech

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.

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.

Enjoy time at leisure in Marrakech. 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!

Accommodation: Palais Khum
High Atlas Mountain Hike
High Atlas Mountain Hike
Val d'Argan Restaurant
Val d'Argan Restaurant

Day 8: Marrakech - Casablanca

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.

Accommodation:
King Hassan II Mosque
King Hassan II Mosque
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
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Riad Maison Bleue : Fes

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.

La Maison Bleue
La Maison Bleue
The Patio
The Patio

Palais Khum: Marrakech

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.

Palais Khum
Palais Khum
Palais Khum Terrace
Palais Khum Terrace
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Cathleen Werblin — July 07, 2015 — Africa

    The entire trip went without a flaw. Everything lived up to my dreams and Kensington did an outstanding job in arranging tours and guides to exceed our expectations.

  • TiaRazon — May 11, 2015 — Africa

    We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience!

  • JamesSmith — May 12, 2015 — Africa

    Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone.

  • EarleBarnwell — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment.

  • StephenReeves — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington.

  • Sachi Gowda — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip.

  • Ronald Jones — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    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!

  • RonJones — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    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 — Africa

    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.

  • AlbertLind — December 09, 2014 — Africa

    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.

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