Marvelous Morocco - Food, Wine & Wellness Small Group Tour

   
 

Marvelous Morocco - Food, Wine & Wellness Small Group Tour

BY NIBBLES AND SIPS TOURS
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1 month ago

DURATION

13 Days / 12 Nights

SEASON

March 22 - April 4, 2020

RATES

CAD 3,860.00 per person

EXPIRES

Feb 15, 2020
Marvelous Morocco - Food, Wine & Wellness Small Group Tour
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We have focused on just a couple of areas of Morocco in this tour while still highlighting what we love the best: food, wine, and wellness! Along with fantastic experiences such as a night in the desert (with a camel ride included), interesting cultural experiences and historical sites, we have also included a spa session, a food tour, a wine tour, and much more.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies, or ask about pairing with a same sex roommate. 5% GST not included. Deposit of 35% required at time of booking, final payment 60 days before tour date. Monthly payment plan also available with a small deposit.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Into Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco
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This is your international flight day. Flights arrive into the city at all hours, so you may have some free time today dependent on your arrival time. Your tour leader will be waiting at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. Tonight, we will be having our first dinner together as a group. Your tour leader will be able to give you some suggestions on how to spend your free time today, along with all the details for your welcome dinner.

Day 2: City Tour And Evening Food Tour
Marrakech, Morocco
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Today we will discover the old city of Marrakech with its labyrinthine streets, famous markets and the Majorelle Garden with our local guide. We set off after breakfast to visit the famous Palais de Bahia, a beautifully decorated palace full of enchanting inner rooms and elaborate mosaic walls. We take a walk through the Jewish Quarter, with distinctly different architecture from the rest of the medina, and discover the incredible Saadian tombs and the Medersa Ben Youssef, an old school of Quranic study with beautiful Arabian-Andalucían architecture.

Later we admire the wood carvings and visit the tiny students' rooms and see the Koutoubia Mosque, an icon of Marrakech. We head to the world-famous Jemaah el Fna square with its countless orange juice stands, snake charmers, traditionally-garbed water sellers and henna women. We will enjoy a refreshing midday pause on one of the terraces with a panoramic view and take in the sights of the colorful crowds below.

Continuing on, we make our way to the incredible Majorelle Garden and through this oasis of calm at our leisure. We can visit the Berber Museum housed in a bright blue villa and learn about the history and traditions of Berber people and see some of their beautiful traditional clothing.

We may have some free time after the city tour and before we meet our next local guide for our evening food tour. We start by enjoying a fresh juice from one of juice shops before a memorable walk through the narrow streets of the old Medina, where we will get to see how actually the Moroccan Bread is made. We will also have a chance to enjoy a Soup (Harira) and some Bread before setting out for a walk by local markets to get to know the spices and all the ingredients the locals use on tajines. We continue through the Medina trying different snacks along the way, before reaching Mechoui Alley where we will get a chance to taste the mythic barbecued meat of Marrakech. Near Jamaa Lafna Square we will have dinner in a traditional restaurant when we will have starters and a different plate for every participant! This is the way we will all get to taste most the best local specialties. Time to share! After dinner our last stop is to sip on a hot cup tea with different plants to help digest what we’ve enjoyed.

Day 3: Atlas Mountains
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
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This morning you can enjoy breakfast in the hotel before we set out in the company of an experienced, English-speaking guide, heading to the Ourika Valley, which is about a 1-hour drive from Marrakech and famous for its waterfalls. We will be going to visit the waterfalls on a 1.5-hour walk to experience spectacular views of different landscapes as far as the eye can see.

Today we have some interesting experience as we visit Berber women extracting Argan oil, which is unique to Morocco and continue travelling through the Oukaimden Valley, taking a secluded mountain road and passing through traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones. This is a chance to really discover the authentic life of Berber people. We will enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical Berber house along the route.

Later we will head to the Asni valley, which is famous for its apple, walnut, almond and peach trees and enjoy the sight of the snowy summits of the Atlas Mountains. We arrive back at our hotel in the city at about 5 pm, and have the rest of the evening free.

Day 4: Travel From Marrakech To Fes, Hamman And Spa Session
Fes, Morocco
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You can enjoy breakfast in the hotel before we head off in our private, comfortable vehicle to transfer from Marrakech to Fes. The transfer will take around 5 to 6 hours, including breaks along the way. Our knowledgeable, English speaking driver will regale us with interesting information and recommend a good place for us to have lunch. Upon arrival we will check in to our hotel and prepare ourselves for our next activity.

At 4 pm we will set off to have an incredible relaxing experience. You can choose from a list which massage session you would like to receive. This is an excellent way to get an insight into the traditional way of living of the locals in Morocco and for a better understanding of the culture and the rituals. Hammam is a traditional public bath that was first introduced to Morocco with the arrival of the Roman Empire from which it immersed with Morocco’s diverse culture and has been given a Moroccan make over to better fit with the customs and lore of an Arabic Islamic nation. So, as soon as the Romans left, Arabic-Andalusian architecture took over Hammams and incorporated them into Morocco’s unique traditional facilities. Not so long ago, it wasn’t common for people to have their own showers, for hot water was a precious commodity before the era of water heaters, so traditional Hammams were considered a practical solution to get around this difficulty. The steamy baths, beautiful decorations and luxurious ambiance provide us with the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after our long day of travel. A masseuse will exfoliate you and get rid of your dead cells with a traditional scrub glove followed by a massage in a relaxed and heavenly atmosphere. As a wise-man once said, “Massage is a luxury you can’t afford to miss”, and we certainly agree! a luxury indeed for all its health benefits and the feeling of serenity you get after the session. The staff of the Hammam will welcome us with some mint tea while they prepare our steamy rooms. Tea will also be presented for you when you finish your Hammam and massage session. We return to the hotel when we are finished and we can find a good place to enjoy dinner, or you can head off on your own for the evening.

Day 5: Fes (Fez) City Tour
Fes, Morocco
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We met our private guide this morning for a fascinating tour of Fez and to discover its historic sites, winding lanes, and bustling heart. We follow narrow streets into the medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest walled in cities, stopping at mosques, a celebrated madrasa, and the colorful Fez tanneries, which date back to Medieval times. Throughout the day, we’ll enjoy the flexible, personal experience of our guide, with time to shop, explore, sample local treats, or just soak up the vibrant atmosphere at our own pace. We spend the whole day exploring and learning about this fascinating city. Late in the afternoon we say goodbye to our guide and can have the evening to explore on our own or relax in the hotel.

Day 6: Meknes Wine Tour
Meknes, Morocco
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This morning we depart to experience Morocco’s Meknes wine region and its full-bodied wines. We travel into the scenic region between the Rif and Middle Atlas Mountains, and admire the green vineyards. The area around Meknes boasts three major vineyards, all beautifully located between the foothills of the Rif Mountains and craggy Middle Atlas range, and subject to cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean. Along with the Moroccan sun, mild temperatures, rich soils, and altitude, these excellent conditions have meant that wine has been cultivated here as from as early as Phoenician times and later by the ancient Romans, more than 2,000 years ago. The vineyards produce a variety of full-bodied, rich, and expressive reds and whites from grapes such as Syrah, Merlot, and Chardonnay. As we approach Meknes, we can admire the expanses of vineyards and learn snippets about local wine production from our guide. We will visit two of the leading boutique wineries in the region - the Celliers de Meknes winery and the Chateau Roslane winery, to tour the cellars and sample the wines. At each, we meet our expert host and tour the cellars where the wines are stored and aged in oak barrels. We learn about each stage of production, from grape-picking to bottling, and then head to the tasting room to sample a number of the home-produced varieties. Swap notes on the flavors and aromas, and chat to the knowledgeable staff about their passion for wine making. We finish our visit with a traditional Moroccan lunch.

We return to the hotel later in the afternoon and have the rest of the day free.

Day 7: Visit And A Night In Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen, Morocco
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We are travelling out of Fez to spend one night in one of the most photogenic destinations of the country. Situated in the Rif Mountains north of Fez, the blue-hued hillside town of Chefchaouen is full of steep, narrow streets with white and indigo lime washed buildings, small squares, and ornate fountains and houses with elaborately decorated doorways and red tile roofs. This is a beautiful blue door and white -walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The city's narrow streets are lined with handicrafts shops that sell traditional clothes and decorations special and unique to that part of Morocco. It's also famous for its top-quality goat cheese that's due to the mountainous terrains being the perfect natural habitats for goats. Today we will have plenty of free time to visit the medina and hike to the famous water source "Rass El Ma", which is a beautiful place from which we can enjoy a stunning view of the city.

We can enjoy lunch in one of the traditional Restaurant with its atmospheric view over the Ech-Chaoua Mountains. We will actually be spending the night in this charming town.

Day 8: Chefchaouen To Volubilis, And Return To Fez
Volubilis, Morocco
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After breakfast we start our journey towards Volubilis, travelling through Wazzan and other villages along the way. We are heading to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Volubilis — an ancient Roman settlement where we can admire the alleyways, gates, monuments and mosaic floors. From here we continue on to the city of Meknes to actually enjoy the historical sites that we did not see previously. Meknes is one of Morocco’s four imperial cities and here we will visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail — the resting place of one of Morocco’s most powerful leaders. Listen as our guide shines a light on the 18th-century sultan’s life and admire the grand stables, once home to his 12,000 horses. We continue our drive back to Fez to spend one more night in our hotel there.

Day 9: Depart Fez To Travel To Ifrane, Medilt, And Merzouga
Merzouga, Morocco
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Over the next three days we are going to have an incredible experience as we see a different side of Morocco as we travel back to Marrakech. Our highlights of these days will be the alpine-style mountain town of Ifrane, the Todra Gorge, and the UNESCO-listed Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, along with a camel trek in the desert and a night at a luxury Sahara camp. This is a once in a lifetime experience and we are going to make the most of every moment. Our private guide and driver will be with us to make every moment special.

Our first day on this journey will take us from Fez to Ifrane, which is a totally un-Moroccan style village built by the French in the 1930's; then through cedars forest to view monkeys; on a drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains; and through Berber villages as we begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. We will make a stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, and we will also stop for a panoramic view of a huge oasis of palm trees before we reach Merzouga, where camels will be waiting to carry us across the sandy dunes of the erg-chebbi. We will get to enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camelback! We have about a one-hour ride to reach the desert camp where we will be spending the night in a berbre tent. After a wonderful dinner, we can sit back and look at the stars.

Day 10: Merzouga To Boumalne Dades
Boumalne Dades, Morocco
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After a special Berber breakfast, we’ll depart towards Dades. We will stop for a visit at Rissani the first capital of dynasty alouite, including some historical Kasbahs and the famous Market here. After this visit we will continue traveling along the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, an ancient caravan trading route. This central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco, with its natural areas nestled along rich rivers, valleys, palmeries and with burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant colour under the shelter of the blue desert sky. We’ll travel through the Valley past dramatic escarpments and plunging gorges via Tinghir. We’ll stop for lunch and a walk in Gorge Todra before we continue travelling through to the Dades Valley to reach Boumalne Dades where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 11: Dades To Ouarzazate, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, To Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco
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Today we head off to visit Ouarzazate and the Kasbah of Taourirt. We will stop in the Kasbah Ait ben haddou, where we arrive in time for lunch. Here we can visit the famous Kasbah, declared an UNESCO World Heritage site, where films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia were filmed. We continue on our way, passing through the High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260 m above sea level. We pass through small villages, alongside small waterfalls, and through the continuously changing landscape and colors of these beautiful mountains. We will reach Marrakech in the late afternoon and are dropped off at our hotel. You have the rest of the evening free.

Day 12: Free Day Marrakech / Goodbye Dinner
Marrakech, Morocco
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A day to relax by the pool, or shop to your hearts content! Or, if you would like to join your tour leader on a day of exploring you can certainly do so. Tonight, we meet as a group for one last special dinner here in Marrakech. Your tour leader will advise you of all the details!

Day 13: Time To Say Goodbye
Marrakech, Morocco
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Sadly, our time here has come to an end, but we are sure you will be taking home memories that will last for a lifetime. Your tour leader will accompany you to the airport at your appropriate departure time.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Professional tour leader
  • 3* or 4* accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • Two Lunches
  • Four Dinners
  • Wine Tastings
  • Food Tastings
  • Spa Services
  • All entrances to sites
  • Local site guides as required
  • Local guides as required
  • Private transportation

NOTES

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Small group tour with a maximum of 8 participants.


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