Immerse yourself in magic and seduction; exoticism and greatness. the Muslim empire occupied Spain for over 800 years making one of the most cultural significant impacts and shaping the culinary habits in Spain. The new Islamic state in the Peninsula was named Al-Andalus.
Not only eggplant, spinach, sugar cane, rice, apricots and citrics among other products were introduced by the Arabs in the Iberian Peninsula, but also the introduction of irrigation ditches, cisterns and draining systems contributed to expand the existing olive growing. Marinating technique for food preserving and the alcohol distillation were also valuable contributions.
The gastronomic expression of the Islamic civilization is a major indicator of the economical and cultural development of the Arabs who became the artistic, scientific and intellectual elite. They developed the most refined dining experiences up to unimaginable limits and considered gastronomy a successful means of restoring and preserving health at all levels. Arabs upgraded gastronomy to a philosophical and human level. Delight and pleasure while eating were sacred and condiments and spices became essential: saffron, peppermint, cumin, lavender, cardamom, caraway, oregano, ginger, pepper, coriander, clove, nutmeg and so on. Honey and almonds, bread and meal; savor this ancient but fully alive culture while you admire traces of magnificence and unimaginable sceneries. Embark in a hedonist escape from Morocco to Andalusia.
- An exclusive itinerary crafted by expert native locals fruit of an intensive R&D
- One-of-a-kind cultural visits and workshops to feel like a local
- Dive into local cuisine, local wines and local traditions of Morocco & Andalusia
- Learn the origins about Moorish heritage culture in Andalusia
- Try berber traditional cheeses and visit a Moroccan winery
- Total immersion in extra virgin olive oil production & wine production and consumption
- Visit a Moroccan women’s co-operative part of the Government social aid program
- Dinner at Dar Namir by Tara Stevens, food journalist
- Restaurant Numéro 7 in Fez by chef-in-residence, voted one was of the world’s most beautiful restaurants by the Wall Street Journal
- Restaurant Noor by Paco Morales, the first and unique focused on Al-Andalus cuisine – member of Bullipedia team –
- 1-Michelin-starred restaurant El Choco by Kisko García
- 2-Michelin-starred restaurant José Carlos García by José Carlos García
- Private conference: The contribution of Al-Andalus to the science, the agriculture, the gastronomy and the universal literature
- Totally private tour exclusive for you and your party led my native specialists
- Private transfers
DAY 1 FEZ
‘Mystery and labyrinth. Complex streets. Anonymous walls. Secret luxury.’Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin : 1934 - 1939.
Anis Nin’s description of Fez can only leave you with the sense that this city, over 1200 years old, is worth discovering with the alluring charm of the medina, the colourful streets and souks and the rich tapestry of life that exists within its ancient walls. Post arrival enjoy a short panoramic tour to give you an overview of the city. Take in the Ramparts of the King’s palace , Merenid tombs, Borj Nord , Jewish Mellah and the panoramic views of the Fez medina. A relaxing evening will be organised starting with sunset aperitivo's on the terrace and Arabian folkloric storytelling session with famed storyteller Mohamed Mokhlis. Follow the session with a traditional Moroccan meal accompanied by the gentle sounds of oud musicians.
DAY 2 FEZ
This morning we’ll give you an overview of the ancient medina before heading off and winding our way thru the streets and souks with a local Fez food expert. You’ll start by exploring the fresh food souks, then on to the honey souk we’re you’ll be able to taste an array of delicious honeys, their flavours and properties and find out why honey is so important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture. From the honey souk we’ll visit traditional farnatchis, the spice El attarryia and the henna souk. We’ll try traditional Moroccan foods including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, and fresh goast cheese, finishing off with a visit to a traditional Moroccan tea house. The tour finishes early afternoon so you have free time to relax or explore the medina at leisure. In 2015 Restro 7 was voted one was of the world’s most beautiful restaurants by the Wall Street Journal and deemed worth travelling for and there’s a reason why… Located in the heart of the Fès medina: the cradle of moroccan gastronomy. Tonight enjoy a special dining experience paired with Moroccan wines in this very sophisticated, one of a kind gastronomy restaurant.
DAY 3 FEZ
Tailor make your day. Explore the fascinating and beautiful world of Moroccan design with an master artisan. Embrace the true flavors of Morocco in its culinary epicenter with a cooking class whilst interacting with a local family. Lose yourself in the gardens of ancient palaces and exotic Riads with an Islamic architecture expert. Gain a historical oversight into the heritage of the Jewish Mellah or participate in a local hammam experience – a variety of options are available for you to choose from to suit your personal interest. Dinner tonight is hosted by Tara Stephens at Dar Namir. Food and Wine Journalist, chef and owner of the Courtyard Kitchen, as well as project Manager of Restro 7 - Tara will create a contemporary menu incorporating modern elements with traditional Moroccan cooking, alongside wine pairings.
DAY 4 FEZ – RABAT via VOLUBILIS & MOULAY IDRISS
This morning depart Fez and travel through lush olive groves en route to Volubilis. First stop is Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Morocco's most spiritual centre. It is said that for Moroccan’s who can’t afford the trip to Mecca, then to travel five times in one’s life to Moulay Idriss is of equal merit. The scenic village has lovely souks to explore and a number of panoramic views of Volubilis. We’ll visit a local traditional olive press and learn about the methods of harvesting and pressing the olives to create the dark and fruity oil that is the base of culinary, medicinal and cosmetic tradition countrywide. Five minutes from the town is the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. Find beautiful mosaic floors, uncovered and brought to light by the archaeologists that work this partly excavated site. It was developed from 3rd century BCE onwards as a Phoenician and later a Carthaginian settlement. Following a tour of this stunning historic site, enjoy the tranquility of a local farm in the shadow of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis while sampling traditional Roman recipes as recorded in the Latin texts of Apicius and Cato. Roman cuisine relied on exclusively local ingredients such as olive oil, wine, soft fresh cheese, game birds, hearty fruits such as pears and melons, honey, and fresh herbs and omitted new World ingredients such as potatoes and tomatoes.
DAY 5 RABAT - OUALIDIA
Based along the Atlantic coastline, the city of Rabat is currently the governing capital and home to the royal family. Spend the morning visiting the sites in Rabat, including a visit to the Chellah, spectacular Andalusia gardens of the Oudaya Kasbah and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Enjoy a favorite local pastime of fresh seafood lunch directly on the shores of the Atlantic at Borj Edard. Early afternoon depart for Oualidia.
DAY 6 OUALIDIA
Oualidia is often described as the St Tropez of Morocco and whilst the beaufitul lagoon and golden sandy shores attracts the bourgeoisie of Morocco, Oulidia itself retains it’s laid back style and fishing town authenticity. With its mild year-round climate and peaceful beaches, Oualidia is ideal for watersports, hiking and birdwitching, famously attracting pink flamingo’s and other migrating species. Oualidia is also the centre of oyster production in Morocco, as famous for its crustaceans as it is for the sapphire lagoon that cultivates them. This morning depart for a boat ride along the lagoon to the oyster farms and try your hand at shucking freshly farmed oysters. Follow the oyster farm visit with a feast of freshly caught crab, lobster, prawns and fish alongside a tasting of Morocco’s sparkling wine and Rosé. A free afternoon at leisure.
DAY 7 MARRAKECH
Depart Oulidia for Marrakech. Stop for a cheese tasting and lunch at La Fromagerie where Jaouad Habib and Abderrazzak Khoubbane run a seriously good dairy. The cheeses are made from old berber techniques and each cheese reflects the unique vision of the farm in offering bio-made produce at high quality levels. Following the cheese tasting participate in a wine degustation at Val Du Argan, one of the leading wineries in the south of Morocco. Moroccan-French born Charles Mélia, owner/winemaker, moved to France to manage his family's property in Cotes Du Rhone at young age before turning back in his late 40’s to make wine in his motherland. His vineyard began with ¬five tentative hectares planted in 1994 and now extended to 40, and still remains the only winery situated on the southern coastal part of Morocco. His boutique wines are now a reference point for the Moroccan wine industry. Arrive Marrakech late afternoon.
DAY 8 MARRAKECH
Marrakech is a city of immense energy and history and one of the most compelling of all African/Arab cities. Sitting in the shadows of the mighty snow-clad peaks of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is not only one of Morocco’s most aesthetic cities, but also one of its most lively and exciting. Founded almost 1000 years ago, Marrakech is a feast for the senses and today you will explore it. Dine tonight at Marrakech’s leading fine dining venue, where the Moroccan chef Omar El Ouahssoussie took over the kitchen from British chef Andrew West (ex-Gordon Ramsay’s at Claridge’s) and has improved on his predecessor's menu: cooking up delicious, visually stunning Moroccan-French fusion menu expect sumptuous soups flavoured with argan oil, succulent meat and fish dishes seasoned with exotic spices and fresh vegetables, and classic desserts that have been given a Moroccan twist like their tagine apple tart and spicy cucumber sorbet.
DAY 9 MARRAKECH / IMLIL
The village of Imlil lies at the base of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. The draw of the surrounding High Atlas peaks has transformed this small village into a bustling trailhead but without eroding its character. It is set in picturesque walnut groves and watered by the streams of the Atlas, it is truly beautiful. Created in 1999, Association Bassins d'Imlil is an organization with the aim of developing the region of Imlil at both the social and economic sector. These co-operatives, set up through independent and government funding allow the women of the region to support themselves and be sustainably independent, as well as providing the opportunity for literacy education. Travel on foot or by mule to the villages and see the working co-operatives. We take a look at the various food products being produced at the co-operatives and within the region and discuss techniques being used. We encourage you to interact with the local community through your English speaking translator which creates a truly unique experience as you spend the afternoon hosted by the women and families of the co-operatives. You’ll learn how to make Moroccan bread, the staple and ‘sacred life giver’, in a traditional clay oven and prepare a traditional Moroccan Meshwai BBQ using locally sourced produce and cooked over an open coal fire. Return to Marrakech in the afternoon and enjoy the city at your own pace.
DAY 10 MARRAKECH - SEVILLE
Transfer to Marrakech Airport. Upon arrival in Seville, private transfer to the hotel. Welcome drink and introduction of the itinerary by your private guide that will help you to understand where you are and where you are going. Classical Moorish influenced gourmet paired dinner.
DAY 11 SEVILLE
Private-guided visit of Seville highlights including the Cathedral, Reales Alcázares and Santa Cruz neighborhood. Gourmet paired lunch in Seville with a more modern-fusion style.
Free afternoon at your own pace to enjoy the city or we can organize any of the following activities:
- Visit to a brave bulls private ranch owned by a member of the Spanish aristocracy (see more details here)
- A flamenco private tour: learn about history of flamenco by the hand of our private flamenco expert, a PhD and professional who manages several renown flamenco artists, can let you in private rehearsals and organize private performances (see more details here)
- Antiques & Boutiques private shopping tour (see more details here)
DAY 12 VEJER DE LA FRONTERA & JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
Half day visit to the whitewashed stunning village of Vejer de la Frontera facing the Atlantic ocean and Africa from a breathtaking hilltop. Combine a tapas tour with a hands-on cooking class or have lunch at the best Spanish fish restaurant (prize awarded at Madrid Fusión 2015).
Arrival to Jerez de la Frontera in the afternoon. In the evening enjoy an exclusive and singular private tabancos tour (learn more here).
DAY 13 JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
Enjoy a private-guided visit to the Cathedral (1264) built on a previous mosque, and then visit the Alcazar, a former Moorish fortress.
Free lunch time. In the afternoon, let's meet a sherry bodega owner to learn not only about sherry wines but also about the origin of the oldest European winemaking tradition brought by Phoenicians 3,000 years ago. It's a totally private and exclusive visit.
Gourmet paired dinner specialized in traditional local specialties, wild fish and seafood.
DAY 14 RONDA - CORDOBA
Early in the morning you will head to Ronda. Enjoy a private-guided visit of the impressive old town and its deep Moorish heritage: the Arab baths, San Sebastián Minaret, Mondragón Palace, Arab wall doors, the mine, Palace of the Arabian King and much more. Enjoy a paired gourmet lunch in a local traditional restaurant to feel the andalusí flavors or, we can arrange a private winery visit and have lunch within casks and vineyards. Note Ronda is a major producer of organic wines.
After lunch, way to poetic and discreet Cordoba. Free evening.
DAY 15 CORDOBA
Private-guided visit of La Mezquita and the Jewish quarter. If we have time left we could visit La Casa Andalusí, a 12th-century house furnished with objects from Córdoba's medieval Islamic culture and a Roman mosaic.
Degustation paired menu at a gourmet restaurant with traditional specialties.
Free afternoon. In the evening we suggest a mouth-watering tavern's tour that will uncover genuine Cordoba's tapas bars. Being Cordoba the biggest olive oil producer in the world, we could also arrange an olive grove visit and EVOI masterclass and tasting.
DAY 16 CORDOBA - GRANADA
Arrival to Granada and hotel check-in. Degustation Moorish menu for lunch.
6 pm Private conference by an historian about The contribution of Al-Andalus to the science, the agriculture, the gastronomy and the universal literature. Then private visit of the Albaycin quarter.
In the evening, private show-cooking of typical Granada specialties in a carmen, a traditional house with its own garden and patio with views over the Alhambra. We can arrange a private guitar concert if you wish.
DAY 17 GRANADA
You'll leave for the countryside and visit an olive grove with and ancient olive mill, whose cultivation remains and was spread throughout the country by the Moorish. Then, you'll visit a winery where after the wine tasting you will enjoy a fabulous and relaxed paired meal.
Back to Granada for a private-guided visit of the splendorous Alhambra.
Last evening in Granada, farewell dinner at one of the most acclaimed restaurants.
DAY 18 GRANADA - COSTA TROPICAL - MALAGA
In you way to Malaga you will cross the Costa Tropical visiting Almúñecar and its ancient salted fish production facilities from the Phoenician times. Afterwards, you'll stop by a tropical fruits estate, next to the beach. From November to mid May you'll be able to try any type of delicious fruits locally produced. Once in Malaga, relaxed lunch at gourmet restaurant.
Free afternoon or private-guided visit of this lively city.
In the evening, a guided casual and gourmet tapas tour among the best culinary options. Malaga's cuisine is quickly becoming a popular destination for travelers from all over the world; in fact it hosts a two Michelin starred restaurant combined with a more casual and top tapas eating style.
DAY 19 MALAGA - DEPARTURE
Private transfer to Malaga International Airport.
We care about your privacy, please let us know what is your perfect balance between free time and activities and we will adjust the program to suit you.
Prices are available upon request since each itinerary is different and adapted to your party details, needs and schedule.
- Accommodation at P&T Hotels Collection luxury hand picked boutique hotels and riads
- Expert bilingual local native guides and lecturers
- All cultural visits ad workshops as listed in the itinerary
- All meals and gastronomic tours specified in the itinerary
- All cooking classes and wine tastings as listed
- Luxury chauffeured-service
- All local taxes
- Flight Marrakech-Seville (prices will vary according to the season and cabin category, to be quoted individually)
- Personal purchases
- Transfers from/to the airport, to be scheduled and quoted individually