Day 01: Depart for Morocco
Depart from New York and fly to Casablanca, Morocco.


Day 02: Arrival and city exploration
Upon arrival the group will be met will enjoy a driving tour of the city as you head to lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Hassan II Mosque which took 6,000 traditional Moroccan artisans, five years to build. This magnificent mosque, with its intricate mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, carved and painted wood ceilings. It's the largest mosque in the world, with room for more than 100,000 worshipers.

Make your way from there to settle into your lovely five-star hotel with some free time to relax.

Dinner will be provided this evening at the famous Rick’s Café.  Made famous by the 1942 film Casablanca, enjoy local delicacies and sample local wines paired with your meal.
Overnight:  Kenzi Tower Hotel
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Local wine production exploration

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for your journey to Benslimane - home to the Thalvin Winery. Enjoy a wine tasting today and lunch at the winery.

In 1926, 50 km. northeast of Casablanca, on the fields of Ouled Taleb Benslimane, was born the oldest winery still in operation in the kingdom. Thalvin has two bottling lines with a production capacity of 6.5 million bottles per year.

Confident in the authenticity of its wines and in order to boost the image of Morocco's wine abroad, Thalvin devotes part of its production for export and, in recent years, its wines are served in some of the best restaurants in the world.

Return to the city this afternoon for a bus tour of Casablanca before dinner on your own. 
Overnight:  Kenzi Tower Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 04: Casablanca city exploration
Free Day for independent Exploration. Enjoy some time to explore this fascinating city independently. Sleep late and enjoy the lovely hotel amenities with lunch on your own.

Morocco offers some of the finest Mediterranean, French and fresh seafood in the world, a focal point for your journey.


Dine this evening at the Cabestan Restaurant, an iconic foodie location for over 40 years. Chef Fabien Caboy reigns in the kitchen offering you a choice of subtle and delicate Mediterranean dishes. A lounge bar and a very exclusive club are two more reasons to revisit this exceptional place. Let yourself be lulled by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying exceptional culinary creations in a chic cozy atmosphere.
Overnight: Kenzi Tower Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner













Day 05: Transfer to Marrakech
After breakfast check out of your local hotel and make your way towards Marrakech.

The magic of Marrakech has a lot to do with its setting. It lies at the foot of the High Atlas, on an ancient trade route through the Sahara. You can feel the energy of Africa in the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech's main square. For almost a thousand years the square has played host to a nightly carnival of singers, tumblers, sorcerers, herbalists, story-tellers and snake charmers.

Lunch is on your own this afternoon before checking into your local hotel.

This afternoon you will explore some of Marrakech’s main historical sites like Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, Medersa ben Youssef, Majorelle Gardens and the Jemaâ el Fna Square. 

Dinner will be at a traditional Moroccan restaurant like the Palais Gharmata.

Overnight: Riad Palais Sebban Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 06: Local cooking class
After breakfast, head to your cooking class at one of the famous Riads in Marrakech: “La Maison Arabe.”

Opened in 1946, La Maison Arabe has achieved a legendary status in Marrakech. Ideally situated in the medina, the hotel includes 26 rooms and suites, most with private terraces and fireplaces, 3 restaurants, a piano bar, and a world-famous cooking school as well as a new spa including a traditional hammam, where natural products from the region of Marrakech are used.

Your instruction will be conducted by a dada (traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef from their Moroccan restaurant. Small groups work alongside a translator using easy-to-use modern equipment found in everyday kitchens. At the end of each workshop, participants dine on the meal they have prepared. At a typical half-day workshop, one learns to prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert.

 This afternoon you will visit a local cooperative producing Argan Oil in the High Atlas. The oil is sold in Morocco as a luxury item and is difficult to find for sale outside the region. The Atlas Mountains are a magnet for trekkers, mountain bikers, enthusiasts of Amazigh (Berber) culture and anyone in search of solitude.

Overnight: Riad Palais Sebban Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch











Day 07: Transfer to Fez

Depart for Fez. After an early breakfast, check out of your local hotel and head towards Fez via Beni Mellal and the Cedar Woods of the Middle Atlas Mountains. The area all along this trip is amazing so don’t forget to have your camera handy!

Stop for lunch in the Bine el Ouidane Region. Then continue on to Fez where you will arrive late this afternoon. Nothing quite prepares you for Fez. The world’s only intact medieval city, Fez is a teeming warren of narrow lanes, blind alleys and fondouks where you’re too busy trying to keep up with what’s happening around you to reach for your camera and where getting lost is all part of the adventure.


Overnight:  Barcelo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Fez, city exploration
After breakfast, the whole day will be devoted to the exploration of Fez, the most ancient of the imperial cities founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idriss II.  

Visit the medieval Medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas, the Nejjarine Fountain, Moulay Idriss Mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque.  Lunch is on your own this afternoon before your last stop at Fez Jdid.

Dinner tonight is at Maison Blanche. Imagined and executed with a luxurious interior terrace set on two levels, the restaurant is delightfully designed with gray natural stone walls. 
Overnight:  Barcelo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 09: Wine Tasting 

After breakfast, visit and tour one of the most ancient wineries in Morocco - Château Roslane.

Roslane was the first wine chateau in Morocco, located in the AOC Coteaux de l'Atlas, which combines history, modernity, tradition and refinement. The Castle Roslane includes, among others, a cellar of 70,000 hectoliters of which 11,000 are in thermostatically controlled stainless steel vats. They have three sorting tables for the reception of grapes, a coaxial heat exchanger for cooling the entire harvest, pneumatic presses, and the aging cellars buried with continuous monitoring of temperature and humidity with a capacity of 3,000 oak barrels and 3 million bottles.


Lunch will be provided at Villa des Pins this afternoon before making your way back to Casablanca. Time permitting, stop in Meknes in route to see the city.

A farewell dinner will be provided this evening at Basmane Restaurant. Guests can feast on the typical dishes of Morocco while also taking in the typical Moroccan décor with intricate woodwork and beautiful mosaics.


Overnight:  Kenzi Tower Hotel​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Time to say goodbye
Say goodbye to Morocco and all of your new friends! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your flight back to New York.

Meals: Breakfast


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

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​​​Dates:   Oct 2 - Oct 11, 2016

Cost:      USD $5,299 per person

Days: ​    10


Leader Spotlight: 

JOHN ALLEN

John Allen is the co-founder and sales manager of Vino! A Wine Shop located in Spokane, Washington. Considered one the of the leading wine authorities and educators in the Inland Northwest, John has been in the retail wine business for over 20 years. He loves to share his knowledge and has designed and conducted over 1000 wine-related presentations, seminars, tastings, dinners, and educational classes.​

The Kingdom of Morocco is located in northwestern Africa and has North Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Home to nearly 34 million people, the country has been flavored by Arab, indigenous Berber, European and Sub-Saharan cultures. With a long history of independence not shared by many of their African neighbors. Our gastronomic and viticulture journey will include highlights such as; participation in a cooking class at La Maison Arabe cooking school, visits to infamous medinas (local markets), wine sampling and vineyard exploration, educational visit to an Aragan oil production facility in the Atlas Mountains.  You will also visit the historical towns of Fez and Marrakech and explore the vibrant markets and historical monuments! Visit with a rural Berber family and share some tea. Join us Morocco - it's a must visit destination!

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Casablanca, Marrakech & Fez| 10 days | October 2-11, 2016


AT A GLANCE


"I remember in December of 1984, I was absolutely struck by a wine served to my friends and me, at Rossilini's Other Place in Seattle, when my interest in wine was more casual. The wine was so ethereal and completely beautiful to taste I could hardly believe it. It 'rocked my world' and truly set me on the course of my future career. It was a Chardonnay, a white Burgundy from Mersault, I'll never forget it!"

​John Allen

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Food, Wine & Cultural Journey to Morocco led by John Allen

John Recommends – Morocco’s Metamorphosis: The Former French Colony in North Africa Revives its Winemaking Tradition” by Christy Canterbury, MW, in The Somm Journal, April/May 2016.

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