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Moroccan Culinary Duet in Tangier & Tetouan

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$3,998 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
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7 days | 6 nights

Cosmopolitan Tangier and
Undiscovered Tetouan Culinary Adventure

“Each time I go to a place I have not seen before, I hope it will be as different as possible from the places I already know.” These are the indelible words of the late Paul Bowles — celebrated American author, composer, and long-time Tangier resident. Your journey starts in the cosmopolitan, multi-lingual, port city of Tangier for a total of four nights. With your intimate hideaway lodging in the peaceful, medieval Kasbah — the fortified, highest point of the medina—you will look out into the cobalt Strait of Gibraltar, and see the coast of Spain seemingly within a few strokes. Then a private car transfer will take you to the picturesque town of Tetouan for two nights, set against the Rif Mountains, with its predominantly white architecture and Andalusian influence. Tetouan is an ideal juxtaposition to the more pulsing pace of Tangier. Ensconced in your riad (traditional courtyard home) within Tetouan cozy medina, you’ll certainly feel “among the locals.” Return to Tangier for the final overnight to this excursion. The time is yours to experience a typical restaurant, visit some museums, wander, spend your dirhams on some artisanal souvenirs, or simply lounge on the exquisite roof-top, ocean-front terrace of your Kasbah riad. This program includes round-trip transportation from the airport or port to the hotel, accommodations with breakfast daily, all ground transportation to cooking classes and cultural tours, welcome dinner, and two cooking classes. There is ample time to discover activities and restaurants of your own choosing.

Moroccan Culinary Duet in Tangier & Tetouan

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
6 Nights Accommodation
Round Trip Airport Transfers
Daily Breakfast
Welcome Dinner El Morocco Club
Tangier Guided Tour
Tagine Cooking Class
Private Car Transfer to Tetouan
Guided Tour of Tetouan
Market Shopping Visit
Tetouan Cooking Class
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round - Based on Your Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Round Trip Transportation from Airport or Port to Hotel You will be greeted at the Tangier Ibn Batouta Airport or at the Tanger-Med Port depending on your choice of arrival mode and transported by private car to La Tangerina hotel. At the end of this culinary adventure, after a farewell breakfast at La Tangerina, transfer to your next destination via Tangier’s airport or port. Or if you wish to go deeper, let Edible Destinations customize a tempting Moroccan extension to your journey. From the pretty blue village of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains to Morocco’s spiritual soul of medieval Fes…from the electric and chic Rose City of Marrakech to the storybook Sahara Desert and its starlit dunes and camels, the diverse options are yours to realize.
Welcome Dinner El Morocco Club After checking into La Tangerina, soaking up its placid atmosphere and dream terrace view (with tea, a book, or a gaze as you like), it is time for your first bona fide Moroccan meal. Your welcome dinner will be at the inimitable “El Morocco Club” just a stroll away. Twin to the New York Jazz Club and the place to be for the US elite since 1931, el Morocco Club of Tangier is the legendary restaurant joining together luxury, cozy atmosphere, and gastronomy. Created by two expatriates who fell hard for Tangier’s charms (a recurrent theme, you’ll find), El Morocco Club offers an ambient restaurant, piano bar, and terrace with an undeniable “bygone colonial period” vibe and memorable (yes, “clubby”) decor. The owners invite you to experience excellent food and to explore a sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine, welding perfectly oriental and occidental culinary art. Among the offerings: roasted lamb with saffron-flavored barley couscous, carrots, and dates; sardines stuffed with chermoula (an outstanding Moroccan marinade for fish consisting of cilantro, cumin, parsley, paprika, garlic, lemon, and olive oil); and creamy risotto with squid, fresh peas, and cilantro. A bottle of Moroccan wine will accompany your meal. Conclude the evening with crème brûlée or pastilla (flaky pastry) scented with orange blossom and red berries.
Day 2
Daily Breakfast Your day begins with a leisurely, seagull-accented, sun rays-on-sea Moroccan breakfast on the rooftop terrace. There will be an assortment of breads (croissants, cake, a flaky pancake type called mlawi), Riffian honey, apricot jam, other spreads, and seasonal fresh fruit; if you time it right, the luxurious honeydew melon grown in Morocco will be an epiphany. The pastries, thanks to the French legacy, are first rate memorable. Your hosts will not let you leave hungry! From the vantage point of the terrace, Tangier’s strategic location is vivid and its prize among past conquerors and colonial powers is evident.
Tagine Hands-On Cooking Class | Lunch The first cooking class will take place at an atelier approximately 20 minutes outside the Kasbah in the “new city”--home to Khadija Chakar and her enterprise, Biba’s Sweets. You will be transferred by private car or taxi to the studio of Biba’s Sweets where Chef Khadija is renown both for her pastry creations but also her traditional Moroccan cooking. As the season permits, you will prepare any one of these aromatic, traditional tagines: chicken, olives and lemon, lamb, prunes and almonds, beef with vegetables or couscous with vegetables. A Moroccan salad—such as grilled red peppers with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and cumin, or carrots with cinnamon, paprika and cumin—will be a prelude, and marinated, seasonal fruits or other helwa (sweets) will conclude your instruction and meal, encompassing the full range of sweet to savory flavors for which Moroccan fare is famous.
Day 3
Daily Breakfast Your day begins with a leisurely, seagull-accented, sun rays-on-sea Moroccan breakfast on the rooftop terrace. There will be an assortment of breads (croissants, cake, a flaky pancake type called mlawi), Riffian honey, apricot jam, other spreads, and seasonal fresh fruit; if you time it right, the luxurious honeydew melon grown in Morocco will be an epiphany. The pastries, thanks to the French legacy, are first rate memorable. Your hosts will not let you leave hungry! From the vantage point of the terrace, Tangier’s strategic location is vivid and its prize among past conquerors and colonial powers is evident.
Tangier Guided Tour Medina and Kasbah Stretch your legs for a good bit of exhilarating up-and-down traversing of the Kasbah and Medina today with a couple of guided tours. First, visit the historic Tangier American Legation, the first American public property held outside the US (since 1821) and symbolic of the Treaty of Friendship of 1786 between American and Morocco--the longest such continuous treaty still in existence. Tour the Legation museum’s historic artifacts and admire its exemplary Moroccan architecture and design—including ornate lattice woodwork (mashrabiya), tadelakt, and zellij. Then continue on a guided tour of Tangier’s medina and Kasbah, taking in its plethora of historic sites, Islamic points of interest (e.g. a Sufi saint’s tomb…a manifestation of Islam you will not find in Saudi Arabia, for example), the celebrated cafes of the Petit Socco (Little Square) such as Cafe Central and Cafe Tingis, and likely conclude with a irresistible come-hither from a fantasy-laden, hand-crafted Moroccan rug or lantern (sold for “crazy” multiples by US retailers!). You’ll return to Tangier in a couple of days, so no need to over stuff the goody bags quite yet. As you return to La Tangerina, just outside the Kasbah Museum is a narrow one-room cafe, Les Fils du Detroit, oft-occupied by older, still-performing Arab-Andalusian musicians. If you happen to hear an oud (Arab lute) strum or drum beat, you absolutely must enter for one of those unvarnished, real moments of travel that will endure long after your stateside return. Order a mint tea and open yourself up to song.
Day 4
Daily Breakfast Your day begins with a leisurely, seagull-accented, sun rays-on-sea Moroccan breakfast on the rooftop terrace. There will be an assortment of breads (croissants, cake, a flaky pancake type called mlawi), Riffian honey, apricot jam, other spreads, and seasonal fresh fruit; if you time it right, the luxurious honeydew melon grown in Morocco will be an epiphany. The pastries, thanks to the French legacy, are first rate memorable. Your hosts will not let you leave hungry! From the vantage point of the terrace, Tangier’s strategic location is vivid and its prize among past conquerors and colonial powers is evident.
Transfer to Tetouan | Check-in Blanco Riad Hotel After breakfast, you are transferred by private car to the starkly different—but no less appealing —setting that the town of Tetouan, only an hour or so from Tangier. Get settled and situated at the alluring Blanco Riad Hotel for two nights.This small renovated courtyard home in the medina dating from the 18th century, its pillars and arches imbued with rich history. Your superior double room is cozy and bright with its own bathroom and small spaces to enjoy with climate control heating and A/C, television and free Wi-Fi. Hair dryers, bathrobes and safes are available at reception. The restaurant offers traditional Moroccan cuisine with the introduction of modern influences. The quality of local products take absolute center stage as the menu is modified every day depending on what can be found in the market.
Day 5
Daily Breakfast Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and French pastries, as well as cooked items, served in the shaded courtyard.
Tetouan Medina Guided Tour Recently, this eye-catching, white-washed town on the slopes of Jebel (mountain) Dersa has been rediscovered, and UNESCO anointed its medina as a World Heritage Site, recognizing its well-preserved art and architecture and a “true synthesis of Moroccan and Andalusian cultures.” On your guided tour of Tetouan’s 17th century, car-free medina, prepare to be transported. The comfortable fragrance of wood from the carpenter’s souq hits you, then through a gauntlet you go of hanging pots and pans, followed by a mound of bright yellow oval melons to your left and bricks of fresh mint sprigs to your right. On this tour, you might spy a cobbler in his cubbyhole fashioning traditional, pointed Moroccan leather slippers, or witness another craftsman weaving flashy-but-functional straw hats worn by many of the locals. The relative trickle of tourists in Tetouan presents both an opportunity and fun challenge for the shopper. Seemingly out of nowhere, you will be whisked in to a shop where an unmet desire you had no idea of possessing might be met with a transaction two cups of mint tea later. Take it all in good stride—that Amazigh (literally “Free Man”--aka “Berber”, the original inhabitants of North Africa pre-dating Islam) rug or leather pouf you just purchased not only is hand-made and a bargain by US standards, it now comes with a personal story about a merchant’s savvy and a buyer’s bewildered satisfaction.
Chef-Guided Market Tour | Hands-On Cooking Class | Lunch Your second cooking course on this tour will be led by Blanco Riad’s resident chef. Experience the local vibe as you accompany your chef to the souq to select, bargain and purchase the freshest ingredients for your culinary instruction. As a starter, you may prepare the traditional Moroccan soup of harira, consisting of chickpeas, tomatoes, lentils and vermicelli, with ginger and the Moroccan holy trinity of spices: cumin, turmeric and cinnamon. Or, it might be sautéed vegetables with squid or Tetouan’s version of a Moroccan salad. The main course you’ll learn to prepare may be tuna brochettes with spicy harissa, a local fish tagine or a seafood pastilla (a flaky sweet and savory pie). For the finale? Traditional muhalabia (custard) or perhaps a delectable dish of dates and almond cream. Naturally you will sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, joined by the chef.
Day 6
Daily Breakfast Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and French pastries, as well as cooked items, served in the shaded courtyard.
Final Day at Leisure in Tangier After breakfast in Blanco Riad Hotel’s tranquil, mosaic-bordered courtyard, return to Tangier and La Tangerina by private car. This day is yours to plan and your hosts will offer their insider’s advice depending on your activity quotient. If lazing on the terrace’s built-in, cave-like daybed with a book is not your Rx; the sight-seeing and shopping options remain aplenty. Perhaps you’d like to hire a driver to explore the adjacent coast, visit the picturesque Caves of Hercules, the Cap Spartel lighthouse and sunbathe or swim at Atlantic Beach? Or purge in La Tangerina’s hammam (steam room) followed by a massage with Morocco’s cosmetic elixir, Argan oil (if you’re feeling especially daring, you can visit a true hammam, a public, segregated bath where you will get a scrub like no other)? If you’re seeking a more grassroots moment, consider a visit to the Darna cooperative—a restaurant and gift shop run by abused, abandoned and dispossessed Moroccan women re-integrating into society. Or get lost in the Kasbah and medina, waiting for that last trinket to find you. Dinner is yours to choose. An institution you might consider is Le Saveur du Poisson where a multi-course, fixed price seafood extravaganza awaits—along with its signature juice of figs, raisins, strawberries, herbs and spices. With this, you draw the curtains on your Morocco journey. Leave this colorful and hospitable culture with a Moroccan proverb in mind: “Little by little, the camel goes into the couscous.” Life will happen at its own pace, and those pinches of cumin, those wafts of orange blossom, those alleyway snapshots, and those heartfelt exchanges of Salaam ‘Aleikum (“Peace be with You”) will linger with you long after.
Day 7
Daily Breakfast Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and French pastries, as well as cooked items, served in the shaded courtyard.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” During your stay, you will make arrangements for your departure with your hosts and be transferred either to the Tangier airport, port, or rail station. We hope you had a magnificent time and leave with warm memories of Morocco and the Moroccans’ legendary kindness and hospitality.
Hotel La Tangerina
This multi-level riad (all stairs, no elevators…in concert with the local theme), with its beguiling public spaces, tasteful design, and knockout terrace perched above the Strait of Gibraltar will be your Tangier home base. The genuine hospitality of the brother-sister hosts and responsive service will no doubt leave an impression. The caged Zebra Finches and piped-in, low volume jazz via ubiquitous retro radios will as well. Mint tea, coffee, an almond cookie…all and any are always at your request. Ranked #2 by Trip Advisor of all the hotels in Tangier, you can expect the most intimate Kasbah (the fortified, highest point in the old city) hideaway. The bedrooms are clean, uncluttered and quite with antique furniture adding a distinctly retro veneer with a blend of cosmopolitan and traditional. Moroccan decorative finishes: wafer-bricked arches, beige zellig (tile-work) floors, handsome tadeilakt (plasterwork) in the shower rooms and colorful use of sabra for cushions and curtains. Your Junior Suite features Wi-Fi internet and en-suite bathroom. The roof terrace is an inspirational place to be at any time of day. Be sure to put time aside for a sundowner and to rise early to watch the sun coming up over Spain.
Blanco Riad Hotel
Blanco Riad Hotel is a small hotel in Tetouan, Morocco, located in a courtyard house of the eighteenth century. Columns, pillars and arches form the balcony which give access to different rooms. It was a Spanish consulate in 1860, and during the protectorate was the home of "Bacha." Located in Medina of Tetouan, this riad is within a 10 minute walk of Tetuan Palace, Archaeology Museum, and Iglesia de Bacturia. Plaza Primo and Hassan II Mosque are also within 15 minutes walk.
Tangier, MoroccoTetouan, Morocco
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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