THE ITINERARY – what’s included!
5 nights accommodation, based on double occupancy
(single supplement 150 euros, based upon request)
5 healthy dinners
4 cooking workshops (as per description below)
1 wine tasting and pairing workshop
10 one-hour yoga lessons
1 excursion with chef or hotel owner to the spice and food markets
5 days tourist tax
transfers to and from the airport
Around the Wonderful Moroccan Vegetables and Preserves: learn how to prepare 5 different types of Moroccan Salads and 2 different types of Tajines (Vegetarian and Chicken with preserved Lemons and Olives).
Around the Pastilla: learn how to prepare a classic Fassi pastilla with chicken, almonds and cinnamon and a Vegetarian pastilla with leaks, zucchini, red pepper and goat cheese.
Around the Couscous: learn how to prepare a 7 Vegetables Couscous (the Marrakchi variation) with wholewheat or barley couscous semola, and a lamb/beef chick peas stew.
Around the Moroccan Pastry: learn how to prepare 5 different types of typical Moroccan pastries with a basis of almonds, dates, figues and orange blossom water.
Marrakech – October 1-6, 2019 Updated details
During your time in Marrakech, you will experience international cuisine and local culture in the company of like-minded travelers. Your accommodations will be in an 8 bedroom riad, in the middle of the Medina. Once you step inside, the riad becomes the perfect escape from the madness of the Medina of Marrakech. We will be taking over the riad just for our group.
You will be welcomed with warmth, care and attention by our hosts Giorgina and Massimo, who have shaped the riad le Clos des Arts into the ideal location for intimate retreats.
Your breakfast will be served daily on the roof top terrace. A typical Moroccan breakfast is an assortment of local breads and pastries, jams, fresh fruit, yogurt. Eggs can also be ordered and prepared any way you prefer.
Yoga can be practiced in several spaces, on the roof terrace, by the fireplace or in the courtyard. Morning yoga will be flow yoga, the evening yoga will be more restorative.
Upon arrival, you will have the chance to relax and get acquainted with the property, make new friends and enjoy healthy snacks. Before dinner join us for 60 minutes of Yoga to unwind. Leave the city and work behind and be ready to set your mind for the relaxed and enjoyable 5 days ahead. Dinner will be served at 8:30.
Day two – Day five
07:30 Teas/infusions/lemon water will be available before your yoga practice.
08:00-09:00 one hour of yoga on the roof terrace with our instructor.
10:00-15:30 – leisure time to enjoy wandering on your own or joining a tour which we have chosen together as a group or partial group. Listed below are some of the attractions worth visiting.
15:30-18:30 – cooking workshops
19:00-20:00 – restorative yoga
Two special events which we have included in your package:
-A market tour of foods and spices with Giorgina has already been planned for you, it will be slotted into the itinerary in the first day or two.
-We have organized a wine tasting and pairing. While Moroccan wines are not well known. Ever since the protectorate time (1912-The Treaty of Fez), vineyards have been planted. Moroccan wines are getting more and more interesting and sophisticated, those proposed to you are among the best. Made with the most contemporary technology by French winemakers and enologists. You will be surprised!
Please note that while we have included the wine tasting and pairing in your package, no alcoholic beverages have been included for your dinners. If you are interested in having wines with dinner, they would have to be ordered in advance. We propose adding 15 euros per dinner in order to have wine accompany the meal. Please let us know whether you would be interested in this addition. The following White, Red and Rose has been proposed for our tasting. We are waiting to hear if there are any others that are recommended.
- -Perle Gris from Val D’argan (organic wine)
- -Volubilia Rose From Domaine de la Zouina
- -Terre Rouges from La Ferme Rouge (their websites doesn’t seem to work)
- -Orian Blanc from Val D’Argan
More Sights for the senses! Attractions worth visiting:
(these tours are optional, not included in your package).
Marrakech is a former imperial city and one of the most popular cities for tourists in the Maghreb. It is home to beautiful mosques, palaces and gardens, as well as the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square and souk market. With plenty of things to do and see in both the medieval and modern parts of town, Marrakech is a captivating city. The list below explores the can’t-miss attractions every traveler needs to do in Marrakech.
Jemaa el-Fnaa is the main pulse of Marrakech. By day, the square buzzes with snake charmers, henna-tattoo artists and various other entertainers, while at night there are countless stalls boasting traditional lamb dishes and fresh orange juice, among other culinary delights. Tourists flock here all year round to experience the true heart of the city and to discover the intriguing things the locals have to offer in this magical Moroccan square.
Jardin Majorelle is one of the most popular locations in Morocco, it is the creation of French painter Jacques Majorelle, who spent 40 years injecting his passion and creativity into this magical garden. Complete with enchanting little lanes, tranquil streams and over 300 species of stunning plants, Jardin Majorelle became the home of Yves Saint Laurent in 1980, his ashes were scattered there in 2008.
Hammams, a visit to a hammam (local bath house) will usually involve stripping down and immersing yourself in experiences such as a visit to the sauna, an exfoliating massage and a dip in an ice-cold pool. There are a number of bath houses in and around Marrakech.
Koutoubia Mosque Given the importance of mosques in Moroccan culture, the Koutoubia Mosque is a must-see for those in the area. The largest mosque in Marrakech, the Koutoubia is not only a spiritual center but a point of reference for international architecture. Setting the trend for buildings in Spain and Rabat, the beautiful 12th-century minaret is an example of ornamental expertise, with characterful arches and rigid proportions, it’s an admirable piece of architecture. Enjoy the call to prayer coming from the top of the minaret five times a day and appreciate the architecture of this important building.
The Tanneries –Situated in the northeast of the medina, with an overwhelming smell and many invitations from people in the streets, you’ll easily find your way there. Everything from bags to dresses are found here, and it’s wonderful to watch just how all the treasures are made. Visitors can watch workers as they hand dye material in preparation for trade in the city. Offering up an alternative to modern factories, the tanneries are an intriguing feast for all the senses.
Souks – On any trip to a Moroccan city, the enchanting souks (Arab market) are a must on the agenda. Marrakech boasts a full Medina with traditional winding souks and countless treasures. There is a street or an alleyway for everything, Vistoris can get lost for hours in the labyrinth of enticing streets.
After your last breakfast on the rooftop terrace, prepare for departure day. We will be there to make sure you get off without forgetting anything!
We hope you’ll have an unforgettable 6 days in Marrakech with us.
We look forward this exciting adventure with all of you!
Barbara and Tasha
Pitcher & Powell