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Berber Cooking Class on a Private Day Trip to Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

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    What to Expect
    Your morning starts with morning pickup from your Marrakech accommodation. Travel to a Berber produce market in an air-conditioned minivan, and choose fresh ingredients for your meal of tajine or couscous (vegetarian options are available). Drive into the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, where you’ll meet members of a local women’s cooperative who make Moroccan oil and herbs in the Ourika Valley.

    Meet Malika, a grandmother and experienced cook, in her family home, then spend the day in her traditional kitchen—the driver/guide will remain with you throughout the day to assist with translation. Prepare a hearty, 3-course lunch using recipes that have passed from generation to generation of Malika’s family. Cook using earthenware tajine dishes over a majmar, a charcoal-burning brazier.

    Sit down to the 3-course meal that you’ve prepared with Malika using aromatic spices and local produce, then spend the afternoon learning about daily life in a Berber household. Find out how the family prepares sweetened glasses of mint tea, bakes bread in a traditional oven, and milks their cows. At the end of the day make the return trip to Marrakech, with evening drop-off at your hotel.

    Note: This cooking class is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, to coincide with the Berber food market.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from any Hotel/Riad in Marrakech city center or Medina old town.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch - 3-course lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
    • Private tour
    • Round-trip private transfer
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Entry/Admission - douar Akhlij Tnine Ourika
    • Entry/Admission - Berber Ecomuseum
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Dress code is formal (shoulders and knees must be covered for both women and men)
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Passport name, number, expiration date and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 9 August 2019

    This was an amazing and very authentic day trip. Youness, our guide, was the best too. He told us all about the history of Morocco and the Berber people, and answered our endless questions as well. We visited a traditional open air market to pick...More

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    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank NSYang2000
    Reviewed 30 July 2019

    We had a very nice day trip to a local family in the mountains. Our guide was super friendly so we felt right at ease. He took us to a local market where there were not any tourists, it was quite an experience, after that...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank mwolters_89
    Reviewed 27 March 2018

    We did several excursions with Youness during our stay in Morocco and would highly recommend him as a guide for all and any trips. He has a wealth of knowledge on Morocco, is patient, courteous, helpful, and overall made things easy for us. Do not...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    1  Thank Travisgrayohnson
    Morkosh T, General Manager at Morkosh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2019

    Dear Tarvis! Thank you for your compliments, that was very interesting meeting you, hope to see you again in Morocco.

    Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

    We spent an amazing Day in ourika with omar, excellent guide driver and wondurful cook. We enjoyed the best tajine and learned the recipe. Great trip in the valley ! I recommand morkosh to everyone looking for authenticity. Thank you omar.

    1  Thank Younes R
    Morkosh T, General Manager at Morkosh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2019

    Thank you for your feedback, that gives us more energy to keep going. We hope see you soon and show you other places!

    Reviewed 22 November 2017

    We travelled as a group of 8 from the UK and our good friend Caroline Williams booked this tour prior to travel. We did really not know what was planned!! Youness and Omer picked us up prompt from our Riad, were informative on the trip...More

    Date of experience: November 2017
    1  Thank Margaret B
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