2018 Primetime Emmy
& James Beard Award Winner

Marrakesh — Imlil — Essaouira

Morocco, from Medina to Mountain

Feb 24, 2024—March 2, 2024

This week is a full celebration of the best of central and western Morocco. The city, the mountain, the coast. All with charismatic local hosts and deep food experiences alike.

Anissa Helou

Our Host

Cook, Author of Cafe Morocco (and many other books)
Anissa Helou

Nathan Thornburgh

Trip Guide

R&K Co-founder, host of The Trip podcast
Nathan Thornburgh

R&K Trip Itinerary

A week of the best of Morocco, from luxurious riads and back-alley cooking in Marrakesh to Berber feasts in the highlands to the coastal ease of Essaouira.

Feb 24, 2024—March 2, 2024

Day 1

Feb 24 Sat

Welcome to Marrakesh

  • Riad le Clos des Arts
  • Riad Zitoune Jdid, Derb Tbib 50, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
  • +212661727093
  • Private transfer from Marrakesh Airport to our riad—one of those stately Moroccan homes centered around secluded courtyards, which we have bought out exclusively for our group
  • Welcome cocktails at the Riad with our hosts Anissa, Abderrahim (our local fixer), plus Alejo and Nathan from the League of Travelers
  • Easy, lovely first-night dinner at La Taverne, a classic French-Moroccan bistro in the former colonial district

Day 2

Feb 25 Sun

Spice and Rice

  • Riad le Clos des Arts
  • Riad Zitoune Jdid, Derb Tbib 50, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
  • +212661727093
  • Wake up to the sound of songbirds and the muzzein (not the earliest call to prayer, please) for a morning of spice and cooking techniques with the charismatic Najlae el Rhazi
  • Shop the markets with Najlae, helping prepare a traditional Marrakshi lunch in her family’s home
  • Eat what we’ve cooked of course
  • Back to the riad for a siesta or hammam
  • Dinner of street food and street life in the whirling wonderland that is the Medina and Derb Dabachi

Day 3

Feb 26 Mon

Chef Bana Day

  • Riad le Clos des Arts
  • Riad Zitoune Jdid, Derb Tbib 50, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
  • +212661727093
  • This is Chef Bana’s day, let’s go deeper into the medina
  • Join the Marrakesh icon for a day of preparing lamb Tanjiya, a deeply meaningful dish for Marrakshi people.
  • Shopping, prepping, then delivering the tanjiyas to the pitmasters be slowcooked for hours
  • Quick bite of whole cooked mechoui with Anissa’s friends just off of Jemaa el-Fnaa Square
  • Late lunch of Chef Bana’s tanjiya, accompanied by the classic feast music sang by Chef Bana himself
  • Quick siesta y’all
  • Private dinner back at the Riad with a cooking masterclass from Anissa Helou and friends

Day 4

Feb 27 Tue

Into the mountains

  • Olinto Atlas Mountain retreat
  • Douar Marigha, 42152, Morocco
  • +212661827093
  • Up we go into the mountains. Check out of the Riad, private transfer into the Atlas Mountains.
  • Visit to the roving Berber market at Tahanaout
  • The best Berber tagine you’ve ever had, at a roadside stall in the Atlas trading post of Asni
  • Check into our mountain retreat Olinto, which will be our Atlas base for the next two days
  • Cocktails poolside or walk through the hills. Dealer’s choice.
  • Private dinner of mountain gastronomy at the retreat

Day 5

Feb 28 Wed

Lamb lamb lamb

  • Olinto Atlas Mountain retreat
  • Douar Marigha, 42152, Morocco
  • +212661827093
  • Wake to fresh, cool mountain air, as one does
  • Travel by 4×4 into the high Atlas village of Aroumd, in the shadow of Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in the Arabic-speaking world
  • Meet up with our man in Aroumd, Mustafa: local grandee, lamb whisperer
  • Traditional lamb slaughter and cookout overlooking the valleys
  • Walk off our sins and fullnesses in the mountain villages while Ahwach music plays in the half-distance

Day 6

Feb 29 Thu

Down to the coast

  • Madada Mogador
  • 7 Rue Youssef El Fassi, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
  • +212524475512
  • Down to the coast!
  • Roadtrip across the dusted plains dotted with stone farmhouses and olive groves
  • Lunch on the way
  • Wine tasting on the way at Le Domaine du Val D’Argan winery
  • Arrive in Essaouira, on the Atlantic but with vibes of a Mediterranean coastal village
  • Meet up with Chef Imad Fatih for sunset drinks
  • Light bites at the coastal riad Madada Mogador, Essaoura’s finest property, which we’ve bought out for our group

Day 7

Mar 1 Fri

Imad of the Sea

  • Madada Mogador
  • 7 Rue Youssef El Fassi, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
  • +212524475512
  • Easy, smooth morning walking the village or just sleeping in
  • Shopping with chef Imad at the famed harbor fish market. Fresh catch, fresh grilled, fresh herbs, fresh lemon.
  • Friday is couscous day in Morocco, so we’ll have couscous in a private home along with the famed Essaouri fish tagine from Chef Imad.
  • Afternoon of bread, music, argan oil with local producers
  • Last night by the sea with cocktails and seafood specialties at Restaurant Il Mare

Day 8

Mar 2 Sat

So long, Morocco

  • One last gorgeous Mogador breakfast
  • Private transfer to Essaouira airport for flights home
  • Goodbye Morocco, until the next

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