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WITH CULINARY tourism being all the rage right now, a new tour promises to unravel the mysteries of a cuisine steeped in history and tradition.

Long lunches and dinners await at some of Morocco’s most famed restaurants, as well as cooking classes to learn the basics of this unique and fragrant cuisine.

The 21-day ‘Spice Odyssey’ tour from Inverted Atlas is a round trip from Casablanca, with departures in May (15) and November (20) next year. It is priced from $9,895 per person twin share.

Walk the streets on tasting tours of Marrakesh’s Jemaa el-Fnaa, the tightly packed medina of Fes and the more modern marketplace of enigmatic Casablanca.

Enjoy tastings at Morocco’s wineries and revel in the hospitality of its people over a glass of mint tea.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Explore the blue village of Chefchaouen and dine at one of its most luxurious riads with a table famed for its gastronomy
  • Spend ‘a day in the life’ of a Berber family. Learn about their culture, how to cook their dishes and about their relationship with the land and its produce
  • Dine under the stars at Desert D’Agafay, enjoy the solitude of this desolate place while swapping stories and feasting at a luxury Berber camp
  • Stay in some of the country’s most traditional and architecturally inspiring riads, locally owned and operated hotels as well as a stay in a luxury desert camp.

Away from the kitchen, guests can explore some of the country’s extensive Roman sites, including the last outpost of the empire at Sala’a Colonia and the intricate mosaics of Volubilis. You’ll also visit a donkey retirement village and explore the UNESCO listed ksar of Ait Benhaddou.

“Travellers will be immersed in one of the world’s most ancient and unexplored food cultures as they meet farmers, chefs and home cooks, as well as learn how to cook this marvellous cuisine themselves,” said Kristina Wilson, Founder of Inverted Atlas (pictured above).

“Even ‘traditional sightseeing’, which is incorporated into the tour, will have a local, unique and authentic flavour.

“Group travel is becoming more and more about so called ‘special interest’ touring, where people are seeking out ways to experience their passion through the eyes of another culture.

“For travellers who are passionate about food experiences this tour couldn’t be a better fit.”

Other dates are available on request as itineraries can be customised to suit group size and interests. International airfares are not included.

“Morocco has traditionally been visited as a colourful place to snap photos in maze-like medina’s or on the back of a camel in the Sahara.

“At Inverted Atlas, our tour is different in the fact that we still explore the attractions that make Morocco a great place to visit, while exploring the people’s cultural connection to food.

“This includes experiences from dining in some of the country’s most famous restaurants, to spending the day with a Berber family discovering their connection to food on a grass roots level.”