Morocco with Gregory Gourdet
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Culinary & Cultural Adventure
Experience Morocco's rich cultural and culinary heritage with Chef Gregory Gourdet
Oct 25 - Nov 2, 2022
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9 Days, 8 Nights
Exclusive culinary look at Marrakech, Fes and the Atlas Mountains
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You’re navigating a labyrinth of medieval souks as the call to prayer echoes out from ancient mosques. Spices and sizzling kebabs perfume the air. You’re in Marrakech, emerging at dusk into the buzzing heart of the city, Djemaa el Fna, as the vast square fills with soothsayers and snake charmers, musicians and acrobats. Shouts from merchants and food sellers compete for your attention. The experience is chaos, it’s commotion—and it’s incredible, plucked from time and swirling with color and flavor. This is the Morocco you’ve always dreamed of.
Your traveling companion is Chef Gregory Gourdet. Portland’s acclaimed chef has cooked everything from French to Thai, and draws inspiration from his Haitian roots. Gregory’s true break-out was becoming a finalist on Top Chef. Since, he’s published a cookbook, gotten lauded locally and nationally, returned as a judge to Top Chef and—in the midst of one of his busiest and most intense years—has been dreaming of exploring the flavors and cultures of North Africa. Gregory is ready to sample anything and everything with us in the name of culinary exploration.
If your idea of the perfect adventure involves slowing down and experiencing a place deeply, this trip is for you. Learn the meaning and tradition behind every bite, at bustling souks and markets, and at hands-on workshops with chefs and artisans. Experience Morocco at its most timeless and delicious.
Slow-cooked tagines, traditional street foods, North African spices
Art and architecture, sounds of the bazaars, the colors and textures of the markets
Marrakech's timeless souks, Atlas Mountain villages, the centuries-old workshops of Fes
With Gregory, and with chefs and artisans at workshops and exclusive meet-ups
3 Reasons to Travel with Gregory Gourdet
Over the past decade, Gregory Gourdet has become one of Portland’s most distinctive and beloved chef personalities, from his ultra-marathoning to inventive cooking. His place as a Top Chef finalist in 2015 secured him a spot in the foodie limelight, but that was only the beginning. Join us and Gregory in Morocco for an energized tour of heritage and flavor.
As one of only two Portlanders ever to compete on Top Chef, Gregory wowed the judges on his season’s finale. So much so, they invited him back this season as a Top Chef judge. He’s a guy who likes to dive in and go big.
Gregory’s family is Haitian. So naturally, dinners at home are filled with traditional Caribbean flavors. He’s traveled back to Haiti to cook and recently staged a Haitian dinner at the James Beard House. He’s taking major strides in bringing his culture’s narrative to the food world.
The Next Step
After years of honing his talents at restaurants, Gregory’s next endeavor is opening his own spot in Portland: a wood-fired, globally influenced concept focused on bringing iconic Haitian favorites to life. We can’t wait.
La Maison ArabeMarrakech
Luxuriate in this palatial riad, a traditional stately home centered around a lush courtyard just steps from the medina. It's the epitome of elegance, offering traditional Moroccan craftsmanship, a world-class restaurant and hammam spa. But we won’t blame you if you spend all your time lounging by the swimming pool beneath the swaying palm fronds.
Kasbah Bab OurikahAtlas Mountains
Kasbahs are former fortresses built with high walls—which for us means sweeping views over Ourika Valley farmland and the serene foothills. The sunsets and stargazing here are spectacular. Wander the gardens, relax on your private terrace or in the infinity pool. Our kasbah experience is stylish and nurturing, a peaceful mountain escape with all the modern comforts.
A traditional, opulent riad in the center of Fes with all the comforts of a modern stay. The family-run property puts an emphasis on local, working exclusively with a close community of artisans and craftspeople. With its palatial gardens, rooftop deck and traditional hammam spa, it is the definitive Fes getaway.
Book Morocco with Gregory Gourdet
What does the price include?
Eight nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; internal flight from Marrakech to Fes; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access, tastings and hands-on cooking experiences; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
What are the arrival & departure details
Our adventure begins at La Maison Arabe in Marrakech, Morocco. The closest airport is Marrakech’s Menara Airport (RAK), about a 20-minute drive from our hotel. We recommend arriving one day early to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. Our trips ends in Fes, Morocco, roughly a 40-minute drive from the Fes–Saïss Airport (FEZ).
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for tourist visits to Morocco, but are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months after your travels are over. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Morocco Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers there is a $1,600 single-supplement fee, paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
What is the cancelation policy?
You may cancel on or before June 27, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. On or after June 28, 2022 there is a 50% cancelation fee. On or after August 26, 2022 there is a 100% cancelation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.