Morocco with Jose Salazar
June 7 - 15, 2023 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Morocco Heart & Soul
Savor Morocco's rich cultural and culinary heritage with chef Jose Salazar
June 7 - 15, 2023
One exclusive departure — and likely to sell out!
9 Days, 8 Nights
Best of Marrakech, Fes and the Atlas Mountains
A subtle breeze of sage, mint and lemongrass drifts across the terrace. Beyond the patio, tiered pastures shine under the gaze of the Atlas mountains, the sky a navy canvas of burgeoning stars. As the steam rises from your bronze tea kettle, you suddenly realize that Morocco feels like actual magic. Just two days ago—among snake-charmers, spice merchants and acrobats—you were immersed in the vibrant bustle of Marrakech. Tomorrow, you’ll skirt donkeys and street vendors in the labyrinth markets of Fes, a city that feels beautifully lost somewhere in a past century. But you won’t get ahead of yourself. If you’ve learned anything so far, it’s that Morocco is a place to slow down and savor. Right now, the golden foothills beckon, and every step is like a line in a diary, and every vista, rugged and immaculate.
You’re joined by Jose Salazar, a Food and Wine Best Chef and one of Cincinnati’s most respected culinary personalities. His restaurants—Salazar, Mita’s, Goose & Elder—are acclaimed spots for New American cuisine combining the traditions and flavors of Latin America and the world. Since the beginning of his illustrious career, he’s been drawn to Moroccan cuisine—the pungent spices, the French and Spanish influences, the simple harmony of a humble tagine. We can’t wait to explore this incredible country with Chef Salazar at our side.
If your idea of the perfect adventure involves slowing down and experiencing a place deeply—and if you love really good food—this trip is for you. Learn the meaning and tradition behind every bite, at bustling souks and markets, at hands-on workshops with local chefs and artisans.
Slow-cooked tagines, traditional street foods and spices, the rich complexity of Moroccan cuisine
Art and architecture, the sounds of a bazaar, a sunrise call to prayer, the colors and textures of the markets
Marrakech timeless souks, breathtaking Atlas Mountain villages, the centuries-old workshops of Fes
With Jose and with local chefs and artisans at hands-on workshops devoted to Arab, Berber and Jewish culture
3 Reasons to Travel with Jose Salazar
From re-watching Casablanca to his weekly pilgrimage to a New York City bodega just for Merguez sausage, Jose has dreamed about Morocco for the last 15 years. We just cannot wait to experience the electric energy of Marrakesh and the quiet solitude of the Atlas mountains, alongside the 2022 James Beard Best Chef Semifinalist.
Trained in the Classics
Jose has worked alongside culinary heavy hitters, including Thomas Keller, who helped Jose cement his cooking philosophies. Today, his Cincinnati restaurants are the places to go for innovative fare from the multi-award-winning chef.
Exotic Yet Familiar
Jose has put in the long hours and long weeks as a chef. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s what spawned his “New American” food – think tapas, seafood, and more — in a way that educates as much as it satisfies.
A Mind for Morocco
Years ago, as a culinary student, Jose chose to explore Morocco as his capstone project. Ever since then, he's been obsessed with the myriad of flavor profiles that drive even the simplest dishes.
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.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Eight nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; 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; departure airport transfers.
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 $1,800 single-supplement fee, paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. 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 20 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.
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.
What is the cancelation policy?
You may cancel on or before February 7, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. On or after February 8, 2023 there is a 50% cancelation fee. On or after April 8, 2023 there is a 100% cancelation fee.
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). 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.