Morocco with Nyesha Arrington

Limited Spots - One Exclusive Departure | May 6 - 14, 2022

Culinary & Cultural Adventure

The best of Morocco alongside award-winning chef Nyesha Arrington

May 6 - 14, 2022

Hurry! Just a few spots left

9 Days, 8 Nights

Exclusive culinary look at Marrakech, Fes and the Atlas Mountains

Price from

$5,900

per person, based on double occupancy

Questions? Text or call us
+1 (855) 219-8018

The sweet aroma of leather mixes with fragrant herbs and spices, and freshly baked khobz bread. Your senses are on fire as you plunge deeper into the medieval markets of Fes, ingredients and crafts artfully laid out as the call to prayer echoes out from ancient mosques. Was that a donkey pulling a cart? It could be the 21st century or the 16th century and somehow this place wouldn’t look much different. It’s a feeling that’s stayed with you and comforted you—through Marrakech’s souks then high in the Atlas Mountains to right here in Fes’ fabled bazaars. The way of life here is vibrant, everlasting, plucked from time and swirling with color. This is the Morocco you’ve always dreamed of.

Along with you is Nyesha Arrington, the award-winning L.A. chef with an endless passion for the way ingredients and tradition bring cultures together. From Top Chef and Knife Fight to Iron Chef America, Nyesha has competed with the best of them. Off camera, Nyesha’s career has led her around the world, following her appetite and an irresistible curiosity. You’ll feed off Nyesha’s joyful explorer spirit connecting with Morocco’s culinary traditions.

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. Experience Morocco at its most timeless and delicious with chef Nyesha Arrington.

Explore

Marrakech souks, breathtaking Atlas Mountain villages, the centuries-old medina of Fes

Create

Moroccan dishes at hands-on workshops devoted to Arab, Berber and Jewish culture

Discover

The sounds of the bazaars, a sunrise call to prayer, the colors and textures of the markets

Connect

With Nyesha, with local artisans and chefs passionate about Morocco's culinary heritage

3 Reasons to Travel with Nyesha Arrington

You may have seen Nyesha pop up on your TV screen. The skilled chef has competed on Top Chef, Knife Fight and Iron Chef America. She started cooking professionally at age 17 and has yet to take off her apron. Her insatiable curiosity has taken her from her hometown of Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Hawaii to the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. She loves to discover commonalities across cultures and can’t wait to experience Morocco through her favorite medium—food.

Hella Chill

L.A. born and raised, Nyesha has that calm, cool SoCal vibe. She’s authentically herself with a warmth that radiates in her smile and her cooking. After all, she wants her food to “hug you from the inside.”

A Creative Mind

Nyesha comes from a family of creatives. Her father was a musician and screenwriter, her mother a seamstress. As a child she sculpted, painted and practiced martial arts. Nyesha credits her martial arts training with teaching her the mindset and discipline to be a chef.

Open To Experiences

Growing up in a mixed black and Korean household, Nyesha learned to eat kimchi and gumbo from an early age. Her grandmother introduced her to cooking at age four; she’s been experimenting with flavors ever since.

Your Experience

“Food is love language. I'm really excited to taste the tagines, and explore the rich and vibrant flavors.”
Nyesha Arrington

Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Fes

“The flavors and colors and textures, Morocco is going to be amazing.”
Nyesha Arrington

Day by Day

Day 1

Salam alaikum! Welcome to Marrakech, the heart of a thousand-year-old desert empire at the confluence of southern Europe and Africa. Marrakech is an intoxicating blend of the ancient and the modern, a showcase of spices and textiles, ceramics and swirling stucco designs.

We’ll meet up with Nyesha at our hotel, and dive right in. Our first order of business: a morning to explore Marrakech’s warren of medieval souks and narrow lanes, stopping at Morocco’s largest mosque, Koutoubia, and at the 19th-century Palais Bahia. Then, we’ll wander through market stalls overflowing with rich and pungent spices, the centerpiece for tonight’s hands-on cooking collaboration with Nyesha and a local chef. We’re creating our own dinner tonight right alongside Nyesha, feasting on Moroccan delicacies and toasting to our adventures to come!

Day 1 Highlights

Arrive in Marrakech

Medina, souks & spice market tour

Hands-on cooking & dinner with Nyesha

Stay at La Maison Arabe

Day 2

Our themes for today are culture and cuisine, starting with a morning visit to the Moroccan Culinary Arts Museum. This former riad (residential palace) showcases a rich journey through Morocco’s culinary heritage and local cuisines. We’ll meet the chefs behind the museum over tea and traditional pastries.

Next stop: the buzzing heart of the city, Djemaa El Fna. In the evenings this square is a vast open-air show filled with soothsayers and snake charmers, musicians and acrobats. We’ll taste our way through its bustling stalls for lunch on the move, sampling Morocco’s traditional street foods: harira soups, grilled sardines, fried maakouda fritters and, yes, a steaming bowl of fragrant babbouche (snails). The evening is ours to enjoy back at the hotel in the hammam, wandering the medina or taking a few more laps through Djemaa el Fna—just to make sure you’ve tried everything.

Day 2 Highlights

Culinary Arts Museum

Djemaa El Fna tasting tour & lunch

Stay at La Maison Arabe

Day 3

Today we start with a visit to Amal, a non-profit created by Nora Fitzgerald Belahcen, an American-Moroccan who first conceived of Amal to help disadvantaged women from Marrakech to build culinary skills and, ultimately, a better life. We’ll meet the trainees and chefs of Amal, and join them for a delicious farm-to-table lunch. 

Next stop: the Atlas Mountains, where we swap African, French and Arabic influences for Berber. The Saharan Berbers—who call themselves Amazigh, or “free people”—have ruled unconquered for thousands of years. They were once instrumental in setting up trade networks between North Africa and the Middle East; today they live in scattered communities in the Atlas Mountains. We’ll check in and relax at our blissful mountain retreat, then reconvene for dinner to celebrate this next phase of our journey.

Day 3 Highlights

Amal chef visit and lunch

Transfer to Atlas Mountains

Group dinner at hotel

Stay at Kasbah Bab Ourika

Day 4

Awake in serene luxury, as sunshine filters gently through our kasbah’s terrace windows. After breakfast, we lace up our shoes and walk the stunning foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Our reward is a traditional Amazigh lunch with a local family. They’ll also be our guides in a hands-on workshop preparing dishes of the region like msemmen (flat bread), an aromatic delicacy either stuffed with fillings like kefta and onions or herbs and vegetables, and local tagines.

The rest of the afternoon is ours to take advantage of our stunning kasbah surroundings: go trekking on camelback, pick herbs in the garden to make your own tea, relax in the hammam spa, or simply reflect on this magical journey with a poolside cocktail. We’ll meet back up for dinner.

Day 4 Highlights

Atlas Mountain hike

Hands-on cooking & lunch

Group dinner at hotel

Stay at Kasbah Bab Ourika

Day 5

We say goodbye to the Atlas Mountains and transfer to Fes, Morocco’s second-largest city and one of its most well-preserved. Dating from the 8th century, Fes was for centuries the ‘Athens of Africa’ and a gathering place for the Islamic world’s brightest minds; it’s still a cultural and culinary beacon.

Fes’ walled-in medina is the most magical in all of Morocco, beautifully stuck in time with donkeys pulling carts along narrow, cobbled car-free lanes. We’ll dive right in and explore the labyrinth of narrow passages, visiting souks and market stalls and meeting some of the local artisans: coppersmiths, goldsmiths, carpenters, glass makers, weavers, potters and more.

Day 5 Highlights

Trasnfer to Fes

Explore Fes medina & markets

Stay at Palais Amani

Day 6

This morning  we head back out to explore deeper into the medina and souks, and especially the leather tanneries. The largest and oldest—more than 1,000 years old—is Chouara Tannery, an otherworldly landscape of stone vessels filled with dye and hides, everything from cow and goat to camel, drying in the fierce sun. The process is essentially unchanged since medieval times, and utterly unforgettable.

Then it’s back to the market stalls for a tasting-tour lunch, discovering the most delicious of Fes’ traditional street foods, and gathering herbs and spices for our meal tonight, as we go. In the evening, gathered on our hotel’s rooftop overlooking the ancient skyline, Nyesha and a local chef will lead us in a hand-on cooking workshop, crafting a dinner to remember and a cultural exchange that goes well beyond the list of ingredients.

Day 6 Highlights

Medina & leather tannery tour

Market-tasting lunch

Hands-on cooking & dinner with Nyesha

Stay at Palais Amani

Day 7

This morning we drive past past golden foothills and lush farmland to N’zala Bni Amir, a humble village home to a cooperative that’s designed, made and run exclusively by women. Focused on traditional Fessi embroidery and textile work, N’zala is paving the way for girls and women a chance to earn an income and gain independence, while also keeping alive an incredible art form. We’ll meet some of the women of N’zala, and also share a different kind of art they’re passionate about: baking. We’ll roll up our sleeves and make pastry and bread with village masters, followed by a traditional homemade lunch with the incredible women of N’zala.

Back in Fes, the evening is ours to explore the city and markets, or simply to relax at the hotel.

Day 7 Highlights

Visit N'zala cooperative

Cooking workshop & lunch

Stay at Palais Amani

Day 8

Our culinary exploration continues, this time through the lens of Sephardic cooking. In the 1500s, Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition landed by the thousands in Morocco, home for centuries to the Muslim world’s largest community of Jews. A small and vibrant Jewish community remains today. We’ll explore the deep influence of Jewish traditions on Morocco’s cuisine at afternoon devoted to hands-on Sephardic cooking. And, of course, we’ll eat our own delicious creations for lunch.

The afternoon is ours to relax, and maybe visit a favorite souk or leather stall, before we regroup for a farewell feast. Chef Najat Kaanache has had a storied career, working in restaurants from Dallas to Morocco, hosting her own Moroccan cooking show and opening Nur, her answer to traditional Moroccan food with an avant-garde spin. It’s a ten-course farewell celebration to define all farewell celebrations, and a perfect end to our joyful journey together.

Day 8 Highlights

Jewish-Moroccan cooking experience

Farewell dinner at Nur

Stay at Palais Amani

Day 9

Alas, our time together has come to an end, but our hearts and bellies are brimming with Morocco. We’ll bid farewell to Nyesha and our fellow Modern Adventurists, and transfer to Fes airport.

Day 9 Highlights

Final breakfast

Airport transfer

Where We Sleep

Serene kasbahs and traditional riads—our Moroccan accommodations are meant to treat, heal and comfort you

La Maison Arabe

Marrakech

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 Ourikah

Atlas 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.

Palais Amani

Fes

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 Nyesha Arrington

Number of Travelers

Payment

$5,900

per person, based on double occupancy

Can't travel on these dates?
Call us at

+1 (855) 219-8018

Questions?

That’s OK, we have answers. Read our FAQs below. Or text or call us at +1 (855) 219-8018 to speak with a Modern Adventure Trip Specialist.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers there is a $1,500 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before January 6, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. On or after January 7, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after March 7, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation 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).

MO/AD News

image/svg+xml

Modern Adventure is recognized as the #8 travel operator in the world by ​Condé Nast Traveler’s​ annual Readers’ Choice Awards, the most prestigious in the travel industry.

Modern Adventure makes the Fast Company list of the world's most innovative travel companies in 2020.

“I’d had Oaxacan food before, but few restaurants served meals like this—'celebration food' worth the effort only for births and weddings. And, apparently, for Modern Adventure.”

“Modern Adventure is curating a slew of foodie getaways, each spearheaded by the world’s most prolific culinary influencers. Who wouldn’t want to venture to faraway lands... eating really, really good food?”