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Morocco Culinary Tour, Air/6 Nights, From $2,499

This small-group tour of Morocco includes three cooking lessons, a traditional tea ceremony, and excursions to food markets in Rabat and Marrakech.

Bab Boujeloud gate, Fez (Martin Child/Getty)

The Real Deal Multicity airfare on Delta/Royal Air Maroc, arriving in Casablanca and departing from Marrakech; one night at La Tour Hassan Hotel in Rabat, three nights at the Ramada Fes in Fez, and two nights at the Atlas Medina & Spa in Marrakech; 17 meals, including breakfast daily, five lunches, and six dinners; three cooking lessons and demonstrations; a traditional Moroccan tea ceremony; guided sightseeing throughout, including tours of Casablanca and the medina in Fez, an excursion to Moulay Idriss, and visits to food markets in Rabat and Marrakech; entrance fees to monuments as per the itinerary; transportation by private car; the services of an English-speaking driver and tour guides; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $2,499 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $224.

When Nov. 16, 2010, Mar. 22, 2011; add $200 for Nov. 2, 2010, Jan. 11, 25, Feb. 8, 22, Mar. 8, 2011; $300 for Oct. 19, Dec. 7, 2010, Apr. 5, 19, 2011; $500 for Dec. 21, 2010.

Gateways Boston, D.C., New York City; add $260 for Atlanta, Chicago, Miami; $360 for Denver, Seattle; $460 for Houston, L.A.; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees are an additional $224 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $399. The minimum group size is four passengers; the maximum is 12. Add $500 per person for a two-passenger private tour. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Foreign Independent Tours, 800/248-3487, foreign-independent-tours.com.

Why It's a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, the starting rate for multicity flights, arriving in Casablanca and departing from Marrakech, is $962, with taxes, for travel in mid-November (Iberia). Add to that about $147 per person for one night at La Tour Hassan Hotel in Rabat, $134 per person for three nights at the Ramada Fes, and $121 per person for two nights at the Atlas Medina & Spa in Marrakech, and your total for just the airfare, accommodations, and hotel taxes is $1,364 when booked independently. For $1,359 more, this package includes multicity airfare, six nights' accommodations, 17 meals, three cooking lessons, a traditional tea ceremony, guided sightseeing throughout, entrance fees, transportation by private car, fuel surcharges, and all taxes and fees. Plus, you will benefit from the insider knowledge and tips provided by your English-speaking driver and tour guides.

More Optional activities include a full-day Marrakech tour with a visit to Ben Youssef Medersa ($89 per person with lunch) or a full-day Ouarzazate and kasbahs tour ($110 per person with lunch). Pre-tour nights at La Tour Hassan Hotel in Rabat start from $149 per person per night. Post-tour nights at the Atlas Medina & Spa in Marrakech start from $99 per person per night. Deduct $600 for a six-night land-only tour.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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