tours

small group & Independent tours to Greece & Morocco

 
 
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11 Days | 10 Nights: march 1 - 11, 2020

moroccan treasures: cuisine & Culture from Marrakech to Fes

 
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DESCRIPTION

Indigo Gazelle Tours is excited to offer this exclusive, small group tour to Morocco that will explore the cultures, colors, sensations, hospitality--and its trademark savory & sweet cuisine--for which this North African country is renowned. Celebrity chef, author, and Mediterranean cuisine advocate, Amy Riolo, and Indigo Gazelle’s Morocco expert, Alex Safos, will lead this delicious, intimate, enlightening, and sophisticated tour. 

This multi-layered itinerary will traverse: “The Rose City” of Marrakech with its African, frontier-like spirit, glamorous panache, and storied Djemaa el Fna or “Square of the Dead”; the picturesque, laid-back, charming Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira; the commercial, cosmopolitan Casablanca with its magnificent Hassan II mosque and Jewish Museum (the only such kind in the Arab World); and Fes, with its timeless medina or “old city”, an Arab locus of commerce, religion and art during the Middle Ages and the spiritual heart of modern-day Morocco.

This experiential insiders tour will include hands-on cooking classes, guest lectures, guided tours to UNESCO World Heritage sites, characteristic dining and lodgings, and leisure time for shopping and sampling the country’s diverse local fare (tagines, b’stilla,couscous, rustic breads, honey-drenched pastries, succulent olives, fresh oranges, preserved lemons, sweet almonds, countless dates, reputable wine, and ever-flowing mint tea—just to name a few). Along the way, Chef Amy Riolo will introduce us to Morocco’s rich culinary history, its uniqueness, and how indigenous concepts of design, worship, and aesthetics influenced the Moroccan table. Join us this coming spring, inhale the fragrant orange blossoms, and discover this mesmerizing culture through its food and people.

 

 

INCLUDES

  • Tour and Cultural Leadership Services

  • Culinary Leadership Services

  • Round-trip economy class flights from Washington, Dulles to Morocco

  • Lodging, taxes and amenities

  • Daily breakfasts and most lunches and dinners

  • Private in-country ground transportation

  • Private cooking classes and a bread-making class

  • Guest speakers

  • Admissions to UNESCO World Heritage sites

  • Guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque and Jewish Museum in Casablanca

  • Guided tours of the Marrakech and Fes medinas

  • Admission to Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech

  • Insider's culinary tour of Marrakech's Djemaa el Fna at night

  • Olive oil workshop and tasting

  • Culinary Medicine workshop

  • Private musical performance

  • Cultural enrichment activities

  • Select gratuities

 
 

10 days | 9 nights: june 14 - 23, 2020

genuine greece: cuisine, culture, & wellness

 
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DESCRIPTION

Indigo Gazelle Tours is excited to offer a late spring 2020 journey to Greece that will showcase its effusive hospitality (philoxenia), Zorba-like zest for living, staggering beauty, incredible history, contemporary challenges--and its trademark simple, delicious, and healthy cuisine--for which this country is renowned. Indigo Gazelle’s Greece expert, Alex Safos, and celebrity chef, author, and Mediterranean cuisine advocate, Amy Riolo, will lead this delectable, intimate, enlightening, and picturesque tour. 

This unique, off-the-beaten path itinerary includes: cosmopolitan, pulsing, rejuvenated Athens, with its iconic Acropolis, world-class museums, gamut of cafes and gourmet-to-street food eateries, and spirit of perseverance; and the “Blue Zone” island of Ikaria, rugged and rustic in the northeast Aegean, where indigenous diet (secrets: honey, local wine, and wild herbs) and lifestyle practices (secrets: time is elastic, napping, and community) nurture an active population largely free of chronic diseases and cognitive impairment well into their 90s.

This small group experiential insiders’ tour will include hands-on cooking classes, characteristic dining, olive oil/spice workshops, wine-tastings, culinary lectures, cultural enrichment encounters, and independent time for R&R, swimming, shopping, antiquities touring, and sampling the diverse local fare (pastitsio, mousaka, hortopita, soufiko, gigantes, gyros+fries like you’ve never had, baklava, loukoumades, outstanding wine, and clairvoyant Greek coffee). Join us and Gallop Further into this legendary culture through its sincere food and people!

 

INCLUDES

  • Tour and Cultural Leadership Services

  • Culinary Leadership Services

  • Lodging, taxes, and amenities

  • In-country transportation

  • Private cooking classes (multi-course, pastry, and bread-making)

  • Admissions to UNESCO World Heritage sites and tours

  • Daily breakfasts and select lunches and dinners

  • Winery tour and tasting

  • Insider's culinary tour of Athens

  • A Roundtable with a notable sociology professor

  • Olive oil workshop and tasting

  • Culinary medicine workshop

  • Private musical performance and dancing

  • Beach excursions

  • Day-sail to a nearby archipelago

  • Cultural enrichment activities

 
 

7 Days | 6 Nights, Year-round, based on availability

independent curated tours

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DESCRIPTION

Prefer to travel alone or in your own small group? Seeking a well-crafted, ready-made tour so you don't have to sweat the planning and details? Looking for a shorter but no less profound experience than offered on our small group tours? Indigo Gazelle, in partnership with Edible Destinations by Epitourean, has designed two fascinating and very different Morocco options for the discerning culinary and cultural traveler. One pairs the storied Imperial Cities of Fes and Marrakech, and the other combines cosmopolitan Tangier with intriguing Tetouan in the north. Both offerings are compelling and will deftly serve as Morocco introductions or extensions to existing trips if in the area.

 

INCLUDES

  • Lodging and amenities
  • Private cooking classes
  • Daily breakfast, select lunches and dinners
  • Guided tours
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • In-country transportation
 
 

3-14 days, Year-round, based on availability

customized experiences

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DESCRIPTION

Are you interested in creating your own small group experience to either Morocco or Greece? Are you wishing for a trip with a particular trajectory and focus--design, fashion, music, architecture, food/wine, the arts, history, shopping, spa/relaxation, or trekking, for example? Let's have an initial, complimentary discussion to see if we can shape your vision into a tailored, unique travel experience.  

 

INCLUDES

  • To be determined based on consultation
  • Fees vary by size and scope