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Africa - Morocco

Africa - Morocco

Degree of difficulty - A/B

A chance to explore the vibrant colours, scenery and taste of Africa by bike.

Morocco is the quintessential land of contrasts - both geographically and culturally, and it's Africa! Welcoming are its indigenous Berber tribes people, and their unique connectivity to a nation blessed with stunning coastlines, high alpine meadows, exotic towns and golden Saharan landscapes. Considered a peaceful, tolerant society - especially after the Arab uprisings of 2010 and successful recent elections, Morocco remains a tourist friendly destination (and has been for 40 years). From adventurous and exotic to cosmopolitan and chic, Morocco rises to meet all tastes and interests!

This riding tour aims to capture Morocco's highlights which blend diverse natural landscapes with urban treasures, delicious gastronomy, exotic local customs and enough market and artisan visits to knock your socks off. Starting in the realms of Marrakech - North Africa's most colorful marketplace, your tour rides through a diversity of landscapes including oasis like date palmeries; the foothills of the mighty Atlas Mountain range and the sun swept vastness where the Sahara desert begins. There's few riding tours that offer such an explosion of color, culture and landscape!

The rides, like European tours are full day experiences and mileage varies from day to day - depending on what's to see and do on route. In addition to our hand selected riding program, we have built in more attractions including visits to local communities and Berber homes, learning aspects of agriculture and food preparation and touring ancient Kasbah (fortresses), and historic sites.

Tour available for private groups on request...

Day 1 Arrival Day Marrakech
Group meets trip leader at Marrakech Airport for transfer to central Marrakech hotel. Orientation with Trip Leader and Dinner. Accommodation in comfortable Riad (Moroccan courtyard style home), tourist class hotel right in center of the market and just off the famous Jeml Ef Na square where snake charmers and fortune tellers are just part of this wild experience . Welcome Dinner included.

Day 2 Marrakech City Tour, Ride and (The Date Palmaris) 30-40 km
Starting with a morning guided tour of old Marrakech on foot – finishing by lunch and a bike fitting. We then cycle tour throughout the afternoon to Marrakech´s oasis like Palmary (date palms), and flat surrounding countryside. A circular ride today, finishing back at hotel in Marrakech. Very easy, with guided interpretive walk and morning visits lasting 2-3 hours. Breakfast included.

Day 3 Ourika Valley Ride and Atlas Mountains (The Atlas Foothills) 45-60 km
Today we leave Marrakech and head for the Ourika Valley, an ancient Berber agricultural settlement rich in history and colorful tribal customs. A wonderful cross country ride as we visit the foothills to the towering Atlas range and reach a lush river valley lined with villages built from stone and clay. Riding generally flat with undulations and mild climbs in the foothills area. Accommodation in comfortable rural, tourist class hotel. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 4 Tizi Tichka and Telouet Valley (The Atlas Mountains) 40 km
This morning we shuttle by private mini bus (2 hours), up the high Atlas Mountain pass to Tizi n Tichka (2260 meters), where from here we mount our bikes and descend into the stunning valley of Telouet (visiting the famous Kasbah), and continue on to our rural stay in the High Atlas region. A truly spectacular day riding through charming hamlets and mountain landscapes. Accommodation at Telouet region in a cozy guest house near the river. Riding over rural tarmac and gravel roads. Undulating, hilly terrain but not overly difficult. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5 Telouet to Ait Behhadou (The Sahara) approx 55 km
A remarkable ride today as we descent the Valley of Ounila – a timeless place with simplistic agrarian villages amid green oasis plantations and surrounded by desert canyon walls. This is our entrance to the Sahara Desert. We arrive to the well-known Kasbah and film location of Ait Benhadou (famous backdrop for features such as Lawrence of Arabia, Ben Hur, Gladiator, Indiana Jones and many more). Riding on good tarmac road – mostly light descending throughout the day leading to flats at the desert. Accommodation in comfortable tourist class hotel with swimming pool and right within the market place. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 6 Ait Benhadou to Ouarzazate (The Sahara) 40-50 km
Today we roll out onto the Hamada (or stone desert plains), that encompass striking variations of rock formation and color. Our ride takes us on good gravel track over a range of easy-going routes across the Sahara Hamada. Our destination, Ouarzazate was a melting pot for desert camel traders – leading back to the spice trade era with Tim Buk Tu, Mali. A colorful, vibrant modern city, Ouarzazate is a delight for cyclists and adventure tours. Riding on easy, slightly undulating landscape. Very comfortable accommodation in Ouarzazate hotel with pool and gardens. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7 Ouarzazate and Fint Oasis followed by transfer back to Marrakech in afternoon
(4 hours), arriving for approximately 6pm. approx 25 km
Today we offer an optional ½ day ride to Fint Oasis – a pretty desert oasis hamlet tucked into a canyon. For others, a rest day in Ouarzazate perhaps that offers free time to explore the souks, Kasbah and even take a film studio tour. Riding time to Fint approximately 25 km return (out and back ride). Tonight in Marrakech we say farewell to the trip leader. Optional Berber Fantasia show or visit to Dar Es Salam restaurant for dinner show with brilliant performers option. Breakfast only included.

Tour ends after breakfast in hotel. Airport transfer not included and arranging transfer assistance and ongoing travel is available.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

€1295 per person sharing
€1425 for single occupancy
(if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation
- Transfers as per itinerary
- arrival transfer Marrakech Airport 
- All breakfasts and 5 dinners
- Mountain bike or hybrid bike hire incl. helmet
- Guide in support vehicle
- daily luggage transfer, guide in luggage van 
- Route Information pack
- maps and daily route description
- Some Entrance fees 

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)


Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are not available on this route.

The information is currently being updated. New content coming soon.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

To get to the start point in Marrakech: 

We suggest flying to Marrakech airport where you will be met by our tour representitive and your tour leader for the week.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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