Morocco Cycle Adventure

Starting From

$1,590/person

Number of days

8

Start Location

Morocco

Group Size

2-10

Operated by

World Expeditions

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Explore the wonders of Morocco by bike

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Join Marrakesh

Upon arrival in Marrakech, you will be met and transferred to the riad, and meet up for a trip briefing. We then take a city tour to visit the Medina of Marrakesh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a maze of shops and stalls selling succulent traditional food and exquisite handicrafts. After our explorations, we have dinner in a restaurant near the Jemaa El Fena Square. If you arrive in Marrakesh prior to Day 1 of the trip, private transfers can be arranged at additional cost. Please ask your Reservations Consultant for details. Overnight: Riad Africa or similar

Cycle from Tizi n Tichka Pass to Telouet and Ait Ben Haddou (47km)

This morning we leave Marrakesh early and head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortified community and trading post that features pre-Saharan earthen architecture dating back to the 17th century. Driving via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260 m) to Telouet, where we start our mountain biking adventure, stopping to visit Glaoui Kasbah of Telouet, the home and stronghold of the Lord of the Atlas during the French occupation, Thami El Glaoui. From Telouet, the ride takes us through scenic tiny Berber villages and up and down the Ounila Valley. We wind our way to visit the stunning Kasbah village of Ait Benhaddou, where we stay the night in one of the many riads. Cycling distance/elevation - 47km; ascent 413m; descent 924m. Overnight: Riad Maktoub or similar

Cycle to Dades Gorge (43km)

We rise early today to ride the longest yet most exhilarating leg of our biking expedition. Leaving Ait Benhaddou behind, we transfer for 90 minutes, stopping to visit an ancient troglodyte settlement. We start riding from Kalaat M'gouna on dirt roads and will likely see nomads tending their flocks as we make our way to Dades Gorges, which lies between the High Atlas Mountains and Jbel Saghro Mountains. Our cycling route will take us by dozens of kasbahs, or fortresses, built by the Berbers as defenses, perched precariously on the cliffs. We will also come across Berbers who are living in caves that have been handed down for generations. If invited, we'll stop for a refreshing cup of mint tea and learn more about their culture. Our day ends in the stunning valley at a riad. Cycling distance/elevation - 43km; ascent 839m; descent 720m. Overnight: Hotel Panorama Dades or similar

Cycle to Jebel Saghro and N'kob (70km)

We cycle to the Berber oasis town of N’kob. This scenic route snakes through the Dades Valley as we wind our way to the middle of the Jbel Saghro. We climb to cross Tizi n’Tzazert Pass (2,200 m) or get a lift up to the top, all the while enjoying stunning panoramic views in every direction. Rest your legs a little here before cruising downhill to spend the night at the lush Berber oasis town of N’kob, which sits at the foot of the Jbel Saghro Mountains. Cycling distance/elevation - 70km; ascent 1282m; descent 1798m. Overnight: Hotel Nakhil or similar

Cycle to Draa Valley (74km)

Continuing our bike exploration of the Moroccan desert, we ride to the lush and seemingly endless date palm groves of the lovely Draa Valley – the largest date palm groves in Morocco. Following local dirt tracks, we make our way into the heart of the oasis to explore the palm groves and the small Berber villages lining the banks of the Draa River, the lifeblood of this fertile area. We will spend the night with a local Berber family. Cycling distance/elevation - 74km; ascent 523m; descent 637m. Overnight: Kasbah Itrane or similar

Cycle the Draa Valley, transfer to Marrakesh (30km)

After breakfast, we drive to explore and witness the beauty of the Draa Valley. We transfer for 25 minutes to Ait Saoun, where we get in the saddle and ride for 30 km through one of the most scenic valleys of Morocco. The ride takes us past a succession of traditional villages lying in green oases. After lunch, we transfer back to Marrakesh via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass. At 2,260 m above sea level, it is a spectacular piece of engineering by the French that is often listed as one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Dinner is on your own in vibrant Marrakesh. Cycling distance/elevation - 30km; ascent 392m; descent 330m. Overnight: Riad Africa or similar

Marrakesh sightseeing

It's a bike-free day, and we relax our muscles by taking a guided tour of Marrakesh, the Southern Pearl of Morocco, to learn more about the city's rich history and culture. Discover the Palace of Bahia, built the late 19th century. It consists of 160 rooms and meant to be the grandest palace of the time. Next, we visit the Saadian Tombs, the exquisitely decorated and sculptured mausoleum of the Saadi Dynasty members, who ruled Morocco from 1554 to 1659. And we continue the tour to the 69-m Koutoubia Mosque, the city's most famous and largest mosque, and to the nearby square Djeema el-Fna, a bustling square full of shops and stalls where you can practice your bargaining skills. The atmosphere of this square is overwhelming with its jumble of food stalls, snake charmers, fortune- and storytellers and the wide variety of people that flock to its attractions. The tour concludes with an exploration of the souk (market), filled with mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets, ceramics, hand-made leather goods, and tantalising food stalls. Lunch is on your own, but we will meet up for a farewell dinner to reminisce on our magical time in Morocco. Overnight: Riad Africa or similar

In Marrakesh, trip concludes

Our trip concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport to meet onward flights if you depart Marrakesh today. Transfers on alternative days or an extension to Essaouira can be arranged at an additional cost. Please ask us for details.

Additional Information

Morocco's superb fusion of culture, natural beauty, rocky and beautifully bare environment make it an ideal place to explore by bike and the opportunities are both physically exhilarating and culturally infused. The trip begins and ends in Marrakesh, enjoying the 1000 year-old ochre-coloured city with fascinations at every turn, the old Medina and a blend of cultures. The high altitude deserts of Morocco are a mountain biking paradise. We tackle rugged mountain tracks in search of the next oasis, Berber village, or medinas full of glittering goods. Cycle through expansive orange deserts spotted with green oases and distinctive architecture of kasbahs (ancient fortresses). Climb into the highlands of the legendary Atlas mountains and descend into valleys lined with date palms. Each day in Morocco is action packed full of worthy climbs, satisfying descents, and stunning panoramic views. A total package for mountain bikers in search of an exotic destination that ticks all the boxes of adventure.

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