Biking in Morocco, the quintessential land of contrasts, both geographically and culturally is a unique experience, effused with diversity. Considered a peaceful, tolerant society, Morocco is a tourist-friendly destination and has been for 40 years yet many overlook it.
The terrain and landscape vary. You will cycle along stunning coastlines, through high alpine meadows, exotic towns, and golden Saharan landscapes.
From adventurous and exotic to cosmopolitan and chic, it rises to meet all tastes and interests! This bike tour aims to capture the highlights of this African nation, blending diverse natural landscapes with urban treasures, delicious gastronomy, and exotic local customs.
It offers fabulous riding experiences in the surroundings of Marrakech, the foothills of the Atlas, the rural villages of the countryside, and into the Sahara Desert itself along gravel and tarmac roads.
Your guide will offer free interpretive walks and visits to monuments and/or historic or cultural attractions both during the day and in the evenings.
Upon your arrival at the Marrakech Airport, you will meet your tour guide and after a 20-minute transfer to the hotel in central Marrakech, there will be a quick orientation with the guide to discuss the weekly itinerary. Accommodations for the evening are in a comfortable Riad (Moroccan courtyard style home), a tourist class hotel located right in the center of the market and just outside the famous Jeml Ef Na square where snake charmers and fortune-tellers are just part of this wild experience. A welcome dinner is included.
Your Morocco bike tour begins within the old town of Marrakech. After lunch and a bike fitting, you will cycle through Marrakech’s oasis-like Palmary (date palms), and flat surrounding countryside. Today’s round trip finishes back at the hotel in Marrakech.
Departing from Marrakech, you head for the Ourika Valley, an ancient Berber agricultural settlement rich in history and colorful tribal customs. It is a wonderful cross-country ride that passes through the foothills of the towering Atlas range. You will also ride through a lush river valley lined with villages built from stone and clay. This ride is generally flat with undulations and mild climbs in the foothills area. Accommodations for the evening are in a comfortable rural, tourist class hotel.
In the morning, a private minibus will shuttle you up the high Atlas Mountain pass to Tizi n'Tichka (2260 meters). From here you will mount your bike and descend into the stunning valley of Telouet where you will visit the famous Kasbah. It is a spectacular day riding through charming hamlets and mountain landscapes. Tonight you will stay at a cozy guesthouse located in the Telouet region near the river.
Today’s bike tour in Morocco is really remarkable as you begin the descent to the Valley of Ounila, a timeless place with simplistic agrarian villages amid green oasis plantations and surrounded by desert canyon walls. This is your entrance to the Sahara Desert. You will have the opportunity to visit the well-known Kasbah and the film location of Ait Benhaddou, which is the famous backdrop for features such as Lawrence of Arabia, Ben Hur, Gladiator, Indiana Jones and many more. Tonight you will stay in a comfortable, tourist class hotel with a swimming pool that is located right in the market place.
Well-maintained gravel paths over a range of easy routes across the Sahara Hamada, or stone desert plains make up your riding today. The plains are a sight to see with striking variations of rock formation and color. Your destination, Ouarzazate, was a melting pot for desert camel traders leading back to the spice trade era with Tim Buk Tu, Mali. It is a colorful, vibrant, and modern city. Accommodation in Ouarzazate is at a comfortable hotel with a pool and gardens.
You have an optional half-day ride to Fint Oasis, a beautiful desert oasis hamlet tucked into a canyon. This is a day you may choose to rest in Ouarzazate and perhaps explore the souks, Kasbah, and even take a film studio tour. As your last night in Marrakech, there is an opportunity to see the Berber Fantasia show or visit the Dar Es Salam restaurant for a traditional, authentic dinner show.
Your tour officially ends after breakfast