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MOROCCO MOTORCYCLE TOUR

MOROCCO: SPANISH PICOS, IMPERIAL CITIES, ATLAS MOUNTAINS AND SAHARA DESERT.

OCTOBER 6th – 24th 2019     19 DAYS FROM £2399

This tour will be led by Mark Holroyd

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Morocco truly is a haven for the touring motorcyclist, if you want to feed your wanderlust then look no further. It is a breath-taking country of contrasts from the gorgeous coastal regions to the magnificent mountains and their winding passes, lush forests, verdant oasis and barren desert landscapes. This tour allows you to ride it all.

You start by journeying across the Bay of Biscay from Plymouth to Santander before riding the entire length of Spain taking in National parks and the High Sierras. From the straight of Gibraltar you take the fast ferry across to Tangier and then ride up into the mountains and gorges of the countryside around Chefchaouen. You’ll visit the famous city of Fez, with an entire day to explore the sights, before moving on to the Middle Atlas Mountains and the breath-taking Gorge de Ziz.

After overnighting in a desert camp and having another full day to explore the dunes you ride the Todra Gorges into the High Atlas Mountains and then the Valley du Dades on the way back down. One of the highlights of the tour is the Tizi-n-Tichka pass at an altitude of 2500m, this is one of the finest roads in Africa and is guaranteed to take your breath away.

You visit Marrakesh with another full day to explore before moving on to the Moroccan capital at Rabat, for a visit to the King Mohammed Golden Mausoleum on our way back up the coast. From Tangier we hop back across into Spain and spend a few days leisurely making our way back northwards before spending an afternoon in the Picos de Europa and then catching the overnight ferry home.

Riding to Morocco on your own motorcycle really is an unforgettable experience. This trip is an adventure into Africa and not a trip all about racing around hairpins so be prepared for interesting road conditions, a different standard of hotels to continental Europe and the occasional herd of donkeys on the road! We have designed this to be 100% on road so its suitable for everything from Harleys to Bergmans and all bikes in between. So why not come and spend a 19 days with us riding the passes and gorges of the Middle and High Atlas Mountains, visiting ancient roman cites, frantic souks and majestic imperial cities…

Highlights of the tour

  • Picos de Europa and High Sierras in Spain
  • Mountain of Jebel Tisouka
  • Fez, Marrakech and the Imperial Rabat
  • Middle and High Atlas plateaus
  • Gorge de Ziz and Todra Gorge
  • One of the finest mountain passes in Africa, the Tizi-n-Tichka
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Where to start… scenery? Check. Friendly locals? Check. Good food? Check. Great hotels? Check. Trip of a lifetime? Without a doubt. Just got back from the Morocco tour, having done some touring abroad before I thought I knew what to expect. Boy was I wrong. What an incredibly country, the scenery literally takes your breath away, food of every description, comfortable clean hotels at the end of a satisfying day’s ride and all on well-maintained roads an expertly led to boot. Our guide clearly knows his stuff, the itinerary didn’t feel too regimented and there was a really relaxed air within the group, I would happily recommend it to anyone who wants a different holiday. Don’t worry about being out of your depth, its easily manageable for anyone with some riding experience, Go for it!
Florian S
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Morocco Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 / Starting in Plymouth we take the ferry to Santander, aboard you can relax in the comfort of an ensuite cabin, get to know your fellow riders and enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants on board.

Day 2 / 100 miles. From Santander we cruise through the High Sierras to our first hotel stop near Burgos.

Day 3 / 290 miles. Riding down through more stunning Spanish scenery, we make our way to our hotel in Cuidad Real the capital of Castile–La Mancha.

Day 4 / 280 miles. We continue down to the tip of Spain and overnight in Algeciras just north of the Straight of Gilbratar to give us an early start for the ferry across to Morocco.

Day 5 / 100 miles. In the Morning we get an early start and take the Tarifa fast ferry to Tangier, make our way through customs and then along the Mediterranean coast road. We turn inland and climb over the mountain of Jebel Tisouka to the village of Chefchaouen.

Day 6 / 123 miles. Taking the road south to Ouazzane past riverbeds and magnificent gorges, we visit the roman settlement of Volubilis and then onto our destination, Fez.

Day 7 / Day off to tour around the city of Fez taking in some of the finest sights of this, the best preserved old city in the Arabic world.

Day 8 / 190 miles. We climb up to the plateau of the Middle Atlas, past Moroccan ski resorts and the 5000 ft peaks, through lush forests and continue on south. In the afternoon we cut over the High Atlas themselves, passing through the breath-taking Gorge de Ziz before arriving at Er-Rachidia.

Day 9 / 90 miles. A short day down to the desert camp in Merzouga. Palm tress lines the route and the air becomes increasingly dry as we venture down to our most south western point on the tour. The views of the milky way tonight need to be seen to be believed!

Day 10 / Rest day in the desert to recharge your batteries and awaken your inner Lawrence of Arabia, explore the dunes, take a camel ride or just embrace the beauty of the surrounding scenery.

Day 11 / 220 miles. After your refreshing day off yesterday we hit the road again, this time heading west and into the highlands of the south. We visit Todra Gorges, the fault line between the High Atlas and Jebel Sarho. Onto Ouarzazate we also drop in at the Valley du Dades and its snaking mountain passes.

Day 12/ 122 miles. Today we ride one of the finest mountain passes in Africa, the Tizi-n-Tichka at an altitude of 2500m its winding roads and panoramic views are a truly unforgettable experience. This takes us down across the plains and back over to the west to our destination for the next two days, the stunning city of Marrakesh.

Day 13 Day off in Marrakesh, explore the sights, do some shopping in the Medina or just relax in one of the traditional Turkish baths dotted around the city.

Day 14 / 200 miles. From Marrakesh we ride up the coast to the capital of Morocco, the Imperial Rabat, and visit the King Mohammed Golden Mausoleum.

Day 15 / 170 miles. Travelling north once more along the Atlantic coast we ride all the way up to our entry point in Tangier for our final night in Morocco.

Day 16 / 225 miles. We get up early and take the fast ferry back to Spain and then ride on to our overnight stop near the Cazalla de la Sierra national Park.

Day 17 / 320 miles. We ride up northwards back past the spectacular scenery of the High Sierras, Guadalupe and more national parks before reaching our hotel near Salamanca.

Day 18 / 250 miles. From Salamanca we drop into the Picos National park for a last bit of twisty fun before arriving in Santander to catch the overnight ferry to Plymouth.

Day 19 Arrive in Plymouth and savour the memories of a trip of a lifetime!

Roll off the ferry from Spain for a tantalising taste of north Africa. Morocco is a fantastic winter escape for motorcyclists. The diversity of the landscape provides riding possibilities to suit all tastes. Traffic is light and the main road surfaces are reasonable. The adventurous can tackle mule tracks, dry riverbeds… enjoy isolated riding on the wild mountain switchbacks of the Rif Mountains, or cruise along the Atlantic coast.
Colette Coleman, The Telegraph

What’s included

  • Return ferries UK to Spain and Spain to Morocco.
  • 18 Nights accommodation (including 2 on the ferry) in good quality hotels, riads, kazbahs and desert camps + 9 evening meals (We do this to allow you the flexibility to explore and choose where you eat on some of the evenings).
  • Excellent breakfast each morning in the hotels, riads and camps
  • Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities
  • Detailed route plans and maps
  • GPS co-ordinates (Garmin / Tom Tom)
  • Detailed daily itinerary including sights, suggested lunch stops and fuel locations
  • Fully escorted by an experienced tour guide throughout

  • Support vehicle and driver for the Moroccan section of the trip

  • Professionally edited DVD of the tour

What’s not

  • Fuel (we will provide you with an estimate in the tour pack)
  • Toll charges
  • Admission charges
  • Occasional hotel parking charges
  • Meals and drinks other than specified above
  • Travel/Breakdown insurance covering repatriation back to the UK (see “before you go” section above). For this tour we highly recommend Call Assist for breakdown cover, they are the only ones we know of that cover Morocco…

Cost

  • We require a £295.00 deposit per person at the time of booking. The balance payment is due no later than 50 days before the commencement date.
  • Two people, one bike, shared room £2399pp

  • One person, one bike, shared room £2799pp

  • One person – One bike single room £3299pp

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Checkout the trip report for our latest Morocco tour

For more information on what to get prepared before your trip, what insurance to sort as well as the answers to many frequently asked questions see the “before you go” section at the top of the page.

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