Put the well-travelled routes behind you and enjoy the adventure and pleasure of riding in Morocco.
Our cycling holidays and tours are for the discerning cyclist, there is a real feeling of adventure but above all they are fun.
In Morocco, you will ride in fabulous surroundings. Departing from Marrakesh we ride to the base of Atlas and then on through the foothills and into the Atlas mountains to climb to our first overnight stay in the famous high Atlas village of Imlil below Jebel Toubkal.
We will then circumnavigate the Atlas around Toubkal the highest mountain in the Atlas, crossing the Tizi n'Test (2092m) an awe-inspiring pass that crosses the Atlas and connects to Taroudant and Taliouine. Cutting right through the heart of the Atlas, the road was blasted out of the mountains by the French from 1926 to 1932 – the first modern route to link Marrakesh with the Souss plain and the desert.
We then cross through the Souss plain with the desert to our south and the Atlas to the north, the scenery is stunning and like nothing else.
Finally, before returning to Marrakesh we re-cross the High Atlas via the Tizi n'Tichka (2260m) known as the gateway of the Sahara Desert, a mountain pass linking Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate.
We stay in comfortable accommodation en route, often in the authentic Berber country style surrounded by olive trees and in sight of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, you can relax after your ride a listen to the call to prayer before an evening with your companions or at your leisure. Daily you will be provided with a communal cyclists breakfast and a nutritious evening meal. Daytime stops will be provided by our support crew who will prepare food and brew tea and coffee along the way and of course, we will be able to sample local pancakes, bread and olives, Moroccan coffee, mint tea and fresh orange juice.
There will be many opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery and take pictures.
We will have an opportunity to visit a hammam and Souk with an evening in the Jemaa el Fna square where after watching the sunset from a balcony bar we can walk among the snake charmers, vendors, and storytellers. You can sit down with locals to sample the spice tea and cake.
We want this tour to be an adventure for you, a social experience where you will meet new friends and make great memories. This tour is run in partnership with BPM Coaching Ltd and MTB Morocco. We look forward to seeing you in the Atlas Morocco, once ridden never forgotten...
Day One: Arrival and transfer from the airport in Marrakesh to our overnight hotel nearby, assembling your bike, a briefing, and an evening meal.
Day Two: On our first day of riding from the Atlas foothills we climb into the high Atlas to finish our day in the high Atlas village of Imlil. (120km with 2250m elevation)
Day Three: We spend our third day in the beautiful Ouirgane Valley below Toubkal the highest peak in Morocco, passing through gorges and climbing into the Atlas and on to the Tizi n'Test one of Africa's iconic climbs. We spend the night on the summit, a night to remember. (102km with 1,670m elevation)
Day Four: As we descend the Tizi n'Test to the Souss plain the view we take your breath away. We then make a left turn to ride across the base of the Atlas towards the oasis town of Taliouine dominated by hills and the impressive Glaoui Kasbah. Taliouine is the African center of L’Or rouge (red gold) – saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. We spend the night at a traditional Kasbah on the edge of town. (109km with 853m elevation)
Day Five: We make a memorable day climbing on to the Souss-Massa the Mars-like region between mountain and desert, this ride will stay with you and I cannot wait to ride again through this unique landscape. (160km with 2000m elevation)
Day Six: We make our way around from the city of Ouarzazate, up over the infamous Tizi N' Tichka stopiing in Telouet. (100km with 1600m of elevation)
Day Seven: We descend the Tizi n'Tichka, rolling down the Zat Valley to the Marrakech plain below the Atlas, a magical ride through ever-changing scenery back to Marrakesh. (120 km with 1400m elevation)
Day Eight: Breakfast and transfer to the Airport.