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MOROCCO TOUR A

Dates: 23rd March 2019 – 9th April 2019

Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights

Prices From: £950

Tour Type: Fully Guided

Join us on an adventure of a lifetime, ride your own motorcycle to another Continent, explore the very best that Morocco has to offer.

Our trip begins at Portsmouth with a ferry journey across to northern Spain. The ride through mainland Spain and back also plays a big part in our adventure, we will ride some of the best roads, explore the Cantabrian and Andalusian mountains, and experience the dramatic scenery of the Sierra Nevada and the pure heaven of the Picos de Europa.

The Moroccan part of the adventure starts with a short ferry ride across the Gibraltar straights to Morocco and Africa, where we’ll spend 9 unforgettable days exploring this magical land. First through the Riff Mountains to Fez, an old imperial city, then it’s across the middle Atlas Mountains with its thousand-year-old cedar forest and the high Atlas, the gateway to the Sahara desert, where Berbers still live as nomads.

From here we traverse across the bottom of the High Atlas to Tinghir and the magnificent Touda and Dades Gorges, Canyons forge by a once massive Glacier. After a night high in the Atlas Mountains, we’ll head down and continue our journey to Marrakech, the former capital and famous for its squares, fortified Kasbah and Souks, it’s here we’ll take a rest day to discover the magical city.

From here we start to head north crossing the high and middle Atlas once more, before crossing the Riff Mountains for the last time and onto the border and back to mainland Spain.

We have graded this tour – Adventure Tour

TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1 (23rd March): Portsmouth to Santander

We will meet in Portsmouth before boarding Brittany Ferries for our overnight crossing to Northern Spain. Everyone is provided with a cabin that sleeps two, the ship has excellent facilities including bars and restaurants, and we will even get some evening entertainment! The crossing will take approximately 24 hours, so relax, enjoy the crossing and get to know your fellow riders.

(Single cabins are subject to availability and a supplement charge)

Day 2 (24th March): Ferry Port to Segovia (220 miles)

Upon arrival in Spain, we will start our journey south through Northern Spain, seeking the best roads, as we head through the mountains towards Burgos and onto the beautiful city of Segovia. Home to a multitude of historic buildings both civil and religious, along with the amazing Roman aqueduct located in Plaza del Azoguejo, In 1985 UNESCO declared the old city of Segovia and its Aqueduct World Heritage Site.

Day 3 (25th March): Segovia to Sierra Nevada (350 miles)

Today is going to be a fairly long day as we continue south through Spain around Madrid, Toledo and the Sierra Magina, passing through the Parque Natural de Despenaperros along the way, before heading for the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Day 4 (26th March): Sierra Nevada to Algeciras (230 miles)

Today we’ll head through the Sierra Nevada, which has the highest mountain pass in Europe, unfortunately prohibited for motorized vehicles. But don’t worry there’s plenty of other roads to keep us entertained as we head through the dramatic scenery of the Alpujarras, with its many twists and turns. From here we will drop down to the coast following the shoreline to Malaga then onto Algeciras, ready for our ferry crossing into Morocco.

Day 5 (27th March): Algeciras to Chefchaouen (110 miles)

Today we catch the early ferry, across the Gibraltar straights to Morocco and border control, typical of Africa its slow and chaotic, but don’t worry its all part of the adventure. We’ve made it to Africa! Once we’re all safely through the border we’ll head south towards Tetouan and the coast, before we cut across the Riff mountains to Chefchaouen our stop for the next two nights.

Day 6 (28th March): Chefchaouen to Fes (160 miles)

Today we’ll continue our ride through the Riff Mountains and onto the city of Fes. Fes was the capital city of modern Morocco until 1925 and is now the capital of the Fès-Meknès administrative region. The city has two old medina quarters, the larger of which is Fes el Bali. It is listed as a World Heritage Site and is believed to be one of the world’s largest urban pedestrian zones (car-free areas). The university of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world. The city has been called the “Mecca of the West” and the “Athens of Africa”. With another relatively short riding day, we should have plenty of time to explore the medina of fez.

Day 7 (29th March): Fes to Merzouga (290 miles)

After breakfast, we will head off through the middle Atlas mountains, then on towards the high atlas, a natural barrier between the mild, Mediterranean climate to the north and the encroaching Sahara to the south. Experience this forgotten world and vast landscapes as we head toward Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara and our base for the next two nights.

Once we’ve changed out of our bike gear, we’ll head out into the Sahara on quad bikes to the Berber camp, a true Moroccan experience and to gaze a the night stars.

Day 8 (30th March): Rest Day in Merzouga (No Travel)

After watching the sun come up over the desert, we will have breakfast before heading back to our hotel, where we’ll have the rest of the day to ourselves to explore or just chill out by the pool.

Day 9 (31st March): Merzouga to Agoudal (160 miles)

Today we’ll get our kit together and head off toward Tinghir and the Toudra Gorge, a canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. The tiny glacier stream is something of a misfit. The river, which once filled the gorge, must have carried a lot more water. From here we continue up the gorge to Agoudal the highest village in the high atlas and our hotel for the night.

Day 10 (1st April): Agoudal to Quarzazate (144 miles)

Today we head down the Dades gorge from Agoudal the first 30 miles of this is a dirt road with some of the best views of the Atlas mountains anywhere in Morocco, a must see, an alternative route will be available for those not wishing to do the off-road section (self Guided). We’ll regroup at the top of the Dades Gorge for lunch, before making our way to Quarzazate.

Day 11 (2nd April): Quarzazate to Marrakesh (270 miles)

Today we’ll have an early breakfast load the bikes and set off for long but spectacular days riding to Marrakech, our first stop Alt Benhaddou, a world UNESCO heritage site and famous movie set. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and the Mummy were all filmed here. After a look around we will head south briefly before heading for the Tizi n Test pass, a mountain road that cuts through the high atlas and is one of the most spectacular rides in Morocco, the ride up the pass is not for the faint-hearted, with places only one car wide, 500m cliffs and unbarriered roads, you will need all your nerves and skills to negotiate it. At the summit a height of nearly 7000 feet there are some breathtaking views. Once past the summit, we’ll continue through mountainous landscapes and gorges all the way to Marrakech.

Day 12 (3rd April): Rest Day (No Travel)

Marrakech – A free day to relax or explore at your leisure, the Medina, Souks, Jemaa El Fna square and the Koutoubia Mosque are all well worth a visit. The medina is a great place to sit and people watch, shopping and eating, in the evening the square turns into a vast open-air street food venue. The sights, sounds, smell and colours of this unique and fascinating city will overwhelm you.

Day 13 (4th April): Marrakesh to Meknes (340 miles)

Refreshed from our rest day we leave the hustle and bustle of Marrakech behind and continue north, through the middle Atlas mountains and onto Meknes, one of four Imperial cities of Morocco, overlooked by many Meknes is a bustling modern city. On the way to Meknes, we’ll take the time to stop at Cascades d’Ouzoud, a beautiful waterfall and by far the most spectacular in Morocco.

Day 14 (5th April): Meknes to Tangier (190 miles)

After breakfast, we’ll continue north before heading across the Rif Mountains once more. Stopping for lunch along the way, before heading to our hotel and our last night on African soil.

Day 15 (6th April): Tangier to Cordoba (240 miles)

This morning we will bid our farewells to Africa, head to the port and take the ferry crossing back to Spain, following the coast for a time before heading north, our route will take us through the Andalusian mountains, fabulous biking roads with fantastic combinations of hairpins, tight twisty sections and flowing S-bends, as we travel up through Ronda and on to Cordoba, well known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating all the way back to 600 C.E.

Day 16 (7th April): Cordoba to Salamanca (330 miles)

Today we’ll be in biking heaven, with almost 230 miles of uninterrupted motorcycling nirvana, as we ride across the great planes of Spain and through the Sierra de Gredos National park, before arriving at Salamanca another UNESCO world heritage site, a wonderful city that you can just wander around and enjoy, the city hall and Plaza Mayor are a must see.

Day 17 (8th April): Salamanca to Santander (260 miles)

Today’s route will take us north past Leon and into the beautiful Picos de Europe National park. The Picos rise dramatically to a height of 2600m, these stunning mountains are perfect for the motorcyclist, with hundreds of miles of twisty mountain road to explore. The route will take us past lake Riano and along the ‘’pots and pans route’’. A stunning road with every type of bend as the road first rises high over the mountains and then twist and turn down through a deep gorge, the scenery is simply awe-inspiring, Tonight we’ll be able to enjoy a last meal together and a few drinks as a group, while we sale back to England.

Day 18 (9th April): Arrive at Portsmouth Docks (End of Tour)

Well, the time has come to say our goodbyes and with a slight sad feeling that the adventure is over we part ways and head home to our loved ones. Until the next time…

GUIDED TOUR INFORMATION AND PRICE

Included in the tour price

  • Ferry crossing with shared cabin return trip England- Spain
  • Ferry crossing Spain – Morocco
  • 15 Night accommodation in a good quality hotel
  • 1 desert night camp and Quad bike experience
  • Three evening meals
  • Breakfast each morning (Excluding on–board ferry)
  • GPS co-ordinates (Tom Tom / Garmin)
  • Full support of Professional Guide throughout the tour

Not included in the tour price

  • Fuel
  • Travel/Breakdown insurance
  • Repatriation back to the UK
  • Parking or toll charges
  • Admission to any tourist sites
  • Meals other than specified
  • Drinks

Tour Prices

  • Single Rider — Pay as you go (ask for details): £950
  • Single Rider — Shared room (10% off when booked with a friend): £2115
  • Single Rider — Shared: £2350
  • Single Rider — Own room: £3250
  • Rider and pillion — Shared room: £3900

(Single cabins on ferry are subject to availability and a supplement charge)

A deposit of 20% will be required upon submission of the booking form.

Insurance

On all our tours it is a condition of booking that you hold valid and adequate breakdown/recovery insurance which includes repatriation of you, your pillion (if applicable) and your motorcycle.