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“The trip was great... our guide was the best we have ever had and we have traveled with B&R, Backroads and Vermont Biking.”

– Anne B,
Chicago, IL

Morocco Custom March, 2010

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Particulars

Trip Dates:

2011
Apr 3-12
Oct 13-20*

Nov 7-16

Dec 23-Jan 1

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2012
Apr 2-11
Oct 12-19

Nov 4-13

Dec 23-Jan 1

Custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

10 days/ 9 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Ouarzazate / Marrakech

Accommodations:

Mercure Ouarzazate, Ouarzazate

Kasbah Asmaa Hotel, Zagora

Berber Tented Camp

Ksar Ignda, Ait Ben Haddou

La Bergerie, Ouirgane

Villa Maroc, Essaouira

Dar One, Marrakech

Activity Level:

Moderate
30-40+ miles daily
van supported

Terrain:

Gently rolling with some short steep hills

Cost:

Land Cost (current year):
US $3250
Includes 9B/7L/8D

Single Supplement:
US $400

Bike Rental:
US $200  Please note: Our bicycle fleet for this trip are Cannondale hybrids which are suitable for the roads in Morocco. Bikes come with flat pedals, rear racks and a handlebar bag with map cover.

Pre-trip Extension:

US$295

1 additional night in Ouarzazate at a 4-star hotel with 1/2 day guided visits to the sites, and dinner.

Extension Marrakech:

US$695 pp

2 nights at a hotel rated by Conde Naste as one of the top 100 hotels in the world. Post-trip includes dinner each night at our favourite restaurants in the city and 1/2 day guide for each day.

Extension Fes:

US$695 pp

2 nights at a fabulous Riad; includes airport transfers, dinner each night at our favourite restaurants in Fes and 1/2 day guide for each day. Flight from Marrakech to Fes (through Casablanca) not inc.


map of Morocco

Trips by Destination

Morocco

Exotic and alluring, Morocco offers a fascinating culture; we’ll follow the ‘trail of the kasbahs’ into the Sahara, hike in the High Atlas, bike along the coast to the resort town of Essaouira, explore the town of Marrakech and more...

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • A ride you will never forget: the descent from the Tin Mal mosque to Ouirgane with a view of Mt.Toubcal, Morocco's highest.
  • An evening to remember: an evening in the desert being entertained by a troupe of berber musicians (on the December departure, this coincides with New Year's Eve).
  • Private Land Cruiser for each 4 guests, with driver.
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

*Robbin McKinney, president of Great Explorations will be guiding this departure

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Ouarzazate - We suggest connecting by air through Casablanca; we’ll be at the airport in Ouarzazate to greet you on arrival and whisk you to our hotel where mint tea and sublime surroundings await.

DAY 2:
Zagora - Following the magical Draa River, we cycle along this fertile valley where lush palmeries secret date palms, olive groves, and citrus trees. We’ll stop in Agdz for lunch before continuing on to lively Zagora, which dates from French colonial times. D2: 20, 30 or 60 miles

DAY 3:
M’Hamid - Morning options include an invigorating hike above town led by a knowledgeable local guide. Our cycling route will lead us to Tamegroute, where we’ll visit an ancient library which boasts a magnificent collection of Koranic texts, dictionaries, and astrology works, some on gazelle hides. We will also visit a local co-operative to learn how the distinctive pottery found in this region is made. Afterwards, we’ll continue deep into the Sahara (Tomboctou is only 52 days away by camel caravan). Trading our bikes for camels we’ll be led by Berber escorts to our private tented camp, where festivities await. D3: 30, 42 or 55 miles

DAY 4:
Ait Ben Haddou - Up with the sun, we’ll enjoy breakfast surrounded by dunes before departing the desert. We’ll visit a local market, where fruit, vegetables, herbs, handicrafts, sheep, goats and donkeys are brought to be sold. Late afternoon, we’ll cycle a quite road to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. This is Morocco’s most spectacular ksour, a collection of towered and crenellated Kasbahs that once guarded the lucrative caravan route through the Atlas mountains. We’ll stay at the intimate Hotel La Kasbah, which overlooks the site. D4: 32 or 40 miles

DAY 5+6:
Ouirgane - We’ll transfer today over the High Atlas, beginning our ride along a flat stretch of magnificent road where views of snow-capped peaks and lush farmland provide a dramatic change of scenery. Reaching the Ouirgane valley, we’ll stay at a charming hotel with extensive gardens. Next day, we’ll hike into local villages where we’ll be offered tea and a chance to bake bread in community ovens. Afternoon options include cycling along the enchanting Oued Nfiss to the extraordinary Tin Mal mosque, built in 1156 and recently restored and open to visitors. D5: 25 or 47 miles; D6: 25 or 50 miles

DAYS 7+8:

Essaouira- After a transfer towards Marrakech, we’ll turn west towards the coast, beginning our ride with the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. We’ll bike a stunning road, dropping to the hip town of Essaouira, famous for its artisan shops, European feel, and several kilometers of sandy beaches. On our second day, we’ll join a local historian exploring the medina here, where the maze of tiny streets reveal spice markets, marquetry workshops, ancient hammams and more. Cycling options include routes along the coast; for those who like to walk there are also hikes to secluded beaches from town. We’ll stay at the exclusive Villa Maroc, one of the top Riad hotels in the city, located in the heart of the medina. D7: 15, 30 or 40 miles; D8: 21 or 42 miles

DAY 9:

Marrakech - Leaving Essaouira we’ll reach Marrakech in time for lunch. Afterwards, we'll visit the city’s sites including the Marjorelle Gardens, Museum of Yves St. Laurent, and El Bahia Palace; as dusk sets on the extraordinary Jemaa El Fna, we’ll watch as snake charmers, acrobats and street performers of every kind imaginable entertain. We’ll stay at a wonderful Riad near the historical center and for our final night, dine at one of the most atmospheric restaurants in Morocco.

DAY 10: You can depart at your leisure anytime on this day .

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What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

  • services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 9 nights lodging
  • all breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • detailed map and route instructions
  • all baggage transportation
  • all transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
  • all tips in hotels, restaurants etc. (excludes discretionary tips for guides)

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247