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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:

Trip Dates:

2017
Apr 5-15

Oct 20-30

Oct 30- Nov 9

2018
Apr 4-14

Oct 19-29

Oct 29- Nov 8

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

 

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

11 days/ 10 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Ouarzazate/ Marrakech

 

Accommodations:

Le Berbere Palace, Ouarzazate

Azalai Lodge, Zagora

Berber Tented Camp

Riad Ksar Ighnda, Ait Ben Haddou

Domaine de la Roseraie, Ouirgane

Villa De L'O, Essaouira

La Maison Arabe, Marrakech

Activity Level:

Moderate
30-40+ miles daily
Van supported

Terrain:

Gently rolling with some short steep hills

Cost:

Land Cost (current year):
US $4350
Includes 9B/7L/7D

Single Supplement:
US $1090

Bike Rental:
US $200  Please note: Our bicycle fleet for this trip are 2014 Cannondale Quick 1 performance hybrids which are suitable for the roads in Morocco. Bikes come with flat pedals, rear racks and a map cover. Racing bikes available on request.

Extension Ouarzazate:

US$395 pp

Single suppl: US$75

1 night hotel in Ouarzazate at a 4 star hotel with 1/2 day guided visit, breakfast and airport transfer on arrival.

Extension Marrakech:

US$695 pp

Single suppl: US$175

2 nights hotel with breakfast daily, 1/2 day guided visit for each day and airport transfers on departure.

Extension Fes:

US$695 pp

Single suppl: US$175

2 nights hotel with breakfast daily, 1/2 day guided visit for each day and airport transfers. Flight from Marrakech to Fes (through Casablanca) not inc.


map of Morocco

 

Morocco Expedition
11 Days- Luxe

 

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.
  • An evening to remember: an evening in the desert being entertained by a troupe of berber musicians.
  • A ride you will never forget: the descent from the Tin Mal mosque to Ouirgane with a view of Mt.Toubcal, Morocco's highest.
  • Private Land Cruiser for each 4-5 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.

 

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. Flying into Marrakech is also possible but note it is a 4-5 hour drive from Marrakech to Ouarzazate.

DAY 2:
Zagora - Following the magical Draa River, we cycle along this fertile valley where lush palmeraies secret date palms, olive groves, and citrus trees. We’ll stop close to Agdz for lunch before continuing on to lively Zagora, which dates from French colonial times.
Distance: 33 km, elevation gain 156 m or 67 km, gain 155 m.*
The distance between Ouarzazate and Agdz is 80 km.

DAY 3:
M’Hamid - 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.
Distance: 49 to 100+ km, elevation gain up to 272m.*
The distance between Zagora and our drop off point is approximately 45 km.

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 quiet 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 Ksar Ighnda, a charming and luxurious hotel.
Distance: 35 km, elevation gain 235 m.*
T
he distance between M'hamid and Ait Ben Haddou is 280 km.

 

DAY 5:
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. There will be an option to visit 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.
Distance: 35 km, elevation gain 235 m.*
T
he distance between M'hamid and Ait Ben Haddou is 280 km.

DAY 6+7:
Ouirgane - Our first ride has the potential to be one of your favourites: 32 kms in a quiet valley. We’ll then transfer over the High Atlas, beginning our second 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 the exclusive Domaine de la Roseraie 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.
Distance D5 : 32 km, elevation gain 580or 71 km, gain 745m.*
Distance D6 : 40 km, elevation gain 415or 40 km, gain 775m.*
The distance between Ait Benhaddou and Ouirgane is 220 km.

DAYS 8+9:

Essaouira - This could be another of your favourite days of riding as we cycle a quiet road from the mountains to the sea. Essaouira is 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 De L''O, located in the heart of the medina.
Distance D7 : 22 to 50+ km, elevation gain 450+ m.
Distance D8 : 49 km, elevation gain 270or 25 km, gain 127m.*
The distance between Ouirgane and Essaouira is 210 km.

DAY 10:

Marrakech - There may be a an opportunity for an early morning ride to Sidi Kaouiki before departing for Marrakech in time for lunch. Afterwards, we'll visit the city’s sites including the Majorelle 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.
Distance: 40 km, elevation gain 415 m.*

DAY 11: You can depart at your leisure anytime on this day .

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

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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.
  • 10 nights lodging.
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 9 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

 

 

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