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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


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Trip Dates:

March 30-Apr 6
Oct 10-17

Oct 20-27

Dec 21-28

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

March 29-Apr 5
Oct 9-16

Oct 19-26

Dec 20-27

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

8 days/ 7 nights


Ouarzazate / Marrakech


Ksar Ighnda, Ait Ben Haddou

L' Oliveraie de Marigha, Ouirgane

Villa Maroc, Essaouira

Jardins de la Koutoubia, Marrakech

Activity Level:

30-40+ miles daily
van supported


Gently rolling with some short steep hills


Land Cost (current year):
US $2950
Includes 6B/5L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $740

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.

Pre-trip Extension:

US$295 pp

Single suppl: US$75

1 night hotel in Ait Ben Haddou at a luxurious Riad with 1/2 day guided visits to the UNESCO site, dinner, breakfast and airport transfer.

Extension Marrakech:

US$695 pp

Single suppl: US$175

2 nights hotel with breakfast daily, 1/2 guide for each day and airport transfer on departure.


map of Morocco


Morocco Escape
8 Days- Classic


Our Morocco Escape trip starts from Ait Ben Haddou (missing the Draa Valley); we cycle to the ancient kasbah of Telouet, 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.
  • 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.



DAY 1+2:
Ait Ben Haddou - You can fly into Ouarazate directly on the standard late flight from Casablanca that arrives around 1 am (we will meet you at the airport). Alternatively, you can fly into Marrakech and take a coach to Ouarazate and taxi to the hotel- arrive anytime between 4:00-7:00 pm. For those arriving before 7 pm, there will be a group meeting. Ait Ben Haddou 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. On Day 2 you can cycle up to the incredible kasbah at Telouet, described so ovocatively in Gavin Maxwell's 'Lords of the Atlas'. After lunch in Telouet, return to Ait Ben Haddou for an afternoon around the swimming pool. 

DAY 3+4:
Ouirgane - There is a morning option to ride to the kasbah Telouet along a quiet road, directly from our hotel. Afterwards, we'll shuttle to lunch and then continue on bikes 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.
Distance D2 : 33 km, elevation gain 156or 67 km, gain 155m.*
Distance D3 : 49 to 100+ km, elevation gain up to 272m.*
The distance between Ait Benhaddou and Ouirgane is 220 kms.

DAYS 5+6:

Essaouira- Beginning in the village of Moulay Brahim, we will bike a stunning road across the Kik Plateau. Late afternoon, arrive 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 or to the village of Sidi Kaouki; 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.
Distance D4 : 35 km, elevation gain 235 m.

Distance D5 : 49 km, elevation gain 270m or 25 km, gain 127m.*
The distance between Ouirgane and Essaouira is 210 kms.

DAY 7:

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.
The distance between Essaouira and Marrakech is 185 kms.

DAY 8: 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
  • 7 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 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 or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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