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A mountain biking adventure, where we will cycle 264 km in 5 days on the bike. This journey starts in Marrakech, the ancient city of Morocco full of activities as well as a commercial crossroads for hundreds of years. From one of the most vibrant cities, we take to the saddle to explore the rugged hills of Morocco weaving through the Atlas Mountains and the beautiful valleys. Venture into the hills, inhabited by the Berbers, and experience the traditional beauty of Morocco's land and its culture. This trip spoils you with both architectural and natural splendours, ready yourself for an incredible biking experience. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech, and we will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your Riad. An initial trip briefing, before we get straight into the adventure. A tour of this vibrant city, and a visit to the Medina of Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a maze of shops and stalls selling succulent traditional food and exquisite local craftsmen. Then to dinner in a restaurant near the Jemaa El Fena Square. Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Marrakech - Kasbah Telouet - Kasbah Ait Benhaddou | 47Km

After breakfast we leave for another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortified community that features pre-Saharan earthen architecture dating back to the 17th century. We drive via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260 m) to Telouet, this is where the mountain bike adventure begins. We stop to visit Glaoui Kasbah of Telouet, stronghold of the Lord of the Atlas during the French occupation, Thami El Glaoui. From Telouet, a very scenic ride through tiny Berber villages and the Ounila Valley. Wind your way to the beautiful Kasbah village of Ait Benhaddou, where we stay the night in one of the many riads. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: From Ait Benhaddou to Dades Gorges | 43Km

An early rise today; the longest yet most exhilarating leg of our biking expedition. A 90 minute transfer, we stop to visit an ancient troglodyte settlement. The ride starts from Kalaat M'gouna, we take the dirt roads and will likely see nomads tending their flocks. We are heading to Dades Gorges, which lies between the High Atlas Mountains and Jbel Saghro Mountains. Our cycling passes dozens of kasbahs, or fortresses, perched precariously on the cliffs. We will also come across Berbers who are living in caves. We may even be invited to stop for a refreshing cup of mint tea. Our day ends as we arrive at our riad in the stunning valley. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dades Gorges to N'kob (Jbel Saghro) | 70Km

Todays cycle we head to Berber oasis town of N’kob. The route winds through the Dades Valley as we snake our way to the middle of the Jbel Saghro. A tricky climb to cross Tizi n’Tzazert Pass (2,200 m) or get a lift up to the top, enjoying incredible panoramic views. Here we will take a quick rest, then cruising downhill to spend the night at the Berber oasis town of N’kob, sitting at the foot of the Jbel Saghro Mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: From N'kob to Draa Valley | 74Km

Today we explore the Moroccan desert, we ride to the seemingly endless date palm groves of the Draa Valley – the largest date palm groves in Morocco. Following local dirt tracks, we head into the heart of the oasis. Now we explore the palm groves and the small Berber villages lining the banks of the Draa River, the lifeblood of this fertile area. Tonight we spend the night with a local Berber family. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Draa Valley back to Marrakech | 30Km

After breakfast, we drive to explore the beautiful Draa Valley. A 25 minute trip to Ait Saoun, where we saddle up and ride 30 km through one of Morocco's most scenic valleys. Riding past a succession of traditional villages lying in green oases. After lunch, we transfer back to Marrakech via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, a spectacular piece of French engineering, often found listed as one of the most beautiful roads in the world. You have the evening to yourself to enjoy a dinner in the wonderful Marrakech. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Explore Marrakech

Rest the legs, today is a bike free day, by taking a guided tour of Marrakech, the Southern Pearl of Morocco, to learn and explore the city's rich history and culture. Discover the Palace of Bahia, built the late 19th century, 160 rooms it must be considered one of the grandest palaces of the time. Next, we visit the Saadian Tombs, exquisitely decorated and sculptured mausoleum of the Saadi Dynasty members, who ruled Morocco from 1554 to 1659. Next stop is 69-m Koutoubia Mosque, the city's most famous and largest mosque, and the nearby square Djeema el-Fna, a bustling market square where you can practice your bargaining skills. The tour concludes with an exploration of the souk (market), filled with mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets, ceramics, hand-made leather goods, and tantalising food stalls. Lunch is on your own, but we convene for a farewell dinner for our magical time in Morocco. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Departure

The time has come to depart, after breakfast we will arrange your transfer as we say farewell.

Location

 

Adventure includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Support vehicle
  • Airport transfers
  • Guide(s)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated
  • Water bottle
  • Mountain Bike (lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes, and Shimano components and front suspension)

Doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Bookings

Making a booking

The deposit for this trip is £198

Your full balance is due 3 months before your trip starts. If you book within 3 months of departure then the full balance is due at the time of booking. If you have any questions please contact our team at info@inspiredescapes.com or call +44 (0) 203 394 0050.

Dates

Price

Sunday 6th May 2018 - Sunday 13th May 2018 £1,383
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Dates

Price

Sunday 9th Sep 2018 - Sunday 16th Sep 2018 £1,383
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