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Cycle the High Atlas

Morocco's superb blend of culture, natural beauty and infrastructure make it an ideal place to explore by bike and the opportunities are both physically exhilarating and culturally infused. We begin in Marrakesh, enjoying the 1000 year-old ochre-coloured city with fascinations at every turn, the old Medina and a blend of cultures. Then it's off to the highest mountain range in North Africa to tackle the rugged, prehistoric, flat-topped peaks that are still used by the nomadic berbers. From Ouirgane we bike up the beautiful valley of Asnio to the mosque of Tinmal, followed by some free wheeling down to the southern side of the High Atlas to Ouled Behril. Our cycle journey then reveals views across the Anti Atlas ranges with beautiful scenic villages on mountain tops that are flanked by terraced fields with almond trees. Continuing on to the coastal city of Agadir we ascend a winding mountain road that twists through palm trees, limestone gorges, fresh water ravines and verdant tree-clad hills to Imouzzer. An exciting final day sees us descend a narrow gorge to the idyllic Paradise Valley, where we transfer to Agadir and onward to Marrakesh by road.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
airport transfer (day 1 only)
7 nights in comfortable hotels and traditional riads on a twinshare basis
English speaking cycling guide, driver and assistant/cook
support vehicle on cycling days
luggage transfer daily
mineral water during cycling
medical kit
private transport
bike hire not included (can be hired locally)
Hightlights
Cycle through the picturesque scenery of the High Atlas Mountains
Challenge yourself with 330 kms of exhilarating cycling down several mountain passes
Journey through local Berber villages
Enjoy the scenic coastal town of Agadir
Explore Marrakesh
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $1,590
Start Location
Marrakesh, Morocco
End Location
Morocco
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
27 Apr 201804 May 2018AvailableAUD $1,590
25 May 201801 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $1,590
31 Aug 201807 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $1,590
28 Sep 201805 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $1,590
26 Oct 201802 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $1,590
29 Mar 201905 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $1,590
26 Apr 201903 May 2019AvailableAUD $1,590
24 May 201931 May 2019AvailableAUD $1,590
30 Aug 201906 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $1,590
27 Sep 201904 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $1,590
25 Oct 201901 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $1,590
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Arrive in the colourful city of Marrakesh where we will assemble, prepare and be briefed by our guide on the information of the tour. At night, enjoy a hearty welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight: Hotel Almas 3* (or similar).
Day 2
You will begin your cycling tour following a short transfer to Lake Takerkoust. From here you will bike through several local villages and experience the heart of Moroccan culture. Firstly, you will pass through Amizmiz and bear witness to some spectacular scenery of the Atlas region, before arriving at the village of Ouirgane. Biking: distance 38 km / uphill 870 m / downhill 840 m / approx. 3.5 hr Overnight: Hotel, Ksar Shama (or similar).
Day 3
You continue by bike along the beautiful valley of Asni to the Mosque of Tinmal. After the visit you will be transferred by car up to the Tizi n'Test pass where you can enjoy a relaxing downhill bike ride which stretches over 30 km on the southern side of the High Atlas. The final 17 km can be enjoyed on flat terrain to the village of Ouled Berhil. Biking: distance 80 km / uphill 920 m / downhill 1900 m / approx. 4 hr Overnight: Riad/Hotel, Riah Hida (or similar).
Day 4
Today begins with a 3 hour transfer by car from Ouled Berhil to A t Baha at the foot of the Anti Atlas mountains. Your first challenge is to ascend for approx. 11 km in order to reach the first pass. Then you continue by bike through hilly landscapes before crossing the last pass of 1450 m altitude. Enjoying a breathtaking view down to the Anti Atlas valleys and mountains you bike downhill to your overnight accommodation. Biking: distance 43 km / uphill 800 m / downhill 650 m / approx. 4 hr Overnight: Kasbah Hotel (or similar).
Day 5
This is the day of the Anti Atlas passes. By bike you explore the beautiful Anti Atlas scenery and cross two passes, each of 1700 m altitude, bearing witness to majestic mountains, valleys and villages with huge houses which sit like thrones on top of the mountain flanks, as well as terraced fields with almond trees which are in blossom. After a long and enjoyable descent, you will be transferred to the scenic seaside destination of Agadir. Biking: distance 64 km / uphill 600m / downhill 1200 m / approx. 4.5 hr Overnight: hotel, Anezi (or similar).
Day 6
An early morning transfer by vehicle sees a fresh start to the day involving a mixture of climbs and descents. Today you will marvel at more picturesque scenery along the awe-inspiring Western High Atlas chain. To end the day's bike ride, you will enjoy a 14 km descent through winding roads to your hotel. Biking: distance 40 km / uphill 1200 m / downhill 620 m / approx. 3 hr Overnight: hotel, Les Cascades (or similar).
Day 7
We have a final ride this morning before our vehicle transfer back to Marrakesh. We begin with a short ascent, then will enjoy a great downhill ride of over more than 50 kilometres to the Atlantic coast. At the beginning the landscape is wide and open, but as you descend you will merge into a narrow gorge leading to the Paradise valley. After another ascent of approx. 4 kilometres we descend to the coast again, which sees the end of the bike tour. After a well-earned lunch, we will be transferred back to Marrakesh for our final night. Biking: distance 65 km / uphill 550 m / downhill 1500 m / approx. 3.5 hr Overnight: Hotel Almas (or similar).
Day 8
Trip arrangements end after breakfast.