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Morocco Cycling Tour

Ride a colorful tour of a lifetime from Marrakesh into the High Atlas Mountains. Climb the Tizi n’Tichka pass, enjoy lunch with a view of UNESCO world heritage site Ait Benhaddou, and ride across the Agafay desert. This tour offers an authentic experience for guests open to discovering the unique blend of Arab, Berber and European cultures that shape the heart of Morocco. Enjoy humbling hospitality from your guides, and taste delicious Moroccan food of slow-cooked tagines, fresh juices and bottomless pots of tea. Ride in places that you never thought you could and rest your head and legs at night in a mixture of local guesthouses, riads, one very special night camping in the High Atlas Mountains, and one homestay in a local village.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Road
  • Starts and ends in Marrakech Airport
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 285 miles / 458 kilometers (elevation: 8,070 meters)
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent (Giant Revolt E-bike: All Road Electric)
  • Group tour

Meet the instructors

Josep & Laura
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Highlights

  • 5 riding days: average 65 kilometers, 4 hours and 22 minutes riding daily
  • Berber hospitality and a warm welcome from local guides
  • Enjoy lunch with a view of the mud city of Ait Benhaddou
  • Summit the epic Tizi N’tichka Pass
  • Spend a night camping in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Walking tour of the city of Marrakesh
  • All-you-can-eat tagine, couscous, fresh juices, and Moroccan tea
  • 6 nights accommodation in guesthouses, riads, camping and homestay

Skill level

  • Advanced

5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00

Diwane Hotel & Spa

Stay in the center of Marrakech and enjoy air conditioning, high-speed internet, and well-furnished rooms. The hotel features an outdoor pool and bar, a spa with a solarium, sauna facilities, and a traditional Hammam.

Telouet Kasbah

Your first taste of rural Morocco! The Telouet Kasbah is a typical guest house located on the trading route from the Sahara desert to Marrakech.

Camp

Spend a unique night off-grid under the stars in the high Atlas Mountains. The support team builds the camp from scratch and cooks a feast for everyone to enjoy around the campfire. There’s hot water for everyone in an outdoor shower.

Berber family homes

Tonight is spent with the villagers of Tamnagalt in the High Atlas in what is a unique and humble homestay experience.

Riad Atlas

Stay in the Riad Atlas Imlil and enjoy creating comforts after two nights off-grid in this traditional Berber guesthouse. Imlil is a climber’s village at the base of Mount Toubkal.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech

This seven-day Atlas Mountain tour kicks off in Marrakesh with a bike set-up and an optional walking tour around the city. Enjoy a welcome meal and get to know the group and the team while discussing the week ahead.

  • Eat: Welcome meal in Marrakesh upon arrival
  • Sleep: Diwane Hotel & Spa, Marrakech

Day 2: Ait Ourir to Telouet (82 kilometers / 51 miles - 2,147 meters)

Riding begins on day two as the tour heads from Ait Ourir to Telouet, nearly 82 kilometers south and into the Atlas Mountains. Meet farmers and shepherds in Tassourte, drink mint tea in the Zat valley, climb the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, and visit the Kasbah du Pacha in Telouet.

  • Eat: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before the first ride. Lunch en route to the High Atlas Mountains and mint tea in the Zat Valley. Dinner included.
  • Sleep: Telouet Kasbah
  • Cycle: Ait Ourir to Telouet
  • Distance: 82 kilometers / 51 miles
  • Elevation: 2,147 meters

Day 3: Telouet to Boutazoulte via Ait Benhaddou (87 kilometers / 54 miles - 1,061 meters)

Today, the ride heads some 87 kilometers further south from Telouet to Boutazoulte via Ait Benhaddou. Ride the old Spice Caravan road to the Onila Valley. Enjoy lunch at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ait Benhaddou, and spend the night camping under the stars.

  • Eat: A good breakfast to fuel up for the day ahead. Lunch with a view at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Benhaddou. Dinner under the stars.
  • Sleep: Camp, Boutazoulte
  • Cycle: Telouet to Boutazoulte via Ait Benhaddou
  • Distance: 87 kilometers / 54 miles
  • Elevation: 1,061 meters

Day 4: Boutazoult to Azgrouz via the Amsouzart valley (83 kilometers / 51 miles - 1,180 meters)

After a restful night's sleep, a new day brings the chance to discover the volcanic Anti-Atlas (Low Atlas) region as the ride progresses from Boutazoult to Azgrouz via the Amsouzart Valley. Stay with a local family in the valley and experience a taste of the Altas Mountains' way of life.

  • Eat: Breakfast in the open air, then lunch en route. Evening meal with a local family in the valley.
  • Sleep: Berber family homes, Tanmagalt
  • Cycle: Boutazoult to Azgrouz via the Amsouzart valley
  • Distance: 83 kilometers / 51 miles
  • Elevation: 1,180 meters

Day 5: Azgrouz - Ijoukak - Imlil (108 kilometers / 67 miles - 2,311 meters)

The ride on day 5 starts with some steeper hills, before descending into the foothills of the mountains. Ride the Ijoukak valley into the heart of the High Atlas, and take an old caravan route to Imlil.

  • Eat: Breakfast with the family, then lunch en route. Enjoy an evening meal in Imlil.
  • Sleep: Riad Atlas, Imlil
  • Cycle: Azgrouz - Ijoukak - Imlil
  • Distance: 108 kilometers / 67 miles
  • Elevation: 2,311 meters

Day 6: Imlil to Marrakesh (98 kilometers / 61 miles - 1,371 meters)

The final ride of the tour ends back in Marrakesh. Discover the gravel roads across the Agafay desert and the stunning Lalla Takerkoust before reaching the final destination. Enjoy a final dinner in this colorful city.

  • Eat: A hearty breakfast before the last leg of the tour. Lunch en route and dinner in Marrakesh.
  • Sleep: Diwan Hotel & Spa, Marrakech
  • Cycle: Imlil to Marrakesh
  • Distance: 98 kilometers / 61 miles
  • Elevation: 1,371 meters

Day 7: Departures from Marrakesh

Departures from Marrakesh Menara Airport.

  • Eat: A final breakfast before commencing the journey home.
  • Sleep: -
  • Cycle: -

Full Support

Enjoy full-ride support from a professional guide team and support vehicle:

  • The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water, as well as a full set of tools to resolve any mechanicals.
  • On selected days, the support crew will serve a delicious picnic lunch in a scenic location en route. Enjoy local foods chosen to keep you feeling energized and healthy.
  • Eat Sleep Cycle guides are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated, and savouring the trip of a lifetime.
  • All guests will receive access to a digital Road Book and routes, giving everyone the flexibility to ride at their own pace.

Riding Level Suitable for this Tour: Advanced

Rated 3 out of 4, this Advanced cycling tour is designed for people who ride regularly and want back-to-back challenging days on the bike. Riders should be confident riding in a small group, comfortable on extended climbs (at your own pace), and have good bike handling skills on corners and descents. E-bikes are available on this tour. Rides are over 100 kilometers with over 1,000 meters of climbing.

Bike Hire

It is recommended that you hire a bike for your tour and the Eat Sleep Cycle team will work with you after you book to help you choose the best size and model for your ride style. If you prefer to bring your bike, it’s no problem. Please be aware that on some of the epic trips, there will be a supplement charge to transport your bike box to the finishing location. If you have any doubts, please ask!

Types of Available Bike Hire

Basso Astra: All Road

An endurance all-road bike that increases versatility with features that lean closer to gravel. Enjoy a comfortable performance carbon frameset, an electronic SRAM Force AXS groupset and a MicroTech RE38 Carbon wheelset. 48/35 chainrings and 10-36 cassette

Cannondale Supersix Evo: Pure Road

Fast, just got faster. A pure road bike designed with speed in mind. This bike is light, smooth and ultra-fast and features a lightweight low-drag carbon frameset and a Shimano 105 Di2 groupset. Paired with DT Swiss R470 wheels. 50/34 chainrings. 11-34 cassette

Cannondale Synapse: Endurance

A smooth and fast endurance road bike designed for long, comfortable rides. The Synapse is lightweight, comes with built-in lights for safety and has a Shimano 105 Di2 groupset. Built with a Fulcrum Rapid Red 500 wheelset. 50/34 chainrings 11-34 cassette

Giant Revolt E-bike: All Road Electric

A versatile drop bar e-bike for road, gravel, and mixed terrain adventures. A lightweight aluminum frame, smooth-riding tubeless tires and a comfortable D-Fuse seatpost give you the ability to ride any road, any route. The 500 W battery delivers long-distance pedaling support and is seamlessly integrated into the frame. The bike is simple to activate - press the on/off button and you're ready to go!

Instructors

Josep

Laura

Location

Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains offer one of the most exciting cyclist’s playgrounds in the world: unmissable adventures, incredible terrain, and breathtaking views through green valleys and across snow-capped peaks! Ride the old Spice Caravan road to the Onila Valley, discover the volcanic Anti-Atlas (Low Atlas) region, and climb the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, the gateway to the Sahara Desert. The warm Mediterranean climate makes Morocco ideal for spring and autumn riding.

Morocco is the ideal destination for spring and autumn riding. Dazzle your senses with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Marrakesh and the High Atlas Mountains, and get off the beaten tourist track to explore rural Morocco on two wheels.

Tizi n’Tichka Pass

The High Atlas Mountains constitute the highest mountain range in North Africa, with peaks of over 4,000 meters, and the Tizi n’Tichka Pass is the jewel in its crown. Tarmac roads and gravel trails offer a variety of routes to conquer this impressive climb, with the chance to enjoy a traditional Moroccan tea when at the summit, sitting at an altitude of 2,260 meters.

Marrakesh

Prepare for a truly special experience in Marrakesh, the city of light, color, and magic. The city's main square, Yamaa el Fna, is full of surprises, especially at night when the space fills with musicians, acrobats, and performers of all kinds. The Medina, a warren of narrow cobbled streets full of curious visitors and plodding donkeys alike, is also an essential visit. It was the original walled settlement around which the rest of the city was built.

Another must is the Jardin Majorelle, a gift from Yves Saint Laurent to the city of Marrakech, and home to over 300 species of plants from all five continents. The sights, the sounds, and the flavors... Marrakesh will leave you with memories you'll never forget.

Food

Moroccan food is known for its slow-cooked tagines, couscous, grilled meats, and fresh vegetables. Another unmissable classic in Moroccan cuisine is traditional mint tea, a sweet, hot beverage made from green gunpowder tea, a generous amount of fresh mint leaves, and sugar. Morocco offers everything you need for a unique opportunity to cleanse the body and soul with fresh, delicious food, lots of km, and zero toxins.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Full ride support from a professional guide team and support vehicle
  • 6 nights accommodation in local guesthouses, Riads and camping
  • Full board meals

What's not included

  • Bike rental
  • Transfers
  • Insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

The meeting point is Marrakesh Airport at 11:00. Optional transfer can be arranged. For departure from Marrakech, book flights after 14:00 for the group transfer.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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