We are planning to shuttle tour members in the van on various days – we want you to enjoy the tour
On E-Biking days the cycling distance will never be more than 70 – 80km
This evening we depart Auckland on our Emirates flight to Dubai..
We transit through Dubai airport this morning and fly to Casablanca.
On arrival at Casablanca airport this afternoon we are met and transfer to our hotel.
Today we travel to Marrakesh by coach and check in to our hotel.
Marrakech, Africa’s Capital of Culture, has colourful souks, Moorish architecture, intimate gardens and much more.
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide.
In the afternoon you are free to explore the quiet courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina.
We leave Marrakech and cycle through the surrounding fields out into the desert; it stretches endlessly in all directions.
Our destination is the coastal city of Essauouira, whose medina is the only one in Morocco with a chessboard pattern.
Today we go to Agadir, a big and quite modern city. The road leads through dry, eroded landscape and rises up to almost 450m. The most beautiful part is the last section, where we mostly follow the cliffs and beaches.
Southeast of Agadir there is a quite densely populated plain that we have to cross, but it is worth it, because the mountains of the Anti-Atlas are beautiful.
Right after the reservoir at Aït Baha, the road climbs up and then reaches the 1000-metre mark. Today’s highlight is the ancient mountain village of Tizourgane.
The Anti-Atlas offers impressive landscapes and we will enjoy them today. The most scenic sections of the road, which leads up to over 1,800m, we will of course negotiate by bike.
Halfway up is the oasis town of Tata, which surprises us in spring with its lush green vegetable and grain fields.
Today we ride into the Sahara, very close to the Algerian border, where large sand dunes await us.
We have a walk or camel ride (optional activity) between the dunes.
The spectacular sunset and the unique starry sky above the desert are amazing.
On our way to Zagora we pass through Tamegroute, an important religious centre where you can buy beautiful, typical green ceramics. How convenient that our support van is never far away…
Zagora is a quite large but very pleasant oasis town, especially in spring when it is not too hot and the fields are green.
We follow the river Draa, which often carries a surprising amount of water in spring. It supplies the countless date palm groves, which often fill the entire width of the valley.
Along the way there are several kasbahs, often exquisitely restored and transformed into charming hotels. The old Berber village of Tamnougalt is still original and definitely worth seeing.
A real adventure is the ride over the Tizi-n-Tinififft, a 1,660m high mountain pass that leads through a landscape rutted by wild gorges.
Here the wind blows constantly and even in summer it can get unpleasantly cold. Don’t forget your jacket! Our destination is Quarzazate, a large city that does not offer too many sights but is very popular as a film location.
Aït-Ben-Haddou is certainly the most famous fortified city (“Ksar”) in Morocco. Its location, appearance and atmosphere are so perfect that one might think it was just a movie set, but the village is real. However, most of the inhabitants have moved to the new town in the recent past.
In order to enjoy the village and the journey here, we have kept this riding day quite short
We have a wonderful E-Bike ride today to Marrakesh.
The highlight of every trip to Morocco is the Tizi’n Tichka Pass, at 2,260 m the highest in the country. The scenery along the way is breathtaking and spectacular and will remain in your memory for a long time.
We have a day at leisure in enchanting Marrakesh.
This morning we travel by coach to Casablanca airport and this afternoon we depart on our Emirates flight to Dubai.
We arrive in Dubai at about 1.15am and stay at a hotel near the airport; and then transfer back to the airport and board our Emirates flight to New Zealand.
We arrive home with special memories of our active holiday in exotic Morocco.