On our Morocco motorcycle tour the first night is in a Parador close to Malaga where we’ll have our welcome dinner overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The following morning we ride to the port for your ferry crossing to Africa and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
Back on land, it’s a short ride to the border where once the formalities are complete we’ll continue south toward the Imperial City of Rabat. The capital city is off the tourist trail and the souks of the Medina cater more for locals then visitors which provides a great insight into this country and its culture. After an evening here you have two days to explore Marrakech, known as the ‘Red City’. This ancient city is the beating heart of Morocco and its marketplace never sleeps. A day off the bike will allow you to lose yourself in the bustling Medina, bartering in the Souks and visiting the Berber Museum or relaxing with some Moroccan Whisky – Mint Tea! Your route from Marrakech is to the Atlantic coast and Essaouira with its bluer than blue fishing fleet and walled sea defences lined with cannon. Once again we are staying within the walled Medina in another authentic Riad. It is a short day to Essaouira and so for the adventurous there is a chance to go Quad Biking in the sand dunes during the afternoon
After time spent in three of the great cities of Morocco you are heading into the countryside and a night in a remote Riad. The Atlas Mountains are our playground for the next few days with the awe inspiring Tiz n’Test and Tiz n’Ticha Passes, snaking their way over 2,000 metres skywards. More remote locations follow as you visit UNESCO listed Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient Ksar or citadal. If it looks familiar then it may be because it has featured in many films like The Living Dayights, The Mummy, Gladiator and Jesus of Nazareth. Our Riad overlooks the Ksar, so you can check in and change before wandering its ancient streets and alleys. The following day you have the option to ride the famous Dades and Todra Gorges! They are connected by a technical gravel section of road, but for those who wish to stick to the tarmac you can still ride the best of both.
Next you are heading into the Sahara for a night in a Riad next to the dunes. Dinner will be served at a Berber camp in the desert a short camel trek away! Heading north you have two nights in the Imperial City of Fes in another Riad in the heart of the Medina. This iconic city with its winding streets and alleys is a maze. Packed with tanneries the faint smell pervades the centre of town. From Fes you head for the west coast of Morocco but not before visiting the UNESCO listed ancient city of Volubilis before our final night on African soil in Tangier, the strategic gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times. The following morning the return ferry crossing to Spain awaits and the last night of our trip back in the Parador for the farewell dinner and to share our magical memories of this most captivating of countries.
Please Note: Throughout this tour we’ll be staying in beautiful authentic Moroccan Riads, either in the heart of the Medinas of Chefchoan, Marrakech, Rabat, Essaouira and Fes, or in remote locations in unspoilt traditional villages. We feel this is important to enjoy the real flavour of Morocco as opposed to staying in large chain hotels on the outskirts of town, even though they would have more convenient parking. The Riads can be challenging to find even with a GPS and a map and it is often easiest to pay a local taxi/moped rider and follow them. The Riads in the Medinas cannot be directly accessed by vehicles and so your bikes will need to be left in a parking area close by and we will pay a watchmen to stand guard over them at night. There are many willing baggage carriers in the towns who will take your luggage to the Riad for a few dirham.
This is a tarmac tour with some optional easy dirt / gravel roads. It is suitable for all competent riders as well as couples riding two up.
Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW’s complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.
|Price option||Solo Shared Single Room||Solo Single Room||*Rider and passenger|
|Riding Your Own Motorcycle||3895||4595||5295|
|Including an F800GS or F900GS Hire Bike||5770||6470||7170|
|Including an R1300GS Hire Bike||6070||6770||7470|
|Including an S1000XR Hire Bike||6145||6845||7545|
|Including an R1250GS Adventure Hire Bike||6295||6995||7695|
PLEASE NOTE: This is a 100% tarmac tour with a couple of optional routes on easy gravel trails. It can be completed on any road bike and is ideal for riders and pillions. However some of the roads in Morocco can be poor and areas of roadworks can be gravelly so if hiring a bike we recommend a GS for this tour.
PLEASE NOTE: If hiring a bike for this tour the only insurance cover available is Third Party Only.
PLEASE NOTE: Morocco is a very friendly and safe country with a well established tourist industry. However you should be prepared for different standards in hygiene and behaviour in some places. Do not be put off - Our Tour Director has travelled through Morocco on many occasions without incident and it is a personal favourite of his, but you need to remember this is Africa, not Europe.
HIRE BIKES: If you are booking with a hire bike we will hand your bike over on the afternoon prior to the first tour day. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the bike, make any adjustments, arrange your packing and not waste any time on the first day riding.
Day 1 Enjoy your welcome dinner at our Parador in Malaga
Day 2 A short motorway ride to Algeciras and a morning ferry crossing to Cueta in Africa, then negotiating the border and on to Morocco's blue town
Day 3 Initially heading for the Rif we turn inland and to the Atlantic coast and the capital Rabat, the capital city
Day 4 An easier day through farmland to the heart of Morocco; the captivating city of Marrakech
Day 5 You have a day off the bike to explore Jemaa el-Fnaa and the many side streets and alleys of the medina
Day 6 A short and easy ride to the coast to leave time to wander the walled sea defences or to go quad biking in the dunes
Day 7 Ride through the Berber heartland and over the Anti Atlas to our remote Riad for the evening
- The bustling UNESCO listed Medina’s of Marrakech and Fes
- The Atlas Mountains
- The UNESCO World Heritage City of Rabat
- The stunning Tiz n’Test Pass
- The twists and turns of the Tiz n’Ticha Pass
- The incredible Todra Gorge
- Paradors in Spain and Authentic Riads in Morocco
- The UNESCO Listed ancient Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou
- The UNESCO Listed Roman City of Volubillis
- Dining in a Sahara Desert camp
- Ride through the Anti Atlas in the Berber heartland
- The spice market in Marrakech
- The challenges for the Rif Mountain roads
- The warmth and welcome of the genuinely friendly people of Morocco
- Pre tour pack including tour information, Michelin maps, route notes and GPS routes and GPS Mapping in Garmin/BMW format
- Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
- All accommodation as listed in the itinerary in Paradors or authentic Moroccan Riads
- All breakfasts
- Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
- Dinners one night in Marrakech, Tafraoute, Tinehir and Ourigane (excludes beverages)
- Camel Trek and Dinner in a Berber Camp in the Sahara Desert (excludes beverages)
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Commemorative Polo Shirt for all riders and passengers
- Support vehicle and driver
- Carriage of a 40L soft luggage bag per bike in the support vehicle
- Ferry from Spain to Africa and back
- Expert advice and support throughout
- The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator
- IMPORTANT: You will require a Green Card from your insurance company to cross the border into Morocco. If you cannot obtain this from your insurer cover can be bought at the border.
- Dinners other than those listed
- Travel Insurance
- Anything not listed as included