Sunset camel ride in the Sahara desert Moroccan landscape with mountains Snow capped peaks in Morocco

11 Day Moroccan Motorcycling Tour

11 Day Tour introduction

11 days of riding, and 10 night’s stay on this Moroccan motorcycle expedition. Across the Atlas Mountains right into the Sahara Desert, through spectacular gorges, out to the Atlantic coast with many stop offs in between in this wonderful, safe North African country. 
Expect the ride of your life, and some unforgettable memories.

11 Day Tour Summary

As we arrive in Morocco on the Algeciras ferry to Tangier-Med on the Mediterranean coast, prepare to be awestruck on this 11 day guided tour. On this motorcycling adventure holiday we ride 11 days in Morocco over breathtaking mountain ranges, through glorious gorges, visiting forests, oases, bustling market towns and sleepy mountain villages (where little has changed for centuries) and venturing right into the incredible Sahara desert.

11 Day Tour Highlights

Some of the things you can expect to do and see on your adventure:

11 Day Tour inclusive of

All hotels, with breakfast
4 evening meals
Camel ride into the Saharan desert to watch the sunset
Return tickets Algeciras-Tangier-Med ferry
Drinks not included

Itinerary

The evening before departure: Algeciras
We meet at a 4 star hotel in Algeciras, just five minutes from the ferry port.
After our tour briefing, there’s an opportunity to get to know one another before our motorcycle adventure begins.
On the morning of departure, we leave the hotel to take an early ferry to Tanger Med.  
We will take care of all the necessary paperwork, including the temporary import docs, for your motorcycle.
On arrival in Tanger Med, Morocco, we disembark the ferry. Again, we take care of the paperwork. This can be a slow process, but now we’re in Africa it’s time to adjust to the steady way of life.
After leaving customs, we stop so that you can purchase the insurance required for your bike, and to change some money to Moroccan Dirhams. It is advisable to carry some cash as certain places only deal in cash - Dirhams or Euros.

Now, the adventure begins…

Day 1: Tanger Med to Chefchaouen
“Welcome to my country”.
It’s a phrase you get used to hearing in Morocco. Moroccan people are very friendly, and although some have little material wealth, Moroccans are rich in warmth and friendliness.
We travel along a few miles of easy roads to allow you to adjust to the Moroccan way of driving. Get used to seeing donkeys on the road, laden with everything from bales of hay to umpteen gas bottles!
As we ride through some of the towns on our Moroccan bike tour, you will experience the livestock markets, where it is not unusual to see half a dozen sheep on the roof rack of a transit van, or a goat in a car boot.
We arrive in the beautiful blue and white town of Chefchaouen, where our hotel awaits. Relax with a cold beer at the hotel overlooking the stunning valleys, or wander through colourful alleyways lined with Moroccan carpets, scarves, pottery and many other local craftwork, or find a the perfect spot to sit in the square and just watch the world go by.

Day 2: Chefchaouen to Midelt
We start our ride today to Midelt, which is in Morocco’s apple growing region, through jaw-dropping Moroccan landscapes, passing through towns where the locals are busy selling their goods, and men sit in groups, busy doing nothing. We will cross rivers, some with nearly dried up river beds. The local women wash the family’s clothes and rugs in the river, often drying their laundry on trees and bushes nearby. Wave to them as you pass, and you’ll be rewarded with big smiles and friendly waves.
Onwards, via the Roman ruins of Volubilis, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site, dating back to the first century BC. Sit and enjoy a cool drink here, or enjoy discovering Morocco’s oldest Roman ruins.
We are now bound for Ifrane, known as the Moroccan Switzerland. In the winter, it’s known for its’ skiing -  you will notice a difference in the wealth of this area. Then, we continue our Moroccan journey through the Cedar forests, stopping to watch the Barbary apes as they play in the trees, and taking care to avoid them in the road. 
Later, our journey continues to Midelt where we catch our first glimpse of the mighty Atlas mountains.

Day 3: Midelt to Merzouga (Sahara)
Today, we set off on our first crossing of the Atlas mountains, passing through the Legionnaires Tunnel, and then riding along the palm-lined valley and stunning Gorge du Ziz. As we approach Erfoud, you will start to notice the desert fringe and the landscape becomes noticeably more sand coloured. Then we pass through the archway into Rissani, and ride around the town to start our approach to the ‘proper’ Sahara. Prepare to be wowed by your first sighting of the desert, its stunning colours and numerous camels.
Towards evening, we arrive at our hotel/kasbah. Cold drinks, Moroccan food and an inviting pool await you - along with a camel trek into the dunes to watch the spectacular desert sunset. Keep your eyes open for the desert fish!

Day 4: Merzouga to Boumalne Dades (the gorges)
An early start today, to beat the Saharan heat, as we ride to the amazing Todra and Dades Gorges. These two gorges will leave you with lifelong memories as we ride the twists and turns up to the Todra gorge. Here, we rest for lunch and the opportunity to take the many photos you will want to take. On then to the next gorge - the famous Dades Gorge which is often featured in biker magazines for the stunning scenery on the climb up the twistys towards Msemrir. This is definitely a day to make sure your camera batteries are fully charged. There’s an opportunity for anyone wishing to ride a few miles along the mule track to ride the loop from Todra to Dades. We really recommend it, it’s not a difficult ride and the scenery is second to none.

Day 5: Boulmaine Dades to Ait Ben Haddou
Today, we travel along the kasbah route towards Ouarzazate and onwards to the ancient fortress of Ait Ben Haddou. The dramatic landscape may seem familiar, many blockbuster films were made here: Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Jesus of Nazareth, The Mummy, or you may recognise the scenery from Game of Thrones. This is another day to make sure your camera is never far away.

Day 6
Today we ride the loop around through Telouet. Once again you will be fascinated by the local culture. Mud brick homes hang perilously to the cliff edge. Goats and sheep wander freely, so be aware. Then, we head off over the fantastic Tizzi n Tikka pass towards the Imperial city of Marrakech. The city is well worth discovering, so we have a two night break in Marrakech to allow you plenty of time to wander around the souks, and into the main square, Jamaa el Fna, which comes alive at sunset and is filled with snake charmers, local musicians, fruit sellers and numerous alley ways selling an spectacular array of colourful spices, gifts, rugs, clothing and ceramics. Sample the local cuisine from one of dozens of food stalls found in the square, amid the rising steam and smoke, exotic smells and flavours.

Day 7: Marrakech, day off
A second day to relax and discover more of this fascinating ancient Moroccan city.

Day 8: Marrakech to Taroudant 
We head west towards the Atlantic coast, our destination the beautiful old walled port of Essasouira. In this historic city. The name means ‘little rampart’, a reference to the fortress walls still enclosing parts of the city.from the atlantic ocean. You can see the traditional wooden boat makers at work, and watch bulging nets of fresh fish being landed and sold in the ancient port. It’s the perfect place to break for lunch and enjoy the delicious, just-caught fish.
In the afternoon, we follow the twisty, scenic coastal road towards Agadir, before heading east to the beautiful walled market city of Taroudant known as "little Marrakech" where we rest for the evening

Day 9: Taroudant to Ouidane
We now head off on my favourite routes, over the absolutely stunning Tizzi n Test pass. Climbing over 2,000 metres, high into the Atlas Mountains - bend, after bend, after bend. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road, although that will be difficult as the sights will leave you open mouthed. You may spot roaming tortoises. Another hard day for your camera.
Once we are over the top, we head off to our fabulous overnight stay by the lake.

Day 10: Ouidane to Meknes
After breakfast, we leave the lakeside, again climbing high into the Atlas mountains, heading east, with even more spectacular views. We work our way down the mountain side with many twists and turns, and viewing points, and head towards Azrou, and then onwards to Meknes, one of the four imperial cities of Morocco.

Day 11: Meknes to Tanger Med
It’s our final day, and we head north to the ferry for an afternoon sailing to Algeciras. Here, we say our goodbyes and exchange phone numbers with newly made friends. One last final look towards the south, and then we say goodbye to Morocco. Until the next unforgettable adventure.

Tour route

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"Finally got time to sit down and reflect on a brilliant trip. I'm not sure there's any more we actually could've covered on the tour. My clients were thrilled and can't wait to book their next one. Thanks so much again."

Justin Lockwood

"I have toured with John on several occasions now and can say that every time has been super! Great roads to great places. Had a bloody good laugh along the way with some fabulous food. All in all good times and I look forward to riding with him again soon."

Rick Midgley

"I've toured with John a couple of times now, good rider, good craic and top bloke."

Andy Griffiths

"I’ve been touring around Morocco for over 12 years, covering all sorts of terrain from cities to mountain passes along with desert tracks. I created Moroccan Motorcycle Tours so that I could share my many experiences with everyday bikers who enjoy motorcycle travel and want to push the boundaries a little further than Europe."

John Bailey, Moroccan Motorcycle Tours

"There’s a saying: 'Travel by car and it’s like viewing a movie. Travel by bike and you are in the movie with the wind in your face, the smells, the interaction with locals’. Nowhere is that truer than in Morocco."

John Bailey, Moroccan Motorcycle Tours

"We want to share the many amazing sights and spectacular routes we have uncovered over the years. To show you the people who live so remotely, and yet are so friendly. The memorable views from high up on jaw-dropping mountain passes. The unforgettable first sight of the ever changing colours of the vast Sahara desert."

John Bailey, Moroccan Motorcycle Tours

"Our 11 and 8 day motorcycle tours are for anyone with a full bike licence. We ride on tarmac with the option of some riding along "R” roads - mule tracks in some areas, but not difficult riding. We stay in hotels, kasbahs or riads which are of a good local standard. You don’t have to be a GS rider, as we welcome most bikes as long as you feel comfortable with mountain passes."

John Bailey, Moroccan Motorcycle Tours

"Our aim is to ensure you enjoy your time with us and hopefully join us again, before too much development throughout Morocco takes away the wonderful way of life we can currently experience on these memorable motorcycle tours."

John Bailey, Moroccan Motorcycle Tours

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