Camels in the Moroccan Sahara desert The port city of Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast Moroccan Atlas Mountains

8 Day Moroccan Motorcycling Tour

8 Day Tour introduction

8 days of riding, and 7 night’s stay on this Moroccan motorcycle adventure. We ride across the Atlas Mountains right into the Sahara Desert, through spectacular gorges, with many stop offs in towns and villages in between in this ancient, magical country. 
You will never forget the scenery, the people, the sights and the ride.

8 Day Tour summary

We arrive in Morocco on the Algeciras ferry from Spain to Tangier-Med. On this 7 night guided motorcycling tour, we ride for 8 days across Morocco experiencing incredible North African scenery: the majestic Sahara desert, breathtaking mountain ranges, glorious gorges, cedar forests, oases, bustling towns, medinas and livestock markets and sleepy mountain villages where time has stood still.

8 Day Tour highlights

Some of the things you can expect to do and see on your adventure:
• Dolphin and whale watching on the ferry to Africa
• Atlas Mountains
• Medinas
• Chefchaouen, the "blue city"
• Tagines and Mint tea (Berber whiskey)
• Livestock markets
• Lakes
• Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
• Sahara desert
• Camel ride to see the Saharan sunset
• Erg Chebbi dunes
• Fantastic gorges
• Palmeries
• Barbary apes

8 Day Tour inclusive of

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

Itinerary

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

The Motorcycle adventure begins…

Day 1: Tanger Med to Chefchaouen
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.
In the afternoon, we arrive at our hotel for the evening, in the beautiful blue and white city of Chefchaouen, in the Rif mountains. The hotel overlooks stunning valleys. Relax and soak in the view with a chilled beer, or go discovering in the Chefchaouen medina, which are lined with Moroccan craftwork - carpets, scarves, pottery and much more. Or, find yourself a perfect spot in the square and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this wonderful place.

Day 2: Chefchaouen to Midelt
Our ride today is to Midelt, a central Moroccan town, in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountain ranges. We travel via the Roman ruins at the Archaeological Site of Volubilis, a Unesco World Heritage Centre. Relax and enjoy a cool drink here, or enjoy discovering Morocco’s oldest Roman ruins, dating back to the first century BC. 
We leave Volubilis bound for Azrou, a Berber market area known for it’s fragrant cedar forests and monkeys, the Barbary Ape, who inhabit the forests. We stop and feed them, and take photographs. Time and weather permitting, we now head to Ifrane, Morocco’s little Switzerland. In the winter, it’s known for its’ skiing. Then, we continue our Moroccan journey on to Midelt where we catch the first glimpse of the Atlas Mountains, our motorbiking playground for the coming days.

Day 3: Midelt to Merzouga (Sahara)
Today, we ride across the mighty Atlas mountains, through the Legionnaires Tunnel, along the palm-lined valley and the Gorge du Ziz, it’s a day of wonderful biking and stunning scenery. As we approach Erfoud you will begin to notice more and more sand, as we get closer to the edge of the real Sahara desert. Prepare to be awestruck by your first sighting of the desert, nothing prepares you for the stunning colours…and the numerous camels! 
We pass through an archway to the town of Rissani, and towards late afternoon, we arrive at our hotel/kasbah on the very edge of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Here, cold drinks, a Moroccan feast and an inviting pool await. Later, we take a camel ride into the Sahara to watch the incredible desert sunset, and then back to our casbah for dinner together.

Day 4: Merzouga  to Boumaine Dades (the gorges)
An early start, to beat the Saharan heat, as we ride over the Tizi n Ismarene pass and onwards to the beautiful Todhra and Dades Gorges. You may well recognise these breathtaking gorges from many photos of the stunning scenery in the bike magazines. Then we head up over the twisties to Msemrir. It’s definitely a day to have your camera to hand at all times.

Day 5: Boulmaine Dades to Ait Ben Haddou
Today, we travel along the kasbah route via Ouarzazate and onwards to the ancient fortress of Ait Ben Haddou. The dramatic landscape has featured in numerous blockbuster films: 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: Ait Ben Haddou to Bin El Ouidane
We ride the narrow road through Telouet, road conditions permitting. Telouet is dominated by an ancient Kasbah, formerly the residence of the chief of the powerful tribe of Glaouiasbah.
There are plenty of opportunities for photographs today, including the amazing houses hanging on the cliff edge. We then ride over the Tizi n Tichka pass with many more twists and turns as we head out to the lake at Bin el Ouidane.

Day 7: Bin El Ouidane to Azrou/Meknes
More amazing mountain passes to ride, as we head off today to Azrou and Meknes. On arrival, there’s time to do some final exploring, souvenir hunting and prepare for the final run to the port tomorrow.

Day 8: Meknes to Tanger Med
Our final day, and we ride north via Moulay Idriss, the holy town which holds a special place in the hearts of the Moroccan people. The town’s narrow streets will feel familiar after a week discovering other Moroccan medinas. 
Finally, we head onwards to Tanger Med for the sailing to Algeciras. 
 

Tour route

8 day tour
The snow capped peaks of the Atlas Mountians Tradition Moroccan kasbah on the Saharan leg of our tour Archway into a Moroccan city on our 8 day tour Watch those Moroccan camels, they bite! Markets and medinas aplenty on our 8 day motorcycle tour
Oct 31-Nov 06 2017
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Mar 29-Apr 04 2018
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Sep 16-22 2018
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""Had a fantastic time. The tour route gives a great insight to all the culture of Morocco, stay at excellent hotels and great biking roads. All the organisation was spot-on, as John has excellent local knowledge and biking experience.""

Ian Cunningham

"I've toured with John on many occasions and can only speak highly of the organisation. The fact I have done so many miles with John speaks for itself. Every biker wanting to go that bit further should book this tour. 1st class and great banter. "

Chris, Stoke on Trent

"Did a tour with John earlier this year...from the very start we knew we were in for a cracking time. It was well organised, good hotels, cracking ride and scenery was unbelievable. When entering Morocco it can be a little daunting but John took us through all the process with ease and all around Morocco allowing us to see so much in so little time. I would urge anyone with any doubts to book with Moroccan Motorcycle Tours. Top guys. I will be back."

John Brady, Cheshire.

"Wow, wow and wow! At first I was a little unsure about Morocco but I really wanted to visit and have a look at somewhere other than Europe. MMT take such good care of you and make it seem so easy. You can ride with John or do things at your own pace and meet at lunch and evening. I opted to follow John and I am so pleased I did..the sights and sounds will be with me for many years. I will return with my wife on another tour next year."

Ian, Durham.

"I signed up for this tour, always wanting to visit Morocco, it was the best decision I ever made. John Bailey our guide was fantastic, he took us on fabulous routes, booked great hotels, and being a Yorkshireman had a great sense of humour. It was great to just turn up and let someone else do all the arrangements. I highly recommend this tour."

Chris Steel

"Great tour John, well organised, looking forward to the next. "

David Nixon

"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

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