Adventure Motorbike Tour itinerary
The Morocco Adventure tour starts with a short ferry ride across the Gibraltar straits to Morocco and Africa, where we’ll spend nine unforgettable days exploring this magical land. Using roads and trails, first through the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen the blue city and then on towards the old imperial city of Meknes. Heading south we´ll traverse the middle Atlas mountains with its thousand-year-old cedar forest to the high Atlas mountains and the gateway to the Sahara desert, where Berbers still live as nomads.
From the High Atlas to Tinghir and the magnificent Toda and Dades Gorges with canyons forged by a massive Glacier. After spending a night in a traditional Kasbah hotel we’ll continue our journey south over the Atlas mountains and on towards the Anti Atlas mountains following some of the ancient trading routes towards the edge of the Sahara. Exploring many interesting places along the way! This tour also includes the Berber Sahara desert experience.
The Spanish part of our tour – is not to be missed and plays an important part as we experience some of Spain’s famous hospitality, weather, food and culture visiting – Segovia, Ronda, Cordoba. Plus not forgetting riding many of Spain’s stunning roads including the Sierra de Gredos mountain range plus the Cantabrian mountains.
Day 1 – Plymouth to Santander At Plymouth a member of our team will meet you at the port before boarding the ferry for our overnight cruise to northern Spain. Everyone is provided with a cabin. The Brittany Ferries ship has excellent facilities including bars and restaurants, and evening entertainment! Time to relax and enjoy the crossing.
Day 2 – Ferry Port to Segovia Upon arrival in Spain we will start our journey south over the Cantabrian mountains and into Segovia, home to many historic buildings, including the huge Roman aqueduct located in the Plaza. In 1985 UNESCO declared the old city of Segovia and its Aqueduct a World Heritage Site. 350 km / 217 miles
Day 3 – Segovia to Cordoba Today we’ll continue south through Spain towards Toledo, and the Sierra Magna, passing through the National Park de Caballeros along the way. Before heading towards Cordoba, which was an important Roman City and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for the immense mosque dating from 784 A.D Also with its many restaurants and Taps bars its great little city for a walk around in the evening. 487 km / 306 miles
Day 4 – Cordoba to Algeciras From Cordoba we’ll head through the dramatic landscape of Andalusia, with its stunning scenery and twisty roads. Before dropping down to the coast to catch our Ferry. After crossing the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco it’s on to border control. Which is typical of Africa as its slow and a bit chaotic. But don’t worry it’s all part of the adventure! before the tour, we will email you all the information you will need to temporally import your bike. Plus your guide will be there to help with the paperwork at the port. 279 km / 171 miles.
Day 5 – Tetouan to Fes We’ll start by heading south along the coastal road before we cut across the Riff mountains and into the city of Fez. Which was the capital city of Morocco until 1925. Listed as a World Heritage Site the city is often known as the “Mecca of the West” or the “Athens of Africa. In the evening we should have plenty of time to explore the old streets and medina before relaxing and enjoying our evening meal. 342 km / 213 miles
Day 6 – Fez to Merzouga After breakfast, we’ll head off through the Middle Atlas mountains towards Irfan, known as Morocco’s “Little Switzerland”. Following the road through the ancient Cedar forest then on towards the high Atlas, a natural barrier between the mild, Mediterranean climate to the north and the encroaching Sahara to the south. We’ll experience this forgotten world with its vast landscapes as we head toward Merzouga. On the edge of the Sahara and our base for the night. Where we’ll spend the night in a traditional Berber Kasbah with modern luxuries including a swimming pool. 458 km / 285 miles
Day 7 Merzouga Day off We’ll have the morning we will have time to Play in the sand “who can ride over a sand dune”? or have a swim, look around, relax or take a trip into the dunes by Quad bike or 4×4. In the evening our Berber guides will meet us at the Kasbah for the desert experience. Time to saddle up and head into the dunes on a camel as the sun goes down, for a night under the stars in a Berber camp.
Day 8 Merzouga to Tinghir After breakfast and a camel ride back through the dunes as the sun rises we’ll head to the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains, towards the Todra and Dades Rivers, which have carved out cliff-sided canyons through the mountain rock. The Todra Gorge has massive canyon walls reaching 150 meters high and In some places, just 10 meters across.
Day 8/9/10 Tinghir Kasbah hotel for the next few days we’ll base ourselves at a traditional Kasbah, again with modern luxuries including swimming pool bar restaurant etc. Which means that we can leave our gear and travel light while we ride the local gorges, trails, old trading routes and passes over the high Atlas and Anti Atlas mountains. We have many routes to chose from and normally decide on the day at breakfast which direction to head in depending on local conditions weather etc.
Day 11 Tinghir to Meknes After breakfast, we’ll follow one of the old trading routes up and over the mountains stopping at the summit for a photo and coffee break. There are plenty of long and testing rides in Morocco, but this is one of the best roads to ride. It was built by the French in the nineteen twenties. It climbs up and over the High Atlas mountains, and is labeled on maps as ‘difficult or dangerous’.
Day 12 Meknes to TetouanAfter breakfast, we’ll once again have an opportunity to ride through the Rif Mountains with a choice of brilliant routes. We’ll stop for lunch along the way before heading to our hotel, and our last night on African soil. 344 km / 214 miles
Day 13 Tetouan to Ecija This morning we’ll bid farewell to Africa, and head to the port to catch the ferry back to Spain. After landing back in Spain our route takes us through the Andalusian mountains, which can only be described as pure biking heaven. With fantastic combinations of hairpins, tight twisty sections and flowing s-bends, as we ride up to Ronda and on to Cordoba. 286 km / 178 miles
Day 14 Ecija to the Sierra de Gredos More brilliant riding today, with almost 230 miles of uninterrupted twisty roads, as we cross the great plains of Spain passing over the Sierra de Gredos mountain range. Arriving at our hotel for in the evening in time for a drink and a good meal. 467 km / 290 miles
Day 15 Sierra de Gredos to the Picos Continuing north past Valladolid and back towards the Cantabrian mountains which run along the Northern coast of Spain. Tonight we’ll be able to enjoy our last meal together and a few drinks as a group. 387 km / 251 miles
Day 16 to Santander After breakfast its time to say goodbye to your tour guide or guides before heading back to the port. last but not least this mornings ride will take you over the Cantabrian Mountains. The road first rises high up over the mountains and twists and turns back down towards the coast, the scenery is simply awesome! In time to catch the Ferry home in the afternoon. Once on board, it’s time to relax, have a beer and exchange details with new friends. 154 km / 96 miles
- Berber desert camp experience – inc evening meal + breakfast!
- Merzouga day off – half board luxury Kasbah with swimming pool
Sahara Erg Chebbi
- The Atlas Mountains Passes -Tizi n Test, Tizi n’Tichka, Tizi n’Isly – etc
- Dades gorge / Toda gorge
- Rif mountains + coast road
- Middle Atlas Mountains (known for its cedar forests – Barbary apes)
- Toda gorge / Dades gorge
- The Roman Site of Volubilis
- Chefchaouen the blue city
- Fez – the old imperial city
- Ifrane Morocco’s “Little Switzerland”
- Merzouga at the edge of Sahara (North Africa’s highest dune)
Included if starting from Plymouth:
- Segovia old city + Roman Aqueduct
- Cordoba – Roman City
- Sierra de Gredos mountain range
- Ronda – Andalusian mountains
- Cantabrian mountains
- + Many more interesting places along the way!