Overland Morocco motorcycle tours – Adventure Motorbike Tour itinerary
The Overland Morocco motorcycle 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 Kasbah hotel we’ll continue our journey to Marrakech, the former capital famous for its squares, fortified Kasbah and Souks.
From Marrakech we´ll follow the winding road south again 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, Picos de Europa + Sad hill cemetery from the film the “good the bad and the ugly”. Plus not forgetting riding many of Spain’s stunning roads including the Pots and Pans route!
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 through the mountains stopping at the original film location of Sad hill cemetery (recently restored). As used in the epic 1966 Spaghetti Western film “the good the bad and the ugly” After a look around our route takes 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 land scape of the Andalusia, with its stunning scenery and twisty roads. Before dropping down to the coast and into Algeciras 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! Plus your guide will be there to help with the paper work. 279 km / 171 miles
Day 5 – Tetouan to Azrou via Meknes Chefchaouen and the roman ruins of volubilis We’ll start by heading south along the coastal road, before we cut across the Riff mountains to Chefchaouen in time to have a good look around and soak up the atmosphere. Continuing through the Rif Mountains, stopping for at Roman ruins of Volubilis. After a break we’ll head into Meknes, It’s quieter and smaller than its grand neighbour Fez. It still has winding narrow medina streets and the grand buildings of an old imperial city. 321 km / 200 miles
Day 6 – Azrou to Tinghir We’ll continue south through the middle Atlas and the high Atlas mountains. Following the route along the Todra and Dades Rivers, which have carved out cliff-sided canyons through the mountain rock. The Todra Gorge has massive canyon walls reaching 500 feet high and in some places, just 33 feet wide. We’ll stop for the night near Tinghir set in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. 346 km / 212 miles
Day 7 – Tinghir to Marrakech From Tinghir we’ll set off for a spectacular days riding to Marrakech. Stopping at the Ait ben haddou world heritage site famous, for many films such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Gladiator, and The Mummy. After a look around, we’ll wind our way over the Tizi n’Tichka pass, a mountain road that cuts through the high Atlas. This is one of the most spectacular rides in Morocco! The ride up to the top is not for the faint-hearted! with 500m high cliffs. At the summit, a height of nearly 2,260 m, there are breathtaking views. Once past the summit we’ll continue down through the mountainous landscapes and gorges. 379 km / 236 miles
Marrakech the Medina, Souks, square and the Mosque in Marrakech are all well worth a visit. The medina is a great place to sit and people watch, and in the evening the square turns into a vast open-air street food venue. The sights, sounds, smell and colors of this unique and fascinating city will overwhelm you.
Day 8 – Marrakech to Ouarzazate After breakfast we’ll follow the old trading route up and over the Tizi Test pass, 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 labelled on maps as ‘difficult or dangerous’.
– Later we’ll follow the winding road back down the other side, stopping for the night in Ouarzazate just south of the High Atlas mountains. known as a gateway to the Sahara desert. A city of palm trees, sandy streets and blocky, fort-like buildings. This is the Morocco as seen in a hundred movies. 409 km / 254 miles
Day 9 – Ouarzazate to Merzouga After breakfast we’ll head south through vast landscapes toward Merzouga. Set 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 365 km / 227 miles
Day 10 Merzouga – Day off in the desert We’ll have the morning to ourselves to 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 Berber Sahara desert camp experience! Time to saddle up and head off into the dunes on camel as the sun goes down, for a night under the stars in a Berber camp.
Day 11 Merzouga to Fez After a camel ride back through the dunes as the sun rises, we’ll head towards Ifrane known as Morocco’s “Little Switzerland”. After crossing the Middle Atlas mountains we’ll stop for the night in Fez, which was originally the capital city of Morocco until 1925. Also World Heritage Site listed, the city is often known as the “Mecca of the West” or the “Athens of Africa. In the evening we’ll have time to explore the old streets and medina. 460 km / 286 miles
Day 12 Fez to Tetouan After 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. Later arriving at our hotel for the night. 467 km / 290 miles
Day 15 Sierra de Gredos to the Picos Continuing north past León and back into the Cantabrian mountains, then into the Picos de Europa national park. The Picos rise dramatically to a height of 2600m. With hundreds of miles of twisty mountain biking roads to explore.
Our route will take us past lake Riana and along the ”Pots and Pans route” an impressive road with every type of bend possible. The road first rises high up over the mountains and twists and turns back down through a deep gorge. The scenery is simply awesome! Tonight we’ll be able to enjoy our last meal together and a few drinks as a group. 395 km / 246 miles
Day 16 to Santander After breakfast last but not least our final route takes us over the Picos de Europa mountains. Following the Pots and Pans route, as we make our way down towards the coast. In time to catch our 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
The Overland Morocco motorcycle tour / Adventure Motorbike Tour includes many highlights:
Berber desert camp experience – inc evening meal + breakfast!
Merzouga day off – half board luxury Kasbah with swimming pool
Sahara Erg chebbi
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
Ait Ben Unesco World Heritage Site & film location
Ouarzazate – film studios films Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator etc
The Roman Site of Volubilis
Chefchaouen the blue city
Fez – the old imperial city
Ifrane Morocco’s “Little Switzerland”
Merzouga at edge of Sahara (North Africa’s highest dune)
Marrakech (Morocco’s greatest Imperial City)
Included if starting from Plymouth
Sad hill cemetery – From “the good the bad and the ugly”
Segovia old city + Roman Aqueduct
Cordoba – Roman City
Sierra de Gredos mountain range
Ronda – Andalusian mountains
Picos de Europa –
Ride the ‘’Pots and Pans route’’
+ Many more interesting places along the way!
Riding conditions for the Overland Morocco motorcycle Tour are exciting and challenging due to the varied terrain, dry atmospheric conditions strong sunlight, livestock and people on the roads, high mountain passes, canyons, and desert plains.