GUARANTEED DEPARTURE – ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT FOR RIDER IN A SHARED ROOM
This is a 19 day motorcycle tour starting from the UK, with a full 11 days in Morocco.
This incredible route takes you to the Sahara, high into the Atlas Mountains, with the famous Todra & Dades Gorges and the Tizi nTest and Tizi nTichka Passes, the magnificent Atlantic Coast, as far south as the walled Berber town of Taroudant, as well as the vibrant, colourful medieval cities of Marrakech, Fes and the ancient Ait Ben Haddou, backdrop for many a Hollywood movie!
This tour benefits from a support vehicle and driver when we are in Morocco. If you don’t have 19 days holiday, you can fly to Malaga and pick up a rental bike and join us for 13 days on just the Morocco section of this tour.
Other dates for this tour in April are here.
At a glance
This tour starts and ends in Portsmouth, UK and includes your return travel on Brittany Ferries and three night stops in Spain on the way to and from Morocco.
This is a 19 day itinerary, covering 3,060 miles. It starts and ends in Portsmouth, UK.
25 Sept 2019. Day 1: Portsmouth
Scheduled departure on the 11:45am overnight Brittany Ferries to Bilbao.
26 Sept 2019. Day 2: Bilbao – Tordesillas. (204 miles)
Scheduled arrival at 12:45 pm in Bilbao. Afternoon ride south to the Parador in Tordesillas, a traditional Castilian manor house.
27 Sept 2019. Day 3: Tordesillas – Llerena. (285 miles)
A longer riding day on the Ruta de Plata, an ancient trade and pilgramage route to the edge of the Sierra Norte and ready for the mountains tomorrow!
28 Sept 2019. Day 4: Llerena – Benahavis. (185 miles).
Ride across the mountains, super twisty roads -THAT famous Ronda road! – before dropping to the coast. Group Evening Dinner.
29 Sept 2019. Day 5: Benahavis – Chefchaouen. (140 miles)
Catch the Algerciras – Tangier ferry and head into the Atlas Mountains to the narrow alleys and blue buildings of Chefchaouen.
30 Sept 2019. Day 6: Chefchaouen – Azrou. (167 miles)
Our route takes us via the Roman ruins of Volubilis and onto the Ifrane National Park, with its pine forests and cool temperatures and Alpine like villages.
1 Oct 2019. Day 7: Azrou – Merzouga. (244 miles)
We descend to the Sahara Desert and a two night stopover in a traditional Kasbah.
2 Oct 2019. Day 8: Merzouga.
Day off to enjoy activities in the Sahara Desert (camel rides, 4×4 jeep tours etc) or just relax by the pool.
3 Oct 2019. Day 9: Merzouga – Boumalne Dades. (200 miles/ 255 miles).
A spectacular route via the Todra and Dades Gorges. If you don’t want to do the Gorges loop, then head straight to the hotel for a shorter days ride.
4 Oct 2019. Day 10: Boumalne Dades – Marrakech. (198 miles)
We head to the imperial city of Marrakech via the ancient fortress of Ait Ben Haddou and then superb twisties on the Tizi n’Tichka Pass.
5 Oct 2019. Day off to enjoy the vibrant markets and narrow alleys of the medina in this medieval imperial city.
6 Oct 2019. Day 12: Marrakech – Taroudant. (266 miles)
Head out to the Atlantic Coast and the old port of Essaouira for lunch, before south on the coast road to Taroudant.
7 Oct 2019. Day 13: Taroundant – Cascades D’Ouzoud. (234 miles)
Today we ride the Tizi n’Test Pass at 2092m, before ending the day by the D’Ouzoud waterfalls in an old riad.
8 Oct 2019. Day 14: Cascades D’Ouzoud – Fes. (238 miles)
Descend from the mountains to Meknes, one-time home of the Moroccan sultanate, many winding narrow medina streets and grand buildings.
9 Oct 2019. Day 15: Fes – Tangier – Benahavis. (261 miles)
Final days ride to the port town of Tangier, catch the ferry back to Spain. Group Evening Dinner. (Riders with hire bikes will drop them off today)
10 Oct 2019. Day 16: Benahavis – Zafra. (240miles)
Back on those fantastic bends across the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema, looping Seville and around the Aracena Reservoir to Zafra.
11 Oct 2019. Day 17: Zafra – Zamora (272 miles)
Using the main roads to push to Caceres, before heading through the Parque Natural de Las Batuecas and rural roads onto Zamora.
12 Oct 2019. Day 18: Zamora – Santander. (154 miles)
Fantastic riding on the edge and into Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa. Overnight ferry has scheduled departure of 20:30 for the overnight ferry from Santander to Portsmouth.
13 Oct 2019. Day 19: Portsmouth, UK
Scheduled arrival into Portsmouth is at 19:45.
We use good standard 4* hotel accommodation in Spain. When in Morocco, we select hotels for their character, rather than just on their star rating. We find most riders prefer the experience of staying in a converted riad or a kasbah, or a family run independent hotel rather than modern chain hotels. All hotels we use have en suite bathrooms and most have satellite TV and wifi, although don’t expect a super fast connection!
Where available, we aim to use the equivalent of 4* standard hotel accommodation. In some more remote locations, we may use equivalent 3* hotels or the best in area, which could be a more family run establishment, with character.
Please be aware that Moroccan hotels are generally lower in standard than the same rating in equivalent European hotels, unless you are in a well trodden tourist area, such as Marrakesh.
You have the benefit of booking your motorcycle tour with a tour operator with Financial Payment Protection Insurance with Towergate Stevens & Chapman and your money paid to us in advance is protected in accordance with The Package Travel Regulations 1992.
Before you go
When you book a motorcycle tour with us, we provide you with Tour Specific Guidance Notes that give you detailed information about what you need to know to prepare and plan your tour, and what to expect when on our motorcycle tour. Here are some of the questions that we often get asked before a rider makes a booking. If you wish to meet with us prior to booking to ask more questions, do not hesitate to contact us and we can set up a one-to-one meeting.
What bike is suitable to bring?
If you are bringing you own bike, we recommend an adventure style bike as the most suitable. Typical bikes used are Triumph Tiger, BMW GS, Africa Twin, CCM, Yamaha Tenere etc. However, as this is primarily a paved road tour, any robust road bike will also be suitable. Just be aware that paved roads can be potholed with broken surfaces, so the higher the clearance, the better. Having said that we have had riders on Harleys successfully complete the trip, so it just depends on what you are comfortable riding and what comprises you are prepared to make. If you don’t want to use your own bike, then you can rent one instead.
What riding experience do I need?
This tour is normally best for riders who are already experienced tourers in Europe and who are looking for that extra challenge of a varied and unpredictable road conditions and hazards, coupled with a different culture, foods and way of life. On your ride you will encounter poor road surfaces (as well as excellent ones!) – the magnificent mountain terrains, can often have bends that may be broken up and you need to watch out for diesel, as well as other road users who will work to the local rules of the road (as opposed to the “Highway Code”). You need to be an assertive rider, with good forward planning and hazard perception skills.
Do I have to ride in a group?
No! We do not make you ride in convoy. We offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. We give you a road book, GPS co-ordinates and hotel information. You can use this to self-navigate. If you prefer to ride with our Motorcycle Leader, then you can do this.
Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
Yes. Many riders successfully complete this ride with a pillion passenger. Any dirt roads are optional.
What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally between 10 – 12 riders (some riders will have passengers).
Is there a support vehicle?
Yes, this tour operates with a local support vehicle and driver when in Morocco.
What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: Passport and Driving Licence. Passengers only need their passport. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the tour. Riders from outside the EU will need an International Driving Permit.
If you are bringing your own motorcycle, you will also need your motorcycle registration document (V5 / log book) and your motorcycle insurance. You will need a Green Card as proof of insurance in Morocco – please check with your UK insurer. If your insurer will not issue this (some do not), then you can buy 3rd party insurance at Tangier-Med. We will also provide you with details on how to create your Morocco motorcycle temporary import permit online once you have booked.
In addition you must have valid travel/medical insurance.
What will the weather be like?
September and October are normally a good time to travel in Morocco. You miss the intense heat of the Sahara Desert, but riding in the Atlas Mountains should normally be dry and pleasant. Having said that temperatures can still be up to 35C and sometimes there can be storms and flash floods in the desert.
Do I need visas for travel?
UK / EU Citizens do not normally require visas in advance for travel. Any other citizens should check with a specialist visa agency. It is your responsibility to have the correct visas in place prior to travel, so please check what requirements are necessary for your nationality.
What about my health when I am abroad?
It is a condition of your travel with us that you have in place travel / medical insurance to cover you for medical treatment and repatriation if you suffer any illness or injury when on the expedition, including any injury sustained from riding or being a passenger on a motorcycle. Before you travel, we strongly recommend that you visit your GP or a specialised travel clinic to get advice on the recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures needed for the countries on this trip. As background, the websites listed below may prove useful.
Please note that many countries on this route do not have the same level of medical infrastructure nor consistent medical standards that you may be used to. In particular, emergency services often may be a long distance away, with no co-ordinated response, or sometimes no medical response available within reasonable times. This is a risk that you must accept when making a booking.
What about local currency?
Local currency in Morocco is the Dirham. The Moroccan Dirham (MAD) is non-convertible. You can import or export up to a maximum of 2,000 MAD to or from Morocco. Most major credit cards are accepted in the larger towns. ATMs are widely available in cities and most of the main towns. The websites below will give you the current rates of exchange.