UK to Morocco – Atlas & Sahara

IMG_2860 (Medium)This is a 19 day tour starting from the UK, with a full 11 days in Morocco.

This is 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.

Please note our 2018 dates are subject to the issue of the Brittany Ferries 2018 Schedule, so may be amended.

At a glance

19

Duration (days)

3 0 6 0

Miles Covered

Moderate

Riding difficulty

2%

Unpaved Roads

Medium

Culture Shock

At a glance

Duration (days): 19
Miles Covered: 3060
Riding difficulty: Moderate
Unpaved Roads: 2%
Culture Shock: Medium

Dates & Prices

The Rider Price shown is based on the rider using their own motorcycle. For tours less than four weeks, you will need motorcycle rental if you do not have your own motorcycle available at the start destination of the tour.

Date Rider
Shared Room
Single Supplement Passenger
Shared Room
Bike Rental
Apr 19 – May 7, 2017 £2,995 £690 £1,695
Sep 27 – Oct 15, 2017 £2,995 £690 £1,695 Triumph Tiger 800 XC / XR: £1,795
BMW F 700 GS: £1,695
BMW F 800 GS: £1,795
BMW R 1200 GS: £1,995
Apr 18 – May 7, 2018 £2,995 £690 £1,695 Triumph Tiger 800 XC / XR: £1,795
BMW F 700 GS: £1,695
BMW F 800 GS: £1,795
BMW R 1200 GS: £1,995

Dates & Prices

The Rider Price shown is based on the rider using their own motorcycle. For tours less than four weeks, you will need motorcycle rental if you do not have your own motorcycle available at the start destination of the tour.
Date: Apr 19 – May 7, 2017
Rider Shared Room: £2,995
Single Supplement: £690
Passenger Shared Room: £1,695
Bike Rental:
 
Date: Sep 27 – Oct 15, 2017
Rider Shared Room: £2,995
Single Supplement: £690
Passenger Shared Room: £1,695
Bike Rental: Triumph Tiger 800 XC / XR: £1,795
BMW F 700 GS: £1,695
BMW F 800 GS: £1,795
BMW R 1200 GS: £1,995
 
Date: Apr 18 – May 7, 2018
Rider Shared Room: £2,995
Single Supplement: £690
Passenger Shared Room: £1,695
Bike Rental: Triumph Tiger 800 XC / XR: £1,795
BMW F 700 GS: £1,695
BMW F 800 GS: £1,795
BMW R 1200 GS: £1,995
  • 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.

    • Explore the Roman Ruins at Volubilis. It is a must-see World Heritage site and dates from 3,000 BC, as well as being the most westerly Roman City in Africa
    • Ifrane National Park – surprisingly green and cool, with dense cedar forest, lakes and old volcanic landscapes.
    • The Cascades D’Ouzoud are Morocco’s most majestic waterfalls in the Berber village of Ouzoud
    • The magnificent Atlantic Coast route, via the old port of Essaouira (World Heritage Listed).
    • Morocco’s most spectacular roads through the High Atlas and ride the Tizi n’Test Pass at 2,092m.
    • Toubkal National Park and the Tizi n’Tichka Pass at 2,260m
    • The fortress (“ksar”) of Ait Ben Haddou. A UNESCO Listed monument, everyone is sure to recognise this landmark from famous films such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gladiator”.
    • Explore the rugged switchbacks and hairpin bends of the Dades and Todra Gorges.
    • The Sahara Desert – Merzouga, a traditional kasbah. In the evening we will head out into the sand dunes and experience a traditional Moroccan feast of roasted lamb

    ROUTE MAP

  • This is a 19 day itinerary, covering 3,060 miles.  It starts and ends in Portsmouth, UK.

    27 Sept 2017.  Day 1: Portsmouth
    Depart on the 11.45am overnight ferry to Bilbao.

    28 Sept 2017.  Day 2: Santander – Tordesillas. (155 miles)

    29 Sept 2017.  Day 3: Tordesillas – Seville. (345 miles)

    30 Sept 2017.  Day 4: Seville – Marbella. (120 miles).
    Note that riders with hire bikes will be flying into Malaga to join us today, ready to head down to Morocco tomorrow.

    1 Oct 2017.  Day 5: Marbella – Chefchaouen. (140 miles)
    Catch the Algerciras – Tangier ferry and head into the Atlas Mountains to the narrow alleys and blue buildings of Chefchaouen.

    2 Oct 2017.  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.

    3 Oct 2017.  Day 7: Azrou – Merzouga. (237 miles)
    We descend to the Sahara Desert and a two night stopover in a traditional Kasbah.

    4 Oct 2017.  Day 8: Merzouga.
    Day off to enjoy activities in the Sahara Desert or just relax by the pool.

    5 Oct 2017.  Day 9: Merzouga – Boulmalne Dades. (156 miles/ 233 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.

    6 Oct 2017.  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.

    7 Oct 2017.  Day off to enjoy the vibrant markets and narrow alleys of the medina in this medieval imperial city.

    8 Oct 2017.  Day 12: Marrakech – Taroudant. (164 miles)
    Head out to the Atlantic Coast and the old port of Essaouira for lunch, before south on the coast road to Taroudant.

    9 Oct 2017.  Day 13: Taroundant – Cascades D’Ouzoud. (239 miles)
    Today we ride the Tizi n’Test Pass at 2092m, before ending the day by the D’Ouzoud waterfalls in an old riad.

    10 Oct 2017.  Day 14: Cascades D’Ouzoud – Meknes. (215 miles)
    Descend from the mountains to Meknes, one-time home of the Moroccan sultanate, many winding narrow medina streets and grand buildings.

    11 Oct 2017.  Day 15: Meknes – Tangier – Marbella. (243 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)

    12 Oct 2017.  Day 16: Marbella – Zafra. (236 miles)
    Head north back up through Spain.  (Riders with hire bikes, fly home today or riders who have booked Morocco only will leave today)

    13 Oct 2017.  Day 17:  Zafra – Valladolid (283 miles)

    14 Oct 2017.  Day 18: Valladolid – Santander. (154 miles)
    Scheduled departure 20:45 for the overnight ferry from Santander to Portsmouth.

    15 Oct 2017 Day 19:  Portsmouth, UK
    Scheduled arrival into Portsmouth is at 20:45.

  • 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 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

    • Access to GlobeBusters Team pre-departure to request individual meeting about preparing for the trip
    • Departure Handbook, with marked up maps, daily road book and GPS information
    • Loan SD Card with GPS Morocco mapping suitable for Garmin Zumo or BMW Nav IV / V models

    En Route

    • Return overnight Portsmouth (UK) – Santander (Spain) ferry crossing for you (sharing a twin berth inside cabin) and your motorcycle
    • Tarifa (Spain) to Tanger-Med (Morocco) return ferry crossing for you and your motorcycle.
    • Hotel bed and breakfast accommodation on a shared basis (unless Single Room booked, in which case we guarantee a single room for 90% of the tour).
    • Standard of accommodation is majority 4 *, some 3* or best in area.
    • Four evening meals, including your Welcome & Farewell Meal and two evening meals in locations which are remote and you have no other choice of restaurants.
    • Local overnight hotel parking charges.

    Support Crew

    • GlobeBusters Tour Leader on a motorcycle to accompany the group.  A second Tour Guide if there are more than 12 riders.
    • In Morocco ONLY, support driver / mechanic with a support vehicle, equipped with medical first aid, water, tools, some spare tyres and parts, mobile phone contact.

    Not Included

    • Your costs to get to the start and from the finish point for the tour.
    • Personal travel, accident and medical insurance
    • Entrance fees to sights and parks, optional excursions, meals (all except where stated). Personal spending money, tips, souvenirs or other extras.
    • Personal documentation (eg visas, passport), vaccinations, personal taxes, border crossing fees.
    • Fuel, oil & other motorcycle consumables, toll road fees, traffic fines.
    • Any other item not specifically included in the price.
    Please also refer to our terms and conditions.
  • What riding experience do I need?SR6
    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 highly aware 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.

    What is the average group size?
    Our groups are normally between 8 – 12 riders (some riders will have passengers).

    Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
    Yes.  Many riders successfully complete this ride with a pillion passenger.  Any dirt roads are optional.

    Is there a support vehicle?
    Yes, once in Morocco, this tour operates with a local support vehicle and driver.

    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.

    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.

    UK nationals do not need a visa to enter Morocco as a tourist.  For other nationalities, as visa requirements are dependent on your nationality and can be complex, with constantly changing requirements, we would direct you to our appointed visa agency for advice.  www.thevisamachine.com