Motorcycle Tour Morocco - Mountains, Deserts and Oases
Morocco, a fascinating North African country, characterised by endless ocean, deserts and refreshing, green oases as well as enormous mountain ranges and its impressive cities. Join us on a unique motorbike tour to this exotic world. Experience the feeling of being on the trail of an ancient secret, a life long before our time.
The tour takes us from the Mediterranean Sea along the fantastic beaches of the Atlantic coastline to Marrakech. Over the mountain ranges of the "High Atlas", past the canyons of Todra and Dades we encounter Morocco's largest sand dune region, the Erg Chebbi. We will spend two days in the sand dunes, just enough time to explore the secrets of the desert. Leaving the desert behind us, we cross the "Middle Atlas" and head via Midelt and Fes to Chefchaouen. In Ceuta we leave the African continent and return to the starting point of our journey.
The tour offers complete motorcycling pleasure on small, winding mountain roads with stunningly beautiful scenery. The roads throughout the entire route are asphalted. Off-road detours are possible on request and according to riding ability. The comfort of a 3* to 5* hotel awaits us after negotiating the mountain and desert stages of the tour.
Last Feb I rode the Moroccan tour with Hispania Tours. Everything was perfect and it's on my top 5 greatest trips list. The entire Hispania Tours team works 110% for the client's benefit. This tour is perfect for US riders looking for a winter destination. The culture, scenery, roads, climate and guides can't be beat. You can even challange Jesus to some motorcycle "Trivia" but you'll never win! I often think about doing it all again, especially since I need to get another bottle of "Berber Viagra".
What can I say about the Morocco tour? I’ve been on other tours to amazing places, I’ve ridden equally exciting roads, I’ve even known such entertaining and helpful guides as Volker (just once before) and such bike-knowledgeable people as Jesus, the mechanic - but never all at the same time. I don’t want to overdo the praise (especially as they’re not paying me) but the Morocco tour was as near to perfection as your going to get. On most tours there’s always something missing - not on this one. It’s no exaggeration to say that every detail was covered, from the first inquiry to the final farewell, and everything in between proved to be the trip of a lifetime. Even the weather was perfect! (How did they do that?)
At a glance:
Duration: 15 days, 13 days riding
Total distance: Approx. 3,200 km
Tour character: Mountain & panoramic roads (asphalt)
Accommodation: first class 3* to 5* hotels
Highlights: Marrakesh, Sahara Desert, High Atlas, Dades Valley, Fez
- Day 1 : Arrival in Malaga
- Day 2 : Málaga – Algeciras (300 km)
- Day 3 : Algeciras – Chefchaouen (180 km)
- Day 4 : Chefchaouen - Meknes (220 km)
- Day 5 : Meknes - Marrakesh (480 km)
- Day 6 : Marrakesh
- Day 7 : Marrakesh - Ouarzazate (220 km)
- Day 8 : Ouarzazate - Dades (150 km)
- Day 9 : Dades - Erfoud (420 km)
- Day 10 : Merzouga (Night in the desert)
- Day 11 : Erfoud
- Day 12 : Erfoud - Fez (450 km)
- Day 13 : Fez - Chefchaouen (250 km)
- Day 14 : Chefchaouen – Málaga (320 km)
- Day 15 : Departure
Course of events
Day 1 : Arrival in Malaga
Arrival at Malaga airport and transfer to the hotel. Introductions over dinner with Spanish wine, giving us the opportunity to discuss our tour.
Day 2 : Malaga - Algeciras
We start off on the Costa del Sol heading towards Ronda on long-sweeping winding roads in the Sierra de las Nieves. The town of Ronda is situated on a rock plateau and is split in two parts by a 160 m deep canyon. To the south of Ronda there are numerous small mountain chains offering an ever changing, spectacular landscape and roads that are simply made for our motorbikes. Bend after bend we ride on asphalt surfaces for perfect bike control and spectacular views such as the Rock of Gibraltar famous for its monkeys.
Day 3 : Algeciras - Chefchaouen
We take a ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar and reach Ceuta, where we cross the Moroccan border. Here in the north of Morocco green is still the dominant color as we take winding roads to pass endless fields and forests towards the Rif mountains. In the evening we reach the blue pearl Chefchaouen, whose architecture is still reminiscent of the lovely villages of Andalusia.
Day 4 : Chefchaouen - Meknes
On our first full day of driving on African ground, we enjoy the rolling hills of the Rif Mountains. The terrain is perfect for our motorcycles and offers a fantastic atmosphere in which we taste sheer driving pleasure at its best. We visit the Roman ruins of Volubulis and reach in the evening our goal Meknes, one of the four cities of the king.
Day 5 : Meknes - Marrakech
Today we expect a long and very varied day with impressive scenery. We reach the high plains of central Morocco, where the vastness and beauty of this country emerge, while on the horizon the first foothills of the High Atlas appear. The track leads us westward and we reach our destination by sunset in "Morocco's biggest oasis" called Marrakech. Known as the "Pearl of the South" many consider Marrakech to be Morocco's most beautiful city with its distinct oriental flair.
Day 6 : Marrakech
Rest day and visit of Marrakech. Because of the large number of architecturally significant buildings, such as the Koutoubia Mosque from the year 1162, the Kasbah of the 12th c. and the Ben-Jusuf Medersa from the 14th c., the old town became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1985.The main attraction of the city is the Djemaa el Fna square, the world-famous medieval market and execution site. Today it is a lively place with food stalls, oriental storytellers, snake charmers and jugglers.
Day 7 : Marrakech - Quarzazate
Our aim today is to conquer the "High Atlas". Our motorbikes take in the mountain air as we ride the fantastic panoramic road over Taddert and the Tizin-n–Tichka pass, accompanied by the spectacular views of snow-capped peaks at 4000 m on this unique stage of our tour.
Day 8 : Quarzazate – Dades
Once on the south side of the Atlas, we take the road out of Ouarzazate along the Dades and Draa rivers towards to their origins. The beauty of the rocks in the Dades Gorge take our breath away! Today is, without any doubt, one of the most impressive days of this tour!
Day 9 : Dades - Erfoud
After crossing the Todra Gorge we move for most of the day at an altitude of 2000 meters in a forgotten valley in the interior of the Atlas Mountains. Hawks, goats and sheep are our company as we enjoy the most authentic side of Morocco and its extreme beauty. In the afternoon we reach our destination in the desert on the outskirts of the northern Sahara.
Day 10 : Merzouga (night in the desert)
We have organized a full and fascinating program for our days spent in the desert. We will explore and experience the desert and its sand dunes by foot, on motorbike or on the back of a camel. If you wish you can even spend the night out in the open under desert skies (Berber tent) in the sand dunes.
Day 11 : Erfoud
Rest day in the hotel.
Day 12 : Erfoud – Fez
Aswe leave Morocco's South behind us,we already start torecognize the first mountain peaks on the horizon. Again we prepare ourselves for an amazing crossing of the High Atlas. Although the mountains here are no longer quite so high, we will be riding on roads that are simply made for motorcycling as we pass stunningly beautiful scenery such as the canyon of Ziz and the magnificent Talgam pass (1907 m). We reach on a panoramic route the Middle Atlas and the cedar forests of Azrou and Ifrane whereseveral smaller passes (approx. 1500 m) still need to be conquered before we arrive at our accommodation in Fez.
Day 13: Fez – Chefchaouen
We enter the spectacular Medina of Fez, a UNESCO world heritage site, where we visit the palace gates and haggle with merchants in the acient parts of the city. It feels like a journey in time, back to the centuries of the Middle Ages. In the afternoon we leave Fez and head in a northerly direction. Again winding mountain roads and magnificent scenery await us on our journey through the Rif mountains. Via Quarzane we reachChefchaouen again, where we spend our last night in the mountains of Morocco.
Day 14: Chefchaouen - Malaga
Riding briskly, we pass Tetouan and head directly for the border. After the border formalities, we cross the straits to Algeciras bringing our Morocco adventure gradually to a close.
Day 15: Return journey
Note: We reserve the right to make minor changes to the tour.
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Price / Services
|Driver||€ 2.890||Pillion||€ 2.790||Single room surcharge||€ 450|
YOUR MOTORCYCLE ON TOUR
|Your own bike||€ 0|
|BMW G650GS||€ 975|
|BMW F700GS||€ 1.105|
|BMW F800GS||€ 1.235|
|BMW R1200GS||€ 1.365|
|BMW R1200R||€ 1.365|
|BMW R1200RT||€ 1.690|
Transfer, Ferries and Tolls
Rental bike incl. comprehensive insurance
Accommodation in first class 4* and 5* Hotels, Riads
Breakfast and Dinner
English/Spanish speaking tour guide
Information package / Maps
Flight, Fuel, Drinks, Snacks