17 days
Duration
3500 Approx
Miles
Yes
Pillions?
Max 12
Riders
Adventure
Tour pace

SELF-GUIDED MOROCCO ADVENTURE
MOTORCYCLE TOUR 


The Morocco Adventure Motorbike Tour is our one of our most popular adventure style motorcycle touring holidays. We have minimized the risk of danger or injury by staying on the tarmac for this tour so that it appeals to any experienced and competent rider looking for a really exciting adventure

This exclusive Morocco Motorcycle Tour is packed full of excitement, fun, laughter and culture as well as providing you with plenty to see and do. It will be a journey that will inspire you and touch your heart, leaving you with some incredible memories

So what can you expect to see on this incredibly awesome fun packed tour?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MARRAKESH
    A bustling city with Medina and Souks (Marketplace) to grab some bargains
  • CHEFCHAOUEN
    The Blue City. A stunning town painted blue with narrow walkways and alleyways – beautiful
  • LOW ATLAS MOUNTAINS
    We head over the low Atlas as we enter the Sahara for our night in a Bivouac (optional)
  • HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS
    With altitudes up to 3000m, we head high into mountains for some spectacular sights
  • MID ATLAS MOUNTAIN PASSES
    We shall be riding through some impressive gorges, cameras at the ready!
  • SAHARA DESERT
    Experience riding alongside the Sahara Desert and get to meet local Berber People
  • GORGE DADES
    An impressive zig-zag gorge in the heart of the Atlas Mountains
  • TODRA GORGE
    Another mighty gorge with fresh water river running through it
  • CASCADES D’ OUZOUD WATERFALLS
    Incredible waterfalls with monkeys. This is impressive!
  • CAMEL RIDE IN DESERT
    Jump on a camel and ride to the Bivouac evening in the desert – this is a great laugh!
  • NIGHT IN THE SAHARA IN A BIVOUAC
    Spend the night having dinner in the Sahara desert, try your hand at sand boarding or sit on top of a sand dune watching the sun descending over the dunes. Spectacular
  • AND LOTS MORE!


Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coastline, and the winding alleyways of ancient Medina cities and souqs.

Guided Motorbike Tours’ Seefl-Guided Morocco Motorcycle Tour will take you through some of South of Spain’s finest roads for bikers and then into Morocco. Riding through the High Atlas Mountains and then into the Sahara Desert. Join us. Experience a motorcycle adventure with so much packed in, from camel rides, to an overnight stay in the Sahara Desert, to high mountain roads and epic waterfalls.

FLEXIBLE

In terms of suitability; the tour is 99% tarmac surface, so no off road riding. Our Morocco Motorcycle Tour is ideal for riders who want to explore a completely different and diverse culture without the need to travel halfway around the world. You will be with a professional motorcycle tour guide, who is an advanced rider and first aid trained as a minimum. He/she will be with you 24/7 to offer support and guidance and get through any customs checkpoints or border controls with minimal stress and hassle

You have the freedom to ride at your own pace and choose dates that suit you (dependent on ferry times). You will be led by your own sat nav using our routes used on the guided or escorted tour

MEALS

  • Evening meal included at the Sahara Desert Bivouac Experience along with the camel/quad bike ride (Day 7) – if you wish to stay at the hotel/guest house, you are welcome to do so but a supplement may apply
  • Breakfast included each morning (except on the ferry)
  • We don’t include evening meals on this tour other than the evening of the Bivouac experience in the Sahara Desert. This is because feedback received indicates that riders like to make their own decisions and not be tied into a set menu meal often consisting of only one or two choices, those options are often not to everyone’s taste and can ruin the day, it also means if you don’t like the set menu offering you will have to pay for a meal on the regular menu!

FERRY TRAVEL

Despite what some people say, the ferry journey isn’t that bad, the bay of Biscay can be choppy at times but this is the last leg of the journey. Some riders do not travel well on ferries (sea sickness), if this is the case we can offer discounts for anyone wanting to make alternative arrangements to get to the port in Spain (i.e. ride down through France) and meet the rest of the group there.

To ride to France without using the ferry you would need to get the Euro Tunnel at Folkestone to Calais or shorter ferry from Portsmouth or Poole to France and make your way to Santander, the journey is approximately 700 miles, so allow a minimum of two days (an extra day). Full map of the best route can be provided

If you have any questions, no matter what it is, please get in touch using our email for a responsive reply hello@guidedmotorbiketours.co.uk

DISTANCE Approx  3000 miles
DURATION 17/18 Days (Depending on date)
RIDING PACE Moderate – to arrive within reasonable time each day
AVERAGE HOURS  5-8 p/day riding
REST DAYS x2 plus 2 x Overnight Ferry
MIN ENGINE SIZE 500cc ideally
FUEL COSTS Approx £300
FOOD COSTS Average £10-20 per eve meal

Morocco Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour

 

Itinerary is subject to change slightly due to ferry times, weather and other eventualities experienced on such a tour. However, the overall experience will always be incredible!

1

DAY 1 - FERRY UK TO SPAIN

Catch your ferry and head off to Santander/Bilbao depending on availability, staying on the ferry in a cabin overnight
2

DAY 2 - SANTANDER

Arriving in Santander, Spain. Depending on the time of arrival (some tour dates the ferry will arrive later in the day) You either ride to Salamanca or check in to a hotel just outside the port

Distance: 20/228 miles
Time: Approx 30 mins / 3.5 hours without stops

3

DAY 3 - BADAJOZ

From the north you head south through Sierra de Gredos Mountain Park and head for Badajoz where you shall rest for the evening in your hotel.

In the Siege of Badajoz (16 March – 6 April 1812), also called the Third Siege of Badajoz, an Anglo-Portuguese Army, under General Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington), besieged Badajoz, Spain and forced the surrender of the French garrison.

The siege was one of the bloodiest in the Napoleonic Wars and was considered a costly victory by the British, with some 4,800 Allied soldiers killed in a few short hours of intense fighting during the storming of the breaches as the siege drew to an end. Enraged at the huge amount of casualties they suffered in seizing the city, the troops broke into houses and stores consuming vast quantities of liquor with many of them then going on a rampage. Threatening their officers and ignoring their commands to desist, and even killing several, the troops massacred about 4,000 Spanish civilians. It took three days before the men were brought back into order.

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 210 miles

Time: Approx 4.40 hours without stops

4

DAY 4 - RHONDA VALLEY SPAIN

Head for the Rhonda Valley
Your journey today will take you from Badajoz in the west of Spain next to the Portuguese border to Rhonda Valley in the south as you make your way through Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema, consisting of some stunning landscape scenery and sublime riding roads with flowing twists and turns and long sweeping bends along the side of the mountains. The A-397 road is mind blowing!

All being well you arrive late afternoon in the Costa Del Sol

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 265 miles

Time: Approx 5 hours without stops

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DAY 5 - MOROCCO

You’ll make your way to Algeciras Port for the mid morning ferry crossing, where you will board your ferry to take you to Tangier Med (2.5 hour journey).

Once you disembark the ferry you will need to go through the border control and customs procedure, which, isn’t as daunting as it may seem. If it’s your first time in Morocco you will need to fill in some forms and get them stamped along with your passport. Approximately 2 – 3 hours is allocated to get you through the border, more often its less than an hour. Usually it is with minimal fuss but you will be given comprehensive information on how to handle this.

Finally, head for the beautiful stunning town of Chefchaouene, just a short 2 hour ride from the port. “Beautifully perched beneath the raw peaks of the Rif, Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest towns in Morocco, an artsy, blue-washed mountain village that feels like its own world. While tourism has definitely taken hold, the balance between ease and authenticity is just right. The old medina is a delight of Moroccan and Andalucian influence with red-tiled roofs, bright-blue buildings and narrow lanes converging on busy Plaza Uta el-Hammam and its restored kasbah”

As the border crossing and ferry timings can be unpredictable, we will allow an extra night here just in case you happen to arrive later than expected time of around tea time. Therefore tomorrow is a day off the bike to begin absorbing the Moroccan culture and explore this beautiful town!

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 105 miles

Time: Approx 3 hours without stops

6

DAY 6 - REST DAY CHEFCHAOUEN

Chefchaouen, or Chaouen, is a city in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. It’s known for the striking, variously hued blue-washed buildings of its old town. Leather and weaving workshops line its steep cobbled lanes. In the shady main square of Uta el Hammam is the red-walled casbah, a 15th-century fortress and dungeon with ethnographic and art exhibits. The octagonal minaret of the Great Mosque rises nearby.

You have a full day to explore this delightful and intriguing town

7

DAY 7 - MIDELT

We head for Midelt today, via Fes. Fes still retains its old town and traditions and has yet to be overrun by the new town and modern influences. You stay just outside of Midelt so you have plenty of time to reach the destination tomorrow (Bivouac Experience and Camel Ride) having ridden over the Low Atlas Mountains

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 235 miles

Time: Approx 6 hours without stops

8

DAY 8 - LOW ATLAS MOUNTAINS TO MERZOUGA

Head into the Low Atlas Mountains climbing to approx 4000′ altitude you may experience cold weather as low as 10 degrees centigrade. You may also see some monkeys, plenty of dogs and traditional Berbers living in the mountain. Once you are through the mountain you descend quickly into the desert. It is a surreal experience going from colder temperatures to suddenly hit double figures as high as 20c plus. You’ll continue through the desert to Merzouga, in the far South West corner of Morocco, near to the Algerian border in the Sahara Desert

Upon arrival you will prepare a small bag of essentials for your camel ride out into the Sahara Desert where we you stay the evening in traditional Bivouacs, a delicious evening meal is included as well as breakfast back at the guest house the following morning, prepared and served for you and entertainment is often in the form of a fire, drums and signing. An experience not to be missed! There may even be an opportunity to go sand surfing!

Wake in the morning to the sun beaming over the dunes and head back on camels to the guest house for breakfast

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 170 miles

Time: Approx 4 hours without stops

9

DAY 9 - TODRA GORGE & GORGE DU DADES

Todra Gorge and Gorge du Dades are the highlight of today’s ride. You head into the Atlas Mountains again and into the famously pictured gorges, which, have become symbolic with Morocco. You will get to see both spectacular gorges. Tonight, you will sleep in the hotel cave rooms overlooking the valley. Your hotel is a complex that is home to many various adventurers who seek their adrenaline rush in the desert, such as rally cars, quads, 4×4’s and endurance riders.

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 235 miles

Time: Approx 6.5 hours without stops

10

DAY 10 - HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS

You continue through the southern desert region of the Atlas Mountains as you hug the base of the mountains heading west, finally, you head straight over the High Atlas Mountains, as you make your way across the rugged terrain into Marrakesh. Today you will witness some incredible scenery from high up in the mountains and tomorrow you will have a day to explore the capital

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 190 miles

Time: Approx 5.5 hours without stops

11

DAY 11 - REST DAY MARRAKECH

You are free to look around the bustling city of Marrakesh today. Visit the Medina and stroll around the Souks to find a bargain or sit and watch the world go buy in one of the many cafes.
12

DAY 12 - CASCADES D'OUZOUD

One of the longest days today. Heading north then north west now we ride across the Atlas Mountains toward your first destination of the day, Cascades d’Ouzoud, Ouzoud means “the act of grinding grain” in Berber. This seems to be confirmed by the frequent mills in the region. Ouzoud Waterfalls are located near the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt, in the province of Azilal, 150 km northeast of Marrakech, in Morocco. They are spectacular as is our journey along some incredible roads. A stepped path leads down to the base of the falls where there is a cafe and an opportunity to capture some incredible footage and photos, make your way back up the steep climb and view the stunning and spectacular natural beauty from above.

Depart: 08.00hrs
Distance: 300 miles

Time: Approx 10 hours with scenic and refreshment stops
ETA: 18.00 – 19.00

13

DAY 13 - TANGIER

You head through the Riff Mountains today on route to Tangier, a Moroccan port city on the Strait of Gibraltar, has been a strategic gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times. Its whitewashed hillside medina is home to the Dar el Makhzen, a palace of the sultans turned museum of Moroccan artifacts. The medina also has dozens of outdoor cafes, such as those along the Terrasse des Paresseux balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. It lies in the Northern part of Morocco and is famous for several movies having being filmed there, such as, Inception with Leornardo Di Caprio and the Bourne Ultimatum staring Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) as well as The Living Daylights James Bond film.

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 210 miles

Time: Approx 6 hours without stops

14

DAY 14 - SIERRA NEVADA

You leave Tangier and head for the port, as you leave Morocco and make your way back over the border (You have to obtain official documents to exit the country which can take an hour or more) to catch your ferry to take you into Spain. From Gibraltar you head straight for Malaga and then onto Granada where you shall stay the night

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 210 miles

Time: Approx 5 hours without stops and ferry

15

DAY 15 - MADRID

You head for the outskirts of Madrid today for your stop over before heading for the port to catch the ferry, on route you will ride through Sierra Nevada and other amazing parks

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 300 miles

Time: Approx 7 hours without stops

 

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DAY 16 - HEADING HOME

Sadly, you head to the port in the north of Spain today for your afternoon ferry journey back to Portsmouth UK. On board there will be a cabin for the overnight cruise which will bring you back into Portsmouth or Plymouth around mid afternoon the following day.

Depart: 08.30 – 09.00 hrs
Distance: 286 miles

Time: Approx 5 hours without stops

DATES & PRICES

Choose your own dates (dependent on ferry departure times)

Recommended times to go – Between September – November & April – June


2 Riders
Riders Sharing Twin Room & shared cabin on ferry: Only £1999 per rider 

Single bed in a shared room with a shared cabin on-board the ferry. Hotels and breakfast* included as well as the Bivouac experience and evening meal in the desert. 

Rider & Pillion with twin or double room & Private Cabin: Only £3399
Twin or double bed private room with a twin cabin on-board the ferry. Hotels and breakfast* included as well as the Bivouac experience and evening meal in the desert

Solo Rider with single room: Only £3199
Private room with a private cabin on-board the ferry. Hotels and breakfast* included as well as the Bivouac experience and evening meal in the desert

Why should I book through you and not another company?
Our tour is unique in many ways and does not replicate any other tour companies itinerary. We have spent many years perfecting this tour to give you a sense of adventure, rather than a “coach tour on two wheels experience“. If you’d prefer a tour that takes you into Morocco and stay in one hotel branching out each day to view the surrounding locations, then this is not a tour for you, because our experience has found, this is a lazy option and limits some of the spectacular sights you should be seeing

We do not include “evening meals” options, often the quality of the food is sub standard and meal portions are very small when arranging set menu dinners, it is certainly not to our standards so we refrain from adding or implementing this option into our tours.

We provide every rider with a first hand experience of Morocco, it’s cultures and its traditions, staying in traditional and modern hotels and stopping off in traditional cafe’s for lunch and refreshment as well as finding locations that are described by previous clients as “incredible”, “breathtaking” as well as the many quiet roads deep in the heart of some of the most spectacular national parks, with views of rolling mountains and cloud or snow covered peaks.

Not forgetting the stunning waterfalls, gorges, deserts as well as staying in the heart of the adventure capital of Morocco just yards from the Sahara desert with a chance to meet hundreds of adventure travelers in all manner of vehicles from dune buggies, quad bikes, motocross bikes and rally cars, you will have so much to see and do it will take weeks to review all your photos and footage!

Our experience has led us to creating a tour that has an emphasis on adventure but without risking life and limb by taking riders off tarmac. There are sometimes options for riders to ride on the dirt if you wish for a few miles of fun (often there are dirt tracks that run parallel with the tarmac roads). Overall, 99% of this tour is on tarmac roads, we say 99% because we may encounter some short dirt paths, driveways leading to hotels/guest houses where even a sports bike wouldn’t have trouble negotiating. This makes it an ideal tour for almost every competent rider and riders with pillions. Please note: some roads in Morocco may not be suitable for sports bikes or cruisers due to their poorly maintained state.

Why Morocco?
Morocco has been the preferred choice for filmmakers for many decades, and has been host to many popular blockbuster films such as;

  • Black Hawk Down
  • Jewel of The Nile
  • Body of Lies
  • The Mummy Returns
  • Captain Phillips
  • Troy
  • Babel
  • Sex in The City
  • The Green Zone
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • and many more

They have all been filmed in Morocco because it is a politically safe country without conflict and offers some of the most stunning landscapes in all of Africa. Rugged, beautiful, with gorges and oasis thrown in along with the Sahara Desert and a delightful culture, one can see why it attracts so much attention. From the North in the Riff Mountains, where the grass is as green as you will ever see, to the baron lands in the south that hug the perimeter off the Sahara Desert, every day the scenery appears different and more intriguing

Can I ride to Spain instead of taking the Ferry?
Yes of course. Some tours half the group have ridden down (via the Eurotunnel or shorter ferry in Plymouth) due to some riders not travelling too well on ferries. In such cases, you will need to make your own way to northern Spain to meet the ferry. You should allow an extra day for this. (mileage is approx 650 miles to the ferry port in Spain from northern France and can be easily ridden in 2 days)

Is Morocco safe?
Very, there is no conflict in Morocco and the people are exceptionally friendly, we even get waved at by police officers at checkpoints and have never once had a problem with theft or crime. You will get invited in to strangers homes from time to time in the rural areas as we pass through villages for a cup of tea, this is their way of life and custom. You do not need to feel obligated to accept but they have a belief that they must be kind, considerate and helpful to strangers and travelers. It’s a humbling experience and makes you feel most welcome

Whilst Morocco isn’t a poverty stricken country, they do not lead wealthy lives outside the main cities, this is part of their culture and they seek nothing more than peace and happiness using the surroundings in which they live, in other words, they have no interest in posh cars, posh phones or fancy TV’s, they live simple lives and are happier for it!

What’s the border crossing like?
We arrive in Morocco via Tangier Med, a relatively new port, which is usually quiet and getting through customs can be as quick as an hour. Your tour guide will be on hand to handle everything for you. However, during peak times, the border control can be slow and it is not unusual for the crossing of the border to take up to 4 – 6 hours. Be patient and it will be quicker! Also, as we travel in April and October, temperatures are less grueling, making it more bearable when waiting for customs to process everything. From personal experience, we have never taken more than 2 hours to cross the border into Morocco, leaving Morocco, the border crossing is much quicker and can be as quick as 15 – 30 minutes. Please ensure you bring original documents; V5, Passport etc, or you will be refused entry!

Do I need a Visa 
No, you don’t but you do need several documents to be completed to be able to cross the border with your vehicle. We send all these to you with comprehensive instructions on how to fill them out and print them off, don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds, it is only one or two simple forms asking for your bike details etc that takes about 5 mins to complete

Is it very hot?
We choose cooler times of the year to travel to Morocco where temperatures are a more comfortable 20 – 30 degrees centigrade. The weather is mainly bright blue sky and sunshine. In the northern parts it can be cooler with the chance of the odd shower due to the micro climate created by the Riff Mountain range, it is also common for it to be very windy in the North for the first day as we travel to Chefchaouen. Temperatures can reach as high as 35 degrees centigrade in southern Spain and Southern Morocco

I don’t like Camels, do I have to stay in the desert?
If you didn’t want to join us for the evening in the Sahara Desert on camels, where we enjoy an evening meal and sleep in a traditional Bivouac, watching the sun set and rise over the dunes and sit under the stars, you can can opt to stay in the hotel or guest house where we will leave our gear and bikes. There may be the option to use a quad bike to get to the Bivouac – please inquire. As for the camels, it really isn’t that bad and to be frank, it’s a wonderful experience. If you prefer the quad bike option please ensure your holiday insurance covers this activity as it can be dangerous

Are the roads dangerous in Morocco?
The roads surfaces are pretty good, some places the roads are a little pot holed in places and the tarmac is in poor state of repair, so ideally adventure bikes are best suited, as for drivers and traffic, it is fine outside of the main cities. In the cities it can be a little manic and somewhat of a unique experience. you will need to keep your wits about you. We do not ride very often in the bigger cities. Marrakesh is probably the most busiest city we visit due to the large Medina, which has many Souks inside (market stalls) it does attract a lot of traffic, just keep your eyes open and expect the unexpected and you’ll be fine. You also have to adopt a “bossy” attitude when riding in Marrakesh or other motorists will intimidate you, meaning you’d never get anywhere.

What’s the food like?
Very nice actually. Meat (mainly, lamb, beef, chicken and goat, which is very tasty), vegetables, omelets, chips, salads and vegetarian dishes and even western food is available in most places. Tagines are usually the order of the day. The Tagines are very tasty and is a meal consisting of vegetables and meat (chicken or goat) cooked in a clay pot. Vegetarian food is also available. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-foods-try-morocco

A typical meal is meat or fish and vegetables with bread and couscous or rice

Do Moroccans drink alcohol?
Islam accounts for 93% of the religion practiced in Morocco and as such Muslims do not drink alcohol. However, it is available in some tourist hotels, especially in the larger towns and cities. For example, there is only a very small handful of establishments in Chefchaouen that sell alcohol and they do tend to keep it under wraps (ask your tour guide and he/she will take you to the only pub). In the bigger hotels we stay at, you can often get beer and wine but please be aware that there are many which have a dry policy (no alcohol)

Is the ferry crossing rough, I heard the BOB (Bay of Biscay) is very choppy?
Having traveled on the ferry many times we have only experienced one rough crossing. It can get a little bumpy but if you are okay travelling on a boat you will be fine. Bring some seasickness pills if it helps or a travel wrist band. Alternatively, you can ride down and meet us at the ferry port as we have done with some customers over the years

Do I need Vaccinations?
There are no official vaccinations required for Morocco but we do advise you ensure your booster jabs are up to date and check online for updates before you travel. In addition, we advise that you take care of your hygiene. Do not drink tap water and carry some anti-bacterial spray/gel for when visiting the loo etc

“Delhi Belly” (tummy upsets) are rare in Morocco but it is advised to include Buscopan and Imodium in your medicine pack

If you have any other questions please feel free to get in touch with our Morocco Tour expert, Chris, by clicking here

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