MOROCCO MOTORCYCLE TOUR
Fully Guided Morocco Motorcycle Tour that provides a unique experience, combined with professional tour guides, excellent accommodation and some truly stunning routes. With over 5 years experience running tours across Africa we are certain you’ll love every minute of this tour.
Our Morocco Motorcycle Tour has been voted by customers as being one of our most favourite guided motorcycle touring holidays. By staying on the tarmac for this tour, it appeals to any experienced and competent riders looking for an exciting adventure
The Morocco motorcycle tour is packed full of superb scenery, amazing culture and plenty of fun. It will be a journey that will leave fond memories for many years. Over the past years we have run dozen’s of tours in Morocco and Tunisia and would consider ourselves very knowledgeable on motorcycle touring in north African regions, giving us the opportunity to offer you some of the best locations and roads on offer
Our professional, experienced tour guides, will fully assist with border crossings and checkpoints. Your experienced guide will organise ferry tickets and hotels, so you can enjoy the tour without worrying where the next hotel is, or worrying about finding suitable accommodation with secure parking and good food
All tour guides have extensive knowledge and experience travelling around Morocco and will support you 24 hours a day throughout the tour. Their knowledge will enhance your experience and provide you will an incredibly enjoyable, hassle free and stress free adventure. Furthermore, we stay as a group at all times using a simple drop-off system, our guide will never intentionally leave you or abandon you
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
A bustling city with Medina and Souks (Marketplace) to grab some bargains during your rest day here
The Blue City. A stunning town painted blue with narrow walkways and alleyways where you’ll spend a rest day here exploring
- LOW ATLAS MOUNTAINS
We head over the low Atlas as we enter the Sahara for our night in a Bivouac, on route we feed the monkeys if they are about
- HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS
With altitudes up to 2300m, we head high into mountains for some spectacular sights
- MID ATLAS MOUNTAINS OF MOROCCO
We shall be riding through some impressive gorges, such as the more well known; Todra and Dades gorges
- SAHARA DESERT
Experience riding alongside the Sahara Desert and get to meet local Berber People, as well as spending the night in a traditional Bivouac with evening meal, camel ride and entertainment included in the price
- 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 where locals come to bath and socialise
- CASCADES D’ OUZOUD WATERFALLS
Incredibly high and powerful waterfall with monkeys. This is impressive!
- CAMEL RIDE IN DESERT
Jump on a camel and ride to the Bivouac evening in the desert
- 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 and again in the morning to catch the impressive sunrise. A Spectacular and heartwarming experience
A brief visit to Tangier
- SIERRA NEVADA
A little piece of heaven tucked away in the Granada region of Spain with incredible scenery and impressive roads
- RONDA VALLEY
Head across the Ronda Valley through its impressive mountain road that winds alongside the mountainside. A good opportunity to blast away some cobwebs
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.
We are offering riders the chance to jump on board a fully guided Morocco motorcycle tour led by a professional tour guide, that will take you first through some of Spain’s finest roads and into Morocco via a short ferry crossing. Experience a motorcycle adventure with tons of features and highlights making this tour great value for money.
From camel rides (optional), to an overnight stay in the Sahara Desert, where you will dine under the stars, followed by an evening of entertaining dance, open fires and music from the Berbers, to high mountain roads that reach into the clouds above.
You will see epic waterfalls, monkeys, the incredibly humble Berber tribesmen and women and the hustle and bustle of cities such as Marrakesh, where we stay for two nights giving you chance to explore the souks and Medina.
Ideal for experienced riders, riders and pillions, who are on the hunt for an epic adventure without the the full support of GMT, a journey that will allow you to experience Morocco at it’s absolute best. Rated by our customers 5 out of 5 stars (see here) one thing for certain is that you will be well looked after and ride away with some incredible memories and new friendships
Here’s what our recent customers say about the tour…
My wife and myself went on the Morocco tour in October. We both ride our own bikes and had wanted to visit Morocco but wanted a bit of support to do it. Having previously visited Romania with Guided Motorcycle Tours so we were confident with the company. Anyway, the tour was brilliant, well organised, great routes, great stop offs and hotels. Kev our guide was excellent and the company of the other people on the tour was top notch. Great firm to ride with
Dave Carroll – October 2019 Morocco Tour
In terms of suitability; the tour uses 99% tarmac surface. Our Morocco Motorcycle Tour is ideal for riders who want to explore a diverse culture. You will be guided by a professional motorcycle tour guide. The tour guide will be with you throughout the tour, to offer support and guidance and get you through customs, checkpoints or border controls with minimal stress and hassle.
This is a TARMAC BASED tour, however, some roads may be in a bad state of repair or there may be some dirt roads to reach hotel entrances
The tour guide will lead the group and keep everyone together using a well proven system
MEALS & HOTELS
- Evening meal included at the Sahara Desert Bivouac Experience along with the camel ride (option to ride in pick-up truck or on quad bike to the Bivouac is an optional extra and paid for by the customer locally)
- Breakfast included each morning (except on the UK to Spain ferry and return)
- The tour guide will be on hand to assist and provide locations for evening meals, most evenings meals will be in the hotel. Evening meal and breakfast is included on the Bivouac experience in the desert
- Hotels are a mix of 2, 3, 4 star or higher and all have good facilities, wifi etc. Some hotels are more traditional than others and offer a unique experience. Please note: some hotels do not serve alcohol.
Free Hydration Pack is available to each person booking on the Morocco Tour departing April 2020. No alternative gift is offered. No cash alternative is offered. One per person. Deliver of the Andes 2ltr Hydration Pack, new and sealed will be sent out to customers upon receipt of full payment. You do not need to make the full payment at the time of booking if there is more than 12 weeks before departure to receive the free gift.
- Ferry crossing from UK to Spain plus cabin (return)
- Short Ferry crossing from Spain to Morocco (return)
- All accommodation in quality hotels
- Local tax charges
- Professional Tour Guide 24/7
- Breakfast each morning in hotels
- Bivouac Sahara Desert experience
- Dinner in the desert
- Gpx files for your sat nav
- Guidance on installing a basemap for your satnav
- Full UK support and admin team
- Full itinerary
- Free neck tube and goodies
- Unique routes and locations visited
- Evening meals or lunch (except the Sahara Desert experience)
- Green card (available at the border) 3rd party insurance, approx 60 Euro
- Travel insurance or repatriation
- Motorcycle hire
- Parking fees (attractions or hotels)
- Entrance fees
- Room service or mini bar usage
- Premium hotel services
- Food or drinks on board the ferries
- Toll fees
- Oil and other consumables (chain oil etc)
- 15th April 2020
- 9th October 2020
Duration: 19 days including ferry crossings
DAY 1 - FERRY UK TO SPAIN
DAY 4 - RHONDA VALLEY SPAIN
Our journey will take us from Badajoz in the west of Spain next to the Portuguese border to Rhonda Valley in the south as we make our 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!
DAY 5 - MOROCCO
Once we disembark the ferry we will need to go through the border control and customs procedure, which, isn’t as daunting as it may seem. Approximately 2 – 3 hours is allocated to get us all through the border, more often its less than an hour. Usually it is with minimal fuss but we will be by your side to ensure everything goes as smoothly as it can.
Finally, we 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”
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.
We have a full day to explore this delightful and intriguing town
DAY 7 - MIDELT
DAY 8 - LOW ATLAS MOUNTAINS TO MERZOUGA
We head into the Low Atlas Mountains climbing to approx 4000′ altitude we may experience cold weather as low as 10 degrees centigrade. We may also see some monkeys, plenty of dogs and traditional Berbers living in the mountain. Once we are through the mountain we descend quickly into the desert. It is a surreal experience going from colder temperatures to suddenly hit double figures. We continue to Merzouga, in the far South West corner of Morocco, near to the Algerian border in the Sahara Desert
A delicious evening meal is included as well as breakfast back at the guest house the following morning, prepared and served for us 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 we head back on camels to the guest house for breakfast
DAY 9 - TODRA GORGE & GORGE DU DADES
Todra Gorge and Gorge du Dades are the highlight of today’s ride. We head into the Atlas Mountains again and into the famously pictured gorges, which, have become symbolic with Morocco. We will get to see both spectacular gorges. Tonight, some of you will sleep in the hotel cave rooms (subject to availability) overlooking the valley. Our preferred choice of 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.
DAY 10 - HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS
DAY 11 - REST DAY MARRAKECH
DAY 12 - CASCADES D'OUZOUD
DAY 13 - TANGIER
DAY 18 - FERRY HOME
DAY 19 - RETURN HOME
We reserve the right to change the Morocco Tour Itinerary and dates due to ferry times, weather and other eventualities experienced on such a tour. However, the overall experience will always be incredible!
2020 DATES | 19 DAYS
15th April 2020 – 3rd May 2020
Departs: Portsmouth to Bilbao
Returns: Santander to Portsmouth
9th October 2020 – 27th October 2020 – LAST FEW SPACES REMAINING
Departs 9/10/20: Portsmouth to Santander – Departs 17.00hrs (Arrives in Spain 17.30 hrs approx)
Returns 26/10/20: Santander to Portsmouth – Departs 15.45 (Arrives in UK at 14.45)
Single Rider Sharing Twin Room & shared cabin on ferry: Only £2499
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. Ferry to Morocco is also included
Rider & Pillion with twin or double room & Private Cabin: Only £4499
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. Ferry to Morocco is also included
Solo Rider with single room: Only £3299
Private room in hotels with a shared cabin on-board the ferry. Hotels and breakfast* included as well as the Bivouac experience and evening meal in the desert. Ferry to Morocco is also included
Deposit = 20%
Balance for this tour is due 12 weeks before departure and payable by bank transfer – see payment page for details. If at the time of booking the tour is less than 12 weeks before departure, please pay deposit on debit/credit card and the remaining balance by bank transfer
It is recommended you take out holiday travel insurance following the booking of any tour/holiday – We recommend Holiday Safe for cost effective and reliable cover for motorcycle travel
Why should I book with Guided Motorbike Tours?
Our tour is unique in many ways. We have spent many years perfecting this tour to give you a sense of adventure and guide you all the way, our experience of Morocco is evident as you ride with us, with extensive knowledge and numerous contacts. We have a great deal of experience with Morocco and take extra special care to make sure everyone stays together as a group and doesn’t end up running into any bother
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 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 travellers in all manner of vehicles
Our experience has led us to creating a tour that has an emphasis on adventure but without pushing you too far beyond your comfort zone. 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 touring bikes wouldn’t have too much trouble negotiating. This makes it an ideal tour for almost every competent, experienced 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.
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
- 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 adventure riders and drivers from all over the world. From the North in the Riff Mountains, where the grass is a lush emerald green, to the baron lands in the south that hug the perimeter of the Sahara Desert, every day the scenery differs and becomes even more intriguing
Can I ride to Spain instead of taking the Ferry?
Yes, of course. Some tours we have had half of the group ridden down (via the Euro tunnel 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 to 3 days). Contact us for pricing options on this, we can help.
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 travellers. 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?
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 a few hours. Be patient and it will be quicker! Also, as we travel in April and October, temperatures are less gruelling, 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 if you are a UK/EU passport holder
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 in Bivouacs riding there 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 as well as watching the entertainment around the camp fire, you can can opt to stay in the hotel or guest house where we will leave our gear and bikes, or the guest house owner may for a fee, transport you in a pick up or on a quad bike. As for the camels, it really isn’t that bad and to be fair, it’s a wonderful experience.
Are the roads dangerous in Morocco?
The roads surfaces are pretty good due to the investment by the Chinese to improve the roads, some places the roads are a little pot holed and the tarmac is in poor state of repair. 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 being home to the largest Medina in Morocco, 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. Meat (mainly, lamb, beef, chicken and goat, which is very tasty), vegetables, omelettes, 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 practised 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 a few which have a dry policy (no alcohol)
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
If you have any other questions please feel free to get in touch