MOROCCO MOTORCYCLE TOUR
A true adventure tour led by a professional and experienced tour guide into the heart of Morocco
Our Morocco Motorbike Tour is our one of our most popular adventure style motorcycle touring holidays we run. By staying on the tarmac for this tour it appeals to any experienced and competent rider looking for an exciting adventure and even suitable for pillions
The Morocco Motorcycle Tour is packed full of superb scenery, amazing culture, fun, laughter, as well as providing you with plenty to see and do each day. It will be a journey that will leave fond memories for many years to come. Our tour guide has 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
A bustling city with Medina and Souks (Marketplace) to grab some bargains
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’ Fully Guided Morocco Motorcycle Tour will take you through some of Spain’s finest roads for bikers and then into Morocco by a short ferry crossing from Algeciras to Tangier Med. 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 (optional), to an overnight stay in the Sahara Desert, to high mountain roads and epic waterfalls. For full details of the tour please click on the “Itinerary” tab or any of the other tabs for details on prices and dates. This tour is suitable for all experienced riders as well as riders with pillions.
In terms of suitability; the tour is 98/99% 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 customs, checkpoints or border controls with minimal stress and hassle
The tour guide will lead the group and keep everyone together using the “drop-off System“
A support vehicle is not included on this tour, which, is reflected in the price. You will need to carry your own luggage. We prefer this way of travelling so you have your belongings with you at all times and aren’t relying on another vehicle, which, can be problem if something happens to the support vehicle (it breaks down for example, you will be left without your belongings until it can be recovered. In a hot country such as Morocco, it’s no fun being without your casual clothing)
- Evening meal included at the Sahara Desert Bivouac Experience along with the camel ride – if you wish to stay at the hotel/guest house, you are welcome to do so but a supplement may apply and you will need to inform us ahead of time
- Breakfast included each morning (except on the UK to Spain ferry and Spain to Morocco 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 cheaper 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!
- The tour guide will be on hand to assist and provide locations for evening meals if not in the hotel as well as details of local less well known water holes that sell beer
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/Bilbao, the journey is approximately 700 miles, so allow a minimum of two days (an extra day).
If you are interested book soon as places are limited and become booked up fast. Our Morocco Motorcycle Adventure Tour is packed full of features so don’t miss out!
If you have any questions, no matter what it is, please get in touch using our email for a responsive reply firstname.lastname@example.org be sure to add Morocco Enquiry into the subject line
- Ferry crossing from UK to Spain plus cabin
- Ferry crossing from Spain to UK plus cabin
- Ferry crossing from Spain to Morocco
- Ferry crossing from Morocco to Spain
- 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
- Meals other than stated
- 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 or other consumables such as chain oil
- 14th April 2020
- 9th October 2020
Duration: 19 days including ferry crossings
DAY 1 - FERRY UK TO SPAIN
DAY 2 - SANTANDER
Distance: 20/228 miles
Time: Approx 30 mins / 3.5 hours without stops
DAY 3 - BADAJOZ
From the north we head south through Sierra de Gredos Mountain Park and head for Badajoz where we shall rest for the evening in our hotel.
Distance: 210 miles
Time: Approx 4.40 hours without stops
DAY 4 - RHONDA VALLEY SPAIN
Today we head for the Rhonda Valley
Our journey today 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!
Distance: 265 miles
Time: Approx 5 hours without stops
DAY 5 - MOROCCO
We make our way to Algeciras Port for the mid morning ferry crossing, where we will board our ferry to take us to Tangier Med (2.5 hour journey).
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”
Distance: 105 miles
Time: Approx 3 hours without stops
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
Distance: 235 miles
Time: Approx 6 hours without stops
DAY 8 - LOW ATLAS MOUNTAINS TO MERZOUGA
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
Distance: 170 miles
Time: Approx 4 hours without stops
DAY 9 - TODRA GORGE & GORGE DU DADES
Distance: 235 miles
Time: Approx 6.5 hours without stops
DAY 10 - HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS
Distance: 190 miles
Time: Approx 5.5 hours without stops
DAY 11 - REST DAY MARRAKECH
DAY 12 - CASCADES D'OUZOUD
Distance: 300 miles
Time: Approx 10 hours with scenic and refreshment stops
ETA: 18.00 – 19.00
DAY 13 - TANGIER
Distance: 210 miles
Time: Approx 6 hours without stops
DAY 14 - SIERRA NEVADA
Distance: 210 miles
Time: Approx 5 hours without stops and ferry
DAY 15 - MADRID
Distance: 300 miles
Time: Approx 7 hours without stops
DAY 16 - PICOS
Distance: 186 miles
Time: Approx 5 hours without stops
DAY 17 -
Distance: 140 miles
Time: Approx 3.5 hours
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 Limited Availability BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
19 Day tour including ferry crossings
15th April 2020 – 3rd May 2020
Departs: Portsmouth to Bilbao
Returns: Santander to Portsmouth
9th October 2020 – 27th October 2020
Departs: Portsmouth to Santander
Returns: Santander to Portsmouth
Single Rider Sharing Twin Room & shared cabin on ferry: Only £2899
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 £3699
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
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 and does not replicate any other tour companies itinerary. We have spent many years perfecting this tour to give you a sense of adventure and guide you all the way. We have a great deal of experience with Morocco (you can read the book when it’s launched!) and take extra special care to make sure everyone stays together as a group and doesn’t end up running into any bother, if say, you were on your own, or riding as an escorted tour.
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 travellers 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 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 as green as you will ever see, to the baron lands in the south that hug the perimeter of 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 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?
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 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 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 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 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, 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)
Is the ferry crossing rough, I heard the BOB (Bay of Biscay) is very choppy?
Having travelled 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
If you have any other questions please feel free to get in touch with our Morocco Tour expert, Chris, by clicking here