Atlas to Desert

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9 Day(s)
Mod-Advanced
Guided

Description

This superb desert mountain bike holiday in Morocco visits a land of big skies and dark mountain ranges where mud-brick Kasbahs appear to rise up out of the desert, sitting in tranquil palm oases and framed by dramatic backdrops of snow-capped mountains.

We ride along Morocco's dirt roads, taking us from Marrakech to the Tichka Pass, the highest in the High Atlas, and then descending along the Draa valley to the fringes of the Sahara desert.

The riding is on non-technical hard-packed trails, which are normally in good condition, although they can be rough and bumpy at times. En route we pass through numerous traditional villages, on the way visiting the ancient Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and making plenty of mint tea stops to experience close-up the legendary hospitality that has risen up from the remote outposts of the desert.

As we descend from the High Atlas we see a gradual change in the flora and fauna as the desert starts to make its imprint on the landscape. We follow a route of palm oases, finding the occasional refreshing pool for a dip, cycling alongside ruined villages and Kasbahs which, in the early morning and late afternoon are bathed in a sublime desert light.

As we arrive at the fringe of the Sahara Desert, not far from the town of Zagora, we take a break from the bikes and Kasbah hotels and instead opt for camels and a night under the stars in a berber desert tent, surrounded by pre-Saharan dunes.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Morocco
From:
Marrakech
To:
Marrakech

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
9 Days
Level:
Mod-Advanced
Terrain:
Off-road (unsealed)
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
GBP 1095

Tour Distance & Dates

Riding Days:
6
Month(s):
April|October
Departure:
7 Apr, 6 Oct 2018

Additional Information

Inclusions

Place to place
5 nights hotels / auberges
1 night family house
2 nights camping
90% meals provided
6 days biking
2 days sightseeing / resting
Guided & vehicle supported

Exclusions

Flights

Options

Insurance - Europe 10 Day: £44
Bike Hire - Full Suspension £200

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