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Cycle Morocco’s Great South

Pedal through Morocco from the Atlas Mountains to the coast 



At a glance

* 6 nights hotels, 2 nights in traditional Moroccan riads
* 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
* 90% tarmac, 10% unsurfaced roads
* Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and drivers. Min age 16 yrs

Pedal through Morocco from the Atlas Mountains to the coast 

Encompassing the best of Morocco, this trip will take us past the foothills
of Mt Toubkal, golden Kasbahs, impressive gorges and the long sandy beach of
Essaouira. This spectacular route follows smooth tarmac roads and climbs over
high mountain passes that reward you with spectacular vistas of the High
Atlas Mountains. A real highlight is riding through Paradise Valley, close to
Imouzzer, where a palm-filled valley leads to a high pass with views down to
the ocean below. After all the riding we will receive a warm welcome from a
range of great hotels including a traditional Riad.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Arrival & departure transfers
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.

Moroccan food is excellent, though not particularly varied. Breakfasts
usually consist of bread, croissants and jam with tea or coffee and freshly
squeezed orange juice. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced – a lamb or
chicken tagine (a local speciality) will cost about GBP5. In main towns it is
possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and
French wine will cost anything from GBP15 upwards. Local beers, wines and
soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices, but you can pay UK
prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend
restaurants for the two evenings where dinner is not included. Vegetarians
can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of vegetarian tajine,
cous cous, omelettes and salad. This is particularly the case during the more
rural sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary
requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you
have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it
helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. All mineral drinking
water is included whilst cycling.

Start destination:

End destination:

Cycling profile

Day 1

We recommend walking or taking a taxi into the old city. Here there is plenty
to explore like the old walled medina and its winding alleyways which are
filled with souks selling everything from street food to pottery and
jewellery.
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Day 2

We transfer out of Marrakech this morning to Tadmamt and begin our cycling
journey into the foothills of Mt Toubkal. After a nice warm up on a wonderful
undulating road, we enjoy a long descent into the Asni Valley with beautiful
views. We then follow the river and cross over a number of bridges before
arriving in Dar Elmouahidines and our hotel for the evening.
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Day 3

The day begins with a challenging climb to the dramatic Tizi n’Test Pass
(2100m). We are rewarded with dramatic views to the south over the Sousse
Valley towards the Anti Atlas Mountains. After lunch we have a truly dramatic
and, in places, quite steep descent as the road winds down to the valley.
Once in the valley our ride takes us past orange, lemon and grapefruit groves
as we approach Oulad Berhil. Here we receive a warm welcome, wonderful food
and a relaxing evening at our beautiful Riad. This converted palace is a
wonderful addition to the end of our day with roaming peacocks and the chance
to pick our own fruit straight off the trees.
*Traditional Moroccan Riad *

Day 4

We have a morning transfer into the Anti Atlas Mountains and the real
southern Morocco, much of it semi-desert and a complete contrast to the
fertile Sousse Valley. We travel through argan country trying to spot the
incredible tree climbing goats which are famously found here. From Irherm, we
are surrounded by almond trees and our road has some wonderful ups and downs
as we pass through many farms and little mud-walled Berber villages. The last
section of the ride is another wonderful descent of about 12km through the
most dramatic scenery to Tafraoute. In the late afternoon there is the option
to visit the famous Blue Rocks, designed by Belgian artist Jean Verame, which
are only 6km away (cycle or drive).
*Standard Hotel*

Day 5

The vehicles take us up out of Tafraoute first thing in the morning, and then
we have yet another varied ride, undulating through spectacular hills, past
traditional villages and hill-top kasbahs, with some superb balcony sections
with excellent views. There are a few climbs, but the ride ends with an
exhilirating descent to Ait Baha Lake and then we transfer to the coastal
resort of Agadir.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6

Today we enjoy a truly spectacular ride through the Paradise Valley, a narrow
gorge lined with palm trees. Towards the head of the valley we have another
challenging climb with excellent views, eventually reaching a high plateau
and the little town of Imouzzer, the end point of one of the most dramatic
rides on our route. Originally the home of the Ida Outanane Berber tribe,
Imouzzer retains a strong cultural identity.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

We start cycling from the front door and begin with another excellent winding
descent on a good road to a valley dotted with palm trees and traditional
villages. There are a couple of moderate climbs over rocky hills and descents
back into the fertile valleys before we reach the main coast road and the end
of the ride. After a picnic lunch we transfer (1.5 hours) to our destination
for the evening, Essaouira. This charming old Portuguese fishing port dates
back to the 15th Century, but the present town was constructed around 1760 by
Sidi Mohammed ben Abdullah, who needed a base from which to suppress a revolt
from Agadir. Today, Essaouira is extremely relaxed and its whitewashed houses
with painted shutters, artisan’s workshops, boatyards and fishermen provide a
marked contrast to Marrakech. There’s plenty of interest in the narrow
traffic-free streets of the old town and we stay overnight in a traditional
Riad hotel.
*Traditional Moroccan Riad *

Day 8

After a free morning to explore lovely Essaouira, we transfer to the vibrant
city of Marrakech. Simply enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice in one of the
many rooftop cafés overlooking the Djemma El Fna Square, or perhaps take a
calèche (a bright green horse drawn carriage) ride to the peaceful Majorelle
Gardens. These small but tranquil gardens are decorated throughout in indigo
blue and house the small Museum of Islamic Art in the grounds. A final treat
would be to go for a hammam, a traditional Moroccan steam bath. A visit to
Djemma el Fna Square this evening is the ultimate reward for our week’s
cycling – with snake charmers, story tellers, smoky food stalls and souks,
there is no other way to experience the exciting atmosphere of Marrakech.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

Most of the day to see more of Marrakech before the trip ends.
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Customer Feedback

Morocco’s Great South

Summary:
Overall, a great week of cycling. There were two big unknowns for me going
into this adventure: 1) How difficult would the cycling be, and 2) How safe
would I feel cycling through rural Morocco. The cycling was breathtakingly
beautiful but not hard if you consider yourself a cyclist. Most of the
people in our group weren’t avid cyclists just relatively fit people looking
for some adventure. If you do consider yourself a cyclist and rack up
100-200km or more per week, then look for something higher than “4” on the
Exodus challenge meeter. That said, the rides were amazing with some good
climbs and even better ‘white knuckle’ descents. The part about safety in
Morocco? Don’t sweat it. I never felt any concern for safety and the whole
trip was supported by an experienced Exodus leader and two local chaps riding
vans in front and in the back. All good on that front.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
On the second day there was a 30km long descent. It was mind boggling and
just kept going on and on. I’ve never seen anything like that before and
likely never will again. Truly amazing. Dinner with the group each night
getting to know others from around the world was very fulfilling as well.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader was an English chap named Jon H. He was simply amazing. He
tended to everyone’s needs with patience and a kind heart. A remarkable
person that kept us all alive during one of the hottest weeks ever. I can’t
say enough about Jon’s ability to guide such a diverse group of people
through an amazing adventure. Kudo’s to Exodus for finding talent like this.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring water bottles, cycling shorts and some travellers laundry soap. Your
will need to wash your kit on your own.

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Cycling Moroccos Great South

Summary:
This was a fantastic, really very well organised trip. The roads in Morocco
are amazing and in really good condition, not at all what I expected. Perfect
for cycling.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Climbing the Tiz an Test Pass. What a fabulous ride up and down with all the
switch back bends.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
John, was a great leader, he kept an eye on everybody and just let everybody
go at there own speed, which was great.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you take some warm clothes as it can be cold up in the mountains.
Morocco is mostly dry (no alcohol), but your leader will usually buy a small
amount of booze for those who need it.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If you like a challenge and the hills, this trip is perfect for you. I am
quite a slow rider up and down so I just plod along and I love to stop and
look at the scenery which was amazing.

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Trip of a lifetime.

Summary:
An excellent trip, demanding climbs followed by exhilerating descents coupled
with stunning scenery all around.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Those long twisting descents just made you feel so alive.
The personal acheivement of getting to the top of the climbs.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Jon and Radu were just great, a super team.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go for this trip if you like a challenge. The climbs are long but not too
intense and the end rewards are many.
Worth every ounce of effort. The scenery is stunning and Morocco is just
fabulous.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
If you are thinking of this trip then go do it. The memories will last for
ever.

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Cycle Morocco’s Great South

Summary:
Beautiful and varied trip with stunning landscapes, villages, mountains, sea
and cities.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Climbing 1200 metres up to Immouzer and finding stunning views from the hotel
at the end.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader, John Hobson – with Radu, abling assisting, and sometimes
taking lead – was great. He was always polite, professional, enthusiastic,
organised, knowledgable and patient.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This trip is moderate to challenging, and the challenging parts can be quite
tough, so be prepared. The weather can change considerably from the cities
and valleys to the mountains, so you may need warm clothing as well as summer
clothing (and lots of sun cream). The hotels were all adequate, and some were
very good, but you’ll need your own shampoo and shower gel in most of them.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Be careful taking photos of locals. Many don’t like it and can become quite
aggressive (even if you only look like you’re taking them, but actually
aren’t, or if they just happen to be in a shot when you’re taking a picture
of a street or building). Speaking French is a bonus. It’s spoken more widely
and better than English.

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Great way to see Morocco

Summary:
We started out with a great leader in the person of Reese who though only 25
we soon learned had literally biked around the world once. Service was
great, two terrific van drivers, great snacks laid out at breaks and lunch
everyone with a folding stool before a table spread with good food. Throughly
enjoyed the group as the only American in a group of 14 from the UK, Denmark
and Canada. Though we were delayed and rerouted on day one by flash floods
and landslides our leader Reese adapted and soon had us back on course.
Fantastic scenery, rural villages, friendly people even when we didn’t speak
the same language. I’ve tried several bike tour companies over the past few
years but find Exodus beats them all.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Starting the ride one morning atop a cold mountain in a small village
surrounded by local women and children in an area where people make their
living like centuries back, herding sheep and goats, tending orchards…and
sharing some chocolate with the delighted ladies.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Reese, our leader, could not have been better, was seemingly everywhere,
circling back on the road on his bike checking on all of us, coordinating the
two vans, meals, hotels and full of knowledge.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Plan to dress in layers as days begin cold often but warm up a lot by mid
day. Bring a gel pad for you bike seat. Plan to have a great time.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I’m looking for my next Exodus trip

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Hard cycling – stunning landscapes!!

Summary:
Leaving the frozen cars at Stansted on Nov 5th it was a delight to arrive in
Marrakech where the sun shone and the temperature was a delicious 28
degrees!!!! Apart from one day in Marrakech (which is probably enough!) this
really was a full on cycling trip. We were either going up (for many miles)
or down (often cold). The snack stops and picnic lunches were warmly
welcomed and usually somewhere lovely. Every day the landscape was different
– I expected lots of scrubby desert so was pleasantly surprised. Essaouira
was particularly lovely – walk through the streets after dinner and enjoy the
local hustle and bustle.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Feeling like the tiniest speck cycling through the most enormous stunning
landscape.
Some of the most amazing picnic/snack spots ever!!!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our two cycling guides were enthusiastic and always happy to help with any
problems-cycle or otherwise.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do not underestimate the hills – they are big!!! And plentiful!!
Have warm clothes ready for the pass lunch stop and descent!
Take soap/shower gel.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
November was a lovely time to visit but prepare for some cold in the shade in
the early morning and up high.
You will eat lots of white bread and bread products!!!

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Morocco’s Great South

Summary:
This was the most exciting adventure which everyone enjoyed whether seriously
fit cyclists or more leisurely cruisers like myself. We experienced the
beauty & drama of the countryside with the everyday life of Morocco in towns
& villages. It was truly an exceptional experience, educational & fun.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The most moving sights and sounds of the villagers praying on top of the
hills on the day of Eid to celebrate the end of Ramadan. It was like the
Sermon on the Mount – quite surreal.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Said was the most perfect guide. He was so patient and kind, he seemed
pleased & proud to be able to answer all our questions about the history,
geography customs and culture of Morocco which enriched our experience. He
worked hard always with a smile. Hussein was a good calm driver and also very
kind. We were all sad to say goodbye.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The challenges are to be taken seriously or get back on the bus.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Sights sounds & smells to stir the soul!

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CYCLE MOROCCO’S GREAT SOUTH

Summary:
A well run, well paced trip. Cycling was excellent but there are few flat
roads in Morocco! Weather perfect. Accommodation is adequate but one cannot
expect more in remote parts of the country. Some places had character. Food
generally not great in accommodation but adequate.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling in the Atlas and Anti Atlas Mountains – scenery superb.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Radu was very good – enthusiastic, helpful, knowledgeable etc.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be aware there are few flat roads on this trip. On several days you climb 700
/ 900 / 1100m. Longest descent is 1400m, all in one section, which is superb
– if you like that sort of thing. Some sections of road have been washed out
so there are issues of poor surfaces and loose gravel but generally you are
warned in advance and with careful riding we had no problems. Roads are
generally very quiet.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This is a cycling trip so there is little time for sight-seeing. If you have
not been to Marrakesh before then an extra day there, including the services
of a tour guide for part of the day, would be worth it.

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Cycling in glorious landscapes in this amazing country…

Summary:
What a fabulous trip, exactly what I was looking for. Cycling in the
mountains and valley’s of Morocco to the coastal towns of Agadir and
Essaouira. A great way to see such a variety of landscapes and towns. Radu
our guide and our two drivers were superb, professional throughout and could
not have been more helpful. Just make sure you take enough warm clothes if
you go early February!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Achieving some of the climbs was a personal challenge. However the local
people throughout the country were beautiful and welcoming. Seemed so happy
to see these crazy people on bikes!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Radu was superb. Informative, professional, sociable and with a sense of
humour and such patience! He managed the whole group so well and we were all
looked after.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This trip was at the beginning of Feb and it was a lot colder than
aniticipated, even in the accommodation so do ensure you take enough warm
layers.

I would also suggest £100 is not enough for the week and £200 is a more
accurate figure.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I absolutely loved this trip and cannot recommend it highly enough.
Challenging cycling in stunning landscapes but achieveable due to breaks and
pacing. To finish cycling in Essaouira was the perfect end to this trip – a
beautiful coastal town.

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Long, gentle ups – and hair-raising downs

Summary:
Surprisingly diverse mountain landscapes and the two extremes of Morocco’s
coastal tourist spots (Agadir and Essaouira).

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Day 7 from Imouzzer towards Essaouira, with a dangerous descent behind us and
the road following a palm-fringed river amongst traditional villages.
Glorious.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Tug was an affable fellow, but unfortunately didn’t have much common language
with the local ‘guides’ who did all the driving, lunch preparation and
(through their company) the hotel bookings. It did seem a bit odd to have a
Brit in charge when the Moroccans were doing all the work.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
There are numerous long ascents, but these can easily be tackled by dropping
into a low gear and twiddling – none are insurmountable to the moderately
fit!

I don’t normally cycle with a helmet, but was glad I took mine, as some the
descents are pretty hairy – made more so by the frequent road works and
quantities of gravel on the roads.

As a vegetarian I endured some memorably awful meals, surviving on omelettes
(the last of which provided a memorable post-holiday bonus).

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Some of the group struggled to obtain hot water in their rooms – and frankly,
some of the hotels were basic, rather than ‘standard’. ‘No frills’ might be
the fairest description, although the new group hotel in Marrakech was great.

Insufficiently frequent doses of Berber Whisky, with or without sugar!

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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