AT A GLANCE
|Dates||7 to 21 September 2014|
|Distance||2,000 Miles / 3,200 Kms|
Fly directly into Malaga and your bike or a hire bike will be waiting for you at our Parador and you will be in Africa within 24 hours – That’s express!”
After picking up your bike and a welcome dinner, the following morning we ride to the port for a ferry crossing to Africa and the Spanish enclave of Cueta. A night in this tiny state and we rise early to get through the border formalities as swiftly as possible as we have 200 miles to do to the Imperial City of Rabat. After an evening here we have two days to explore Marrakech, known as the ‘Red City’. This ancient city is the beating heart of Morocco and its marketplace never sleeps. A day free will allow you to lose yourself bartering in the bustling Medina. Our route then takes us out to the Atlantic coast and Essaouria with its bluer than blue fishing fleet and it walled sea defences lined with cannon. Once again we are staying within the walled Medina in another authentic Riad.
After time in three of the great cities of Morocco we are heading into the countryside and a night it a remote Riad which our Dutch hosts have made their home. The Atlas Mountains are our playground for the next few days with the awe inspiring Tiz n'Test Pass one of the highlights as it snakes its way over 2,000 metres skywards. More remote locations follow as we visit UNESCO listed AIt Ben Haddou, an ancient Ksar or citadal. If it looks familiar then it may be because it has featured in many films like The Living Dayights, The Mummy, Gladiator and Jesus of Nazareth. You have the option to ride the famous Dades and Todra Gorges one gravel and one tarmac, or up one and down the other!
We have two nights in the Imperial City of Fes in another Riad in the heart of the Medina. This iconic city with its windng streets and alleys is a maze. Packed with tanneries the faint smell pervades the centre of town. North from Fes we cross back into Cueta for our final night on Arica soil before the return ferry crossing to Spain and the last night of our trip back in our Pardor for the farewell dinner and to share our magical memories of this most captivating of countries.
Please Note:Throughout this tour we’ll be staying in beautiful authentic Moroccan riads, either in the heart of the Medinas of Marrakech, Rabat and Fes, or in remote locations in unspoilt traditional villages. We feel this is important to enjoy the real flavour of Morocco as opposed to staying in large chain hotels on the outskirts of town, even though they will have more convenient parking. The Riads can be challenging to find even with a GPS point and a map and it is ofter easiest to pay a local taxi/moped rider and follow them. The Riads in the Medinas cannot always be directly accessed by vehicles and so your bikes will need to be left in a parking area close by and we will pay a watchmen to stand guard over them at night. There are many willing baggage carriers in the towns who will take your luggage to the Riad for a few dirham.
This is a tarmac tour with some optional easy dirt / gravel roads. It is suitable for all competent riders as well as couples riding two up.
With Motorrad Tours you are very welcome to ride your own bike on tour or to use one of our bikes.
|Riding your own Motorcycle||F 700 GS or F 800 GT Hire Bike||R 1200 GS or R 1200 RT Hire Bike|
|Solo Rider in a Shared Room||£2,895||£3,895||£4,195|
|Solo Rider in a Single Room||£3,295||£4,295||£4,595|
|Rider and Passenger in a Shared Room||£3,795||£4,795||£5,095|
PLEASE NOTE: Morocco is a very friendly and safe country with a well established tourist industry. However you should be prepared for different standards in hygiene and behaviour in some places. Do not be put off - Our Managing Director has travelled through Morocco on many occasions without incident and it is a personal favourite of his, but you need to remember this is Africa, not Europe.