Cycle from High Atlas to the Anti Atlas Mountain 9 Days

Code: CYCATLAS
9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS
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Tour Overview

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.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION From Airport or Your Hotel/Riad
DEPARTURE TIME At 9h AM from the Hotel/Riad
INCLUDED
Arrival & Departure Transfer ( Type of Transport )
Transport pick us from Marrakech and get us back to Marrakech. ( Type of Transport )
Transport support Vehicle 44 follow us all the trip. ( Type of Transport )
Assistance Transport Minivan to pick us some times from place to place ( for big group ) ( Type of Transport )
Accommodation at a Berber Houses + 2 Nights in Hotel in Marrakech
All Meals during this Trip & Mineral Water

Full suspensions Road Bike with Helmet ( Type of Bikes )

English French speaking guide / Local Guide
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Inssurance
Guide gratuity
Soft Drinks on request)

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Day 1: Marrakech Airport- transfer to the Hotel in Marrakech

we will meet you in the airport and transfer you to Accommodation in Marrakech about 30 minutes , in this arrival day no activities are planed, So we will have just dinner together and discuss the first days of our trip.

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Day 2: Transfer to Tadmamt cycle in the foothills of Mt Toubkal to Ijoukak :

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 Tigmmi n'Tmazrite and our hotel for the evening.

Auberge Tigmmi n'Tmazrite or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance covered: 16 km / 10 miles

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Day 3: Challenging climb followed by exhilarating descent from Tizi n'Test Pass (2100m) to Oulad Berhil, overnight in traditional Riad.

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.

Riad Hida or similar - Oulad Berhil

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance covered: 87 km / 54 miles

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Day 4: Cycle towards Tafraoute in Anti Atlas Mountains; optional transfer/ride to see the famous Blue Rocks :

We have a morning transfer into the Anti Atlas Mountains and the real southern Morocco,

Meals included : breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance covered: 60 km / 37 miles

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Day 5: Pass pink houses and kasbahs en route to Ait Baha Lake; transfer to Agadir:

We transfer to Tizi M'Lil and begin 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 exhilarating descent to Ait Baha Lake and then we transfer to the coastal resort of Agadir.

Hotel Oasis or similar – Agadir

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance covered: 70 km / 43 miles

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Day 6: Spectacular ride through the Paradise Valley climb to Imouzzer.

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.

Hotel des Cascades Ecolodge or similar – Imouzzer

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance covered: 45 km / 28 miles

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Day 7: Cycle through traditional villages and palmaris to Essouira.

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.

Riad al Madina or similar – Essaouira

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance covered: 60 km / 37 miles

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Day 8: Free morning in Essaouira; transfer to Marrakech; free time.

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

Meals included : breakfast

Mogador Opera Hotel or similar – Marrakech

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 9: End Marrakech

The trip ends after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight home. Explore Marrakech if you have time before your flight. The best places to get a view over the square are the La Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier or Cafe de France. You have to buy a drink, but at MAD 20 it's worth it for a great view. Majorelle Gardens, or Le Jardin Secret make a great escape from the bustling city, and offer a chance to discover its gardens and buildings, which are outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture. A top tip for great food would be the Moroccan roast lamb, found at Chez Lamine just off the Djemaa el Fna square. Made famous by Jamie Oliver's visit, it remains the best place to try this speciality. Go between 12noon and 3pm or you'll miss it. If you're craving a cold beer or a glass of wine, make your way to La Salama, again just off the Djemaa el Fna square. You can enjoy the beautiful interior and lively atmosphere. Taxis can be found easily around the Djemaa el Fna square, to take you back to your hotel in the new city. Meals included: Breakfast

Riding distance: None

Meal included: breakfast

Highlights

  • Ride in high Atlas Mountains
  • Conquer challenging climbs and exciting descents
  • Pedal through remote villages and the rugged Atlas Mountains of Morocco
  • Ride through many berber villages in Toubkal National Park.
  • Explore berber villages in Toubkal Nation Park.
  • Challenging climb the pass of Tizi N tast in Day 2

Tour Price

  • Group 2 people : 900€/person
  • Group 3 people :880€/person
  • Group 4 - 7 people :960€/person
  • Group 8 - 12 people : 960€/person

What to Take

  • We recommend packing the following items:
  • Normal daily clothes
  • Padded cycling shorts and gloves
  • Breathable top or cycling jersey
  • Sunglasses/eye protection
  • Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling
  • Waterproofs and long cycling trousers
  • For the earlier departures you may need some warmer layers
  • Sun cream