LEVEL 2 – 3
Ride a colourful tour from Marrakesh into the High Atlas Mountains. Climb the Tizi n’Tichka pass, enjoy lunch with a view of UNESCO world heritage site Ait Benhaddou, ride across the Agafay desert, camp in the heart of the Atlas mountains.
This tour offers an authentic experience for guests open to discovering the unique blend of Arab, Berber & European cultures that shape the heart of Morocco. Enjoy humbling hospitality from your guides, taste delicious Moroccan food of slow-cooked tagines, fresh juices & bottomless pots of tea.
Ride in places that you never thought you could. Morocco is so much more that the hectic Medina in Marrakesh & so different from the stereotypes. Get off the beaten tourist track into rural Morocco & get ready for the ride of a lifetime!
See our 2021 itinerary below – our 2022 itinerary includes some updates to the routes & will be published in the next couple of weeks!
Arrival in Marrakesh
Bike set up & optional walking tour of the city
Welcome meal in Marrakesh
Ait Ourir to Telouet, 107 km, 2,700 m
Highlights: Meet farmers & shepherds in Tassourte, mint tea in the Zat valley, climb the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, visit the Kasbah du Pacha in Telouet.
Telouet to Boutazoulte via Ait Benhaddou, 88 km, 1,030 m
Highlights: Ride the old Spice Caravan road to the Onila valley. Lunch at the UNESCO world heritage site, Ait Benhaddou. Night camping under the stars.
Boutazoult to Azgrouz via the Amsouzart valley, 88 km, 1,600 m
Highlights: Discover the volcanic Anti-Atlas (Low Atlas) region. Stay with a local family in the valley.
Azgrouz – Ijoukak – Imlil, 107 km, 2,500 m
Highlights: Ride the Ijoukak valley into the heart of the High Atlas, take an old caravan route to Imlil.
Imlil to Marrakesh, 110 km, 1,400 m
Highlights: Gravel roads across the Agafay desert, Lalla Takerkoust, arrival back to Marrakesh!
Departure transfers to Marrakesh Menara Airport
This is a mind-blowing tour across challenging terrain. Experience of gravel riding ahead of the tour is essential. Our guides & support team are flexible & can offer alternatives each day to make sure everyone is have a fantastic time discovering Morocco. Much of the itinerary is spent at over 1,000 m altitude, making some of the distances even more challenging – but do not worry – your support team will take care of you and help you to achieve your personal goals for the day. This tour mixes road & gravel routes & the overall terrain is best suited to gravel bikes.
The tour is fully supported by our team of local guides and support vehicles.
Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime.
Prepare your taste buds for a truly Moroccan experience! Moroccan food is known for is slow cooked tagines, couscous, grilled meats and fresh vegetables. We’ll travel with our own chef and enjoy a varied menu of Moroccan delights designed with cycling in mind.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast prepared by your guides. Taste a variety of Moroccan breads, served with olive oil & homemade jams. Eggs are served every morning, as well as a delicious oat based soup (much like porridge & perfect fuel for a long day in the saddle). The star of the breakfast show is the fresh juices, prepared with seasonal fruits every morning. Whilst we’ll stay in different guesthouses our chef will make sure breakfast is delicious & nutritious every day.
Lunches are enjoyed at scenic locations along the route and again, are prepared by our guiding team. Tea is a staple of any Moroccan diet and we’ll taste different types of tea with fresh herbs.
Be aware that it is not possible to order alcohol in many of our guesthouses – guests are invited to embrace the experience & switch a post-ride beer for Berber whisky (tea, of course!) This is a unique opportunity to cleanse the body & soul with a week of fresh, delicious food, lots of kms & zero toxins.
Our Moroccan guiding team really know how to take hospitality to the next level & their goal is to make sure that everyone has the best possible time discovering Morocco.
Stay in a mixture of local guesthouses, Riads & enjoy one very special night camping in the High Atlas mountains. Our chosen accommodations offer simple but comfortable rooms decorated in traditional style. All of our accommodations have fabulous hosts as well as air conditioning.
This tour is suitable for gravel bikes. The terrain is over a good mix of road & gravel and will best suit bikes with a good range of gears & 40 c tyres. The tour features some technical sections as well as fast road sections.
We recommend travelling with your own bike – remember to treat your bike to a full service ahead of the tour.
Bike rental is not currently available for this tour but this is expected to change during 2022 – ask us for the latest information when you book.
Arrival: Fly in to Marrakesh Menara Airport in time to meet at 12 noon on Day 1 of the tour.
Departure: On the last day a group transfer will depart from Marrakesh city centre to arrive at the airport at 10:00, suitable for flights out after 12 noon.
We can arrange alternative transfers to best suit your flight times & travel plans on request. Ask us about adding additional nights in Marrakesh if you’d like to spend some more time in the city.
Cycling: 6 days, fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 6 nights, guesthouses, Riads & camping!
Food: Breakfast, picnic lunches, evening meals
Gravel Bike Hire: Available on request
Transfers: Return group transfers to Marrakesh Menara Airport
Walking tour of Marrakesh: Included
Groups of 8 or more riders: can make this tour private & enjoy the same pricing.
Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.
Eat Sleep Cycle S.L. is a registered Spanish Travel Agency, registration number ESB55305734. This includes financial coverage for losses in case of insolvency by Seguros Catalana Occidente, Policy Number: 8-6.673.112-A & Civil Liability insurance by AXA Seguros, Policy Number: 81701012.
Eat Sleep Cycle are so good at what they do... Hands-down best cycle tour operator in Europe. They handled our group of 45 with ease. Everyone including the mechanics at the hub, the guides that took us on fantastic group rides and the guys that run the show, are simply excellent. And an extra special thank you to Lee, Silvia and Brian for making our trip so memorable.William Jed Harrison
The enthousiasm of Louise, Lee and Brian is so highly addictive, it makes me regret I was able to spend only 2 days cycling with them. They take care of everything and show you around like a good friend would. Impossible not to love this small business!Charlotte Meerscchaut
I just finished a bespoke trip with the crew from ESC. It was the most amazing cycling I've ever done in my life. The trip with worth every penny. Everything from the routes, support, and hotels were planned with such thought and care. Looking forward to many more trips with ESC!Jennifer Oh
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