Central Atlas Mountains Biking Holiday in Morocco - Ride down mule paths on the Atlas Mountains

Central Atlas Mountains Biking Holiday in Morocco

Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Morocco   (Holiday ref: AH130141)
8 days, 860 Euro per person

Enjoy a very special mountain biking holiday in Morocco as you join us to explore the Central Atlas Mountains. You will encounter Berber villages, stunning scenery and so much more!

This is Mountain Biking Holiday in Morocco with a difference! Head up into the Central Atlas Mountains and discover a land of Berber villages, lakes, rivers, and scenic views beyond your wildest dreams!

On this mountain bike cycle tour, you will mostly be riding on jeep tracks, mule paths and on some fantastic single track. The cycle tour begins in the ancient walled city of Marrakech which has been a meeting place for traders for many the centuries. It is bustling place with water sellers, snake charmers and market stalls packed with bargains, very much like the movies, and it is wonderful to explore!

Once we get on the saddle, we cycle through remote Berber villages that cling to the steep sides of the High Atlas Mountains. We have the opportunity to explore Berber villages, encounter amazing scenery and wildlife and experience some of the best long mountain biking descents offered by this region. This biking holiday really does give you the chance to experience the ancient and fascinating culture of this country.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle through Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountain
  • Explore the Berber Valley traditions, culture & lifestyle

 

What's included:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Marrakech
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport by vehicle on parts of the trip when not riding
  • Assistance car
  • Bikes
  • Services of an English speaking, qualified local guide
  • Cook with kitchen and camping equipment
  • Accommodation during the trek – Guest house or camping

 

Enjoy a Mountain Biking Holiday in Morocco with excellent riding through some of the most incredible parts of North Africa imaginable! You will enjoy superb scenery, mountain biking adventures and traditional food and accommodation in the Central Atlas on this cycle holiday with a difference!

Dates and Prices

Central Atlas Mountains Biking Holiday in Morocco Dates

These cycling holidays in Morocco are available all year round and you can begin your holiday on any date you wish.

Central Atlas Mountains Biking Holiday in Morocco Prices

  • 860 Euro per person

Further discounts are available for group sizes over 4 people.

What’s included:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Marrakech
  • Airport transfers
  • Pick up and drop to Marrakech (transport)
  • Assistance car
  • Bikes
  • Services of an English speaking, qualified local guide
  • Cook
  • Accommodation during the trek – Guest house or camping
  • Kitchen and camping equipment

What’s not included:

  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips/Gratuities
  • Soft drinks (water, soda, wine, beer, etc…)

Location

Morocco is situated on the north west of Africa with the majestic Atlas Mountains running from south west to north east down the backbone of the country. Most of the south east of the country is generally sparsely populated and unproductive economically being as it is in the Sahara Desert. The areas located along the Mediterranean Sea, have a typical Mediterranean climate.

The terrain of Morocco varies between coastal plains, mountains, forests, and the Sahara Desert, which has sand dunes and rocky areas.

The capital of Morocco is the port city of Rabat, but its largest and most famous city is Casablanca. In addition to these two, other major cities in Morocco include Marrakech and Fes (Fez). Jbel Toubkal is the country’s highest point at 4165 meters above sea level.

Culture and Heritage

Moroccan culture is rich is history, arts and sciences. Throughout Morocco you will discover a wide choice of museums, including The Museum of Antiquities and The Ethnographic Museum in Tetouan. The Museum of Moroccan Art is a favourite place to visit, and this houses unique collections of glass objects, manuscripts, exquisite carpets, jewelry, pottery and ancient manuscripts.

For those enjoy live performance, Morocco has may wonderful theatres that present classic, translated and reworked productions of western classics like Shakespeare to modern productions of Moroccan plays, filled with tradition and folklore. Wonderful theatrical venues include the Alliance Franco-Marocaine Theater and the Teatro de Cervantes. Outdoor festivals are common with performances regularly held at the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival and the Amazigh Theater Festival in Casablanca.

Those that live for outdoor adventure will love exploring the wonderful national parks and reserves of Morocco, such as Souss Massa National Park and the Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve established through UNESCO.

Getting Here

For U.S. citizens and British and European citizens, passports are required for entry into Morocco, but a visa is not required for stays up to three months. Mohammed V International Airport (CMD) is the main international airport, located approximately 25 km (15 miles) from Casablanca. There are also about 60 regional airports throughout the country, including Marrakech Airport where we shall meet you.

Traveling to Morocco is also simple by ship with cruise lines offering itineraries with regular stops at Morocco’s main port in Casablanca.

Accommodation

Depending on the holiday you chose, you will be accommodated in hotels, gites, ryads (traditional Moroccan house or palaces), guest houses or a comfortable camp will be set up.

Please see the itinerary tab above for more information on the accommodation provided on this tour.

Other Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are you?
A: We are Houssain & Mohamed Braim. Originally from Imlil (a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains), we started out as muleteers with individuals and groups, but for many years now we have organized and lead many successful tours and treks in the Atlas Mountains and around the Kingdom of Morocco.

Q: What is the best time to travel to Morocco ?
A: We fell that the best time to visit Morocco is in the spring (March to May) when the country is lush and in bloom, or in autumn (September to November) after the intense heat of the summer. For winter enthusiasts we also offer the Toubkal winter trek.

Q: Is the food safe to eat during the trek?
A: We take food safety very seriously. For this reason, we we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept accommodation for our routes. If you chose a holiday in Morocco that includes camping accommodation, your cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic clean equipment and facilities are used.

Q: Do you have an airport pick up service?
A: Yes, our Airport Representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall, where he will be displaying a sign with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Hotel or Ryad (if applicable).

Q: Do you provide any equipment while trekking?
A: On our camping treks we provide all the tents. These are sometimes dome tents and sometimes sturdy A frame tents. Normally people share one tent between two; where they have a foam mattress each. Included in our camp set up are all cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves, candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent. All the main meals while trekking are included, but not snacks. When you stay overnight in local gite accommodation, you will not have to bring any equipment. If you spend the night in the Toubkal Refuge, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag (or rent one in Imlil).

Q: What is the weather like?
A: Morocco has wildly varied climate. From snow capped peaks to scorching desert dunes, you will find that there is always somewhere to go. Even in the depths of winter the sun tends to produce very pleasant warmth during the middle of the day but please note that there can be a great contrast between day and night temperatures.

Q: Who do you employ?
A: We employ trusted friendly local people whenever possible (muleteers, drivers, guides, guest house owners in the mountains, etc). This allows us to help support the local economy and spread the wealth from private home to local shopkeeper in the village and beyond.

Q: Can we change the itinerary?
A: Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide, however, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. On occasions, local weather conditions may require the trekking route to be altered to ensure the safety of all participants.

“My friends and I just returned back from an amazing 4 days trip to the Atlas Mountains on bike. The entire trip was organized perfectly and we are so happy we chose this professional team for our lifetime trip to Morocco. We will return again soon!”

 

“If you want to see great scenery with unspoilt countryside a trip out from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountain with a knowledgeable locally based guide (speaking good English) is strongly recommend. They offer 1 day to 7 days rides for all levels and have new full-suspension bikes. It was certainly one of the highlights of our holiday, passing through ancient villages and flower-covered fields on singletrack.”

 

“Starting on dirt tracks, our guide Omar took up and down some twisty, turny mountain tracks into breath taking scenery. This was a challenging ride but fun, and our bikes worked fine. The accommodation in a tiny mountain village was basic but comfy and friendly with a tasty lamb tagine for supper and as much bread and mint tea as we wanted. The next day saw a challenging ascent of Toubkal. We stopped for mint tea with a view before an exciting descent into Imlil and another tasty tagine. We then had the option of chilling out in Imlil which has a range of shops and places to eat, or another short ride. This was a great two days and the hosts were really friendly, helpful and clearly loving showing us around scenic parts of their home country. I would highly recommend them.”

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