Cycling holiday in Morocco
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 16.
Description of Cycling holiday in Morocco
Discover inland Morocco on a moderately-paced cycling holiday. This eight-day trip takes you on a loop from Marrakech into Morocco’s desert landscapes, passing through the Sahara’s Hamada desert, through oases and villages, and past kasbahs, ksours (castles) and palmeries.
For the first few days you’ll be cycling on the road to warm up, passing through the Draa Valley, reaching the Erg Chebbi sand dunes in the Sahara and discovering ‘The Valley of the 1000 Kasbahs.’ On the last day, you can experience exciting descent down the Tizi N’Fedrhate Pass in the Atlas Mountains. You’ll travel by both bike and minibus, in a group of no more than 16 cyclists. A support vehicle follows you on your adventure – all you need to bring is your own helmet.
As well as cycling, there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities. You can walk into the Todra Gorge, ride camels in the sand dunes, and spend the night in a desert camp before waking up to a glorious sunrise over the dunes. You’ll start and end the trip in Marrakech, a city densely packed with atmospheric sights – from the medina to the Djemma-el-Fna Square.
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1 Reviews of Cycling holiday in Morocco
Reviewed on 03 Apr 2019 by Richard Millett
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Cycling down the Atlas Mountain road, very exhilarating.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
This is more than a cycling holiday, it is a chance to see parts of Morocco not seen by most travellers.
You have to be realistic and not expect top accommodation and food.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Explore employed (or contracted) Moroccan staff to run and support the holiday.
There was limited opportunity to support local shops and restaurants, apart from those that we were guided to.
We made an effort to reduce plastic waste by clubbing together to buy large containers of mineral water.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
Planet and peopleCycling; low impact on the environment and good for the health! Furthermore we enjoy the thrill of mountain biking whilst keeping our impact to a minimum as most of our cycling is on existing paths rather than off road.
Staying in and travelling through small villages along our journey, we are able to buy pottery and village crafted goods to support those local communities. It is also an ideal way to meet the local people more readily. Being on bikes, we can be quite versatile and are able to visit places that are not as easily accessible by other means of transport and can explore the high passes of the Central High Atlas.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism.
At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
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