- Pedal through an exotic landscape more accustomed to camels than cyclists
- Marrakech's D'jemâa el Fna, a marketplace brimming with snake charmers, soothsayers, herbalists and musicians
- Hike to a remote Berber village in the Atlas Mountains to see traditional life
- Twilight camel ride on Essaouira's beach
- Luxuriate at Heure Bleue Palais with spectacular ocean views
Unveiling the Magic of Marrakech, the High Atlas & Essaouira
Everything about this adventure is intriguing, exotic and exciting. In Morocco you'll savor tagines and sugary mint tea, and be mesmerized by Berber music. You'll haggle with local merchants in Marrakech. Hike to a rustic village accessible only by foot in the Atlas Mountains. Spin past sun-splashed olive groves to the sea. And yes, ride a camel in seaside Essaouira. Chances are that on other vacations you've beached, skied, swum, hiked, maybe you've even biked with us before. But come to Morocco and your non-camel vacations just won't compare.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsWhile our hotels are some of the finest in Morocco, they tend to be in fairly isolated areas, removed from the conveniences of a cosmopolitan city. That's actually part of their charm, but it also means that when things break, it may take some time to get repaired. Service standards can be a bit different here and you may encounter the occasional person unfamiliar with the concept of "service with a smile."
Biking in an Emerging WorldIn Morocco, traffic can be faster and more congested than what you may be used to. You may also find the "rules of the road" to be different, with vehicles focusing only on what's ahead of them and entering traffic too quickly or pedestrians rushing across the road. We've designed our routes throughout Morocco to avoid heavily trafficked areas whenever possible. However, it's important to be alert and cautious, especially in busier areas around villages and major intersections.
Our Moroccan team is there to help and guide you along the way. Rest assured, you'll soon get the hang of it!
Day 1 Pedal through an exotic landscape more accustomed to goats and donkeys than cyclists A local expert introduces us to the 16th-century hamlet of Tamesloht and its zaouia (holy site) Stroll through the rose gardens or dip in the pool at our mountain hideaway.
Day 2 In the High Atlas Mountains, hike to a village accessible only by foot and experience traditional life Share mint tea, fresh bread and olive oil with a welcoming Berber family Trek through the verdant Imlil Valley, surrounded by rugged peaks Enjoy a lively performance of singing, drumming and dancing before our feast of Moroccan specialties.
Day 3 The luxurious Heure Bleue Palais with spectacular ocean views Goats climbing trees? Look for them in the argan trees as you ride through an undulating terrain past sun-kissed olive groves toward the Atlantic Explore the narrow winding streets of Essaouira, an artsy whitewashed port town and World Heritage site.
Day 4 Camel ride through coastal dunes Spin to the sleepy surfing village of Moulay Bouzerqtoune, where dramatic hills tumble to the coast Wash away your cares in a traditional hammam Cinnamon, turmeric, cumin and anise dance on your tongue during a lavish Moroccan dinner.
Days 5-6 Explore Marrakech's bustling medina on a guided walk and discover the architectural wonders of Dar Si Said Palace on a private tour Leave the comfort of our very own kasbah to bike or hike in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Our Backroads Morocco trip was simply amazing, from start to finish. What a way to explore a new country with different customs and way of living! We were treated like royalty by our leaders, and all our needs were met or exceeded. I felt privileged to share a peek into the real culture of such a fascinating country.- Stillwater, MN
We experienced Morocco in a way that I am sure few people do. I am still amazed by the fact that we climbed a mountain and at the top had tea with a local family in their home. I could write for pages on the things that have left an impression on me - from seeing the local women carrying home loads of firewood or water on their backs to sipping mint tea and bargaining in carpet stores. This was not my first Backroads trip and it certainly won't be my last.- Falls Church, VA
This trip was in celebration of my 50th birthday. It was everything I hoped for and more - and I had very high expectations, so that is saying something! Backroads made travelling to an exotic country user-friendly and exciting. We felt that we were able to see and do things that we could never have organized on our own. It is clear that Backroads has done an exceptional job of cultivating local relationships so that they can offer unique and meaningful experiences to their guests.- New York, NY
Premiere & Casual Inns*
Domaine de la Roseraie
Ouirgane (2 nights) Tucked away in the Atlas Mountains, a welcoming retreat with rose gardens, citrus groves and horse stables. (pool, spa, tennis)
Heure Bleue Palais
Essaouira (2 nights) A traditional Moroccan riad, "built around a magnificent lantern-lit patio and courtyard garden planted with palm and banana trees," said Andrew Harper. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Marrakech (1 night) A converted hilltop fort - a haven of tranquility - with views over olive groves to the Atlas Mountains. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa, tennis)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
|8 - 9 guests $5,298 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $4,898 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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|Other||Tamesloht village and riad guided tour (1.5 hours)|
|Other||Essaouira guided walk (1 hour)|
|Other||Camel ride (1.5 hours)|
|Other||Guided palace tour (1 hour)|
To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 15% dirt and 85% paved).
* Includes a shuttle