This trip is currently not available. For a similar trip, see South Africa & Botswana Family Multisport.
A Mosaic of Wonders from Marrakech to the High Atlas & Essaouira
The stuff of fantasy. Goats in trees. Snake charmers in the medina. Sweet mint tea poured into tiny glasses from impossible heights. Names like Tamesloht and Amizmiz. You bargaining in the souk, riding a camel, lunching with Berbers in a remote village. The kids playing donkey polo, devouring dishes spiced with cinnamon, saffron and cumin. They're eating with their hands. You're eating with yours! It's not a dream. It's your family in Morocco.
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. Though part of their charm, 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.
Rest assured, our Moroccan team is there to help and guide you along the way.
Day 1 Pedal through an exotic landscape more accustomed to camels than cyclists Adults head to the small village of Tamesloht, home to a zaouia (holy site), while kids engage in a friendly game of donkey polo A biking route through rolling countryside leads to the Gorges d'Ouirgane.
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 Enjoy a lively performance of singing, drumming and dancing before dining on Moroccan specialties.
Day 3 Luxurious Heure Bleue Palais with spectacular ocean views Goats climbing trees? Look for them in the argan trees as you ride undulating terrain past sun-kissed olive groves toward the Atlantic With our local guide, explore the narrow winding streets of Essaouira, an artsy white-washed port town and World Heritage site.
Day 4 Camel ride on the beach at twilight 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 anis dance on your tongue during a lavish Moroccan dinner.
Days 5-6 Explore Marrakech's bustling medina on a guided walk Discover the architectural wonders of Dar Si Said Palace during a private tour Relax in our desert oasis or bike or hike in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
- Pedal through an exotic landscape more accustomed to camels than cyclists
- Marrakech's D'jemâa el Fna, a wonderland of snake charmers, soothsayers, herbalists and musicians
- Hike to a remote Berber village in the Atlas Mountains and get a peek at traditional life
- Twilight camel ride on Essaouira's beach
- Luxuriate at Heure Bleue Palais with spectacular ocean views
Premiere & Casual Inns
Domaine de la Roseraie (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 (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)
Jardin d’Inès (1 night): Surrounded by lush gardens and majestic views of the Atlas Mountains, each suite features a private terrace. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 9 years
- No Burleys or Piccolos available on this trip
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners, routes are difficult for pulling a Burley and therefore not appropriate for younger children, difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Guest Trip Reviews
I had a wonderful time discovering Morocco's diversity on foot and by bike. The raw beauty of the culture in the villages we hiked through and in the cities we visited was almost tangible because we were exposed to it in such an unconventional way. The warmth of the Moroccan people combined with the superior knowledge of our leaders and guides made for a phenomenal experience that I will always remember.- Richmond, VA
It was a wonderful adventure - the trip of a lifetime. The culture, the people and the scenery were amazing.- Atlanta, GA
We LOVE Backroads and got a kick out of sitting in the Land Rovers on this trip swapping stories of other trips taken by our new friends with Backroads. We have already found the other trips that we want to take and look forward to the connection with this fine company going forward, and heck yes - we will recommend you to all of our friends!!! It does take special folks to truly appreciate the amount of research you do to make the trips outstanding and the exceptionally high quality you offer. Consider yourselves hugged for making this one of the best spring breaks we have ever had!!! Cheers to all staff and a leader with an incredible vision!- Boulder, CO