Morocco cycling vacation
A chance to explore Morocco’s incredible south right to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this is a fully-supported and very well-paced vacation of cycling, culture and glorious countryside
Marrakech Mount Toubkal Tizi ‘n’ Test Pass Oulad Berhil Atlas Mountains Anti Atlas Mountains Stay in a converted palace Argan Country Irherm Tafraoute Ait Baha Lake Agadir Imouzzar Essaouira
Description of Morocco cycling vacation
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
At the end of the trip, reward your body with a scrub and soak at a traditional hammam.
Small group tour. 4-16 adults (min. age 16) with a tour leader.
Moderate/challenging – average of 42 miles daily.
7 nights hotel (3*), 1 night traditional Moroccan Riad.
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Accommodation, all transport and listed activities, tour leader, flights and transfers (if booked).
All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
As a cycling vacation, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. Use of the bikes allows us to cover fairly large distances, while offering very little adverse impact, like pollution and threat to wildlife. Cycling also allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. By hiring our bikes locally, we also give our business to Moroccan suppliers, which is beneficial for the community. Through this activity, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with people for financial gain.
Campaigning for Change:
In conjunction with Baraka Community Partnerships, we have sponsored the development of a small village called Tijhza for many years with a variety of projects. These include supplying a pipeline system and water tower to the village and a toilet block for the school. Thanks to our volunteer groups, Tijhza now also has electricity and an annual medical clinic, which has had a hugely positive effect on the welfare of the village. More recently, we have achieved our aim of building a Hammam to alleviate some of the hygiene issues in the area and to provide a sustainable source income for many inhabitants. Unfortunately, devastating storms struck in November 2014, leaving much of the village severely damaged. We were able to raise emergency funding to provide supplies and to re-build many of the homes affected. Although we do not visit on this trip, clients are able to donate items through their leader.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
Our local operators generally prefer to select accommodation which is locally owned in order to support smaller businesses and their employees. Having local staff also ensures that most income generated is reinvested into the area and the community. We stay in a mixture of hotels and small privately owned riads throughout the trip. A riad is a large house or palace with an interior courtyard decorated in a traditional Moroccan style. Where meals are supplied, seasonal, fresh food is used wherever possible. Most vegetables come from the region of Sous; meat is locally supplied by butchers and fruits can be found at markets or, in one case, from the gardens of the riad. The main Moroccan dishes most people are familiar with are couscous, meat and vegetable tagines, fish chermoula and bocadillos, which are available from street stalls almost everywhere.
Local Craft and Culture:
By passing through both small villages and large cities, we encounter several opportunities to engage with local culture by meeting residents and seeing them go about their day to day lives. Another cultural highlight is Marrakech, where we can see the medina, the Bahia Palace, the C16th Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia Mosque. Clients are encouraged to haggle for souvenirs, take a ride in a traditional Caliche, or to visit the world renowned Marjorelle gardens. In the evening, the Djemma el Fna central square comes alive with musicians, snake charmers, traveling acrobats and food stalls. This is the perfect opportunity to interact with local people, purchase locally produced handicrafts and to support small street vendors by trying authentic food.
Passing through Berber villages up in the High Atlas Mountains, hiring local guides, staying in local gites and using markets has a positive impact on the local economy. Many of our clients leave things behind at villages we pass as, due to their remote and mountainous location, there is little access to many of the things we take for granted. On our journey there are also optional opportunities to visit female Argan Oil Co-operatives, which provide women from rural communities with an avenue of income, fair wages and good working conditions, along with educational classes in some cases. These are wonderful initiatives to stop at and purchase souvenirs if clients are interested.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.