Take part in a thrilling adventure in the mystical lands of Morocco.

This heart-thumping journey will have you mountain biking down the slopes of the Atlas Mountains and horse riding on the white sandy beaches of Essaouira. Experience the hospitality of the local Berber people with a friendly homestay in Aroumd, get lost in the colourful souqs of Marrakech and rest your weary bones in a traditional hammam. If you like your air to be fresh, your days to be active and your adventures, well, full of adventure, then this is the trip for you.


Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Country
Morocco
Style
Original
Code
XMXA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Discover the vibrant city of Marrakech from a different perspective, bike through the main sites and enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice at the end of your trip

  • Join the nightly carnival of fortune-tellers, dancers and medicine men in Jemaa el-Fna square

  • Scale the High Atlas Mountains and trek through scenic Berber villages, spending a night in a traditional Berber homestay. Discover the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time

  • Gallop on horseback through the sandy beaches and mimosa forests of Morocco's coastline

  • Ride a mountain bike down the slopes of the Atlas mountains on a fully supported trip

  • Relax in a traditional Moroccan Hammam; enjoy a well-deserved massage at the end of your activity-packed week

Is this trip right for you?

  • In 2018, Ramadan will take place from 15 May to 14 June. This is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the world. Many festivals are marked as Islamic Holidays, which may cause some disturbance to your travels around this time. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully.

  • As Morocco has a tipping culture, travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your leader will suggest methods and amounts to tip during the trip, but it is left to the group to decide the details.

  • This is an active trip packed with activities such as cycling, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking. To fully enjoy it, you'll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the water-based experiences, you'll need to be a confident swimmer.

  • The trip involves some early starts and long days due to the itinerary being packed with lots of exciting activities.

  • The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the heat, so please consider what time of year you travel carefully. If you do travel in the warmer months then pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water. The desert can also get cold at night, so remember to bring base layers and warm clothing.

  • On Day 3 you will have a chance to discover the coast of Morocco on a horse back. While horses are great animals, we understand not everyone feels confident on their back. Please make sure you will make your Tour Leader aware of any issues before the start of this activity.

  • Day 2 & 4 will be based on cycling activities. To fully enjoy it, you must be a confident cyclist.

  • Day 5 will take you in the hearth of Atlas Mountains. It’s a long day in remote area, but certainly well worth it. Please expect some ups and down while trekking in the mountains!

Itinerary

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Meet your group in the afternoon and later get to know each other during a trip to Marrakech's main square, where you'll find stalls packed with traditional Moroccan delicacies such as snail soup! Stroll through the market to find exotic snake charmers, henna painters and street performers. Your group will enjoy an introductory dinner before returning to the hotel to rest for your big second day.

Note: We recommend flying in a day or two early to further explore Marrakech. Please let us know in advance if you'd like help booking any extra accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Fuel up with a big breakfast before heading out to explore the city by bike. Take part in a leisurely two and a half hour ride across the city, where you'll pedal past historical sites such as the King's Palace, Medina Market and the Koutubia Mosque. You will have a free afternoon to discover the everyday life of the local Marrakech people, either by shopping around the Medina or heading out on a food tasting tour.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - City bike tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Take a scenic drive up to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, which form part of the Berber territories of the Ourika Valley. Here our experienced guides will prepare you for a thrilling downhill mountain bike ride. Depending on your experience, you will have a choice between faster downhill roads or easier beginners trails. Rest up with a classic Moroccan lunch of salads, tangines and freshly baked bread. In the evening, enjoy the hospitality of a local Berber family with an overnight stay in Aroumd.
Accommodation
  • Gite (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aroumd - Mountain bike ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Remember to pack your walking shoes - after breakfast you'll be trekking from 2684 metres above sea level over the Atlas Mountains. Once you and your group decide on a trail, you'll then travel through the mountains together. In the afternoon, descend into the valley to a charming white-washed spot by the Atlantic - the quaint fishing town of Essaouira, where you'll spend the evening exploring as you please.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
In the morning, saddle up for a horseback ride across Essaouira's white sandy beaches. Enjoy bit more of a free time in the afternoon before returning to Marrakech in the early afternoon.
Included Activities
  • Essaouira - Horse riding
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After a big week, recharge your batteries at a traditional Hammam- a steam room loosely translated as “spreader of warmth”. Moroccans would visit a Hammam at least once a week for a ritual based body treatment that involves steaming, scrubbing and massaging the skin until it glows. In the afternoon, visit your favourite places in Marrakech, be it Djemaa el-Fna, Bahia palace or Majorelle Gardens. Re-group for an optional farewell dinner in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Spa session
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Sadly all good things come to an end. Your Moroccan adventure finishes after breakfast today. We suggest taking the time to savour the fascinating sights of Marrakech before you leave.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Horse, Walking, Bike

Accommodation

Gite (1 night), Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Marrakech - City bike tour
  • Aroumd - Mountain bike ride
  • Essaouira - Horse riding
  • Marrakech - Spa session

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip with the exception of night in Aroumd.

COMMISSION
The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry. In an effort to best control and monitor shopping and activities with an aim for the best experience possible, Intrepid has established a system of carefully selected shopping experiences and activities based on positive feedbacks from our previous travellers. On occasion these will be as part of included walking tours or outside of included activities in free time. Please note that if you feel that you do not wish to join in on these shopping experiences we assure you there is no obligation and if you indicate your desire to not partake your group leader will help to facilitate a suitable alternative during this time.
Intrepid have set up a centralised system of receiving payments from these recommended suppliers, of which are then distributed towards local Responsible Travel projects (such as 'say no to plastic' cotton bags for our travellers and drinking water refilling stations), traveller information packs, and leader bonuses. Further details of these arrangements can be provided by your group leader on request.
While Intrepid endeavors to ensure that these suppliers and services maintain reasonable levels of quality, please note recommended suppliers are chosen based on past travellers feedback and experiences and Intrepid cannot explicitly guarantee the quality of the product. A priority in establishing this fund is that the experience of you our traveller is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.

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Reviews

Our Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride trips score an average of 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Active Morocco, October 2017

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Active Morocco, April 2017

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