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Cycle Morocco's Great South - Exodus Travels
Cycle Morocco's Great South - Exodus Travels
Excellent
35 reviews
Starts
Marrakesh
+9 Destinations
Central Morocco
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • Descend into the beautiful views of Asni Valley
  • Walk through colorful bazaars
  • Taste traditional dishes
  • Seize the amazing landscape of Morocco
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Bicycle
Start in Marrakesh and end in London! With the bicycle tour Cycle Morocco's Great South, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Marrakesh, Morocco and 9 other destinations. Cycle Morocco's Great South is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

35 Reviews

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  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 1
    Written on November 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was my first ever group trip so i was nervous about almost every aspect of the whole event. Would anyone speak to me?, would I be the worse cyclist?, would the meal times be awkard?, would the accommodation live up to expectations? There was no need to worry!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?When on a 22Klm climb a few inspirational moments pass by. Was it the fox, the views, the hairpin bends, the quiet? Probably all of them and many more. But mainly it was simply being there and doing it.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was Andy. His passion for the location and his love of cycling helped to make him a great leader. He also was always ready to go that extra step to ensure that we all had plenty to do and nothing to worry about. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There is plenty of advice about bringing torches, ear bungs, currency etc to be found on the site. However, none of this is of any use unless you actually GO. So the advice would simply be, if you're an OK cyclist, have a taste for a little adventure; just book it.Is there anything else you would like to add?There is a romantic appeal about Morocco that must come from old movies and story books. Much of this comes from the the city of Marrakech. However, all the locations we stopped at had their own charm, and all were worthy of a little more time there. My particular favourite was Essaouira - even though the ice-cream parlour had sold out.

  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 2
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A very enjoyable and challenging cycling trip with inspiring and varying landscapes and terrainWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling through almost traffic free roads with great views of the snow capped peaks of High Atlas mountains on the horizonWhat did you think of your group leader?Alejandro was an excellent leader Well organised, very friendly, knowledgeable and good humored. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you are fit enough otherwise you may find some of the climbs challenging, some might like to bring your own saddle or spd pedals . Don't use your rear brake when cornering on a sandy surface :-)Is there anything else you would like to add?If you are keen and fit cyclist want to ride with a nice group along quiet roads with some challenging climbs but equally exhilarating descents and wish to see some of the fantastic landscapes in Morocco, then you will certainly enjoy this trip

  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 3
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip taking in some fantastic and ever changing scenery along largely very quiet roads. Not only do you get to experience the hustle and bustle of Marrakech's bazaars but you get to cycle the through towns and villages that few tourists ever see. A great leader and a great group. Jim (Exodus Sales Manager)

  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 4
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A very enjoyable and challenging cycling trip with inspiring and varying landscapes and terrainWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling through almost traffic free roads with great views of the snow capped peaks of High Atlas mountains on the horizonWhat did you think of your group leader?Alejandro was an excellent leader Well organised, very friendly, knowledgeable and good humored. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you are fit enough otherwise you may find some of the climbs challenging, some might like to bring your own saddle or spd pedals . Don't use your rear brake when cornering on a sandy surface :-)Is there anything else you would like to add?If you are keen and fit cyclist want to ride with a nice group along quiet roads with some challenging climbs but equally exhilarating descents and wish to see some of the fantastic landscapes in Morocco, then you will certainly enjoy this trip

  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 5
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip taking in some fantastic and ever changing scenery along largely very quiet roads. Not only do you get to experience the hustle and bustle of Marrakech's bazaars but you get to cycle the through towns and villages that few tourists ever see. A great leader and a great group. Jim (Exodus Sales Manager)What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?RidingWhat did you think of your group leader?A great leaderDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it!Is there anything else you would like to add?Nope!

  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 6
    Written on March 1, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Well thought out cycing with plenty of varietyWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The downhills ,the tree goats and the buzz of MarrakeshWhat did you think of your group leader?hard working and enthusiasticDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Book a couple of days in a Riad in Marrakesh at the endIs there anything else you would like to add?Would benfit ideally from a local guide. the gudes were from Argentina and Romania so did not get the local input of Morroco.Myself and 3 others had a viral infection which appeared to me, to be the Nora Virus.The tour leader also had it and was the first to get it. What if any policies do you have to deal with an infectious viral outbreak on a cycle holiday?My concerns were that the lunch provided included communal peanuts without hand wipes provided beforehand.Maybe this would not have made a difference but at least should have been thought about.As part of a larger tour group Exodus should have access to up to date information about dealing with an outbreak of Nora Virus or similar and hopefully this knowledge has been dissipated throughout the group.The holiday was a success depite illness but certainly if it can be avoided steps which can be done should be in place to avoid spred of viral illnesses.

  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 7
    Written on March 1, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Well thought out cycing with plenty of varietyWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The downhills ,the tree goats and the buzz of MarrakeshWhat did you think of your group leader?hard working and enthusiasticDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Book a couple of days in a Riad in Marrakesh at the endIs there anything else you would like to add?Would benfit ideally from a local guide. the gudes were from Argentina and Romania so did not get the local input of Morroco.Myself and 3 others had a viral infection which appeared to me, to be the Nora Virus.The tour leader also had it and was the first to get it. What if any policies do you have to deal with an infectious viral outbreak on a cycle holiday?My concerns were that the lunch provided included communal peanuts without hand wipes provided beforehand.Maybe this would not have made a difference but at least should have been thought about.As part of a larger tour group Exodus should have access to up to date information about dealing with an outbreak of Nora Virus or similar and hopefully this knowledge has been dissipated throughout the group.The holiday was a success depite illness but certainly if it can be avoided steps which can be done should be in place to avoid spred of viral illnesses.

  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 8
    Written on February 25, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic trip! The guides were excellent, a great bunch of people, food was great and the route was well chosen for fantastic views and a good mix of terrain. I would definitely go on another Exodus cycling tripWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views of southern Morocco were breathtakingWhat did you think of your group leader?excellent. The leader was well informed, knew the route, told us exactly what to expect at each stage and even took some extra time to share some bike maintenance tips for my own bike

  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 9
    Written on February 25, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic trip! The guides were excellent, a great bunch of people, food was great and the route was well chosen for fantastic views and a good mix of terrain. I would definitely go on another Exodus cycling tripWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views of southern Morocco were breathtakingWhat did you think of your group leader?excellent. The leader was well informed, knew the route, told us exactly what to expect at each stage and even took some extra time to share some bike maintenance tips for my own bike

  • Cycle Morocco's Great South reviewer 10
    Written on November 6, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Amazing trip, great group, excellent guides & brilliant cycling.  Loved Morocco and would definitely recommend to others.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Has to be Tizi N' Test, or more specifically, getting to the top of it and the awesome descent on the other side, but also just the scenery in general, and goats in trees!What did you think of your group leader?Richie was totally brilliant, organised everything with military precision without being too bossy, had all the cycling knowledge you could possibly imagine and was always encouraging to the whole group, not just the strongest cyclists. In addition went way above and beyond to make the trip as smooth and hassle-free as possible, and very creative(:~O) in helping to procure alcohol for those who like a nice beer after a hard day's cycling.  Not an easy task in Morocco!Special mention also for the backup drivers, Said and Hassan, who were extremely helpful at all times, and Idir, the local guide who did part of the trip with us. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?1. Bring a torch.2. Get fit and/or get some good cycling practice on hills - it is a supported trip but the descents are so much more enjoyable if you've done the corresponding ascents.3. Be prepared for a lack of alcohol in places.4. Learn French! - Brush up on your GCSE French or at least learn a few words.  Not completely essential but again you get more out of the trip that way. Is there anything else you would like to add?Agree with the other comments that the free day at the end should be in Essaouira - Marrakech was totally not worth spending time in and could just be an optional add-on for those who really want to see it.  That and some long transfers between cycling are the only things stopping this review having 5 stars.

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  1. Day 1: Start Marrakech.
  2. Day 2: Transfer to Tadmamt; cycle in the foothills of Mt Toubkal to Ijoukak.
  3. Day 3: Challenging climb followed by exhilarating descent from Tizi n'Test Pass (2100m) to Oulad Berhil; overnight in traditional riad.
  4. Day 4: Cycle towards Tafraoute in Anti Atlas Mountains; optional transfer/ride to see the famous Blue Rocks.
  5. Day 5: Pass pink houses and kasbahs en route to Ait Baha Lake; transfer to Agadir.
  6. Day 6: Spectacular ride through the Paradise Valley; climb to Imouzzer.
  7. Day 7: Cycle through traditional villages and palmaris to Essouira. 
  8. Day 8: Free morning in Essaouira; transfer to Marrakech; free time.
  9. Day 9: End Marrakech.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 3,023 km.
    • Marrakesh (Morocco)
    • 97 km
    • Tadmamt (Morocco)
    • 33 km
    • Jebel Toubkal (Morocco)
    • 71 km
    • Oulad Berhil (Morocco)
    • 61 km
    • Irherm (Morocco)
    • 64 km
    • Tafraoute (Morocco)
    • 100 km
    • Agadir (Morocco)
    • 29 km
    • Imouzzer (Morocco)
    • 97 km
    • Essaouira (Morocco)
    • 168 km
    • Marrakesh (Morocco)
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