Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride

Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride

From $ 1,270 AUD

Description

This heart-thumping journey will have you mountain biking down the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains and horse riding on the white sandy beaches of Essaouira. Experience the hospitality of the Berber people with a 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 fresh, your days active and your adventures intrepid, then this Moroccan adventure is the trip for you.

Trip Name
Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride
Last Updated
2019-11-13
Days
7
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Discover the vibrant city of Marrakech from a different perspective during a bike tour through the main sites, finishing with a glass of (in our humble opinion) the best freshly squeezed orange juice in Djemaa el-Fna
  • Gallop over sandy beaches and through mimosa forests on a horseback ride on the Moroccan coast
  • Make a thrilling descent down the slopes of the Atlas Mountains by mountain bike
  • Scale the High Atlas Mountains and trek through scenic villages perched on natural rock terraces, then spend the night in a traditional Berber homestay. Learn about the culture and traditions of the people who have called this rugged landscape home for over 4000 years
  • Steam, scrub and relax in a Marrakech hamman – the perfect way to unwind after an active and action-packed week

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and may be on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Marrakech
Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Marrakech, a feast for the senses. Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6 pm – check with hotel reception to confirm the time. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. Dive right in to the spirit of the city (and get to know your fellow travellers) during an evening trip to Djemaa el-Fna, where you'll find vendors peddling traditional delicacies like snail soup. Stroll through the market to find henna painters and street performers among the swirls of smoke rising from food stalls. Enjoy an introductory dinner before returning to the hotel to get some rest in anticipation of tomorrow's bike ride.
Day 2 - Cycling in Marrakech
Fuel up with a big breakfast before heading out to explore the city on two-wheels. Spend two and a half hours cycling across the city, pedalling past historical sites such as the orange walls of the King's Palace, the haggling masses of the Medina Market and the city's largest mosque – Koutubia. Then enjoy a free afternoon to explore at your own pace. Maybe head back to the Medina Market to find some souvenirs. Hooked on the flavours of Morocco already and want to get an authentic slice of local life? Perhaps book in for a Home Cooked Marrakech tour from Urban Adventures for an evening of Moroccan hospitality. Find out more at urbanadventures.com/destination/Marrakech-tours
Day 3 - Mountain Biking in Atlas Mountains
Take a scenic drive up to the snow-capped High 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. Enjoy an exhilirating ride through picturesque foothills, taking in views of gentle slopes and roughened peaks. Disembark and travel by support vehicle to the small village of Imlil, where you can rest up with a classic Moroccan lunch of salads, tajines and freshly baked bread. Following lunch, walk to Aroumd (about one hour) and enjoy the hospitality of a local Berber family during an overnight stay. While they have been called Berbers by outsiders for over 700 years, the word they use to describe them selves, Imazighen, means 'free people' in their native tongue of Tamazight. 
Day 4 - Trekking in Aroumd / Essaouira
Lace up after breakfast and hit the mountains. Your leader will pick a trail based on the general ability level of the group and then it's time to tackle the High Atlas range on foot. Spend the morning navigating the boulders and crags, descending into a valley in the afternoon and emerging into the charming white-washed town of Essaouira. Enjoy a free afternoon in this laid-back fishing town, perhaps strolling along the coast and taking in views of the sand-coloured ramparts and city walls. There's a flourishing contemporary art scene, as well as plenty of traditional craftspeople selling their wares in the souqs, making it the perfect place to shop for gifts or souvenirs. For food, perhaps head for Rue Touahen, an emerging alternative hub full of quirky eateries and funky cafes.
Day 5 - Horse riding in Essaouira / Marrakech
In the morning, saddle up for a horseback ride across Essaouira's white sandy beaches. This activity is fit for all levels – even if you are a beginner, you will be given all necessary instructions and guidance to enjoy the ride. Loop your way back to the ranch through mimosa forests and sandy dunes of so called Morocco’s windy city. This activity will certainly work up your appetite so afterwards hit the markets for a fresh-caught seafood lunch. Enjoy bit more of a free time in the afternoon before returning to Marrakech.
Day 6 - Marrakech
After a big week, recharge your batteries at a traditional hammam – a steam room loosely translated as “spreader of warmth”. Bathing in Morocco is frequently a social affair, and locals might visit a hammam once a week for a ritual based body treatment that involves steaming, scrubbing and massaging the skin until it glows, along with a side of gossip and conversation. 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.
Day 7 - Marrakech
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.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
21-03-202027-03-2020AUD $ 1,295-
11-04-202017-04-2020AUD $ 1,270-
23-05-202029-05-2020AUD $ 1,270-
13-06-202019-06-2020AUD $ 1,270-
22-08-202028-08-2020AUD $ 1,270-
05-09-202011-09-2020AUD $ 1,270-
19-09-202025-09-2020AUD $ 1,270-
03-10-202009-10-2020AUD $ 1,270-
31-10-202006-11-2020AUD $ 1,270-
20-03-202126-03-2021AUD $ 1,270-
10-04-202116-04-2021AUD $ 1,270-
22-05-202128-05-2021AUD $ 1,270-
12-06-202118-06-2021AUD $ 1,270-
21-08-202127-08-2021AUD $ 1,270-
04-09-202110-09-2021AUD $ 1,270-
18-09-202124-09-2021AUD $ 1,270-
02-10-202108-10-2021AUD $ 1,270-
30-10-202105-11-2021AUD $ 1,270-

Accommodation

Gite (1 night),Hotel (5 nights)

Transport

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

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