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UK to Morocco



It’s not everyday you ride your bike to Africa…

At a Glance

Duration: 19 Days

Riding Level: I – (see FAQ’s)


Total: 3322mi/5347km

Tarmac: 3111mi/5006km

Piste: 212mi/341km  –  6%

In Morocco

Total: 1753mi/2821km

Tarmac: 1541mi/2480km

Piste: 212mi/341km  –  12%


2020: April 22nd – May 10th


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Currently our longest motorcycle tour in Morocco!  This 19-day epic commences with an overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Spain.  From the northern coast, we travel the length of the Iberian Peninsula and then set sail to Morocco.

Eleven days of motorcycling in Morocco follows, with 341km/212mi of dirt roads (piste), spread over five days.  We cross the Middle, High and Anti-Atlas Mountain ranges as well as the Rif Mountains and the distinctly different ranges of Djebel Sarhro and Djebel Bani. Away from the dirt we’ll explore the picturesque ‘Blue City’ of Chefchouen, the walled Berber town of Taroudant and the UNESCO listed medina of Fez with its labyrinth of souks.  A ribbon of tarmac laid through Morocco’s extraordinarily diverse landscape links the journey together.

Who’s it for?

A great introduction to the world of Adventure motorcycling, starting on your doorstep! If you’ve never ridden abroad or never ridden your Adventure bike on the dirt then this is the tour for you. The piste stages have been chosen to get you onto the dirt, without smashing-up your expensive adventure bike. With advice and riding tips on hand for those that want it, your confidence will grow and you’ll soon be up to speed on the dirt.

Experienced riders too will enjoy the whole experience of riding to Africa. You’ll just be more relaxed when the going gets dirty.

Due to the nature of riding through Spain, this tour is best suited to multi-cylinder Adventure bikes.


NOTE: 13-day option available. Join us in Benahavis, Spain for the Moroccan leg of the tour.  

You can either make your own way there, or:

  • Bike transportation to southern Spain is available through our transportation partner https://www.flyandride.co.uk/
  • Drop-off your bike at Gatwick for secure transportation to/from Malaga. Book a cheap flight and your bike will be waiting for you in our secure hotel car park or storage unit. Your choice.


Day 1: Portsmouth

Meet at Porstsmouth ferry terminal. Our overnight ferry departs at 1145.

Day 2: Bilbao – Tordesillas


The twisties start immediately we disembark the ferry as we wind our way through Basque Country, over the Cordillera Cantábrica and onto the Meseta Plateau for our run to Tordesillas.

Day 3: Tordesillas – Llerena


Quite a mix of roads today as we continue our ride across the Meseta Plateau and over the Sierra de Gredos, en-route to the country’s least populated province of Extremadura.

Day 4: Llerena – Benahavis


More mountains and more twisties today as we cross the Sierra Morena en-route to Andalucia and the infamous A-397 from Ronda to Marbella.

Day 5: Benahavis – Chefchouen


A short ride to Algeciras for our ferry crossing to Africa. Once the border formalities are completed we’ll head up into the Rif Mountains and the fabled Blue City. Same route as Atlas Eight.

Day 6: Chefchouen – Azrou


Descend the Rif Mountains, stopping off at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Roman ruins of Volubilis en-route to Azrou on the edge of the Middle Atlas. Same route as Atlas Eight.

Day 7: Azrou – Agoudal


A network of undulating, minor roads through the Middle Atlas carry us across limestone plateaus, past polje lakes and through cedar forests (home to the Barbary Apes) en-route to the High Atlas.

Day 8: Agoudal – Agdz

Tarmac: 107mi/172km   –   Piste: 68mi/109km   –   Total: 174mi/281km   –   39% Piste

WHOO-HOO! It’s time to hit the dirt! Our first dirt road is virtually on the doorstep as we climb to the highest point of the tour, the 2906m Tizi n’Ouano, before descending through the well-photographed switchbacks of the Gorge du Dades. After lunch we’ll return to the piste for our crossing of the Jebel Sarhro via the Tizi n’Tazazert pass at 2316m. Beyond the pass the scenery changes dramatically, offering extraordinary views across basalt ridges and ravines to the Djebel Bani beyond. Our descent through Nekob takes us to the lush date palm oases of the Draa Valley and Agdz.

Day 9: Agdz – Tata

Tarmac: 66mi/107km   –   Piste: 98mi/158km   –   Total: 165mi/265km   –   60% Piste

Four stages of piste make up todays total of 158km as we head south west to the market town and former capital of Tata. After an undulating start we enter a wide flood plain dotted with acacia trees and sandwiched between the Anti-Atlas to the north and Djebel Bani to the south.

Day 10: Tata – Taroudannt


It may all be tarmac but todays ride across the Anti Atlas takes us through what was surely once the centre of rock strata rave culture with some serious shapes being thrown down by Mother Nature. An early finish allows us time to enjoy this delightful walled city.

Day 11: Taroudant – Imi-n’Ifri


A great look at village life as we climb into the High Atlas through a string of villages where donkeys outnumber cars. Passing beneath North Africa’s highest peak, Djebel Toubkal (4167m) we join the N9 for a twisty crossing of the Tizi n’Ticha pass at 2260m before returning to minor roads through farmland and forest as we descend to Imi n’Ifri.

Day 12: Imi-n’Ifri – Zaouiat Ahansal

Tarmac: 71mi/115km   –   Piste: 16mi/26km   –   Total: 88mi/141km

With a name that translates as ‘Valley of the Happy People’ who wouldn’t want to ride through the valley of Ait Bougmez!? We dive into the valley, dominated by the M’goun massif of the High Atlas, to wind our way alongside the Oued Lakhdar before climbing to the second highest point of the tour at 2764m, en-route to the medieval hamlet of Zaouiat Ahansal.

Day 13: Ahansal – Lac Bin el Ouidane

Tarmac: 35mi/56km   –   Piste: 36mi/58km   –   Total: 71mi/114km

We follow the Assif Ahansal (stream) north until our piste climbs away from the valley through pine forest, and winds its way beneath spectacular cirques en-route to an 1800m viewpoint overlooking Rocher de Mastrane (Cathedral Rock), a vertical 700m rockface, world renowned for base jumpers.

Day 14: Lac Bin el Ouidane – Fez


With 9500 streets and alleys in the Old Medina will you remember your way back to our accommodation?

Day 15: Fez – Benahavis


Last day in Africa as we return to Tangier Med and the ferry to Spain. How’s that tagine strapped to the top of your luggage holding up?

Day 16: Benahavis – Zafra


Another chance to enjoy the twisty route through Ronda before we side-step Seville and ride through the ‘Parque Natural de la Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche’ to the white washed city of Zafra – nicknamed ‘Sevilla la chica’ (the little Seville).

Day 17: Zafra – Zamora


Mid-west Spain is all about mountains and reservoirs and they continue today as we head across the Sierra de la Peña de Francia to Zamora. Sporting the highest number of Romanesque churches in all of Europe, it has been called a ‘museum of Romanesque art’.

Day 18: Zamora – Santander


Back across the Cordillera Cantábrica but this time skirting the eastern end of the Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa and out to the coast for our evening ferry departure.

Day 19: Portsmouth

Arrive back in Blighty at 1945. Curse yourself for packing your waterproofs at the bottom of your luggage.

What's Included

Return overnight ferry from Portsmouth (UK) to Bilbao/Santander (Spain)

Return ferry from Algeciras (Spain) to Tanger Med (Morocco) for bike and rider.

Bed & Breakfast accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – unless a single room has been booked.

Eight evening meals in Morocco

Tour lead by Adventure Rider and World Traveler Adam Lewis.

Support vehicle carrying medical kit, tools and some spares including tyres.

Professional Medic


Any travel costs associated with getting to the start/finish of the tour.

Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)

Motorcycle Insurance including compulsory 3rd Party motorcycle insurance (Green Card or buy at the border)

Breakdown recovery insurance

Fuel, oil, tyres, and any other motorcycle consumables or spare parts

Road tolls and traffic fines

Meals – except where stated



Personal spending money

Anything else not stated as included

Useful Info


Passport – valid for at least 6 months.

Driving License

Registration document (Logbook/V5)

Motorcycle Insurance

Green card – if available from your insurer, otherwise available to buy at the border.

D16 Temporary Import document. We’ll explain how to do this online once you have booked.


It’s a good idea to check the validity of your current vaccinations prior to coming on tour. The following websites should be useful in determining what vaccinations you need.



Local currency

The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). ATM’s are widely available.


The official language is Modern Standard Arabic but most government and official business is conducted in French so dust of your old school books. – “Deux bières s’il vous plait”.


Once we get down to the desert it’ll be comfortably warm but leaving Nador and crossing the Rekam Plateau can be quite chilly, downright cold if it rains. By the middle of day two we should see temperatures around 20°C and increasing to the mid-20’s as we head further south. Desert nights can be cold so a 0°C rated sleeping bag is recommended.

2020 Booking Form

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After submitting this form you will be returned to the UK to Morocco page to make a payment.

If booking more than 3 months prior to the departure date, you will need to pay a deposit. If you are booking less than 3 months prior to the departure date, you will need to pay the full amount.  

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Bookings can be made through the website, via email and even over the phone!

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1. From the page of your chosen tour, select the Booking form relevant to the tour you’d like to book.

2. Fill in as many details as you can (fields marked * are mandatory) and then click SUBMIT at the foot of the form.

– Submitting the Booking Form opens your account that you can access via our homepage. See ‘My Account’ below.

*All guests are required to read and agree to our Booking Terms & Conditions and Acknowledgement of Risk

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4. Select the date of your chosen tour.

5. Select a single room supplement if required.

6. Select Deposit or Full Amount and click ‘Book’

– If you’re booking a tour more than 3-months prior to departure then we require a deposit of 20% with the balance payable 8-weeks prior to the departure of the tour.

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– If you’re booking a tour less than 3-months prior to departure then we require the full amount paying at the time of booking.

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7. You will now be on the Checkout page where you can complete your billing details, select your payment method and place your order.

8. That’s it…you’re done! Now get in the shed and get your bike fettled!

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