Gateway to the Sahara
From Ouarzazate our first ride takes us down into perhaps the lushest oasis south of the Atlas - the Draa Valley. Millions of date palms, ancient kasbahs and ksours (fortified villages) line the way, with the breathtaking mountains of the Jebel Sahro as a backdrop. After a night in the small town Tazzarine we cycle through the desert towards Erfoud where there's time to cycle or visit Rissani and its local market. In the afternoon a short jeep ride (optional) takes us to the huge sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi. A walk across them at sunset is an unforgettable experience when light and colours are changing every minute. Here one gets the first impression of what the real Sahara is like.
Todra Gorge & freewheeling in the High Atlas
Next we cycle towards Tinerhir and, completing the journey by vehicle, enter the dramatic Todra Gorge - one of the most impressive rock formations in the region. From El Kelaa Mgouna, famed for its rose-water, we continue by bus through the scenic “Valley of the 1000 Kasbahs”. Then, driving into the High Atlas, we slowly ascend the Tizi n'Outfi pass (2,150m). From we take an exhilarating ride downhill through some of North Africa's most spectacular mountain scenery - from fortified kasbahs to lush valleys and snow-capped peaks, to the natural bridge of Imi n'Ifri.
Marrakech - A Feast for the Senses
Leaving the majestic Atlas mountains behind, we return to Marrakech, the 'Red City'. There will be time to enjoy the maze of alleyways in the souks and the celebrated 'circus' of Djemma-el-Fna Square. Crammed with story-tellers, musicians, jugglers, snake-charmers, peddlers and kebab stalls, it is a scene straight from the Arabian Nights. An optional guided walking tour can be organised for anyone interested.
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