- Lodging: Value (2-3 stars and casual inns)
- Activity level: intermediate (You exercise regularly)
- Total distance (4 rides): 132 km/ 82 mi (minimum) / 282 km/ 175 mi (maximum)
- Shortest ride: 12 km/ 7.5 mi
- Longest ride: 126 km/ 78.3 mi
Day 1: Marrakesh. Arrive in Marrakech airport (Morocco). Free day to visit Marrakech. Lodging: Hotel B&B in Marrakech
Day 2: Atlas crossing. Marrakech - Teulouat | Ait Ben Haddou - Quarzazate (optional 44 km / 27 mi | 2-3 h)
Transfer to Teulouat at 1920 m/ 6300 ft of altitude. (Optional) You can make a downhill ride of 44 km/ 27 mi, on your bike, to Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified city, UNESCO world heritage site, located at an altitude of 1290 m/ 4232 ft, and where you can visit its Kasbah (medina). Then you will have a 4X4 transfer to Ouarzazate (35 km/ 22 mi, approx. 30 min).
Lodging: Hotel in Ouarzazate
Day 3: Quarzazate - Agdz | Nkhila (126 km / 78 mi | +1522 m / 5092 ft - short option 55 km / 34 mi or 94 km / 58 mi | + 1300 m / 4265 ft)
4x4 transfer to Agdz (60 km/ 37 mi, approx. 45 min). The first part of today’s stage will take you from Agdz to Nhila through Oued valley. On your way you will pass by several typical villages of this region. Pause for a refreshing picnic. The second part of this stage takes you to the dunes ending at 94 km/ 58 mi (1300 m/ 4265 ft | -1250 m/ 4101 ft). At the 90 km/ 66 mi, and if you get to this point before 14 h, you can opt to do a level 2 route, for another 36 km/ 22.4 mi (total 126 km/ 78.3 mi).
Lodging: Nomad camp in Nkhila dune (shower available)
Day 4: Nkhila - mhamid | chgaga (90 km / 56 mi - short option 65 km / 40 mi)
4x4 transfer to Mhamid surroundings (approx. 1h). The stage starts bordering the desert and crossing some of its dunes where you will have a pause for water and snacks. Then you will start rolling through the steppe and halfway you will have pause for a picnic. After that you will be back on our bike in a sandy track that will take you to Chgaga. Whoever gets there before 15 h and wants to ride a bit more, will have the opportunity of linking to the next stage of 25 km/ 16 mi (+60 m / +197 mi | -60 m / -197 mi with sand!). This can also be done at night or soon after dawn, with a spectacular sunrise in the desert!
Lodging: Nomad camp in Chgaga (shower available)
Day 5: Chgaga | Ait - Marrakech (22 km / 14 mi - short option 12 km / 8 mi)
Today you will follow to the Tuaregs region in a track with about 12 km/ 8 mi until you reach the first nomad school, where you can offer some material to the children and their teacher. You will also visit some Tuareg families. After that you’ll have the option of riding 6 more miles (10 km) to the next school or do them in 4x4 vehicles. There you can offer some more materials to the students and their teacher. 4x4 transfer to Marrakech (approx. 6 h). Lodging: Hotel B&B in Marrakech
Day 6: Marrakech
Free day to visit Marrakech. Don’t miss its famous square, Jemaa el-Fna, where, day and night, hundreds of storytellers gather. UNESCO recognized this tradition and the square was proclaimed as Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, for sheltering rich oral and intangible traditions. Lodging: Hotel B&B in Marrakech
Day 7: Departure. Transfer to airport.
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