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Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride

Categories:

  • Holidays
  • Africa
  • Morocco

Price:

From $1,280

Stay:

6 nights

Travel Dates:

Saturday 15th of June 2019 until Saturday 31st of October 2020

Description:

Morocco: Hike, Bike & Horse Ride - 7 Days / 6 Nights - from $1280* per person (with Intrepid).

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.

Itinerary

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.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Dinner

Day 2: Marrakech/Bike Tour

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

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Marrakech - City bike tour

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 3: Aroumd/Mountain Biking

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. 

Accommodation

  • Gite (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Aroumd - Mountain bike ride

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4: Aroumd/Trekking/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.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 5: Essaouira/Horse Riding

In the morning, saddle up for a horseback ride across Essaouira's white-sand beaches. Work up an appetite and then hit the seafood markets for a freshly-caught lunch. Enjoy a little more free time in the afternoon before returning to Marrakech.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Essaouira - Horse riding
  • Seafood Market Lunch - Essaouira

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Marrakech - Spa session

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

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.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Departs: Selected departures from 15 Jun 19 to 31 Oct 20.

Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.

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