Africa & Middle East
Morocco Morocco Bistro Biking

Into the Sahara

Morocco is one of our oldest friends—the land, in fact, where the idea of a B&R expedition was born. We saw a foreign, exotic, stunning country beautifully suited to our penchant for pedaling and knew we absolutely had to introduce B&R travellers to it. And despite its convenient proximity to Europe, we knew our travellers may very well only come once. With that in mind, we give you the best of Morocco: magical Marrakech, Berber villages, stunning oases, fabulous food, a Kasbah hotel, the High Atlas Mountains and an absolutely unforgettable stay in the magical city of Essaouira in a riad.

Morocco Bistro Biking offers more independence (more meals on your own), and the hotels are likely to be stylish 4-stars instead of off-the-chart. But the heart of every one is exactly the same as our marquee trips— incredible scenery, events, insider access and B&R guides. Find out more about our Bistro trips »

Trip Details

Easygoing to Moderate
Marrakech to Marrakech
6 Days / 5 Nights

Price per person from: $4,495
Single supplement: $800
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Day by Day

Depart on a modern-day caravan towards the High Atlas Mountains and the hidden Ourika Valley. Relax at the exquisite Kasbah Bab Ourika hotel for the afternoon.

Walk to the tiny and remote Berber villages of Timalizen, Tamsoult and Tagadirt and get a real glimpse of daily mountain life in the Ourika Valley.

Head for the coast and the whitewashed port town of Essaouira to explore its 18thC seafront ramparts with a local guide. Enjoy a picnic on the sand dunes with incredible views of the Atlantic.

Follow the terrain towards the Atlantic Coast and the surfer’s village of Moulay-Bouzerktoum to explore and enjoy a delicious lunch in a local café.

Explore the magical "Red City" of Marrakech and ancient Medina after a camel ride to the hidden oasis of “La Pause” and dinner at the prestigious Moroccan restaurant of La Maison Arabe.

Visit the Médersa Ben Youssef, an ancient 16th century Coranic University and a jewel of the Arabo-Andalous architecture with a local guide before sharing one last lunch together in the privately owned Ryad Kniza.


Kasbah Bab Ourika, Ourika Valley

With 360-degree panoramic views of the Ourika Valley and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, the Bab Ourika receives warm sunlight all day, ending in spectacular sunsets. From its unique eyrie-like position, it offers a bird’s-eye view of the Atlas range, traditional Berber villages and the lush river valley below. Constructed principally from rammed earth, the traditional Berber building technique, it seems almost to have grown out of the rocks beneath. View hotel website »

Villa de L’O, Essaouira

Perfectly located just inside the city gates, the Villa de l’O is a 18thC palace which been tastefully restored a few years ago. The theme there is a mix in between a very original “Colonial style” and a certain idea of Moroccan luxury. The roof top terrace offers the most beautiful views on the bay and enjoying a breakfast is a pure delight! View hotel website »

Naoura Barriere, Marrakech

This recently opened property is nestled in the walls of the ancient city. It offers all of the amenities you could dream and is built in the “Ryad style” with of course, a very large pool in the courtyard. It’s one of the most recent addition to the “Barrière” Hotels Collections and it also has in its walls one of the small “brother” of the so famous restaurant Le Fouquet’s in Paris! View hotel website »

Activity Level

Easygoing to Moderate

This trip is rated Easygoing to Moderate. Daily biking distances usually vary from 20 to 50 km (12 to 30 mi.), with options on some days as far as 62 km (40 mi.). The terrain is generally flat, with a few hills along the way when we’re closer to the High Atlas Mountains. The difficulty of the ride often depends on which way the wind is blowing. The walking routes are mostly flat, except for our day in the Atlas Mountains.


The Bikes

You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, you'll be riding customized Rocky Mountain Hybrid Bikes. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.

What's Included

  • All hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts, all lunches and four dinners, including wine
  • Services of B&R guide(s) and drivers
  • All special events, private tours, Berber guides, guest experts and entrance fees to historic sights and museums
  • Use of a hybrid bicycle, handlebar bag and helmet
  • Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including Land Cruisers, coaches and camels
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Learn more about our guides »


“The B&R guides were incredible, talented and gifted. Traveling with them was an excellent experience.”

— Marina Junqueira Netto de Azevedo Barros,
Morocco Bistro Biking 2013

Morocco Bistro Biking

Notes from the Road

  • Morocco: A Family’s Perfect PlaygroundA country as stunningly diverse as Morocco makes a perfect playground for kids young and old. From the lush forests of its national parks to the stunning vistas of the Agafay Desert, it’s a country as rich in geographic bounty as it is in ancient cul …
  • Know Before You Go: Morocco Travel Tips“But, what’s it really like?” As invigorating, exciting and intoxicating as it is to explore an unknown land, it can be inconvenient and even a little intimidating to go in completely blind. That’s where we come in. In this ongoing series, we pose so …
  • The Art of HagglingWorld-famous for both the fare on offer and its kinetic energy, Marrakech’s open-air market, or souk, offers a uniquely Moroccan shopping experience not to be missed. But be warned: even the fiercest sharks at the bargaining tables of Europe and Nort …

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