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Atlas Eight

£2,350.00

Squeezing an extraordinary amount into two-weeks, this is what your big-bore Adventure bike was built for.

At a Glance

Duration: 16 Days

Riding Level: II (See FAQ’s)

Distances:

Total: 2287mi / 3659km

Tarmac: 1623mi / 2612km

Piste: 602mi / 969km  –  26%

Dates:

2020: March 28th – April 12th

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Description

High Mountain passes, deserts and gorges are all on the menu as we tackle almost 1000km of piste in this 16 day adventure motorcycle tour. Throw in some wild-camping and cooking and you’ve got a recipe for Adventure.  We carry all of our kit and pick up supplies along the way to our mountain and desert bivouacs. Self-sufficient in true Adventure rider stylee.  Away from the pistes we’ll take in the ‘Blue City’ of Chefchouen, the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the magical Fez with its UNESCO listed labyrinth of souks.

We’re followed by a 4×4 with a local driver carrying our medic and medical kit, and shadowed by our support van (containing larger tools and spares), which we’ll meet at each accommodation.

Who’s it for?

If you’re confident riding your loaded Adventure bike on the dirt and are ready to throw some wild camping into the mix then this is the tour for you. Designated Level II (See FAQ‘s) and with almost 1000km of piste and two nights in bivouac, this tour can be quite taxing.

Suitable for both multi-cylinder and big-bore (600cc+) single-cylinder Adventure bikes.

NOTE: This trip starts and finishes in Southern Spain. This gives you the choice of riding there and back, incorporating Morocco into a longer European Tour, or opting to ‘Fly and Ride’ with our travel partners – 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.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Spain

Meet at hotel. Group evening meal. Re-unite with your bike if transported by Fly and Ride.

Day 2: Malaga – Chefchouen

161mi / 257km

A short ride to the ferry for our crossing to Africa and once the border formalities are completed we’ll head up into the Rif Mountains and the fabled Blue City. Same itinerary as UK to Morocco. 

Day 3: Chefchouen – Azrou

172mi / 275km

Descend the Rif Mountains stopping off at the UNESCO World Heriitage site of the Roman ruins of Volubilis en-route to Azrou on the edge of the Middle Atlas. Same itinerary as UK to Morocco.

Day 4: Azrou – Mountain Bivouac* (Lac Tislit)

Tarmac: 141mi / 227km   –   Piste: 33mi / 53km   –   Total: 169mi / 271km   –   20% Piste

Through the cedar forest, famed for its Barbary Apes, to Timahdite where we’ll fuel-up and buy supplies for tonight’s bivouac. We’ll then leave the main road behind us and take to the minor roads of the Middle Atlas, across limestone plateaus, past polje lakes and via a forested piste stage as we wind our way up to Lac Tislit at 2260m.

*If the weather prevents us from camping then we will defer to accommodation/dinner in Imilchil (6km) at an additional cost of approx £25pp

Day 5: Lac Islit – Ait Bougemaz

Tarmac: 60mi / 97km   –   Piste: 65mi / 105km   –   Total: 126mi / 202km   –   52% Piste

Following a few minor passes, we’ll plunge a vertical kilometre into the Assif Melloul, a narrow gorge where the piste is often carved into the vertical walls. Exiting the gorge at the 700m high Cathedral Rock we stay on piste through the pine forests, overlooked by magnificent cirques, to the medieval hamlet of Zaouiat Ahansal where we rejoin tarmac. Three passes follow and after reaching 2764m our route returns to piste  for the descent into Ait Bougemaz  – ‘Valley of the Happy People’.

Day 6: Ait Bougemaz – Nkob

Tarmac: 27mi / 44km   –   Piste: 99mi / 160km   –   Total: 138mi / 221km   –   72% Piste

Leaving the Middle Atlas behind us we’ll climb out of the valley and over the highest points of the tour; the Tizi n’Aït Imi (2898m) and the Tizi n’Ait Hamad (3042m) on a remote crossing of the High Atlas. A brief stint on tarmac follows as we stop for lunch and fuel in Boumalne du Dades before turning east to cross the Djebel Sarhro. From the pass the scenery changes dramatically, offering extraordinary views across basalt ridges and ravines to the Djebel Bani beyond. Saving the more popular descent via the Tizi n’Tazazert pass for another day, we’ll take a slightly more challenging route to the valley floor and Nkob.

By the time evening comes around, your brain will be wondering if what you saw this morning really was today.

Day 7: Nkob – Desert Bivouac

Tarmac: 67mi / 108km   –   Piste: 103mi / 166km   –   Total: 170mi / 274km   –   61% Piste

The piste begins at the edge of town where switchbacks lead to a little used,  ‘invisible’ pass that carries us onto carries the Djebel Beni. Our descent passes another un-named cirque into the Draa Valley before looping north to Tazzarine for lunch, and the purchase of supplies for tonights desert bivouac. A short stretch of tarmac follows as we fuel-up and turn east, following the Oued Taghbalt through gardens and date palms to Oum Jrane, and a last chance to pick up snacks before continuing into the desert for tonights billion star hotel.

Day 8: Desert Bivouac – Agdz

Tarmac: 124mi / 200km   –   Piste: 85mi /  137km   –   Total: 186mi / 297km   –   46% Piste

‘Sand’. A word that strikes fear into many an Adventure rider. But with the right technique and a little practice there’s no reason why it should. Today is the day to overcome that fear and that’s exactly what we’ll do as we tackle a few short sandy sections. You can’t say you’ve ridden in the desert but not tackle a bit of sand can you!

After lunch we’ll take a piste into the western end of the Djebel Sarhro and a landscape like no other in Morocco.

Day 9: Rest Day in Agdz

A chance to fettle your bike or chill out by the pool and prepare yoursef for tomorrow’s piste, the longest of the tour.

Day 10: Agdz – Tazenakht

Tarmac: 124mi / 200km   –   Piste: 106mi / 171km   –   Total: 227mi / 363km   –   47% Piste

A long day in the saddle with no less than six piste stages and lunch in the spectacular Aguinan Canyon, that you’ll be forgiven for thinking is a dead-end. You won’t believe there’s a rideable exit until you’ve ridden it! We’ll end our day in the market town of Tazenakht, famed for its rugs and carpets, but without the hassle of Marrakesh, Meknes or Fez. Indeed, this is where those northern traders come to buy the rugs made by local Berber women.

Day 11: Tazenakht – Valley of the Roses

Tarmac: 94mi / 151km   –   Piste: 69mi / 111km   –   Total: 163mi / 261km   –   43% Piste

As we ascend a little used piste  across the Djebel Sarhro with its flat topped mesas and canyons you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve woken up in Arizona. Once across the Route de Kasbahs we’ll ascend the Jebel Talouit for a spectacular view over our accommodation in Bou Tharar to the High Atlas beyond.

Day 12: Valley of Roses – Imi n’Ifri

Tarmac: 94mi / 152km   –   Piste: 41mi / 66km   –   Total: 135mi / 207km   –   32% Piste

With the M’Goun range on our right we’ll follow the valley SW on piste until we hit tarmac and turn north to cross the Tizi n’Fedrhate (2190m) and Tizi n’Outfi (2059m) passes on this backroad across the High Atlas.

Day 13: Imi n’Ifri – Cascades d’Ouzoud

111mi / 177km

Squeezing through a gap in the ridgeline, past irridescent green terraced fields more akin to Northern Pakistan, we climb to a pass and a final look across the High Atlas,  before following the Oued Lakhdar valley as it loops north away from the mountains.

Day 14: Cascades d’Ouzoud – Fez

237mi / 379km

Fez: The most complete medieval city of the Arab world and home to the world’s largest car-free urban area. The 9500 streets and alleys in the Old Medina will bombard your senses with sights, sounds and smells… will you remember your way back to our accommodation?

Day 15: Fez – Malaga

297mi / 475km

Last day in Africa as we return to Tangier Med and the ferry to Spain

Day 16: Malaga

Hotel checkout is 1100.

For those flying home, please book your flights for early afternoon.

Should anyone want to check-out late, or extend there stay, please let us know and additional charges will apply.

 

What's Included

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.

Nine 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

Excludes

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

Drinks

Tips

Personal spending money

Food at bivouacs (evening meal & breakfast)

Anything else not stated as included

Useful Info

Documents

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.

Health

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.

https://www.masta-travel-health.com/

https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

Local currency

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

Language

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”.

Weather

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.

2019 Booking Form

Atlas Eight - 2019 - Booking Form

Please enter as much information as you can now (* required). You will be able to complete the form at a later date.

After submitting this form you will be returned to the Atlas Eight 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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2020 Booking Form

Atlas Eight - 2020 - Booking Form

Please enter as much information as you can now (* required). You will be able to complete the form at a later date.

After submitting this form you will be returned to the Atlas Eight 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.  

If you need any assistance please call us - 07462 729774

     
Password must be at least 7 characters long.
Password must be at least 7 characters long.
First Name  *
Last Name  *
Group/Club
Address line 1  *
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Phone Number  *
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How to book

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

Payment Methods

 – Website

  • Direct Bank Transfer
  • Debit/Credit Card
  • Cheque*

 – Phone

  • Direct Bank Transfer
  • Debit/Credit Card
  • Cheque*

 – Email

  • Direct Bank Transfer
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*Cheque payments – Please phone us before making a payment by cheque. We are regularly out of the country and so it can take a while to process and confirm your payment.

To make a booking online…

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.

3. After submitting the Booking Form you will be returned to your chosen tours page TO MAKE THE BOOKING

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!

My Account

When you submit a Booking Form an account will be created for you. You can access your account via our homepage

This is where you’ll be able to add and edit all of your required personal information etc

You can make your balance payment via your account.

 

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