3 to 12 Nov - With its roots in Africa, but charged with eastern exoticism, Morocco represents an extraordinary experience! It's also perfect for a winter cycling getaway.
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Really great Holiday
Favourite Day? Ijoukak to Taradount ver Tizin Test was brilliant, as was Taroudent to Tafraout, as was basically all of it. Best riding I have ever done – super hills, amazing scenery! If Carlsberg did tour guides they would do Saaid – he was superb in every way. 10 / 10. Really great Holiday – thank you.
The cycling was absolutely wonderful
The tour took us through a fantastic range of mesmerisingly beautiful climbs, descents and open space. The distance and difficulty were lung-expanding and very rewarding. Saaid was wonderful – he made sure everyone was having a whale of a time, and was well looked after both in the saddle and out of it. He went the extra mile in encouraging me with the cycling and with helping me arrange some post-cycling trips for my last few days in Morocco – he’s the perfect charm! I found myself at the back of the bunch most days and the mechanic, Simou (Simon?), rode with me the entire way, he consistently helped me to get up mountains I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise! Fantastic guy – he made the whole thing extremely enjoyable. Omar, Mohammed and Ibrahim were fabulous throughout and made tough riding extremely enjoyable and rewarding – with food, wisdom and humour!
The routes were superb
Saaid was fabulous. Super organised but relaxed, he ensured everything went really well. He kept us well briefed on what to expect, what to wear etc and was super cheerful and entertaining at all times. A lovely guy and perfect tour leader. Lunch by Omar was always fab! Favourite day – Tizi n Test pass and the following day for the great ascents and descents.
Far exceeded my expectations!
Tour Leader Sayeed and team were excellent. He had a difficult job because of the mixed ability of the group, and he coped really well. Omar made some amazing lunches! Favourite day was probably the ride to Tarafruaote, but the descent on the last day was brilliant!
Every day had something special
If I had to choose my favourite day I’d say Day 5 – a lovely long ride in the Anti Atlas. So beautiful, very varied views, good climbing and the reward of a great descent. Our Tour Leader Saaid was superb. He was evidently watching everything and everyone to make sure the trip ran smoothly. The communication between him and his team was evident and ensured an excellent holiday during which we could be sure everything was in hand and well planned. He is knowledgeable about his country and willingly fielded all questions on just about anything. His evening session on Moroccan recent history was really informative and provided good cultural, geographical and political context. Everything was seamless and I’d definitely recommend a Skedaddle holiday – one of the group came along on my recommendation.
Saaid was exceptional, he run himself ragged after everyone’s needs and he really is a fantastic asset to Saddle Skedaddle.
Loved all the food and eating experiences particularly the al fresco dining! Coffee at the top of mountain passes takes some beating and were well chosen. Saaid was an excellent guide and was well planned and very attentive to everyone on the trip. We really enjoyed the talk he gave about the history of Morocco and were very impressed with the days excursion he organised for us on our rest day. He also gave a real insight into the country and its people as we travelled from place to place.
Omar was an alchemist! How he managed to create such dishes for lunch was staggering.
Trip of a Lifetime!
Back in one piece, please no more chicken Tagine! Missing a cheeky UP and a Moroccan FLAT! Awesome trip loved climbing for 30km into the Atlas Mountains well worth the sweat to see three rare Barbary sheep in a reserve at the top. Great group, superb guides, mechanic, chef and drivers. Lots to digest and remember for ever…a trip of a lifetime.
Thank you and the Skedaddle team. Forever grateful. Lizzie x
Lizzie Higgs, UK
Thanks for the great tour...
I just wanted to drop you guys a quick note to thank you for the great tour in Morocco. Susan and I had a wonderful time and the staff there was fabulous. We will always remember Saddle Skedaddle for future bike tours.
All the Best and a Happy Holiday Season.
Stewart and Susan G., Santa Monica, USA
The Moroccan Adventure poem...
The holiday has been truly great, without your guidance who would have known our fate?
From beginning to end the adventure had rolled, to people and places almost untold,
With as many ups (possible) as well as the downs, my body has discovered muscles unfound,
I wonder to the Medina and eat tagine, followed by ice-cream,
seeing all the dancing monkeys and snakes, to which the tourist scream,
But get lost I did not thanks to the map, that Charlie gave me at the hotel where I rest my hat,
From Marrakech to the mountain, the high, midi Atlas and more,
I discover I have a penchant, for a photo of a door,
Red ones, green ones, decorative, wood and steel, and from many the paint did peel, the cycling has been wonderfully momentous, challenging, flat and always adventurous,
And for most of our trip the Moroccan sundid shine, into our souls, our hearts and our minds,
With Hassam, Abdollar, Mohammad and Siad, always at our sides being out trusty steeds,
And there there is decathlon Dave, the demon descender, full of hints and tips to be the best (‘North’ Yorkshire Road Championee that is),
As I look through my photos more memories flood back, the blue rocks, the early mornings and fresh mountain air,
Over the many stunning vistas, I want to revisit to gaze and stare,
So with eight months to go until the Etape, I need to get many more base and hilly miles under my hat,
the hills of Morocco have inspired my mind, and helped me build the training plan I needed to find,
Now my time here has come to a close, where will the next pedals be … nobody knows.
Thanks to Charlie and his ever smiling team, even when the rain was pouring they made our trip a dream!!
We are looking forward to our next Skedaddle trip...
Just to say how much we enjoyed the Morocco trip. It was really excellent and very well organised by Charlie and his team. A fantastic country and cycling in the mountains was a great chance to get to meet some inquisitive locals, and observe local Berber culture and lifestyle. We were looked after really well by the team. Thumbs up for always choosing stunning picnic spots. Really liked all the quirkyness of Morocco.
Anne & Ian, Lancashire
The weather was excellent and it covered all cycling – up hill and a decent on a road which under the circumstances was not too bad and we could see the scenery which was fab!
Janet, East Yorkshire
An absolute blast!
It turned out to be one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. The logistics were well handled, the bike routes were varied, picturesque and challenging at times. The camaraderie was great and ‘our man in Marrakech’ aka Charlie was always at hand to sort out any issues that we encountered enroute.
The trip was an amazing experience...
I loved my time in Morocco and would recommend it to an avid cyclist!
The routes were beautiful, the scenery was breath-taking and the entire Moroccan experience was terrific. Very happy I was part of this trip. Moroccan staff – Ishmail, Mohammed, Lisson and Omar were great – attentive, polite and hard-working. I would rate them excellent.
Simply the best holiday I have ever been on...
The local Moroccan people were so friendly and welcoming. Although it was challenging at times it was an AMAZING adventure, I was very sad when it ended. I am reborn!
Excellent variety to the holiday...
Everyday was great, even on the rest day when we went down to the gorge and had a walk near the blue rocks.
Saaid provided an excellent service. He had the right mix of getting things done and shepherding us all in a really good humoured way. One of, if not the best tour guide we’ve ever had. All three guides were great, extremely patient, courteous and attentive.
Omar (the cook) served up some superb picnic lunches, don’t know how he managed to do it simply out the back of a land rover!
Enjoyable and organised...
This was one of the most enjoyable and organised cycling holidays I have been on. The routes were fantastic and the support team were excellent, by far the best crew I’ve experienced.
Impossible to understand how Omar could produce that quality of food out the back of a Land Rover!
The cycling was great fun and the views were just stunning.
It really was a fantastic holiday...
Saaid, our tour leader, was absolutely great! He was a very nice person and took great care of everyone. I think he gave above what was expected of him.
Everything was extremely well organised and all the people involved were great. I cannot speak to highly of it!
Superb routes, wonderful support crew and great attention to detail...
Our experience of 3 Skedaddle trips suggests the products are well designed and planned.
Saaid is a fantastic guide, well organised, extremely patient man who handled the group effectively. The support team were fantastic, it was very telling when I collected tips, the generosity of the group said it all!
Felt well informed about the trip in advance, and liked the interpersonal skills of everyone we were in contact with.
There is no bad day on this trip...
Saaid is a leader extraordinaire, who had a positive attitude 24/7! And Omar’s lunches were incredible!
I would definitely recommend this trip to a friend!
Best holiday ever!!
Can’t fault it…top guides, lovely food and riding was incredible!!
Matt, Wellington, NZ
I will definitely go with Skedaddle again...
Really enjoyed the holiday. It was my first time on a holiday of this type and it was exactly what I was hoping for. Good company, great food (especially the lunches), interesting accommodation, excellent guides, lovely blue skies, perfect cycling temperature and awesome mountains!
Saaid (our tour guide) was always cheerful and on hand if anything was needed. Khalid was the perfect guide to have at the back of the group. He was empathetic, supportive and approachable. It was a privilege to have been in his company.
Pat & Fred, Penzance
Great organisation from start to finish...
Saaid and the rest of the guides were very friendly and helpful, which made the whole experience even better. They went out of their way to make sure that we had everything that we needed throughout the trip.
All the food was superb, especially the lunches which had fantastic variety and flavour.
Saaid and the rest of the guides were fantastic! Omar’s food was brilliant.
Excellent attention to detail. Good support from the back-up team and great companions in the group. As an 80 year old I found the cycling tough sometimes, but the support I received made all the difference.
I thought all the guides were great, very nice and helpful. I have nothing but fond memories of all the guides on the trip. I would definately recommend this trip with Skedaddle for anyone that enjoys biking.
A really nice group of cyclists who all gelled really well!
This was the first time I have cycled with a professional cyclist and it was great fun. Lots of useful tips and fantastic descents.
The guides provided fantastic support, very attentive, and gave excellent insights into the country!
All the weather conditions would classify as ‘epic‘, the road choices and terrain were great. The group of riders were very compatible and we had great fun together.
Charlie was wonderful – a good companion and well organised. He made sure everyone in the group was attended to. Truly hard to think of ways that the experience could be improved!
Saaid was very friendly and helpful, an excellent guide!
The catering done for our lunches and during the ride could not be faulted – excellent!
Place to place
5 nights hotels
2 nights Moroccan guest houses
1 night gite
1 night mountain lodge
6.5 days riding
1.5 days rest days
Breakfast, lunch and 6 evening meals
Guided and vehicle support
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