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Road Atlas

Guided Road Bike Tour




10 days

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$2,180 P.P.
A superb road cycling holiday in Morocco. With its roots in Africa, but charged with eastern exoticism, Morocco represents an incredible and truly different destination. Morocco is a vast wilderness of towering mountains and desolate desert where rural life has hardly changed in hundreds of years.
With an ever expanding network of quiet roads throughout the Atlas Mountains there has never been a better time for road cyclists to visit and experience this incredible Morocco cycling tour. Starting and finishing in the capital of the Moroccan south, Marrakech, this 10 day tour takes us across the High Atlas Mountains in the shadow of snow-capped peaks, before crossing the Souss Valley and climbing into the Anti-Atlas.
After a night in the resort town of Agadir we finish on quiet country lanes around the mountain village of Immouzer, before transferring by minibus back to Marrakech for a final night in 'The Red City'. Covering an average of 70-90km per day, our Road Atlas tour takes a challenging route over a mountainous landscape and offers riders challenging climbs and exciting descents on traffic-free roads.
En route we use a variety of styles of accommodation, from tourist class hotels to charming guesthouses and basic rural gîtes, with plenty of opportunities to sample Morocco’s world famous cuisine.
During your trip almost all meals are included and lunches are usually taken picnic style in beautiful and remote locations.


  • The High Atlas mountain range
  • The outstanding Ounila Valley and Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
  • Exploring the surreal blue rocks of Tafraoute
  • The incredible 100km ride from Tafraoute towards the coast
  • Enjoying a cold beer on one of Morocco’s finest terraces at Immouzer
  • The sights, smells and sounds of the Marrakech souk
  • Starting and finishing in this years ‘Capital of Culture’ Marrakech

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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.

April, UK


Day 1
Arrival: Marrakech Airport
Non Riding Day

You will arrive at Marrakech Airport and once you have collected your baggage/bikes you will be met by one of our Skedaddle guides, who will transport you to our 3* hotel accommodation in the centre of Marrakech (journey time approx. 30 mins). Flights arrive throughout the day, so once we‘re all checked in we get together for a short briefing on the trip ahead before heading out for an authentic Moroccan meal in a local restaurant. (If we have time we’ll assemble our bikes before the evening meal, but if not we’ll have time tomorrow morning prior to our first bike ride).

Day 2
Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou
40 Miles / 65 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 615 Metres Approx.

After an early breakfast we’ll transfer high into the Atlas Mountains on a two hour journey to the top of one of the highest paved passes in Morocco, the Tizi-n-Tichka. The route can be busy as it’s the main pass connecting Marrakech with the south of Morocco, so we’ll wait until just after the pass to start our ride on quiet country lanes. The scenery today is iconically Moroccan as we follow the beautiful Ounila Valley down from the high plateaux and multi-coloured rock formations of the Telouet region, down through a landscape of classic crumbling kasbahs to the famous fortified village of Ait Benhaddou.

Telouet is home to a striking fortress that was built over four centuries and here we’ll stop for a picnic in the garden, before heading into a picture-postcard landscape following the Ounila River southwards. Here the order of the day is picturesque mud-brick villages nestled into a valley of bright cultivation and all set against a backdrop of dramatic canyonland mountains and deep blue skies. The road is quiet and the riding generally (but not all!) downhill to our destination, the Kasbah of Ait benhaddou, where we will stay for the night in a characteristic guest house.

Day 3
Ait Benhaddou to Amsouzart
35 Miles / 55 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 995 Metres Approx.

Today we’ll enjoy exploring one of Morocco’s most celebrated kasbahs. Ait Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in the morning we have the opportunity to discover the fortified village, before transferring for an hour to Agouim, the starting point for a two day ride that runs parallel to the spine of the Atlas Mountains down to the fertile Souss Valley.

Today’s ride has its ups and downs as we ride in the shadow of the mountains. It’s a quiet region characterised by small villages that live off the land, watered by springs that come down from the High Atlas to the north. We’ll stop for a scenic picnic en route as we make our way south-westwards on an undulating route that feels remote and typical. Today has a sting in the tail as our destination lies at the end of a 3km climb – which takes us high into the heart of the Atlas – and our accommodation is a “gite“, which is a traditional village house, situated in a verdant valley in the village of Amsouzart. A hearty Moroccan mountain meal awaits in this most typical of settings, and a chance to sample the superb hospitality that makes Morocco famous. Tonight is the trip’s most basic night but in a wonderful setting.

Day 4
Amsouzart to Ouled Berhil
43 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,400 Metres Approx.

Again the High Atlas provide our scenic accompaniment as we continue (mostly downhill) towards the Souss Valley. As we descend from our starting point high in the mountains, we notice a gradual change in scenery as the effect of the warmer climate of the south-west starts to leave its imprint on the land. The walnut groves of the mountains give way to olives and citrus fruits as we follow a valley of bright cultivation down to the plains along a road that has only been surfaced in recent times. Along the way, we’ll spot a couple of reservoirs, stop for a picnic, and eventually we will reach the town of Aoulouz, from where we’ll take a short transfer to our overnight stay in nearby Ouled Berhil.

From the bustling roadside town of Ouled Berhil views of the Atlas Mountains bathed in late afternoon sunshine are superb. Here we stay in a converted kasbah (a fortified Moroccan house) – a very quirky place with an old-world feel about it. The hotel has a pool and a pleasant garden to relax in after a long day in the saddle.

Day 5
Ouled Berhil to Tafraout
58 Miles / 93 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,750 Metres Approx.

After breakfast we transfer by minibus to the town of Taroudant. We’re now in the fertile Souss Valley, a vast expanse of flat land with fruit orchards watered by the Souss River which flows to the sea at Agadir. It’s a major fruit and dairy farming region and Taroudant is the regional centre, located some 40km from Ouled Berhil. After a quick look around the walled city, a 12th century town likened to a mini version of Marrakech, we continue by minibus to Ait Baha where we’ll start our ride into the Anti-Atlas Mountains.

Today’s ride is largely uphill, along a beautiful country road which winds its way up from the plains to Tafraoute, a mountain town within an extraordinary setting. After choosing a scenic spot for lunch we get the chance to visit a hilltop kasbah before continuing up to a pass perched high above our finishing point.

Halfway up the landscape begins to change from argan forests (a tree found only in Mexico and Morocco and used in the manufacture of massage and restorative hair oils), to wilder moorland. From the pass (at about 1,700m above sea level) there’s a wonderful 20km descent down the Ameln valley into Tafraoute, a village set in an almost surreal landscape of huge volcanic boulders.

After settling into our 3 star hotel we head out for dinner and some traditional entertainment in a local restaurant.

Day 6
Rest day: Tafraout
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: Optional Rides Available

Today is yours to do as you please. The minibus will be available for those who would like to visit Les Roches Bleues, a collection of giant painted rocks all in the name of landscape art, or some of the wonderful villages in the Ameln Valley. Others may rather sit by the pool and admire the views over the town and the towering granite peaks that surround Tafraoute. There are also some short cycling circuits around the area, taking advantage of the many newly surfaced quiet country lanes.

The town of Tafraoute itself is a pleasant place to rest up, and every February the town comes alive with visitors during the almond blossom festival. The whole region is famed for its almonds and villagers from miles around congregate in Tafraoute at this time of year to celebrate the blossoming of their trees. The sight of thousands of trees in bloom set against the stark mountains that surround the town is one of the most beautiful in Morocco. We’ll have dinner at our 3 star hotel tonight.

Day 7
Tafraout to Agadir
62 Miles / 99 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,130 Metres Approx.

Today we make our way from the Anti-Atlas Mountains down to the Atlantic Coast. Although there are quite a few climbs involved, the day has a downhill bias, making up for the effort of getting up to Tafraoute in the first place!

The day starts with a gradual rise up to the junction with the road to the Ait Mansour gorge, before a series of ups and downs take us through more typical Anti Atlas scenery to the Col de Kerdous. En route we pass through traditional villages that couldn’t be more different to their High Atlas counterparts. In this region, the architecture (of taller, painted buildings with distinctive porches and doorways), bears no resemblance to the squat austere earth brick constructions of the High Atlas.

There’s also an air of economic prosperity in the Anti-Atlas with many of its inhabitants having set up successful commercial enterprises in the larger cities of Morocco. This has lead to a mass male exodus and many villages are almost exclusively inhabited by females. From the Kerdous Pass there is a long downhill towards the coast and and some fast and , later, some predominantly flat(ish!) riding through argan tree forests to the vehicle pick up point close to the town of Tiznit where the ride ends.

En route there will be the traditional Skedaddle picnic lunch served, and after the ride a transfer to Agadir where you will stay the night. Agadir is a resort town, so a different feel to the rest of the trip but it’s nice to be next to the Atlantic Ocean and to enjoy some fresh catch for dinner.

Day 8
Agadir to Immouzer
32 Miles / 51 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 1,700 Metres Approx.

After breakfast we transfer out of town to just north of Agadir where we unload our bikes and start our ride up to Immouzer.

Known locally as ‘Paradise Valley’ this 50km stretch of asphalt is so called on account of its palm trees which line the early part of the route. It’s a very scenic route that is normally fairly traffic-free (apart from the odd minibus carrying tourists up to the falls) and there are several viewpoints en route to take pictures of a landscape quite different to previous days.

After stopping at an oasis for lunch we continue on a largely uphill route to the mountain village of Immouzer where we stay in a guest house for the night. We aim to arrive in good time for a drink and sunset viewing from what is one of the finest terraces in Morocco. We’ll gather for dinner tonight at the guest house.

Day 9
Immouzer to Marrakech
24 Miles / 39 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 750 Metres Approx.

After breakfast we ride out of the hotel along a mountain road that takes us northwards towards the main Agadir to Marrakech road. The scenery is open and rolling with excellent views to the south before we start our descent down to the main road. It’s about 45km of easy riding (usually with the prevailing wind behind) and when we arrive at the foot of the descent we’ll pack up the support vehicle and head back to Marrakech.

En route we’ll stop for lunch and aim to get back to Marrakech by mid afternoon. The transfer takes about 2.5 hours. Arriving back in Marrakech is a real highlight. Having arrived in the evening at the start of the trip we had little time to look around the Marrakech medina (old town), a maze of medieval streets and passageways.

Tonight there’ll be time to explore the main square – the Djemaa el Fna – to witness one of the world’s most animated night time spectacles. At night the square is transformed into a giant open air restaurant with men in white coats serving anything from sheep head stew to snails in hot sauce. The rest of the square is dedicated to other forms of entertainment such as snake charmers, story tellers, acrobats and dancers. Later we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a restaurant before exploring what Marrakech has to offer in the way of nightlife. We will stay tonight in a 3 star hotel.

Day 10
Departure: Marrakech Airport
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Free time this morning followed by a transfer to the airport for your homeward flight (journey time approx. 30 mins). Most flights depart in the afternoon so there’s time to explore the city and pick up a few last minute souvenirs. Guides are available for those who wish to be guided but we recommend seeing the city at your own pace, taking time to wander through the beguiling labyrinth of tiny alleys and passageways in the ancient medina.

You might like to visit the ancient Badi and Bahia Palaces, the museum of Marrakech, or a short taxi ride will take you to the Majorelle Botanical Garden, owned by Yves Saint Laurent. There are also the famous souks (markets) of Marrakech – ideal for devotees of ethnic fashion and decoration, but worth a look for the sights, sounds and smells of this most exotic of markets. But the real Marrakech experience is more about soaking up its unique atmosphere.

NB: Again, as mentioned under the terrain section. Every season we discover some surprises; sometimes pleasant surprises such as new improved surfaces and sometimes ‘challenging’ surprises such as mountain roads which have been damaged by adverse weather conditions. Please keep this in mind and be understanding of the fact that Morocco is a developing country with limited economic resources, and road surfaces, although largely good, may occasionally leave a little to be desired when compared to much of continental Europe.

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The Cycling


Although road surfaces are generally of reasonable quality, it is highly likely that you will experience some sub-standard surfaces that have been affected by bad weather or that are under repair. There is a comprehensive resurfacing program that is ongoing in Morocco and road improvement work is commonplace. This may have an impact on longer riding sections. If this is the case we will provide an option to ride in the support vehicle to avoid any long sections under repair but it is normally not possible to change the route as the road network in Morocco is still very limited compared with more developed countries.

We recommend that you ride with 700×25c tyres as a minimum.


Road Cycling Grade

Grade 3: Moderate

45-60 miles / 70-95 kms per day

For riders with experience, good fitness & a decent level of skill

Some features that may be experienced more frequently in a higher grade tour

Most days include a couple of significant climbs

Some long days & some steep to very steep sections

Not for beginners

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

You’re definitely not a novice rider, you’re fit, you ride regularly at weekends, sometimes staying on the bike for much of the day, you love your bike! You also enjoy a challenge and if you haven’t already done so you’re keen to attempt a semi-serious to serious mountain pass or two. You’re as comfortable with the prospect of descending from the top of a col as you are with the idea of climbing it and you’re confident that you have the skills to do so safely. You’re not necessarily a “racer” but you can crank up the pace a little when it’s necessary and you don’t mind forgoing a coffee stop if the schedule demands it occasionally. You probably own and use clipless pedals. You have good control of your bike and can take a drink from a water bottle without having to unclip and put your feet on the ground. Whilst you find a full day in the saddle fulfilling you’re not obsessed and as much as you are looking forward to the riding on your holiday, you’re also looking forward to a little local culture and cuisine. Grade 3 would be a good option for you.

For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.

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Our Tour Leader 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.

Sian, UK

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Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation during the trip (usually twin-shared rooms, except in gites/mountain lodges where you may be required to share with more people from your group)

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Marrakech airport (RAK)

G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Marrakech airport (RAK)

H) Financial Protection through ABTOT

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike rental (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (not generally offered on this particular holiday)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

The Essentials

Travel Options

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. To join the airport transfer on arrival, you’ll need to arrive into and depart from Marrakech (RAK).

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific flight schedules available for your holiday and check with us before booking any flights, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your flights fit with our scheduled transfers.

Please note If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the designated arrival and departure days there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.


We have deliberately chosen a variety of different styles of accommodation with the emphasis sometimes on comfort, sometimes on character, sometimes necessity (gites!). Most, but not all, hotels have private facilities. As Morocco is a Muslim country, alcohol is not always available in hotels.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to rent.

These bikes are typically Cannondale Supersix Evo or Cannondale Synapse, great bikes with good quality components.

If you do decide to rent we can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets when booking. The bikes will come with flat pedals as standard, so please do bring your own pedals if you use clipless pedals.

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