Cycle to the Sahara on our discover Morocco bike ride - Road to Sahara

Cycling Holidays Morocco – Cycle road to Sahara – Marrakesh To Merzouga

Morocco, a kingdom of rich heritage, wonders and mystery, mountain ranges, golden beaches and venture to the south you’ll find Morocco’s most famous natural wonder… the spectacular Sahara Desert. Morocco is truly a kingdom that rewards the curious and on the way you’ll discover lush oases, cascading river gorges, rich groves of figs, olives and flora and palmeraie.

European Cycling Tours offer a unique opportunity for a once in a lifetime cycling experience through this mystical land of North Africa to one of the great natural wonders of the world. This five day cycling adventure will transport you back to a land and culture unspoiled and untouched of modernity, you will go on your own spellbinding adventure of discovery of this extraordinary land on two wheels from the bustling bazaars of Marrakesh, over the the ancient Atlas mountains, through desert towns of Merzouga and Ouarzazate (Hollywood’s destination of choice when it comes to filming desert epics) to the towering dunes of the mighty Sahara… there is no other bike ride quite like it anywhere in the world!

Cycling Holidays Morocco

Total Distance 495km
Total Ascent 2,575m
Max Alt 2,213m
Difficulty Grade 3/5
7 Nights
Next Departure 3 Oct 2024
Adventure Factor #5Guide Price £895


Day One – Arrive Marrakesh airport – transfer to hotel. Times of recommended flights given at time of application. Build bikes before evening meal and early night.

Day Two – Marrakesh to Ouarzazate – Transfer to Taddart (Atlas mountains) before cycling 105km +1,100m

Day Three – Ouarzazate to Ait Ibriren (Dades Gorge) – 80km +1,000m

Day Four – Ait Ibriren to Tloute – 125km +200m

Day Five – Tloute to Erfoud – 125km +135m

Day Six – Erfoud to Sahara Desert (Erg Chebbi)… dune camel ride and spectacular desert sunset before evening dinner – 60km +140m

Day Seven – Pack down bikes before transfer return and evening dinner in Marrakesh

Day Eight – Easy day enjoying the sights, sounds and rich heritage of Marrakesh, including of course the myriad of cafes and labyrinth of souks before evening flight home – optional extra night on application.


Experienced Cycle Leader(s), Full Vehicle Support, Bike Mechanic, First Aiders,

Baggage Transfer, 3/4 star Hotel (Riad) Accommodation (7 nights inc Breakfast), Airport Transfers (designated flights)

Not Included

Flights, Lunches, Evening Meals


Recommended flight information will be given on your application.To help us help you, It is important you notify us of any extraordinary travel arrangements you may have that prevents you from arriving at the recommended times.
Your personal bags will be carried by the support vehicle throughout the event.
We strongly ask your bikes to be transported by bike bags (semi-rigid/soft). Please do not arrive to the event with rigid bike travel boxes. Support vehicles will have limited space and unable stow large solid bike boxes as well as all luggage and equipment through the event.
Please contact us with any questions regarding flight transport of your bike, we will be more than happy to discuss this further with you.

Weather & Kit

We can expect warm, sunny weather, however we should expect slight temperature drop and cool conditions on the mountains and in the evenings – Remember to bring layers – not heavy coverings.
This is principally a road tour, however, the road surfaces through Morocco are unpredictable, there will be rough roads and in places we can expect little or no asphalt surface (road to final hotel destination in desert). You should equip yourself with a road hybrid bike with wide good quality ‘touring tyres’. Your bike should be well maintained and in good running order with suitable ‘road gears’ and brakes. Mountain Bikes are suitable if equipped with suitable road touring tyres – gearing may also need to be addressed. if you have any doubt regarding your bike set-up, please contact to discuss. Please note, high-tech, lightweight sport road bikes are NOT suitable for this cycling adventure to the Sahara Desert. Bike Hire available POA.
A full kit list will be issued in your ‘Joining Instructions’ document after your application. We will be glad to discuss any aspect of kit and your bike with you, please call us anytime with any questions.

Fitness & Training

This is a level 3 cycle event. You will be capable of riding comfortably upto 120km in a day (8hrs) and/or used to riding distances upto 80km over hilly terrain – minimum. If you have any doubt as to your fitness regarding participation in this event please give us a cal and we will be more than happy to chat with you.
Please arrive to the event ready to ride and not rely on ‘muscle memory’ or riding into ‘trip fitness’ – don’t let us or yourself down…please train to ride.

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Road To Sahara Route

Road To Sahara Route Profile

Enquiries now being taken for our next epic adventure bike ride to the Sahara desert – register your interest today…

Next Departure – 3 October 2024

To participate on this extraordinary adventure or for further information hit contact us  now…

“Having never really cycled before, the challenge of cycling from London to Paris was HUGE. However, both Jason and Paul did an amazing job in supporting the team of mixed abilities and experience through the 3 day tour. Extremely professional, and a very well organised itinerary. I would seriously recommend ECT for anyone looking for a great adventure with the security of knowing it’ll be well planned and catered for. I’m looking forward to booking my next trip with these guys. Thanks again for all your support, knowledge (and patience)!!! “ – Bryony Harrison-Croft 2018

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