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Morocco Ride

Climb the Tizi n’Tichka pass, enjoy lunch with a view of UNESCO world heritage site Ait Benhaddou, ride across the Agafay desert, and stay in the heart of the Atlas mountains

This tour offers an authentic experience for guests open to discovering the unique blend of Arab, Berber & European cultures that shape the heart of Morocco.

Accommodations
Guesthouses, hotels
Group Size
20
Fundraising Commitment
$4,200
Reg Fee: $250
Trip Length
7 days
Total Mileage
498 km/309 miles
Shorter options available each day
Recommended Bike Style
Gravel bike
rentals are available

Ride a colorful tour from Marrakech into the High Atlas Mountains. Climb the Tizi n’Tichka pass, enjoy lunch with a view of UNESCO world heritage site Ait Benhaddou, ride across the Agafay desert, and stay in the heart of the Atlas mountains. This tour offers an authentic experience for guests open to discovering the unique blend of Arab, Berber & European cultures that shape the heart of Morocco. Enjoy learning from your local guides, and taste delicious Moroccan food of slow-cooked tagines, fresh juices & bottomless pots of tea. Get off the beaten tourist track into rural Morocco & get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

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This is a special Climate Ride Funders Trip and the proceeds directly support Climate Ride’s work (no beneficiary selection for this event). Your fundraising will benefit the programs and efforts of Climate Ride including helping to underwrite the Green Fondo events, our community scholarships for young sustainability leaders, and our Environmental Justice Action Grants. You are helping us grow the organization to become an advocacy powerhouse that engages people in the world of active environmental philanthropy and sustainable solutions. 

We have daily cycling mileages (including short options) to suit all types of cyclists. This is a fully-supported ride which means you can focus on pedaling and making connections with your new friends while we take care of everything from overnight details, meals, snacks, luggage transport, and more. This ride requires gravel bikes (these can be rented through our outfitter).

Arriving & Departing (Important Information)

Arriving

We will pick up riders at Marrakech airport at 12 pm on Day 1. From there, we will transfer to our first hotel. If you have rented a bike, it will be waiting for you at the hotel.

Departing

The tour finishes in Marrakech. We will provide you with a transfer to Marrakech airport on departure day. Our transfer will arrive at the airport at 10 am, suitable for flights out after 12 noon.

Accommodations & Meals

This is an adventure! This trip has a mix of accommodations including a hotel, guesthouses, and a traditional riad.

A single supplement is available upon request.  Guests can request a single supplement and they will have their own rooms where appropriate (eg.  family home nights sleeping arrangements are communal, with appropriate separation of men and women & private space for couples.

All of your breakfast, lunch, and dinners are included. Breakfast and dinners will be at the hotel each day and for lunch, we will stop at cafes along the route or enjoy an al fresco picnic. In addition, snacks and ride fuel will be provided. The ride fuel will be natural and there are no specific bars/gels packed in our support van–please bring your own if you require it. Note that alcoholic drinks are not available – guests are invited to drink Berber whisky (fresh mint tea) instead.

The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition and water. Our team will serve a roadside lunch – a time-efficient pit stop with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fruit & veg to keep you energized and feeling healthy all week.

What kind of bike do I need?

We recommend gravel bikes. You do not want skinny tires on this ride.

Gravel bikes are available to rent through our outfitter.

At this point, we are not sure if we can accommodate e-bike charging each day, so we do not recommend e-bikes.

What is included? Not included?

Included:

  • Accommodations, and meals
  • Expert guides and route support

Not Included:

  • All air tickets with airport taxes
  • Bike. You can bring your own bike or you can rent a bike.
  • –Gravel Bike (you can rent from our local outfitter). Price listed soon.
  • Alcoholic drinks and other beverages during meals outside tour inclusion
  • Any optional tour
  • Tips for guide, driver, hotels’ porters (in your ride guide we will indicate recommended tips)
What are the travel documents/passports required for traveling to Morocco?

You will need a valid U.S. or E.U.passport (valid for at least 3 months or you can be denied entry). If you are a passport holder from another country please check your country’s regulations.

Please check your ride guide and any emails that we send you regarding Covid protocols for entering and exiting Morocco.

Is my U.S. medical insurance valid while traveling outside the U.S.? Can I get travel insurance?

Many domestic health insurance companies do not provide coverage outside of the United States, and, before leaving for the event travelers should speak with their healthcare providers to determine if they will be covered.  Several private insurance companies offer short-term Travel/Medical insurance.  Check out Allianz Travel Insurance, World Nomads, or other comparable companies.

We highly recommend travel insurance. Remember, travel insurance can only cover expenses you have paid for (flights, additional hotels, etc). It cannot cover your fundraising. Be sure to read the fine print on the travel insurance that you buy. Some companies are not covering Covid related issues.

Here are useful links from one travel insurance provider.

World Nomads policies on Coronavirus: https://www.worldnomads.com/usa/help/insurance/recent-events/coronavirus-faqs

World Nomads ‘what is covered’ with Travel insurance: https://www.worldnomads.com/usa/travel-insurance/whats-covered/cancellation

Can I use my U.S. debit or credit card?

Yes, credit cards and debit cards are accepted in towns and tourist areas. But don’t expect to use your credit card everywhere. When we are in smaller villages you may want local currency to purchase incidentals.

Fundraising Beneficiaries

This is a special Climate Ride Funders Trip and the proceeds directly support Climate Ride’s work. Your fundraising will benefit the programs and efforts of Climate Ride including helping to underwrite the Green Fondo events, our community scholarships for young sustainability leaders, and our Environmental Justice Action Grants. You are helping us grow the organization to become an advocacy powerhouse that engages people in the world of active environmental philanthropy and sustainable solutions. Because of this, you cannot change your beneficiary selection after registering. All donations are tax-deductible.

Fundraising and Transfer Deadlines | Important Dates

Fundraising Deadlines:

$500 to be raised by:7/8/2024
$2,100 to be raised by:8/19/2024
$4,200 to be raised by:9/10/2024

Transfer Deadline: There are no transfers for this event. Donations are non-refundable.

Note: If you’d like to register after or near a fundraising deadline, don’t worry, we’re here to help you get up to speed!

More Questions?

Be sure to review our general FAQ and policies or contact us!

Alix Cotumaccio, Adriatic Ride
Adriatic Ride

Inspirational, yes, but Climate Ride is more than that. It challenges you to do – not just to do the ride, but to change your ways, to advocate for sustainability, to connect with others, to let your guard down and learn, experience and internalize.

Shamini Dhana
California

Climate Ride was a life-changing experience and I was blown away by the people I met, their passion and what they are doing behind the scenes as it relates to a sustainable future for our planet.