Spain, Portugal and Morocco: Explore Southern Europe and Northern Africa, a ride from the hills of Lisbon to the sands of the Sahara
A ride of an incredible diversity in peoples, landscapes & cultures, this is a ride that explores the history of Southern Europe and Northern Africa, from the Romans to the Muslims, the Moors to the Christians, maritime explorers to the Conquistadors, they all left their mark on this historically rich part of the world. We will experience life beneath the “tourist surface” as we ride the less travelled paths via country roads, barely a single lane wide, get wonderfully lost in the ancient medinas of Morocco, ditch our bikes in favor of camels as we ride into the endless Sahara and explore ancient Kasbahs and palm filled oases. Join us as we have breakfast in Morocco, lunch in Gibraltar and dinner in Spain, all in one day, this is a classic, all paved, ride never to be forgotten.
Dates & Prices
27th September 2022 to 18th October 2022
Tour Code: SPM/270922
|Rider / F750 GS||US$8604||: FULL|
|Rider / F850 GS||US$9016||: FULL|
|Rider / R1250 GS||US$9423||: FULL|
|Pillion / Support Vehicle||US$6756||: FULL|
1st September 2023 to 22nd September 2023
Tour Code: SPM/010923
|Rider / F750 GS||US$9462||: AVAILABLE|
|Rider / F850 GS||US$9920||: AVAILABLE|
|Rider / R1250 GS||US$10360||: AVAILABLE|
|Pillion / Support Vehicle||US$7635||: AVAILABLE|
At a Glance
- The most South Westerly of Europe
- Stunning back roads of the Portuguese Algarve
- Riding the lane ways of the Spanish Andalusia
- The mighty Atlas Mountains of Morocco
- A night in the Sahara
- The medinas of Fez & Marrakesh
- The Kabashs of Morocco
- Stunning Ronda
- Lunch in Gibraltar
- Granada's Alhambra & Cordoba's Mesquita
- Ancient roman city of Volubilis
- Airport Transfers
- Motorcycle rental as per your selection.
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- 21 nights accommodation in excellent small hotels
- 21 breakfasts
- 14 Lunches
- 15 Dinners
- Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
- Pre-departure material and route maps
- Access to a satellite phone, pay per minute
- Compass Expeditions tour shirt
- Entrances to all attractions mentioned in the itinerary
- International Flights
- Visas (if required)
- Personal Health/Travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
If you require a low bike option we have a lowered suspension or lowered seat BMW F700 GS available: Free of charge
All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: EUR 1 890
(please note, you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip).
Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of EUR 2500, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: EUR 25 per day
Day 1: Your Lisbon airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: Leaving the Portuguese capital of Lisbon we ride due south along the Atlantic Coastline the most southwesterly point of the European continent, at Sagres, a town with a definite “end of the world” feel to it.
Day 3: We are in the Portuguese Algarve and ride the extraordinary Serra de Monchique, riding small remote backcountry roads through tiny farming communities before returning to the coast at Tavira
Day 4: Crossing into Spain today, and the legendary Andalucía, we ride into the mountains of this remarkable region overnighting in a 15th Century Hacienda located on the outskirts of the stunning Arcos de la Frontera
Day 5: We cross into Morocco today, via the Straits of Gibraltar, and ride onto the beautiful “blue village” of Chefchaouen, a village in the shadow of the Rif Mountains.
Day 6 & 7: A full days ride today to one of the most fabled cities in Morocco, that of Fez. We spend a full day in Fez allowing us time to visit the renowned Fez Medina among ancient sights.
Day 8: Leaving Fez we ascend into the Middle Atlas Mountains and a landscape of vast valleys and oasis of palm filled canyons to our overnight stop at Midelt.
Day 9: Descending somewhat we reach the very edge of the Sahara Desert and swap our bikes for camels and ride out to our overnight 5 star campsite, set deep within the sand dunes, not far from the Algerian border!
Day 10: Back on our bikes we ride the “Route of 1000 Kasbahs”, a historic route littered with Kasbah’s and palm filled oases on our way to the extraordinary Todra Gorge where we spend the night.
Days 11 & 12: We visit one of Morocco’s finest Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou before ascending into the High Atlas Mountains via the incredible Tizi n'Tichka pass. Two nights are spent in Marrakesh giving us time to visit the old medina and the amazing Djemaa el Fna
Day 13: More superb backcountry riding today and we ascend and descend the Atlas Mountains via rarely used single lane roads; it’s a real introduction into rural Moroccan life
Day 14: More superb riding today back into the ever present Atlas Mountains through a rarely visited region of remote villages and epic landscapes. We arrive into the UNESCO listed Meknes for our overnight stop and can visit the old medina.
Day 15: A short ride out to Morocco’s finest Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing onto the beautiful coastal fortified village of Asilah where we spend our last night in Morocco.
Day 16 & 17: Breakfast in Morocco, lunch in Gibraltar & dinner in Spain!!! We cross back into Spain and stop of the wonderful Rock of Gibraltar before ascending into the mountains to the incredible Ronda. Two nights are spent in Ronda allowing us time to explore this amazingly located city.
Day 18: Another amazing ride day exploring the empty back roads of Andalucía before reaching the renowned Granada
Day 19: visit the UNESCO listed Alhambra before riding the “Caliphates Way”, a route littered with Pueblo Blanco’s (White villages) all adorned with ancient fortresses. The day is finished off at the staggering Mesquita (mosque / cathedral) in Cordoba.
Day 20: We cross back into Portugal today via some superb country lanes and mountain top fortress villages. We overnight at another UNESCO listed village of Evora
Day 21: After spending the morning in Evora we take a short ride amongst beautiful cork and eucalypt forests and grape vines to Lisbon for our last night of this incredibly diverse ride in 4 different countries.
Departure day: Spend some time in Lisbon or fly home, the choice is yours.
- 21 nights of accommodation.
- Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 5 star hotels.
- One night "Glamping" in The Sahara; the tents have hot showers & toilets inside so we aren't roughing it.
- A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
- All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available:EU$ 1 890.00 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)
- On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 21 Breakfasts
- On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 14 Lunches
- We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 15 Dinners
- All riders must have a valid motorcycle license and at least two years riding experience.
- It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.
BMW R1250 GS
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TOUR AND EXPEDITION TRAVEL INSURANCE
|At Compass Expeditions we work hard to make sure that your motorcycle tour runs smoothly and safely. Your welfare is of primary concern to us and we know that we cannot control every situation on the road or while you are traveling.
Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining a Compass Expeditions motorcycle tour, but it makes sense.
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