- I did this trip December 26, 2015 to Jan 3, 2016. I loved the experience all together, the people, the biking the Explore employees, and the landscape. It felt like biking on another planet. As we were there in the winter the hotels were not always very warm in the evenings. It felt a bit like camping sometimes, if you imagine 18 sweaty people going into their rooms to have a shower all at the same time you can imagine that there was not always hot water for everyone. I still think the trip is excellent value for money even despite not always having a warm room or hot water. The food was excellent all throughout the trip, even the lunches that were prepared by the Explore employees. The hotels were clean and hadd enough bedding if you were cold. I would suggest if you are doing this tour in the winter that you bring thermal underwear to sleep in, I managed with just that, even on the one night where we camped out in the desert, that was magical! You get to see a lot of Morocco on this tour and the last day biking down the Atlas mountains is breathtaking. I found this an easy tour riding 40-50km per day in circa 2-3 hours with breaks. Ilyas the Explore leader was great under pressure (one rider needed hospital attention and one of the vans broke down) and dealt with any issues very calmly, it was barely noticed that there was an issue. I would highly recommend this tour, but with the note, if you take it in the winter you really need to bring warm clothes for the hotels.
Published on: 26 January 2016