The Grand Escapade | 2 days | 1 night

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND, SPRING & FALL RECOMMENDED – EASY FOR ALL AGES

 

 

The medieval city of Marrakech, although famous for its architecture and secret gardens, is also nestled in one of the most diverse regions in Morocco. Stunning vistas in the High Atlas mountain, arid desert landscapes with hidden oases, all peppered with hidden natural gems and ancient berber culture.

Take the time to discover this mythical region in depth with all-inclusive overnight expeditions.

Our expeditions are also available as self-drive, for experienced motorcyclists who wish to ride the sidecars themselves. A half day of training will be provided to learn the particularities of riding with a sidecar.

 

 

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ARRIVAL DAY

 

Your insider meets you at your hotel to welcome you and introduce the itinerary and details of the trip.

If you arrive in the morning, he can help you make a plan for what to do with your first day.

If you picked the self drive option: The training will done in the afternoon.


If you arrive in the afternoon, you can enjoy the Medina and try some restaurants we selected for you.

If you picked the self-drive option: The training will be done the morning of the expedition.

 

 

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE

A list of recommended hotels or riads as well as restaurants is available upon request.

 

 

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DAY 1

 

Set off from your hotel to get a first intro of Marrakech and its history by sidecar. Then head west to a close-by holy town where a local lunch will be served in a 16th century kasbah, built by the descendants of the saint that founded the town. We then ride out on dirt roads into the vast lunar landscapes of the Agafay stone desert, discover its ruins, traditional berber villages and gorgeous oases.

 

 

HOUSING

 

In this arid desert, a charming quaint glamping site overlooking the Atlas mountains welcomes you for the night. With its very pure and natural design, this desert camp interlocks seamlessly with the grandiose landscape.

Queen size bed or twin bed. Private bathroom. Local breakfast. No A/C. An alternative with a swimming pool will be suggested if your expedition is during the hot months.

 

 

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DAY 2

 

Early start for a day of adventure in the crisp air of the high Atlas mountains. Visit a weekly souk in a nearby town, a true epicenter of social life, then ride up scenic mountain roads to an isolated Berber village  at 1800m altitude.

Enjoy a local lunch prepared by the chief of village’s wife then explore by foot to learn about mountain life, traditional architecture and agricultural practices. Possibility of climbing up to see some ancestral rock paintings for those who like to hike. In the afternoon we wind our way back down the mountains through stunning stone villages before reaching Marrakech around 6pm.

NB: This itinerary is subject to change due to passengers’ requests, holidays or weather conditions.

 

 

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Your ride is private, tailor-made, off the beaten path and designed according to your level of knowledge of the area and your centres of interests, respectful of the local culture and all inclusive to offer you a memorable experience. Day rides or Custom rides are also available in China and in Morocco.

 

 

CONTACT US: If you are trying to book a last minute ride within 48 hours or if you have any questions and just prefer talking to a human being we understand – you can email us at the Contact us link or you can call us at +212 (0)6 69 69 93 74.  We try to get back to everyone within 24 hours.

 

 

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DRIVING

 

You can take part in our expeditions as a passenger or a driver.
If you are not a motorcyclist, let your insider take care of the driving. We can take up to two passengers per sidecar.

If you wish to ride the sidecar yourself, you will need a valid motorcycle licence issued in a country recognised by the kingdom of Morocco. There will be a mandatory half day training session in the marrakech palmgrove, even for experienced motorcyclists, to make sure you have the skills necessary to take part in the trip. Sidecar have have specific riding characteristics that need to be mastered before heading out on the open road.

Once the training completed, your insider will accompany you for the trip on the separate support vehicle.

FOR LEGAL AND SAFETY REASONS, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE OUR SIDECAR WITHOUT A PROPER TRAINING AND A VALID MOTORCYCLE LICENCE.

 

 

LUGGAGE

 

We can take two small cabin size luggage in the trunk of the sidecar. Soft luggage is essential so it can be packed inside. If the luggage does not fit in the lockable trunk, we can strap it to the rack, but this means we will have to carry it with us when stopping.

 

MEETING POINT


This rides starts and ends at your hotel in downtown Marrakech.

 

 

LANGUAGES


We offer expeditions in different languages. When you send us your booking form you can ask for an insider who speaks a language other than English.

 

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

 

Our rides are all inclusive.

• Housing for 2 persons in a luxury tent (Queen size bed or twin bed) • All meals & non-alcoholic beverages during the expedition • An insured sidecar motorbike with fuel, highway & parking fees • All sightseeing fees • Personal Insider (your multilingual host & driver) • Waterproof gear • Helmets

 

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

 

 • All third party activities • Any insurance for all third party activities • Any domestic & international flights • Any room upgrades • Any housing in Marrakech • Any baggage, accident or cancellation insurance • Any personal medical and evacuation insurance • Any purchases of a personal nature. 

 

 

EXTRAS
French champagne, instant camera renting or smartphone camera accessories… we do offer a wide array of options to make your ride truly confortable and memorable. Discover them during your booking process.

 

 

REFUND POLICY
In case of no-show or if you cancel within a week before your ride you will be responsible for the total amount of your ride.

 

 

HELP & QUESTIONS
Visit our help page to find answers to your questions or contact us by email at info@insidersexperience.com.

Approx. 48 hours
2 persons max. per sidecar
From 10800 MAD per sidecar
Options available on this ride
Just add them during the booking process

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HELP & SUPPORT

Are your rides private?
Our custom-made adventures are strictly private, adjusted to your preferences and your pace. We never combine guests into larger groups.
Where is your starting and ending point located?
We have a dedicated meeting point in downtown Marrakech at the Grand Café de la Poste. If you wish, we can also come pick you up at your hotel at an additional cost if 200MAD per sidecar. We can drop you off wherever you like in downtown Marrakech at the end of your ride.
Can we take young children on board?
From 2 to 99 years old, fun on three-wheels is for all. Kid helmets are available, and a special itinerary can be tailor-made for our small guests. Kids below 12 need to be accompanied by one adult.
What is included?
Our rides are all-inclusive. We want you to truly enjoy the ride right from the start and forget about logistics or unexpected situations. Vehicle rental (driven by an insider), helmets for adults and for kids, entrance tickets, sun cream and bottles of water are included. For the day ride, a traditional lunch is included. Alcohol, tips and personal shopping are not included. Please note that the use of helmets is compulsory by law and should always be respected. Disposable hair nets will be provided for each passenger. Our helmets are kept in perfect condition, cleaned and disinfected after every ride.
What equipment should I bring on my ride?
Sun is very bright and rain is scarce in Morocco. Wear comfortable shoes and long-sleeve shirt all year round, pack sun screen and your fully charged camera. Helmets will be provided by your insider. For winter rides (December - March), don't get fooled by the blue sky and shinning sun, it can get cold on the bikes, so please bring a windproof jacket.
What are the options available on Insiders rides?
We do offer a few options to spice your ride up. º An instant camera is a fun, retro little gadget to instantly print your pictures while enjoying your ride. 20 sheets included. º Take the camera on your mobile device to the next level with this selfie stick and lens set including Fish-eye, wide-angle and macro lens. For rent only. For all devices. º An astonishing view with a glass of French champagne will definitely make the difference. Our bottle of 375mL are recommended for two full pours. º A lightweight, durable travel canvas tote bag designed by Marrakech Insiders. It’s the perfect travel partner for your sidecar rides. None of them works for you? Just drop us a line and we will do our best to fit your request.
Do you offer shopping sprees or kid-friendly adventures?
Challenge us with a specific request is what we enjoy the most. All our rides are tailor-made according to your desires, just ask upstream so we can craft a memorable journey just for you. Please let us know your requirements in the "Special Requests" box at the end of your online booking process. A set of options is also available to spice up your ride.
Do you give discounts for kids?
Our rates are per vehicle which can accommodate up to two passengers on a sidecar whatever their age.
Is it Ok to tip my insider?
Tipping is always optional. But if you had a great time and want to thank your insider, gratuities are very much appreciated.
What is Slow Travel?
Slow Travel is an alternative way of travelling based on the idea of taking time to discover a new destination. Slow Travel leaves a great place to serendipity and is also a great opportunity to become part of local life and to connect to a place and its people.
How can I write a review about Insiders?
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Can we drive the vehicles ourselves?
Traffic in Morocco can be hectic and require some driving experience. Thus, we don’t offer a self-driving option on our city rides. You’ll be in better hands with an Insider driving for you. For a self-driving experience, enquire about our expeditions by visiting www.insidersexpeditions.com or by contacting us.
How many people can fit per sidecar/jeep?
Our sidecar are insured for up to 2 passengers per vehicle no matter their age. One passenger behind the driver and one in the basket. If you are more than 2 passengers, just book extra sidecars to accommodate everyone. Please note that there is no weight or length limitations.
Can we take people with a physical inability on board?
Yes, we can, as long as they are able to sit for the booked amount of time in a sidecar.
How can I pay for my booking?
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What currency can I use to pay for my ride?
Our prices are in Moroccan Dirhams (MAD) but we do accept payment in more than 130 currencies from almost any credit card and debit card, no matter where you live. There are two types of fees that you might see when making payment with an unsupported currency or from a different country than Morocco. º Bank Conversion Fees : If Stripe doesn’t support your currency, then your payment will be converted into Moroccan Dirhams by your bank. Your bank will add an additional fee for you to pay. º Foreign Transaction Fees : If your bank account is based in a different country than Morocco you may receive additional fees. This is up to your bank, so the exact behavior might vary.
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Safer than it's ever been. We use one of the most secure online ordering systems on the market. We use industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to allow for the encryption of potentially sensitive information such as your name, address and other critically sensitive information like your credit card details. Information passed between your computer and our website cannot be read in the event someone else intercepts it. This technology includes the following features: º Authentication : this assures your browser that your data is being sent to the correct computer server, and that the server is secure. º Encryption : this encodes the data, so that it cannot be read by anyone other than the secure server. º Data Integrity : this checks the data being transferred to ensure it has not been altered. In the unlikely incidence of unauthorized use of your card you must report the incident immediately to your credit card provider.
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Can I cancel my order after I've placed it?
To receive a booking confirmation, it may take up to 24 hours in high season. If you shall need to cancel your booking before receiving the booking confirmation, we refund you with 100% of the fee. º If you cancel by writing at least 5 weeks prior to the ride, you will get a 90% refund. º If you cancel by writing 48 hours prior to the ride, you will get a 50% refund. º If you cancel less 48 hours before meeting time, no refund will be granted. In case of heavy rain we accept a cancellation 2 hours before the ride.
Can I get a refund in case of heavy rain?
It happens rarely in Marrakech, but heavy rain still falls. Usually, we just wait a few minutes and the sun comes back even brighter. If you decide not to start the ride, Insiders shall refund you with 100% of the service fee (minus bankfees) if you cancel before 2 hours in advance. However, if your ride has already begun, you’ll be charged 100% of the service fee (minus bankfees).
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