The Quest is the original Mammoth Journeys cycle route.

The transition through France, Spain and finally Morocco is beautiful to experience at the pace of cycling. 

Arriving into Africa having cycled the entire distance leaves you with an indescribable euphoria. 

Perfect for that summer holiday with a difference. Start that once in lifetime Journey NOW!

The Journey is split into 3 legs. You can join in for a specific leg or the entire route.

Quick Facts: 

Countries: England, France, Spain and Morocco 

Distance: 3095 km / 1920 miles  

Duration: Up to 35 days      

Cost: From £1600 - Group Discounts Offered   


Dates: 6th June - 11th July 2019

The Odyssey


Leg 1: London to Bordeaux                 Distance:  990 km / 615 miles       Duration: 11 days   

We depart London and head south towards Newhaven for the afternoon ferry across to Dieppe, before we continue south. The first few days of any Journey is a shock to the system, but thankfully well maintained French cycle highways along with the pleasures of continental life, the road into Paris will all go smoothly.  We will have one rest day in Paris to explore at your own pace before starting the second section of leg 1. 

The next section offers relatively unchallenging terrain on undulating French rural country lanes and cycle trails. Any saddle discomfort is quickly forgotten thanks to the endless quaint picturesque French villages we pass.  After this leg there is a real satisfaction with having cycled the length of France in little over a week

Leg 2: Bordeaux to Madrid                 Distance: 760 km / 472 miles        Duration:  9 days 

This is where things get interesting. With over 4,000 meters of climbing this cross border leg will make you work for those spectacular views. Increasing distance, elevation and heat makes this leg especially rewarding. To ensure you are fully rested for these tough climbs, every night on the Journey is in hotel accommodation. We want you to cycle hard during the day and rest well in the evenings. 


Passing up and over the Pyrennes is no easy feat, but the awe inspiring views are well worth the effort. Meandering through the Basque countryside the change in congestion from France and Spain is welcomed, and the dent on the map makes the end of this leg particularly special. During this leg you realise why you undertook this Journey as personal boundaries become tested but you are rewarded accordingly. Paella and sangria to celebrate!

Leg 3:  Madrid to Marrakesh               Distance: 1,320 km / 820 miles     Duration:  15 days 

A very tough first week on this leg with another honest 4000m of climbing. For those with us from the start you have now cycled higher than Everest - an unmatched bragging right and a unrivaled feeling of self pride. 


Riding off the boat into the port of Tangier is a truly special feeling and the contrast in culture could not be any more polar opposites. 

The Moroccan section is a lot more manageable in terms of distance and elevation compared to our European legs. However the heat in the desert obviously deserves your respect.

With rest days in Tangier, Rabat and Casablanca, you will have plenty of opportunity to explore true Moroccan culture. Combined with the cycling sections between these major cities, you will experience parts of Morocco no other tourists gets the pleasure of visiting.

The final stop of Marrakesh at the Koutoubia Mosque opposite the Jemaa El-Fnaa will leave an unparalleled elation within your body, as an overwhelming feeling of honour at your accomplishment starts to sink you. You have just cycled across Europe to Africa. 

What's Included?

35 Nights hotel accommodation including the night in London prior to departure for briefing. 

35 Breakfasts and 19 Dinners

Support vehicle for luggage transport and mechanical assistance

Daily cycle guide and physical route maps, or GPS points 

Mammoth Journeys cycle top 

Recommended kit list

Airport transfer at the start and end of your Journey (conditions apply)

Bike transport return to England

What's not Included?

Flights at the start or end of your Journey

Any meals, tours, gratuities, or transport outside of the Journey's proposed route and plan


Personal Insurance

Bike Hire

For more detailed information and breakdown of each leg, including the route, click on the PDF Document or visit the FAQ page​.

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