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A Moroc­can mo­tor­cy­cle tour For bik­ers who love the great out­doors, a tour of Morocco’s Rif moun­tains with Leg­endary Mo­tor­cy­cle Ad­ven­tures is an ab­so­lute joy, says Chris Caldicott in The Daily Tele­graph. This new Bri­tish com­pany runs “re­laxed” group trips with a “non­ma­cho” ethos and ex­cel­lent kit (in­clud­ing “retro-style” Royal En­field bikes and Outhaus tents). Head­ing east from Tang­ier to­wards the Al­ge­rian bor­der, you can ride for days through a re­mote wilder­ness, stop­ping from time to time in friendly set­tle­ments that seem al­most un­touched by moder­nity (in­clud­ing the beau­ti­ful “blue town” of Che­fchaouen). Among the high­lights of the tour are wild camp­ing un­der a dark sky full of stars, swim­ming off de­serted beaches, wash­ing in ham­mams and shop­ping in an­cient souks. This is a “raw, sim­ple, au­then­tic” way of trav­el­ling. A ten-day tour costs £3,620pp, incl. fuel, kit, food and ferry cross­ings (0771-113 3396, www.lma.life).

Fol­low­ing in Luther’s foot­steps This year marks the 500th an­niver­sary of the Protes­tant Re­for­ma­tion, sparked by Martin Luther nail­ing his 95 the­ses to the door of the cas­tle church in Wit­ten­berg. A 40-minute train ride from Berlin, the city is well worth a visit, says An­drew Eames in The Times. Its “pas­tel-painted” houses look “like a film set”, and among them is the Luther­haus, where the the­olo­gian lived most of his life – now a mu­seum stuffed with paint­ings by his friend Lu­cas Cranach. Nearby is Er­furt, where Luther stud­ied, a beau­ti­ful town with the long­est in­hab­ited bridge in Europe; and Eise­nach, which sits be­low the Wart­burg, a “spec­tac­u­lar” Ro­manesque cas­tle where, in hid­ing, he trans­lated the New Tes­ta­ment into Ger­man. For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.luther2017.de.

Track­ing Ted Turner’s bi­son Over-hunt­ing in the 19th cen­tury re­duced the US’S bi­son pop­u­la­tion to 1,000. To­day, the an­i­mals are resur­gent, thanks in part to the ef­forts of bil­lion­aire me­dia mogul turned en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Ted Turner. You can see the bi­son, as well as other species that once roamed the west­ern plains, at Lad­der Ranch, one of three huge tracts of land in New Mex­ico that he is “rewil­d­ing”, says Bella Pollen in the FT. Guests stay in Turner’s own house (dec­o­rated in “gen­tly kitsch” style by Jane Fonda, his for­mer wife), and, with ex­perts guides, go on sa­fari “across hill­sides dense with prickly pear, across high mesas and flow­ing creeks”. The sight of the bi­son is “pro­foundly mov­ing”: it’s “as if they’d al­ways been there, as if noth­ing had ever changed”. From $3,000 a night for two peo­ple, plus $800 each for ad­di­tional guests (00 1 877 288 7637, www.ted­turner­ex­pe­di­tions.com).

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