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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).