The trip to Morocco was smooth sailing all the way with Viator handling all the details. Although we had a rental car for a week, we appreciated the driver being able to view the surroundings as we drove through southern Spain, It would have been much appreciated if we were given information on the areas we drove through, but that was not the case. The bus tour of Tangiers was informative and brought us to a high point in the city where we had a fun time interacting with 2 baby camels - adorable is the only word for them! The camel "ride" for some amounted to nothing more than mounting, having the camel stand up fully, and then dismounting after the camel folded its legs. No ride at all for our friend, but then the price was only a Euro for the owner. The lunch was bountiful enough, and we enjoyed most of it. However, we noticed that unfortunately this was not a universal experience. In addition, skip the wine; while far from a connoisseur, I could not drink it even though it was an extra cost. The live musical entertainment throughout the meal was a nice touch.
The walk around the Kasbah was fascinating. A survival tip: don't make eye contact with the street hawkers pursuing your tour group unless you are really interested in what they are selling, or they will hound you without mercy. The talk on Moroccan handmade rugs was interesting, as we noted the differences between their methods and those used in Turkey. However, as expected, it concluded with the usual sales pitch, and with a sales person apparently dedicated to us personally, who followed us down all 3 floors of merchandise until we finally tore ourselves free. 90% of our tour group was already on the trail of the next shop and sales pitch for natural healing products. Exactly 15 minutes were allocated for independent shopping outside the rug/multiproduct enterprise - our main criticism of this tour. A second suggestion would be to upgrade the luncheon, and provide an alternative vegetarian meal.
A good overall introduction to the city, which we took on our first afternoon there after a tour of the Garnier Opera, also from Viator and excellent. The cruise was relaxing, and we were thrilled to finally be in the Eiffel Tower. Great city views; just be sure to time your descent to arrive back to the bus as requested. Some in our party kept the bus waiting, and others never showed. Paris at night was beautiful, and we had a grounding for our explorations on foot with the various elements of this tour.
We met our guide Ivana in Pile Sq. right on time, which we arrived at by taxi at less than 1/2 the cruise ship shuttle price. Walked about 8-10 min. uphill to gondola station, had a great view of the city from the top, and were given an insider's view of what life was like during the most recent war. We then had a walking tour of Old Town. Thoroughly enjoyed the day!
We easily met our guide upon leaving the ship, and found him extremely knowledgeable in all relevant areas of ancient history, church history and doctrine. He has a keen sense of humor and friendly manner. We enjoyed our tour of Naples, and found Pompeii a fascinating place! We would highly recommend this tour and guide!
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