This was a terrible trip. We had to take a taxi at 4:30 in the morning to be at our pickup point by 4:45 as recommended. After more than 2 hours on the bus picking up other people, we headed for the ferry. Our first stop was the camels - a cheap ride for one euro but basically a one minute circle. I felt sorry for the camels, getting up and down from the ground many times in a row. They also looked dilapidated. Hardly any commentary from our Moroccan guide in the bus. When we got to the marketplace, it was difficult to stay with the group through narrow streets and CONSTANT vendors. We went to a rug factory with a five minute presentation and then could wander through three floors of very overpriced goods. We were followed closely by salespeople. Then to lunch, which was decent with some nice live music. Then on to the "spice market" which is no such thing. It's another store that showed us five spices and then every kind of snake oil you can imagine. We were there nearly an hour, and when I bought something in the very rushed checkout, oops, they shorted me ten euro. Mistake? Not quite sure, but if you want to buy a tea that will "wake up lazy husbands, wink wink" this is your place. Finally, we were given 15 minutes on our own to shop. Upon hearing that I was looking for jewelry, our guide directed me in a shop with "wonderful prices". He made sure the owner saw him. A short, bombarded walk back to the ferry where a special line got us through the lines fast. Three hours later, we were back to the hotel. I would not recommend this tour to anyone - yes, it's cool to say you were in Africa, but personally I'd sooner take a tour where I could learn something as well.
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