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All in all, we had a great day in Morocco, traveling from Marbella, Spain to the city of Tanjiers by bus and a large, two story, fully-enclosed speed boat. The trip included a very interesting guided bus tour of the new section of the city, including beautiful wide avenues and lovely buildings with great views of the Atlantic and Mediterranean, beautiful gardens and fountains and a quick but inexpensive 1 Euro camel ride. The guide showed us all the different international sections--British, French, Spanish, American, Italian, etc. Each has its own schools and library, as well as a distinct character. Then we had a guided tour of the old city or Casbah, built in the 14th century. Crowded and narrow streets with bustling food markets, along with jewelry, leather, fabric and other local goods. We stopped along the way at a fine Moroccan restaurant with traditional music and food, which was included in the tour. We also had stops at a Moroccan/Berber rug store and an herbal/homeopathic store with presentations at each. Overall, the trip was well worth it, and we had a very pleasant day meeting fellow passengers and getting to know more about this cosmopolitan city and its long history. I would recommend the tour to others with these caveats: 1 the bus makes dozens of stops at hotels picking and dropping off people all along the way, 2 the rug store presentation was not very exciting and we would have preferred more time shopping on our own, and 3 be prepared to be attacked by local vendors all trying to sell the same goods--bracelets, camels, scarves, Moroccan leather purses, etc. Although many travelers skipped the herbal presentation, we actually enjoyed it. The presenter was informative and funny, prices were affordable and we were able to purchase Moroccan oil and other desired products with little or no hard selling. It was also air conditioned, and the Casbah was very hot that day.
Excellent tour! We loved everything, from the tour guide, the city,k the lunchand the shopping. We were very happy with this tour,
The tour was everything I expected. The guide and bus driver were excellent. Even though the bus broke down and we were delayed, the guide held it together and the bus driver fixed the bus!
This tour made it very easy to see the Old City without the hassles of having to make arrangements. You tour with a group of about 50 ppl. They take you through a mandatory rug and health items seminar which last about 10-15 minutes each. No one bought a rug in the group nor was there any pressure to. The lunch was enjoyable as it was in a Moroccan style restaurant and surprisingly the food was edible! Especially the dessert!
Well organized tour. It gave us a feeling of Morocco. We were traveling with a 9 year old and the tour gave us the security to bring her and enjoy our time. The meal was delicious (our picky daughter still wishes she could find the same in the USA). Thanks!
A very nice day trip! Awesome tour guide Pedro!!!!!! He made all work very well and smoothly!
We had a great time. Guides were very good. The tour company did a great job
Tour was awesome! Great guides. Definitely need to return though, as there was way too much we saw but couldn't explore.
They take you to touristy shops, nice lunch for the price hard to beat
Guide was great. I felt safe and very well taken care of. A definite must see experience
IT RAINED!!! I was expecting a hot and sweaty city - instead of that, I was soaked to the skin!! That's no-one's fault - Tangier, being on the Atlantic coast has changes in weather. The downside is that if you join the tour from the east of the country (Torremolinos), it can take 2 hours to complete the pick ups before the trip gets really underway and this can get quite tedious; however, the coach was very comfortable and the scenery gorgeous. I would have preferred to pay more for a smaller party and no xtra pickup, and thus get longer on the trip itself. The ferry crossing to Tangier was great fun (seated in business class). From the ferry we boarded a coach for a tour of the city and surrounding area. There's a stop for a camel ride costing €1. It's not really a "ride" in the true sense - it's really just to sit on a camel for a photo opportunity. There followed a walking tour of the old city - lots of interesting information and on a better day, would have been very enjoyable. Lunch in a morroccan restaurant with traditional music (I didn't see any Berber dancers as advertised in the blurb) and then on into the kasbah and into the usual obligatory carpet/leather shop where they try and persuade you to buy something. Then on to a homeopathic apothecary which was very interesting and well worth the visit, with interesting things to buy. We were marched through the kasbah rather; I would have liked to have time to stop at the little shops and buy something, but I can see that it is very very easy to get lost. Perhaps it would be possible for the guide to wait at the end of a selected street and give people 15 minutes or so to wander down and make purchases before moving on to the next street. I did feel a little short changed that I hadn't had the chance to buy anything authentic and wasn't interested in the carpet shop experience.
It's certainly a whistlestop visit to Tangier and one which I was very much looking forward to and would do again.
Action-packed full day tour/great value - Pedro was one of our two excellent tour guides - he gave everyone a detailed overview of the day's schedule on the way to Tarifa from our hotel in Marbella.
In Tarifa, Pedro was great at keeping the group together and getting everyone through customs with no issues. High speed ferry takes approx. 1 hour or so to cross the Strait. On this particular morning, the weather was pretty much terrible/think tropical storm or similar so there was nothing to see. Oh well what are you gonna do - upon arrival in Tangier, again you go through customs as a group, no big deal.
Then you board a bus and ride through the different neighborhoods of the city (there are various different sections seemingly separated by traffic circles - French, Belgian, American "Little California", British, etc.) - our Moroccan guide Hassan was also very informative and provided interesting historical facts along the way. Definite DO: take a camel ride for 1 euro on the side of the road - excellent photo op plus when's the next time you are going to take a camel rode in Morocco? Right: probably never - so do it, it's fun!
From there you visit Cape Spartel lighthouse where the Med meets the Atlantic, then a short ride later it's time to get off the bus and into the Kasbah. As the tour progresses through the winding alleyways of the Kasbah, expect to be swarmed by the local vendors - it's an integral part of the experience - some of them actually are selling some interesting stuff, stuff you can only get in Morocco, so perhaps look before saying "no thanks" outright ;)
There is a lunch break in the middle of the day then you go to a bazaar where you can buy Berber rugs (very nice, you know how much?) Moroccan spices, etc ... Ferry back to Spain - the weather cleared and you could catch a glimpse of the rock of Gibraltar down the way - one added bonus for this trip could be some Gibrlatar photo ops - overall, highly recommended.
Very well organized Day Trip; excellent value for the prize. Tour guide in Tangiers was easy to understand, great English. Really liked the various stops before and after lunch. The presenters, both at the Carpet co-op and the holistic pharmacy were very informative, easy to follow and fun. Time went very quickly. However, the most memorable item was the hot bread from the communal bakery. Great touch to let everybody try this treat. Highly recommend this trip! A very memorable experience.
I loved this day trip to Tangier. We completed 2 slips for the crossing, Pedro our Spanish guide, took these and our passports and we just glided through border patrol. The crossing went smoothly from Tarifa to Tangier.
Once in Tangier we were introduced to Hassan our Morroccan guide. We did a tour of the Kasbah, had a meal and then went to a handicrafts shop where I bought a rug; which I got at a good price after a bit of bartering. We visited the caves of Hercules, so named by an ancient Greek visitor for being the point where Europe and Africa were separated by Hercules. I fogot to mention the snake charmer we met along the way.
We were on our honeymoon and Bordeaux was the first stop. The bicycle wine tour was so much fun. My new husband and I are just "ride around the neighborhood" kind of bike riders. I was nervous that I wouldn't keep up but the ride was perfect. We rode along very safe paths and roadsides in picturesque countryside.
The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She obviously loves her job. The lunch was tasty with choices of fruits, cheeses, meats and pastas. Oh, and 3 bottles of wine. good thing there were 9 of us.
I only had to walk my bike one time on a steep portion of road. We had lots of photo ops as well.
I would recommend this tour to anyone with average to above average physical abilities.
Ingvar Birnir G
Wery good day trip. good and nice guide.The sailesman (dylers) in Moroccco are very boring.
Great trip, boat ride was fun, guides were very informative. Saw wonderful sites, eat at Morocco's restaurant, walked the streets, saw the market places and etc. Highly recommend this tour.
The tour ran like clockwork. Very well organized and knowledgable tour guides. Our only concern was after we returned to find some very negative feedback about the store we were taken to for carpets by the tourguide, Hassan. We bought two carpets and are worried about whether they will be delivered and we have also been ripped off.
The whole experience was good from the start. The organisation and people involved were very good. The journey both coaches and ferries were on time and the content of the day was excellent.
Enjoyed this trip. It met my expectations. The time on the bus at the end requires a bathroom stop which was not included. The meal was very enjoyable. The guides were helpful and full of information. I am very pleased that I did this tour.
Excellent tour, well organized, great guides in Tangier. Would definitely reccomend1
This day was one of our favorite days from our Costa del Sol vacation. We were able to pack many of the top tourist things into one day with this highly-structured and organized tour. We only have one main complaint which didn't diminish the value for us: The day includes visits to two stores, and it is not an option to skip it. There is a carpet store which probably gets no business if not for these tours. There is also an olils and minerals store where you have to watch a 15 minute presentation, and are not allowed to leave (it actually gave me a chance to sneak in a nap!). I imagine that the tour and ferry companies are making a nice commission off of any sales from these stores. Again, these two sales experiences did not take away from the day, and a Morocco Day with a tour guide (I can't imagine how we would have survived Tangier without a guide!) is highly recommended.
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