I enjoyed the tour. I was excited about taking a ferry and I enjoyed seeing morocco/learning about Morocco from our tour guide. I liked riding the camel and the lunch we were served. The only part of the tour I did not like was the shopping part. The shopping part was set up for them to put on a show for us which was nice but not nice in that we sat through a 30 minute show trying to get us to buy rugs; that time could have been used differently. I just wish there was some sort of free time to buy from regular merchants and not individuals that seem to be their friends and who may or may not be increasing the price of the situation. Overall I would recommend the tour if it is your first time in Morocco.
Eiko H USA
I really enjoy the trip.. HOWEVER - it was hard to find the meeting location in the early morning. They said the representative will be there, but no one was there. If you are staying in Central Malaga, meeting place is bank Barkleys (?) next/across to department El Corte Ingles. I had to ask my hotel reception to call the travel company to confirm the meeting place. I enjoy the trip, but make sure you go to bathroom before you get on the bus - the toilet on the bus does not work and on the 4hr bus ride-they do not stop for bathroom! On the way home, some of the guests were getting off the ride before their stop so that they can go to a bathroom. I have been to many Arabic market, so this was nothing new for me - I wanted to take a drive from Malaga and ferry ride across the Mediterranean sea and that was fun! Both side tour coordinator did excellent job keeping everyone together. Lunch was good. Shopping was good.. I was not into shopping, but fun watching others.. Too bad we did not stop over Gibraltar (I just saw it from my bus window). I did this in mid Aug, so make sure you bring water, snack (for ride home) good walking shoes and sun screen! Over all, excellent day trip.
I loved this experience! It gave us a chance to visit Africa securely and safely! My photos from the trip turned out beautiful! The only thing is absolutely did NOT like is that we had to pick up and drop off so many people to other cities! When in Malaga, all the tourists were asked to meet at one spot in the city. The other tourists got dropped off 2-3 people at a time at several stops in their city. Malaga is the first to be picked up and last to be dropped off. My suggestion to Viator and/or tour company is that there is a centralized meeting point in ALL of the cities, not just malaga. It would be a much faster ride to Tarifa and Back!
The lunch was fabulous, but the stops were rushed and it was very contrived as where we could shop and where we were not supposed to shop. We were encouraged to barter...but prices were so high it was not worth purchasing anything. It would have been worthwhile to price shop and see more than one store.
If you are in Malaga, you do not get picked up from your hotel, but everyone else gets picked up at their hotel. It makes for a much longer tour and an unfair system.
Tour guide was considerate of all passengers. He was regularly checking on how we were doing.
This trip was something you should do once in your life if your staying in Malaga!! I loved it.The only negative was the drive but that had nothing to do with the tour guide. But the tour was cool, awesome to go take a boat to another continent and check out African lifestyle!!
A great tour. The tour company was punctual and very attentive, especially our guide Pedro. The guide in Tangier, Hassan, was very knowledgeable and professional. The food at the restaurant was also delicious.
It is a very long day, so one should get a very good nights rest the day before. The only thing I did not like was the numerous stops in numerous towns along the way. That probably added 4-5 hours to the day, although we did get some extra sightseeing out of it. It would be better for all tourists to meet in one location. Also, a couple of in our party was missing from the list, even though we had proof of confirmation. Pedro handled a tough situation with grace knowing the tour was fully booked. This could have turned out to be a disaster, but Pedro took good care of us as he should have.
I would definitely recommend the tour. Booking the tour on the phone was smooth.
The day trip to Tangier was a great experience, but we were treated to a whirlwind tour. I could have lived without the obligatory camel ride and snake dance and opted for more opportunities to observe the people and architecture of Morocco.
We were thankful the tour picked us up in front of our resort, so there was no worry about how or where we would park our car or how we would get to the right place. The guide spoke several languages and was easy to understand. They were able to ease the process of entering and leaving another country. The only negative was the "sellers" in Tangier. They followed us everywhere and were like vultures. If we went into a shop or stopped for lunch, they were there waiting when we came out. It was very tiring and took away from the experience.
The trip was wonderful. They picked us up last, walking distance from our condo. Then we were first to be dropped off at the end of the day. The tour guide was knowledgable and knew his history. I felt that we got a good background on Morocco. The only draw back was the street peddlers. They are like pesky mosquitos that keep coming back no matter how many times you swat them. Also, I would have liked to visit more stores for shopping.
Enjoyable trip with 2 excellent guides. Well organised.
I did not enjoy the carpet presentation/sell but otherwise all was fine.
Hassan was an excellent guide in Tangier. As a history teacher he really gave us great knowledge about the sights with enthusiasm! Pedro ushered us in and out of customs so that went smoothly. Tourist lunch was standard, but the entertainers made it interesting!
Felt like the tour guides get a small % of items sold in the recommended places to shop. Very expensive but an unforgettable and overall great experience.camel rides and the lunch was great and food allergy conscious.
Well organized, took a while to actually get on the way because we had to pick people up from other hotels, and we stopped somewhere for about 20 minutes without any explanation. Other than that everything went well, and i was satisfied with the trip.
They tried to do as many things as they could in one day which was good and everything went smoothly for us except we were the first one's to be picked up so we were the last to be dropped off so it made the day very long. So at the end since the guide knew that, he even got dropped off before we did and hardly said goodbye so that was quite rude.
They do send you to some sales pitches at the end of the day and alot of people hate this but you have to expect that in parts of the world like this. Be careful of the rug place, the prices are kind of a rip off and by the time you get to their cheapest rugs you are still thinking about the first price you started at so if you are down to the cheapest rugs think about if that price is really worth it.
Overall though I did like the tour and learned alot about their culture from the guides.
We started off confirming our pick up location 2 days before the trip. We are pretty darn good with directions, however ended up at the wrong spot. At 4:45am in the morning!!! We raced back to the hotel to discover we needed to be further down the road to meet the bus, so off we ran! Unfortunately the bus had left with out us...We then raced back to the hotel we were able to call Julia tours spoke with the guide and via taxi raced them to the next pick up spot...... Ya hooo we made it. the morning was stressful but the rest of the day was well worth it. Apparently a couple a week before us had made the same mistake and missed the tour entirely. My recommendations would be PLEASE make your pick up locations without a doubt fool proof. VERY specific!!!! In Malaga there are two Barkly banks and stop Number 11 on the corner.
We really enjoyed the day trip to Tangier, although we did get a little bit tired of hearing the guide saying the same thing 7 times on the bus trip from Malaga to Tarifa. One is enough, especially since people on the bus was trying to sleep. So our advice is to let people sleep until all passengers have been picked up, and then give the information.
It was a really good introduction to Tangier and Marocko, however it did get a bit stressful with all the things we had to do. Which seems kind of silly as we then had to wait in the port for 1 hour before the ferry took off.
All in all: good trip, knowledgeable guide in Tangier, Hassan, great lunch, charming Kabash, beautiful artwork and great sightseeing tour!
Marcella L USA
This will be the longest day of your life. Great tour....definitely worth the value but be prepared for a very long day. Bus pickup was at 5am, 2 hours on a bus picking up other travelers and then another 3 hrs back. The Tangier tour itself was very good.
The trip was fabulous. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. It was tricky to find our meeting place in Malaga however, and it took a lot of investigating to finally get it right. It was a long day, but well worth the effort.
We did not know that the bus trip would take 3 1/2 hours so it was a very big day for the 6 of us leaving from Malaga at 5am. It was also very difficult to be sure we had found the right departure place (there are 2 Barclay banks in the street). A map on the site would have helped. The name of the square did not exist on google, in the square, nor did any locals know about it. very confusing. Our tour guide was not overly organised and did not come to where he said to wait at the end of the boat trip. 10 of us were left till near the end and most were off waiting for us for ages - which made our arrival home even later. Hassan was a great tour guide around Tangier. Lunch was lovely. The pharmacist (?) should have let people buy after his spiel rather than hold up each thing and hand them out individually. He had lost me by that stage. His initial presentation was great. We did meet some lovely people. And get a chance to see Morocco in a short amount of time.