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Caves of Hercules Tours

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Caves of Hercules
Located 7 miles (14 kilometers) west of Tangier, near Cape Spartel, the Caves of Hercules is one of the area’s top attractions. Discovered in 1906, the cave extends for 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) and is both natural and man-made. It features two openings, one to land and one to sea, with the latter known as the “Map of Africa” for its distinctive shape.
 
The Basics
The cave system takes its name from the mythical hero Hercules, who allegedly slept in the cave before one of his 12 legendary labors. It’s been in use since prehistoric times, most recently by the Berbers to make millstones, which helped to enlarge the cave system. You can see still the indentations on the cave walls and ceiling. The “Map of Africa” is believed to have been created by the Phoenicians and is one of the most intriguing aspects of the cave. Don’t forget to take in the wonderful ocean views from inside the cave.
 
The Caves of Hercules features on many guided tours, whether half-day or full-day, which typically include nearby Cape Spartel and other top Tangier attractions such as the Kasbah. It’s also possible to visit as part of a shore excursion from Tangier, or even on a day trip from southern Spain.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Caves of Hercules is a must-see for first-time visitors to Tangier.
  • There are two caves, one that is free and one that charges for entry.
  • Be careful of the waves on the nearby beaches, which can be treacherous.
  • Full-day tours from southern Spain can last upwards of 10 hours.
 
How to Get There
The easiest way to visit the Caves of Hercules is as part of a guided tour. To visit on your own from Tangier, it’s best to take a taxi. There is also one sightseeing bus from Tangier that stops near the caves.
 
When to Get There
The cave system is open daily, year-round. July and August are the peak season and see the most visitors, including at the nearby beaches. Visit early morning on a weekday during peak season to avoid the crowds. Or visit in the late afternoon, then stay for the sunset at a nearby café.
 
Legend of Hercules
Legend has it that Hercules rested in this cave before his 11th labor, to obtain golden apples from the garden of Hesperides, located in nearby Lixus. On his way to the garden Hercules had to cross the Atlas Mountains, but instead of doing so, he smashed through them and as a result created the Strait of Gibraltar.
Address: Cape Spartel, Morocco
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Private 12-Hour Tour of Tangier from Malaga or Marbella Hotel pick up & drop off

Private 12-Hour Tour of Tangier from Malaga or Marbella Hotel pick up & drop off

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Explore beyond Spain’s borders with a private full-day tour to Tangier in Morocco from Malaga or Marbella. Get picked up at your hotel and travel by luxury vehicle to Tarifa for the one-hour ferry journey to Tangier. Discover several neighborhoods, climb on top of a camel for a ride, and go for a stroll through the city's narrow streets. Maximize time in Tangier with a local who leads the way through the Medina and markets.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$576.08
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$576.08
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3 Days Morocco Private Tour from Tangier

3 Days Morocco Private Tour from Tangier

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If you’re looking for a weekend break from Spain, this 3-day tour from Tangier is a great way to explore Morocco in a short amount of time. Learn about the history of the country and see the highlights of Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, and Asilah, including a short trekking excursion to the Rif Mountains. This tour includes accommodation, transportation, daily breakfast, and entrance fees.
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  • 3 days
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$612.93
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$612.93
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2 Days Tangier and Chefchaouen

2 Days Tangier and Chefchaouen

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Explore the beautiful northern reaches of Morocco with this two-day tour from Tangier, ideal for people on short weekend breaks. You'll visit highlights such as Tangier, Tetouan, and the famous "blue city" of Chefchaouen, with an overnight in a local riad. You’ll also have time for a short hike in the Rif Mountains before heading back to Tangier.
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  • 2 days
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$307.08
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$307.08
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Full Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Tangier

Full Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Tangier

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In this tour, discover The medina of Chefchaouen the blue pearl of Morocco and the rif mountains, with an introduction to it andalussian-Arab history, culture and lifestyle, have a local experience, explore the tiny streets, the beautiful blue doors, and the colorfull stairs in the medina, See the small waterspring which is the main source of water in the area. Have lunch in a nice local restaurant and discover the mediterranean diet. Go back Tangier by the 6Pm, and if time permits visit some attraction in Tangier.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$125.99
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$125.99
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Chefchaouen and Tangier Full-Day Excursion

Chefchaouen and Tangier Full-Day Excursion

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Embark on a full-day tour to Chefchaouen, popularly known as “The Blue Pearl”, from Tangier, and explore this magical city with a Multilingual Driver. Leave Tangier by private, air-conditioned vehicle to reach the blue-painted walled Medina after 2h drive. While you are booking you'll have two options. You can book a 2 hours guided walking tour of Chefchaouen with a local multilingual guide or, if you prefer, you can explore the city at your own pace, without a guide. Regardless the option you choose, your driver will reveal insightful information during the drive. Upon arrival in the city, immerse yourself in Chefchaouen’s Medina, one of the most picturesque historic centers in Morocco. You will enjoy strolling through its winding streets flanked by pretty blue houses. Absorb the Moorish atmosphere, see the 15th-century 'Kasbah' , Mosque, and main square. In the afternoon, you will head back to Tangier. We will visit the sites of Cap Spartel and Hercules caves.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$107.08
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$107.08
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Tangier Full Private Tour

Tangier Full Private Tour

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Cover the highlights of Tangier in a single day, with panoramic views and a visit to top heritage landmarks. Traveling comfortably in a climate-controlled minivan, you’ll see the meeting-point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, with time to frolic with camels on the beach. Opt for a seaside breakfast at your own expense, or head directly to the Kasbah for an insider’s look at the bustling city.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$100.72
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$100.72
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Tangier Day Tour from Tarifa/Algeciras

Tangier Day Tour from Tarifa/Algeciras

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Discover the main and most interesting places of Tangier in this combined private tour. Meet a local guide and driver at the ferry terminal and start with the sightseeing part in a climate-controlled minivan. Continue with visiting main places in Medina. Learn about city’s history, culture, lively Moroccan life style, local markets and costumes of native people. Visit most magnificent places in the city: Meeting point of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, Medina and Kasbah, Kings Palace, Perdicaris Park, Caves of Hercules and much more.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$188.98
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$188.98
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Tangier Private Full Day Trip from Tarifa/Algeciras

Tangier Private Full Day Trip from Tarifa/Algeciras

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Enjoy your express-ferry journey through the strait of Gibraltar to African continent ! Discover the highlights and unique vibes of Tangier in this combined private city tour. Meet your licensed guide and explore most beautiful and historic sites in airconditionned minivan. Drive along the CORNICHE towards the new city, pass by the Grand Mosque, Kings Palace, stop at the Meeting point of Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, continue with walking part into the maze of small streets of Medina. Learn about city’s history, understand culture, enjoy lively Moroccan life style, see costumes of native people and wander through colorful local markets. Visit most magnificent places in the city: Kasbah, Perdicaris Park, Caves of Hercules and much more.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
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$220.47
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$220.47
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4 Hours Tour of Tangier

4 Hours Tour of Tangier

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Be seduced by the coastal splendor and rugged landmarks of Morocco on a 4-hour shore excursion from Tangier. Travel along the picturesque curve of the coast in a luxury vehicle and visit the mysterious Hercules Caves and Cap Spartel. Admire the ancient majesty of Kasbah, with its 17th-century fortification and colossal Main Square, and then browse the Grand Socco market for exotic fruits and fragrant spices. Spend some relaxed free time shopping for souvenirs at the Medina and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Tangier port.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$63.00
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$63.00
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Tangier Sightseeing Tour

Tangier Sightseeing Tour

Visit the highlights of Tangier with this tour of the colonial city. You'll visit the historic La Montagne neighborhood, the location of the king's palace and the former home of numerous artists and writers, from William S. Boroughs to Barbara Hutton. You'll also visit the Caves of Hercules and Cape Spartel, with a stop at the end of your tour to go on an optional camel ride along the beach.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$77.17
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$77.17
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Private Day Trip in Tangier from “ Tarifa / Algecira”

Private Day Trip in Tangier from “ Tarifa / Algecira”

the primary ship leaves from Tarifa at 10:00 AM My visit is a private visit in tangier we will shake the casaba than we will drive In The Car for the Highlight of tangier we will ride camels in the Atlantic Ocean, The visit the Cap Spartel ( Light House ) drive back to Medina for the lunch, after lunch we will begin our strolling visit to visit the business sectors and souk ( the flavors advertise, fired markets, camels cheddar market and I will give you extra time for shopping, subsequent to shopping, we will drive back to the port to take the quick ship to Tarifa to take the 6:00 pm ship!
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  • 3 hours
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$110.55
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$110.55

Asilah and Tangier Sightseeing Tour & Camel ride

Asilah and Tangier Sightseeing Tour & Camel ride

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Discover the highlights and unique vibes of Tangier in this combined private city tour. Meet your licensed guide and explore most beautiful and historic sites in a comfortable minivan. Drive along the corniche towards the new city, pass by the Grand Mosque, Kings Palace, stop at the Meeting point of Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, continue towards costal town Asilah. Learn about city’s history, understand culture, enjoy lively Moroccan life style, see costumes of native people and wander through colorful local markets. Visit most magnificent places in the city: Kasbah, Perdicaris Park, Caves of Hercules and much more.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.18
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$151.18
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 Day trip to Tangier From Tarifa

 Day trip to Tangier From Tarifa

From Tarifa, a day trip to Tangiers, this excursion is a combination between the panoramic views, and the culture of Tangier, visit Cape Spartel, Caves of Hercules, and the Tangier Medina with an intemporoduction to its history , culture, and lifestyle. Start at the port of Tangier city, visit the caves and Cape Spartel, and return to the medina for a Guided tour, discovered the Kasbah, the American Legation, the synagogue, Mendoubia Gardens, before ending the tour at 9 April.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$62.12
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$62.12
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Full day Tangier and Chefchaouen

Full day Tangier and Chefchaouen

The port town of Tangier and the ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen are two of the most atmospheric towns in northern Morocco. Discover both in one day on this private tour and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the Caves of Hercules and Cap Spartel, explore the souks and medina of Tangier, and enjoy a comprehensive walking tour of Chefchaouen.
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  • 7 to 12 hours
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$157.48
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$157.48
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Tangier Excursion

Tangier Excursion

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Abdelhamid Rubio offers you an exceptional visit, starting with the road through different parts of the city. A walk along the main street, the French Quarter, then the Spanish Quarter, the American neighborhood known as Little California. Then we continue our journey through the British colony, considered an exclusive area with seven palaces. even his majesty King Mohammed VI had a summer palace and many other artists and celebrities. A photo stop at Cape Spartel, where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean meet and the point of separation from Africa and Europe by the giant Hercules according to Greek methodology. A walk along the beautiful Atlantic coast of Tangier for a camel ride. Then come back to the most exciting part of the circuit: the Kasbah and the medina for the cultural visit; the tour begins with the visit of colorful markets (fish market, meat and vegetables .......).
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$69.30
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$69.30
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Private Tour : Tangier Medina & Hercules Cave

Private Tour : Tangier Medina & Hercules Cave

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Expand your knowledge of the Moroccan North on this immersive guided trek through notable, yet little-known natural and cultural sites. Starting in Tangier, we’ll explore the charm of the dazzling city while surveying unique landscapes. Then you’ll Discover and explore some of the city’s most noteworthy landmarks. Finally, we’ll encounter the natural beauty and history of Morocco. Welcome to Tangier Morocco.
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  • 4 hours
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$113.39
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$113.39
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Full-Day Tangier and Tetouan

Full-Day Tangier and Tetouan

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Cover two top Moroccan cities in a single day on this double-duty, small-group guided tour to Tangier and Tetouan. Discover hidden hotspots in the surrounding countryside, only accessible by vehicle, and tick off the main highlights, including the Jewish Quarter and the UNESCO-listed Old Town. Tours include private pickup from your hotel or port, plus comfortable vehicle transfers.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.99
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$125.99
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 Highlights of Tangier Half Day Tour

Highlights of Tangier Half Day Tour

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This tour covers main Tangier sights. Meet a local guide at your hotel or any other place and start with the sightseeing part in a comfortable minivan. Continue with visiting main places in Medina. Discover city’s history, culture, local markets and costumes of native people. Explore the most magnificent places in Tangier: Meeting point of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, Medina and Kasbah, Kings Palace, Perdicaris Park, Caves of Hercules and many other interesting places.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$75.59
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$75.59
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Tangier & Asilah Private Tour with Hotel Pickup from Malaga or Marbella

Tangier & Asilah Private Tour with Hotel Pickup from Malaga or Marbella

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Enjoy this private tour to Tangier & Asilah from Malaga or Marbella. Tangier has been Europe's gateway to Africa during many years, and it has been the home for many different cultures during it's whole history (it has been under Morocco's control only since 1956).
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$657.15
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$657.15
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Tangier Shore Excursion for travellers on cruise ships (city break)

Tangier Shore Excursion for travellers on cruise ships (city break)

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Discover Tangier's historic medina and dramatic coastline on a shore excursion that explores some of the city's top highlights. Learn the story behind the Hercules Cave, look out across the Strait of Gibraltar from Cap Spartel, then get a full immersion in the bustling markets of old town Tangier. You'll also visit the American Legation, which was founded a short time after America's Revolutionary War, and enjoy some time to take in Tangier on your own before returning to the ship.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.39
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$113.39
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4 Hours Private Tour of Tangier

4 Hours Private Tour of Tangier

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See the best of Tangier on this 4-hour private tour. Explore the medina and the towering Kasbah with its marble courtyard. Take in stunning ocean views at the Caves of Hercules, where the Greek hero allegedly rested after digging the Strait of Gibraltar. Look for English, American, French, and Spanish influences in the architecture on the hilly outskirts of the city before your tour concludes.
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  • 4 hours
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$78.75
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$78.75
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Full Day Tangier and Asilah

Full Day Tangier and Asilah

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Discover the historic cities of Tangier and Asilah on a full-day tour that features local landmarks, wild coastal scenery, and traditional architecture. You’ll see the Tangier American Legation Museum, the Tangier Kasbah, the Caves of Hercules, Cap Spartel, and the whitewashed homes of the Asilah medina, with guided walking tours that are ideal for soaking up the unique atmosphere of Tangier and Asilah beyond the confines of a tour vehicle.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$138.59
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$138.59
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Best of Tangier private tour

Best of Tangier private tour

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This private tour of Tangier introduces you to the city and ensures the personalized service of your guide. The itinerary includes medina, kasbah, and souks, with informative commentary provided on these must-see attractions—ideal for travelers looking for an authentic exposure to Tangier’s lifestyle and culture. Transport by air-conditioned minivan takes the hassle out of navigating on your own.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.86
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$133.86
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3 Hours driving Tour Cap Spartel and Hercules Caves

3 Hours driving Tour Cap Spartel and Hercules Caves

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See where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean on this small-group guided tour of the Caves of Hercules and Cap Spartel. Discover two of Morocco’s most picturesque coastal locations, which can only be reached by private vehicle. Listen to the legends of the Greek hero Hercules, who was believed to have dug out the Strait of Gibraltar. Tours include free time to grab lunch.
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  • 3 hours
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$36.85
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$36.85
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