Uncover the alluring mystery of Morocco on an immersive full-day trip to Tangier from Costa del Sol. Cruise over the Strait of Gibraltar and enjoy incredible ocean views before arriving amid the exotic scents and sights of Tangier. With a knowledgeable guide, stroll around bustling medinas and souks; observe a Berber typical performance; feast upon the explosive flavors of an authentic Moroccan lunch; and purchase bespoke souvenirs at a Tangier bazaar. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Costa del Sol.
Full-day tour to Tangier, Morocco, from the Costa del Sol
Admite views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean on the ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Tangier
Walk around the medina and go shopping in Tangier's bazaar
Have a traditional Moroccan lunch at a local restaurant (included)
Depart from a centrally located pickup point in Costa del Sol and relax during the scenic drive to the southern tip of Spain by air-conditioned coach. Climb aboard a high-speed ferry and cruise across the Strait of Gibraltar to the alluring deserts of Morocco; on arrival, take a seat in a spacious vehicle for the direct journey to Tangier.
Commence your tour of Tangier with panoramic sightseeing of the city center and then stroll to impressive landmarks like the medina (old quarter), the kasbah (old fortress) and the small souk. Inhale the rich scent of roasting spices, admire the diverse architectural tableau and summon your courage to edge closer to a snake charmer as you explore the vibrant city of Tangier.
Next, head to a traditional bazaar to browse colorful stalls replete with carpets and handicrafts and then pleasure your palate with a traditional Moroccan lunch at a local restaurant. While feasting on cous cous and tagine, watch an entertaining Berber performance for a wonderful cultural experience.
Head next to Cape Spartel to see the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean collide, and then learn about traditional tea rituals at a local tea shop while sipping steaming mint tea. See, too, the undulating sand dunes at the Cave of Hercules and opt to ride a camel for an unforgettable experience (own expense).
Return to the ferry port after an enriching day in Tangier and relax during the journey back to the original departure point in Costa del Sol.
Please note: The itinerary and schedule of this trip are subject to change from December to April due to ferry's timetables and the Ramadan holiday.
-We got to say we were in Africa
-Neat experience in Morocco
-This tour did not do a thorough job of explaining the day's itinerary. This amounted to a 14+ hour day.
-We arrived for the ferry 2 hours before we needed to board. There was no reason for this. We were told to be ready for a 7am pick up only to sit around and wait.
-The security checks for Spain going to and from Morocco were fine, but Morocco has some major catching up to do to get themselves into the 21st century. 6 check in's total throughout the day, and 4 of the 6 were repetitive, unnecessary procedures. No one checked your purses, and the body scanners were a joke!
-Passports were of course a must when traveling to other countries, but to look at them 6 times?... why?!
-We were given slips to show we paid for round trip on the ferry. Many people had to wait in line while the ferry was headed to Morocco just to show a slip and have our passports scanned... again.
-Our precious slips were not collected on the way back to Spain. Why have them if you're not going to check for them?
-The tour guide going to Morocco and back was nice enough, but many times we were told we were headed somewhere only to sit around for an hour or two in the middle of nowhere. Much longer day than expected or necessary. The Moroccan tour guide would come and go when he wanted, and leave us alone for an hour or so.
-Tour guide who took over and showed us Morocco was a JOKE!! Our first part of the tour was to the market. We briefly went through the market to head to lunch. The tour guide told the restaurant owner that we didn't have time for lunch, and made the waitstaff rush to serve our food and beverages. Many did not have enough time to eat. Lunch was not until after 2pm, so it made for a long day for those who had not eaten that morning.
****DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING WHEN IN MOROCCO UNLESS ITS SEALED BOTTLED WATER!!! Even the cooked food made using Moroccan water made us sick the next day.
-If you think Morocco will be like the movie Aladdin, guess again. So many people following us and waiting for us while on our tour trying to sell us magnets, plastic toys, hats and scarves. They touched you, got in your face, and were very pushy. Your only relief was moving into a building for the next part of the tour only to deal with pushy store staff.
-This was NOT a tour. This was a way for pushy store owners and staff to sell their products and force you to feel you had to buy to make them go away.
This is the first time a Viator tour disappoints us; for starters, we had to get up at 4:30 am to be picked up at a meeting point at 5:30 am, which would have been just fine if once at the ferry station, we hadn't had over two hours to kill because our ferry was scheduled to depart at 1:00 pm, even though there were two more ferries departing before ours, having arrived a bit before 11:00 am. The ferry ride was fine and fast but once in Morocco, we were taken by bus to visit the wealthy neighborhoods of the city, which have no cultural or historical interest whatsoever, we didn't visit any monuments, historical sites or the advertised Caves of Hercules, which were part of the tour (weather permitting) , and it was a beautiful clear day. We stopped in the parking lot of a club in a nice neighborhood, where three camels were waiting for us to give us very short rides of about 100 meters and back; I was on top of a camel for less than three minutes, on a parking lot of a club! not exactly the place where you would picture yourself riding a camel. The guide was nice but very hard to understand neither in English or Spanish. After the "bus tour" we were taken to lunch to a typical Moroccan restaurant, which was fairly good but not very generous. After lunch, we were taken to the market, led as a group into a three story store for shopping, but the prices were outrageously expensive. Afterwards, we were led to a "Moroccan Pharmacy" where a guy in a white coat gave us a presentation of sorts on natural products and tried to sell us stuff. After that, we were led again into a small square and given 30 minutes of free time to shop around. We went back to Spain at 5:00 pm and arrived in our hotel at 11: 00 pm. I was expecting a lot more of a cultural experience
This was more of an ordeal to be paid for than something I would willingly do again, I'm afraid. Just not my thing.
Traveled from Malaga so a 5:30am start followed by over 4 hours coach with multiple pickups to get to the ferry port. No scenery, as we were traveling in the dark. no commentary either, silence all the way.
Then, we had a 2 hour wait standing around at a small, crowded ferry building. Ferry left at 12pm, but once on the ferry we had to wait in a single long line for another 30 mins to get our passports stamped.
On arrival in Tangier, we boarded another coach, but the guide made us move seats so that one group could sit together. This we did even though we only had 15 minutes ride to our stop. Overly fussy.
After a brief stop to see some camels, we were shepherded into a carpet and souvenir store and not allowed to leave the building until we had dutifully visited all 3 floors and been through a carpet sales pitch. I tried to go outside, but was told to get back in.
Then, through the narrow streets being harassed by everyone to buy more stuff, a stop for lunch (which was good) and into a spice store for another sales pitch.
That was it in Tangier. We got no history, no culture, just sales pitches. I've heard of companies doing this when they try to sell you a timeshare - paid for accommodation and trip, but you have to go to a presentation. Here, we paid for the trip, and had to sit through 2 presentations and 9 hours of a bus ride.
Back onto the coach, back to the ferry for a 5pm departure, then back along the same route in the dark to Malaga, getting there at 11.30pm.
It's put me off going on a coach tour ever again. If you're looking for carpets, spices and souvenirs then this is a trip for you, but I have to say I hated it, and couldn't wait to get back to my hotel. Awful.
Our trip to Tangier, Morocco was rescheduled due to a religious ceremony conflict. However, the trip was well worth taking. We enjoyed the bus ride around the area explaining the many sites and making stops at various points along the way (the caves of Hercules was my personal favorite). The guides were knowledgeable and fluent in many languages. My most memorable experience was riding a camel on the African continent. It is a long day and customs takes a long time, but again, well worth the effort. Thank you Julia tours for your part in making memories that will last a lifetime. Lori
My friends and I really enjoyed our day trip to Morocco. The day started very early with a wakeup call at 4am and we meet at our pickup spot in Málaga at 5:30am. The drive to Tarifa was peaceful and our guide, Frank, told us a lot about the history of Tarifa and Tangier toward the end of the ride. When you go through customs and get on the ferry, make sure you rush to the front because it takes forever to get cleared on the ferry. The first part of our day in Morocco was amazing. We drove around and learned about the city, saw where the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet, rode camels, saw a cave, and ate delicious Moroccan food. After lunch is where I wish the tour was a little different. They took us to a rug store where the people who worked there pitched us their rugs and harrassed us in the store trying to get us to buy things. Then we went to a moroccan oil place and had another sales pitch and felt pressured into buying things. It was only nice because we got to sit but otherwise it felt very forced and I would have rather gotten to walk around and explore more. Getting back was a mess because the ferry was not there when we were so we had to wait and then it took forever to leave. We didn't get back to Málaga until 10:45pm so just know that it is more than a 13-hour day. Morocco was very neat though and it was very special to visit a new continent in one day!
The tour ended up 18 hours due to 4-5 hour bus ride from Malaga each way because of all the pickups. Guide during Spain trip was difficult to understand and not very informative.Tanger portion guide was better but lacked purpose in old town except for shops tours where they tried to sell us stuff. Interesting to see but not very entertaining
A worthwhile experience. Ride the ferry to Africa. Experience a tase of Berber and Moorish culture, ride a camel and shop for a rug or other souvenirs. Trip was fun and the food with cultural experience were good. However we were totally profiled and my wife left with a "Moroccan, " of questionable petagree (possibly made in China) rug. Yes, some of the vendors are "agressive" ( I had one following me onto the bus. Thats part of the "excitement." Still a fun experience and at least we have some interesting stories to tell.