This was the Worst group trip we ever took. 45 people, no tour guide on the 2.5 hr trip there, just a woman clerk taking passport info. The distance should have taken only one hour, the rest-1.5 hrs,,,,,, was 8 or 9 detours to pick up people at hotels up and down the coast. We spent hours standing in lines and were herded into sales promotions in the kasbah with no choice, no way to escape. Missed the boat back because of the sales hack and had to stand for another hour and a half for the next one. Awful . Save yourself and run if they say “Julia Travel”.
This was NOTHING like any other experience I've had in Morocco. It was horrible. There was no beauty in this city, in this experience, in this tour. I feel like I wasted a day on my overseas vacation, but more importantly, Tangier was NOTHING like other Moroccan cities I have visited. There was nothing NICE, nor beautiful. It was an awful city with extremely awful, rude people. Other cities in Morocco were beautiful with beautiful people. This city is just UGLY and I will never visit again. Ever.
We liked the idea of getting a tiny taste of Morocco and thus Africa.
But be aware of the length of time this tour takes especially from Malaga!
We left Malaga at 5:30AM and didn't return until MIDNIGHT!! (a gruelling 18.5 hours).... so be prepared for a huge day! It's 3 hours each way from Malaga to the port at Tarifa. Then there is so much time taken getting away from tariff and the getting into Tangier... the authorities are SO SLOW!! The tour guide was not at all organised so we were left wondering a number of times. His English was also difficult to understand which was a shared sentiment by many other nationalities on tour. We also felt a little vulnerable in Tangier when our guide disappeared and we were left to our own devices in a strange place in a potentially threatening environment. One big positive was the lovely authentic lunch we had and the lovely people we met on the tour. There is much room for improvement of this tour!
E.g. not advertising a 15 hour tour when it actually takes a ridiculous 181/2 hours.
We were picking up at 5:30 AM. We didn’t get to Tangier until 11 AM, after picking up people from allover the coast. I expected this since I have read this in previous reviews, but what really became an issue was 1st, when we were told we were only allowed to see our stopping points for 20 minutes (and we didn’t get to do all the activities listed), and 2nd, when the tour guide kept purposely taking us through swarms of vendors that were either his friends, or people he made commission off of. He seemed to have a personal relationship with all of them. The vendors were very aggressive, they followed us around the tour, and the tour guide didn’t do anything to stop that despite the fact that everyone was annoyed by it. We left Tangier at 4 PM, so we only had 5 hours to spend there, and half of it was being swarmed by vendors. Also, when we stopped by a parking lot to do camel rides, the poor camels were agitated and in pain. There were also a group of camels under 10 months old that were in really bad shape. I was looking forward to a camel ride, but the poor things were in horrible shape.
La excursión fue muy organizada en todo, desde el momento de la recogida hasta el punto del almuerzo y los reencuentros después del tiempo libre. Los dos guias, muy amables y con mucha predisposición a ayudarnos en todo lo necesario para hacer que nuestra excursión salga perfecta, en especial Frank.Nos mostraron un paneo general de un dia de los habitantes de Tanger, con un relato breve de su historia. Almorzamos su comida tipica, escuchando música en vivo, en un ambiente que parecía salido de un filme. En todo momento nos sentimos contenidos y cuidados. Nos llevaron a una fábrica de alfombras y a otra de productos naturales y especias pero no estabas obligado a comprar ni te presionaban a hacerlo. Fui con mi familia, eramos 6, con adolescentes que se fascinaron con la cueva de Hercules y el paseo en camello, (la foto es gratis) el paseo €2, en fin si regreso a Málaga sin dudas lo volvería a hacer, es una experiencia única, pasear por esas callejuelas de la medina, sentirse tan cuidado y respetado. Genial!
Fue un día muy entretenido, y yo sinceramente me lo pasé genial y disfruté mucho de Tánger. Las únicas pegas que le pongo son que nuestro guía no nos contó mucha historia, sino información muy básica y general y me hubiera gustado saber más, y que nos llevaran a ver a los camellos, que están muy pobremente cuidados. Llevarnos a verlos sólo hará que el negocio y el trato a estos pobres animales continúe. Por lo demás, una excursión muy divertida y la ciudad es muy interesante.