My wife and I took this trip with our two teenage daughters and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable day courtesy of Julia Travel. It was perfect for our requirements and great value. Our guides, Jeanette and Hassan were very good, providing an informative and stress free experience for all. Staying near Estepona, we had considered driving to Tariffa ourselves and taking the ferry, but I know we would not have taken in anywhere near as much of Tangier in the limited time and it would have probably cost us more. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a flavour of Morocco in one day!
Tour was great! Frank was excellent and there were complications with my passport due to me having an Arabic name but frank sorted it!
Definitely would use again
Rhonda United States of ...
Saw a lot in little time. Lots of fast walking through busy streets and markets on cobblestone. My sister who was having difficulty walking was able to catch up since the tour stopped often along the way.
This was the highlight of our trip, what a great day. Everything was smoothly planned out and went great. Our tour guides were super. Was traveling with teenagers and even they said it was awesome. It was like Disney world only it was real! Do it if you can.
elizabeth o USA
What a great day! Olga was wonderful. We were picked up at our resort and whisked away to another world. Olga made sure our passports and paperwork were in order and that we didn't have to worry about anything. The ferry ride was fun and then Hassan took us by bus to the new sections of Tangier and to ride a camel. We left the bus and entered the casbah. We wound our way through narrow streets and archways, passing vendors of produce, meats, spices, leatherworks gold and silver. Hassan showed us a window into his world. We were taken to a delicious lunch, a rug merchant and herbalist and then wandered back to the bus, crossed the Straits of Gibraltar and returned to the world we know. Highly recommend this tour.
Paco was a great guide, and we really enjoyed the entire experience! Great way to get a small taste of Morocco!
An excellent tour. We all enjoyed our day in Tangier. Everything ran very smoothly, lunch was great and the guide, Hassan was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We usually do our day trips independently, but this is one where it is very worthwhile going on an orgsnised tour.....we managed to fit a lot in, in one day and got a real feel for the place, whilst feeling very safe and in good hands, particularly important to usas we had children with us. Thank you.
Very good trip to Morocco! The guides were very professional. We were in good hands. If you have an extra day at Costa del Sol, i can recommend this. Only thing that could be a little different is maybe a little more time on my own to shop. We were a family of 5 persons.
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
Cj Sear United Kingdom
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.
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