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From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen

1. From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen

Starting from Tangier at 9:00 AM, this tour will take you high up into the Rif Mountains to discover Chefchaouen, the beautiful blue door and white walled Medina, which was originally a Berber post. Enjoy a guided tour of the city when you arrive. See the main square, the heart of Chefchaouen, with its 18th-century kasbah, central mosque, and cafes with authentic Moroccan style menus. Stroll the market to discover a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourists souvenirs. Visit the Jewish Quarter behind the jewelry souk to discover a unique part of the city. Drive back to Tangier and arrive by 5:00 PM.

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Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

2. Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Casablanca, at which point you will be taken to the train station to board your high-speed train to Tangier. Upon your arrival, your local guide and driver in Tangier will be waiting for you outside the train station, with a placard stating your full name. From here, you will begin touring around Tangier and its surroundings, including the Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves. From this point you will receive exceptional views of both the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. You will then visit the Kasbah district next to the port, and the old Medina, complete with its craftsmanship shops and the magnificent Minaret. You will have the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens and Paul Bowles.

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Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

3. Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

Today you will be brought face to face with the real Tangier. Start out with a peaceful drive along la Corniche, the central beach, and then visit the east side of the city. From here, you can snap some pictures over the port, and if you're lucky, you might even be able to see Spain from here! Then, its time to head inland and visit Iberia and the California residential area, which is filed with luxurious chalets and villas (a bit like California itself!). Your guide will point out the history of these locations as you are treated to some fine photo and shopping opportunities. Then, head along the coast for a tour of the mythical Hercules caves. These caves are said to have once housed the hero, and you can decide for yourself what parts of the legend to believe. After the caves, it's time to come to the real heart of Tangier, with a walking tour of the Kasbah. This 15th century fortress has been rocked by a tumultuous history, and as a crossroads of life here in Tangier, serves as a meeting grounds for people of all walks of life. The archeological museum offers a nice contrast to the packed and colorful streets. There's no shortage of people trying to sell you things, so keep a close eye for the best bargains. Afterwards, head to the fruit and vegetable market for a different kind of commerce. Here you can taste all sorts of delectable fruits and olives, and also get a good look at Mendoubia, with its 800 year old Banion Tree. There is a chance for a mint tea in the Petit Socco before returning back to our starting point.

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From Tangier: Full-Day Tangier, Asilah, & Cape Spartel Tour

4. From Tangier: Full-Day Tangier, Asilah, & Cape Spartel Tour

This tour is a combination of sightseeing and culture. Visit both Cape Spartel and Hercules Caves, take in panoramic views of the city, and head up to the white jewel of the north. Discover the medina, the casbah, and Morocco's beautiful beaches.  After a pickup from the airport, port, or your hotel in Tangier, begin the tour by 9:00 AM. The day will be devoted to discovering the beautiful Tangier and Asilah. Upon arrival in Asilah, embark on a walking tour to discover the Old Medina, medieval ramparts, and the workshops of craftsmen. Experience the life of the locals and begin to understand the history, culture, and lifestyles of the area. Pick up insights throughout the day from your English-, Spanish-, French-, and Arabic-speaking guide. Head back to Tangier to see the Grand Socco, Mendoubia Park, and the market. Enjoy 2 hours of free time in the old medina of Tangier. Continue on to see the Jewish Quarter and Synagogue, the American legation, and the Jewish Graveyard, before ending in the Petit Socco by 5:00 or 6:00 PM.

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Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

5. Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Tangier on a private sightseeing tour and discover all its main attractions, from bustling markets to historic caves. You will first drive to Malabata Cape (East Tangier) for a great orientation view of the city. Look over at Europe on one side and Africa on the other. Drive through the new city to Spartel Cape (West Tangier), considered the most northwesterly point of Africa, and where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. The next stop will be the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, the caves were once the home of Hercules, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Discover the old face of the city, starting with the Kasbah, where artists and writers have gathered for centuries. Go to the Archaeological Museum, before walking through the colorful streets of the Medina to Mendoubia Gardens and Saint Andrews Church. Experience the electric atmosphere of the Berber market of Sidi Bouabid, where you will have some free time to shop before your drop-off.

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Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

6. Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

Take a 5-hour grand tour of Tangier to explore the traditional and modern face of the city with an expert guide. Discover a city of many cultures from the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus. Start by visiting Tangier Port and the outskirts of the city, crossing the modern town with its large boulevards and exclusive areas of large villas, celebrity homes and palaces, including the summer residence of the Moroccan royal family. Continue to Cape Spartel at the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar, and see the lighthouse that marks the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Stop to ride or take pictures of camels, before visiting the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, they were once the home of Hercules, founder of Tangier, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Next, explore the old face of Tangier, and walk through the historic Kasbah, home to the Dar-el-Makhzen (Sultanate Palace) and Museum of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities in the former Sultan’s apartments. Continue to the maze-like Medina, where tanners work on leather goods and artisans make handicrafts from wood and silver. Visit the Archaeological Museum or the American Legation, the first American public property outside of the United States. Admire the Parc de la Mendoubia (also known as the Grand Socco) where Moroccan independence was fermented, and vendors sell a variety of second-hand goods. Explore the colorful streets at leisure, before driving back to the port at the end of your tour.

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Tangier: 4-Hour Guided Shore Excursion

7. Tangier: 4-Hour Guided Shore Excursion

Following pickup from the Tangier Ville port, you'll begin with a tour of the city and its surroundings. Following that, visit Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves, which provide an exceptional view of both the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. From there, continue to the Kasbah district next to the port and explore the traditional handicraft shops of the old medina. You'll then stop to admire the magnificent minaret overlooking the sea, before taking the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles. At the conclusion of your tour, you'll be dropped off back to the Tangier Ville port.

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Tangier: 4-Hour City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

8. Tangier: 4-Hour City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Meet your guide at Tangier port and then begin your 4-hour shore excursion adventure. Drive along the coast and admire the stunning beaches and celebrity mansions that line the way as you head towards the Hercules Caves located at the extreme northwest of Africa. Local legend says that the caves are where Hercules was able to separate Europe from Africa, and are surrounded with myth and mystery. At the caves, marvel at the views across the Straits of Gibraltar and then continue onto Tangier’s Kasbah. The Kasbah sits atop the cliffs, Medina and city’s port, and is an array of whitewashed walls and colorful architecture. From your guide, learn about the stories surrounding the site and then visit the nearby souk, full of stalls selling local crafts and produce. Afterwards, wander through the labyrinth of lane ways in Tangier and feel immersed in the unique atmosphere of this bustling location. Visit Mandoubia Park to amble around its luscious green landscapes and soak up the glorious sunshine. Finally, enjoy a cup of mint tea at one of Tangier’s legendary cafes that has hosted International celebrities, artists, and spies throughout the 20th century. After 4 hours of exploration, the tour ends at Tangier harbor.

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What people are saying about Ancien Medina

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 248 reviews

I believe this was one of the best tours we experienced in Morocco! We started off in Tangier- it’s approx a 2 hour journey each way to Chefchaouen and OH MY GOD the views enroute are stunning! (Special shout-out to Mounsif who drove us there and back, he was extremely respectful, stopped over at a beautiful restaurant with a panoramic view for some pictures and a drink + he had great taste in music - we got to show him some music from our culture on the journey too haha) Our tour was hosted by Omar, let me tell you that he is the most considerate tour guide we have ever come across and best of all, you can tell how much he loves his job and sharing his culture! He was born and raised in Chefchaouen, spoke exquisite English and knew exactly what we would love to see, where we wanted to go, showed the best views and places to eat without any hassle or pressure. The tour gave made us love the special gems in Morocco more and I would definitely book it again! Thank you!!

With only a few days in in Tangier I had hoped to see its sites and learn a bit about the city but after taking this tour not only were these goals met in full but I also experienced the character and soul of this wonderful place. Omar brought to life the history, the culture and the heart of these wonderful people. We were picked up in a modern, clean, Mercedes van at our hotel for the trip to Asilah and Cape Spartel feeling comfortable and safe at all times with Monsif’s driving. Later we had a delightful traditional lunch at a local restaurant in Tangier. The meal was inexpensive and very good. In the afternoon we continued in Tangier from the Medina to the hills overlooking the city with its beautiful views. The tour was in English which Omar had a perfect command and was very accommodating to mold the tour to our tastes and interests. I have been on many tours around the world and this ranks as one of the best. I would recommend him and this tour to anyone.

It was a beautiful experience. Too bad it rained. Extremely helpful driver, friendly guide. Anyway ... Recommended

Excellent service all the way around. Long day but we’ll worth it. Everything as stated Great day!!

Very good tour, well organised and well run. Hands was friendly and informative.