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From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

1. From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry to spend the day in the lively city of Tangier and get a feel for life in Morocco. Upon arrival in Africa, meet a local guide and take a minibus tour through the city and continue to see rural sights such as the Caves of Hercules and the amazing Cape Spartel promontory. Return to the vibrant city center to explore the bustling alleys of the medina and discover the most important corners of the historical city center. Enjoy lunch and go for a camel ride if you wish to experience the city from a different perspective. Return to Spain on the ferry and be back in time for dinner.

Tarifa: Tangier Day Trip by Ferry with Lunch & Moroccan Tea

2. Tarifa: Tangier Day Trip by Ferry with Lunch & Moroccan Tea

Embark on a guided day trip from Tarifa in Spain to the Moroccan city of Tangier by ferry. See the iconic Hercules Caves, visit the Mendoubia Palace, and enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch paired with a mint tea. Onboard the ferry at the port in Tarifa, sit back, relax and enjoy the calming effect of the sea. Make sure you have your camera with you, as you don't want to miss photo opportunities of the scenery as you sail. First, alight the ferry at the port in Tangier. Next, visit the iconic lighthouse Cape Spartel, where you can admire one of the best views of the Strait of Gibraltar and see the Caves of Hercules, the kasbah, the medina, and the souk. Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture as you visit a traditional souk market. Walk around and feel the bustling atmosphere, smell the sweet aroma of mixed spices, and admire the bright traditional carpets on sale from local artists. Marvel at the bright white Mendoub Palace and admirer this 10-acre property. Listen as your guide tells you about the history as you walk around this impressive palace. Get to know this wonderful Moroccan city as your guide tells you about its history and traditions. Next, enjoy a traditional lunch at a Moroccan restaurant. Taste dishes such as Harira soup, beef, and lamb skewers accompanied by couscous. Listen to live Moroccan music as you end your lunch with Moorish pastries as your dessert paired with traditional Moroccan tea. End your day on a high as you board the ferry at the port of Tangier Ville to board the ferry back to Tarifa.

From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

3. From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

Enjoy a day trip from Seville to Tangier. Transfer to the ferry aboard an airconditioned vehicle. Save time with an express ferry from the charming village of Tarifa to Tangier. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar, take a sightseeing tour, and eat a local lunch.  Depart from Seville and journey to the beautiful village of Tarifa to catch the fast ferry to Tangier. Upon arrival, discover the cosmopolitan flavor of a city that combines the cultures of Africa and Europe.  Take a panoramic city tour by bus and visit the Cap Spartel promontory at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. Visit the Caves of Hercules, where ancient Greek and later Roman mythology believed the demi-god slept before his eleventh labor.  Return to the city center to enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant. Explore the narrow streets of the Medina and discover its most picturesque spots. Return to the port for the journey back to Seville in the late evening.

Tangier: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus

4. Tangier: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus

The two routes offered on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour allow you to get to know the thousand-year-old city of Tangier and its surroundings. Enjoy the seafront of the beach, the kasbah, and the small streets of the medina. Pass through the modern part of the city, as well as the famous caves of Hercules and Cape Espartel, a meeting point between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. With a ticket valid for 48 hours, take your time discovering all the wonders Tangier has to offer, both within the city and surrounding it. • Historical Route (approximately 1 hour): drive through the historical center of the city, stopping at all of Tangier's most important landmarks, from the medina to the modern part and the international city. A total of 10 stops are made, starting and ending at the Port of Tangier. Stops: Port, Place 9 Avril, Palais Moulay Hafid (1), Tombeaux Phéniciens, Palais Moulay Hafid (2), Place Faro, Sahet El Oumane, Tanger City Mall, Vila Harris, Monopolio, Marina • Espartel Route (approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes): route through the outskirts of the city, departing from the Port of Tangier. Discover the surrounding forest areas, the Caves of Hercules, and the famous Cape Espartel, where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean converge.  Stops: Port, Socco Alto (1), Parc Perdicaris (1), Cap Spartel (1), Grottes d´Hercule, Cap Spartel (2), Parc Perdicaris (2), Golf, Socco Alto (2)

Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

5. 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.

Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

6. 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.

Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

7. 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.

Tangier: Private Full-Day Tour

8. Tangier: Private Full-Day Tour

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your hotel in Tangier. From there you will take a ride through different neighborhoods and surrounding areas, including several stops at amazing viewpoints and a short break at Cape Spartel where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. You will then visit the mythical Caves of Hercules, before enjoying a 15-minute camel ride. The second portion of the tour consists of an extensive walk through the maze of narrow streets and alleyways of the Kasbah (fortress). This will provide you with an insight into the rich architectural heritage, including a 15th-century city wall and numerous buildings of Arab-Andalusian style that have inspired great artists and painters (such as Eugène Delacroix and Henri Matisse). Afterwards, you will head for the medina (old town), which represents a major center of interest and will help you get a taste of the local culture and lifestyle through the ambiance of its busy markets and streets. It is also home to an important Jewish and Christian heritage, of which you will learn about during your tour. This tour also provides the opportunity to experience genuine Moroccan cuisine as well as the vibrant atmosphere of the souks, where craftsmen and merchants make and sell their traditional items. At the conclusion of your cultural experience, your driver will return you to your hotel.

From Rabat: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train with Guide

9. From Rabat: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train with Guide

Depart from Rabat Agdal railway station on a high-speed train to Tangier. Upon arrival, meet your driver and guide for the day who’s waiting for you just outside the train station holding a sign with your name. From here, begin your adventure around the fascinating city of Tangier and its surroundings, which has been a gateway between Africa and Europe since ancient Phoenician times. With your expert local guide, visit the Spartel Cape, a 1000 feet high promontory with breathtaking views across the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Next, discover the wonders of Hercules' Caves and listen to the legends of this Greek hero who is believed to have rested here. The tour returns to the hustle and bustle of the city and onto the Kasbah and Old Medina. Wander around the vibrant shops, full of stunning craft work and handmade souvenirs. Visit the imposing Minaret, as well as the Grand Socco, a large marketplace which once accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at the train station for your return ride to Rabat.

Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

10. 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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The ferry was over an hour late leaving Tarifa. Of course, that time was missing. The trip was still great! Rachid in Tanga was a fun and extremely knowledgeable guide. He can speak 7 languages, so pretty much everyone understands him. It's still a stressful tour because everything is very tight. But still recommended. It is also good to know that everyone with a passport has to wait in line to be stamped on the ship! It is also important that you get a sticker at the port of departure by which you can be recognized. So you don't have to look for anyone. :) All in all, it's a successful trip with good food and a good impression of Morocco (you get used to the vendors in the streets). Gladly again!

One of the best tours I had in Morocco. This tour takes you to a hidden gem of a nature park on the way to Chefchaouen. It's a lovely place with crystal clear waters. Chefchaouen was amazing, a calm medina that lets you cool down even on the busiest days. People were genuinely nice and welcoming. They respected the personal space of visitors instead of breathing down there neck to sell stuff. Extraordinary experience. As for the tour operators everything was so we'll organized. Our guide Omar did marvelous job of giving an unforgettable experience. Thankyou Omar and the driver who even returned the sournirs I left in the van the next day . I hope to visit again sometime

Youseff was great with my family . He made us feel really welcome and gave us many highlights of beautiful Tangier . I highly recommend !

Super journée à Chefchaouen et Akchour. Les guides étaient géniaux et à l’écoute ! Je recommande !!

The tour guide and the driver were very punchual and professional