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Private Sightseeing Tour of Tangier

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Key Highlights

  • Shop for exquisite handcrafts at the Medina
  • Soak in the rich Arabic and Spanish influence in this bustling port city
  • Step inside the famous Hercules Grotto and gaze out onto the Atlantic Ocean
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Approx. 4 hours

    Start time

    09:00am

    Meeting Point

    Pick-up is from centrally located hotels in Tangier.
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If your hotel is not a pick-up location, you will be advised of the closest pick-up point. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel/closest drop-off point in Tangier

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Set out on a private sightseeing tour of the North African city of Tangier and savor its rich Arabic-Spanish atmosphere. Justifying the accolade of ‘Tangier the white’, rows of gleaming white houses, minarets and spires present a stunning contrast against the brilliant blue of the sky and the ocean.

    Drive along the sandy beach through the main avenues of the new town, stopping at the much-photographed Hercules Grotto. Journey to Cap Spartel, the extreme north promontory of the African continent.

    The drive back to Tangier takes in the 17th century fortified district of Kasbah and its square, the large open circular space of the Grand Socco, a colorful fruit and vegetable market.

    There are plenty of photo opportunities and time for shopping at the Medina, where tiny streets are bordered with fabric shops.

    Itinerary

    9:00am: You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel or closest pick-up point in Tangier and taken in an air-conditioned minibus for a private sightseeing tour of Tangier . A bilingual guide (English and French-speaking) will accompany you on this tour.

    The breakdown of your itinerary is as follows:

    9:15am: Visit the Hercules Grotto, associated with the Greek hero Hercules. This striking cave resembles the map of Africa. According to Geek legend, Hercules rested here after digging the Strait of Gibraltar. This vantage point offers an exceptional view of the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean.

    10:00am: Nearby is Cap Spartel (outside visit), at the extreme North-West of Africa. Known as the Cape of Vines in ancient times, a lighthouse today stands guard over Cap Spartel.

    10:20am: Refreshment stop (payable direct).

    11:00am: Head for the Kasbah district, the 17th century fortified residential quarter of Tangier. It is a place of arcades, winding alleys and hidden terraces and its fortifications are remarkably well-preserved. You will get plenty of photo opportunities here.

    11:20am: Visit a typical fruit and vegetable market and capture these lively images in your camera.

    11:45am: Head for the Medina and Grand Socco. Visit the old Medina with its craftsmanship shops and a magnificent mosaic-studded minaret overlooking the sea. Boasting a rich Spanish heritage, the Grand Socco is a square in the heart of Tangier and a major transport junction for taxis.

    Pass by the Mendoubia Park, towards the north of the Grand Socco. A giant banyan tree and a dragon tree, alleged to be 800 years old, are its highlights.

    A little further is famous Petit Socco with its multitude of small hotels which previously accommodated famous artists and writers such us Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, Paul Bowles.

    1:00pm: Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or the closest drop-off point in Tangier.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel/closest point pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus
    • Bilingual guide (English and French-speaking)
    • Entrance fee

    Exclusions

    • Meals
    • Beverages
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    It is advisable to re-confirm the tour departure details 48 hours prior to the start of the tour as this tour has a minimum passenger requirement of 6 people, if this is not met the tour would either be rescheduled for another date or cancelled with a full refund

    Identity papers are obligatory (passport or identity card).

    The program can be modified in case of unpredictable events.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.