During our 9 days in beautiful Tarifa we decided to take an overnight trip to Tangier. Given the Rick Steve´s recommendation and the endorsment on tripadvisor, and from Bjorn- the hotel propetier of the lovely Koala aparthotel in Tarifa, I made arrangements beforehand with Aziz for the ¨grand tour¨. I was quoted 93 euros per person for round trip ferry tickets and the tour, which would be orchestrated by Aziz´s cohort Mohammed.The price seemed fair for what I assumed would be an authentic exposure to the lifestyle and culture of Tangier. When I traveled through Morocco two years back my guide from experience it tours afforded me and my friend an incredible adventure through Marrakesh, the High Atlas Mourntains, an overnight camping trip in the Sahara desert, and a fantastic stay in the coastal town of Essaouira. I was very excited about exploring Tangier given my previous travels through Morocco. Instead, we encountered tourist trap hell, with the clincher being that we were charged 101 euros per person, as opposed to the original quote of 93 euros. Basically the grand tour largely consisted of a trip to a restaurant and shops which it was obvious a commission cut was pre-determined based on what we were coerced to purchase. I was so disgusted by the scam that I deliberately bought nothing. The food in the restaurant we were brought to was very sub-par, although the atmosphere was lovely. Furthermore, driving through opulent neighborhoods to see the facades of homes owned by political heads and sultans did not interest us. Nor did the offer to ride a camel in the parking lot of Hercules grotto, which was also a 5 minute thrill for tourists. While it was nice, it didn´t inspire awe or offer a sense of life in Tangier. What was truly bothersome was that not once were our interests addressed. If they were, we would have requested to have lunch with locals, and visit a Berber village where we could possibly purchase fabric or jewelry without being harrangued ad nausea in the souk and in the shops Mohammed took us to so that he could recieve a commision. Our saving grace was our retreating to the beautiful and gracious La Tangerina hotel in the kasbah, where we had a delicious Moroccan dinner and were treated with respect. In fact, the website in which I booked the room for La Tangerina, iescape, falsely promised a free bottle of wine at the hotel for the booking. Nevertheless the hotel compensated us with thier own bottle of wine with dinner, in spite of iescape´s false offer. That is customer service and an indication of integrity.Should we return to Tangier we will certainly stay at La Tangerina and avail ourselves of thier tour guides, so that we can experience a true sense of Tangier and its people!