Blands Travel
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Blands Travel is an award-winning destination management company with over 50 years of experience that creates unforgettable moments in Gibraltar, Spain and Morocco. Our team of specialists have the in-depth knowledge, local connections, dedication to customer service, a willingness to go the extra mile and a passion for sharing the best of these destinations. Whether you are planning a family holiday, honeymoon, travelling alone or seeking corporate solutions we will immerse you in the magic and beauty of the destination you choose; Gibraltar, Spain or Morocco.
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TonnaSteve
Neath, UK317 contributions
We wanted to see Morocco while we were visiting Gibraltar for a few days and had limited time to research & organise our own trip so the tourist information centre recommended we try Blands Travel, who are located on the way into Irish Town.
Excellent advice - we were warmly welcomed into the office and sold an £85 per person trip to Morocco which turned out to be very good value.
We were collected at 0650 from the central bus station (the minibus went on to collect guests from some of the larger hotels) and transferred at the border onto a Spanish coach for the 40-50 minute journey to the small sea port at Tarifa almost directly opposite Tangier. Our guide accompanied us throughout the day and she took care of everything - wizzing is through borders, by-passing some of the queues by taking all the passports and getting them stamped en masse etc.
The boat to Tangier was a modern high speed catamaran with a decent café to make up for the early start & the sea crossing only takes about 45 minutes. There’s a small observation deck to take in the views of shipping and coastal scenery as you speed across the Strait of Gibraltar.
At Tangier we were quickly ashore and met by Ahmed our local guide, an engaging and very knowledgeable man who’s been guiding visitors for 30 years and seemed to know everyone we met!
The little bus we traveled on in Tangier was modern with USB sockets to recharge phones & cameras (remember to switch off data roaming if you’re from U.K./EU as the Morocco price per MB is very high) and we travelled first though the city, having the different areas explained to us, then a drive to the coast to see where Mediterranean & Atlantic meet. Regular stops for photos of course. Then a brief stop for a camel ride - very short but fun - then down to see the “cave of Hercules” - nice photo spot.
Then back into town to start walking for the afternoon, though you can leave bags on the bus if you want. First stop a delightful restaurant at the top of the kasbah for lunch of olives, bread, soup, kebab, couscous and a pastry (with veggie option) which was delicious - worth a separate review - La Terreza de la Medina. Only one drink included, plus sweet Moroccan tea, but it was enough.
I must add that the lunch, guide services, camel ride etc were all included in the price of the tour - apart from any souvenirs we didn’t need to pay for anything on the day.
After lunch we had a walking tour through the medina, souk, a couple of calls into shops (the ‘art gallery’ isn’t a public gallery, it’s a smart art & local crafts shop
where they’ll try and sell you things) and some free time to explore. Euros are welcome, indeed any paper currency seems to be accepted.
Please be aware that you will be a magnet for street vendors, who are VERY persistent and follow you around all day, right up to the point where you enter the bus back to the port. The guides will shield you to some extent but can’t completely keep you free from attention - it’s all part of the Tangier experience!
As the day ends you say farewell to the local guide & driver, board the fast catamaran back to Spain, pass through customs & immigration back into EU then a bus transfer to Gibraltar.
My wife and I thought that it was extremely good value - there are cheaper tours available but this included the lunch, camel ride, expert guides, high quality air-conditioned buses and attentive service throughout. An excellent, safe, introduction to North Africa that will leave you wanting more, and we were impressed by Blands.
Written March 11, 2019
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willowbeachbum
Ontario47 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Now back from my trip I wanted to give you feedback on the Tangiers trip last Saturday.

Starting with the organization, the interaction I had with Blands was fabulous. Quick to respond and make suggestions, very good. The guide we had Claire was also excellent, at time she had challenges with people not listening and her herding of cats technique was very patient. Getting us to and from the port/ferry and coaches was equally very good, the coach driver to and from Tarifa rode his brakes all the way there and back which was a tad uncomfortable tho, the border crossing were all conducted really efficiently.

The guide we picked up in Tangier Ahmed was a lovely guy but I think you can do much better. He was obsessed with stories of Malcolm Forbes 70th birthday party – not really relevant when it is now 30 years ago. To spend so much time on it really had people tuning out, equally, diverting to visit Barbara Hutton’s old house a complete waste of time when the tour is short on time as it is.

As for time to shop in the bazaars and souk as I had specifically asked, there was NONE. Not even five minutes when we specifically asked Claire AND Ahmed if we’d have time to get spices and they both said yes. Here’s where the tour fell apart for me and many, many of those of the tour who we spoke to on the coach afterwards. To take us to the apothecary was a complete and utter waste of 30 minutes of my life I will never get back. The idea behind the visit is good and when the principal said he’d take 5 minutes to talk I was ok with that and interested ….. when he then started telling us to be quiet he lost me and his sales pitch of no you can’t select from his shelves he had to hold each item up and repeat his sales pitch was beyond annoying and his attitude exceptionally rude. I walked out before I said something………. THAT could have been free time to shop but maybe the relationship with Blands is more important? Telling is that perhaps only 2 of 29 people bought anything there.... worse than Chinese state sponsored "visits" I have been on!

The only stop we made was for a family to buy Moroccan pastries, so three people bought while 23 stood waiting for 15 minutes – not cool when we then had zero time to stop and shop.

The lunch we had was without doubt exceptional, service was good, portions good and wonderful food.

Visiting the caves of Hercules was great, but yet more stories of Malcolm Forbes………..

Camel riding was ok, less that half rode and we watched an American couple on another tour get thrown off a spooked camel and the lady badly stamped by a camel. The camels are not in the best of care and conditions it has to be said and from a Western perspective this type of activity is dwindling in appeal as awareness of the conditions the animals are kept and worked in are more closely considered.

SO – value for money? For ease of getting there and back yes, for what we did – no. Less of the schlepping round the rich residential areas and more of the Moroccan culture would appeal more; time to actually take in the souk and the bazaar especially – having gone there that’s where the most interest was and we rushed through there.
Written June 20, 2019
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Wooleg
London, UK292 contributions
On paper this looked like a wonderful day trip with a lot packed in and that is exactly what you get. Pick up pretty efficient
Transfer to harbour uneventful (to be expected when you get a lot of tired people travelling before the sun is up)
Ferry crossing a shambles as 40 of 45 minutes spent queueing up to show passport ( this would have been bearable had it not been positioned that the guides would get us onboard early to ensure we were front of the queue, this did not happen or get explained why not)
Atlantic/Med meetpoint interesting + great view
Hercules Caves interesting and well explained
Lunch was very tasty and filling
Meat and fish souks very interesting, but too brief
Traditional Morrocan store interesting but too long spent here
Then it went wrong!
Presentation of potions and lotions was way, way too long, the guide tried 4 times to hurry the guy up, to no avail, he just ignored him. People were by now getting visibly concerned about getting back to the ferry and we were eventually ushered back to the bus by the Gibraltan guides while unbelievably the Morrocan guide decided to take one of the tour off to see something they desperately wanted to see. Back in the bus people even suggested that the person be left behind rather than everyone missing ferry. Finally after another 10mins they turn up, appearing to be completely oblivious to the time! A lot of people literally ran through the port to catch the ferry!
There appeared to be some professional rivalry between the two male guides during the day which soon became tedious. We have done enough tours to draw comparisons and the timing on this needn't have been so tight if it had been collaboratively managed. Tour good but poor time management took the edge off the day!
Written October 26, 2018
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Thank you for your review and feedback. We will always try to avoid having clients waiting in the queues but this can sometimes not be avoided as it is at the discretion of the people working on board the ferry that day. I have passed on your comments to our office in Morocco and have also spoken to our guides in Gibraltar, the guides will always try to ensure that all clients get to see what they would like and try to accommodate all of the group, that said that can not cause a gold up for everyone else. I appreciate your feedback and it certainly helps for us moving forward with our future groups. Thank you.
Written November 14, 2018
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SDB
5 contributions
Oct 2022
Do not trust their bookings or their information. On their own website they advertise with day trips to Morocco, but when you try to book, they say they don't operate day trips to Morocco. Walking Tour: they declined the booking after some time had passed, and then it was too late to book anything else - so plans were ruined. Rock Guided Tour: they write it has a maximum of 22 travelers, but that is what fits in one minibus - if there are more who booked the tour, then they will just bring more minibuses (have seen four minibuses going together). So make sure to have backup plans, or just use other tour operators in Gibraltar instead.
Written October 17, 2022
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BlandsT
I apologise for your bd experience, in reply to your comments - we are in the process of updating our website and removing Morocco the reason for this is the increases in prices globally have made this excursion too expensive to run for now this is something being worked on and looked at to be able to resume this offering. Walking tour was declined as there was no availability for the date selected. Rock tour have no limits its 22 per bus.
Written October 18, 2022
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Laila K
Klofta, Norway9 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
We bought tickets for up and down trip with the cable cart, and asked spesifically if the middle stop was open. In the ticket office the lady told us to buy two way tickets. We wanted to take the cable cart from the middle on the way down because we wanted to visit st. Michaels cave. She told us ok. Another guy on the way sad also the that the midle was open, but when we came there, it was closed. Because of the sun and wa(rm weather, we didnt feel to walk back and up the stares, it was easier and closer to walk the rest of the way down to the city. We felt cheated out of money and of a trip with the cable cart.
We must say that There was a lot to see on the top, and the cave was magnificen, but the marking of where to go and general information is poor. They should work to upgrade this.
Written November 16, 2017
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Thank you Laila for your review. The Cable Car is operated by a different company and I have passed on your comments to them for their consideration. Thank you
Written December 18, 2017
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Marian244
London, UK118 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The trip is well organised and the tour guide are very experienced and helpful. However be prepared to spend a lot of time in several queues.
1. Queue to pas the ticket check to ferry
2.Security check to get on board the ferry (X-rye scan similar to airport)
3. Queue on the ferry to get the visa
4. Security/passport check when leaving the ferry
These are all long queues so you are already tired before you start the tour of the city.
Tour through the city in a mini bus is nice, first going through various parts of the Tangier, then a short stop on the closest point to Europe, where you have few minutes to take nice pics of the Atlantic Ocean meeting the Mediterranean sea. Then quick stop on the way to the Hercules' cave to sit on a camel if you interested. Locals will try to sell you some presents and if you don't buy they a bit rude.
Next stop is the Grotte D'Hercule. Very nice and interesting. The local guide has a lot of knowledge. You will have few minutes to take some pics and rush back to the bus. We stopped in the souvenir shop for 5 minutes which was enough to lost our group and the guide was running around looking for us :-D. However we got very nice magnets we couldn't see later on the market.
Trip continued back to the Tangier, where we continued the walking tour to the restaurant. 3 course meal - soup, kebab and couscous. Kebab (very small) was nice.
After the lunch and a local folk experience the walking tour continue through the city (some very pore parts) to the market. Market is a maze but we had no time to stop and buy anything as the guide was rushing through towards his shop, where we were given 20 minutes to wonder around the big shop. After this you will go to the spice oil shop with presentation which wasn't interesting at all and most of us left shortly after it started and the presenter wasn't happy and rude. Then we run through very narrow streets to the bus and back to the ferry. We were all disappointed that we were not given a bit spare time on the market to look for some presents outside of his shop. On the way back the ferry on boarding was again queuing for the passport check and the x-rye scan. Entering the Spain another queue for passport control and again the x-rye. Absolutely pointless. These queues killed most of the good feelings about the trip. Most of us from our group had the same opinion. When we got back to the hotel we were quite exhausted. From 12 hour trip you spend approximately 5 hours in Morocco, rest of the time is transport and queuing. We would not go if we knew this before, so be prepared.
Written April 28, 2019
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JanLinksGroningen
Groningen, The Netherlands1,280 contributions
If you like annoying men and boys, then this is something you have to do. If You Do not like that, stay in Spain!
Written September 27, 2018
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SteveGreenway
Portsmouth, UK120 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We tried to book a full tour of the Rock including the war tunnels via the Tripadvisor site.

We got confirmation that the booking had been sent, and we then assumed everything was OK. We booked parking and was looking forward to the day trip.

However, the day later got an email sating the operator (Blands Travel) had declined the booking - seems very strange in this day and age with automatic booking systems that we had to wait for a email reply, and also that it was declined.
Obviously, at least to me, that they see what bookings they potentially have, then cherry pick which ones they want to take, and letting down the others. Not very customer centric!!!!

We therefore had to change our whole plans, and lose a little money on the parking, as we had to change the day of the trip, all down to Blands Travel and the way they accept bookings.
Written July 11, 2018
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Matjus M
London, UK10 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
This tour was an extremely good way to spend a day if you're visiting Gibraltar. You get picked up early in the morning to go to a ferry (departing from Tarifa in Spain) to Tangiers where a minibus with a local guide was waiting for us. Our group was 10 people + Gibraltar guide + local guide in Morocco which I felt was just the right size.
It is quite impressive how much they manage to pack into one day, but without it seeming rushed. The value for money is amazing, as for the price of the ticket we got an excellent guide, full day tour, a very hearty lunch, visited some caves on the coast, got a camel ride, tours of Tangiers and its history, markets, a pharmacy, everything. I really can't believe how little it cost. You get a good sampling of everything relating to Tangiers.
Written May 7, 2018
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Thank you for your review of our Tangier day trip, we are glad you enjoyed your day and that you had a good taster of Morocco. We hope to see you again in the future.
Written May 14, 2018
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Naddan2018
Rye, UK4 contributions
We also booked for 1st of May. Apart from seeing Gibraltar This trip and a day trip to Ronda had been booked through the same company. Both trips were cancelled,
Completely spoiled all the plans we had made.
Written May 2, 2018
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Thank you for your review. We aplogise that the tour that you booked did not operate.
Written May 14, 2018
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