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Gibraltar day excursions

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Gibraltar day excursions

Im going to Gibraltar next summer and i would like some information on possible day excursions with tour operators (if there is any) and general inf on day trips i could take myself on a bus or a train, i would like to visit Seville but i think its a little too far away

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1. Re: Gibraltar day excursions

Ive heard good things about tours in Spain with South Ole tours. Email. Information@southolespaintours.com. pretty sure they cover Seville

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2. Re: Gibraltar day excursions

The three main operators in Gibraltar are:

Blands (http://www.blandstravel.com/)

Sterling (http://www.sterling-travel.com/)

Parody (parodyholidays.com/)

As is to be expected, most of these trips can be done for a lot cheaper using public transport in Spain.

Unfortunately there is no direct train Sevilla, so it will take between 5/6 hours to get there (train times and fares can be found here http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html)

There is a bus from just across the border which will take you to Sevilla in a more manageable but still fairly hefty 4 hours (http://www.tgcomes.es/horarios_33.htm)

One trip that you should not miss, is to Ronda. The journey time is under 1.5 hours on the train, that you can catch from the station just outside La Linea. Fare will be around 20 euros (compared to the £55 tours operated out of Gibraltar).

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The one and only day trip I made with a tour operator from Gibraltar was to Tanger although I see Blands now offer considerably more options in Morocco.

If you do feel you wish to go to somewhere completely different (if you haven't already been that is) then give Tanger a go. I have written some warnings previously about going there on a day excursion which included my recommendation that you avoid going into herbalists and carpet sellers as these are rip-off merchants who will try to sell you cheap tat at very highly inflated prices. There is always an arrangement with the Moroccan guide that he will get a commission from sales to day trippers in his care.

Visits to herbalist/carpet seller waste far too much time of the trip and whilst you are not obliged to go into these, you should notify the guide that you will do your own tour during this time.

The practices adopted by guides in Tanger has put many travellers off going to Morocco and almost had the same effect on me but I persevered and now go frequently.

It is so easy to cross the border into La Linea and the local bus station therein which I use to go to Malaga.

Edited: 5:36 am, July 18, 2013
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On our many trips to Gibraltar we have on many occasions tried to book various day trips into Spain with either Blands or Parody to no avail, every time we have put our name down for them but they have never materialised due to lack of numbers for each trip. Begin to wonder if they do actually run at all despite the enticing adverts!. I think these companies are very busy escorting cruise passengers around the rock these days. The only excursion that did materialise was a day trip to Tangiers run by Parody tours and even then it was just us (family of 4 plus one other couple). That was a worthwhile trip and saw a lot in the day with an informative guide even though we did have to put up with the obligatory visit to the herbalist and carpet maker!

In conclusion do not get your hopes up about advertised trips and organise your own visits into Spain instead.

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5. Re: Gibraltar day excursions

Trips do need a minimum of six for these to happen.

ps - was your guide in Tanger called Rashid or just plain Mohammed? My guide (Rashid) conned me out of a tenner for 3 music cassettes and an inferior Moroccan flag, off the roll. Still, the music was ok. He hassled me terribly as I was stringing the carpet seller along knocking down the prices very vigorously. He said I should "help his countrymen", what by allowing them to fleece us. Best wishes Rashid!

pps - I'm almost certain I still see the same carpet seller here in Manchester at various times through the year.

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6. Re: Gibraltar day excursions

Lol john !

I haven't been to Tangiers for over 10 years and its a shame because I did enjoy my trips, but the hassle with sellers was so draining that we haven't returned.

I'd love to go over this summer, with my kids, but I'm wondering whether its a crazy idea due to the heat and the hassle.....a day trip would be an ideal introduction so ill have a look

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