When you're given the option to either take the FRS Tour to Morocco, for only 55 Euro, you may compare that against the price of a solo trip, not on a tour, of over 60 Euro, and say, trip, plus meal, plus touring, for less money? How can I lose?
Here's how you can lose...
First, our trip was delayed in departure by over an hour. When we asked about a refund or consideration for this delay, we were told, "it is impossible".
When we arrived in Tangiers, we waited another 30 minutes while they co-ordinated with local tour guides our transportation. We were then taken on a 5 minute bus ride out of the port, to the gate of the Medina. After a confusing walk out to the lunch spot - we had warm soup (in 40 degree weather), chicken and pork - all of which was passable - but we were charged dozens of euros for a few drinks. Where else can you pay 2 euro for a 20 cl Coke?
From there - we were inextricably whisked away to a carpet store - where the sales pitches began. "Buy this carpet, buy that carpet, look at this carpet" - followed by "look at this pottery, it's Berber, very nice" - followed by "spices, creams, these are very good for your skin" - with a round of "jewelry, all real, yes, real silver, real gems, very good price" (you wonder if the guides are getting kickbacks for bringing customers to these shops) - followed by another café - they only charge for drinks, because that more than covers their other costs - followed by a slow drive around Tangiers to find a camel riding attraction.
The day finished with - yay - a 1 hour wait again to board the ferry to return.
So - for those of you doing the math - the tour lasts for 4 hours - 1 hour for lunch - 2.5 hours for "guided" shopping - and 30 mins to go back and forth to the camel rides. Considering the hundreds they had our day taking the tour, you realize how much they're really clearing at the end of the day. Definitely not customer-oriented, and not something I would repeat or recommend.
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