We booked a cruise that included a one day stop in Tangier. As usual, we preferred to hire a private guide. After looking at TripAdvisor we decided on Aziz. We contacted him 4 months prior to arrival in Tangier. He promised us a customized tour in his luxury sedan for 35 euros a day. We let Aziz know 3 things we did not want: riding a camel, entering the caves, and shopping. No problem, he assured us, you will be in charge. Our day in Tangier started extr early at Aziz's request. He was not waiting for us pier side as promised. After a half hour, we looked for him in vain. Another ship passenger asked us if we saw anyone identified as Aziz St. Laurence. He said that he had reserved him as a private guide for a group of 6 but could not find him. Obviously, we were stunned. As we tried to figure this out, 4 others from our boat mentioned that they were looking for their private guide, Aziz. The 10 of us were confused, worried. Then another man, not Aziz, said that anyone who was to tour with Aziz should come with him. He took us all to an old delapidated bus occupied by 14 others. When we voiced that we all thought we had private tours with Aziz, the man said he was only the bus driver but would take us to Aziz for an explanation. When Aziz finally joined us on the bus, he prattled on about how he would make us all happy but never gave a reason why we were all on the bus. He told us that if we didn't want to see something we only had to say so. First stop was somewhere no one wanted to go- to a house of alleged royal family. The house and garden were in disrepair, swimming pool was green and crumbling, no one was home. Next stop was to Cap Lighthouse, along with a dozen other tour buses. Only half of the group wanted to see it. Aziz said, no problem, if you don't want to see it you can stay on the bus. Being that the bus was so miserable, we went to the lighthouse, where it was so crowded we couldn't see it. Then off to ride camels, along with many other tourists. Only 5 on our bus wanted to ride camels, we certainly didn't , but the only other choice was to stay on the damned bus. At that point, the group of 6 and us became angry with Aziz and asked to be taken back to the ship. He went as far as to deny that we had established an itinerary with him. I showed him our email chain. Aziz eventually phoned 2 of his colleagues, setting them up as our tour guides. Our guide initially took us to the places we wanted to see, although since he had no car we had to take taxis at every juncture. Tangier taxis are not for faint at heart. Not only are they falling apart, the drivers are unsafe. Our guide tried to tell us about Moroccan history and culture, but seemed to get bored and hurried us through some areas. He made us suspicious when he took us to craft houses so we let him know that we did not want to shop. Besides, it was mid afternoon and we wanted to stop for an authentic lunch in a venue with a spectacular view. Guide said yes, yes but he had one more place to take us to. It turned out to be a huge souvenir store. The man who met us there even said that our guides job was over and his job was now to sell us many things. You can imagine how angry we were. We found our guide and insisted that he take us to lunch. Another nasty taxi ride, then off to a smelly fast food restaurant. We stumbled across Aziz and told him how unhappy we were with our situation. He took us to what he said was the best restaurant in Tangier. If it was don't eat in Tangier. It was unclean and food was served on paper plates. Meats were overlooked. During the meal, Aziz harangued about how unhappy his clients were with him, how it was the fault of the other guides who did not do as he said. He added that Americans had bad expectations, that they could not expect him to spend the whole day driving them through the city for only 35 euros. Then, despite having inhaled his Meal he leaned across the table and helped himself to our meats and breads. Sheesh. Who gave Aziz such high ratings? His family members?
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