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“Day Tours Ripoff!”
Review of Kasbah of Algiers

Kasbah of Algiers
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US$ 1,878.37*
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Multi Day Circuit To Discover the Cultural Sites...
Ranked #5 of 50 things to do in Algiers
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Owner description: The upper old part of Algiers has interesting Moorish houses, minarets and old citadel.
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Travelers beware! We done a day tour of Algiers through FRS in Tarifa Spain. The trip started from the port of Algiers, where we then went through the old & new towns to go and see the camels! The ride was literally 2 mins on the camel and cost 2 euros, whilst out of earshot from the guide, the camel owner basically begged for tips! Mmmmm not a good start! After very brief ride we boarded the minibus to go to the market place, where I saw the guide being handed his share from the camel rides. From that point on I knew what to expect! (Rip off the tourist time). The market place was bustling and very aromatic and again short! From there we went to the Kasbah! And taken into a carpet shop and spice shop ( guide told me this was obligatory) . Inside the Carpet shop 2 people from our group bought small carpets at a ridiculous price and the same in the spice shop! Where once again I saw the guide receive his back hander! From the we were guided through the extremely run down and stinking Kasbah! And constantly accosted by beggars and people trying to sell us replica goods. This was a very well orchestrated rip off tour! and a real eye opener. It's a shame because the buildings and architecture are stunning but not worth being scammed for. If you do go, make sure it's not an official guided tour, but with someone you know and trust that has been there and knows the place.

4  Thank Dean G
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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

The Kasbah is an awesome place to learn about the history of Algiers and Algeria, which cannot be grasped without a serious discussion of the political situation throughout the times. This means a guide is essential, without a guide it's just old streets and dilapidated houses.

4  Thank Linda D
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

I can't understand why Unesco insert in Word Heritage??! So dirty place and the smell is terrible.....stay away!!

1  Thank robyberna
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Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

The best tour you can have in Algiers but you have to do it with a specialised guide to know what you are seeing and he can bringing to life for you...also so you can find your way back as it can be tricky if you do not have a guide...

Thank Ahmed E
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

Great place to walk around, very safe and reveals much of the history of the French occupation of Algiers.

2  Thank HFza
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