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Are you ready for something completely different? Foreign Independent Tours (tel. 800/248-3487; www.foreign-independent-tours.com) has put together a trip that incorporates the northern rim of Africa in Tangier, Morocco priced from $1,599 for travel this spring. The price does not include airline taxes and fees, which may range from $85 to $350 per person depending on travel details, but it does include round-trip airfare between New York-JFK and Tangier, round-trip transfers from airport and hotel, six nights in the Movenpick Hotel and Casino at Malabata, daily breakfast, and fuel surcharge. If children are on the trip, they can stay for free if they are under 12 and sharing a room with their parents. Tangier, at the northern tip of Morocco, poised between Europe and African civilizations, is lively -- it long has had a reputation for its wanton ways. The luxury hotel is situated on Malabata Bay, with water views and is several kilometers from the city center.

The least expensive trip, $1,599, is valid for the March 21 departure, and the price increases generally as the year progresses. The price is significantly less expensive if you want to opt for land only -- $999 for winter and early spring departures. Other than the casino and the beautiful bayside location, nearby attractions include Hercules Cave, Cape Spartel, which is 1,000 above sea level at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. In the city, don't miss the marketplace in the kasbah or the legendary French cafes.