Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market - Reviews

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Yen E United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Great tour with visit to the Mosque no lines, the guide was helpful enough to get us into the mosque without doing any line The Mosque was almost empty so we had a really nice view with slow pace throughout the mosque then going to the Catholic church and the walls made of colored crystals. We pass through Rick's Cafe, not good food open in 1984, a really good resemblance to the movie

Elana W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Since I only had a day in Casablanca, this tour was perfect to give me a broad vision of what Casablanca has to offer. Magic was so accommodating and responsive to my interests, and took me around the city, from the magnificent Hassan II mosque it is worth it to go inside, to the Corniche on the Atlantic, and a tour through some of Casablanca's neighbourhoods. Magic is a cosmopolitan, sweet Moroccan guide who wanted to make sure I had a good time and learned a lot about his country. Yes, I did end up coming home with a gorgeous camel-hair berber rug on which I surely could have haggled a better price, but the rug will always remind me of my short visit to Morocco, and will remind me to go back. The visits to the shops and the medina were quick and I didn't feel pressure to buy anything. Magic made sure that I was on time for my flight later that day and knew exactly how to make me feel relaxed and entertained the whole time. I would highly recommend this tour!

modesticooper

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

This experience was great, our tour guide was awesome and it was a private tour we got to see everything .

Linda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Our guide, Mohammed Magic was charming and very knowledgeable about Casablanca and Morocco. He told us a lot of history, which was very interesting. We went to the Hassan Mosque, walked the promenade, ate prickly pear cactus, and bought rugs.Magic was very open to what we wanted to do. Highly recommend him and the three hour tour.

christel s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Great way to see the city.

Ken M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Our tour guide was 100 great! Like all of our other tours with Viator!

Carmen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

It was a wonderful tour. It was just the two of us and the tour guide was wonderful and very accommodating.

DI m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

We were very lucky. Our tour was during Ramadhan and we had an excellent guide to ourselves who tailored the tour to our exact requirements. We could not have been happier.

Michelle M Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2017

Interesting. Mosque is huge, worth a visit

Mark H

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2017

I enjoyed the tour and was pleased with the guide.

Elisse

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2017

Great tour- we didn’t have long in Casablanca so this felt like it covered all the main points. Professional and courteous driver and guide.

leila South Africa

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2017

Knowledgeable guide who provided lots of information

Robert D

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2015

We enjoyed our city tour with Ahmed, who was very knowledgeable and patient with our many questions. The transportation and driver were also excellent.

Steven

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2015

This half day tour was great however, I was brought once again to a carpet factory as well as an Argon oil place. I didn't mind the carpet place on this tour as they were not pushy and I actually bought a rug! The tour manager Mohammad was really nice and provided some great information about Casablanca. He took me to places that were not on the itinerary, like Rick's Café!

Bradb29

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2014

Nice tour. Driver and guide on time. Allowed us some flexibility. Driver spoke great English and was very knowledgeable.

Elizabeth B

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2017

Considering what Casablanca has to offer I think the guide did a good job - mosque, cathedral, main plaza, waterfront, a few Art Deco buildings. Very informative tour.

Paula W

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2016

The best thing about this tour was the option to see the Hassan II mosque -- we paid equivalent of 12 to get in and really got a fabulous tour. The rest of the look around Casablanca was really just a driving tour with not a lot of information. We got to see the church -- but there was no explanation -- the guide stayed on the bus, we never saw the Merkhama our info. said entrance fees to that were included. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful but it wasn't what I was expecting from a city tour. There was also a STRONG emphasis on taking us shopping.

luv2travel102

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2014

The tour guide was very informative, the van was comfortable and it was a good summary of the city sites. Unfortunately out tour ended after 2 hours when the description said it would be 3 hours, and we only stopped at 3 out of the 6 places listed.

Janelle H

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2014

The guide was great. The trip to the carpet place wasn't. We didn't ask to go there and didn't need the hostility and anger from the owners when we didn't want to buy anything.

Andrew M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2018

I have spent half this price and got double the value many other places in the world. It feels like Morocco and Casablanca are still trying to discover how to do tourism. I kept thinking during this tour and afterward that there had to be more interesting things to see and showcase I felt like we drove around a lot but only saw some things and actually got to experience very little.
Now, the driver and Majid are very good. What could have made things better is if Majid understand his audience: I have ZERO interest in shopping but he never asked. The asking price for this tour is high enough for 3 hours that we really didn't need to stop at THREE separate places to be shown things that would have earned a kick-back if things would have been bought. I hate that part of tours, being dropped through sales traps, when all I really want to do is explore and see, not shop, the highlights. Seeing the rugs is interesting but the high-pressure sales by a large man wanting a couple of grand for a couple of these rugs is not a pleasant experience, 800 might be about the right price and that is likely too high so research this before you go on this tour or you'll get hood-winked.
The following was what the tour was advertised to showcase: Visit top sights including the United Nations Place, Mohammed V Square, the Central Market and the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral See the famous Hassan II Mosque and enjoy free time to stroll down the Ain Diab Corniche. Of these, I have no memory of seeing: the United Nations Place, Mohammed V Square, the Central Market. Meanwhile, the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral is just not very interesting if you've seen any cathedral in Europe. Additionally, and totally out of Majid's control, the famous Hassan II Mosque, which is the highlight of this tour by-far, was closed to tourists because the king was coming for prayer. I'm so glad that I wasn't in town for just one day as I would have missed one of the only two things that were interesting, of the little shown to me, in Casablanca itself. The next day, I was on a Rabat Day Trip tour with dear Majid and driver again and they were super-kind enough to amend that trip to start with going to this famous Hassan II Mosque and it is absolutely worth the trip to Casablanca just to see this. Majid will charge you an additional 120 to take the tour on this tour you've already over-paid for, even though I saw a sign saying the cost was 50, but it seems to be the Morrocan way that you need to constantly grease the skids to make things run. Finally, the one highlight of that day was the seven minutes of advertised: free time to stroll down the Ain Diab Corniche. This promenade is one of Casablanca's best features. Instead of the 12 minutes we spent here, I would have been happy if they just dropped me off here and picked me up 3 hours later. Consider getting a hotel in this area if at all possible I made the mistake of not staying here. There seemed to be a ton of nice restaurants and the beaches and fresh ocean breezes are amazing. Being someone who lives in the middle of a continent that is frozen in December, this is where I would have wanted to spend the most time had I been asked.
As it was, I saw about three things but got brought through three shopping experiences.
To fill the missed time due to the king being at the mosque and not being able to get in, Majid was very kind and ate lunch with me my treat at a nice restaurant a block from my Sheraton hotel.
Be warned if you are going to Morocco, if you're reading this, you likely are, that as soon as the guide parted ways with me like I had literally only two blocks to walk to my hotel without him, that there are plenty of people watching that will hit you up for money or even try to stick their hands in your pocket totally ruins the tourist experience and Morocco will struggle to be a destination for tourists as long as we are made to feel uneasy just to walk the streets in daylight and my guide encouraged me not to be out alone at night, and I'm a 6'3, 250 pound, 39 year old man. Other than when I had my driver and guide, I wouldn't leave the front steps of the hotel which made me feel like a prisoner and I've never felt that way anywhere on the globe that I've travelled.
Would I go back to Morocco? Not likely I might give Marrakech a try but not Casablanca or Rabat.

NATALIE A

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 2017

The isnt much to see in Casablanca. Because we had a layover, we took advantage to tour the city. The tour guide was okay. Ive had better tour guides. What we also dont like is the tour guide bringing us to his friends souvenir shop which was overpriced. Skip Casablanca and see other parts of Morocco.

Lan Hsin L

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2016

most of time spent visiting shops, not pleasant experiences

Emily C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2016

Everything started off good. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I was the only one on the tour btw. took it since I was on a long layover.
Pros: very educative, detailed facts, very friendly, and on time. I was able to see parts of the city I would not have been able to go alone. He dropped me off a restaurant he recommended, near my hotel.

Cons: was less than 2.5 hours, I was told the pillow case I bought at the carpet shop was worth 250 usd. I was able to get it to 80 usd. You must bargain...this is Africa. Only to find the EXACT same pillow case in the airport souvenir shop for 40 euro 45 usd. The tour guide should have been helping me get a fair price, rather than telling how valuable the pillow case was so I would get it. That is exploitation of his tour guests which are 90 american.
My moroccan taxi driver couldn't believe I paid that much and said it was worth 30. He shook his head in disbelief that my tour guide didn't help me get a fair price.
I also bought arnica oil at the oil shop. Plain, cheap little bottle but paid 20 usd. The oil is seems to be just like the kind you get in the US and worth only 8, at most.
I also found it weird that my tour guide was asking what kind of car I drive and how much I pay for rent. ex. that house is worth xxx, how much do you pay where you live?,
At the end, I gave the driver equivalent to 5 and at first the tour guide 4 but was searching for more in my wallet trying to do the conversion in my head, when he said oh come on, that's it? I have kids to feed. He should have know I was looking for more. I ended up just giving him 10 more since that is what i found.
So thats 90 75 plus 15 in tips for a 2.5 hour tour. Ridiculous, considering the cost of living in Africa is a small fraction of the cost in Europe or US. And frankly, the city is not that impressive. Wish we could have gone in the marketplace. That would have been cool.

Daniel R

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2015

positives:
Friendly tour guide, convenient ride in an airconditioned van in Casablanca.

negatives:
- Only very superficial information provided. Short stop at Hassan II Mosque for taking pictures without further explanations.
- Tour guide enquired repeatedly about my financial means and made hints about expecting a tip.
- About 40 minutes were spent at a carpet and oil shop. This was a paid tour. I therefore consider this highly inappropriate and a show of disrespect for customers.

Lorraine W Australia

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2015

Fairly average tour and we were taken to places we didn't particularly want to go to...eg carpet selling shop and oil selling shop. And the guide was the only guide we've had who actually asked for a tip to feed his children!!

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