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

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Get to know Casablanca’s highlights on this 3-hour tour — one of the most comprehensive of all Casablanca tours. Choose a morning or afternoon tour, and discover the landmarks by air-conditioned vehicle as your guide recounts stories about each sight. Admire top Casablanca attractions including the Hassan II Mosque, Royal Palace and Central Market (only on morning tours); see the elegant Habbous quarter, created by the French in the 1920s; and enjoy free time to stroll along the scenic, palm-lined Ain Diab Corniche. Numbers are limited to 18 people for a more personalized atmosphere.
  • 3-hour sightseeing tour of Casablanca
  • Discover the secrets of this old-world city on a comfortable minivan or coach ride
  • Visit top sights including the United Nations Place, Mohammed V Square, the Central Market (only on morning tours) and the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral
  • See the famous Hassan II Mosque and enjoy free time to stroll down the Ain Diab Corniche
  • Choice of a morning or afternoon tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Driver-guide
Transport by air-conditioned sedan, minivan or coach (depending on group size)
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if required)
Entrance to Hassan II Mosque and the Royal Palace
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Utess Voyages, 27, Rue Jallal Eddine Essayouti, Les Iris, Racine, Casablanca 20100, Morocco

Traveler pickup is offered

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
If you're short on time or have just arrived in Casablanca, this tour is a great way to get an overview of the city. Admire the wonderful architecture and detailed mosaics of the Hassan II Mosque from the outside, and be sure to re-visit it after your tour!

Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Casablanca hotel or the Racine area of the city. Settle into a comfortable coach, minivan or car — depending on the size of your group — and begin your sightseeing.

As you explore, learn interesting facts about Casablanca and its place as Morocco’s largest city and main commercial hub. Each sight on your itinerary comes with a story,  so as you look around, hear all about its history from your guide.

Head first for United Nations Square, the buzzing heart of Casablanca, and take in Mohammed V Square and the colors, sights and sounds of the Central Market (only on morning tours). Continue to the elegant Habbous quarter — the new medina — to view the tree-lined streets designed by the French in the 1920s.

Stop to admire the ornate exterior and gates of the Royal Palace; see the Mehkama courthouse; and visit the Cathedral Notre Dame de Lourdes, a striking 1956 church graced with spectacular stained glass windows.

Next, view the Hassan II Mosque, Africa’s biggest, and one of the world’s largest mosques, built in the late 1980s. Marvel at the beautiful façade and hear how it took over 6,000 artisans to carve the wood, granite and marble of the exterior.

Lastly, enjoy free time to stroll along the Ain Diab Corniche, Casablanca’s palm-dotted promenade. Pass the stylish restaurants and swimming pools and admire the views of the glittering Atlantic as you walk.

Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your original start point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hassan II Mosque
Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and the seventh-largest in the world. Admire the exterior of this beautiful structure overlooking the ocean – be sure to visit this more in-depth after your tour.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Square of Mohammed V
Place Mohammed V is the heart of the administrative district of Casablanca, its particularity lies in its modern architecture
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Palace of Casablanca
Royal Palace is forbidden to visit. You will see the walls, the gates and the surrounding
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Notre Dame de Lourdes
Catholic parish church built in 1954 by Achille Dangleterre and engineer Gaston Zimmer. Inside, more than 800 square meters of stained glass windows produced by one of the greatest French master glassmakers "Gabriel Loire".
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ain Diab
Bustling and upscale part of town, which includes the trendy coastal area of La Corniche. It brings together creperies, cafes selling shawarmas, fine French restaurants and trendy night-clubs open until dawn. With high-end beach clubs, Lalla Meryem and Aïn Diab beaches are long stretches of sand lined.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Place des Nations Unies
The United Nations Square was designed by French architect and urban planner Henri Prost in 1915 and served as a link between the old medina and the new city center
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mahkama du Pacha
Mahkamat al-Pasha is an administrative building built in 1942 in the Habbous district. It has served as pasha's residence, courthouse, reception hall and even as a prison. Open from 9.00am to 4.00pm from Monday To Friday.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that the Royal Palace is closed to the public so you will see this from the outside and have time to explore the surroundings
  • The visit to the Hassan II Mosque is to see the outside only. If you wish to see the inside, you can return for an independent visit on another occasion
  • The Central Market is closed in the afternoons, so it can only be visited on morning tours
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Grayline Morocco

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market.

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  • "Generally, one cannot enter a mosque unless Moslem but this mosque permits it." See review

Reviews

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This was the worst tour I've booked...
Amy S
, May 2018
This was the worst tour I've booked on Viator. First off, the driver picked me up an hour early than when the tour started. Second, the tour guide mention that in Casablanca, the custom is to tip 20. The tour was rushed. And at one point he separated me and another participant, and I was left alone with the tour guide. He proceeded to walk me to a store that sells Moroccan rugs. I did not request to go shopping or inquired about such thing. He left me alone with 2 guys that were trying to sell me rugs. As a woman, I was afraid and had no idea what would happen next, since my tour guard was no where to be found. I politely said no. and they were angry and belligerent towards me. I've booked so many tours and this tour felt like a setup. No one should have to experience such intimidation and unprofessionalism. I would not recommend this tour to anyone with this tour guide because he's about making sure his friends get money. They also would not move the van until I tipped them to get me back to my hotel.
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I did this tour on the afternoon of...
Roslyn O
, May 2018
I did this tour on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 April 2018. It was a huge disappointment. Almost the minute I got into the vehicle the guide started talking about tips. We drove to the Hassan II Mosque. I chose not to go in. The guide didn't even bother to get out of the vehicle to show me around the outside of the building. The same thing happened at the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. My entrance fee was included there so why didn't he get out of the vehicle to show me around and give me some information? Isn't that what guides do? The rest of the tour was simply a drive past. We didn't even go to the Mehkama where my entrance fee was included in the high price I paid for this tour, or to the Royal Palace. However, in the just over 2 hours the tour is advertised as a 3 hour tour we managed to fit in a visit to a carpet factory and an argan oil shop neither of which were of interest to me. I didn't choose this tour for shopping and there is no mention of shopping in the tour details. It was simply an opportunity for the guide to receive kickbacks to add to the tip he was hoping for. For future visitors to Casablanca...this wasn't a pleasant afternoon so don't waste your money.
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The highlight of this tour was the...
Arlene S
, May 2018
The highlight of this tour was the ability to enter and explore the third largest mosque in the world. Generally, one cannot enter a mosque unless Moslem but this mosque permits it. It was beautiful and a great experience. Our guide was good and the rest of the tour was good but the mosque was the highlight.
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The tour started out great. Just 4...
Debra S
, Apr 2018
The tour started out great. Just 4 of us with the guide and driver. Hassan II Mosque was beautiful. However we were taken to a rug place which we did not ask for and spent unnecessary time having to look at carpets which we had no intention of buying. We then asked about the Central Market and was advised we couldn't go there as 'it was too dangerous. we actually went back the next day on our own and had a great time. We dropped off our other 2 companions at their hotel and we were then taken to a restaurant for lunch which was recommended by the guide. It was lovely and the food was great however the guide hung around for some time I actually thought he was going to join us but then he seriously pressured us into giving him a decent tip. This was after pressuring us and the other couple into giving the driver a tip as well. After paying a fair amount for this tour, having to pay entrance for the mosque and lunch to then be pressured to tip the drive and the guide was very disappointing.
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Terrible experience. Ruined...
Adrian G
, Mar 2018
Terrible experience. Ruined Casablanca for us. We were never taken to Mohammed Square nor the Central Market. Advised by tour guide Mohammed to skip going inside Hassan II mosque because he wanted to give us a better and more personal tour of his city. We drove around and were taken to just one store this was the Central Market apparently and felt extremely pressured into buying a rug. After this better and more personal tour ended with getting ripped off by aforementioned store, Mohammed took us back to the bus where the other 5 or 6 guests were waiting for us to return. We followed the same exact route that our taxi took to get to the Central Market, There was absolutely nothing different from the better and more personal tour that Mohammed had promised us earlier. We felt that we were taken advantage of and had an awful experience in Casablanca. Since we listened to our local tour guide, we didn't do the tour inside the Mosque and missed out on the only thing worth doing in Casablanca. We were also dropped off 30 minutes early since we arrived by cruise. We mentioned many times that we didn't need to be back at exactly 1:00pm since the cruise was not leaving until 5:30pm but we were still dropped off by 12:30pm. We've done multiple tours through Viator and this is our only complaint ever.
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I have spent half this price and got...
Andrew M
, Jan 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.
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Great tour with visit to the Mosque...
Yen E
, Jan 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
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Since I only had a day in...
Elana W
, Dec 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!
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This experience was great, our tour...
modesticooper
, Dec 2017
This experience was great, our tour guide was awesome and it was a private tour we got to see everything .
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This was by far the worst tour we...
Daniel S
, Nov 2017
This was by far the worst tour we have ever had through Viator. The guide spent most of his time telling us about buying berber rugs, and took us to a shop where we felt uncomfortable in a back room getting a hard sell. He didn’t even get off the bus for the main attractions leaving us to take pics.
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