Pricing Notes: Prices are net per person in US$ dollars.
Our prices includes: Car & driver, entrance fees to monuments
City of Rabat Duration: 5 Hours/8 Hours
One of Morocco’s four ancient capitals, or imperial cities, Rabat is again the country’s capital, at once historic and contemporary as we discover on today’s tour.
Rabat and King’s Palace
Next, re-board your coach for the approximately 1.5-hour drive north to Rabat. Founded in the 12th century, Rabat is one of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco, and the Imperial Capital of the nation since 1912. Upon arrival, your tour begins with drive through the city’s parks and gardens along Victory Avenue en route to the Mechouar Precinct of the King’s Palace.
After an exterior visit at the King’s Palace, proceed to Chellah Gardens, once a prosperous Roman enclave called Sala Colonia in their Mauretania Tingitane Province, to be abandoned late in the 5th century, thence to fall into ruins to be transformed, late in the 14th century during the reign of the Merinides Sultanate, into a vast cemetery, their Necropolis, where we find also some Roman excavations. This Necropolis was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755 and is today a garden of date and banana palm trees, hibiscus, bougainvilla, olive and fig trees.
Mohammed V Mausoleum and Hassan Tower
Short drive to the Mohamed V Mausoleum, which is located on the south side of the Great Mosque and is guarded by the mounted Royal Household Guard, the last resting-places of the King Mohammed V and his son. A visit is then made to the minaret of the Great Mosque, also known as the ‘Hassan Tower’. Built in the late-12th century, the 140-foot (44-metre) tower is ascended by ramps.
Kasbah of the Oudayas
Following a Moroccan lunch at a local restaurant (OPTIONAL), take a guided walking tour at the 12th-century Kasbah of the Oudayas. The alleyways of the Kasbah are reminiscent of a delightful Andalusian village, and offer splendid views overlooking the BouRegreg River. Your tour concludes with an approximately 1.5-hour drive back to Casablanca. Time permitting; some free time is made available for shopping in the souq or modern shops around the Mohammed V Square before sailing.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.