The stunning beauty and architecture of Morocco is yours to discover during this full-day sightseeing tour of Casablanca and Rabat.
30 Minutes Before Event Time from your hotel or Casablanca port of call. From airport depends on flight arrival time.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.
Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Hassan II Mosque. The second-largest mosque in the Islamic world, this immense architectural masterpiece is supported by 78 granite, marble and onyx pillars, and features a retractable green-tiled roof and 210-foot-high (64-metre-high) minaret. Inside, see frescoes, painted and sculptured woods, stuccos of intricate designs, Arabesques in decorative drawings, and writings in brilliant colours.
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 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.
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.