Excursion Details

Rabat: Mausoleum of King Mohammed V, Medina & Chellah

CAS-205 | Casablanca, Morocco (for Marrakech) | See Special Notes

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Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Mausoleum of King Mohammed Mausoleum of King Mohammed
  • Hassan Tower Hassan Tower
  • Kasbah of the Oudaias & Medina Kasbah of the Oudaias & Medina
You will see:

    Moderate

    Excursion Length:
    Approx. 5.5 hours

    Tour Overview

    Board your motorcoach for a scenic drive along the main highway and past beautiful farmland en route to the exotic city of Rabat.

    Dramatically situated in the middle of Morocco's Atlantic coastline, Rabat is the political capital of Morocco and the official home of the king. It is also one of the area's main industrial centers and home to several educational institutions. Culturally sophisticated, the city contains a rich mix of modern and historical offerings.

    Your first stop is the magnificent Royal Palace, built in 1864 and a superb example of Islamic architecture. At the heart of the palace lies the Mechouar, a magnificent garden courtyard, which you can stroll through and photograph. Directly across from the Royal Palace is the king's personal mosque.

    Continue a short distance to the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V, one of the country's most important shrines. Here you'll see members of the Royal Guard standing proudly at the final resting place of Morocco's great king. Interestingly, the mausoleum was designed by a Vietnamese architect and inaugurated 6 years after the king's death. The building's austere exterior gives way to an interior of exquisite Moroccan craftsmanship. Stunning mosaics adorn the walls and gold leaf ceilings showcase intricate carvings. Enter the mausoleum from the white marble terrace where the tomb of Mohammed V rests between those of his two sons.

    Hassan Tower is located next to the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. The 144-foot- high minaret was built in the 12th century as part of a mosque that was never completed. The tower has walls eight feet thick and looms over the ruins of the mosque, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755. The mosque was to hold over 20,000 worshippers, and although all that remains are reconstructed columns, it is still possible to sense its majesty.

    Re-board the motorcoach for a short drive to a preeminent restaurant to savor a refreshing mint tea. Then, a short drive brings you to the exciting Oudaya Kasbah. Walk through the city's picturesque old quarter where whitewashed buildings are trimmed in bright blue. Follow narrow alleyways to the lively souks, where stalls brim with colorful fabrics and vendors offer leather goods and Moroccan delicacies. Flavorful teas and coffees are sold along with traditional Moroccan sweets and pastries.

    The area is also home to the Chellah Gardens, which display a wide array of plant life and blooming flowers. Banana and fig trees grow in abundance in the area originally abandoned by the Romans in 1150. Above the site, the stately Sale Fortress stands guard.

    At the completion of your tour, return to Casablanca, where you may choose to be dropped off for shopping and independent sightseeing. You are then responsible for your own return to the ship.

    Detailed itinerary Show All Itinerary Details

    Depart from ship for a photo stop for Mechouar of the Royal Palace

    Details:
    Travel time: 01:30 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):46
    Time at site:00:30 Inside Visit :No
    Wheelchair accessible?:Yes Handicap
    Restrooms available?:Yes
    Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes

    Inside visit of Mausoleum of King Mohammed V and photo stop for Hassan Tower

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):46
    Time at site:00:30 Inside Visit :Yes
    Total number of steps:15
    Wheelchair accessible?:No

    Guided walk through Kasbah of the Oudaias and Medina

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:10 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):46
    Time at site:00:30
    Total number of steps:25
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:Yes
    Shopping available?:Yes
    Currency accepted:USD

    Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

    Details:
    Travel time: 01:30 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):46

    Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

    Special Notes

     

    The drive between Casablanca and Rabat is approximately 1 1/2 hours each way.

    Shopping will take place in a designated store where the guide will recieve a commission; time on own to shop is limited.

    Child Price:

    12 years & under only

    Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

    For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

    Wheelchair Accessibility:

    For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

    Camera/Video Restrictions:

    For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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