Today you will visit Rabat, an ancient city and the capital of Morocco. Start off with an external view of the Royal Palace, a splendid representation of Islamic architecture. Then pay a visit will be to the Chellah necropolis, which was built in the 14th century by the Merinides and stands on the site of the Roman city of Sala. Here, nature runs riot and the stones speak volumes. Rising up out of the bushes, a minaret with brightly colored tile mosaics stands guard over this magic spot.
Continue your day by exploring the new Museum Mohammed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art, the design of which was conceived by the architect Karim Chakor. The Museum showcases the evolution of Moroccan artistic creation in the visual arts, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. After an interesting visit of the museum, you drive to a local restaurant for lunch.
You will then make your way to the Mohamed V Mausoleum – situated a stone’s throw from the Hassan tower. The Mausoleum, constructed in 1962, was built to honor the Sultan that led Morocco to independence. The mausoleum features a magnificent white marble pavilion surmounted by a roof of green tiles, the exquisitely crafted burial chamber and white onyx tomb, which stands on a slab of mirror.
Continue on to see the Hassan Tower. Majestic although never finished, the Hassan Tower was the brainchild of Sultan Yacoub El Mansour whose ambition was to build the biggest mosque in the Muslim world. The Tower stands 44 meters (140 feet); a little over half of its originally-intended 80 meters (260 feet). Two hundred columns mark out where it was to stand, reflecting the glory of the Almohad Empire which, in the 12th century, stretched as far as Tunisia and Moorish Spain.
Finally you will drive to the Kasbah of the Oudayas, named after the Oudaya tribe that was sent to Rabat by Sultan Moulay Ismail to defend the city against the invincible Andalusian pirates and hornacheros. After tasting a very nice Moroccan tea in this beautiful Kasbah, board your coach and depart back to Casablanca.
*Notes, times are subject to change. Please be flexible.
0830-0930 Trip From Casablanca to Rabat
0930-1030 Drive to Mohamed 6 Museum & Visit
1030-1130 Drive to the Archeological Museum & Visit
1130-1230 Drive to Royal Palace & phot stop
1230-1330 Drive to Chellah & Visit
1330-1500 Lunch time
1500-1630 Inside visit of the Mohamed V Mausoleum & Hassan Tower
1630-1730 Visit of the Oudayas Kasbah, and tasting Moroccan tea
1730-1900 Drive back to Casablanca
- Lunch at a local restaurant (3 courses set menu with 1 soda)
This program is not a good fit for people with reduced mobility.