Casablanca Excursions

Casablanca excursions

 

CITY TOUR AND HASSAN II’S MOSQUE (approx. 4 hours)
 Founded by the Carthaginian who called the city “Anfa”, Casablanca as it is today is the result of rebuilding work carried out after a devastating earthquake in 1755. This city excursion will take you on a panoramic tour through the main streets and squares of Casablanca with a short stop at a typical local market where you will find a variety of goods and a local natural pharmacy. We will visit the beautiful Cathedral of Notre Dame de Lourdes and the highlight of the excursion will be a visit to the magnificent Mosque of Hassan II, the largest mosque in the Islamic world after Mecca. Please note: if the call falls on a day of religious celebrations the visit to the mosque will be around the exterior only. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting the mosque.
CITY TOUR AND HASSAN II’S MOSQUE (approx. 4 hours)
Founded by the Carthaginian who called the city “Anfa”, Casablanca as it is today is the result of rebuilding work carried out after a devastating earthquake in 1755. This city excursion will take you on a panoramic tour through the main streets and squares of Casablanca with a short stop at a typical local market where you will find a variety of goods and a local natural pharmacy. We will visit the beautiful Cathedral of Notre Dame de Lourdes and the highlight of the excursion will be a visit to the magnificent Mosque of Hassan II, the largest mosque in the Islamic world after Mecca. Please note: if the call falls on a day of religious celebrations the visit to the mosque will be around the exterior only. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting the mosque
MARRAKECH (full day, lunch included)
 Situated a 3-hour coach drive from the port of Casablanca lies the vibrant city of Marrakech, also called the “Pearl of the South”. Included in the tour itinerary are some of Marrakech’s key sights, including the beautifully decorated Saadian tombs and the magnificent late 19-century Bahia Palace and gardens. A stop will be made for you to enjoy a reviving lunch, after which the tour continues on to its final destination: Marrakech’s bustling Jamaa el-Fna Square. This old marketplace in the city’s medina quarter is teeming with life. Traders, snake charmers, acrobats, jugglers, storytellers, magicians, musicians and peddlers of traditional medicines: this place has got the lot. Before returning to Casablanca you will break for a short visit to a natural pharmacy. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as long periods of walking are involved.
MARRAKECH (full day, lunch included)
 Situated a 3-hour coach drive from the port of Casablanca lies the vibrant city of Marrakech, also called the “Pearl of the South”. Included in the tour itinerary are some of Marrakech’s key sights, including the beautifully decorated Saadian tombs and the magnificent late 19-century Bahia Palace and gardens. A stop will be made for you to enjoy a reviving lunch, after which the tour continues on to its final destination: Marrakech’s bustling Jamaa el-Fna Square. This old marketplace in the city’s medina quarter is teeming with life. Traders, snake charmers, acrobats, jugglers, storytellers, magicians, musicians and peddlers of traditional medicines: this place has got the lot. Before returning to Casablanca you will break for a short visit to a natural pharmacy. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair as long periods of walking are involved.

RABAT (approx. 5 hours)
Among the must-sees during your stay in North Africa is the historical coastal city of Rabat, which is not only the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, but also the country’s third-largest metropolis with a population of around 650,000 inhabitants. After boarding a modern coach at the port in Casablanca, a 1.5-hour drive will first take you north to reach your destination, the seat of the Moroccan government and the King’s residence: the city of Rabat. Your guided tour of the capital’s main highlights begins at Grand Mechouar Official Square and then moves on to Hassan Tower, the minaret of what was once intended to become the world’s largest mosque when building began in 1195. Only four years later, construction work stopped when the sultan died and all that remains now of the ambitious building project are the beginnings of several walls and around 300 unfinished columns. A visit to the elegantly white Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which contains the tombs of the late Moroccan king along with his two sons, as well as the manicured gardens belonging to the Kasbah of the Udayas round out your guided tour before you head back to Casablanca and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems; long periods of walking involved. If the call falls on a day of religious celebrations the visit to the Mausoleum will be external; its internal visit will be reconfirmed on the day of call and may be omitted in case the King of Morocco is in town. This tour is foreseen in the afternoon. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting the mosque.
RABAT (approx. 5 hours)
Among the must-sees during your stay in North Africa is the historical coastal city of Rabat, which is not only the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, but also the country’s third-largest metropolis with a population of around 650,000 inhabitants. After boarding a modern coach at the port in Casablanca, a 1.5-hour drive will first take you north to reach your destination, the seat of the Moroccan government and the residence of King Hassan II: the city of Rabat. Your guided tour of the capital’s main highlights begins at Grand Mechouar Official Square and then moves on to Hassan Tower, the minaret of what was once intended to become the world’s largest mosque when building began in 1195. Only four years later, construction work stopped when the sultan died and all that remains now of the ambitious building project are the beginnings of several walls and around 200 unfinished columns. A walk through Rabat’s vibrant medina quarter and visits to the elegantly white Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which contains the tombs of the late Moroccan king along with his two sons, as well as the manicured gardens belonging to the Kasbah of the Udayas round out your guided tour before you head back to Casablanca and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems; long periods of walking involved. If the call falls on a day of religious celebrations the visit to the Mausoleum will be external; its internal visit will be reconfirmed on the day of call and may be omitted in case the King of Morocco is in town. This tour is foreseen in the afternoon. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting the mosque.
FEZ (full day, lunch included)
 Also known as the “Athens of Africa” for the beauty of its old quarter, the city of Fez makes a spectacular destination for a day of sightseeing off the ship. After boarding your coach in Casablanca, a 3.5-hour coach ride will first take you inland through the Moroccan countryside – a highlight in itself. On arrival, the guided city tour will take you to see all the key attractions, including the ancient walled medina, the so-called Fes El Bali. This typical market area is divided into a number of different souks, each of which is dedicated to a specific type of artisan product, from woodwork to leather. Also on the itinerary are a look around the city’s walled Jewish quarter, called a mellah, as well as an outside viewing of Kairaouine Mosque, which dates back to the year 859 and is also a seat of higher Islamic learning, a so-called madrasa. A further stop will be made at the grand 14th-century Medersa el-Attarine building, which was designed to function as an annexe to Kairaouine Mosque. To keep your strength up, lunch is also included in the tour, which comes to a close with your return journey to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties; long periods of walking involved.
 FEZ (full day, lunch included)
 Also known as the “Athens of Africa” for the beauty of its old quarter, the city of Fez makes a spectacular destination for a day of sightseeing off the ship. After boarding your coach in Casablanca, a 3.5-hour coach ride will first take you inland through the Moroccan countryside – a highlight in itself. On arrival, the guided city tour will take you to see all the key attractions, including the ancient walled medina, the so-called Fes El Bali. This typical market area is divided into a number of different souks, each of which is dedicated to a specific type of artisan product, from woodwork to leather. Also on the itinerary are a look around the city’s walled Jewish quarter, called a mellah, as well as an outside viewing of Kairaouine Mosque, which dates back to the year 859 and is also a seat of higher Islamic learning, a so-called madrasa. A further stop will enable you to admire from outside the grand 14th-century Medersa el-Attarine building, which was designed to function as an annexe to Kairaouine Mosque. To keep your strength up, lunch is also included in the tour, which comes to a close with your return journey to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties; long periods of walking involved.
 CASABLANCA & RABAT (full day, lunch included)
 This tour of two cities is a great way to see the key sights of Casablanca, the country’s largest metropolis and main port, as well as Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Starting in Casablanca, a first stop will be made at Mohamed V Square and Hassan II Mosque, the third-largest in the world with enough room to accommodate 25,000 worshippers inside and a further 80,000 in its capacious courtyard. Its dramatic appearance is further enhanced by its stunning location on a promontory jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. The Casablanca leg then continues with a drive through the fashionable oceanfront Corniche and Anfa areas to the Habbous quarter for a good look around a bazaar and a local natural pharmacy. Then it’s time to head for Rabat, about a 1.5-hour drive to the north, to enjoy this city’s best sights. These include the beautiful Mausoleum of Mohamed V, an elegant building of dazzling white, as well as Hassan Tower, the incomplete minaret of an equally unfinished mosque that dates back to the early 12th century. A number of half-finished walls and the beginnings of some 300 columns are all that remain of this grand design today. Stops will also be made at the beautiful Kasbah of the Udayas as well as at the Royal Palace for an outside peek at the impressive building. There will also be time for a delicious lunch on this all-day tour before you head back to Casablanca and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems; long periods of walking involved. If the call falls on a day of religious celebrations the visit to the Mausoleum will be external; its internal visit will be reconfirmed on the day of call and may be omitted in case the King of Morocco is in town. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
 CASABLANCA & RABAT (full day, lunch included)
This tour of two cities is a great way to see the key sights of Casablanca, the country’s largest metropolis and main port, as well as Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Starting in Casablanca, a first stop will be made at Mohamed V Square and Hassan II Mosque, the third-largest in the world with enough room to accommodate 25,000 worshippers inside and a further 80,000 in its capacious courtyard. Its dramatic appearance is further enhanced by its stunning location on a promontory jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. The Casablanca leg then continues with a drive through the fashionable oceanfront Corniche and Anfa areas to the Habbous quarter for a good look around a typical market and a local natural pharmacy. Then it’s time to head for Rabat, about a 1.5-hour drive to the north, to enjoy this city’s best sights. These include the beautiful Mausoleum of Mohamed V, an elegant building of dazzling white, as well as Hassan Tower, the incomplete minaret of an equally unfinished mosque that dates back to the early 12th century. A number of half-finished walls and the beginnings of some 200 columns are all that remain of this grand design today. Stops will also be made at the beautiful Kasbah of the Udayas as well as at the Royal Palace for an outside peek at the impressive building. There will also be time for a delicious lunch on this all-day tour before you head back to Casablanca and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems; long periods of walking involved. If the call falls on a day of religious celebrations the visit to the Mausoleum will be external; its internal visit will be reconfirmed on the day of call and may be omitted in case the King of Morocco is in town. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
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