To start your tour, you will either be met by your driver in the Racine district of downtown Casablanca or at your centrally located hotel, the choice is yours. Hop in the sedan, minivan or coach, depending on the size of your group, and relax on the 1-hour drive north along the Atlantic Coast to Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
When you arrive, your driver-guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of Rabat’s main sights, historic landmarks and cultural attractions. Start with a visit to Hassan Tower, a red sandstone mosque tower from the 12th century. As your driver-guide will explain, the tower was intended to be the largest in the world, but construction stopped after the death of Sultan Yacoub al-Mansour, leaving the mosque incomplete.
On the opposite side of this important historical complex is the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which you’ll see next. This mausoleum contains the tombs of the Moroccan king Mohammed V and his two sons. As you’ll discover, this building is considered a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture, with its white silhouette topped by a typical green tiled roof.
After lunch (own expense) continue to the Bouregrag River, where you’ll stop to visit the Kasbah of the Udayas, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed kasbah (Islamic fortress) built during the reign of the Almohads.
Finally, visit the Old Medina of Rabat, an old walled section of the city filled with maze-like streets dotted with fountains, palaces, mosques and markets. Here, you’ll see the ramparts of the Mechouar, a heavily guarded royal palace surrounded by gardens.
At the end of your tour, hop back in the car, coach or minivan and relax on the coastal drive back to Casablanca.
- Entrance fees
- Transport by air-conditioned car, minivan or coach (depending on group size)
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)