City: Casablanca Activity: Excursion to Rabat
Description: Enjoy a visit to Rabat, a garden city with distinctive character and ancient history combined with modern culture.
Details: After your hotel pick up you will be driven to Rabat, the present capital of the kingdom of Morocco. Built by orthodox Muslim Arabs who came from Spain and decided to settle near the Chellah necropolis whose origins stretch back to the Phoenician and Roman era. You will start your city tour at Dar El Makhzen (Royal Palace) with an outside view only. This palace dates back to 1864 and today houses over 2000 people, it comprises of the prime ministers offices, the imperial college, the Ahl Fas Mosque, a small racecourse and the barracks of the Black Guard. Opposite you will see the Mohamed V University, Morocco's largest. You will then walk past the Hassan Tower and visit the Mohamed V Mausoleum, 400 Moroccan craftsmen were employed to built this mausoleum. The entrance leads into the burial chamber whose walls are decorated with Zellige and stucco and the cupola is covered in gold leaf. You will then go to the Kasbah of the Oudayas square, where on the north side you will see the Oudaya gate. Then to the Rue des Consuls, architecturally the most interesting street in the Medina. Finally you will go to Souika Street, the busiest shopping street in the Medina of Rabat. The tour ends with a transfer back to your hotel in Casablanca.