Rabat is both the capital and the youngest of the four ‘Imperial Cities’. Deriving its name from ribat or monastic stronghold, it is the seat for the King’s residence, government buildings and foreign embassies.
An exterior visit of the Royal Palace will show you a magnificent example of Moroccan and Andalucian architecture, and you will continue with an overview of the Cellah Fortress, which used to be a part of the old town before it was abandoned in the 12th century.
Considered as the eighth wonder of the world, the Mohammed V Mausoleum is the final resting place of the famous king. King Hassan II built this highly ornate mausoleum in 1971 in honour of his father, Sultan Mohamed V, the liberator of the kingdom. Inside, you will see the exquisitely crafted burial chamber and white onyx tomb, which stands on a slab of granite.
In the same area you will find the Hassan Tower, an imposing four-sided minaret. This tower stands among the ruins of its 12th century mosque; so large, it was never completed and is the principal landmark of Rabat.
You will end your visit at the Andalusian gardens of the Kasbah of Oudayas, which dates back to the 17th century and displays a large variety of plant life and flowers.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are inclines, uneven ground and steps to negotiate at the Mausoleum, the Oudayas Gardens and the Chellah Necropolis. Shopping time is not included on this tour. A royal visit to Rabat could occur without any advance notice, which could result in the closure of the Mausoleum.