|Arrive: 03/28/16 8:00 AM||Depart: 03/28/16 8:00 PM|
Guided Sightseeing Option: Please see below for details on this option.
Enjoy a private chauffeur driven luxury sedan for “Guided Sightseeing” touring.
First, visit Mohammed V Square home to the main administrative departments in attractive modern architecture inspired by national traditions. On the other side of the Avenue Hassan II, stroll through the public garden bordering the Law Courts and the Prefecture. Then walk past Art deco buildings to the bustling Central Market and then on to visit the Mahkama Court of Islamic Law. This beautiful building, erected in 1952 with no fewer than 60 rooms and delightfully-decorated in the Hispano-Mauresque style, to be used simultaneously a Law Court and the Pasha’s (Governor’s) Reception Hall.
Next, visit the Habous Quarter. The fast development of Casablanca attracted thousands of people from all over the country who settled down first near the ancient Medina then around the city. The new Medina was constructed in 1923, during the French Protectorate, respecting the traditional style while applying the rules of modern town planning. The immediate neighborhood around the old Mosque, and especially that part of the Medina to the northeast, offers picturesque alleys lined with arches under which shopkeepers of every sort ply their trade. Here you’ll find the Brass Souk where artisans shape and polish cauldrons, trays, and teapots as well as an entire space dedicated to the sale of olives. Continue on past the main entrance to the King’s Palace which now houses the administrative offices for the region of Casablanca. From here we shall continue in our car to the Church of Notre Dame de Lourdes, which was finished in 1956.
Then, on to the Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca; A Museum of History and Ethnography. The Museum, which covers an area of 700 square meters, is the first of its kind in the Arab world. It was created by the Jewish Community of Casablanca in 1997 with the support of the Foundation of Jewish-Moroccan Cultural Heritage. It uses world-class standards of conservation for its national and international collections.
Back in the vehicle for the drive up to Anfa, the elegant residential district built on a hill dominating the city. This is the original site of Casablanca (Anafa of the Phoenicians). Anfa hosted the Conference of Casablanca with President Roosevelt and Sir Winston Churchill, during which the date of the Allied landings on the French coasts was fixed for the spring of 1944 and where the somewhat difficult meeting with them and Generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud took place. Here, also, at Anfa, President Roosevelt received in secret the Sultan Mohammed V where the possible future of Morocco was discussed in depth. Continue on to the Corniche where a stop is made for a short walk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Back into the vehicle to visit the the amazingly-beautiful Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the Islamic world. This architectural masterpiece, a symbol of an Islam open to the world, took 7 years to complete using 50 million manhours and was inaugurated on the 30th August, 1993. Then visit Beth-El Synagogue, one of the largest and most beautiful synagogues in Casablanca, noted for its stained glass windows.
The last part of the tour is at the busy United Nations Square. Under the walls of the old Medina, at the beginning of the 20th century, there was but an empty space where the souk was held. It very quickly became the heart of the modern town. There is time for shopping before returning to the ship.
Note: There is about 1 ½ hour of walking during this tour, some of which may be over uneven ground and there are some steps to negotiate from time to time.
*Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.
"At Your Leisure" Option: Please see below for details on this option.
Enjoy a private chauffeur driven luxury sedan for “At Your Leisure” touring. You decide where you want to go and what you want to see.*
*Mileage restrictions may apply.
Please review the Destination Guide below to help you plan your sightseeing.
Casablanca today boasts one of Africa's largest ports. The Place Mohammed V is the heart of the city; the main boulevards branch out from here. Casablanca is the kingdom's commercial capital; most of the cultural activities are concentrated here, from art galleries to excellent international restaurants. The Hassan II Mosque completed in 1993 is among the largest in the world, boasting the tallest minaret. Casablanca is no doubt Morocco's window on the world and is a fast-paced cosmopolitan city where trends are created and modernism parts company with traditionalism or tries to blend them. Casablanca is one of the world's most interesting and open Muslim cities. Some of the best restaurants are found along Boulevard Mohammed el Hansali and on the way to beach resorts. Casablanca's beaches and exclusive suburb are located to the east of the city along the Boulevard de la Corniche. This is a very trendy area, lined with four-star hotels, restaurants and bars.