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Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

1. Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

Meet your guide in Plaza del Triunfo and head to the first stop, the Alcázar of Seville. After using the priority entrance to enter the palace, begin your guided tour. Hear about how Moorish and Christian styles were mixed together to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. Discover the Patio de las Doncellas and grand Ambassadors’ Salón, both featured in Game of Thrones. Admire the intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling. Then stroll around the gardens filled with orange trees and peaceful water features.  Next, head to the Cathedral of Seville. On your guided tour, learn about the Cathedral’s important role in the city’s history, and the Islamic, late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences in the architecture.  Marvel at the magnificent 18th-century baroque altarpiece, and the elaborate organ. You can also visit the mausoleum where the remains of Christopher Columbus are laid to rest.  Finally, your guide will lead you to the Moorish Giralda Tower. The call to prayer was announced from this tower when Spain was under Muslim rule. Climb the stairs and admire the spectacular views of Seville from the top of the tower.  Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for.

Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

2. Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

Explore the rich history of Seville by visiting two of its most important sites: the Cathedral of Seville and Alcazar. Take advantage of skip-the-line access as you learn about both locations from your expert guide. First, see the beautiful Cathedral of Seville and its unique architecture. Enjoy skip-the-line access, then learn all about the rich and cross-cultural history of this holy site from your guide. Climb the Giralda, the Cathedral's bell tower. Then visit the Alcazar, and gain an understanding of the diversity of cultures and legacies that exist in Seville. After skipping the line entrance, your guide will take you on a pleasant walk through the orange trees and myrtles, and help understand the depth of Seville's history and culture.

Seville: Alcázar and Cathedral Guided Tour & Priority Access

3. Seville: Alcázar and Cathedral Guided Tour & Priority Access

Explore the soul of Seville through its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn about the city's Islamic past, Christian roots and Jewish legacy at the Alcázar, and see the city's majestic cathedral. Start with a visit to the Alcázar. Home to 3 palaces, royal chambers, centenary gardens and chapels, the Alcázar has been the site of many dynasties. Explore this site with your guide, taking advantage of a personal audio system to enhance your visit. Travel through different periods of history and follow in the footsteps of the ancients. Discover for yourself why the monument was chosen for its beauty as the location for TV serials like "Game of Thrones."  Walk to Seville Cathedral to see the world's third-largest cathedral and largest Gothic church in the world. Built on the remains of a mosque, the vast monument reveals 900 years of history. At the end of the tour say goodbye to your guide, then climb by foot to the top of Giralda Tower to admire spectacular views across the city.

Seville: Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Tour with Tickets

4. Seville: Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Tour with Tickets

Take advantage of a guided tour with priority ticket access for both the Alcázar and the UNESCO-listed cathedral. Hear fascinating facts from your guide, and see Santa Cruz and the famous bell tower. Meet your guide, then set off on your sightseeing adventure. The first stop of the day is the Royal Alcázar of Seville. Enjoy skip-the-line entry, then spend 1 hour and 15 minutes exploring this historic landmark. Inside, see the impressive Mudejar Palace, Gothic Palace, and Stucco Courtyard, then wander around the sprawling gardens. As you explore, learn about the history of the landmark, and the prominent figures who once lived here. Next, head to Seville Cathedral and admire the architecture of this UNESCO listed landmark. Enjoy a walk around the famous Patio de los Naranjos, then see the tomb of the famous traveler, Christopher Columbus. Walk through the lively Santa Cruz neighborhood. End the tour at the Giralda, the city’s famous bell tower.

Sevilla Daily 3-Hour Bike Tour

5. Sevilla Daily 3-Hour Bike Tour

Take a tour of Sevilla on bike and visit both the city hot spots and the under-the-radar highlights on a 3-hour guided trip. A bicycle tour allows you to cover a greater distance in the city with less effort than walking, and provides access to sites that cannot be reached by car or bus, making it ideal to discover the city. On your trip, you will see such sites as Alcázar Palace, the Triana and Arenal districts, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de España and more. Some of these places are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Additionally, discovering Sevilla in this fun and dynamic manner will not only expose you to the sites that have given it its reputation, but will also provide you with a fabulous sense of orientation in the city and give you valuable information about how to proceed. Learn about where you should eat and what you should see during your stay, as your guide points out the best restaurants, theaters, bars, and more.

Seville 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

6. Seville 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

Get the lay of the land on a 2.5-hour bike tour of Seville and see more of the city than is possible on a walking tour. English, Spanish, French, and Italian-speaking guides will help you get oriented in the city and show the vast majority of Seville’s landmarks. Start from the historic Barrio Santa Cruz and head through the Jardines de Murillo towards the Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos and Seville University. Continue to Parque María Luisa, centerpiece of the 1929 Iberian-American Exposition. From there, head down to the river and check out a part of Triana and the Torre del Oro bullring. Next, head north to the Cartuja, site of the 1992 Exposition, where you'll see the Monasterio de la Cartuja, before heading back to the center and Alameda. Explore the nightlife hotspot and wind your way through the streets and alleys of Seville center, stopping at the legendary Campana Café to get your bearings for the infamous “setas” (mushrooms). End with a quick pedal around Santa Cruz, biking past the cathedral and Alcazares.

Seville: Tapas, Taverns & History Evening Tour

7. Seville: Tapas, Taverns & History Evening Tour

Discover Seville's culinary traditions and listen to fascinating stories from Seville's past on a tapas, taverns, and history walking tour. Start the night at Seville's oldest tapas bar where you’ll try vermouth paired with acorn-fed Iberian ham. Then, stroll through the historic center as you learn about its history from Julius Caesar to Christopher Columbus and the Moorish conquest to the dark days of the Spanish Inquisition. Next is a stop at a family-run restaurant that many visitors miss due to its small size. Try some delicious orange wine and tickle your taste buds with some cured Manchego cheese and slow-roasted pork belly drizzled with Spanish olive oil. On the way to your next food stop, you’ll see some of Seville’s must-see sights including the oldest Gothic cathedral in the world and the Barrio Santa Cruz before arriving at a local bar. Here you can taste one of the most typical tapas in Seville: Montaditos paired with a refreshing glass of Spanish wine. Finally, get off the beaten track and discover a few hidden secrets and plazas in the city before entering the last bar on this tour. Sit down and feast your way through the evening with shared plates of specialty tapas perfectly paired with Andalusian wine. Round off the evening with an unforgettable dessert, the best way to end the culinary crawl through Seville.

Seville: Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

8. Seville: Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide and set off on an adventure to unravel the mysterious past of Seville. As you explore the streets, walk in the footsteps of some of Seville’s most prominent and historical figures, and learn about their impact on the city. Listen to your guide’s spine-tingling stories about religious events, plagues, and paranormal activity, dating back to the 13th century. By the end of the tour, you’ll have seen Seville from a unique perspective, and have a few spooky tales to take home with you.

Seville: 2-Hour Roof Tops Walking Tour

9. Seville: 2-Hour Roof Tops Walking Tour

Look over the skyline of Seville to see parks and streets below, all from the top of emblematic buildings. This creative walking tour offers that and more, as a guide takes you on an adventure with panoramic views from the city’s rooftops, providing sights that you just can't see from the street. The route has been especially designed to take you to the rooftop terraces with the most spectacular views. Departing from City Hall at Plaza Nueva, wander into the old city center to see the immense cathedral, once the tallest building in the world and still one of the largest cathedrals. Marvel at The Giralda, a former Arabic minaret that was converted to the cathedral’s bell tower. Get privileged views of the old city walls, and Wonder at the Alcazar's wall, the city's iconic Moorish fort.  Stroll down medieval alleys to the old Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz. Gaze across at the bell towers of more than 100 churches, and see some of the city’s contrasting modern architecture, including bridges over the River Guadalquivir. To top off your tour, your guide will take you to some of the most avant-garde spaces right in the heart of the old city called Metrosol Parasol, which you can visit after your tour.

Seville: Cathedral, Giralda and Alcázar 4-Hour Guided Tour

10. Seville: Cathedral, Giralda and Alcázar 4-Hour Guided Tour

Hear the story of Seville Cathedral and the magnificent Alcázar from an expert guide on a 4-hour tour, including time to visit the Giralda tower. Journey through the Arabic, Christian and Roman history of the city along the way. Enter the imposing walls of the oldest palace in Europe at the Alcázar, still used by the Spanish monarchy but originally built by the Muslim Moors. Marvel at the scale of Seville Cathedral, built on the site of a great mosque. Admire the Giralda bell tower, built as a minaret during the reign of the Almohad dynasty. Stroll the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter and more. 

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Unfrotunately the Cathedral was closed due to a religious event so that part of the tour, whch included the Giralda Tower was cancelled. Disappointing but the tour of the Alcazar alone was fascinating and well worth the entrance price. Our guide, Miguel, was very enthusiastic and articulate and we learned a lot about this fascinating building and its history. I loved the fact that while it is still an official residence of the current king, since it has no TV or wifi, he prefers to stay in the 5 star hotel next door! Highly recommended.

Our guide was Miguel. He was very knowledgeable and the tour information was very interesting. The Alcazar is a particularly beautiful site and Miguel was very helpful both in his explanations and in answering questions. I highly recommend this tour and Miguel.

Our tour guide was first class. Unfortunately, they were closing art of the Cathedral for some type of service so it was cut a bit short.

Fantastic! Javier was knowledgeable, funny, considerate, and very helpful. What a great trip!

Well run tour with a lot of great information. Guide was extremely knowledgeable!