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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: Guadalquivir Yacht Tour w/ Drink & Food Options

2. Seville: Guadalquivir Yacht Tour w/ Drink & Food Options

Embark on a picturesque, small-group boat tour with an onboard crew down the Guadalquivir River. Sip on a welcome drink as you admire the views on this relaxing river journey. Choose from an optional tapa or a gourmet food menu to enhance your yachting experience. Meet at the Nueva York dock, just a few meters from the city center of Seville. After being welcomed by the friendly crew, board the fully-equipped premium yacht to start your journey along the Guadalquivir River. Take in the views of local sites, such as Torre del Oro, the Real Maestranza bullring, and the Puente de Triana. As you travel downriver, the crew will tell you about the history of Seville and the different sites you can see. Enjoy the comfort of air conditioning in summer or heating in winter, as well as a lower deck and spacious sun terrace. There will be music playing, and bar service if you want to buy more drinks. Choose from three different variations: • 1-hour cruise with a welcome drink (a pitcher of Rebujito for 2 or a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink) • 1.5-hour cruise with a welcome drink (a pitcher of Rebujito for 2 or a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink). Served with a range of Iberian delicacies such as Jamón Ibérico de Bellota and a cheese platter with 6 different types of cheese. • 2-hour lunch or dinner cruise with unlimited Rebujito, wine, beer, or soft drinks. The gourmet menu with 6 dishes depends on the time of year: Spring and Summer Gourmet Menu: • Starter: Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, cheese platter, and crusty bread with duck mousse and duck ham • Main: mushroom risotto, cod in pil-pil sauce, and sirloin steak with whisky • Dessert: ice cream with crunchy chocolate • Glass of cava Fall and Winter Gourmet Menu: • Starter: Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, cheese platter, and crusty bread with duck mousse and duck ham • Main: chickpeas with tail of bull, cod in pil-pil sauce, and sirloin steak with whisky • Dessert: caramel pannacotta • Glass of cava

Seville: Alcázar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance

3. Seville: Alcázar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance

Explore Seville’s Alcázar on a guided tour of one of the oldest functioning palaces in Europe. See why this palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, how it blends different architectural types, and why it became the setting for Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones. Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for.  Meet your guide in the Plaza del Triunfo, which offers great views of the Giralda. After using the priority entrance to enter the palace you will begin the tour at the Patio del León, the site of the original Moorish palace. Hear about how Moorish and Christian styles were blended after the Reconquista to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. Visit examples of newer post-Reconquista architecture, such as the Casa de la Contratación and chapel, before heading to the Palacio del Don Rey Pedro, a perfect example of Mudéjar architecture. Discover the Patio de las Doncellas and grand Ambassadors’ Salón as featured in Game of Thrones. Both incorporate intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling. After this, take a look around the Gothic Palace with its royal tapestries and ornate tiling. Stroll around orange-tree-filled gardens at your own leisure after the tour. After your guide drops you in the gardens, take in the peacocks that live there, the smell of orange blossom, and the numerous tranquil water features. Try the labyrinth maze and enjoy the quietness of the gardens that are unbelievably located in the middle of the city.

Seville: Casa de la Memoria Flamenco Show

4. Seville: Casa de la Memoria Flamenco Show

Take a walk through the history and culture of Seville with a 1-hour flamenco show at the Casa de la Memoria. Dating back to the late 18th century, flamenco is of immense cultural importance to Spain, illustrating the mixing of the diverse ethic groups that have called the nation home for centuries.  In an intimate theater that dates back to the 15th century, dive into the colorful world of flamenco as dancers move to propulsive guitar rhythms. Marvel at elaborately-crafted costumes and the performers’ undeniable talent. Feel the emotional resonance of the flamenco tradition, gaining a powerful appreciation for an art form that defines a region.

Seville: Royal Alcázar Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

5. Seville: Royal Alcázar Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Get a skip-the-line ticket to the Royal Alcázar of Seville, and marvel at this stunning medieval Islamic palace. Walk around and admire the stunning architecture and the beautiful gardens. Originally developed as a fort for the Cordoban governors of Seville in 913, the Royal Alcázar of Seville is an amazing fusion of Christian and Moorish architecture. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and it has been renovated numerous times over the 11 centuries since its creation. Learn about how the Christian king Fernando III moved into the Alcázar when he captured Seville in 1248 and how several monarchs used the palace as their main residence. Also, discover the Alcázar's role as a filming location for the Game of Thrones TV series.

Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. Seville Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Step inside Seville Cathedral with skip-the-line entry and explore the treasures within. See works by Goya and learn the history when you select the audio guide option. Climb the La Giralda Tower and witness spectacular views across Seville. Enter the cathedral and see the tomb of Christopher Columbus in front of the Puerta del Principe. The monument contains the remains of the explorer, although debate continues as to whether or not the bones are his. Learn about the history of the cathedral and the Castilian King Fernando III who captured Seville from its Almohad rulers and transformed the great 12th-century mosque into a church. Witness this staggering cathedral as it is today, known as the Cathedral de Santa María de la Sede. Enter one of the world's largest churches with notable works by Zurbaran, Murillo, and Goya. Hear about these works and more by choosing the audio guide option.

Seville: Flamenco Show with Optional Flamenco Museum Ticket

7. Seville: Flamenco Show with Optional Flamenco Museum Ticket

See Spain's national dance brought to life at a thrillingly-authentic flamenco performance, with a troupe of expert dancers showing off their skills in the 18th-century courtyard of Seville's Flamenco Dance Museum. Tap your feet and lose yourself in the fiery rhythms and sensual dance moves of the folk art that has become a timeless tradition. Seville's Flamenco Dance Museum has been delighting visitors and locals for decades with its sensational live performances. Head to one of the last remaining Ecijanos courtyards in Seville and experience a dance extravaganza that will leave you breathless. Treat yourself to an intimate performance featuring traditional Alegrías, long-train dresses, swirling shawls, and clicking castanets, specially choreographed by legendary flamenco dancer and museum founder Cristina Hoyos. With amazing live music, dramatic theatrical lighting, and a backdrop of hanging chairs and orange trees, everything about this experience guarantees a night to remember. To get the most out of your experience, book the option that includes a ticket to the show as well as a visit to the wonderful Flamenco Dance Museum.

Seville: Royal Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour

8. Seville: Royal Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour

Discover Seville and its main monuments and architecture with skip-the-ticket line access. Learn its stories and get to know the characters that are essential parts of the city’s history. Spend some time touring the Royal Alcázar and other highlights. Visit the Cathedral's interior and hear about the important historical figures buried there. Admire works by many important artists. Marvel at the immense, 16th-century stained-glass windows that illuminate the 5 naves of the cathedral. Visit the famous Moorish Giralda Tower, an icon of the city. Explore the palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and find out why it became the setting for the film Lawrence of Arabia and the TV series Game of Thrones. Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the Royal Palace gardens and look out for the peacocks and other palace animals.

From Seville: Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip

9. From Seville: Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip

Drive through the Sevillian countryside and visit the Castle of Las Aguzaderas, a medieval structure located at the old Catholic and Moorish kingdoms' border. Continue through the mountains, stopping at the picturesque white village of Zahara de la Sierra. Next, stop at an olive oil factory. En route to Grazalema, you'll drive through the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. Enjoy a range of beautiful landscapes, with views over the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga, and Seville, from Puerto de las Palomas, 1,357 meters above sea level. Watch vultures in the mountains, home to the largest colony of Griffon vultures in Spain. Upon arriving in Grazalema, enjoy a nice meal, surrounded by the picturesque white houses adorned with colorful flowers. After lunch head to Ronda. Along the way, pass through a beautiful Mediterranean forest of cork trees and oaks, which serves as an important source of honey, cork, aromatic spices, and wood. See locals working with cattle, Iberian pigs, and goats. Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain, built on two separate cliffs which are connected by Spain's most famous bridge - New Bridge, built in the 18th century. The tour guide will show you around Ronda, and you will have some free time to explore the town on your own as well.

Seville: Casa de Pilatos Ticket

10. Seville: Casa de Pilatos Ticket

Explore the 15th Century Casa de Pilatos and marvel at the impressive sculptures, tiles, and architecture created by the Enríquez de Ribera family. Walk around the drawing rooms, courtyards, and gardens, and see how it became the biggest private residence in Seville at the time. Enter the palace through the detailed Renaissance-style marble gate. Admire the 24 busts of Roman emperors and the fountains in the typical Andalusian courtyard. See busts of Emperor Hadrian, Aphrodite, and Apollo, the god of music, poetry, and art. View the war ornaments of Pallas Pacifera, including a shield and helmet carved from stone. Visit the Chapel of Flagellation, the oldest part of the palace with an ornate basket-handle arch and the crossover between Christian and Islamic styles with Mudejar-Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Take in the vibrant traditional glazed tiling featured throughout the palace. Learn about how the palace introduced the Renaissance style to Seville. Continue to the Salón del Pretorio to appreciate the intricate coffered ceiling decorated with ornamental bows.

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What people are saying about Seville

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Miguel was a wonderful guide, informative, passionate, and charming. We didn't feel rushed and in fact he took a little extra time since we had many questions and walked a bit slowly. He told us all about the history, architecture, and even some other interesting information. He was wonderful!

It was a wonderful experience! Our tour guide Manuel was very polite and was very flexible with us. He gave us time to enjoy each place and took us to a great place for lunch. He knew a lot which made our day even more interesting. Thank you !

So amazing! An awesome experience to watch this traditional flamenco dance/show. The performers are incredible and so talented. The place where the show is held is really nice. It's a smaller, intimate setting. Would definitely recommend

Soo fun! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Seville. The dance instructor was so sweet and made it fun for everyone during the class.

If you are looking to see what the heart and soul of Seville is then definitely start with this show !