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Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

1. 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: Alcazar & Cathedral Guided Tour with Giralda Entry

2. Seville: Alcazar & Cathedral Guided Tour with Giralda Entry

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: Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Tour with Tickets

3. 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.

Seville: Alcázar and Cathedral Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

4. Seville: Alcázar and Cathedral Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

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: Relaxing City Bike Tour with a Tour Guide

5. Seville: Relaxing City Bike Tour with a Tour Guide

Start from the historic Barrio Santa Cruz and head through the Jardines de Murillo towards the Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos and Seville University. Your guide will help you get oriented in the city and show the vast majority of Seville’s landmarks. 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 and History Tour

6. Seville: Tapas, Taverns and History Tour

The Santa Cruz neighborhood is filled with some of the best tapas bars in all of Spain, but sometimes it can be hard to navigate the streets and choose the best restaurants without the help of a guide. After a brief introduction, you’ll head to your first tapas bar of the evening, a family-owned business that’s been around since 1841. Taste authentic Spanish-style potato salad and a tapa of roasted peppers, all washed down by sweet red vermouth. Discover the beautiful Moorish architecture used to build the neighborhood and see the ruins of an ancient Roman temple before moving on to the second tasting stop: Seville’s tiniest bar. This is as authentic as Spanish tapas get. Opened in 1904, this family-run establishment is renowned for introducing orange wine to Seville, which has since become a beloved local classic. Next, you'll enjoy a historical walking tour, heading past the Cathedral and into the backstreets of the neighborhood. You’ll walk streets most tourists will never discover and hear the famous tales and legends that permeate local folklore. Time for more tapas. Your next tasting is in a rustic old wine shop which is today the second-oldest bar in Seville, complete with traditional clay wine vats lining the walls. Taste a delicious selection of miniature open-faced sandwiches known as montaditos: one topped with Iberian ham and the other with salt cod and salmorejo (a chilled tomato and garlic puree). Your final stop is a family-run bar in the heart of Seville’s historic center, where you’ll try shared plates of delicious regional specialties and a traditional dessert. Wash these down with drinks of your choice as you chat with your group about the amazing food, drink, and culture you enjoyed throughout the evening.

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

7. 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. 

Seville: Highlights Bike Tour with Local Guide

8. Seville: Highlights Bike Tour with Local Guide

See the sights of Seville from the saddle of a bike on a 2-hour sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Get a local's insight into different neighborhoods, including the traditional gypsy district of Triana. Cycle along the banks of the Guadalquivir River, and then get a closer look at the massive Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla bullring! Pedal over to Plaza de España, built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition in different architectural styles. Explore the former grounds of the Palace of San Telmo at Parque de María Luisa, and discover the historical neighborhoods of Santa Cruz, La Macarena and La Alameda de Hércules.

Seville: Daily Bike Tour

9. Seville: Daily 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, 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: Santa Cruz Old Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

10. Seville: Santa Cruz Old Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Complete your trip to Seville by taking a walking tour through the picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets in the Santa Cruz neighborhood. This area, the former Jewish Quarter is the city's tourist heart.  Meet your official guide in the city center and enter the neighborhood on a small group tour. Learn about how an ancient Sephardic community dwelled in this area over many centuries. Walk in the same places where Spanish baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo once stepped. Stroll past tapas bars serving octopus and Iberian ham, orange tree-lined squares, and shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, and ceramics. See the Gothic Cathedral and pass the Real Alcázar, a Moorish-Renaissance palace backed by lush gardens. Discover secret, alluring passageways and the city's best-kept hidden gems as you are fully immersed in this vibrant neighborhood.

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4.6 / 5

based on 11,036 reviews

Great walk through the main attractions of Seville, accompanied by a passionate Sevillano who knows a lot about architecture and the history of these great monuments. Very fun experience, highly recommend and will definitely visit these sights again soon after knowing some of the rich stories behind them.

Really interesting and given by a Seville local. The palace and cathedral were beautiful and the guide made it very interesting, leaving us enough time to look at various parts without it being too long. Very enjoyable!

My family and I had a great experience. The driver was timely and courteous. Our guide was exceptional.

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and offered a unique perspective on the city's rich history.

O passeio é maravilhoso e o guia muito atencioso e divertido!