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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 Cathedral and Giralda: Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. 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: Royal Alcázar Entry Ticket

3. Seville: Royal Alcázar Entry Ticket

Get a 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, Giralda, and Royal Alcázar Guided Tour

4. Seville: Cathedral, Giralda, and Royal Alcázar 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.

Seville: Royal Alcázares Skip-the-Line Entry with Audio Tour

5. Seville: Royal Alcázares Skip-the-Line Entry with Audio Tour

Explore the Royal Alcázares at your own pace with an entrance ticket and a self-guided audio tour. Waltz past the ticket lines with skip-the-line entrance, and listen to informative commentary as you discover its historic sights. Receive your ticket by email, download the app, and get ready to uncover the secrets of Seville's quintessential attraction. Avoid the long lines and head straight into this combination of historic buildings and peaceful gardens. Put on your headphones to learn all about the impressive Lion’s Gate, and the Patio de las Doncellas. Marvel at the Hall of Ambassadors, the center of power in the Royal Alcázares, while listening to stories and anecdotes from the site's history that result from in-depth research. See attractions like the Hall of Justice, the House of Trade, and the Hall of the Feast as you explore at your own pace. Hit pause or rewind as you like, as you benefit from the flexibility to use your audio tour repeatedly and at anytime before or after your visit.

Seville: Flamenco Show with Optional Flamenco Museum Ticket

6. Seville: Flamenco Show with Optional Flamenco Museum Ticket

See Spain's national dance brought to life at this 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 this timeless tradition. 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'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.

Seville: Alcazar & Cathedral Guided Tour with Giralda Entry

7. 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: Royal Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda Tower Tour

8. Seville: Royal Alcazar, Cathedral & Giralda Tower Tour

Do you have little time and want to discover everything in one day? Why choose one thing when you can have two? Select our combo and save money by visiting the Cathedral and the Royal Alcazar: two essential places to experience in Seville, both declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987. Discover Seville, one of the most famous cities in the world and known for its incomparable beauty and its great historical events, both political and economic. You can also enjoy a view of the monuments from places like Plaza del Triunfo and Plaza Virgen de los Reyes. We will meet 20 min in advance at our meeting point where we will introduce you to your official guide, we will give you the headsets (if needed) and we will start our way to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Once inside, let yourself be fascinated by the imposing history of our cathedral. After the cathedral tour and Giralda tower we will visit the wonderful palaces of Royal Alcázar of Seville.

Seville: Alcázar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance

9. 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.

From Seville: Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip

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

Experience the best that the Sevillan province has to offer with a guided tour of the countryside and stops in the quaint towns of Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema, and Ronda. Visit picturesque white villages, an olive oil factory, local castles, and cliff tops. Starting in Seville, cross the Andalusian countryside to get to Zahara de la Sierra, passing the Aguzaderas Castle. Explore the town of Zahara de la Sierra town, a picturesque, whitewashed village hidden in the mountains.  Next, stop at an olive oil factory on your way to Grazalema. The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park is home to a range of beautiful landscapes that are perfect for enjoying a leisurely drive. Watch Griffon vultures circling the mountains as you pass the largest colony of Griffon vultures in Spain.  Stop for lunch in Grazalema, surrounded by the classic local white houses adorned with colorful flowers. On the way to Ronda, pass through a Mediterranean forest that serves as an essential 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 and was built on two separate cliffs connected by Spain's most famous bridge, the New Bridge, which was built in the 18th century. Tour Ronda with your guide and take time to explore the town on your own as well.

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Cool experience with the self-determined tour. You walk the tour and the explanation for it starts at the next monument. Perfect if you don't want to walk through the city in large groups but rather on your own.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience very interesting and entertaining.

The audio guide is thorough Easy to use. The site is well maintained and very clean

Great guide , tour. The Seville Cathedral and Alchazar are breathtaking

Lorena was an excellent tour guide, we loved the tour.